Saturday, 27 June 2015

Treat Petite June - Round Up


The theme for this month's Treat Petite was 'Let's Get Fruity'. I don't know about you, but with the sun finally showing it's face, I'm craving fruit and fruity foods. All the Treat Petiters this month have made some delicious fruity treats, if you like what you see, don't forget to check out their blogs!


The first entry was from Searching For Spice with these super cute Rhubarb & Fromage Frais Hearts, easy to make and a perfect fruity treat for summer!


More rhubarb deliciousness from Only Crumbs Remain with Rhubarb & Custard Cupcakes. What a fantastic combination!


Tales From The Kitchen Shed submitted a delicious Individual Lemon Tart, which she baked especially for a family visit.


Tales From The Kitchen Shed also sent in two healthy recipes, Healthy Blueberry & Orange Muffin Bars and Sugar Free Mini Cheesecakes. She used orange juice, honey and maple syrup to sweeten these tasty looking bakes.


Caroline Makes... used a beautiful mould to make these Vegan Orange Mini Rose Cakes. I love the effect and she kindly made them vegan for a friend.


I entered twice this month with Double Chocolate & Strawberry Muffins and Mango & Lime Muffins. I made them using some Urban Fruit samples I was sent and drizzled chocolate on the top. They were very tasty and went down a storm when my boyfriend's friends came to visit!



Belleau Kitchen made these delightful Strawberry Jam-On-The-Inside & White Chocolate Fairy Cakes. They are so sweet and perfectly summery!
strawberry jam-on-the-inside and white chocolate fairy cakes - See more at: http://www.belleaukitchen.com/2015/06/strawberry-jam-on-inside-and-white.html#sthash.3Lv5Qnh3.dpuf
strawberry jam-on-the-inside and white chocolate fairy cakes - See more at: http://www.belleaukitchen.com/2015/06/strawberry-jam-on-inside-and-white.html#sthash.3Lv5Qnh3.dpuf
strawberry jam-on-the-inside and white chocolate fairy cakes - See more at: http://www.belleaukitchen.com/2015/06/strawberry-jam-on-inside-and-white.html#sthash.3Lv5Qnh3.dpuf
strawberry jam-on-the-inside and white chocolate fairy cakes - See more at: http://www.belleaukitchen.com/2015/06/strawberry-jam-on-inside-and-white.html#sthash.3Lv5Qnh3.dpuf


Lemon & Lime Thyme sent in these gorgeous purple Blondie Cupcakes with Blackcurrant Buttercream Icing. The simple flower decoration is stunning!


Tin & Thyme made these gorgeous Raspberry & White Chocolate Flapjacks. She used up some leftovers and some bargain price fruit, and created something delicious.


Lancashire Food made Cranberry & Citrus Cookies using some leftover egg yolks after a batch of meringue making. This is a recipe I will be keeping handy for such an occassion!


These beautiful Strawberry Crumble Muffins were made by The Gluten Free Alchemist. She turned a broken freezer disaster into a delicious treat, they sound so tasty!


Only Crumbs Remain sent in Lime Curd Squares, which sound tangy and tasty. I love citrus flavours and I don't think I could only eat one!


Family Friends Food made her own almond butter for these Flourless Almond Butter Cupcakes. She made a batch with blueberries, and another with chocolate chips.


These stunning Boozy Orange & Strawberry Trifles In A Jar are a second entry from The Gluten Free Alchemist. She has been having a run of bad luck this month, but no doubt these gorgeous trifles put a smile on her face!


My Treat Petite co-host Cakeyboi made this tasty but simple Apricot & Lime Fool. A simple dessert to make and really tasty too. I mean fruit and cream mixed together - guaranteed yum!


Patisserie Makes Perfect made these stunning Strawberry Choux Buns. They look perfect and I want to dive right in!


United Cakedom made these Fruity Cookie Cups, which I think look delicious and fresh and would be perfect as a canape at a party!


Madhouse Family Reviews made these yummy Cherry Muffins. She baked half the batch in foil instead of cupcake cases and was impressed by the results. I will have to try it!


Cooking For Kishore made these gorgeous Raspberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. They look stunning and perfectly baked.

Check out Cakeyboi soon for July's challenge!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Double Chocolate Cake for Father's Day



Silver Mushroom, a homeware retailer, contacted me recently as they have conducted a survey to find out what treats the men in our lives wanted the most on Father's Day. Cake was the winner, with brownies coming a close second. So they've had chef Damian Trejo from Manhattan Grill in Canary Wharf create a chocolate cake recipe that is a perfect gift for your dad and sits somewhere between a cake and a brownie - perfect!


Silver Mushroom stock a variety of well known brands such as Kilner and they sent me the dry ingredients for the recipe in a large Kilner jar.


To make the cake I melted 150g butter in a pan and added 2 tbsp golden syrup. I whisked in 2 eggs and 150ml semi-skimmed milk.


I sifted the dry ingredients into a bowl, and added the wet ingredients. I mixed it well and poured it into a lined tray.


I baked on 175C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes.


Once the cake was fully cooled I melted 50g white chocolate and drizzled it over the cake.


I love giving homemade gifts for any occassion and I do always find that my male friends and relatives appreciate cake more than anything! My dad is visiting for dinner today and I think he will really enjoy eating this cake for dessert! It smells amazing and has a gorgeous moist texture, I can't wait to dig in myself! You make this same recipe into a loaf cake or even cupcakes too.



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Double Chocolate Cake
Ingredients
  • 150g Butter
  • 2 tbsp Golden syrup
  • 2 Eggs
  • 150ml Semi skimmed milk
  • 175g Self raising flour
  • 2 tsp Cocoa powder
  • 150g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g White chocolate
Instructions
Melt the butter in a pan and add the golden syrup. Then whisk in the eggs and the milkSift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into a bowl, and add the caster sugar. Then mix in the wet ingredients and pour into a lined trayBake on 175C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutesOnce the cake is fully cool, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the cake

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Top 10 Kitchen Cleaning Life Hacks & Win Dettol Products!



I don't know about you, but I love a good cleaning tip for my kitchen. I'm always in there baking, cooking or eating! So keeping it clean and tidy is important. I've had a search around the web and gathered together my top 10 kitchen cleaning hacks for keeping your kitchen sparkling clean! I've tried to find tips that fit with a baker's kitchen habits and kitchen supplies.

1. Dry out metal cookie cutters in the oven (source)
To avoid rusty cookie cutters, wash them promptly, then get them fully dry in a warm oven that has just been turned off. This is such a great tip that I will definitely be using.

2. Use flour to shine up steel and copper (source)
Put some dry flour on a cloth rag and buff away at your sink or stainless steel appliances. Rinse off when done. For copper, mix equal parts flour, salt and white vinegar to make a paste. Apply the paste to the copper, and buff off when dry. Enjoy your shiny kitchen!

3. Use foil to clean glass bakeware (source)
Scrunch up some foil into a ball, add some hot water and washing up liquid and scrub the bakeware clean with the foil. Perfect for getting dried on food off.

4. Make your house smell like vanilla (source)
If you're having friends over or trying to sell your house, clean your oven as normal, then add a few drops of vanilla extract to a cloth and rub it down all over. When you turn it on the scent will make your house smell amazing!

5. Use baking soda to unblock your sink (source)
It's not just for making your cakes rise! Pour about 120g of baking soda down the drain and 120ml of vinegar and it will de-clog your sink.

6. Put citrus fruit peel in your bin (source)
Add a few strips of lemon or orange to your bin to mask bad smells. Cut segments of citrus fruits work too as I do this a lot!

7. Keep bugs out of your food (source)
Mites can be a problem when storing flour, keep them at bay (literally!) by taping whole dried bay leaves to your shelves.

8. Clean up sticky dough after making bread (source)
This is such a nightmare as it gets so sticky. Remove any residual dough. Soak your bowl and other utensils in cool soapy water, not hot water, for 15 minutes. Remove further loose dough and throw it in the bin, otherwise it will clog your sink. Then wash again in cool water and finish with a hot water rinse.

9. Use cling film to avoid cleaning up (a tip from me!)
Cover your work surface with cling film before rolling out pastry, kneading dough or fondant icing. Not only does it make it easier to lift the rolled out pastry or fondant, but it saves on cleaning your work surface!

10. Cleaning a pot after making fudge or toffee (source)
Fill the pot with water and put it back on the stove to simmer. This will melt any sugar stuck to the pot and save you from doing any scrubbing.

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Double Chocolate & Strawberry Muffins




I recently got sent some of Urban Fruit's products to try out in my baking. They make dried fruit that they gently bake at low temperatures and they never add any extra sugars. You can pretty much do anything with their products that you like, my ideas are bake with it, add it to cereal or yoghurt, or eat it as a healthy snack! Of course baking with it is what I did and what better pairing to go with strawberry than chocolate, and double chocolate at that. Delicious and really easy to make too.


The selection of strawberry and mango fruits I received. They do 90g and 35g packs.


I started by creaming together 175g caster sugar and 175g butter.


I added 3 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract and whisked in.


Then I folded in 45g cocoa powder and 130g self raising flour. And finally I added 125g of the Urban Fruit dried strawberries, I cut any larger pieces in half, and half a pack of chocolate chips.


I divided the mixture between 12 muffin cases and baked on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes.


To decorate I melted 60g dark chocolate and drizzled it over the muffins.


Finally I sprinkled on some freeze dried raspberry sprinkles. I did want to use strawberry sprinkles, but the shop only had the raspberry ones.


The muffins were so tasty! I made them right before a group of my boyfriend's friends came over for the weekend and they were gone within the day. One of the boys ate seven of them!! I managed to grab one before they all went and I didn't know what to expect as I don't like fresh strawberries, but I really enjoyed it and the fruit had a lovely sweet flavour.


Check out my blog post on the Mango & Lime Muffins I made with the mango Urban Fruit!


I'm entering these into myself and Cakeyboi's monthly baking challenge Treat Petite. This month the theme is 'Let's Get Fruity!'




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Double Chocolate & Strawberry Muffins
Ingredients
  • 175g Butter
  • 175g Caster sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 45g Cocoa powder
  • 130g Self raising flour
  • 125g Dried strawberries
  • Half a pack of Chocolate chips
  • 60g Dark chocolate
  • A handful of Freeze dried raspberries
Instructions
Cut up the dried strawberriesCream together the caster sugar and butter. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk inFold in the cocoa powder and self raising flour. The add the strawberries and chocolate chipsDivide the mixture between 12 muffin cases and bake on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutesTo decorate melt the dark chocolate and drizzle it over the muffins. Finally sprinkle on the freeze dried raspberry

Mango & Lime Muffins



I recently got sent some of Urban Fruit's products to try out in my baking. They make dried fruit that they gently bake at low temperatures and they never add any extra sugars. You can pretty much do anything with their products that you like, my ideas are bake with it, add it to cereal or yoghurt, or eat it as a healthy snack! Of course baking with it is what I did and I thought lime was a fabulous tropical flavour to pair with the mango.


The selection of strawberry and mango fruits I received. They do 90g and 35g packs.


I started by creaming together 175g caster sugar, 175g butter and the zest of 2 and a half limes. Keep the remaining half for garnishing.


I added 3 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract and whisked in.


Then I folded in 175g self raising flour. And finally added 105g of the Urban Fruit dried mango, I cut any larger pieces in half.


I divided the mixture between 12 muffin cases and baked on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes.


To decorate I melted 60g white chocolate and drizzled it over the muffins. Then I garnished with the leftover half of lime zest.

video

Here's a little video to show you my drizzling technique!


The muffins were really fresh and delicious. I loved the lime flavour, and the mango gave them a nice texture. It didn't have a strong mango flavour, it was quite mild but tasty all the same! They certainly got eaten up fast.


Check out my blog post on the Double Chocolate & Strawberry Muffins I made with the strawberry Urban Fruit!


I'm entering these into myself and Cakeyboi's monthly baking challenge Treat Petite. This month the theme is 'Let's Get Fruity!'



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Mango & Lime Muffins
Ingredients
  • 175g Caster sugar
  • 175g Butter
  • 3 Limes
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 105g Dried mango
  • 175g Self raising flour
  • 60g White chocolate
Instructions
Cream together the caster sugar, butter and the zest of 2 and a half of the limesAdd the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk inFold in the self raising flour. Cut any larger pieces of the mango in half and add them to the mixtureDivide the mixture between 12 muffin cases and bake on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutesTo decorate melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the muffins. Then garnish with the leftover half of lime zest