Death by chocolate

In keeping with the wedding cake theme, the next layer I’ve been experimenting with this week is chocolate biscuit cake. I’ve such a tough life, haha. One of my friends mentioned how she had tasted a biscuit cake recently that had ginger in it so I said I’d try some ginger nut biscuits instead of rich tea biscuits for a change.  Continue reading “Death by chocolate”

Amsterdam

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One of my all time favourite things about travelling to another country is trying out new food or any kind of food. I had looked up the top ten things to eat in Amsterdam before heading over there last week and I was looking forward to ticking each delicious food off the list, let the eating commence, om, nom, nom. 😀 Continue reading “Amsterdam”

Oaty, rhubarb streusel cake

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As I was browsing through this months Delicious magazine I came across a rhubarb recipe, there’s bags upon bags rhubarb in the freezer, the recipe also has oats so I thought that seems nice and healthy. You’ve got one of your five a day, a cereal and plenty of dairy too of course, haha. Continue reading “Oaty, rhubarb streusel cake”

A little lime, a lotta coconut.

So I’ve been given another opportunity to make a wedding cake, this time for a friend’s wedding in a few months time. I’m super excited to try out some new recipes and you will get to follow me on the wedding cake journey for the next few months, whoop whoop. So one of the layers that I suggested was a coconut and lime cake, one I’ve never made before, but sure it can’t be that hard, right? Famous last words, I will never learn, haha. I found this recipe on……..yes you guessed it, BBCGoodFood, just can’t beat it.  Continue reading “A little lime, a lotta coconut.”

Who wants to be a millionaire?

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This week I decided to try my hand at making millionaire’s shortbread. It was my first time making them even though I have made a similar version of a caramel square but with a brownie base and hazelnuts in the caramel. I used two different recipes to make these, I used a BBC Food recipe for the shortbread base and a Donal Skehan recipe for the caramel. So I preheated my oven to 180C and lined a 23cm square tin and off I went.  Continue reading “Who wants to be a millionaire?”

Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?

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So it has been waaaaaay too long since I last put up a post, terrible baker I know but I’ll be baking plenty this month hopefully, so I’ll make up for it in sugar bags full. So this weekend I decided to try out a good ole fashioned American recipe, half inspired by some lovely little measuring mugs my mam bought this week and half by my trip to NY last October and the delicious oatmeal cookie I had in Dean and DeLuca. Continue reading “Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?”

A baking disaster saved by everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup

So my aim to bake healthier things was short lived after browsing through the January edition of Delicious today and spotting what I thought was a really easy recipe for something called Savoyard cruche. I had never heard of this before and it looked delicious and really easy to make. So off I went with my cocky self and measured out 250g of butter and placed it in a pan and left it on a low heat as the recipe stated, then when it had melted I added in 250g of plain flour and proceeded to stir it for 10-15 minutes, waiting for it to turn a light brown colour and smell biscuity. I waited another 5 minutes and it still wasn’t turning a brown colour for me, I added in 125g of caster sugar and I wasn’t happy with it so I dumped it.  Continue reading “A baking disaster saved by everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup”

Sultana white soda bread

So with it being January and after eating sooooo many sweets, turkey etc (mind you I’m still eating them as it’s still technically the holidays) I was in a bit of a dilemma, what am I going to bake this month that people will eat without feeling guilty???!! So last night I was chatting away to an aunt of mine and decided I’d try my hand at making her version of soda bread. I remember always eating slices of sultana white soda bread at my Granny’s years ago so I was only delighted to make this.  Continue reading “Sultana white soda bread”

Oh Christmas wreath, oh Christmas wreath….

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So every Christmas I usually try to make some sort of Christmassy dessert for the big day and up until a day or two before Christmas Day I was planning on making a pudding cheesecake which I’d made at the beginning of the month. I’m not a huge cheesecake fan and this cheesecake was particularly heavy so I decided I’d try my favourite type of dessert with a Christmas twist and found the perfect recipe on the BBC food website, http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/christmas_pavlova_20589#recipe-tips, you can’t go wrong with a classic Mary Berry recipe.  Continue reading “Oh Christmas wreath, oh Christmas wreath….”