Using up the last of the marshmallows to make this a variation on the typical rice krispie treats. Again didn't have much time for the photography today so not happy with the photo whatsoever but I really wanted to share the idea with you that you can play with what cereal you can use instead of rice krispies.
Today i was very excited to be baking as it was my first time making dairy free cakes, I already bake gluten free but last week decided to try out a dairy free diet too. To be honest I was not sure what to expect but in the end they just tasted pretty much like regular cupcakes which is great and to those unaware of what they are made of would unlikely taste the difference.
I used my basic cake recipe [link] but used ASDA gluten free flour and Pure which is a sunflower based dairy free butter/spread. As a topping I heated up some lemon juice with sugar then poured on the cupcakes while still warm.
That's it, that's all my Christmas practice baking done, no more photos until after Christmas. Sorry for the rush job on this photo, I haven't got the time at the moment to be taking lots of pictures.
Still using up Christmas leftovers so today with the help of my two kids made these tiny pizza fingers using small baguettes topped with ketchup, cheese, tomato, sweetcorn and grated carrot.
I wasn't sure my youngest would like these, she doesn't like normal pizza, not a big fan of bread or cheese either but she certainly gobbled these up in typical Sasha fashion, by that i mean, when she eats and really enjoys what she eats makes "mmmm" noises, she has always done it, it is so cute but i have to go in the other room if i am on the phone as she is so loud! At least i know she enjoys her food. Here is a making of photo on facebook of Sasha making her pizzas [link]
Vanilla sponge with strawberry jam, butter cream and a sprinkling of icing sugar.
It's been a while since I last made a Victoria sponge so this was a nice change. It's my go to recipe when making cakes for people I don't know or know well enough to know their tastes as none of the flavours are too offensive or over powering, it is a simple all round cake and gets the job done. I even read yesterday it was the most bought cake here in the UK for 2012.
This cake I made with my kids, I am finally learning a way of baking to make everyone happy. I measured the ingredients, my eldest poured it all in the mixing bowl while my youngest mixed, then they both took turns mixing until ready.
My eldest Sarah especially wanted to help with this cake as it is a thank you cake for her teacher for doing an amazing job of taking care if her in school on Friday after a health scare, those who have read my recent journal will know why. Sarah even made him a lovely thank you card.
Back to the cake, it being so simple makes it very hard to find interesting ways of photographing it but I just loved that part of the cake with the jam oozing out ready for someone to come along with their finger to scoop it all up for a taste.
Orange sponge cake fingers on sticks with melted white chocolate, various sprinkles and Cadbury Flake pieces.
I hate leftovers so today decided to use these off cuts of cake to make some cake fingers with the kids. It was great to get the kids involved in baking and decorating. My youngest helped whisk the sponge mixture but got a little annoyed when the mixture stuck to the whisk and managed to flick it all over herself. Both kids were a little less messy when it came to adding the sprinkles and seemed to add more sprinkles to their mouths than the cake.
The funny thing is, we spent so much time with the off cuts of cake and made so much of it I never got around to making the cakes I was planning on decorating today, instead I had to freeze the main cake so I can continue with my original plan another day.
Banana and nutella mixed with melted chocolate (the kids don't like Nutella too rich so adding chocolate I can get the perfect balamce) on crisp, warm baguette bites (using up leftovers from Christmas again) Gluten free people out there, if like me you don't like gluten free bread then use some gluten free cake as a base instead. Nut issuse? Just use melted chocolate instead. Once you add the banana these bites need eating up straight away before the banana starts to discolour so you don't need to worry about the chocolate being too hard as it will still be melted or at least only semi set at that point.
No your eyes do not deceive you! This is a savoury dish by me!
Christmas maybe over but with it comes a lot of leftovers. For us this year those leftovers mainly consist of loads of cooked vegetables so for lunch today this is what i made my girls. Carrot, pea, cauliflower, sprout and broccoli pots with vegetable gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and finally sprinkled with grated cheese. Quick and easy, just what is needed today after a busy day of cooking yesterday.
Yesterday i made my first ever upside down cake, that was banana and was so popular i decided to make my family another but today i decided to try another fruit.
So it's a gluten free vanilla sponge with peaches and a wonderful quick and easy caramelized topping
For this one i used tinned peaches. Fresh peaches can be so hit and miss in ripeness and taste from each other and are a lot more expensive to buy and more time consuming to prepare. Being a busy and tired mother of two young kids i prefer being able to get up in the morning and think in the spur of the moment "I want to bake something today" Go into the kitchen (i always have the basics in the house of eggs, gluten free flour, sugar and eggs) Rustle something up with whatever i have laying around the kitchen, blast some music (today's choice being Stone Sour and Metallica) Bake and serve it all within an hour. Plus i love the challenge of turning something that can be rather plain and boring as tinned fruit into something really tasty.
This was served warm with a little warm custard poured over the top because i can not stand ice cream and love warm desserts.