Cinnamon

Chocolate Mincemeat


 

A brilliant way to sparkle up a regular jar of Christmas Mincemeat – turn it into Chocolate Mincemeat.  

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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

A traditional cake but still one of my favourites, it’s good for feeding the masses too!

Ingredients:

225ml sunflower oil

3 eggs, large

120g golden syrup

150g soft light brown sugar

240g self-raising flour

1½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp allspice (if you don’t have allspice you can just leave it out!)

½tsp ground ginger

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

300g grated carrots


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Hot Cross Buns

with a Pink Whisk Twist of course

Hot X Bun Loaf

Hot X Bun Whirls

Three ways to use this dough – as a loaf, whirls or the traditional buns – who could resist?

Ingredients:

Dough

315g strong plain white flour

1/2 tsp mixed cake spice

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp dried fast action yeast (or 1 sachet)

25g caster sugar

205ml milk

1 egg, large

zest of 1/2 and orange

100g currants

Filling

60g dark brown sugar

1 1/2tsp cinnamon

A little water icing to glaze (optional)

Makes 1 x 1lb loaf, 10 whirls or 8 buns

Place the flour, mixed spice, salt, caster sugar, orange zest, yeast, egg and currants in a large bowl.

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Wedding Baking – Fruit Wedding Cake


Here’s the recipe for my perfect wedding cake.  Because sometimes you need a fruit cake that tastes great without maturing and one that cooks fairly quickly – like when you have 11 hours to make the whole darn thing…

I will be doing a separate tutorial for sugarpaste roses later on this week.

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On the tenth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…… Gingerbread Cupcakes


Gingerbread Men Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes
Ingredients:
Cakes

115g butter, softened

55g dark brown sugar

50g caster sugar

1 large egg

150ml treacle

310g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4tsp ground ginger

230ml greek yoghurt
Gingerbread men (optional) to decorate
Frosting

500g icing sugar, sifted

1 tbsp meringue powder/meri-white/egg white powder
or
1 x box of Silver Spoon Royal Icing Sugar
90ml lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 160c fan/180c/Gas Mark 4.

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Blue Peter Apple Cake

Blue Peter Apple Cake


This is the recipe for a cake that I started making in my early teens,  I used to make it for family occasions around this time of year when we were lucky enough to have apple trees in the back garden. 

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Monkey Bread – No Monkeys Required

Monkey, Monkey, Monkey, Monkey Bread!
This pan happened to end up in my collection in one of those shopping moments when all sensible rationale flies out of the window.  Lured by cute monkeyness and sheer curiosity the pan found its way into my shopping basket.

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