Shortbread cookies sandwiched and decorated with white chocolate ganache for my eldest daughters lunchbox tomorrow. Using up leftovers again! Today using up some butter and cream as i want it all out of the house and replaced with dairy free items. You can probably tell i got my inspiration from yesterdays star cake.
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.
Dark and White chocolate shells filled with Strawberry Jello.
I have been wanting to work with jello for such a long time now, normally I only use it for trifle but thanks to the lovely who I must dedicate these too I have been inspired at last to find new ways of using it.
I was intending on covering the top of the jello with chocolate but I thought the white chocolates looked so vibrant and much more appealing for the kids uncovered.
TIP: Do not leave the jello to cool for too long before adding to the chocolate shells else when you come to pour your jello into your shells it might not be as smooth as you may like! I still have much to learn from the master of jello!
More from the lovely If you have a love for all things colourful, jello and cute marshmallows, she is must to follow.
All the details were decorated using toothpicks dipped into the various coloured icing, I find it much easier to control with a bit of practice than a big piping bag for such tiny details.
Recipe for cookies from the BBC [link] as I have said before it's the best cookie recipes I have ever used for cookies needing to keep its shape for shapes.
This was a three in one baking session! I really wanted to make some Easter Egg cookies with some leftover cookie dough I had in the freezer from my last baking session that needed using up. At the same time I wanted to try out some of my new food colouring paste I bought for my youngest daughters birthday next month. Finally my eldest daughter brought home Diamond The Dinosaur for the weekend (the class toy, each child takes in turns to take home!) so I thought I would theme the cookies on him, he is a green dinosaur that wears stripey blue PJ's.
That's it now for Easter baking until the weekend when I try a recipe by the wonderful
Layers of crunchy Strawberry Granola, smooth greek yogurt, fresh banana slices and a drizzle of sweet honey. Perfect for breakfast, dessert or as a tasty snack and only takes 5 minutes.
I love all the different textures and bold flavours you can get with these types of foods yet it still keeping nice and light to eat which is a huge bonus. Out of all the gluten and other various foods I can no longer eat, this is one I really miss. With so many different flavour combinations it's hard for my kids to get bored of it.
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.
Warm soft and fluffy chocolate hot cross buns with gooey chocolate chips and sweet sugar glaze.
This was my first time using yeast. Up until now I have kept away from it because it takes so long to work with. It had to take something pretty special to make me give in and this was it! I can not stand the spice and dried fruit of traditional hot cross buns so when I saw these I got very excited and just had to make them.
I split the recipe in two, half gluten free so I could try some and half normal flour. It was surprising to see just how very different the two came out. I am also going to lie and tell you I purposely added more cocoa powder because we love chocolate not because I mixed up my cup sizes as I normally work with grams! (The extra cocoa was great though!) The gluten free version was very dense and didn't rise very much so if you plan on giving this a go gluten free, a different GF flour blend than the rice flour, tapioca and potato blend I use from ASDA might be a good idea to try. The normal version (pictured) however was so soft, fluffy and well risen! The family loved them and my husband took some to work! I highly recommend giving this recipe a go.
If you are interested in seeing the difference between the two versions I posed a photo of the two together over on my facebook page [link]
To get the recipe visit cakecrumbs, I have wanted to try out one of her recipes for so long, it was great to finally do so.
Sneaky cookies you ask? Well these were going to be chocolate chunk cookies but my youngest decided to open a bag of raisins and throw them into the cookie dough when i wasn't looking so sneaky cookies they became. I had a busy weekend so wasn't even going to take photos for this but I just had to have a bit of sneakiness in my gallery.
Chunky banana slices wrapped in pancake on skewers served with a chocolate ganache dip. I also had a maple syrup dip and some lemons so the family had a choice of toppings for breakfast on this day, Pancake Day here in the UK.
I was wondering all yesterday what pancakes to make today but then I remembered the crepes I made and how much the family loved those so thought I would go for a similar flavour combo but served in more of a fun and interesting way.
That's it from me this week, no more baking, or food photography as my eldest has chickenpox. Also tomorrow is my Birthday and I don't fancy baking, not even a cake for myself, funny as I am always making other people birthday cakes, I just don;t have the same enthusiasm for baking for myself.