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Festive Gingerbread Cookies December 24, 2015

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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!

 

 

 

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Flapjacks March 18, 2013

Flapjack 1

Classic, chewy and good for you, flapjacks are simple to make and hard to beat!

 

Ingredients

 

175/6oz butter

175/6oz golden syrup

175/6oz dark brown sugar

350g/12oz porridge oats

pinch of ground ginger

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 150C/gas 2 and line a 20cm/8in square baking tin with baking paper.

Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat. Add the golden syrup and sugar to the butter and heat gently. Once the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the porridge oats, lemon zest and ginger.Pack the mixture into the baking tin and squash down. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.Once cooked, remove from the oven, leave to cool for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a chopping board and cut into squares.These flapjacks are delicious in a packed lunch or as a grab-and-go breakfast.

 

 

Spiced Honey Cake January 14, 2013

Spiced Honey Cake 3

With its warming flavour, this cake is delicious with or without the icing.

 

Ingredients

 

225g plain flour

1 level tsp baking powder

1 level tsp mixed spice

1 level tsp ground ginger

1 level tsp cinnamon

75g caster sugar

175g Orange Blossom Honey

75ml good olive oil

2 large eggs

finely grated zest of 1 orange

1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda

100ml orange juice, plus 1 Tbsp for the icing

50g icing sugar, sieved

 

Method

 

Line a 21cm square baking tin with parchment paper. Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4.

Sift the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, ginger and cinnamon together in a bowl. Stir in the caster sugar.

In another bowl, beat the honey, oil, eggs and zest. Stir into the flour mixture.

Stir the bicorbonate of soda into the orange juice – it will start to fizz up. Immediately stir it into the cake mixture until evenly mixed. Pour into the prepared tin – its a very runny mixture but will firm up when cooked.

Bake for 55 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on a wire rack.

Mix the icing sugar with the extra orange juice, then drizzle on top of the cake.

Make yourself a cuppa and enjoy.:-)

 

Frankenstein’s Monster & Halloween Mummy Cupcakes September 24, 2012

Here are some fun cupcakes for a date coming up soon.

Makes 12

 

Ingredients for the cupcakes

175g/6oz butter, softened

175g/6oz light brown sugar

3 eggs, beaten

25ml/1fl oz black treacle

225g/8oz self raising flour

2 tsp ground ginger

2 Tbsp ground almonds

2 Tbsp milk

 

For the buttercream

150g/5oz butter, softened

350g/12oz icing sugar

a few drops of green food colouring

 

To decorate

chocolate sprinkles

smarties

mini smarties

white ready to roll fondant

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases into a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft. Gradually beat in the eggs.

Stir in the treacle. Sift in the flour and ginger, then fold in. Stir in the ground almonds and milk, then stir until well blended. Spoon into the cake cases and bake for 20 minutes until springy to the touch. Leave to cool.

For the buttercream, beat the butter until very soft. Sift in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Divide the buttercream into two bowls. Colour one bowl green with the food colouring.

To make the monster cakes, spread the green buttercream on top of 6 of the cakes.Decorate with two smarties for the eyes and 3-4 mini smarties for the mouth, add chocolate sprinkles for the hair.

 

To make the mummies, spread the white buttercream over the remaining cakes. Roll out some white fondant thinly and cut into short strips. Lay the strips over the cupcakes like bandages, then add two smarties to each cupcake for the eyes.

 

Monkey Face Cupcakes September 14, 2012

Happy monkeys for happy children!

 

This is the same cake recipe as I used for the Animal cupcakes.

 

Ingredients for the cupcakes

 

175g/6oz softened butter

175g/6oz sugar

3 beaten eggs

4Tbsp golden syrup

225g/8oz self raising flour

2tsp ground ginger

1 pinch of ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 Tbsp ground almonds

1 – 2 Tbsp milk

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases in a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs and syrup.

Sift in the flour and spices and gently stir until combined. Stir in the ground almonds and milk until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

To decorate I made up a small amount of buttercream:

 

7 oz icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/2 oz butter, softened

Combine the icing sugar, vanilla extract and butter in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

Spread over the top of the cupcakes. Dip the edges of the cupcakes in chocolate sugar strands, add mini chocolate beans for the eyes and corner of the mouth then add a smile with a tube of writing icing.

 

 

Animal Cupcakes September 13, 2012

 

Simple yet fun. A big thank you to my lovely 3 year old Granddaughter for lending me her Play Doh cutters to make these xx

If you do borrow you child’s/Grandchild’s cutters please do make sure you wash them before using 😉

 

Ingredients for the cupcakes

 

175g/6oz softened butter

175g/6oz sugar

3 beaten eggs

4Tbsp golden syrup

225g/8oz self raising flour

2tsp ground ginger

1 pinch of ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 Tbsp ground almonds

1 – 2 Tbsp milk

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases in a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs and syrup.

Sift in the flour and spices and gently stir until combined. Stir in the ground almonds and milk until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

For the animal cupcakes I made up some icing, as follows:

Sift 6oz icing sugar into a bowl and add 1 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice plus 1 Tbsp of water. Mix well until smooth, then pour over 6 of the cupcakes. I had an amount of Fondant, so just coloured small amounts with different colours before rolling out and using the cutters, then place them on the iced cupcakes before the icing goes too hard.

 

Easy Peasy Biscuits July 31, 2012

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

Makes 15 – 20

 

Ingredients

 

140g self raising flour

110g margarine

40g sugar

1 tsp ginger or cinnamon

 

Method

 

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.

 

 
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