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Easy Peasy Biscuits July 31, 2012

Crunchy and very easy biscuits to make – with a little hint of ginger, or cinnamon.

Makes 15 – 20




140g self raising flour

110g margarine

40g sugar

1 tsp ginger or cinnamon




Mix all ingredients together until a soft dough is achieved.

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 1/2.

Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, before rolling and cutting out whatever shapes you like, and place on a baking tray.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Carefully move onto a wire rack to cool.

Eat and enjoy.


Man Cake July 29, 2012

Man cake, so called as it’s full of fruit and spices but if your like me, you’ll enjoy it too ๐Ÿ˜‰
Serves 10




450g/1 lb plain flour

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

175g/6oz butter or margarine

225g/8oz light brown sugar

225g/8oz dried mixed fruit

1 large egg

300ml/1/2 pint milk

150g/5oz dark brown sugar




Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Line a deep 20cm/8in cake tin.

Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and rub in the butter, aiming for a fine breadcrumb like texture. Stir in the sugar and mixed fruit. Mix in the egg and milk and stir until you have a soft dropping consistency.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin and even out the top. Scatter the dark brown sugar over the top of the cake, if your sugar has gone a bit hard and lumpy all the better.

Bake for about 1 hour 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean – check after 1 hour though, you might decide you need to cover it with baking parchment to stop the top burning. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes before putting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cold, make yourself a cup of coffee to have with a chunk of that cake ๐Ÿ™‚




Crazy Caterpillar Birthday Cake June 20, 2012

This is a no-bake cake made from cake crumbs, home-made or bought. You can double the quantity for an extra large party, but remember the cake is rich and heavy in texture so you’ll only need to serve a small amount. One ball per person is more than enough!


First off you need to make a Truffle cake…it’s easy, unless your buying a ready made cake to use



175g/6oz plain sponge cake pieces

175g/6oz/2 cups ground almonds

75g/3oz/scant 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

5ml/1 tsp ground mixed spice

pinch of ground cinnamon

grated rind of 1 orange

45ml/3 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

75ml/5 Tbsp clear honey



Place the sponge cake pieces into the bowl of a food processor or blender (if your food processor isn’t working :-() and process for a few seconds to form fine crumbs.

Place the cake crumbs, ground almonds, sugar, spices, orange rind, orange juice and honey in a large bowl and stir well to combine into a thick, smooth mixture.


Now onto the Caterpillar Cake



1 quantity Truffle Cake mix

675g/1 1/2 lb white ready to roll icing or coloured ready to roll icing if you can find it

red, blue and yellow food colouring

small flower cutter

large flower cutter




Using slightly damp hands, roll the truffle cake mixture into balls, slightly larger than the size of a walnut. Place them on a baking sheet as you make them, then cover with cling film and set to one side.

Divide the icing into three equal portions, then colour one portion red, one blue and one yellow. Remove a small amount of blue and yellow icing, to make the face features, and set aside, covered with cling film.

Roll each colour of icing into a sausage shape about 45cm/18ins long on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Make sure the sausage shape is even all the way along; if it breaks, compress the icing into a ball and start again.

Place the three long sausages side-by-side on the work surface. Starting at one end, hold them together firmly and start to turn them in a twisting motion – do not squeeze. Place the twist back on the work surface, then use a rolling pin to push and roll the twist gently until it’s flat and the colours have merged. It should now be 50cm/20ins long.

Lay the truffle balls along the length of the of the icing strip, then wrap the icing evenly around the balls, sealing the join by pinching the icing together. (An extra pair of hands would be really useful for the next stage) Turn the Caterpillar over so that the join is underneath, tucking in and cutting off any excess icing from the ends. Lift the Caterpillar onto your board or plate and position, curving it slightly.

Roll out the reserved blue and yellow icing thinly and use the flower cutters to make the eyes. Use a little water to stick the smaller one onto the larger one then a little water to stick the eyes into place. Roll a tiny bit of the icing into a small sausage shape and using a little water place on as the mouth




Honey and Chocolate Biscuits April 29, 2012

Try different types of honey to vary the flavour of the biscuits.




60g/2 1/2 oz caster sugar

15g/1/2 oz butter

125g/4oz honey

1 egg, beaten

pinch of salt

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

225g/8oz plain flour, sifted

1/2 tsp baking powder

75g/3 oz milk chocolate




Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7, 10 minutes before baking.

Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.

Heat the sugar and honey together in a small saucepan until everything has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Remove from the heat and stir until slightly cooled, then add the beaten egg with the salt and beat well.

Stir in the ginger, cinnamon, cloves and the flour with the baking powder and mix well until a dough is formed.

Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 45 minutes.

Place the chilled dough on a floured surface, roll out to about 5 mm/1/4 ins thickness and cut out small shapes.

Place onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly, before moving onto a cooling rack.

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Alternatively, melt the chocolate in the microwave, carefully, until smooth.

Either spread the melted chocolate over the biscuits or dip them in it, leave on baking parchment until completely set.


Chocolate Cinnamon Loaf Cake with Cinnamon Glaze April 12, 2012


This cake makes a great “grown up” chocolate cake, with the cinnamon giving a slightly more sophisticated taste. It doesn’t matter if it’s slightly undercooked as it goes lovely and Fudgy in the middle.




1/2 cup butter

1 cup water

1/2 cup oil

5 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 cups plain flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup yoghurt or buttermilk

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1tsp vanilla extract

1 pkt chocolate chips (optional)


For the Cinnamon Glaze


60g sifted icing sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1-2 Tbsp milk




Preheat the oven to 175C/350F/gas mark 5

Grease either 2 loaf tins or a large bundt tin.

Put the butter, water, oil, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan and heat to the simmering stage so everything is well combined, then remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, sieve together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl, then stir in the sugar.

Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well, then add the yoghurt and mix again.

Mix together the eggs and vanilla in a jug, then add to the chocolate mixture, along with the chocolate chips and stir well.

Pour the batter (this is going to be very runny) into your prepared tins and bake for approximately 55 minutes.


To make the glaze, put the icing sugar, cinnamon and 1Tbsp of the milk into a small bowl and mix, adding more milk a little at a time until it’s just pourable, then pour over the cake.


Old Fashioned Sugar Plum Cake December 23, 2011

This might just be the most moist cake you ever make.

We, well most of us, know that a prune is a dried plum. Can you imagine the response when telling people you’ve just made the most delicious prune cake? I don’t think they’d be in a hurry to try it, so we’ll stick to the word plum then everyone will be happy to try it and maybe even go on and make their own ๐Ÿ˜‰


2 cups plain flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp allspice

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup ready to eat prunes, pitted and chopped

1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts, but use whatever you have handy)


4 oz butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 tsp soda

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk

Line a bundt or 9 ins round cake tin with baking parchment.

Preheat the oven to 350F/175C/gas mark 4.

Combine all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Beat with an electric mixer until well combined.

Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for one hour.

Just before the cake is done, place all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan.

Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, and continue boiling gently until the sauce is thickened slightly, about two minutes.

Remove cake from the oven, but don’t take it out of the tin.

Poke holes all over the top of the cake with a fork.

Pour hot sauce over the cake.

Allow to stand for about half an hour for the sauce to be absorbed.

You can also add 1 tsp nutmeg if you like to.

Serve to Family and Friends remembering to call it ”Sugar Plum Cake” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh and this conversion might help some of you..

1 cup = 227g = 8 oz

Also if you don’t have buttermilk, which is hard to find here in the UK, here is how you can easily make your own in 5 minutes…

milk (just under one cup)

1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar

Place a Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring cup.

Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one cup full.

Let it stand for 5 minutes.

There it is, you have your buttermilk!


Apple Skillet Cake December 4, 2011

Filed under: Apple,Cake,Cinnamon,Eggs,Evaporated Milk,Sugar — dogsmum @ 9:06 pm


Visually this cake isn’t very appealing but it makes up for it in taste. It’s full ofย  flavour and very moist.

Nice hot as a dessert with custard, ice-cream or cream or eaten cold.



1/3 cup margarine

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup self raising flour

1/3 cup evaporated milk

2/3 cup sugar

5-6 apples, peeled and sliced

3 Tbsp additional melted margarine

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 egg, well beaten

1/3 cup water



Melt butter in a skillet (frying pan).

Stir in 2/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Top with apple slices, cover and keep on a medium heat for ten minutes.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, 1/3 cup sugar and 3/4 tsp cinnamon.

Combine 3 Tbsp melted margarine, egg, milk and water in a separate bowl.

Add to flour mixture and mix until just moistened.

Spoon over hot apples.

Cover and cook on stove top for twenty minutes on a low heat or until firm to touch.

Turn out onto plate.


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