Monthly Archives: October 2010

Chocolate and Lime Tart


Chocolate and Lime Tart
Inspired by sweeties,  I love chocolate limes I thought I’d turn this into a sweet tart – it was a success, I think the OH ate half this in one go!

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Posted in Chocolate, Lime, Pastry, Treats | 30 Comments

Gruesomely Vile Halloween Cupcakes

Gruesomely Vile Halloween Cupcakes

Okay then, these cupcakes are delicious (honestly) and don’t just have to be for Halloween – they’re otherwise known as mint choc chip cupcakes only these have been morphed into hideously horrible cakes for Halloween!

Makes 12.

Ingredients:

Cakes
280g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
110g caster sugar
200g chocolate chips, plain
2 eggs, large
225ml milk
6tbsp oil (rapeseed or sunflower)
1tsp peppermint essence
green food colouring (optional)

Filling
1/2 can of Carnation Caramel (Dulche de Leche)
red food colouring (optional)

Frosting
125g butter
250g icing sugar, sifted
1tbsp milk
Food colouring (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180c Fan/200c/Gas Mark 5.

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Posted in Cake, Caramel, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Halloween, Treats | 17 Comments

Jam Jam Jam Jam!

A couple of weeks ago Edd (from Bake Off) and I attended a jam making session hosted by Stoves and the WI in London.  Jam is something I’ve only started doing properly this year, it always seemed the height of domesticity to me, which is why I never gave it a go! 

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Posted in Blackberry, Damson, In the Pantry | 15 Comments

Free-From Chocolate Crinkles

I’ve done another spot of guest blogging – you can find the Free-From Chocolate Crinkles on Hello! Magazine Blogs – ‘Free From’ Kitchen

Although the recipe is designed to be gluten and dairy free you don’t have to need to be on a free-from diet to try them!

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Posted in Biscuits, Chocolate, free-from | 6 Comments

Christmas Cake – Boozy Fruit Part 2

Christmas Cake - Boozy Fruit Part 2
So you’ve been lovingly stirring your boozy fruit for the past few weeks and enjoying inhaling the fumes as you do so! Now it’s time to turn that jar of loveliness into this years Christmas Cake. If you missed the Boozy Fruit post you can find it here, get going with it now, even a weeks soaking is going to create some Christmas Magic!

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Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes and Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes
I’ve spent ages trying to find the right recipe to make delicious vanilla cupcakes – light and moist with nicely risen domed tops – no volcano effects here.  Something like this should be simple to do and it is – as long as you use the right recipe.

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Peach and Blueberry Boy Bait

Guaranteed to catch boys, men, whatever you’re after catching!
Ingredients:
Cake

230g butter

250g plain flour

100g caster sugar

165g soft brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3 large eggs, separated

240ml whole milk

225g fresh blueberries

1 x 225g tin of sliced peaches, drained weight
Jam

210g fresh blueberries

1 x 225g tin of sliced peaches, drained weight

65g caster sugar

1 ½ tbsp plain flour

1 ½ tsp lemon juice
Crumble

110g self raising flour

70g butter

85g brown sugar

½ tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp Demerara sugar

Preheat the oven to 180c/160c Fan/ Gas Mark 4.  

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Minced Beef Pie with Cheesy Crust

This is such a great family pie and was also a hit on The Great British Bake Off – no soggy bottoms here!
Ingredients:
Pastry225g plain flour75g butter, cold diced75g Lancashire cheese1 egg yolk4-6tbsp cold water
Filling250g minced beef2 carrots, diced1 stick of celery, diced1 onion, dicedSplash of ale2tbsp tomato puree2tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 egg beaten for egg wash
Pastry first! 

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Posted in Cheese, Pastry, Pie, Savoury, The Great British Bake Off | 40 Comments