Fortune Cookies

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With Chinese New Year very shortly (8th Feb 2016) let’s make some fortune cookies and welcome the Year of the Monkey!   These are great fun to do, and making your own means you can come up with all sorts of fortunes to share with your family, friends and loved ones – tailor them to suit!

The idea of making the circles to bake may seem daunting but don’t worry I’ve got a really easy method for that too, just see my instructions below.

Ingredients:

4 egg whites, large

200g caster sugar

a pinch of salt

125g plain flour

75g butter, melted Continue reading

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Star Wars Cupcakes

There is double the excitement in our house this December, obviously Christmas giddiness is setting in but also another force to be reckoned with – Star Wars mania!

If you have boys (and girls) of the small or indeed large variety that love a bit of Star Wars action then you’ll be excited at the new film release too, and of course I’m joining in with a spot of cake action!

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See how to make these Star Wars themed cupcakes by me in the Bake with Stork Baking Academy – full recipe, how to and step by step photos right here. Continue reading

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12 – Buche de Noel Cake

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A traditional Christmas recipe for a Yule log, just switched around a bit to turn it into a showstopper cake instead,  I love the stripy inside it makes – a perfect winter dessert!  It’s hugely rich and decadent (as you’ll see from the amount of chocolate needed) and the filling is a chocolate French buttercream.

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If you want to keep it in the shape of a log then the quantities for the recipe are exactly the same it’s just the assembly that’s different and I’ll point you in the right direction further on in the recipe.

Ingredients:

Roulade

225g dark chocolate, chopped

240ml double cream

7 egg whites

2 tbsps sugar

French Buttercream Filling

100g dark chocolate, chopped

2 tbsps water

75g caster sugar

3 tbsps water

3 egg yolks

175g butter, softened Continue reading

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11- Toblerone Fondue Cake

DSC07392It seems that in our house competitive Toblerone eating is very much a Christmas tradition!  When Toblerone sent me a bunch of bars (after hiding them quickly) I thought I’d come up with a toblerone based dessert for serving up.

.  This is a super simple idea but a great way to impress your guests – Toblerone Fondue, served from the middle of a Bundt cake.

The recipe here is for a Honey and Almond Bundt but feel free to use your favourite cake, I have recipes on the blog for a Salted Caramel Bundt but a standard vanilla or chocolate will do the trick just as well.  When it comes to serving take a sharp knife and cut a around the centre of the ring of the bundt on the serving plate to divide the cake into two full rings, the inner ring to stay intact to hold the fondue, the outer ring can be sliced skewered and dipped!

Ingredients:

Honey & Almond Bundt

200g butter, softened

100g caster sugar

100g soft brown sugar

4 eggs, large

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 tsp almond extract

300g self raising flour

75g ground almonds

1 tsp baking powder

120ml honey

80ml vegetable or sunflower oil

Toblerone Fondue

125g toblerone, chopped

60ml golden syrup

200ml double cream

Selection of dipping items to serve – strawberries, fudge, mini meringues, marshmallows etc. Continue reading

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10 – Treacle Spiced Loaf Cakes

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Little treacle loaf cakes with punchy Christmas Spice, a quick and easy recipe to share with your friends and family.  They’re egg free too, don’t worry I haven’t missed them out of the ingredients list.

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Ingredients

90g butter, softened

90g caster sugar

250g plain flour

¾ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp mixed cake spice

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

Zest of ½ orange

110g treacle

110g golden syrup

200ml boiling water Continue reading

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9 – Cinnamon Breakfast Buns

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Cinnamon Breakfast Buns – make them up now and bob them in the freezer ready to bake on Christmas Day morning – delicious squidgy cinnamon loveliness, what could be better?

This sticky dough really does make the best of buns so it’s worth the fuss!

Ingredients:

Dough

500g strong white flour

50g caster sugar

2 1/2 tsp fast action yeast (1 sachet)

1 tsp salt

180ml milk

60g butter, softened

2 eggs, large

Filling

100g butter, softened

75g light brown sugar

3 tsp cinnamon

Glaze

150g icing sugar

2 tbsps water

To make the dough place all the dry ingredients and the butter in a large bowl. Continue reading

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8 – Frosted Fancies

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So I’ll be honest from the outset, these frosted fancies are a bit of work, they’re not quick to do as there’s a fair few steps from cake making, coating and covering plus the decoration and there’s a fair bit of cleaning to do afterwards!  BUT, they are truly lovely and a real treat for your guests  (plus I know you lot are up to the task) x

They’re not miniature fancies like you might buy but a larger version – think cupcake size and they are using a fantastic flavoured icing sugar from Sugar & Crumbs, if you haven’t already come across them then do look them up and try some – you’ll be amazed, it’s brilliant stuff and in all sorts of flavours – key lime, salted caramel, chocolate icing sugars to name but a few.

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I’m using a Pink Lemonade for my frosted fancies but of course you can just use a regular icing sugar and flavour the buttercream with a little vanilla extract.

Let’s get going… Continue reading

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7- Cheddar and Olive Bites

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A little something to nibble on?  Send a plateful my way!

Ingredients:

165g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

85g butter, cold diced

200g mature grated cheddar

190g jar of pitted olives in oil, drained (drained weight 110g)

2 egg yolks, large

Makes: 40 approx.

In a food processor blitz together the flour and salt.

Add the cold diced butter and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

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6 – Three Cheese Souffle

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Have you ever made a souffle?  They’re a pretty retro dish that’s often overlooked and these 3 cheese souffles are truly delicious.  You can make them now, literally today and put them in the freezer and just defrost when you want them,  we all love

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5 – Baileys Chocolate Mousse

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Have you planned your Christmas desserts?  You might need to squeeze these in somewhere – a simple luscious Baileys Chocolate Mousse and Shortbread Stars.  If you need desserts to serve to Mums to be and the elderly (check and check) then you’ll need to avoid uncooked eggs and this little mousse is a great way to do just that!

Here are the how to’s for the Baileys Chocolate Mousse and Shortbread Stars.

Ingredients:

Baileys Chocolate Mousse

325ml double cream

125ml Baileys (Irish Cream liqueur)

100g icing sugar

30g cocoa powder

2 gelatine leaves

60ml boiling water

Shortbread Stars (makes approx 20)

125g butter, softened

50g caster sugar

100g plain flour

75g rice flour

100g dark chocolate

Notes:

Each mousse is approximately 150ml and the recipe makes 4 servings, a total of approx 600ml.  Depending on the size of pot you are using you make need to increase the quantities.  Measure the volume your dishes hold to be sure before you start! Continue reading

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