Sweet Easter Bread Wreath

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A lovely sweet bread wreath, perfect for sharing with family this Easter.

Ingredients:

500g strong white bread flour

50g caster sugar

2 ½ tsp dried fast action yeast

1 tsp salt

175ml milk, lukewarm

Zest of 1 orange

60g butter, softened

2 eggs, large

To Decorate

90g icing sugar

Juice of 1 orange

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Revealing the Pink Whisk Kitchen

I am hugely pleased, after almost a year since the work began, to reveal my completed new kitchen.

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It’s been a major task from the planning, budgeting, saving up(!), demolition, rebuilding and fitting out the new space, all whilst trying to retain some semblance of normal family life and to keep working from home through the lot!  For those of you who have undertaken a similar project you’ll know how challenging that has been.

So here it is in all it’s glory the fabulous new Pink Whisk Kitchen!

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Easter Chick Cupcakes

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I do love a spot of Easter baking, and these fluffy little chicks I’ve come up with for Bake with Stork are just too sweet to miss!

Lemon sponge cupcakes are a real taste of spring and the sunshiney days that lie ahead, join me and team #StorkChick by baking your own batch of fluffy chicks you can find the recipe and step by steps just here – Ruth’s Chicks

It’s a quick and easy bake using Stork with Butter, used straight from the fridge, for the lightest sponge perfect for fluffy little Easter chicks.

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Cookie Dough Pudding

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With Mother’s Day and Easter coming up you might be in need of a quick easy and super delicious pudding, actually this pud doesn’t need an occasion for you to make it – celebrate the weekend with this treat too.

Served warm straight from the oven this pud is ideal to prepare ahead and bake in the oven whilst you sit down for a meal, soft melty choc chips and a squidgy cookie dough centre you’re bound to please everyone who’s come for tea!

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Ingredients:

225g butter, softened

220g caster sugar

2 eggs, large

1 tsp vanilla extract

280g plain flour

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

250g chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 160c(fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4. Continue reading

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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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