28 Mar 2015

Hot Cross Buns v2

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After a mediocre batch of hot cross buns last year, I wanted to try again with a tweaked recipe. This one was from Jamie Oliver and was at least on par with anything available in the shops. I served these with cinnamon butter, which was just butter with cinnamon and 1/2 tsp vanilla.

There’s a lot of prep work involved (or it seems that way), due to the yeast needing to proove. I prooved them overnight in the fridge, then again after shaping before baking. Read more

22 Mar 2015

Eye of Sauron Cookies

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Tolkien reading day is 25th March, and despite not being my favourite fictional world, Middle Earth does have a huge repertoire of Hobbit recipes. These honey cookies with honey buttercream are guaranteed to keep hobbits nourished through battle. They’re supposed to look like the Eye of Sauron (that huge red glowing eye which is on top of the tower of Barad-dûr – supposedly it illuminated the location of The Ring).

The honey smelled amazing when I was mixing and baking them – like Winnie the Pooh’s kitchen!

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21 Mar 2015

Carrot Cupcakes and Cake Pops

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The best type of cake – carrot cake. I planned to make mini bundt cakes but a lack of adequate greasing of my mould left me with half a batch of cupcakes and half a batch of crumbs. After wallowing in disappointment for a while, I decided that when life gives you crumbs, make cake pops!

Unusually, these have chocolate chips and nuts in. If you prefer carrot cake with no nuts, use 80g chocolate chips. I did an even split with 40g chocolate chips and 40g pecans.

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17 Mar 2015

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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St. Patrick’s Day is today! After a successful batch of Mint Choc Chip Whoopie Pies and Leprechaun Cookie Bars, these are just like an Irish Car Bomb cocktail. Guinness cupcakes with an Irish whiskey ganache filling and Baileys frosting.

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16 Mar 2015

Mint Choc Whoopie Pies

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These whoopie pies are soft, airy chocolate sponge cakes with a layer of mint choc chip filling. They also happen to fit in with both St Patrick’s day and Pi Day.

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15 Mar 2015

Jamaican Spiced Pumpkin Pie

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Half way between halloween (pumpkins) and summer (coconuts), this pie combines the two with Jamaican rum for good measure. A great pie to make on Pi day that contains fruits and nuts instead of chocolate.

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08 Mar 2015

Apple Cream Cheese Pie

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Cream cheese… in a pie?! Yep – in honour of Pi Day on 3.14.15 (which happens to be my birthday), this apple pie has a whole wheat crust and a layer of cheesecake between the crust and apples. Combined with a lattice top and cinnamon sugar it’s a great alternative to a birthday cake.

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08 Mar 2015

Leprechaun Bars

No Comments Baking, Bars / Traybakes and Cookies

A week until St. Patrick’s day yet and I can’t wait, I need my Irish coffee fix. Irish coffee cookie bars with Irish whiskey soaked raisins and a whiskey icing on top.

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01 Mar 2015

Pots of Gold Cupcakes

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Known to be a favourite among Leprechauns and other magical folk, these rainbow cupcakes are fun to make for St Patricks Day and aren’t alcoholic unlike some of the other St Patrick’s Day recipes. Rainbow cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting, topped with a Rolo and rainbow sprinkles.

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28 Feb 2015

Kiwi Tart

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There’s been a pack of kiwis has been staring at me from the fruit bowl for the last couple of weeks. This kiwi tart looks fantastic and tastes good too. Unlike some disastrous lemon tarts from the past, the curd sets without refrigeration to a stable consistency.

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