Thursday, 9 May 2013

Easy Cinnamon Biscuits

On Tuesday up where I live we had probably the hottest day of the year so far. It was lovely sunbathing weather. Then, just as usual our British split personality weather decided it was going to pour down the next day, and for the rest of the week. I went from eating an ice lolly in the back garden to craving some hot chocolate and a nice biscuit in 24 hours.

Not wanting to make anything too rich, I decided on a simple light biscuit recipe with a little bit of cinnamon and vanilla so they weren't too boring. I'd never had much of a taste for cinnamon before these biscuits, but next time I'll definitely be putting more than 2 teaspoons in!

5 oz Self Raising Flour
5 oz Plain Flour
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
A few drops of Vanilla Essence
4 oz Butter
4 oz Sugar
1 large beaten Egg

Sift your flours and cinnamon in to a large mixing bowl. Cream together butter and sugar, add vanilla and egg. Combine both flour and butter mixture in to a dough. Roll out on to light floured surface and cut out some shapes and lay out on a baking tray covered in baking paper. Bake at 160 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

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I put a sprinkle of Cinnamon in my hot chocolate and a little big of sugar over all of the biscuits!


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Malibu Rum & Bounty Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Lately I've had an obsession with adding alcohol to cupcakes, It would be very cute to have a "Cocktail & Cupcake Party" including alcohol in the cupcakes too. The other day I raided the alcohol shelf in the cupboard and found a bottle of Malibu, personally I can't stand Malibu, and I don't particularly like Bounty either (Although I LOVE the smell of Coconut and will buy any beauty product within a mile that smells of it) but anyhow, for the Coconut taste lovers I thought Malibu and Bounty would be perfect together.

This was the first time I'd actually attempted to make any cupcakes/cakes with alcohol in them (Bar the Xmas cake I get roped in to baking every year now) So I had to do a little bit of research to find out how much people seemed to be adding. I ended up putting in about 2 fl ounces in both the mix and the buttercream mix. Do not be put off by how crazily alcoholic your cake batter will taste, most of it will burn off when you bake them anyway! The following recipe makes 12 standard sized cupcakes.

Cupcake Recipe
4 oz Stork
4 oz Caster Sugar
4 oz Self Raising Flour
2 Eggs
2 fl oz Malibu
1/2 a shredded Bounty
A few drops of Vanilla extract
Depending on how chocolatey you like your cupcakes, it's really up to you, I usually sprinkle enough to cover the top surface of my cake mix.

Throw it all in a large mixing bowl and give it a good whizz around with whatever whisk/electric appliance you usually personally use for baking. Separate in to 12 cases. Bake at 150 degrees for 25 minutes.

8 oz Stork
8 oz Icing Sugar
2 fl oz Malibu
A few drops of Vanilla extract

Again throw all of your ingredients together and whizz it around for a couple of minutes until there are no lumps and it has a smooth consistency. Pipe on to cupcakes with a large star nozzle. Finish off with pieces of Bounty, and a drizzle of chocolate if you wish. Another great thing to add would be desiccated Coconut if you have any handy.

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Hope you all enjoy making these as much as I did! I was told they were delicious.

H x

The beginning!

Round 2 of Blogging!

I must admit I got a little bored of blogging about Makeup, Hair products, and other superficial things, so why not have another go and blog about something else I love - Baking and cooking!

I've ran a small but successful cake business from home now for the past 2 years and I thought a lovely little blog accompanied with recipes and pictures would be a great addition.

Mostly I'm sure it will be baking related recipes and perhaps maybe even some tutorials to help other people at home bake, but I'd also love to include some savoury dishes too!

At 21 I've spent the past couple of years getting my head around cooking and I spent many an hour scouring the internet for easy to follow no nonsense recipes. Hopefully I'll be able to put all I've learned and some on little part of the internet!

Happy Baking!

H xo