Posted by: brendaintheboro | March 22, 2013

Treats for days out

Campfire asked if I would share my receipe for Chocchip muffins. The weather isn’t condusive to cycling at present so I thought I’d share some of the treats we make to take out with us.

Chocchip Muffins makes 12 or 6 large

8oz self-raising flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1.5 oz Tate and Lyle ,  Light and Low brown
3 medium eggs
2Tbsp water or milk
6oz natural low fat yogurt
2oz Lurpak light
4oz dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate


Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200C. I use silicone muffin trays rinsed in cold water.
Sift the flour and bicarb together and rub the butter into it until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar substitute and Chocchips.
Beat the eggs well and stir in the yogurt and water
Work quickly and stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients with a large metal spoon. Do not over mix.
Swiftly divide into the muffin tray.
Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 16-18mins until well risen and golden brown.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.


These got a little dark but we like them that way.

My DH makes this lovely ginger cake. Not quite as calorie light but keeps well and we always take one on a cycle camp.
J’s Ginger Cake

4oz margarine or butter
6oz black treacle
2oz golden syrup
0.25 pint of milk
2 eggs
8oz plain flour
2oz caster sugar
1rounded Tbsp mixed spice
1level tsp bicarbonate of soda
2level tsp ground ginger
3or4 balls of stem ginger finely chopped

Melt the butter, treacle and golden syrup in a saucepan.
Add the milk and allow to cool.
Beat the eggs and add to the cooled mixture.
Add the chopped stem ginger
Sieve the dry ingredients together and add the liquid mixture.
Blend together with a metal spoon.
Pour into a greased  lined loaf tin.
Bake in centre of a preheated oven at Gas Mark 2 for 1hour15mins – 1 hour 30 mins.
Cool on a rack and remove paper



You can also add chocolate chips if you want.

We haven’t got out very far as the weather has been wintery rather than Spring. There were a couple on sit on top kayaks on the river when we passed that way last Saturday.
Unfortuntely, we have decided to postpone our planned Easter trip as the forecast is for continuing snow, sleet ,rain and gales. The fields are flooded again so camping wouldn’t be much fun.
Hopefully, if the forecasters are wrong, we will get some cycling in.
Hope the weather soon improves.


  1. They look very appetising Brenda, although I can’t find the sweetener in ASDA. I’ll just have to use less! I was going to comment after I had made them but haven’t had chance yet.

    We’ve had snow this morning, proper 6 sided snowflakes, although they’ve not stuck. The ‘rellies’ in the Isle of Man have been snowed in, I’ve got some really awesome snow scenes, 12 drifts etc. Hope you’re OK.

  2. II get the sweetner from Morrisons. We have snow coming down today but it’s not lying. I am greatful for small mercies. Will likely get some sewing done ovet the holiday weekend as the cyclecamp is off. There is still a lot of standing water on the land.

  3. Thanks for the recipes, Brenda. I shall make the ginger cake today, as my son is coming at the weekend for several days: he loves ginger but is allergic to chocolate. Imagine: life without chocolate? Unthinkable.

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