Cake Pops for Chocolate Week from Rangemaster

To celebrate chocolate week Rangemaster, the maker of incredibly lovely cookers I would love to have, were lovely enough to send me a box goodies to make cake pops. It was a lot of fun and it was a lot easier to make than I thought. The amount made nearly 25! but I think I might have made them a little small as I was worried they would fall off the sticks.

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A lovely box of goodies to bake with. It’s the first time I’ve been sent butter in the post!

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The mix was easy and the cocoa powder made it very rich. I may have added a bit more than the recipe said but it worked very well.

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Baking the cake part as cupcakes was really quick and made it easy to crumble.

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Crumbling the cold cupcakes was rather fun and the butter icing was delicious. The buttercream needed a bit more milk which I’ve added to the recipe below. I would have been fairly happy eating the mix like this.

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Next came the fun part of rolling them into balls. I did a level tablespoon-ish of mix per cake pop. I think I need to work on my rolling skills.

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After a time in the fridge the cake pops had gone hard it was time to pop in the sticks with chocolate. The chocolate on the stick was set by the time I had done all the pops.

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After dipping them and swirling them in melted chocolate I went a little mad with sprinkles. They were really delicious and enjoyed by a lot of friends.

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Thank you Rangemaster for allowing me to post your recipe.

Ingredients

- 110g soft unsalted butter
- 110g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 75g self raising flour
- 50g cocoa powder

For the butter cream

- 125g unsalted butter soft
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 300g icing sugar
- 4 teaspoons of milk

For the chocolate coverings and decorations

- 1 bar of milk chocolate or white chocolate
- sprinkles

Method

- Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.
- Prepare a cupcake tin for 12 cupcakes.
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Beat in the eggs.
- Sieve in and fold the flour and cocoa powder.
- Divide between the cupcake cases and bake for 10-15 minutes.
- Once baked leave to cool.

- To make the butter cream hand mix or with an electric whisk the butter and slowly add the icing sugar.
- Add the milk and vanilla extract to until light and smooth

- When the cakes are cool crumble them into the butter cream and mix in.
- Roll balls of cake pop mix (I did 1 tablespoon per ball) and place on a greasproof paper lined tin ready to go in the fridge.
- When they are rolled place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

- While the cake pops are in the fridge melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of warm water.

- When the cake pops are cold take them out and pop the end of a cake pop stick in to the chocolate and then into the cake pop to make a seal to hold the stick and cake together.
- As the cake is cold the seal of chocolate will set quickly.
- Now it’s enjoy dipping them time. Dip them and spin them slightly to get off any extra chocolate.
- Decorate with sprinkles and leave somewhere upright to harden.

It was a lot of fun to make and my friend very much enjoyed tasting and reviewing them for me.

Thank you Rangemaster. If you like looking at gorgeous ovens check out their website www.rangemaster.co.uk

Funky Laser Review and Giveaway

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Funky Laser is one of my most favourite shops at the moment as their range is huge and your shopping list will be too!
There are amazing cake toppers and jewellery and with all the items being incredibly affordable they make great purchases and presents.
Plus they now offer an amazing service which means you can design and have your own cake topper saying whatever you want.
I want to get a Sew White logo cake topper to use on all my bakes. It would be lovely to have for photographing my bakes with. (It’s on the Christmas list)

Take a look at the fabulous items at Funky Laser. Be prepared to make a shopping list.

www.funkylaser.com

First up from my goody bag of lovely things is this very cute wooden bow tie pin.

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I’ve been using it to accessorise t-shirts and it also works brilliantly as a scarf pin. Loads of people have commented on it and it is my new favourite thing to wear. It also looks pretty darn cute with a shirt.

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A little cutie pie necklace which is a lovely little charm size this spectacles pendant. It is small, cute and glittery. As someone who has to wear glasses anything which makes them a little more fashionable is good thing. I really love the orange glitter, it’s a little bit of sparkle to make things more fashionable but also a little geeky which suits me fine. I am big geek. The acrylic is surprisingly strong for something so small and delicate.

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Funky Laser’s amazing cake toppers have been on sale in Lakeland and really adorable. Plus being made of acrylic is washable and reusable. A great investment! Expect to see photos of this being used on the blog soon. The cake topper is good thick acrylic and feels very sturdy in the cakes I’ve used it with for friend’s birthdays.

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To celebrate the wonderful Funky Laser I have this gorgeous Bride to be necklace to giveaway.
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Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Afternoon Tea Party

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Last weekend I held an afternoon tea to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. A wonderful charity which helps looks after so many animals each year. They are not government funded and need all the help they can get. As all the cats I have ever had are rescue ones it’s a charity I really love to support. We Brits love our animals and giving a little back to a wonderful charity which has helped home so many animals can only be a good thing. If you would like to donate click this link to make a one off donation or sign up for a monthly donation www.battersea.org.uk/Donations every pound counts and go towards animal care. With everyone who came and donated we were able to make a little money while enjoying cake. Thank you to everyone who came.

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The centre piece of our afternoon tea was this incredible and I really do mean absolutely incredible Bailey’s and Guinness cake from Cakes By Robin who very very kindly donated it to the afternoon tea party. As you can imagine it was the first thing to be consumed and enjoyed. Everyone remarked about good it was. I found out the icing on the top is buttercream but I still can’t believe it. The whole cake was so light and smooth! Who knew Bailey’s and Guinness would work so well in a cake but it is now my favourite ever flavour. Cakes by Robin makes stunning cakes if you are in South London I’d recommend getting a cake you will love it. Stunning cakes from a stunning and generous company. www.cakesbyrobin.co.uk

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I love making biscuits so I made up these lovely vanilla biscuits perfect to dip in tea with woof, meow and BDCH stamped on. These were loved by our guests and I ate a fair few too.

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Something else yummy and quick to make was these chocolate palmiers (recipe will be on the blog soon) They are crunchy pastry filled with chocolate – yum!

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I wanted to make some cat and dog biscuits but they didn’t work very well so were consumed early. I didn’t really give myself enough time to practice before everyone turned up. Luckily last Christmas I was taught to make these reindeer biscuits by Mel at Hercule’s Cakehouse and they looked lovely and I’m sure went with the theme of animals. I liked them a lot.

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Please donate to Battersea and help them to continue with their amazing work.

Asian Inspired Noodle Soup

I love Asian food. I really hope I can visit Thailand, Vietnam and all those other wonderful places one day to try all the food they have to offer. Rice, noodles, chillies and lots of fresh greens my idea of heaven.

Until that happy time I will attempt to make tasty Asian inspired meals and a new product I’ve been using a lot is Miso Paste. As well as being used for tradition miso soup it works very well as a base for noodle soup dishes. You can find it in Sainsbury’s for about £3 a jar.

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I love noodle soups with lots of fresh greens, onions, chillies, tomatoes etc.

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The basic noodle soup is delicious but adding all the greens makes it delicious and also personal.

Sometimes I keep it meat free but other times I add chicken pieces cooked in a sweet chilli sauce to make them slightly sticky against the wet soup and noodles.

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Soup is served and looks great but tastes better.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

- 2 tablespoons of miso paste
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 2 litres of hot water
- 300g fine egg noodles
- 4 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce
- 3 chicken breasts cut into strips
- Bag of watercress, rocket, spinach mix
- Parsley
- Mint
- Coriander
- 1 pepper
- 1 red onion
- handful of baby tomatoes
- 1 red chilli
- Half a cucumber

Method
- To make the noodle soup start with the stock.
- Dissolve the paste and stock cube in the water in a large saucepan over a low heat until it’s all mixed in.
- If you are adding chicken to the dinner cook it now. Pop the chicken in a frying pan and add the chilli sauce and cook on a medium heat.
- When the chicken is cooked, add the noodles to the stock and cook to the instructions on the pack.

- Chop up all the greens, veg and put on a platter to serve.
- When the noddles are ready serve the noodle soup and allow the happy eaters to add the chicken and all the vegetables to their taste.

Slurp and enjoy x

Bleeding Ribs Spicy Sausage Rolls Halloween Dinner

It’s time for another gruesome Halloween dinner and this time it’s bleeding ribs spicy sausage rolls.

I decided to make sausage rolls with a gory twist. Use the pastry to look like ribs and fill the roll with peppers, chillies and tomatoes for a tasty Halloween dinner or it could even be a nice snack if it was cut up. If you don’t like chilli you can use tomato ketchup instead. It works very well.

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For the chilli sauce which looks like a good blood in the pastry, I used the Knorr flavour pot mixed chillies. I emptied the pot into a cup and added a little oil to loosen it up and gave it a good stir.

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Makes 2 sausage for 4-6 people

Ingredients

- 1 pack of puff pastry ready rolled. (I used Sainsbury’s own brand 375g)
- 1 Knorr flavour pot mixed chillies
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- 1 red onion chopped finely
- 10 baby tomatoes cut up
- 1 red pepper
- 1 red chilli cut up
- 6 of your favourite sausages
- 1 egg

Method

- Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
- Unroll the pastry and cut into two piece (it will be slightly rectangular cut to make two rough squares).
- Mark into the three and cut the outer thirds diagonally. See picture below.
- Pop the flavour pot into a cup and add the oil and mix well until it s easily spreadable.
- Spread over the pastry to cover it all.
- Add the sausage meat to the centre third (three sausages to each piece of puff pastry)
- Cover with the tomatoes, pepper and red onion.
- Fold over the outer thirds of pastry picking up every other piece and folding it over.- Cut off the extra pieces and pop them over the top gory side up.
- Brush the sausage roll with the egg and pop into the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

Serve straight away and enjoy.

For the pastry I used 1 pack of ready rolled puff pastry. Cut it in half for 2 rolls. For each of the rolls I lightly scored the pastry into three and cut diagonal lines into the 2 exterior pieces.

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I then smeared over the chilli sauce to cover it all. It is a very messy job!

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I wrapped around the pastry on to the sauce meet and other fillings missing 1 arm each time and then cut them off. I cut every other pastry ‘rib’ off so the sausages would be exposed and make it more gory. I then laid the cut off pieces on top to give some more goriness to the outside.

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Here is the sausage roll ready for the oven.

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It was delicious!

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With the other half of the puff pastry I did exactly the same again but didn’t cut off the extra ribs to give it more of a mummified look. I think it looked lovely and a bit spooky.

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#UnileverHalloween

My Favourite Chocolates for Chocolate Week

I love chocolates and I’ve done a mini round up of my favourite chocolates I’ve tried for chocolate week.

First up are the salted caramels from Whittard. The caramel and salt filling is so runny and sticky but really strong. You only need one to enjoy!
The chocolate is dark and rich and these are really luxurious.

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The Lindt truffle collection is a lovely addition especially with a mug of hot chocolate to dip them into. I really liked the dark and white chocolates ones the best. They were the softest and so squidgy. They had a very chocolatey taste and it was nice to try something without loads of extra flavours.

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My third choice for my favourite chocolates for chocolate week are the almond and pecan pralines from Whittard.
I love the little cups they are in and the crunchy topping which tickles your tongue.

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I’ve loved chocolate week and luckily chocolate for life and not just for a week so I’m sure there will be more chocolate posts coming soon. x

Graveyard Pie – Halloween Challenge

With Halloween only a few days away dinners are getting spooky!
Here is my first Halloween dinner idea – graveyard pie!

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A yummy take on a cottage pie with lots of mince beef ( they look very good as brains for Halloween) and a crispy potato gravestones on top for decoration. It tastes lovely and was very easy to make.

To make the sauce for the pie I used 2 beef cubes from Knorr and 1 flavour pot full of garden herbs. They really pack a punch of flavour and made the sauce delicious. For veg I used carrots, onions and parsnips. I served it with some fresh boiled peas on the side.

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The pie with it’s mash potato topping ready for the oven to brown and crisp on the top.

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The gravestone potatoes on a baking tray drizzled with oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper and thyme.

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Serves 6

Ingredients
4 baking potatoes
500g mince beef
2 carrots
2 parsnips
2 onions
2 beef cubes from knorr
1 flavour pot garden herbs from knorr
Glug of red wine (optional)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (2 if you want a stronger taste)
salt and pepper
thyme

6 small potatoes for the gravestones

Method

- Peel the potatoes and cut up into small chunks. Pop them in a pan of cold water and bring to the oil to cook until soft.
Meanwhile:
- Cut up the onions and allow to soften in a pan with a little oil.
- Add the beef until brown and then add the carrots and parsnips and leave them to soften on a low heat stirring regularly. - When everything is soft add the beef cubes, flavour pot and 500ml of water.
- Add a glug of wine and salt and pepper to taste.
- Allow to cook on a low heat until the potatoes are ready.

- Preheat the oven to 160°C (150°C fan)

- Cut a little but off the bottom of the potatoes so they can stand up and then cut them into slices (see the photo above).
- Place on a baking tray and drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme.

- When the potatoes are soft drain and pop them back into the pan.
- Add a little blob of butter and a splash of milk and mash the potato.

- In an oven proof dish pour in the beef and vegetables. Add 200ml of water and stir in. Adding the extra water will help insure there will be some gravy/sauce when you serve it.
- Add the mash potato on top and pop into the oven 30-45 minutes.
- Add the potato gravestones in to the oven at the same time.
- The dinner is ready when the gravestones are done and the potato has started to brown and crisp on the top.

Serve and enjoy

The potato gravestones looked fabulous and it was a great spooky meal. I hope you like my brains and gravestones pie.

#UnileverHalloween

Moose Maple Butter with Cinnamon and Vanilla Pancakes

I love maple syrup! I love sugary goodness and maple syrup that wonderfully distinctive taste that makes pancakes and French Toast a far more decadent affair. When I heard about Maple Butter of course I was very intrigued and knew I had to try it.

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 Moose Maple Butter looks like a richer colour butter but when you take off the lid the smell of maple syrup is strong and sweet. It’s the sort of happy smell that makes you relax and smile.

 I decided to try an idea of cinnamon and vanilla pancakes with the maple butter and they worked incredibly well! I loved putting a blob on butter on the pancakes and letting it melt. I dusted the pancakes with extra cinnamon and they went down a treat. I also added a little fresh banana too and the maple butter worked very well with that.

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 Ingredients;

- 120g of plain flour
- tiny pinch of salt
- 2 medium eggs
- 500ml pint of milk
- half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- quarter of a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Moose Maple Butter

Method

- Sieve the flour, salt and cinnamon in to a bowl

- Add the egg, vanilla and milk and whisk it up until smooth.

- It will appear a little runnier than you would have expected but leave it for 5 minutes before using and it will thicken up enough to make some blooming good pancakes.

- Heat up a non stick pan and add a small blob of butter when the pan is hot. Add the mix to the size and shape you want. I made 3 small ones instead of 1 large one as I like a stack.

-The first side of the pancake will be cooked when it can move freely on the non stick pan, flip the pancake over either by tossing it or by using a spatula.

- When both sides are golden brown, take the pan off the heat and serve the pancakes straight away.

- Dust with a little more cinnamon and add a good blob of Moose Maple Butter and allow to melt in.

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If you love Maple Syrup check out Moose Maple Butter. It is delicious. It’s available in a few shops in London but will be everywhere before long I’m sure. Check out more information on Moose Maple Butter check out their website www.moosemaple.co.uk

Plus it goes without saying this maple butter doesn’t contain any moose!

Thank you Moose Maple Butter for giving me the opportunity to try your butter. Recipe and review are my own.

Lindt Salted Caramel Bars – Chocolate Week

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Chocolate week is still going and there is a chance to enjoy and try new things. I had never had salted caramel before and this week I got to try it for the first time. I am converted! It is weird after having regular sweet chocolate to try something which does have a strong taste of salt. I didn’t think chocolate and salt would work well together but they really do. Those chocolate makers are on to a winner with this flavour.

I really liked how gooey the caramel was. The chocolate shell was thin so there was a lot of caramel inside which made me happy. It also makes me happy that these 100g bars are only about £1.99! Good chocolate and good price.

If you haven’t tried salted caramel chocolate give it a go I’m sure you might like it x