Monthly Archives: September 2010

Mint Ginger and Blackberry Miniature Cakes

Mint Ginger and Blackberry Cakes
Here are the miniature cakes that I made for The Great British Bake Off Final – despite Mary not liking them I do and I’m sure you will too!

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Ribbon Bow Cupcake Toppers – A How To…

Ribbon Bow Cupcake Toppers

Thought I would just do a quick post on how to make your own lovely cupcake toppers.  I used these little bows on sticks for my miniature cakes in The Great British Bake Off.

I’ve always been a crafty kind of person, taught to me by my lovely Mum!

Posted in Cupcakes, How To, In the Pantry, The Great British Bake Off | 9 Comments

Sugar Crusted Fruit Scones

Sugar crusted fruit sconesScones – My Way!

So many of you have requested my recipes from The Great British Bake Off – so here’s the first – Sugar Crusted Fruit Scones, more recipes to follow but you’ll have to be patient! xx

225g self raising flour
Pinch of salt
50g butter
25g caster sugar
120ml milk
75g sultanas

1 egg for eggwash
Caster sugar for sugar crust

Clotted cream and raspberry jam to serve

Preheat the oven to 220c/200c Fan/425F/Gas Mark 7.

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The Great British Bake Off and Me x

To say it’s been an experience and a half would be an understatement – I have truly had the time of my life! I have had the opportunity to meet and work with nine very talented bakers from all over the country who I am proud to call my good friends and without whom I would never have survived the turmoils of filming.

Posted in Ruth's Chat, The Great British Bake Off | 190 Comments

Boozy Christmas Fruit

Boozy Christmas FruitYes yes, I’m ready for you to lynch me with all your squeals of ‘it’s nowhere near Christmas’.  I don’t care I love Christmas, the sooner the mince pies are in the shops the better as far as I’m concerned!  I’ve got my tree up already – haven’t you?

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Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake

Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake
Another of my really simple cakes – it’s definitely a firm favourite in our house and uses up the bananas I bought because the children begged for them and they’ve gone brown in the fruit bowl because no-one’s eaten them.

250g plain flour

2tsp baking powder

125g butter

225g dark muscovado sugar

5 bananas – super ripe

1tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

200g dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180c/160c Fan/Gas Mark 4.

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How to pipe swirls on cupcakes…my guest post

I’ve done a guest post for the lovely Thrifty Mrs over on her blog A Thrifty Mrs – so if you want a tutorial on piping beautiful buttercream swirls on cupcakes head over to her fabulous blog here AThrifty Mrs

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Jammy Damson Brulee

Jammy Damson Brulee

At this time of year you just can’t beat nature and all the lovely fruit it gives us for free!  I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a huge amount of Damsons.  After our jam stocks have surged enough see us through the next five years I thought I’d better find something else to use them for.  

Posted in Brulee, Custard, Damson, Treats, Vanilla | 6 Comments

Maple & Pecan Bread for National Breakfast Week (and a great giveaway!)

Maple and Pecan Bread

Did you know it’s National Breakfast Week?  Kellogg’s are running a campaign to get the country eating breakfast – not necessarily cereal – just making sure you eat something to start your day.  Breakfast is heralded as the most important meal of the day but amzingly one in five grownups and one is six children don’t bother.

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Chocolate Orange Panettone

Chocolate Orange Panettone
Panettone isn’t difficult to make but it does take a while – not actual work mind just a lot of waiting about!  I find it’s best to do it at the weekend when you’ve nothing planned but pottering around the house.

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