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….”

Christmas Yule Log

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This is one of my favourite Christmas desserts that has now become a tradition to make every Christmas Eve. I have tried different recipes but I always come back to Mary Cadogan’s recipe on BBC Good Food (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3049/yule-chocolate-log). It’s a really easy recipe to follow and always results in a deliciously moist chocolate log. Normally I would use a cream filling but this year I said I’d make it a proper death by chocolate style log, so I followed exactly what the recipe suggested.  Continue reading “Christmas Yule Log”

Christmas Brownies

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The holidays have officially started and to celebrate I made my usual brownies from The Hummingbird cafe and added a little festive twist to them. Brownies are always a winner, who doesn’t a good ole fudgy brownie. To make them even more indulgent I topped them with a Lindt chocolate ganache, Chantilly cream and a strawberry for one of my five a day, ha!  Continue reading “Christmas Brownies”

Xmas baking Day 2….

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This has to be by far my favourite time of year when it comes to baking and I’m sure every baker feels the same. I have a pile of foodie magazines (mainly GoodFood, Delicious and Good Housekeeping) where I have cornered several recipes that I cannot wait to try. Now if there were just more hours in the day then I could get around to baking them all. So yesterday I made florentine biscuits and I got the recipe from the GoodFood Christmas magazine.  Continue reading “Xmas baking Day 2….”