Archive for Baking

04 Feb 2014

Homemade Oreos

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I’m still not sure exactly what makes Oreos taste like… Oreo, but these were easy to make and tasted good. The recipe called for a filling made with vegetable shortening, but I used buttercream instead.

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01 Feb 2014

Phoenix Nests

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These were made for a Harry Potter themed gift exchange. I don’t know what colour eggs a phoenix actually lays, but mini-eggs seem like a good approximation. They’re a twist on standard easter nests.

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30 Dec 2013

Chocolate Courgette Cupcakes

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Two baking related XMas gifts I couldn’t wait to try were a new mixer and a a tub of chocolate popping candy. It’s not really something which you can ‘bake into’ a cake, but in the frosting for these chocolate courgette cupcakes it’s fairly explosive.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
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27 Dec 2013

Raspberry Cheesecake

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This was a great alternative to Christmas Pudding, which no one seems to eat. A light cheesecake on top of a gluten free biscuit base, with raspberry sauce swirls. Not the easiest thing to hide a £1 coin in though.

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21 Dec 2013

Cream Cheese Chocolate Brownies

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I’ve never tried cream cheese in a brownie before, but these were really good. The cheese took the edge off the sweetness of the chocolate.

Cream Cheese Brownies
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14 Dec 2013

Chocolate Orange Biscotti

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A rich, chocolate biscotti heavily flavoured with orange from orange raisins and orange juice.

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12 Dec 2013

Almond Shortbread with Lemon Curd Topping

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One of the easiest desserts to make and full of the lemony goodness from the homemade lemon curd. The almond shortbread crust has a smidge of almond flavour.

Lemon Bars

Lemon almond shortbread bars

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08 Dec 2013

Mini Yule Logs

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In keeping with the Christmas spirit, I made some yule logs. I have a reasonable tolerance for chocolate, but even I found these too chocolatey. Recipe via: The Little Loaf.
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06 Dec 2013


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Lebkuchen are an awesome Christmas cookie. There are different types, but these are the type without eggs. The dough needs to chill overnight to develop the flavour.

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05 Dec 2013


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Everyone likes pancakes, and these came out like scotch pancakes – light with chewy fruit. I’d put more raisins in next time, and they’d be nicer with honey instead of plain.
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