23 Jul 2016

Hawaiian Sunset Cupcakes

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These sunset coloured cupcakes are flavoured with layers of pineapple, coconut and orange and an awesome chance to use cocktail umbrellas!

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17 Dec 2015

Bananas Foster

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This is the USA’s version of a British bread and butter pudding. Originally made in New Orleans, it’s made with bananas baked in custard and is served with a rum caramel sauce.

You can use any type of bread – I used a French stick but in searching for recipes, I found versions which used Italian panettone, croissants and brioche.

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28 Nov 2015

Rum and Fruit Stollen

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Stollen is loaded with rum and packed with marzipan and fruit and can be made with or without yeast. This version uses regular flour and baking powder as a raising agent and despite the golden brown crust on the outside, the centre was squishy and moist.

Marzipan and fruit

Strands of marzipan and fruit in the centre

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23 Nov 2015

Viennese Mince Pies

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Don’t give these to the reindeer if you expect them to see straight. The pastry has a subtle lemon flavour from the grated zest and is loaded with rum spiked mince pie filling and topped with a wholemeal streusel topping. You can serve these with custard or spiked rum sauce.

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03 Oct 2015

Apple Strudel

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October means Oktoberfest, and that means apple strudel! This is stuffed with rum, walnuts, raisins, sultanas and apples. Not wanting to waste anything, I even used the peelings to make apple crisps. I’ve made so much custard over the last year I think I’ve reached a level of custard making where I can pretty much wing it. This batch was cinnamon flavoured to compliment the strudel filling. Happy Oktoberfest!

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19 Sep 2015

Rum Cupcakes

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I couldn’t pass up the chance to make something pirate related. These cupcakes are packed with rum, frosted with cream cheese and more rum and topped with pirate treasure. Given the choice, I think most pirates would prefer these to whatever it is they normally eat.

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05 Jul 2015

Eccles Cakes

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Easy to make and an excuse to splash some rum in for a hidden surprise. Genuine Eccles cakes use puff pastry and are dusted with crunchy sugar, whereas Chorley cakes use shortcrust pastry and have no sugar. They’re both filled with raisins and brown sugar, and these are a cross between the two – they use a flaky pastry which is easier to make than puff pastry and have the sugar topping.

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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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22 Feb 2015

Tropical Banana Cake

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Fitting loosely with the theme of St. David’s Day on 1st March (yellow = Daffodils/Wales?), this banana and coconut cake is loaded with fruit and coconut – I even managed to sneak some rum in.

The sponge base is first soaked in pineapple/rum syrup overnight, then topped with creme patissiere, sliced bananas, whipped cream and coconut.

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20 Dec 2014

Christmas Pudding Cupcakes

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Rum soaked fruit and nut cake with rum custard filling, covered in marzipan – like Christmas pudding, but in a cupcake! Even if you don’t ‘like’ Christmas pudding, give these a go. A light Christmas fruit cupcake filled with rum creme patisserie and topped. Serves 14.

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