16 Jan 2015

Tripple Gingersnaps

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Burns’ Night is fast approaching (25th January) and dessert themes are centered around whiskey and ginger – the two things which make me think of Scotland (sorry Scots!). These chewy ginger cookies have a fresh ginger, ground ginger and crystallized ginger and are rolled in demerera sugar for extra crunch.

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13 Jan 2015

Black Forest Custard Heart Cupcakes

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I’ll be damned if I can wait for another month to start Valentine’s baking. The Black Forest cupcakes are a standard chocolate cake, filled with cherries and pastry cream, topped with ganache and a cherry and sprinkled with red glitter and hearts.


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12 Jan 2015

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

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Oreos have a special kind of reverence for me since I first tried them in Dixie Landings, Walt Disney World, Florida when I was 11 (Y2K). They weren’t just regular Oreos though, they were crushed and mixed into the most amazing milkshakes known to man. These cupcakes have Oreos in the cake and more Oreos in the frosting on top.

I used a multipack of mini Oreo bags, but full sized ones would be fine too. You’ll need around 150g in total.
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10 Jan 2015

German Chocolate Cookies

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Like German Chocolate Cake, these have nothing to do with Germany. They’re a chocolate cookie with a caramel frosting, coconuts and pecans. Without the frosting, these are just regular chocolate cookies.

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08 Jan 2015

White Chocolate Cranberry Mini Loaves

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I never pass up the chance to use my mini loaf pans. Any kind of traybake which is remotely seasonal (cranberries are a Christmas thing afterall) and I rush to the kitchen to make mini loaves. These cranberry mini loaves have white chocolate chips and natural yogurt topping. If you don’t share my love of mini loaves, you could also use a 9×13″ pan.

Frosted loaves

Spread the topping over the loaves to set

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06 Jan 2015

Rugelach Cookies

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Rugelach are usually a kind of Jewish Pain aux raisins – a roll of light dough stuffed with currants and cinnamon (like a cinnamon roll but without oodles of gooey icing). These cookies look impressive and taste just like regular rugelach.

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04 Jan 2015

Black Bottom Cupcakes

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Cheesecake and chocolate cake in one cupcake. These cupcakes have a chocolate bottom and sides with cheesecake in the middle. The have an espresso chocolate buttercream frosting and are an excuse to use your choice of sprinkles (eg: golden stars for New Year’s).

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04 Jan 2015

Chocolate Espresso Buttercream

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A coffee flavoured chocolate frosting which sets due to the high proportion of icing sugar. Before you spread this over cupcakes, allow it to cool and almost set, then stir to remove the crust – otherwise it will crack on the cupcakes.

Chocolate espresso frosting

Chocolate espresso frosting

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01 Jan 2015

Pretzel Crunch Cookies

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White chocolate cookies with salty pretzels dotted throughout. Finally a way to use up the pretzels from the Christmas cracker snack packs. If you can’t get regular mini pretzels, pretzel sticks work too. I found them in the Polish section at Tesco.

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30 Dec 2014

Coconut Confetti Cake

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Happy New Year (almost)! That’s my excuse at least for using the confetti sprinkles I picked up a couple of months back from PoundLand. This confetti cake is similar to carrot cake in consistency – moist and loaded with chunks of soft coconut.

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