Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

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Officially hailed as ‘one of the best things you’ve ever made Mum!’  I reckon this is a recipe you don’t want to miss out on.  A twist on the classic Millionaires Shortbread but with a brilliant chocolate caramel instead.  Four full batches in our house this week (and I’m sorry to admit I only gave one of those away) – better add the ingredients to your shopping list! xx

Ingredients:

Shortbread

125g butter, softened

50g caster sugar

175g plain flour

Chocolate Caramel

315g condensed milk Continue reading

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Cheese & Onion Pie

 

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This has to be one of the very best things to come out of my kitchen – you may have to save me from a Cheese & Onion pie addiction!

I have a great friend, Dor who shared a Cheese & Onion pie with a great group of ladies recently and I have dreamt about it ever since, plus with Father’s Day approaching and knowing my Dad loves this pie as much as I do I knew I had to give it a go. Yes this is my Father’s Day present to my Dad, and no not just the recipe I have him a pie lined up ready to go!

Some of you may know Dor (Doreen Simpson) from her La Difference catering days but she has a new facebook page Dorlicious which I know you’ll love to so if you’re a facebooker please do go and give her a visit, her food and allotment shenanigans are just brilliant.

Now for the recipe for gorgeous short short crumbly pastry and a glorious cheese and onion filling.  No potato in my pie just unadulterated cheese and onion, just how I like them. Continue reading

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Win a KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer

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In a colour of your choice!!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring you this giveaway,  I know there’s lots of you who would love a KitchenAid stand mixer in your kitchen.

I’ve been working with KitchenAid just recently with the launch of their new blog, Serious About Food. Reporting for them from Eurocucina in Milan along with some other European bloggers.  Have a look at their blog here – they’ve lots of  interesting content and   plenty more coming  -it’s definitely one to keep your eye on.

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To celebrate I have an Artisan 4.8L  tilt head Stand Mixer to giveaway through The Pink Whisk to one lucky reader.  Not only that but if you win you can choose which colour you’d like it in. Continue reading

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Traybake

 

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This year I’m supporting the Colossal Cake Sale  sponsored by Whitworths Sugar for Bake4Heroes.  We all know that cake sales are always hugely popular and are a great way of raising much needed funds for good causes.  When you’re baking for a cake sale it’s useful to choose your bakes to maximise volume (ie. £££’s) and minimise your time getting there, leaving you free to bake much more, hence sharing this recipe with you!

This Lemon and poppy seed traybake does exactly that – plenty of slices  and a thoroughly lovely crunchy drizzle on the top – no faffing around with a tricky frosting or decoration.

Find out more about the Colossal Cake Sale campaign here at Bake4Heroes.

Ingredients:

Cake

235g butter, softened

235g caster sugar

4 eggs, large

210g self raising flour

1 lemon, whole

2 tsp poppy seeds Continue reading

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Raspberry Ripple Cake

Fancy a slice of Raspberry Ripple Cake filled with raspberry ripple cheesecake filling?

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Oh yes indeed, especially now you know about my Flora Buttery experiment.  Don’t worry though if you can’t get hold of Flora Buttery where you are the recipe will work with regular butter instead.  Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

Cake

250g Flora Buttery (see my previous post Baking with Flora Buttery)

250g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs, large Continue reading

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Baking with Flora Buttery

Lets talk margarine and spreads – are you in the butter camp or do you swear by a spread or margarine?

Hands up, I’m not a huge fan of the latter.  Depending on the brand I can taste it in baking.  I know how butter behaves and what it will do in a recipe when I’m planning it, not to mention that I love the taste!

When I was asked to do some recipe development for Flora I thought it would be a great challenge for me and perhaps chance to change my mind?  Of course I don’t use butter for everything,  Flora Buttery is what we spread on our sandwiches here and is our go to for everyday in the fridge.  I’m aware I don’t want to be completely responsible for clogging my children’s arteries before they reach their teenage years, give me some credit!

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So what better place to start than with the very same Flora Buttery.  A sponge cake had to top my list for giving it a run for it’s money.  Of course, I couldn’t leave out a Pink Whisk twist and this one turned into a Raspberry Ripple Cake (recipe in the next post)

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Time to report on the success (or not as the case may be) of the Flora Buttery test. Continue reading

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Live Online Today!

 Today at 1pm (UK) join me here live to chat about all things baking and for a good look through my new book Creative Eclairs!

You can watch in the screen below but if you fancy joining in and taking part in the interactive Q&A  then head here and follow the instructions to join the hangout.

See you soon! Continue reading

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Easter Make & Bake Winners

I’m delighted to announce the winners of my Easter Make & Bake Competition in partnership with Two Little Fleas.

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The team at Two Little Fleas had a hugely difficult time in deciding the winners from all the fantastic entries received, and were certainly very hungry when they had finished judging!

 

And so to the winners…

1st Place Food & Lycra  with Egg Shell Cupcakes winning £500 John Lewis vouchers

 

2nd Place Juniper Cakery with 3 Bunnies Easter Cupcakes winning £250 John Lewis vouchers

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Join Me Live!

 On Friday 2nd May at 1pm (UK) you will be able to join me for a live online chat for a look through my newest book Creative Eclairs.  Not only that you’ll be able to join in too asking any baking questions you need answering!

- only you won’t have to worry about the state of your hair ;)

On Friday if you just want to watch, all you need to do is come to The Pink Whisk and watch live from the homepage.  If you want to participate in the Q&A then this is the link you’ll need:

 

Join the Creative Eclairs Online Broadcast Q&A

 

And don’t worry if you’re off out elsewhere on Friday and miss it, the whole lot will be recorded for YouTube and you can watch it back after the event just here: Continue reading

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Easter Bake & Make Competition!

Win £500 in John Lewis Vouchers in my Blogger Competition with TwoLittleFleas!

Feeling lucky? I’ve teamed up with bingo review portal TwoLittleFleas to run a super fun and creative Easter baking challenge.

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Hot Cross Bun Loaf

Make an Easter Inspired Bake

We’re looking for baking & foodie bloggers to create and share your Easter-inspired bakes and makes – from chocolate eggs to cake-based Easter baskets it’s time to get creative!

It doesn’t need to be complex nor do you need to be an expert in baking, just have fun and see what you come up with!

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Creme Egg Lambs

How to Enter

You need to create a blog post that features your edible Easter make. You can be as Continue reading

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