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.
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.
Sometimes you just can't beat the simple things in life. There's nothing quite like some quick homemade rustic goodness served fresh from the oven, all warm and comforting just waiting for a nice helping of butter to slightly melt and ooze with the added sweetness of some jam to satisfy a slight hunger in the afternoon or any other time of the day for that matter.
I used the recipe from a cookbook I have but I know I can find better so will be using this one next time from the BBC if anyone is interested in having a go [link] if you are gluten or lactose intolerant just swap the ingredients for the flour or milk you normally use.
It has been a long time since seeing scones presented this way, a very common thing in old tradtional bakeries when i was a child now replaced by the cut out version.
Using up some leftover marshmallows and dairy free chocolate today. S'mores are not a very common thing in my part, no one i personally know have ever tried them. I only tried them for the first time last year after a lovely lady called Meg sent me a S'mores kit from the USA. We don't have graham crackers over here, just as well as I can't eat them anyway so decided to make some cookies. This is also the first time making dairy and gluten free cookies.
For normal or gluten free cookies I recommend this cookie recipe. I have tried many cookie recipes but that is the best recipe I have used so far. I am now on the look out for the perfect dairy free cookie recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Never feel guilty about eating cake at breakfast again! Banana, raisin and sultana cupcakes topped with Cheerios coated in honey.
As always i used my quick and easy cupcake recipe [link] This is really great to experiment with different cereal toppings and combinations, though once decorated serve straight away else the cereal will go soft.
If anyone recognizes what TV show the mug is from, you rock!