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The Great Boohoo Bake Off

It’s back! The Great British Bake Off returned in all its gluttonous glory last Wednesday, and is set to grace our screens for another week this evening – this week it’s biscuit week. To mark this momentous occassion, I’ve teamed up with Boohoo.com to do some baking for the Great Boohoo Bake Off!

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I was sent a box of goodies(*) to rustle up a recipe of my choice to show off my baking skills, and with it being biscuit week this week, I thought what better way to demonstrate my prowess with a piping bag than by whipping up some Nordic-inspired lemon and cardamom cookies?

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Lemon and Cardamom Cookies recipe
(adapted from here)

You will need:
– 225g softened butter
– 250g plain flour (plus a bit for dusting)
– 150g caster sugar (I used a mix of caster and granulated and it didn’t matter too much!)
– 85g ground almonds (I whizzed up some flaked almonds in a processor)
– 10-20 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed
– Zest of one lemon

Preheat your oven to 190C (175C fan).

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You can use an electric whisk if you like, but I used good ol’ fashioned elbow grease!

Add the lemon zest and cardamom and give it a quick mix.

Tip in the ground almonds and flour and mix until it forms a dough.

Break off walnut sized chunks and pop onto greased lined baking sheets.

Press down on each cookie slightly, or if you have a cookie stamp, use this to make pretty patterns in the dough!

Bake each batch seperately for 12-14 mins, until golden brown.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and try not to munch them down until they are cooled completely!

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I made use of the little piping bags in my baking kit to attempt to pipe some Nordic patterns on my cookies, but it didn’t quite go as planned. I therefore defaulted back to my primary form of communication – emoji! I only managed two successful attempts but I’m pretty impressed with myself, tbh.

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Dress – Boohoo (*) // Jacket – H&M (old) // Shoes – Sunjellies // Watch – Shore Projects // Necklace – Moxham

Boohoo were also kind enough to send me this beautiful garment for my troubles, from their awesome selection of summer dresses. I always choose striped patterns over anything else – they’re so easy to dress up or down, and this is definitely one of those day-to-night type dresses that can be styled however you like, whether under a scruffy denim jacket or with a nice pair of heels and a clutch bag. It’s super comfy too, but my only problem is its marvellous ability to accentuate my little pot belly. I need to eat less biscuits, I think!

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(in this one they were all about to topple off the plate)

Massive thanks to Boohoo for inviting me to take part in their Great Boohoo Bake Off, and to Tala for the awesome baking supplies. I’ll be settling down in front of the telly with a cuppa and a biccy to watch the Bake Off this evening, how about you?

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DIY Glitter Donuts

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If there are two words which need to go side by side, it’s the words glitter and donut. I haven’t done much baking recently, mainly because my weekends and evenings have been choc-a-block, but last Sunday I decided to treat myself and indulge in making some proper sparkly treats!

I was very kindly sent some bits from Mein Cupcake to help me on my quest for sugary indulgence, which included this awesome donut pan(*), a cooling rack(*), edible glitter(*) (obvs), and some adorable doilies(*) to make everything look just that little bit more twee. This German baking emporium is a treasure trove packed with amazing baking supplies – absolutely everything you could imagine!

(Also – is it doughnut or donut? I’ll be calling them donut throughout this, so if you’re a fan of the alternative spelling, you’d better abandon ship at this point).

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Homemade donuts in donut pan

I can’t take credit for the recipe I used, I’m not that much of a cake magician. The following recipe was adapted from a recipe from this lovely blog:

To make 12 little donuts, you will need:

– 4 oz plain flour
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 3 oz caster sugar
– 1 tsp melted butter or vegetable oil
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 3 fl oz full fat milk
– 1 large free-range egg
– pinch salt

Oil your donut pan first with a drop or two of oil, and make sure they are well oiled – the first time around I had a bit of a donut fail, as they got stuck to the pan. Oil them well! Preheat your oven to 160 degrees C.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.

Meanwhile, whisk the egg with the milk, oil and vanilla extract in a jug.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the wet ingredients. Using a whisk, mix them together well.

Spoon the batter into the donut pan, filling about half way up.

[At this point I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder to half of the mix to make chocolate donuts. I’d recommend adding a dash more milk because it can be a bit dry otherwise]

Bake for 15 minutes. Once baked, leave in the pan to cool, then run a knife around to free them from the pan.

Cool on a wire rack and decorate. Then consume ūüôā

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Of course, no reputable donut would be complete without a generous coating of yet more sugar! This isn’t anything fancy – just plain old icing jazzed up with some pink food colouring.

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glazed glitter donuts

… plus LOADS OF GLITTER!

This edible glitter is genius – it’s so tiny and sparkly, and it doesn’t taste gritty or anything when you eat it. It comes in loads of different colours, and I’m already plotting the biggest, glitziest birthday cake imaginable.

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glitter donuts being taken :O

I can tell you that these did NOT last very long in our household. Thomas took a particular interest in the chocolate ones and had snaffled a couple even before I had a chance to take these pics. Also, how cute are these doilies?! I’m going to be presenting everything this summer on a doily.

This recipe made just the right amount for 12 diddly donuts, perfect for a little sweet treat with a cup of tea.

Why not rustle some up for tea this evening?
Hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

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Cinnamon Rolls!

Autumn = cinnamon.

I mean, let’s face it, the smell of cinnamon is just reminiscent of crisp cold mornings waking up with mugs of cinnamon coffee, or grey miserable English days sitting in a coffee shop with a vat of hot chocolate topped with a mountain of cream and dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg. Or is that just me?

I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year over the weekend and it has just put me in autumn-hyperdrive; I am furiously craving anything warm and spicy which puts me in the mood for winter. I have been meaning to make cinnamon rolls for probably about two years now, and seeing as I had nothing better to do last night I gave it a go!

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cinnamon roll with maple glaze

homemade cinnamon roll

Now there are many, many recipes on the internet for cinnamon rolls. Some use yeast, some don’t use yeast, some use buttermilk, others use eggs to enrich the dough. I found this very basic recipe from Food Network UK, which appealed to me because it didn’t have a list of ingredients as long as your arm.

There were a few amendments which I made – firstly, I didn’t use all the butter it stated for the filling, and it was practically¬†swimming¬†in pools of butter when I pulled it out of the oven. It would have definitely overflowed if I had used it all. Same thing goes for the cinnamon and sugar filling, but now I have leftovers for my cinnamon coffee!

Also, before rolling and baking, I did a little ‘massage’ on the butter and sugar to meld it all together, a little trick I learned from Man v Food, where he visited a diner which made the¬†largest cinnamon rolls known to man. This makes it a lot easier to roll up ready to cut.

Lastly, this recipe doesn’t mention any salt whatsoever. I used unsalted butter for the filling and there was something not quite ‘right’ about them – they were almost too sweet! If you don’t use salted butter for the inside (which you probably should) then add some salt to the dough.

All in all, I will most definitely be making these again. Now that I have begun hibernating for winter I think this will be my staple diet food.

Have you done any baking recently?

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Diet Pie

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Hooray! Food!

I almost forgot that at the beginning of my blogging adventure I promised you lovely lot some foodie-related things. We’ve been so busy with moving and the like that this week is the first proper cooking week we’ve had in ages. Unable to stand any more takeaways or frozen items we went through all our cook books and planned a week’s food.

Now, much like the rest of Twitter, it seems, I am recently re-obsessed with The Great British Bake Off. Last week it was pie week, and MY GOD between the nail biting suspense of split custard and soggy bottoms I had to fight the unbearable hankering for something wrapped in pastry.

However, we are trying to be good eaters recently, having lived on the diet-of-a-five-year-old (fish fingers, frozen peas, onion rings, toast etc) since university. We have the odd moments of inspiration, much like when we made a Mexican Jamie Oliver feast, but often because of work hours and commuting, I have the tendency to slip back into bowls of Weetos for breakfast, dinner and tea.

Not so long ago Tom gifted me the Hairy Dieter’s cookbook – a bunch of recipes from the telly show of the same name, starring the Hairy Bikers. I did enjoy watching the TV programme and have made a couple of recipes from this book before (the jalfrezi recipe is awesome) but had yet to give this one a go. So, to satisfy my need for pie but also continue on my health quest, we gave their Egg, Bacon and Asparagus Flan a go.

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It’s pretty clever, really. All of the recipes in the book are certainly not shrunk-down bland imitations of their full-fat counterparts, merely thoughtfully constructed homages to the real deal. This one, for instance, uses delicate filo pastry (which, according to GBBO is a real bitch to make, I used shop bought, obvs) as its base, with a cornflour thickened eggy custard and lightly fried bacon, onion and asparagus filling.

And apparently there’s only 245 calories per portion!

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I un-did all my hard work saving calories by whipping up this bad boy for pudding – kind of like a miniature apple strudel using a braeburn, a tablespoon of sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon and some leftover scraps of pastry. I stewed the apples for about 5 mins or so, wrapped it in the pastry and stuck it in the still-warm oven for about 10 mins. It kind of exploded everywhere, but once it was covered in cream it wasn’t even noticeable.

Nom.

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Chocolate Courgette Cake

Hasn’t the weekend flown by?!

We went to a beer festival on Saturday, so most of yesterday was spent sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves, trying to get over our hangovers. We ended up having dinner at Bella Italia (courtesy of some Tesco vouchers), and fell asleep at 10, full of pasta and chocolate brownie sundae. Lush.

Today was far more productive – dressed distinctly like a 1940s housewife I managed to get all the boring house jobs out the way, whilst finding time to rustle up this bad boy.

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This is another recipe which has been sitting on my foodie Pinterest board for well over a year, and considering the autumnal turn the weather has been taking recently, I thought it was about time I gave it a go.

It’s a recipe from BBC Good Food, who are pretty much my go-to nowadays; their website has literally hundreds of awesome recipes, and the reader ratings are usually pretty accurate.

I’m pretty pleased with how this one turned out, although there are always a couple of things which could have been done differently – I put a bit less courgette than recommended because I was afraid of it not cooking properly in our crap oven, meaning it was a bit dry. Also I had no mixed spice, so substituted 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 ginger, and it would have been nicer if it were a bit ‘spicier’.

The chocolate ganache topping is AMAZING, and the easiest thing to make – heat a pot of cream and then tip it into a bowl of chopped chocolate, keep stirring and it melts into a shiny pool of deliciousness. I probably should have waited for the cake to cool properly before I put it on but I was too hasty in wanting to stuff it in my face.

I literally cannot wait for autumn, this is only making me more excited about the approaching cold weather.

What’s better than ending a long weekend with a massive chocolate cake? Nowt.
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Chocolate Courgette Cake

Hasn’t the weekend flown by?!

We went to a beer festival on Saturday, so most of yesterday was spent sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves, trying to get over our hangovers. We ended up having dinner at Bella Italia (courtesy of some Tesco vouchers), and fell asleep at 10, full of pasta and chocolate brownie sundae. Lush.

Today was far more productive – dressed distinctly like a 1940s housewife I managed to get all the boring house jobs out the way, whilst finding time to rustle up this bad boy.

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This is another recipe which has been sitting on my foodie Pinterest board for well over a year, and considering the autumnal turn the weather has been taking recently, I thought it was about time I gave it a go.

It’s a recipe from BBC Good Food, who are pretty much my go-to nowadays; their website has literally hundreds of awesome recipes, and the reader ratings are usually pretty accurate.

I’m pretty pleased with how this one turned out, although there are always a couple of things which could have been done differently – I put a bit less courgette than recommended because I was afraid of it not cooking properly in our crap oven, meaning it was a bit dry. Also I had no mixed spice, so substituted 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 ginger, and it would have been nicer if it were a bit ‘spicier’.

The chocolate ganache topping is AMAZING, and the easiest thing to make – heat a pot of cream and then tip it into a bowl of chopped chocolate, keep stirring and it melts into a shiny pool of deliciousness. I probably should have waited for the cake to cool properly before I put it on but I was too hasty in wanting to stuff it in my face.

I literally cannot wait for autumn, this is only making me more excited about the approaching cold weather.

What’s better than ending a long weekend with a massive chocolate cake? Nowt.
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My weekend, in pictures.

It was a busy one.

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We went to Bristol Internation Balloon Fiesta on Thursday night for the ‘nightglow’ event – dozens of balloons lighting up in time to music; it was a pretty epic affair.

We met two really lovely families, one of which let us share their picnic blanket. It reminded me of how nice a city Bristol is, everyone around us seemed to be having a really good time, it was a really laid back atmosphere.

However, I never got to have a go on the carousel. Sad times.

We planned to go back to the fiesta on Friday and Saturday, but to be honest there was no need – we live about a 10 minute walk away from Ashton Court and everything which was happening at the fiesta we could see from our bathroom window!

Fast forward to Sunday, and I undertook a very tiring journey…

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One of the home teams of Bristol Roller Derby, Daughters of Anarchy, organised a sponsored skate from Bristol to Bath along the old railway track, in aid of our chosen charity, Survive.

It was 15 miles of some of the roughest and most difficult surfaces I have ever skated on, but it was the most amazing experience. I was separated for most of it from the rest of the group, preferring the ‘slow and steady’ approach. The rougher parts really were hard, and only about 3 miles in I contemplated giving up, unable to take the vibration from the tarmac on my ankles and shins. I persevered, however, and on the smoother parts of the path it was thoroughly enjoyable skating with ease through the trees, taking in the sights beyond the edge of the path.

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We stopped in Bitton to pick up some more travellers and saw a steam train! Y’all know how¬†excitable¬†I am around trains, this one tooted his whistle at us when it went past.

We finally made it into Bath after roughly 2 and a half hours of ankle-vibrating pain, and I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of myself. If you told me 5 years ago I would make a 15 mile journey on skates, not a car, I would have laughed in your face. I guess derby really can change a person.

If you would like to be an absolute babe and donate some money to the cause, you can find the donating page here. Thanks!

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Obviously, I was absolutely Hank Marvin after my long day, and was craving cake.

I’d seen this pin¬†on Pinterest well over a year ago for a Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake, and had never got round to making it. I’ve never been the biggest fan of blueberries, but there was something about these pictures which had me craving this cake every time I looked at it. The power of good photography!

I made the cake and served it with creme fraiche, then suitably demolished it.

Hope you all had awesome weekends, too!

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