We’ve been really lucky with some great spouts of weather recently. With the sun shining I was craving strawberries and cream. I then took it up a level and really fancied tucking into an Eton Mess. I’ve never made merignue before so this was a first for me too! By following this recipe I got it right and it tasted sooo good. All you need is a glass tumbler to serve it in!
One of my favourite treats is bakewell tarts! I love anything with an almond flavour. To relieve my craving without having to make full bakewell tarts I found a fab recipe for Bakwell flapjacks. These are so easy to make using really simple ingredients as well. It was mostly just mixing everything into one bowl and cooking in the oven. The flapjack is topped with white chocolate which was a great addition too!
If you’re a Cherry Bakewell fan like me, you’ll love these sticky flapjacks!
I am currently struggling to find things to bake during lock down, not only because of the flour shortage, but because unfortunately my boyfriend isn’t a massive fan of cake (I promise its not my baking!) I could easily eat a cake to myself in a week but its not a habit I want to get into so I am constantly trying to find recipes my boyfriend will eat!
Chocolate Eclairs is one of the things he does like so I thought I’d take on the challenge and make some! Choux pastry can be difficult but once you nail it the first time,its not as bad as it sounds. I’ll provide an easy recipe for Eclairs as well as top tips for full proof Choux Pastry!
Another week, another cookie recipe. This week is to help those who can’t find any eggs on the shelves at the minute. These chocolate chip cookies are delicious with a cup of tea and are so quick to make and bake. You can switch up the chocolate chips for something different like M&Ms or maybe you still have some Mini Eggs to get through from Easter! The egg is replaced with milk and oil which sounds gross but you really can’t tell!
I promise the next recipe will not be cookie related, but you have to admit, you cant beat a good cookie!
One thing which has taken a hit during the Covid-19 pandemic is flour. I don’t know about you but I am finding it impossible to find ANY flour in the shops. I’ve tried every single week and there seems to be no sign of it returning.
This is not only a result of us all using baking to occupy our time now, but also the flour suppliers main customer is usually big bakeries, not the small every day consumer. The flour mills are struggling to keep up with the demand of producing smaller bags of the flour- the flour is there but the capacity for packing the smaller bags is not!
But there is a way around this if you’re desperate to bake or find something to do! These flour-less cookies are honestly sooo good and I think I’d say I’d prefer them over normal ones. They’re super fudgy, light, and easy to make. (These can also be gluten free!)
To follow on from my last post I thought I’d post another recipe anyone can try whilst we’re social distancing. I’ve seen loads of posts on banana bread on social media so thought I’d jump on the hype and give it a go as well! The recipe is great if you’ve got over-ripe bananas left to use up, and avoids them going to waste! The loaf can be made all in one bowl making it so quick and easy to make. It makes for a nice little pick-me-up with a cup of tea!
Life in isolation/social distancing can be incredibly boring. It can be really easy to be unmotivated to do a lot and become really unproductive. Personally, I find this can put me in a really low mood making the challenging time we are in, even more difficult to push through. I’ve taken up a new, creative hobby to try teach myself from online tutorials and books and honestly, it has killed a lot of time and been very therapeutic.
If you’re starting to feel restless, bored, unproductive why not try baking? It’s not as daunting as some people think if you follow all the great recipes and guides that are out there. If this is something you’re toying with why not start here? This is my beginner’s recipe to vanilla cupcakes. This recipe is also great to do with bored kids and you can get as creative as you want with them! By the end you’ll feel a sense off accomplishment and you get to eat. A win win if you ask me!
Another post, another cheesecake! I am a big fan of a no bake cheesecake and it is always my ‘go to’ if I’m hosting. It’s so easy to make but soo delicious. This time it’s a Malteaser version perfect for any chocolate lover!
Biscuits are probably my least favourite thing to bake, however, if I had to choose my favourite sweet treat Millionaire Shortbread is definitely up there. When I attempted making this baked good when I was younger it was often unsuccessful. The caramel would be pouring out the sides and not set properly and the shortbread would either be too hard or too crumbly etc. However, I decided to give it another a go and it came out soo much better than I thought it would! Read on to get the recipe and full proof tips to a successful Millionaire Shortbread.
It’s been a whole year now since I was making a Frozen Birthday cake for my niece’s 4th Birthday! This weekend I was asked to make her Birthday cake again. I searched the internet fro something which looked fun for a kid but also didn’t take too much time (as I had an afternoon to get it done). I found this amazing, colourful looking Smarties cake, covered with chocolate finger and with a chocolate filling inside. The cake is truly a kids dream and looked like something that could be created in a few hours. This cake is not only perfect for a kids Birthday but would also work for big kids too!!