As Easter is fast approaching one of my favourite baked goods is back on the shelves- Hot Cross Buns. Hot Cross Buns mix some of my favourite flavours together into one delicious bun. I have always bought them thinking I need to try to make them myself one day. Year after year I get put off by the thought of having to make a bread dough. It isn’t something I’m very confident with. However, this recipe proved that sometimes just putting your mind and trying something different can lead to surprising results!
Even amongst a very busy week, I managed to fit in a quick bake to be used as a birthday cake this weekend. It was my sister in law’s hen do, but, it was also her and one of the hens’ birthday. Of course, you can’t have a birthday without any birthday cake! I manage to bake this within an hour and a bit on a Thursday night- which goes to show how easy this recipe is! With a few finishing touches and decorations this cake turns from something which looks super simple, to something which looks gorgeous!
This year I’ve been cramming in practice wedding cakes wherever I can. I have been asked to do my brother’s wedding cake for the big day in April, which I am both excited and nervous to do! I’ve never done anything like it so have been trying my best to ensure I am ready, and fully equipped to pull it off! This week I made one of the cake tiers for a birthday cake. It was the perfect opportunity to try nail the cake, and in particular, try to get my skills using fondant up to scratch. The cake was a success and the recipe I have been using gives you fantastic results. A gorgeous, tangy lemon cake with a lemon curd buttercream finished with fondant icing for decor. If you’ve got a celebration coming up this recipe will guide you in making the perfect cake!
Finally, January is over! Like most people, I jumped on the health bandwagon after eating my bodyweight over Christmas. Unfortunately, that did mean putting a pause on my hobby and blog for a while whilst I threw myself into healthy eating. But, you’ve got to treat yourself sometimes! What better way to kick start the year than with chocolate! In keeping with the wellbeing theme too, these Chocolate Mousse pots are still reasonable in terms of calories and sugar- it’s a win, win! Perfect for a weekend treat or Valentines!
As always Christmas day requires an alternative dessert to Christmas Pudding. It’s not for everyone and it’s always nice to have a choice of pudding, especially when it involves chocolate! This Mousse cake is light but delicious chocolate dessert cake which can be easily decorated to suit any occasion, not just Christmas!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a review as nowhere has really stood out to me recently. That was until something very new and unique came to the small town of Stony Stratford, in Milton Keynes. French Affaire is a recent addition to Stony tucked away in O’Dells Yard. Although it is slightly hidden away, this French Restaurant/Creperie is not to missed!
Mince pies have to be my favourite festive food to come out at Christmas. They’re so easy to make and go down a treat. I love their versatility and that is exactly what this blog post shows. This post has 3 different ways to make your mince pies this Christmas- Traditionally with a close pastry top or with a frangipane topping or, with a streusel crumble. Whether you prefer the traditional closed pie or want to try something a little different this year- give this a read! There is plenty of room to get creative, impress a crowd, and get in the festive mood!