I have been a little bit obsessed with the new Choc chip almond cookies that Pret have introduced to their menu. They are gooey, nutty and deeply chocolatey – I had a play last night with a recipe that I think is pretty close to the original. I only had peanut butter (crunchy) so I will definitely be trying them again with almond butter and chopped roasted almonds to see if they are even closer to the Pret original.
If you give this recipe a go I would love to hear what you think. We gobbled so many fresh from the oven and they were gooey in the middle and lovely and crisp on the edge. Today they have crisped up slightly more so I will also have a play with the cooking time next time.
You will need:
2 baking trays lined with baking paper
Oven preheated to 180C
60g Peanut butter (other nut butters should work as well)
60g Coconut oil
100g Golden caster sugar
100g Dark soft brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
125g Plain flour
50g Cocoa powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1-3 Tbsp Oat milk (or other non-dairy milk)
100g Dark Chocolate
Add the coconut oil and sugars to a stand mixer and cream together. Add the vanilla and mix in.
Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and mix in the baking soda and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing in by hand until crumbly.
Add 1 Tbsp oat milk, or other non-dairy milk, and mix into a thick cookie dough – you may need to add more milk but be careful not to add too much.
Add the chocolate chunks and mix in. Your cookie dough will be very thick, but sticky enough to easily roll into balls.
Roll into small balls and space evenly on baking trays.
Bake for 10 minutes. The edges will be firm but the cookies will still be soft in the middle. This is fine, they will firm up as they cool.
We would love to hear from you if you make the tiffin so please do get in touch. If you missed out on this month’s box remember that you can sign up over at The Cake Tasting Club and receive your first Classic box on subscription for just £7.50 including delivery. Our next shipment leaves Cake HQ on Monday 16th April.
This month we have chosen a classic Victoria Sandwich. Light vanilla sponge filled with lashings of buttercream and delicious raspberry jam.
Thank you for all your lovely feedback about our January Cake Boxes. We love hearing that you have had a go at one of our bakes so please do send us a photo.
Thank you to @heyimjasmineh on Instagram for sharing your photos. Your cake looks awesome and it looks as though you had some great helpers!
Here at Cake HQ we believe that Victoria Sandwich is a classic for very good reason. Also, once you have mastered the perfect sponge you can apply those skills to so many other great cake recipes.
We grew up baking with our mum’s and still believe that the “creaming method” is the way to go. However, if you are new to baking then Mary Berry’s “all in one method” is super easy and always produces great results.
When baking our cakes for our subscription boxes they are still done one at a time as you would at home, although they are slightly larger! We have scaled our recipe back down to make the perfect 8″ cake for you to enjoy at home.
225g butter – softened
225g golden caster Sugar
4 eggs – lightly beaten
225g self raising flour
1 tsp vanilla paste/extract
For the filling:
125g butter – softened
250g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste/extract
1/2 jar good quality strawberry/raspberry jam
Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer until pale and fluffy – this really needs to be done with a hand held beater or stand mixer. It will take a while so do be patient.
In a separate bowl lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla paste/extract.
Beat the eggs into the butter/sugar gradually with a little flour*.
Gently fold in the remaining flour.
Divide the mixture between the two lined tins and level the surface.
Bake in pre-heated oven for 20-25 mins.
It’s ready if it springs back when pressed in the centre and the edges are coming away from the tin.**
Cool for a few minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack
Make the icing – beat the icing sugar with the butter and vanilla until light and fluffy***
Assemble the cake! Top one cake with jam and the base of the other with icing
Then sandwich together and dust the top with icing sugar
Sorry it has taken me so long to get this recipe up. We are hoping to add at least one of our recipes every month. Do let us know if you try any out. There’s not long to go until this month’s bake, if you haven’t got your name down yet do remember that you only have until next week. Boxes ship Monday 22nd January – TAKE ME TO THE CAKE
These cookies from November were a huge hit. We included the recipe card in our November box but here it is again if you don’t have it. The combination of chilli and chocolate is such a winner, with a full on chocolatey taste followed by a warming kick, delicious! We certainly enjoyed all the test bakes and were so pleased that you all enjoyed them as well. Why not have a go at baking some yourself? Do let us know how you get on and do send us a photo over on Facebook or Instagram with #ibakedcake.
To make these delicious cookies you will need a couple of baking trays lined with greaseproof paper and your oven pre heated to 180C/Gas 4.
This recipe makes one batch – the number of cookies will vary depending on the size you make.
75g Dark chocolate
150g Dark chilli chocolate (we used Montezuma’s)
2 Free-range eggs
130g Light brown sugar
1tsp Vanilla extract
115g Self raising rlour
200g Dark chocolate chips
Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan on a low heat, or gently in the microwave, stirring often
Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a mixer until light and fluffy
Once the chocolate/butter mixture has cooled, reduce the speed to low and beat it into the eggs, sugar and vanilla
Fold in the flour until just combined
Then, fold in the chocolate chips
Place tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet approximately 5 cm apart
Bake for 10 mins – you may need to adjust the time depending on the size of the cookies
Allow to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes (they will still be soft when you take them out of the oven) then transfer to cooling rack
This recipe can be played around with – you can omit the chilli (just use 225g of dark chocolate) and make a truly purest and decadent chocolate chip cookie. Or, try swapping the chocolate chips for nuts or white chocolate chips.
Do let us know how you get on. We would love to hear if you are trying any of our recipes.
Wow, these last few weeks have flown by – I can’t believe we are only two weeks away from our next bake. Next boxes ship Monday 22nd January – Not ordered yours yet? Pop over to The Cake Tasting Club now to get your name down!
Decembers light, fluffy, nutty almond cookies were a huge hit- they are so yummy we couldn’t stop baking (and eating) these in December!
We have had some great feedback for the December box – we are so glad that you loved it as much as us!
A few of you have got in touch to say that you have misplaced the recipe card we included for these scrumptious cookies so thought we’d pop it up here for you!
If you bake them then please do send us a photo and let us know how you get on. Do pop a photo on Instagram with #ibakedcake or post to our Facebook page.
For this recipe you will need baking trays lined with greaseproof paper and the oven preheated to 170C/Gas 4. This mix will make anything from 20-50 cookies depending on how big you make them – just remember to make them all the same size as it will affect the cooking time.
3 Egg Whites
280g Ground Almonds
280g Golden Caster Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
1 tsp Almond Extract
Extra Caster Sugar and Icing Sugar for dusting
Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks
Gradually fold the almonds and caster sugar into the egg whites
Fold in the vanilla and almond extract
Roll mixture into small balls – you can make these any size, just make sure that they are even
Roll each ball in caster sugar and then in icing sugar
Place them on the baking tray and flatten slightly with the tip of your finger or the back of a spoon
Bake until golden on the edges – approximately 10-15 minutes
Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack
Find a comfy spot, brew a cuppa and gobble these sugary delights!