Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Squares

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Happy Wednesday! A few days ago I decided to make some peanut butter squares. I stumbled upon them while I was scrolling through Pinterest and they looked super easy to make so I decided to give them a shot. I’m a huge fan of Reese’s peanut butter cups and to my surprise these almost taste exactly the same! This is how you make them:

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  • 120 grams butter
  • 80 grams digestive biscuits
  • 110 grams confectioners’ sugar
  • 110 grams peanut butter

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  • 120 grams dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Steps:

  1. Start off with melting the butter.
  2. Meanwhile crush the biscuits into small pieces.
  3. Mix the butter, cookie crumbs, sugar and peanut butter together. Make sure the butter is still warm when you do this so it all mixes together more easily.
  4. Put it in a small baking tray and press everything together with a spoon.
  5. Put it in the refrigerator while preparing the glazing.
  6. For the glazing melt together the peanut butter and the chocolate. To do this put the ingredients in a bowl and place this bowl over a bowl with boiling water. Make sure you don’t get any water into the bowl with the ingredients.
  7. Pour the glazing on top of the cooled filling.
  8. Put it into the refrigerator for another hour before cutting it into small squares.

They’re  super easy to make and you only need a few ingredients. Enjoy!


Donuts Recipe

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Do you ever have those days that you just want to bake something unhealthy. And it’s not really the baking part that you’re looking forward too but more the eating part? Well I that’s exactly the kind of day I had last Monday. So that’s why I decided to bake some donuts. And the baking part was almost as fun as the eating part so I decided to share the recipe with you. Here we go!

For about 10 donuts you’ll need:

  • 7 grams dry yeast
  • 125 mL milk
  • 25 mL tepid water
  • 50 grams sugar
  • 250 to 350 grams flour
  • 50 grams butter
  • 2 small eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 litre sunflower oil

For the glazing you’ll need:

  • 50 grams powdered sugar
  • Water
  • 30 grams sugar

Steps:

  1. Heat the milk for about 30 seconds in the microwave untill it’s warm (not hot).
  2. Mix the tepid milk and water with 10 grams of the sugar and yeast. Stir till the sugar and yeast are dissolved.
  3. Set this mixture aside for about 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
  4. Put the other 40 grams of sugar, 250 grams flour, the butter, the eggs and the vanilla extract in a bowl.
  5. Stir the yeast mixture once more and put it in the bowl with the other ingredients.
  6. With a mixer, mix the ingredients until they form an elastic dough. If your dough is still sticky after mixing, add more flour (until your dough isn’t sticky anymore).
  7. Cover the bowl with a kitchen cloth and set at a warm and dry place for about 45 minutes. After this the dough should be doubled in size.
  8. Roll out the dough untill it’s about 1 cm thick and with a cookie cutter (or with a bowl/mug/anything round), cut out rounds. You can make them as big or small as you want to. After this cut out a small hole in the middle.
  9. Again, cover the donuts with a kitchen cloth and let them rest for about 20 minutes.
  10. Heat the oil in a small pan. If the oil starts boiling, turn the heat down and put in the first donut.
  11. Cook each side for about 1 to 2 minutes (depending on the size of the donut and the temperature of the oil). Your donut is ready when it’s a nice light-brown color. And please be VERY careful, the oil is super hot and you really don’t want to touch it. I recommend using a slotted spoon to turn and taking out the donuts.
  12. Let the donuts drain and cool down a bit on some kitchen paper.
  13. In the mean time mix the powdered sugar with some water to create a nice, thick glaze.
  14. Spread the glaze on the donuts and sprinkle some more sugar on top. And you’re done!

They take about 1.5 hours to make including the rise time of the dough but I promise you, they are absolutely worth it! What are your favorite things to bake on a day off?

DIY Flower Decoration

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IMG_4728It’s April that means spring has finally arrived. Somehow the weather agreed on this and decided it was time to actually act like spring instead of autumn (seriously, the weather in the Netherlands was so bad the past week). And because I’m super excited for spring I decided to do a flower themed DIY. It’s super easy to make and it will instantly make any room spring-ready.

You need:

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  • A few sheets of white paper (I only used three but if you want to make a bigger decoration you’ll need more)
  • A needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A branch

Steps:

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  1. Start off with making some paper flowers. Just fold your white paper in 12 pieces as shown above and cut out a flower shape. This way you’ll have 12 identical flowers in one cut. You can use the shapes I used above (you’ll have to glue the second shape together) or come up with your own shapes.
  2. Knot a string of thread onto your branch and sew the paper flowers onto your thread. I just stitched the thread through the paper flower once, stitched it back through a new hole and stitched it back again through the first hole (I know this is a bad description but I hope you understand). Repeat this to with the other flowers. You can attach as many flowers on each string as you like.
  3. Repeat for the other strings and you’re done!

You can make this decoration as big or as small as you want. It’s quite time-consuming but a lot of fun to make. I know the steps aren’t very clear because I had a hard time explaining this in proper English but hopefully the pictures are self-explanatory. Let me know in the comments if you did any fun spring DIY’s lately!

Blueberry Rolls Recipe

header-01Yesterday I had a day off and I decided to bake some blueberry rolls. And what a good choice it was. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried them but they are DELICIOUS. If you want to make a nice treat this weekend, keep on reading!

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You need:

  • 180 g + a few tbsp flour
  • 45 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 g yeast
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 120 mL water
  • 60 mL milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 250 g frozen blueberries (or any kind of frozen fruit you like).
  • 40 g granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

Steps:

  1. Mix the frozen fruit with 40 grams granulated sugar and the cornstarch. Set aside while you’re making the dough.
  2. Mix 180 g flour with 45 grams granulated sugar, salt and yeast.
  3. Melt the butter with the water and milk on a low fire. Remove from the stove as soon as the butter is melted.
  4. Mix the butter/water/milk with the flour and mix well. Add the egg and again mix well.
  5. Add a few tbsp flour until you have an elastic, sticky, soft dough.
  6. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Be prepared because this is quite a workout. The reason you have to knead the dough is because otherwise the dough won’t rise as much as it needs.
  7. Set the dough aside for about 10 minutes.
  8. After 10 minutes roll out the dough on a in a rectangle that’s about 0.5 centimeters thick (that’s 0.2 inch).
  9. Spread the blueberries over the dough and roll up tightly.
  10. Cut into pieces that are about 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) thick and place in a dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  11. Let the rolls rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours.
  12. Bake for about 25 minutes in preheated oven of 190 degrees Celsius and you’re done!

If you like glazing then you can use any recipe you want. I didn’t make any because half of the rolls were eaten before I had the time to make it (that’s how good they are). So here you go! They can be a bit tricky and quite time-consuming to make but they are absolutely worth it, I promise!

Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

IMG_4357IMG_4355I would be lying if I said I’m a very healthy eater (don’t worry, it’s not like I’m some kind of garbage bin) but with the summer approaching pretty fast I decided it’s time to be more aware of what I eat. So when I wanted to bake some cookies yesterday I decided to try and make healthy cookies. So after a little scroll through Pinterest (well, little is not the good word here, I once again got completely lost in this magical place) I saw a lot of recipes for oatmeal cookies that contain only ingredients that have many health benefits so I decided to make some of these. I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t taste like anything but I was absolutely wrong. They tasted so good! So if you want to make some guilt free, super easy and delicious cookies keep on reading!

You need:

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  • 2 mashed bananas.
  • 75 grams peanut butter.
  • 150 grams unsweetened applesauce.
  • Some spices of your choice (I used ½ tsp cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and salt and about ½ tsp vanilla extract).
  • 130 grams oats.
  • 40 grams dark chocolate chips (buy the darkest chocolate chips you can find).
  • 25 grams shredded coconut (unsweetened).
  • Optional: raisins, nuts, cranberries or whatever you like.

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix the mashed bananas, peanut butter and applesauce together.
  3. Add the spices and oats and mix well.
  4. Add the chocolate chips, coconut (and the raisins/nuts etc.) and again mix well.
  5. With a spoon put small amounts of cookie dough on a lined baking sheet (you can make the cookies as big or small as you want).
  6. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes (or until the edges are brown).

They are super easy to make and it’s nice that they are healthy and delicious at the same time. So if you want to eat healthier but still want a sweet snack every now and then or you just like cookies, go out and try making these!

DIY Green Tea Eye Compress

IMG_4297-01One of the things I love is beauty related DIY’s. They are cheap, fun to do and work very good most of the time. A few days ago I made these green tea eye compresses that should reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. I always have puffy eyes so I think it’s more a genetic thing but I decided to try these out anyway.

It’s not a secret that green tea has many beauty benefits. It contains caffeine and tannins which both shrink the blood vessels under your skin and in this way the puffiness and dark circles. This sounds really scary but isn’t harmfull. Green tea also contains vitamin K which also should reduce puffiness and dark circles but there isn’t any proof that it works, but there’s also no proof that it doesn’t work. The eye compresses are cold and this also should help reduce the puffiness and/or dark circles.

This is how you make and use these compresses:

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  1. Make some very strong green tea.
  2. Carefully dip a cotton pad in the green tea (the tea is still hot so be carefull you don’t burn your fingers).
  3. Put the cotton pad in a plastic seal bag and put them in the freezer overnight.
  4. Next morning take a cotton pad out the freezer and let it warm up. It shouldn’t be frozen when you put them under your eyes because THAT HURTS (been there, done that).
  5. Cut the cotton pad in half.
  6. If the cotton pads are still too cold to put them under your eyes you can warm them up a little between your hands.
  7. Put them under your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes. It should feel very nice and refreshing.
  8. Clean your skin afterwards.

I don’t see a huge difference afterwards because my puffy eyes aren’t sleep related but I still really like using them. I feel much more awake afterwards and it’s really refreshing. Let me know if you tried it out and if it worked for you!

Rocky Road Recipe

IMG_4201 IMG_4208This morning was the deadline I told about in my previous post so I finally have a more to work on my blog. I decided to make some Rocky Road to celebrate that I have two weeks from school. Rocky Road is one of my favorite snacks because I have an unconditional love for chocolate, marshmallows and cookies. Plus it’s super easy to make, it’s one of those recipes that can’t go wrong (statistically). This is how you make it:

You’ll need:

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  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • 100 grams milk chocolate
  • 150 grams biscuits
  • 125 grams butter
  • 100 grams mini marshmallows (or big marshmallows cut in quarters)
  • 2 tbs golden syrup (or honey or maple syrup)

Steps

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  1. Break half of the biscuits in very small pieces and the other half in slightly bigger pieces. I do this by putting them in a plastic seal bag and crush them with my hands, this way you don’t cover your entire kitchen in biscuitcrumbs.
  2. Put the crushed biscuits and marshmallows in a large bowl.
  3. With a knife cut the chocolate in very small pieces.
  4. Melt the butter on low fire.
  5. Add the chocolate in small portions to the melted butter. Stir well.
  6. Add the golden syrup to the chocolate and butter, again stir well and add ¾ of this mixture to the biscuits and marshmallows. Stir everything together.
  7. Put the Rocky Road in a baking dish and pour the rest of the chocolate on top.
  8. Lastly you can decorate the rocky road with more marshmallows. I also decided to put some white chocolate chips on top.
  9. Put the baking dish in the fridge for at least two hours and you’re done!

This is a super easy recipe and you can come up with a lot of variatons on this recipe (you can add raisins, nuts or fruit for example). I know this is a very unhealthy recipe but everyone needs a treat like this every now and then, right?