Posts tagged ‘baking’

May 9, 2012

Earl Grey Cup Cakes

Earl Grey Cupcakes

I love tea, I love cake, so putting tea into a cake is like a match made in heaven to me. This recipe comes from the Great British Bake Off book.

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April 14, 2012

Steak and Red Wine Pie

Steak and red wine pie

From the Great British Bake off book, although slightly changed as I didn’t leave the meat overnight as is recommended in the book due to my dis-organisation of the meal. Still tasted amazing even if I do say so myself.

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April 2, 2012

Shortcrust Pastry

I often use the ready-made pastry if I’m trying to make a pie quickly, but home-made pastry is by far more yummy.

If you want to make your own pastry follow this recipe, make sure you have cold hands (something I never have so have to have about a hundred windows open while I’m cooking) and put on an apron.
These quantities are perfect for pie making, so just reduce or increase the amounts depending on what you are baking. If you want the pastry to be more buttery, just add a little more butter.

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March 17, 2012

Mint Cupcakes

Mint Cupcakes

In the spirit of St Patrick’s Day I decided to make some green mint cupcakes.

Basic sponge recipe with some peppermint flavouring and green colouring, and for the buttercream icing some fresh chopped mint leaves, and some more green food colouring. Minty Fresh!

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February 12, 2012

Valentines Shortbread Biscuits

Valentines Shortbread

So it’s that time of year again! I’m not really that into valentines day, but I do love any excuse to bake, in particular anything pink or heart-shaped. So my post this week is a Valentines themed bake, for those who want to bake for someone special, or just want to treat yourself to some home comforts.

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December 18, 2011

Mince Pies

Mince Pies

I never used to like mince pies (yes I’m strange I know), and now that I do like them I only really like home made ones. However the other day I tried some shop bought ones made with puff pastry and I liked them, so thought I would give it a go at making them myself and then hopefully I would really really like them!

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September 26, 2011

Courgette, Cheese and Tomato Muffins

Savoury Muffin

When you think of muffins what do you think? Do you imagine Double chocolate muffins? Or a breakfast muffin with scrambled egg? I doubt your first thought would be a cheese, courgette and tomato muffin. At least I know mine isn’t!

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September 5, 2011

Chocolate Rum Cake

Chocolate Rum Cake

We threw my friend a surprise party and as I love any excuse to bake I thought I would make a cake. I knew there would be a lot of West Indian’s there so thought that rum would make an essential ingredient.

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August 19, 2011

Lavender Cupcakes

Lavender Cupcake

I love using ingredients fresh from the garden, or someone elses garden, and while sitting eating in my garden one day I smelt our lavender bush. I then decided that I had to try making lavender cakes. I’ve seen sugar with the lavender already mixed in with it, but it is often quite expensive, and probably not as nice as the fresh stuff.
I used a basic sponge recipe but when I added the sugar I also added a handful of lavender buds.

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July 4, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

So when I’m ill and bored I like to bake.
And this weekend I’ve been stuck at home with a virus. So out came my baking things and I looked in my cupboards as to what I could use for my creation.
My favourite type of cooking is finding things in your cupboard/fridge and making something delicious with it.
I decided I needed something chocolate and I like cupcakes as you can have just one (or three) and not feel guilty as they are so bitesize. This is what I came up with.

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