Archive for February, 2016

Top Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 25th, 2016

Chocolate chip cookies are a universal favourite. Nothing can beat the sensation of biting into crunchy, chewy, gooey, chocolaty cookies, any time of the day.

chocolates by post

But baking the perfect chocolate chip cookies needs a lot of care. Professional bakers know the secret of baking perfect chocolate chip cookies. After baking them with care, one can send cookies made of chocolates by post.

Here are few super tips to bake that perfect chocolate chip cookie:

  • Use high quality butter that is salted: Use salted creamy butter of top quality from good brands at the grocery store.
  • Melting the butter: It is good to melt the butter, around halfway in the oven. It is good to do the melting in a pre-heated oven rather than the microwave, so as to melt the butter halfway. It takes 3 to5 minutes only.
  • Butter temperature- It is vital to bring the whole butter to room temperature before beginning the cookie making.
  • Beat in eggs gently; Eggs must be blended into the sugar- butter mix, gently. Over beating will make the cookies tough.
  • Add enough flour: Add enough flour so the dough is smooth and not overly wet.
  • Use different types of chocolate chips: Add a variety of chocolate chips to make the cookies more interesting.
  • Baking small: It is good to bake cookies in small batches for better success.
  • Shaping cookie: it is always better to shape dough by hand to get ideal round balls for making cookies.
  • Use top quality flour: It is good to use high gluten flour to produce the right crust and chew to the cookies.
  • Right size: Size is also crucial for the right chocolate chip cookie. Professionals recommend a scoop size of 4 ounces for the right crumbliness and chewiness.
  • Keep away the dough: It is good to age the dough, for a day or two in the fridge for enhanced flavour r(don’t freeze).
  • Use best ingredients: There are very few ingredients in cookies so it is important to use ingredients of high-quality. This is especially true of chocolate, vanilla and butter. For best results, use top quality UK chocolate.
  • Fist mix a lot, then go slow: In the early stages, it is good to mix the ingredients really well. In this stage, the sugar crystals enter the butter and make air pockets to help the cookies rise while baking. But after adding flour, keep down the mixing. The flour’s gluten content will be activated by the liquid in the dough and with more stirring, the tougher will the cookies turn out.
  • Use salt: Salt is called for in the recipe to downplay the sweetness and enhance the chocolate flavour such that you get a well balanced cookie. Sea salt can be used for this purpose.
  • Take care of your baking pan: Avoid pan made of aluminium, which has the tendency to absorb heat and may burn the base of cookies.

These are some useful tips to help you bake the best chocolate chip cookies.

Amazing benefits of Hand of Buddha fruit!

February 22nd, 2016

We know this fruit might have a unique name but this is a real fruit. People are often awed by the unusual appearance of this fruit but trust us, this is a true gem. Originated from China and The Himalayas, this yellow finger looking fruit is packed with benefits. You need to make this a part of your fruit baskets if you want to enjoy this seedless citrus fruit. Here are some incredible advantages of having the Hand of Buddha fruit: –

Fruit basket

  1. Good for respiratory system: This is one of the most famous reasons why this fruit is so popular in China. It is said to be extremely good for the respiratory system. The antioxidants and nutrients found in this citrus fruit quickly fix cough, breathing problems and common cold. You can just soak it in water before you consume it.
  2. Helps pain: This fruit has been trusted from thousand years and over to benefit aches. It is used in several medicines in China as it contains coumarin, diosmin and few other compounds, which help benefit pain and relieve it quickly. You can also treat swelling, bruises and wounds with the help of this super fruit.
  3. Controls blood pressure: Do you have blood pressure problems? Do you want to keep it in control at all times? Well, you need to start eating this exotic fruit. There is a little alcohol extract found in the fruit, which dilates the blood vessels and increases the circulation of blood in the body. This also keeps any heart problems away.
  4. Strengthens immunity: Packed with gazillion nutrients, Hand of Buddha fruit contains a compound called polysaccharide, which can actually improve your immunity system within days. If you regularly have the fruit, you will notice a vast change in your health. You can keep yourself away from common cold, flu or any other allergies or infections. Even if you do catch cold and cough, you will see that it treats these issues within 4 to 5 days.
  5. Helps menstrual discomfort: Menstrual cramps can be quite painful and can cause mood swings. Women should have this fruit as it provides instant energy, relieves cramps and uplifts mood too.
  6. High in fibre: Do you suffer from one of these gastrointestinal problems, constipation, stomach upset, diarrhoea, bloating, loose motions, etc.? Hand of Buddha fruit is the ultimate cure for all these issues. It provides a soothing feel to the muscles in the intestine. Plus it is high in fibre, which can clear out toxins from the body.
  7. Rich in Vitamin C: Hand of Buddha is a citrus fruit, and obviously, it is loaded with Vitamin C. This is good for your skin, hair, health and so much more. Not just this, but if you include this fruit in your face pack, you can fix a lot of skin problems.
  8. Keeps away infections: Antiviral benefits in this fruit can keep any viral infection away from your throat, nose and body.

So, if you are calling for fruit basket delivery at home, make sure you add this fruit without fail.

Best protein shakes with chocolate for building muscles!

February 22nd, 2016

Do you run a lot? Are you obsessed with building muscles? If body building is your main focus for this year, we have just the right protein shake recipes for you. These are few shakes, which are good for health and consist of chocolates, which again everyone loves. So, read this post if you want to know some exciting protein shakes recipes: –

chocolates delivered

  1. Hot cocoa shake – Hot cocoa is actually good for your health if you consume it without tons of sugar. If you have received chocolates by post, mainly dark chocolate, you can use it up for your post work out drink. Just add a little milk or have it with water. Blend the mix well so that it is easy to drink.
  2. Cream orange and chocolate shake – To add a boost of vitamins, throw in some oranges to your regular chocolate shake. Make sure you add fat free vanilla cream as it has a lot of protein. Blend these ingredients before you drink it. 30 grams of this drink has about 280 calories, which is incredible for building muscles.
  3. Chocolate almond brownies – If you don’t have to have milkshake, you can switch to brownies. Just add milk, good amount of chocolate and chopped almonds on top to finish the dish. This rich and delicious recipe serves about 500 calories with a good amount of protein too. If you are a fan of brownies, then this is perfect for you. Anyways, who can ever say no to brownies?
  4. Chocolate milk – Do you Nutella at home at all times? You can simple use it to make a shake post a vigorous workout session. Just take a scoop of Nutella and add some milk to the mixture. Now put in a little vanilla and blend it in a food processor until the shake is ready. Add chopped almonds and walnuts on top for nutrition. One scoop of Nutella has about 100 calories which is great for you if you want to build muscles quickly.
  5. Chocolate and peanut butter – A shake made with peanut butter and chocolates? Who doesn’t like that! Take 2 cups of whipping cream, add peanut butter, ice cubes, chocolates, water, and flax seeds and blend this mixture. You can also use a little milk if you don’t have flax seed in hand.
  6. Banana shake – This recipe was quite an expected one. Bananas are packed with proteins, calcium and all that goodness. Use unsweetened almond milk, chopped bananas and chocolate to make this delicious smoothie. You can also add some cinnamon and other fruits if you want a healthier version of this recipe. If the banana is not sweet enough, which is barely the case or you want a sweeter drink, then add honey instead of going for sugar. Honey has various antioxidants, which will give your body more than just calories.

So, what are you waiting for? Get chocolates delivered or cocoa powder at your place right now to make this delicious protein and muscle building drinks.