Valentine’s Day 2016

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ll give presents and maybe do some heart shaped themed baking (I love baking) but haven’t celebrated much more than that. Ryan was at work today, cooking for many couples that had booked a table at the restaurant, I knew he’d be tired and hungry when he got home and decided to treat him. I cooked some chicken pesto pasta with heart shaped tricolour pasta and a little chilli powder to give it a kick. It was very good! The chilli powder was […]

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Christmas cupcakes

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂 For Christmas this year I’ve decided to bake Christmas cupcakes and a chocolate chip banana cake as we had some left over bananas to use up. For the Christmas cupcakes I used my “go to cupcake recipe” but added a chocolate sauce to the mixture to make gooey chocolate filled cupcakes. I decorated with red / pink icing and Christmas themed sprinkles / iced decorations. Makes: 12 cupcakes Ingredients 125g butter 125g Self raising flour 125 Caster sugar 2 Eggs 1/2 tsp Vanilla flavouring 12 cupcake cases Chocolate sauce (for the filling) […]

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Mince pies

Last December, I baked a gingerbread house and mince pies for the Christmas period. I’ve yet to decide what I’ll be doing this year, yet, but wanted to share the mince pies I made last year. Since I forgot to! … Better late than never? You will need 500g pack sweet or dessert shortcrust pastry Plain flour, for dusting 300g mincemeat Milk, for glazing Method Pre heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a flour-dusted surface. Stamp out circles of pastry with an 8cm cutter and press into silver pastry cases. Spoon a little mincemeat […]

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Gifts for Bakers

Ever struggle with what to get for the baker in your life? If they’re anything like me they probably already have just about every baking related thing ever invented (slight exaggeration there!). How about a hamper full of stocking fillers like baking supplies or small items of bakeware? Or a novelty gift? I’d be happy to receive something like this and often ask for flavourings or piping nozzles in my stocking. I’ve tried to cater to all budgets in my list. Bakeware. Personalised Wooden Cupcake Spoon £8.50 Personalised ‘Big Baking Bowl’ £34.95 I have a mixing bowl like this which […]

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Apple Crumble Cake

A colleague at work brought in a bag full of cooking apples from his tree, free to anyone who wanted some. I took 6 and decided to have a try at my first apple crumble cake. I adapted an apple crumble cake recipe I found on Pinterest for self raising flour (I’m out of baking powder)… Here’s the result. 🙂 You will need 7″ (18cm) round cake tin 75g unsalted butter 225g self raising flour 50g caster sugar A pinch of ground cinnamon (optional) 450g apples (cooking apples if available) 1 medium egg 1-2 tbsp milk Confectioners sugar to dust […]

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Weight Watchers cupcake recipe

It’s National cupcake week and mum asked if I could bake some Weight Watchers friendly cupcakes for her to take to her weekly meeting. I used a Weight Watchers cupcake recipe found in the online community and made a few changes (removed the added salt, used a different way of decorating and flavouring). Makes: 12 cupcakes Pro points value per serving: 4 You will need 110 g Caster Sugar 110 g Margarine, Soft 2 medium eggs 110 g White Self Raising Flour 1 teaspoons (level) Strawberry flavouring Confectioners sugar Strawberries Method Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/fan oven 160°C. […]

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