Red Nose Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

If you’re still looking for something to bake for Red Nose Day this Friday then I have another fun and easy bake up my sleeve for you!

My Red Nose Red Velvet Cupcakes for Stork

You can get the recipe here including my usual step by step photos.

Happy Baking! Continue reading

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Good Housekeeping Food Awards 2015

 I know lots of you enjoy the blog and my recipes and I am hugely honoured to discover that The Pink Whisk has been nominated in the Favourite Food Blog of the Good Housekeeping Food Awards 2015!

If you have a spare 5 minutes, I’d really appreciate you filling in the Food Awards survey and voting for your favourite brands, foods and of course blog – there are lots to choose from and any one of us would be very thankful for your vote.

Here’s the link you need – Good Housekeeping Food Awards 2015

There’s also the chance to win a brilliant Kitchen Aid worth £429 for your trouble!

A BIG thank you from me, and a side serving of cake of course, to those of you who have already taken the time to fill it in.

Ruth Continue reading

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Photo Booth Biscuits for Comic Relief

IMG_2408It’s Red Nose Day 2015 this Friday 13th March and the challenge from Comic Relief this year is Make Your Face Funny For Money!

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So how about Photo Booth Prop Biscuits? Brilliant fun with a biscuit on a stick, plus the proceeds as always are going to a great cause!

You can find out more about Comic Relief right here but if you fancy giving these a bash and getting your own photo booth session on the go then here’s how! Continue reading

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Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding

 

Self saucing chocolate pudding

What could be better than a chocolate pudding with lashings of chocolate sauce?  Well in my book, not too much! To add to the fact that this choc pud is just fantastic you can whip it up and have it in the oven in 10 minutes flat, it really is that easy.  Treat yourself this weekend and rustle one up!

Ingredients:

225g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

125g caster sugar

50g cocoa powder

100g butter, melted

200ml milk

3 eggs, large

 

300ml boiling water

200g light muscovado sugar

25g cocoa powder

 

100g mixed chocolate chips (completely optional, this pud is great even without the extra choc!) Continue reading

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Day 12 – Snowmen Macarons

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Just a little delicious Christmas idea from me today! Snowmen Macarons!

Ingredients:

1 x qty Macaron mixture recipe here

Milk Chocolate Ganache

80ml double cream

1 tbsp butter

300g milk chocolate chopped

To decorate:

Thin Christmas ribbon

Cake pop sticks

Black edible icing pen

Orange edible icing pen or orange petal dust mixed with a little clear alcohol

Makes: 16 snowmen

Mix up the Macaron mixture following the steps just here, very simply flavour the mixture at the meringue stage with a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Fill a piping bag with the mixture and line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper or ideally a reusable bake o glide sheet.  Use a piping nozzle that is a round open nozzle no bigger than 1cm wide – this helps control the mixture and stops it from flowing out of the bag! Continue reading

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Day 11 – Mantecados

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A little something to share with you for Christmas that I’d not come across before.  I was tipped off to these by a good friend Helen who lives and works in Spain – you may have come across her blog The Diary of a Cake Maker.

I was asked to take part in Expedia’s World on a Plate Blogger Challenge and this Spanish Christmas recipe is just perfect.

Mantecados are a traditional Spanish Christmas treat – a Crumble Cake.  They are extremely light and flaky, a delicate treat that will melt in your mouth.  They will certainly be a regular Christmas treat in our house from now on.

They are served in waxed paper wrappers – owing to the fact that they will fall apart as you eat them – and I’ve found a nifty way of making my own with waxed paper and tissue paper too – all the instructions are below.

 

Ingredients:

250g plain flour

160g lard (or white vegetable fat ie. Trex as a vegetarian alternative)

Pinch of salt

Zest of ¼ lemon

50ml sweet white wine (Moscatel)

Caster sugar to coat

For the wrappers:

Christmas Tissue Paper

Waxed paper (If you’re crafty with other projects not just baking you may have come across this in hobby supply stores, if not then it’s available on Amazon and eBay) Continue reading

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Day 10 – Chocolate Meringue Roulade

DSC04007Last years Toffee Pecan Roulade went down an absolute storm so I thought this year I’d share a chocolate version.  They’re so brilliant because they’re freezable!  Make it now and stash it in the freezer for a Christmas dessert.

Ingredients:

Roulade

5 egg whites, large

2 tsp cornflour

225g caster sugar

2 tbsps cocoa powder

Chocolate Caramel Filling

1 x 315g tin of condensed milk

90g soft brown sugar

90g butter

3 tbsps cocoa powder

Cream

300ml double cream

3 tbsps icing sugar

50g chocolate curls

Popping candy (optional)

Cocoa powder to dust Continue reading

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Day 9 – Cappuccino Truffles

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A perfect after dinner treat, deliciously simple to make but dark, rich and packing a coffee punch.  The white chocolate coating adds a lovely creamy touch just like a Cappuccino! Here are my tips for making, shaping and coating the best truffles around.

Ingredients:

300g dark chocolate, chopped

250ml double cream

1 shot of espresso (40ml strong coffee)

 

250g white chocolate to coat

Dusting of cocoa powder

 

Makes: Approx 50 truffles (that sounds a lot, but actually if you’re giving them as gifts they don’t go hugely far – certainly after allowing for quality control!

Start off by making the coffee ganache as the base for the truffles. Chop the dark chocolate and set to one side. Continue reading

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Day 8 – Ecclefechan

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Have you ever tried these?  They are really delicious and a nice alternative to Mince Pies too.  I have added Christmas spices to mine and a zesty orange pastry which isn’t the traditional way so if you want them authentic simply leave those out.

 

Ingredients:

Pastry

225g plain flour

100g butter, cold diced

25g caster sugar

Zest of 1 orange

1 egg, large

A little water to combine

Filling

2 eggs, large

100g sultanas

100g raisins

50g cherries, whole

50g flaked almonds

2 tbsps treacle

150g dark muscovado sugar

1 tbsp vinegar

125g butter

1 ½ tsp ground mixed spice

A little icing sugar to dust

Makes: 18 Continue reading

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