Friday, 21 June 2013

Layman's chocolate danish

These are my easy-peasy-lazy "Layman's" Chocolate danishes. Let me tell you this, these won't last 5 seconds on the table if you have gannets like I do in my home! :-D

  • 1 Box of ready rolled puff pastry (If you're lazy like me, use the ready rolled but if not, you can make your own.)
  • 1 Jar of Nutella
  • 1 Pack of Chocolate chips
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper

Okay, here we go.
Set the oven to 200c, we need the oven pre-heated (as per instructions on the box, though my oven is a little too hot at 200c). Open out your rolled pastry. If you are using a non-stick baking tray I would still recommend using a layer of parchment paper as the bottom of these danishes can burn easily.
(Sorry, my lovely assistant deleted the first pastry photo!)

Next, take a big spoon of Nutella and smother it onto the pastry. (I use the back of a spoon to do this as it spreads a lot easier!)

Now, if you've bought ready rolled pastry it will already be wrapped in paper. Take the edge of the paper and roll the pastry in on itself. Keep rolling until you get to the other end and you've ended up with something that looks like a log.

Take a sharp knife and cut the log into slices of about 1/2 inch. Flip them over onto the baking tray but make sure to leave a good bit of room between them as they will expand (they look like little spirals) then, take some chocolate chips and sprinkle them over the top of the pastry.

Now time to pop them in the oven! They should only take about 15 minutes to bake, just keep an eye on them because everyone's oven is different.

There you are, these take only a few minutes to prepare and about 20 seconds to eat. Enjoy!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

My week in pictures

(Top to bottom, left to right)

  • A Jackdaw wearing his chicks as a pair of novelty slippers on Springwatch
  • The Bluetits nesting in my Dads back garden finally fledging
  • Allium opening to reveal a fabulous purple puff
  • A vertical rainbow on top of the mountain
  • Going snow blind because of the reflection of the sun on my legs!
  • Beautiful bleeding hearts
  • Biopsy punctures and bruises