Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Thai Spiced Pulled Pork


Ok, so this isn't really baking, but it's too tasty not to share with you! This pulled pork recipe works EVERY time. It's a real crowd-pleaser and is relatively cheap - a £4/5 piece of pork shoulder would easily feed six people, and you'd still probably have left overs (unless your friends are greedy like mine!). It takes a little preparation, and a long time to cook, so it's definitely not a last minute meal but it's totally worth it.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Spiced Blackberry Ripple Cupcakes

I'm back with my first bake in weeks, but I went back to my Mum's to use her oven... ha ha. Our house is still a little dusty from all the work we're doing so I thought it would be better to go back to where I knew it was clean! The blackberries used in this recipe were picked just around the corner from my house, and combined with the spices in the sponge, they make for a great transitional flavour combination as we head from summer to autumn.

Monday, 1 September 2014

My New Kitchen

Firstly, sorry for my complete lack of posts during August. It's been a long, hard, busy, stressful month.

Secondly, as we are nearing the point where we should be actually moving into our new home, I thought I'd share my new baking space with you!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Just For Two - Orange and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Sorry about the lack of recipes around here these past few weeks. James and I finally got the keys to our first house on the 31st of July and we have spent every day since at the house, replacing ceilings, moving stud walls and generally demolishing everything we wanted to change. It's been hard, and a little bit stressful, but it will all be worth it in the end. It's probably going to be another couple of weeks before we actually move in and I get a bit of time to myself again, but for now, here is a little cookie recipe.
I took yesterday evening off to watch the Great British Bake Off with my Mum, and as it was biscuit week, I adapted this recipe from No. 2 Pencil to make just two cookies that we could eat warm whilst watching it. Also, sorry for the awful photo... I was tired...

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Oreo Upside Down Cake

This just takes cookies and cream that one step further. Oreo upside down cake! I made this as a birthday cake for another colleague, and I had it in my head that I needed make a cookies and cream cake, with fresh cream. I thought that with the thick layer of cream in the middle, covering the whole thing in buttercream too would be just a bit too much (if there is such a thing), so to make the top look a little more interesting, I decided to try making an upside down cake with whole Oreos. It's not as tidy as I was hoping, as the cake batter got under some of the cookies, but it still looks, and smells, pretty good!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Last week was a hard week. There are so many changes are happening at the moment, both good and bad, and I've lost myself a little bit along the way. I needed something simple and comforting, which is why these cakes came about on Friday. Fresh strawberries and whipped double cream make the perfect and impressive summery topping for these simple vanilla cupcakes.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Fruit Scones - Two Ways

As I mentioned before, it was my Grandad’s birthday recently, and he is seriously the hardest person to buy presents for! I mean, what do you buy someone who already has everything they need?! After a lot of thinking and fruitless shopping trips, I finally decided to make him up a hamper of fancy tea, posh jams, clotted cream and some homemade scones - an ‘Afternoon Tea’ Hamper if you will. I knew he loves fruit scones, but I couldn’t decide whether to make them with raisins or glacier cherries, so I ended up doing both. These are super easy to make, and the end result is very light scones, studded with lots of fruity goodness! I soaked the raisins in whiskey for an hour before adding them to the dough, for an added kick.