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Cinnamon Swirl Doughnut Loaf February 27, 2017

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A sweet cakey loaf with a delicious cinnamon swirl, baked and then dipped in lots of butter and coated with cinnamon sugar.

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp treacle

For the coating

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to  175C/gas 4. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

In large bowl, mix oil, butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Gently stir in dry ingredients and buttermilk until uniform batter has formed. Scrape sides to ensure no lumps are present. Remove 1/2 cup prepared batter from bowl and place into a separate smaller bowl. To that small amount of batter, stir in cinnamon and treacle.

Pour half of the prepared batter into the bottom of the loaf tin. Spoon half of the cinnamon batter in small dollops over the top the batter. Pour remaining plain batter over the top. Dot the top with remaining cinnamon batter. Using a knife, swirl the two batters together. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Once baked leave for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.

While the loaf is cooling prepare the coating by melting the butter in a large enough dish to take the loaf.

In a separate, large enough dish, mix the two sugars and the cinnamon.

While the loaf is still warm, dip the sides and top into the melted butter and then into the sugar/cinnamon mix, until fully coated.

This loaf is at it’s best served while still warm.

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Giant Sugar Cookies December 28, 2015

Giant Sugar Cookies 2

These are fun and easy to make, just make sure the kiddies don’t eat a whole one in one sitting!

 

Ingredients for the cookies

 

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

 

Ingredients for the icing

 

1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sieved
4-6 teaspoons milk
3-4 teaspoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 bar (150g) white chocolate

food colouring of choice

sugar sprinkles (optional)

Makes 3 giant (teaplate size) and 8 small cookies.

 

Method

 

Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together until smooth and fluffy. Add one egg and vanilla extract. Mix well until ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Combine baking powder and flour into a large bowl and mix well. Add this to the butter mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough is combined and crumbly. Transfer into a plastic bag and knead with your hands until it becomes a dough. Close the bag and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 175C/gas 4.

Flour your work surface and take your dough out of the refrigerator. Roll to about 1 cm thickness (1/3 inch). I cut the cookie by placing a teaplate on the dough and cut around it with a knife. Carefully place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make smaller cookies with the leftover dough. Bake for 15 minutes (about 8 minutes for smaller cookies). Let the cookies cool completely before icing.

To make the icing, combine icing sugar and milk (only using 4 tsp of the milk to start with. Mix well. Add syrup and mix to get the right consistency. Add vanilla extract for flavour. Pour the icing onto your cookie and spread evenly. Melt white chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds increments being careful not to burn the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted and smooth. Divide the melted chocolate in two and colour them with just a little food coloring. Pour the colored icing on top of the cookies (I didn’t pour mine straight away so it sort of blobbed on as it was begining to set) :-(. If desired, add sugar sprinkles on top. If you have smaller cookies, decorate them as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Gingerbread Cookies December 24, 2015

Biscuits 1Biscuits 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are great to make yourself or with some help from the children. Lovely as they are, decorated or you can even top cupcakes with small ones. The decorated ones above are what Freya, my 4 year old  Granddaughter did 🙂

Makes approx 60, depending on size.

 

Ingredients

 

5 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

1 cup lard ie: Trex (shortening)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups treacle

2 eggs, beaten

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 190C/gas 5.

Thoroughly mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Melt lard in large saucepan. Cool slightly. Add sugar, treacle and eggs to saucepan and mix well. Add 4 cups dry ingredients and mix well.

Turn mixture onto lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining dry ingredients by hand. Add a little more flour, if necessary, to make firm dough.

On floured surface, roll out 1/8 to 1/4 in. thick for cut-out cookies. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet, small and medium-sized cookies for 6-10 minutes.

Substitute 1 1/4 cups golden syrup for treacle to make lighter, slightly sweeter Gingerbread.

If you want to make these for hanging on the Christmas tree, make a hole near the top with a skewer before baking, to thread ribbon through and bake them for 10 – 15 minutes.

Have fun!

 

 

 

 

Festive Rainbow Cookie Bites December 19, 2015

Festive Christmas Cookie Bites

Three layers of almond sponge cake are put together with sticky apricot jam and topped with chocolate to make these rainbow cookie bites.

 

Ingredients

 

8 oz marzipan
1 cup granulated sugar
10 oz unsalted butter, softened, cut into pieces
4 large eggs, separated
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon green food coloring
1 jar smooth apricot or raspberry jam
8 oz pound semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped small
1 teaspoon butter
Method
You’ll need three 9 x 12 inch rimmed baking tins.
Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4. Line the baking tins with parchment paper.
Combine the marzipan and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until the mixture is in fine crumbles. Beat in the butter, a few pieces at a time, until well combined. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, until smooth.
Add the flour and salt to the mixing bowl and beat until just combined.

In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy. While whisking slowly add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and whisk until firm peaks form.
Fold about one-third of the egg white mixture into the batter with a rubber spatula, then gently fold in the rest. The batter should be fluffy.
Divide the batter evenly among 3 bowls. Stir enough red food colouring into 1 bowl to make a deep salmon colour. Stir enough green food colouring into another bowl to make a medium green colour. Leave the third bowl uncolored.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pans, smoothing out the tops.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until the cake is just begining to come from the edge of the pan. Cool completely on wire rack. These are very thin cakes so do not try to remove the parchment paper until the cake is cold or it will break!
Spread half of the jam over the red cake and place the green cake on top. Spread the rest of the jam on the green cake and place the uncoloured cake on top.
Wrap the cake in clingfilm, put a 9 x 12 inch rimmed baking tin over this then put several tins of baked beans or whatever you have on the baking tin. This will help hold it all together. Leave like this overnight.
Remove the cans and the clingfilm.
Melt the chocolate and  butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Let cool for 5 minutes then pour on the cake, using a spatula to spread it to cover the cake.

 

 

Strawberry Tarts September 12, 2015

Strawberry Tarts

These are a lovely tasty way to say goodbye to Summer and they’re easy to make too.

If you’ve visited my blog before you’ll most probably know I’m useless at making pastry, so I bought ready made all butter pastry cases. But go ahead and make your own if thats what your good at 😉 I used 8 pastry cases but you could use mini ones or make one large tart.

 

Ingredients for the strawberry filling

 

2 cups of washed, hulled and roughly mashed strawberries

1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 3 Tbsp

zest of one lemon

3 tsp cornflour

 

Ingredients for the vanilla cream topping

 

1/2 cup soured cream

2 Tbsp soft dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

small srawberries for garnish, optional

 

Method for the strawberry filling

 

In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then divide into the tart shells. Place in the fridge to chill.

 

Method for the vanilla cream topping

 

In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, brown sugar, and vanilla, until smooth.

Dollop onto the chilled tarts, and top with a mini strawberry.

Tip: This vanilla cream topping does not go thick like whipped cream. Best not to put on top of the tarts until your ready to serve. This cream is also delicious used for dipping fruit into.

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Bars November 9, 2014

Choc stuffed

First of all I’d like to thank all the new follower’s ”Thank you! :-)”

 

Now, whatever you do don’t try this while its still warm, you won’t be able to stop eating them. I know!

 

Ingredients

 

1/3 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

chocolate bars, I used a combination of milk, dark and white

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C /gas 4.

Line a 21cm x 21cm baking tin with baking parchment.

Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating a little between each addition. Add the vanilla.

Beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Spread 1/2 of mixture in bottom of pan.

Unwrap chocolate bars, break them up and layer them over mixture, leaving a little space between each one.

Spread remaining mixture on top of chocolate and bake for 35 minutes.

Leave to cool for 30 minutes then cut into squares

I bet you can’t eat just the one if you try them warm 😉

 

 

 

 

Lemon Drizzle Traybake August 14, 2014

Lemon DrizzleThis is always a favourite.A nice moist cake with a lovely crunchy top.

 

Ingredients

225g butter, softened

225g caster sugar

275g self-raising flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 eggs

4 tablespoons milk

finely grated rind of 2 lemons

For the topping

175g granulated sugar

juice of 2 lemons

 

Method

Line your tin/dish with baking parchment to fit the base and sides, I used a Pyrex dish 30 x 23 x 4 cm.

Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3.

Measure all the ingredients for the traybake into a bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes until well blended. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin. Level the top gently with the back of the spatula.

Bake in the middle of the pre-heated oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the traybake springs back when pressed lightly with a finger in the centre and the sides are begining to shrink away from the dish.

Allow the traybake to cool in the tin for a few minutes while you make the topping.

To make the crunchy topping, mix the lemon juice and granulated sugar in a small bowl to give a runny consistency. Spoon this mixture evenly over the traybake whilst it’s still just warm.

Cut into about squares when cold.

The cake needs to be still warm when the topping is added so that it absorbs the lemon syrup and leaves the sugar on top. Do allow the cake to cool a little though – if it is too hot the syrup will run straight through.

 

 
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