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Sweet Treats | Nick Coffer | My Daddy Cooks
[VIDEO] Cheats “Pain au Chocolat” (chocolate croissants)

[VIDEO] Cheats “Pain au Chocolat” (chocolate croissants)

These are brilliant, if I say so myself! Joking apart, if you like your recipes to be quick, easy and more than a little cheaty, you will love these. They are the perfect treat to have up your sleeve when you find yourself with an unexpected play date and more children than you bargained for in your home after school. Proper pain au chocolat are, to say the least, tricky to make. These ones use a block of puff pastry and some chocloate to create a simple treat – lovely after school, in a lunch box or even as a cheeky part of breakfast. Plus, as with all my recipes, they are totally foolproof! Makes 9 pieces Preparation time: 10 minutes Total cooking time: 10-12 minutes 1 packet (320g) all butter puff pastry sheet (ready rolled) 100g good quality milk chocolate bar, broken into pieces 1 egg, beaten Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC/450ºF/Gas Mark 7 Unroll the pastry and lay the sheet out in front of you. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into 9 equally sized rectangles by dividing the pastry into 3 lengthways and then widthways. Divide the chocolate into 9 equally sized portions. On the narrow edge of one of the pastry rectangles, place a portion of the chocolate and roll the pastry up. Squash down a little on the edges of the pastry roll to seal it and crimp the edges lightly with a fork. Brush the top of the roll with some beaten egg and put it on a greased or non-stick baking tray. Repeat the process for the remaining pieces of pastry....
[Radio] Fudge Recipe | Delicious vanilla fudge

[Radio] Fudge Recipe | Delicious vanilla fudge

There’s just about enough time left for you to make this wonderful vanilla fudge before Valentine’s Day. Trust me – make these and wrap them up with a little bow and you will be a Valentine’s hero. I made them yesterday on my BBC Radio Show and they were fabulous. I’ll be honest, unusually for this blog, these are very much a grown up recipe to make. The sugar/butter/milk mix gets very hot and I certainly wouldn’t consider letting Archie anywhere near the boiling saucepan. He didn’t care – and was only too happy to eat the finished product! This recipe will give you soft, melting, sweet and crumbly fudge. Perfect for Valentine’s Day – or any other day for that matter – when only a decadent little sweet treat will do. Better still, you can make them from ingredients which you will more than likely have in your fridge and cupboards. Even if you don’t have the condensed milk, I reckon you can substitute it by doubling the milk quantity, especially if you are using full-fat milk. In other news, Archie and I have been in the kitchen quite a bit this week, in amongst the chaos of our life with our little baby Matilda. I’ll be switching on the cameras very soon and posting a video on here imminently… Listen to my full audio walk-through of the recipe here: http://www.mydaddycooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/fudge.mp3 Valentine’s Vanilla Fudge Prep time 5 minutes Cooking time 15 – 20 minutes 150ml full-fat or semi-skimmed milk 170g condensed milk 375-400g caster sugar 100g butter Good drop of vanilla extract Method: Mix the sugar butter and...
[RADIO] Toffee apples recipe (sticky!)

[RADIO] Toffee apples recipe (sticky!)

Ah, sticky toffee apples are such a taste of my childhood and I couldn’t resist making them for my BBC Three Counties Radio show on Sunday, in time for Bonfire Night this week. You can listen to the 4 minute audio recording of me preparing these lovely toffee apples in my kitchen by clicking here: http://www.mydaddycooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Sequence-2_1-2.mp3 You can also listen back to the whole show, with brilliant Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge here on BBC i-player. The apples are extremely easy to make – although I would certainly be very vigilant as to when and how you involve your children because it does involve making a scaldingly hot syrup, which is boiled up to 140C. This recipe also makes a slightly softer toffee than I am used to from store-bought toffee apples – and Archie certainly appreciated the easy-to-bite sticky soft coating! Makes 6 apples Preparation time 5 minutes Total cooking time 20 minutes 6 Granny Smith apples 6 skewers/ lollipop sticks 225g demerara sugar 100ml water 1 large tbsp butter ½ tsp white wine vinegar Boil some water and leave the apples to soak in it for a couple of minutes to remove the wax coating. Take out the stems and skewer the apples from the top side. In a saucepan, mix together the sugar and water and bring the mixture to the boil. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add the butter and vinegar and keep boiling until the syrup reaches the “hard crack” stage. You can tell this when a sugar thermometer reaches 140 degrees C. If you do not have a...
[RADIO] Easy panna cotta dessert

[RADIO] Easy panna cotta dessert

It was Italian week last week on my BBC Three Counties Radio show, with special guest Katie Caldesi. Getting into the Italian spirit, I made one of Archie’s favourite desserts, this easy Panna Cotta. It basically means “cooked cream” in Italian and for a toddler, what is not to like in a big wobbly mass of cream, sugar and vanilla, with some syrupy raspberries spooned over the top? And in spite its exotic sounding name, there are few easier desserts to make than this one. You can listen to the recording of me cooking it in my kitchen right here: http://www.mydaddycooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/pannacottamp3.mp3 You can also download the other 5 recipes from the show right here from the BBC Website (scroll to the foot of the programme’s page). Preparation time 10 minutes, plus 4 hours chilling Cooking time 5 minutes Makes 4 300ml double cream 300ml full-fat milk 4 tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp powdered gelatine 3 tbsp water For the syrup: 150g raspberries 100g caster sugar 50ml water In a bowl, mix the gelatine powder and 3 tbsp water, leave it to stand for 5 minutes. Mix together the cream, milk and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer very gently for 1 minute, then take it off the heat and leave to cool down for a few minutes. Pour the cream mixture over the gelatine and mix well, so that all the gelatine is dissolved. Lightly oil four glass moulds or ramekins with a flavourless oil such as vegetable oil and fill the ramekins to the top with the cream mixture. Cover...
[RADIO] Churros, Churros, Churros with hot chocolate!

[RADIO] Churros, Churros, Churros with hot chocolate!

Listen to the Cook-Off-Before-Kick-Off here: http://www.mydaddycooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/churros-AAC-128Kbps.mp3 It was Spain’s turn on the cook-off-before-kick-off on July 2nd and knowing how popular I am when I bring in sweets and treats to the BBC Three Counties Studios, I could not resist the temptation to make Churros. These deep fried doughnut tubes are a true taste of my childhood. They were the highlight of any holiday to Spain, either served simply with caster sugar for dipping or, a little more indulgently, with thick hot chocolate. They are actually remarkably easy to make – although I didn’t let Archie go anywhere near the deep fryer when I was cooking the batches. It would not be an understatement to say, though, that I have never seen him enjoy a treat quite as much as he enjoyed dipping the churros in the rich, creamy hot chocolate sauce… Preparation time 5 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling Cooking time 20-25 minutes For the churros: 250g plain flour Small pinch of salt 200ml water 50g unsalted butter 300-400ml vegetable oil for frying 2-3 tbsp caster sugar for dusting For the hot chocolate: 150g chocolate, at least 70% cocoa, grated 300ml double cream A small drop of vanilla extract 1 cinnamon stick To make the churros mix, melt the butter in a pan on a low heat. Add the water and bring it to the boil. Pour the hot liquid into a bowl containing the flour and stir really well using a wooden spoon to make a smooth and rather thick paste. Chill the paste for 30 minutes in the fridge. Prepare the hot chocolate before you fry the...
[VIDEO] Breakfast oat pancakes w/ caramelised bananas and blueberries

[VIDEO] Breakfast oat pancakes w/ caramelised bananas and blueberries

We finally filmed a breakfast! I have been meaning to do this for a while – and have had a lot of requests to do so – but getting all the camera gear organised in the morning is not easy. Plus I am NOT. A. MORNING. PERSON! Breakfast in this house is usually a very simple affair – cereals/ porridge/ toast/ fruits/ fresh juices. But where time permits, I do enjoy cooking in the morning and it is important to vary what we give Archie. Having introduced Archie to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the weekend, it is entirely appropriate to call these oat pancakes “truly scrumptious”. Yes, they are sweet but it is not as if he is eating golden syrup every day (although he would if he was given half a chance to do so!). As it’s a breakfast recipe, I don’t want to be getting bogged down with weighing scales so I just make this recipe based on spoonfuls of the ingredients. As with all my dishes, a little bit of variation in the quantities will not harm the finished dish in any way… Breakfast oat pancakes w/ caramelised bananas These ingredients made ten small pancakes. We ate six and froze the remaining four. If you are intending to use all ten pancakes immediately, you’d need to cook an extra banana. Preparation time was about 5 minutes, cooking time 8-10 minutes in total. 5 tbsp plain flour 2 1/2 tbsp ground porridge oats 1 tsp baking powder A tall glass of milk (approx 250ml) One egg 2 bananas Blueberries to serve 2 tbsp golden syrup An inch chunk...
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