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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.

 

Rainbow Swiss Roll Cake July 1, 2016

Swiss

The rainbow craze is crazy, but lets just go with it…

 

For this rainbow swiss roll I’ve gone with the Victoria Sponge Cake recipe again

175g/6 oz butter, at room temperature

175g/6 oz caster sugar

3 eggs, beaten

175g/6 oz self raising flour

pinch of salt

7 food colours

For the buttercream

175g icing sugar, sifted

85g butter, softened

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Tbsp  milk to soften if needed

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4

Line two swiss roll tins with baking parchment.

Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale, light and fluffy.

Add the egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding it in with a metal spoon or spatula.

Divide the mixture equally between 7 small dishes. Add a small amount of differnt colour to each dish and mix in well, adding a little more colour if needed.

Transfer the mixture from the small dishes into seperate piping bags, snip the end of each bag and starting at an angle, pipe a line of each of the different colours across the pans.

Bake for 10 minutes after that time the cake should just be coming away from the sides of the tin, if not leave for another 3 – 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes.

Loosen the cakes from the tins. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Whisk the butter in a bowl until nice and soft then add half of the icing sugar, whisk well, add the extract and the rest of the icing sugar and again whisk well. If the buttercream is a little too stiff to spread easily, then add the milk and whisk again.

Place the two cakes end to end, spread with the buttercream and roll up starting with a short end.

If liked you could add coloured sprinkles to the buttercream and mix in.

 

Raspberry Mousse June 27, 2016

Raspberry Mousse

 

This lovely sweet raspberry mousse is light and full of a tangy berry flavour. Made with fresh raspberries, this tasty mousse serves 6-8 people and is perfect for parties. It takes 15 mins to make and a little time to set – and is well worth the wait. Top with fresh whipping cream and handfuls of berries for an even naughtier treat.

 

Ingredients

 

135g raspberry flavour jelly

600g frozen raspberries

2 Tbsp icing sugar

170g evaporated milk

 

Method

Dissolve the jelly in 300ml boiling water. Pour the hot mixture over the raspberries and whizz in a blender until well mixed and the fruit is squashed. Tip into a sieve and push the mixture through to get rid of the pips. Stir in the sugar.

Whisk the evaporated milk in another bowl to a thick foam and then mix well into the setting raspberry jelly. Pour the raspberry mousse into a serving bowl and leave to set. Top with more raspberries for serving.

 

 

 

 

Toffee Crisp Bars June 8, 2016

Toffee Crisp Bars

I’ll start off today by saying a big ”Hi!” to my new followers, thanks for being here and I hope you enjoy the recipies. 🙂

 

Ingredients

 

125g Rice Krispies

125g butter

5 Mars Bars, roughly chopped

200g milk chocolate

 

Method

 

Line a 7 x 10 inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Place the butter and Mars Bars into a saucepan and melt gently over a low heat, stirring frequently.

Once melted, beat well to get rid of any lumps.

Add the Rice Krispies and mix well to make sure they’re all covered in the butter/Mars Bar sauce.

Pour into the prepared dish and press down well, ensuring its pressed into the corners of the dish, then smooth off the top as flat as possible.

Leave in the fridge for an hour.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water, then pour the chocolate over the top of the hardened crispy mixture.

Return to the fridge for an hour then cut into bars.

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge to keep them crispy.

 

 

Cake Pops June 5, 2016

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Cake pops

Following on from the previous post, where we had a cake to put in the freezer, here’s something easy to make with that cake. Or you could use any shop bought cake if you wanted to.

 

Firstly, if using cake you’ve previously frozen, defrost it overnight.

Using a food processor, turn that cake into fine crumbs

Add a tablespoon or two of either cream cheese frosting or butter cream frosting (I’ve usually got some in the fridge or freezer). Start with just the one tablespoon, add it to the cake crumbs and whizz up in the processor until all the crumbs are mixed into a dough. Using your hands, make small balls out of the dough, leave to cool in the fridge for an hour.

Meanwhile melt some chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water.

Push a cake pop stick or lolly stick into each cake pop and firstly using a teaspoon drizzle a small amount of chocolate over the stick end of the cake pop and let it set, this will help keep the cake pop on the stick when you dip it into the chocolate to cover the rest of it. Once all done, place in the fridge to set, or you could add assorted sprinkles

 

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 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.

 

 

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 😉 )

Make 8 small cuts into each cake (for legs) 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.

 

Lollipop Mummies October 30, 2013

Mummies 2

These are made from Rice Krispie Treats, or RKT as they are sometimes called. These Lollipop Mummies are easy to make, look fabulous and taste even better!

 

Ingredients

 

25g butter

100g marshmallows

80g rice krispies

200g white chocolate

1 tube of smarties

250g white chocolate ready to roll fondant

 

It’s messy!!

 

Mrthod

 

Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan.

Add the marshmallows and stir continuously until melted.

Stir for another minute and remove from the heat.

Pour in the Rice Krispies and mix in well.

Allow to cool slightly, then turn out onto a large piece on greaseproof paper.

Spread the RKT out as much as possible.

Place another piece of greaseproof paper on top of the RKT and roll firmly – you are aiming for it to be around 1cm thick, yet compressed.

Leave to cool completely

Once cool, cut out 12 circles with a 5cm plain cutter.

Leave to one side.

Melt the white chocolate in a basin over a pan of hot water.

Working quickly spread chocolate on one side of half of the circles attaching a lollipop stick to each as you go, then spread chocolate on the other halves and sandwich them together with the lollipop sticks in between.

Leave to cool in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Re-melt the chocolate, if its too thick you can add a little vegetable oil to thin it out.

Take your lollipops, one at a time, and dip into the melted chocolate and place on baking parchment. Add the smarties as eyes before the chocolate sets, you can draw pupils on the eyes using an edible pen.

These are scary mummies remember – they don’t have to be perfectly smooth!

Place back in the fridge to set.

Using your white chocolate fondant, roll out and cut narrow strips. These don’t have to be exact – remember, they’re bandages!

Wrap the bandages around the mummies, cutting off any excess.

Muwahahahahaha

 

 

 

Flickering Candle Birthday Cake October 26, 2013

Birthday 2

 

Stripey flickering candles are waiting to be blown out on this birthday cake. Made for Elsie, my Grandaughter who was 5 yrs old yesterday 🙂

 

I wanted a slightly taller cake to give the candles some length so made two of the below recipe then put them together with buttercream.

 

Ingredients

 

175g butter, at room temperature

175g caster sugar

3 eggs

175g self raising flour

pinch of salt

 

Method

 

Line a square 8″, deep, cake tin.

Pre heat the oven to 180c/gas 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together until it’s pale, light and fluffy.

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

Sift the flour and salt into the mixture and beat again.

Pour the mixture into the ready lined tin, level off with a spatula and bake for 50 – 55 minutes until well risen, golden brown and begining to shrink from the sides.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Once cooled, sandwich together with vanilla buttercream, using…

 

55g butter, at room temperature

30ml milk, at room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

 

Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the rest of the icing sugar and beat well until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

 

To decorate

 

5 Tbsp apricot jam, warmed

500g ready to roll white fondant

125g green and yellow ready to roll fondant

edible sugar balls

edible-ink pens

 

Method

 

Place the buttercream filled cake onto a 9″ square cake board. Use the white fondant to cover the cake completely, trim the edges neatly.

Roll out the green fondant and cut into 5 1/2″ strips of unequal lengths, but each long enough to go up the side and on to the top of the cake.  Make a diagonal cut at one end of each. With a little water, attach these to the cake.

Roll out the yellow fondant and stamp out the flames using a leaf-shaped cutter. Attach in place with a little water. With a red edible-ink pen draw a wavy line in the centre of each flame then attach an edible sugar ball in the base of each flame.

Cut small strips of the yellow fondant and attach to the candles.

Roll out the remaining yellow fondant and stamp out small circles using the end of a piping nozzle. Repeat with the green fondant, using a smaller nozzle. Attach the green circles to the yellow circles with a little water, Attach these all around the base of the cake.

Draw wavy lines above the candles with the edible-ink pens. I used red and blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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