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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.

 

 

 

 

 

KitKat & M&M Birthday Cake November 2, 2014

Filed under: Buttercream,KitKats,Victoria Sponge Cake — dogsmum @ 5:09 pm
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KitKat & M&M

This is one of the easier birthday cakes I’ve made. This one was for Elsie’s birthday last weekend.

 

You’ll first need to make a Victoria Sponge Cake, which you can find here..https://cookingfortheloveofit.wordpress.com/?s=Victoria+Sponge+

Then make a batch of Buttercream, which you can get here..https://cookingfortheloveofit.wordpress.com/?s=Buttercream

Sandwich the cake together with some of the buttercream then spread the rest over the top and around the sides of the cake.

Press the KitKat’s gently into the buttercream all around the sides, I used about 20, 2 finger KitKat’s.

Then fill the top with M&M’s.

 

Butterscotch Pudding June 3, 2014

Caramel Dessert

This homemade butterscotch pudding recipe use’s the sort of ingredients we all have in our cupboards and is so easy to make, you will wonder why you ever bought a packaged pudding.

 

Ingredients

2 cups milk
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Method

In a large saucepan, with heat at medium, stir together milk, sugar, flour, eggs and salt.

Stir constantly with a balloon whisk while the mixture comes to a boil and begins to thicken.

Remove pan from heat.

Whisk in vanilla.

Pour pudding into four individual serving cups, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and ready to serve.

This amount makes 4 – 6 servings, depending on how big you want them. I made some smaller ones as some are for Grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky Spider Caramel Cupcakes October 31, 2013

Spooky 1

They don’t bite, but watch out for these rare red-legged spiders.

 

 

Cupcake Ingredients

 

110g butter, room temperature

120g light brown soft sugar

120g dark brown soft sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

125g self raising flour

120g plain flour

75ml caramel sauce

50ml double cream

 

Method

 

Pre heat oven to 180c/gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper cases.

Cream the butter and sugars until pale and smooth, this will take a few minutes. A the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.

Combine the two flours in a seperate bowl. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and mix well. Add the caramel sauce and beat well. Add another third of the flours and beat until it just comes together. Add the double cream and again beat well. Add the remaining flour and beat well again.

Spoon into paper cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes after taking out of the oven before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

 

Spider Legs

 

I used Strawberry Laces but if you can find them you could also use Liquorice Catherine Wheels.

Cut them into 3″ lengths (remembering that spiders have 8 legs šŸ˜‰ )

Make 8 small cuts into each cake (for legs)Ā and stick in the liquorice pieces in place.

 

 

Caramel Buttercream Ingredients

 

60g butter, room temperature

6 Tbsp milk, room temperature

220g light brown soft sugar

240g icing sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Place the butter, milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over a high heat and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, and allow it to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and stir in half the icing sugar. Leave to cool slightlyy, then add the remainder of the icing sugar and vanilla extract and stir until it thickens.

Spread the buttercream over the tops of the cupcakes.

Using liquorice allsorts for eyes, put them in place. If the buttercream has hardened, use a little chocolate spread to attach them.

Using Orange & Lemon Flavoured Slices , cut them to form the mouth, and attach them in the same way as the eyes.

 

Fudge Cake Squares September 21, 2013

Fudge cake Squares

A traditional favourite thats easy to make and even easier to eat. This would be ideal as an after school snack when the little one’s come home hungry.

 

Ingredients

 

225g self raising flour

1 tsp baking power

235g butter, room temperature

175g soft brown sugar

3 eggs

3 Tbsp milk

100g white chocolate chips

175g icing sugar

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1Tbsp golden syrup

85g caramel fudge chunks

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4. Line a shallow cake tin (or Pyrex dish, which is what I used) about 17cm by 24cm, with baking parchment.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.

Add 175g of the butter, the brown sugar, eggs and 2 Tbsp of the milk. Beat until evenly mixed. Stir in the white chocolate chips. Put into the lined tin, level the top and place in the oven for 40 minutes or until the top spring back when lightly pressed.

Leave to cool on a wire rack before turning out of the tin.

Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Put the rest of the butter in a small saucepan with the syrup and 1Tbsp milk and heat gently until just melted, without allowing it to boil. Pour onto the icing sugar and mix to make a smooth icing.

Pour the icing over the cake and sprinkle the fudge chunks on top. Leave to set before slicing into squares.

 

Soft Frosted Cookies September 16, 2013

Soft Frosted 1

Quick, easy and you can customize the frosting colour and the sprinkles to make them themed for any occasion.

 

Ingredients for the cookies

 

4 1/2 cups plain flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cupsĀ  butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
5 tsp vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for the frosting

 

5 cups icing sugar, sifted
1/3 cupĀ  unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
7-8 Tbsp milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

 

Method

 

Pre heat the oven to 175C/gas 4. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, scoop about a dessert spoonfull of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set (do not overbake! The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if at all). Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, place the icing sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Use a spatula to frost the cooled cookies (If the frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, just continue to whisk in small amounts of milk to keep it workable). Top with sprinkles if desired.

The frosting should be spreadable not pourable, and will set hard after awhile. Best kept in an airtight container. Makes 2 – 4 dozen depending on what size you make them.

 

Smurf Birthday Cake September 14, 2013

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Martha Birthday 1

Made this for my Smurf loving Granddaughter who recently had a 2nd birthday party.

No recipe for this as I’m just putting it here to keep it.

Also you can find the recipe for a Victoria Sponge cake on here from the search bar.

 

Easter Lamb Cupcakes March 28, 2013

Easter Lamb 2

Ewe (pun intended) will have fun putting these cute lambs together. And what a nice change to have lamb at tea-time instead of dinner-time!

 

You will need 12 of your favourite cupcakes, I used lemon flavoured one’s, with a covering of lemon butter cream.

White ready to roll fondant

Black ready to roll fondant

 

Roll the white fondant and using the crinkle side of a round biscuit cutter, the same size as the top of your cupcake, cut 12 circles.

Also cut 12 slightly smaller one’s.

Place the larger one’s on the top of the cupcakes, onto the buttercream.

Using a dab of water, place the smaller one’s onto the larger one’s, to get the look of the wooly coat.

For the head, roll a lozenge shape of black fondant, place in the centre of the fluffy coat and check for sizing, then attach with a dab of water.

For the ears, roll tiny amounts of black fondant, attach with a dab of water and use a cocktail stick to give it some shape.

For the eyes, put a small amount of buttercream in a piping bag and with a small plain nozzle pipe the eyes.

Finish the buttercream off by piping some ontop of the lambs head.

 

 

Mini & Regular Jam Tarts March 21, 2013

Filed under: Lemon Curd,Ready made pastry,Strawberry Jam — dogsmum @ 7:33 pm
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Mini Jam

Well as far as I know, everyone loves a jam tart. Today as I had some leftover pastry I thought I’d make some, but, then decided the Grandchildren might like some in their sizes. How cute are these?

 

Not really a recipe as I used leftover pastry, just wanted to show them off.

I used a 78mm cutter for the regular size tarts and a 48mm cutter for the mini tarts.

Filled some with seedless strawberry jam and some with lemon curd.

For the mini tarts I used a Lakeland silicone chocolate mould.

 

 

Mini Cherry Bakewell Tarts March 15, 2013

Mini Bakewell 1

At only 2″ across these are so cute!

 

Ok first off…I bought ready to use sweet pastry, because no matter how I try I’m no good at making pastry. But if you are able to make your own just go ahead, good for you! To give you something to go by, I used 300g of ready to use pastry.

 

Ingredients for the sponge

 

40g self raising flour

10g ground almonds

50g caster sugar

50g butter, at room temperature

1 egg, at room temperature

raspberry jam

 

For decorating

 

5 Tbsp icing sugar, sifted

1 – 2 Tbsp water

3 glace cherries, cut each one into four

 

Method

 

Use a 2″ plain pastry cutter and cut 12 circles from your pastry.

Put the circles into a mini muffin pan, moulding them to the cup shape.

For the sponge, put the flour, caster sugar, butter and egg in a mixing bowl and mix until light and fluffy.

Put a little less than half a teaspoon of jam in each pastry shell, then put 1 heaped teaspoon of the sponge mixture on top.

Put in the oven preheated to 180 C / gas 4 until the sponge is golden brown and springy, about 15-20 minutes.

Leave in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completly.

Mix the icing sugar with enough water to make a spreadable icing.

Spread evenly to cover the top of each tart, topping witha piece of cherry.

 

Tip: if you don’t have ground almonds in your cupboard just use 1 tsp of almond extract and replace the 10g ground almond with 10g of self raising flour.

 

 
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