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Cherry Bakewell Cake June 13, 2017

If you know someone who likes Bakewell tart, then they will just love this cake – it’s full of almond flavour and sandwiched with cherry jam. I made this for a neighbour who recently helped me out.

 

Ingredients

 

200g butter, softened

200g sugar

100g ground almond

100g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp almond extract

4 lrg eggs

 

For the filling & topping

 

1/2 a 340g jar of cherry conserve

175g icing sugar

2-3 Tbsp lemon juice or water

2 Tbsp ready toasted flaked almonds

 

Method

 

Heat oven to 180C/gas 4 and make sure there’s a shelf ready in the middle. Butter and line the bases of 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins with baking paper.

Using electric beaters, beat together all the cake ingredients with a pinch of salt until smooth, then spoon into the tins and level the tops. Bake for 30 mins or until golden and springy. Don’t open the oven before 25 mins cooking time has passed.

When they’re ready, cool the sponges for a few mins, then tip out of the tins and cool completely on a wire rack.

When cool, put one sponge on a serving plate, then spread with jam. Sandwich the second sponge on top. Sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl. Add the water or lemon juice, then stir until smooth and thick. Spread evenly over the top and let it dribble over the sides. Scatter with the nuts and leave to set for a few mins before cutting.

 

 

Brownies February 6, 2017

brownies

A cold & frosty start to the day, followed by fog & then with rain for the rest of the day definitely calls for BROWNIES!

A bowl, a whisk & some ingredients are all you need

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup butter, melted

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

chocolate chips for mixing in or to sprinkle on top (optional)

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Line a 9” x 13” pan with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla with a whisk until smooth.

Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir in the flour, cocoa and salt until combined, also add the chocolate chips now, unless you intend sprinkling them on top.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

 

 

Chocolate covered Butterfingers December 28, 2016

butterfingers

Hi to new followers! Hope you all enjoyed Christmas.

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup (60g) honey

1 Tbsp (15g) treacle

3 1/2 Tbsp (40g) sugar

1 cup (225g) smooth peanut butter

1 1/2 cups (56g) corn flakes

100g chocolate

 

Method

 

Put honey, treacle and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil, boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat.

Add the peanut butter and stir until it makes a paste.

Add the cornflakes and stir well to coat all the corn flakes, partially crushing the corn flakes as you stir.

Press into an 21cm x 21cm parchment lined tin and freeze for an hour.

Melt the chocolate in a dish over hot water and spread it over the butterfingers, place in the fridge until chocolate is set.

 

 

 

Sticky Orange Marmalade Cake November 30, 2016

sticky-orange

It’s a freezing cold morning here in Wales, so keep on baking to keep warm!

A big hello! and welcome to new followers of my blog, I hope you find something that inspires you to bake too 🙂

 

Ingredients

 

For the sponge

175g butter, softened

175g caster sugar

3 lrg eggs, at room temperature and beaten

175g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 Tbsp thick cut marmalade

2 Tbsp milk

 

To finish

2 Tbsp marmalade

100g icing sugar, sieved

2 Tbsp water

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. Line the base of a 20cm cake tin and grease the sides.

Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk until the mixture becomes paler and fluffy.

Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition, add a spoonful of the flour with each addition of egg. Sift the remaining flour, salt and baking powder into the bowl and whisk again. When thoroughly combined add the marmalade and milk and stir in.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch.

Run a round bladed knife around the tin to loosen the cake, then carefully remove and turn onto a wire rack (with parchment paper under the rack). Gently warm the second portion of marmalade and brush over the top of the warm cake. Leave to cool completely.

Put the sifted icing sugar into a small bowl and add the water to mix to a smooth runny mixture. Pour the icing over the cake – letting it run down the sides. Leave until completely set before cutting.

If stored in an airtight tin this cake will will keep for 5 days.

 

 

Little Blueberry Bites October 15, 2016

blueberry

Everybody loves pancakes, right? But how often do we make them? Here’s a sweet and simple excuse to make them more often.

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp sugar

1 whisked egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

2 Tbsp melted butter

Approx 40 blueberries

 

Method

 

Before you start preparing the batter, preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, milk, and butter.

Now combine both the dry and wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Spoon your batter into a mini muffin or cake pop pan. Fill only 2/3 of the muffin mold so that the batter does not overflow.

Add two blueberries into every batter-filled mold, or however many you like! But careful not to add too many berries, otherwise your batter might be a bit mushy.

Now bake the bites for 15 minutes.

Makes approx 24 mini bites, although I had eaten a fair few before I got to take the picture. They are perfect just 5 minutes after they come out of the oven, but also good when cold.

 

Bread-in-a-bag (one for the kiddies) August 23, 2015

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Bread in a bag

Here’s one for the kiddies if they’re still on school holidays and feeling bored…..(What can I do Mum/Dad?) Embrace the mess, it’s easily cleaned up after especially if they help you.

It’ll be easier for the kiddies to believe they’re doing it all on their own if, before they start, you’ve already measured out all the ingredients into bowls ready for them to use.

Lets get started kids! Oh, don’t forget to wash your hands first 😉

 

Ingredients

3 cups plain flour, divided

3 Tbsp white sugar

1 pack yeast

1 cup warm water

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp salt

Large resealable bag

Mini loaf tins

 

Method

Put one cup flour into the bag then add the sugar, yeast and water. Seal your bag and smoosh it until it’s all mixed together. Now let it rest for 10 minutes while you play for a bit. When you come back from playing there will be lots of bubbles in the bag, this is good.

Now add the salt, olive oil and a second cup of flour to the bag and smoosh again. Add the last cup of flour and give it all another really good smooshing!

Turn out the dough onto a well floured table and knead it for 10 minutes until  its smooth.

Divide the dough into the loaf tins, this amount of dough will make 6 mini loaves or you could just make 1 large loaf. Cover the loaves with a tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes while you do a clean up of the table.

Bake in a preheated oven 190C/gas 5 for 25 – 30 minutes.

Enjoy with butter while still warm.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Loaf May 26, 2015

Peanut Butter Loaf

If your a peanut butter & jam/jelly lover (like me) then you’ll love this! This is best served while the loaf is still warm from the oven, spread with jam/jelly and you’ll be in heaven.

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 Tbsp mashed banana

2/3 + 1/4 cup sugar, you can use white or soft brown

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice works too

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups milk

chocolate chips, chopped peanuts are optional

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 375C/gas 5. Line a loaf tin.

Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together well.

Then mix in all wet ingredients. If your peanut butter isn’t nice and soft then microwave it for 40 seconds or until soft.

Pour into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes, if after this time it looks to be getting very brown on top then cover with kitchen foil and return to the oven for another 40 minutes. Check with a skewer that it’s cooked through and remove from the oven. Leave in the tin for ten minutes then carefully transfer to a cooling rack.

If like me you need to eat this warm, it’s best left fot half an hour before slicing, it’ll still be warm 😉

 

 

Chocolate Fudge Cake….with a secret ingredient February 22, 2015

Chocolate Fudge

It’s very chocolaty, it’s very fudgy. But can you guess the secret?

 

Ingredients

 

3/4 cup of plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

2 loosely packed cups frozen cauliflower (thawed completely but not cooked)

1/2 cup milk

3 Tbsp oil (I used olive oil)

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to Gas 4/175C. Line a 8” x 8” tin with baking parchment.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix well.

Combine all liquid ingredients and the cauliflower in a food processor and blend until really smooth, you don’t want ANY lumps in there at all.

Pour wet into dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then pour into prepared pan and bake 45 minutes.

NO, it doesn’t taste of cauliflower! 🙂

 

 

 

Minion Cupcakes February 19, 2015

Minion Cupcakes

I know, they should be blue and yellow not orange but I had a 3 year old Granddaughter in the house with me at the time of making them…but I’m sure I used yellow colouring!

 

Ingerdients

1 1/2 cups plain flour

3 1/4 cups sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

4 large bananas

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

4 oz melted butter

Twinkies

Chocolate sprinkles

Chocolate balls

Black and white icing

 

Method

 

Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl, the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

In a separate bowl mash the bananas then add the vanilla extract, eggs and butter and beat well.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry and beat until well combined.

Pour into cupcake liners, I used blue as that’s the colour of the Minions trousers.

Bake for 18 – 20 minutes in a Gas 4/175C oven.

Make up a batch of butter cream, colour half blue and half yellow (unless you have a granddaughter helping ;-)) and pipe the butter cream onto the cakes.

Cut the Twinkies in half and using the black icing pipe on the glasses and mouths, pipe the white icing into the glasses then add a chocolate ball to each to make the eyes. Gently push a few chocolate sprinkles in to make the hair.

 

 

Apricot Muffins January 9, 2015

Apricot Muffins

They would be just as good with dried peaches. Also if you still happen to have some left over in a day or two you can re-heat them in the microwave to bring them back to that ‘just out of the oven’ state.

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup chopped dried apricots

1 cup boiling water

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sour cream

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

 

Method

 

Soak the dried apricots in boiling water for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until fluffy.

Add sour cream and mix well.

Combine the dry ingredients and stir into the creamed mixture just until fully mixed.

Drain the apricots and pat dry with paper towels, stir into batter.

Fill muffin cases (I ran out so used a mixture of cases).

Bake at 200C/gas 6 for 20 minutes

 

 

 
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