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Moustached Movember Baking

15 Nov

Movember… thats right. Raise money by growing a moustache (if you’re a guy) or raising money by baking if you’re me!

Tash with a 'tache...

Tash with a ‘tache…

This week we had a Movember Bake Sale at work, so obviously I baked!

Lots of shortbread cookies...

Lots of shortbread cookies…

Vanilla shortbread, chocolate shortbread, dipped in milk and white chocolate, and liberally sprinkled with pistachio… YUM!

IMG_4644Get your ‘tache on a stick!

Girls bringing the 'tache back!

Girls bringing the ‘tache back!

Cookie close-up!

Cookie close-up!

I used my fail sale vanilla shortbread recipe by Lily Vanilli, and a batch of chocolate shortbread.

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 180 grams unsalted butter
  • 90 grams caster sugar
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 240 grams plain flour
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • I egg yolk

Method:

  • Sift together flour and cocoa powder
  • Add in the sugar, salt and vanilla and mix all dry ingredients together
  • Rub in butter until the dough looks like breadcrumbs
  • Add in the egg yolk and incorporate until dough begins to come together
  • Roll out dough to 1cm thickness and cut into whichever shape you fancy!
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  • Bake for 15-18 mins approx at 165oC
  • Take out and leave to cool
  • Dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle over pistachios, or whichever topping you choose

 

ENJOY! Are you doing Movember?!

A Very Berry Birthday!

3 Sep

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a slice of victoria sponge… especially when you pimp it up with fresh berries and homemade berry coulis!

Berry Beautiful!

Berry Beautiful!

 

Don't drool on the screen now!

Don’t drool on the screen now!

 

 

I’ve been using Lily Vanilli’s recipe again, but this is so easy to make yourself… just use any old sponge recipe, it could even be a box mix (but shhh don’t tell anyone!)

To assemble make buttercream by whisking butter and icing sugar together. I made a coulis instead of a jam, which again was very easy! It’s made by boiling together 50g caster sugar with 50ml water and 200g any fruit (I used raspberry and blackberries) Simmer for 15 mins then take off the heat and blend well. Sieve to remove seeds.

Drizzle the coulis in the middle of the cake as well as on top. Add berries to the middle and top of the cake for a delicious slice bursting with berry goodness!

Soft and delicious!

Soft and delicious!

 

This is the perfect weekend bake! What are you baking this week?

Kit Kat Birthday Cake

16 May

Hi Cake Snobs! Have you missed me? Yes I know sorry I’ve been away for ages. But I will make it up to you. Promise! How? With this:

Kit Kat Birthday Cake

Kit Kat Birthday Cake

Why yes, that is a victoria sponge cake, sandwich together with raspberry jam and buttercream, covered in white chocolate buttercream, studded with maltesers and peanut m&m’s, finished with a border of kit kats. Phew! Even saying that makes my mouth water! Let’s take another look…

From the top

From the top

I made it for the boyfriend’s birthday, and I think he really liked it…

Just for me!

Just for me!

In fact everyone couldn’t wait to gobble it down!

Lets just take one more look shall we?

Lets just take one more look shall we?

So – I made this cake using the victoria sponge recipe from Lily Vanilli’s book Sweet Tooth – a great recipe!

I used raspberry jam and standard buttercream to make the filling. I then coated it in a batch of white chocolate buttercream:

Ingredients:

  • 220g unsalted butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 300g white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Method:

  • Whisk the butter and icing sugar together until smooth
  • Melt the white chocolate, and when cool, add to the buttercream
  • If mixture is too stiff, add in amount of  milk (I used skimmed) until it softens

I did a crumb coating first, leaving the cake in the freezer for 10 mins before applying a second coat of buttercream.

I then lined the outside with 2 finger kit kats (warning – buy 3 packets or you will run out and have to find a supermarket that is open at midnight!)

Then i decorated the top and used a ribbon to finish. And voila! The birthday cake is ready! The whole thing took me an evening to make, about 4-5 hours including cake cooling time!

I suggest you make this for your next party, it was a huge crowd pleaser and it was gone within the day!

Chocolate Masterclass

15 Apr

Morning Bakers, Makers and foodie in-takers! Hope you’re well on this lovely sunny morning. I’ve had a bit of a break the past few weeks due to some family stuff, but i’m back now (well at least until I jet off on holiday at the end of the week!)

I am part of the Lurpak #BakeClub and won last month’s chocolate challenge with my Speculoos Brownies, so my prize was to attend a chocolate masterclass with the lovely Lily Vanilli.

Me @ Lily's

Me @ Lily’s

We started off the day with a demo from Lily herself, how to make the filling to her delectable chocolate truffles.

Lily giving us a demo

Lily giving us a demo

We could choose to flavour the filling any way we wanted, with flavours ranging from boozy absinthe to delicate lavender. I went with a relatively simple filling, since I loved the array of toppings and wanted a filling that would go well with everything, so I ended up making a salted brown butter ganache. Whilst the ganache refrigerated  we sampled some toppings and asked Lily lots of questions as she baked us some of her fabulous chocolate cookies!

So many toppings!

So many toppings!

After waiting for what seemed like an age, it was finally time to coat and top our truffles! We scooped the truffles into little balls, and after a second batch of refrigeration, they were ready to coat and top with whatever we wanted!

Truffle madness!

Truffle madness!

We tried with some of Lily’s “I made it earlier” truffle balls first, then dived into our own. Whilst most people went for a uniform look for their truffles, I went slightly crazy and developed my own “Monster Truffles” as I named them! Large in size and covered in an array of glitters and toppings, I went for a mad eclectic look!

Monster truffles!

Monster truffles!

Edible silver

Edible silver

Mine... all mine!

Mine… all mine!

These were a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all my family! A huge thanks to Lurpak and Lily for a brilliant afternoon and one I will remember for ages!