Sunday, 24 May 2015

Frozen Birthday Cake

So it was my little sisters birthday on the 3rd April (I know its a bit late posting this),she loves frozen. She even put in a request for a frozen cake (cheeky). But by this time I had already started planning it. I ordered the little statues off the internet and bought the blue icing back in january! 
I done a 2 tier cake. The bottom layer was a simple chocolate sponge with a thin coating of vanilla buttercream over it for the fondant icing to stick and the top tier was a chocolate chip sponge. 
The tiers was then put together and I used a frozen themed ribbon to put round both layers. Next I rolled out some white icing a used a snowflake cutter and cut out several different sized snowflakes to place all over the cake. Finally I placed the statues on top of the cake. 
This was only a short post simply to share a picture of my sisters birthday cake I made her.




x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Homemade Quiche

So I was reading through one my many cookbooks I got for Christmas last year and in one of them there was a recipe for a Quiche. I had always wanted to attempt to make one but I had never had to correct tin to use but I had recently invested in a heavy gauge decent one from sainsburys (in the sale) and I thought this was the perfect time to try it. Not something I normally do on this blog but I really wanted to test it out. As far as I can see and taste it has turned out perfectly. I didn't actually use the recipe from the book but it inspired me to look around online at a few other recipes and take pieces from each and I kind of made it up as I went along. So here is how I made it. 

Ingredients

1 Block of Shortcrust Pastry
5 Eggs
300ml Double Cream
130g Unsmoked Pancetta
150g Double Gloucester Cheese
Salt & Pepper

So I began by giving the tin a quick grease (even though it's non stick you can never be too careful) and rolled out the pastry just big enough to fit the tin. I rolled the pastry back over the rolling pin to be able to pick it up easily enough without breaking it. I laid it over the tin and pushed it in careful. I cut off the excess and laid some baking paper over the pastry, put some rice on the baking paper to hold it down and baked for 10 minutes on 220C fan. 
While it was cooking I fried off the pancetta until it started to brown. Then I simply poured the cream in a measuring jug, added the eggs, salt & pepper, cheese and pancetta. I gave it a quick whisk and that was it for that part. 
After the 10 minutes were up, I took it out the oven and took the baking paper off (with the rice still on it) and put it in the bin. You can reuse the rice for future recipes like this where you need to blind bake pastry but I just chose not to this time. I then places the tin back in the oven on a shelf in the middle of the oven and then poured the mixture into it. I cooked it on 160C fan for 30 minutes or until it does not wobble in the middle.
That's it, very simple I think. I got it out the of tin quite quickly and just let it cool down. 





Enjoy :) x

Monday, 11 May 2015

Rocky Road

I love Rocky Road. I've only ever had it with milk chocolate though and dark chocolate is my favourite so I decided to make it with dark. They turned out amazing. So now lets get to the making of them. 

Ingredients

100g Unsalted Butter
300g Dark Chocolate
4 tbsp Maple Syrup 
250g Cookies (I used Maryland)
100g Marshmallows 
Icing Sugar to dust over

I began by placing the butter,maple syrup and the chocolate in a saucepan and stirring it over a low heat until it is completely melted. Make sure you stir it constantly so the butter does not burn on the bottom of the pan. Once its melted take it off the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes. While it is cooling down you can begin crushing up the cookies. I chose to do it in a bag with a rolling pin, I left a few chunks of cookie so it will give the rocky road the rocky effect. I then added the marshmallows and stirred it all together. Previously I had lined a square tin with baking paper so I just poured the mixture in the tin and smoothed it out evenly. You can then place it in the fridge overnight or I placed mine in the freezer 1-2 hours (because I could not wait overnight). 
Lastly I took it out the freezer, dusted it with icing sugar and cut it in half then into about 5-6 slices. 

Enjoy :) x















Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Flapjacks

I think the last time I made flapjacks was about 5 years ago when I started to experiment cooking a bit but they turned out badly wrong. Rock hard and possibly a bit burnt, so when I decided to try again after all this time I was a bit wary but according to my family they were actually nice. So here is how to make them!



Ingredients 

125g Butter
250g Rolled Oats
125g Sugar
3 tbsp Golden Syrup


So a recipe that I originally looked at online said to put everything in a food processor and blitz it until it all came together but I prefer chunky oats in my flapjacks so I just put it all in a bowl and mixed it together. I then lined a brownie tin with butter then grease proof paper and put it all in there. Next I pressed it all down with a back of a spoon and put it in the oven (200C) for 30 minutes. When I took it out of the oven, I then left them to cool for 15 minutes then I cut it into sections. I chose to cut them into bite sized pieces. Simple as that,buttery,creamy and sweet. yummy!





Saturday, 2 May 2015

Giant Double Chocolate Cookies

So I come across a recipe for these cookies a long time ago but they had 3 types of chocolate in them and where more chunky. I adapted the recipe by only using dark chocolate (my favourite) and not adding any milk. 
This a really easy recipe to follow and you can be eating your cookies within the hour with a nice cold glass of milk. So all you will need is:

Ingredients

200g Unsalted Butter, softened 
300g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
275g Self Raising Flour
75g Cocoa Powder
1 Big bar of Plain Chocolate


Start by turning the oven on to 200C and line 2 trays with greaseproof paper. Put the softened butter and caster sugar into a bowl and cream it together. Next add the egg and fix until its just come together. I then put in the flour and cocoa powder and just worked the mixture for a good 2 minutes with a wooden spoon. Once it had come together I added the chocolate.
I then rolled out a handful of mixture into a ball and put it on the tray. They went in the oven for 15 minutes and went from this....




To this!






Leave them to cool for 30 minutes (if you can wait that long). 

Enjoy x