27 Mar 2012

Banana & Chocolate French Toast

Every now and again Kris and I ditch the usual breakfast routine of toast and cereal and really push the boat out. Whether it be eggs florentine (my personal favorite), pancakes or huevos rancheros we're always excited to try new and exciting breakfast treats.  Upon browsing this months edition of BBC Good Food magazine Kris let out an almighty gasp before pointing excitedly at a recipe, that recipe was banana and chocolate french toast.  Much to his excitement, today was the day.


With the sudden appearance of glorious sunshine we decided to whip up this insanely decedent treat and take breakfast in our newly landscaped garden complete with pot of tea and the mornings newspapers.  We may not get weekends to relax but boy do we make up for it on a Tuesday!  

Banana and Chocolate French Toast

Ingredients:
1 large, ripe banana
75g plain chocolate
3 medium eggs
4 thick slices of crusty bread from a round loaf
1tbsp double cream
1tbsp maple syrup
1tsp vanilla extract
3tbsp sunflower oil

Method:
Heat the oil in a large frying pan.  Whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla and maple syrup and set aside.

Mash the banana in a bowl before adding the chopped chocolate and stirring to combine.  Spread the chocolate banana mixture on two of the slices of bread and top with the other slices.  Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture pressing down onto the bread to ensure it drinks the sweet liquid, turning over to coat both sides.  Place the eggy sandwiches into the heated frying pan and fry on each sides for around 2 minutes or until the chocolate starts to melt.

Cut each sandwich in half and serve with a dusting of icing sugar and more maple syrup.

15 Mar 2012

Giveaway - Hotel Chocolat

With Easter on its way I'm sure we can all be forgiven for having chocolate on our minds.  In fact, thanks to the supermarkets it has been hard to escape the lure of the Easter egg since Boxing Day!  I've never been a huge advocate of quantity over quality, always preferring one really nice egg or box of chocolates over five mediocre smarties eggs.  This year is no different, I have asked for a single box of rose and violet creams and no more, OK, maybe a creme egg or two wouldn't go amiss ;)

When Hotel Chocolat emailed me asking if I'd like to sample one of their luxury Easter Eggs I jumped at the chance.  Not only am I getting my fancy creams but a stunning quality egg too.  How delightful!  I have to admit, usually when given the choice I go for dark chocolate over milk chocolate but I simply could not resist the lure of the beautiful 40% milk chocolate Champagne Truffle Egg.  With its glorious packaging this treat really is something special. Upon lifting the ribboned lid you discover a golden egg nestled delicately upon a heaving box of champagne truffles.  Delicious!









If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a beautiful champagne truffle egg of your own today is your lucky day.  Simply leave a comment below with a method of contact.  

Contest open to followers of Katiecakes only, winner will be chosen Friday 24th March.  
Good Luck!

6 Mar 2012

Baking Mad - Key Lime Pie

I'm sure you all ready know I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I have to admit I have a real weakness for super sweet fruity pies! If you were to ask me my top three favorite desserts I'd have to reply, with no hesitation, banoffee pie, lemon meringue pie and key lime pie.  I see any of these babies on a menu and I just have to have it, maybe even all three if I'm feeling saucy!  A few years ago, a few friends and I were planning a trip to Florida.  In the interest of fairness we created a list allowing each person to choose two things they really want to do while there.  As you can imagine there was a lot of "go to Harry Potter World", "ghost hunting in St Augustine Lighthouse" and "feed the gators", my choice was to eat a key lime pie in an awesome diner as close to the Florida Keys as we could possibly get.  I got my wish, and Miami, you gave me the best key lime pie of my life. Until now...


I was recently asked by the lovely team behind the sauciest baker in the land Eric Lanlards Baking Mad to try out one of the recipes from the show.  When I saw my beloved key lime pie on the list I knew I just had to accept.  A few days later a big box of ingredients arrived at my door, I kindly relieved my friendly postman of the heavy sugar laden package and headed to the kitchen, zester and juicer in sight.  Man alive is this a good key lime pie!  The crust is so delicate without being overly crumbly while the filling was so light it could have floated away in a light breeze.  I was in heaven!


Wanna try this superb pie out for yourself? Well set your Sky + box to stun and get recording the wonderful Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard every weekday from March 5th at 12.05pm.

Please excuse the dark images, the light had gone by the time the pie had finished chilling and the thought of leaving it alone in the fridge, overnight, simply did not register.
*rubs tummy*