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Archive for December, 2011

Christmas chocolate cupcakes

Christmas! Christmas Christmas Christmas! Did you have a good one? Did you get lovely presents? More importantly, have you eaten bloody loads? We had a slow build up to Christmas (a few biscuits, chocolates and a gingercake), then BOOM, Christmas Eve, time to eat your face off. Non-stop. For the next week. So we’re mid-eating season at the moment and I’ve managed to stuff in loads. Christmas Eve we had a huge meatball lasagne (recipe coming soon) followed by some deep dish chocolate chip cookie puddings (recipe coming when I manage to take a photo before scoffing it. This hasn’t happened yet.). Christmas Day involved the usual massive fry-up mid-morning, followed by constant chocolate eating until the big roast dinner. And now it’s Boxing Day! Click here if you ate loads too

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Sticky gingerbread

Gingerbread is a word which makes me very suspicious. When someone tells me they have gingerbread, I know that in a few moments I will be either ecstatic or absolutely gutted. The reason being that the word “gingerbread” appears to be used both for the squidgy, amazing cake kind and the chewy, slightly rubbish biscuit kind (though Emma tells me these should really be referred to as gingerbread biscuits). Yeah yeah, I know, I’m in the minority here, but gingerbread men do nothing for me. Gingerbread cake, on the other hand, makes me so happy, I just want to lie on a big pile of it and smoosh my face into it’s lovely, sticky insides. I don’t know. Let’s move on. Come in, there’s more!

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Cookies and cream fudge

I am very late to the Oreo party. I don’t know if they’re just not as big a deal in the UK as they are in America, or if I was just sheltered from them due to my mum’s dislike of them (although she loved this fudge as well as these cupcakes so I’m starting to think she knows NOTHING about Oreos). Whatever the reason for me only discovering them about a year ago, it means I am way behind with experimenting with them in recipes. So let’s get started!

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Focaccia – step by step

 

Focaccia

Bread has always been one of my favourite things to eat. I am a huge fan of carbs in general (which explains my big fat bum), but bread is my number one favourite. I would always buy fresh bread when I got my weekly shop in, but recently I discovered how ace it is to make your own. You can’t tell from my recent blog posts (because I’ve been a bit lazy getting recipes up) but since I made chorizo and thyme fougasse a few weeks ago, I’ve been on a huge bread kick. Carbs carbs carbs!

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Nutella banana loaf

A few weeks ago, I bought a gigantic jar of Nutella. Because I might want to bake with it, or spread it on bananas, or eat it straight from the jar with a spoon. But then I forgot about it, until Chris told me I needed to bake with Nutella because we had three jars. Where did these other two jars come from? How had I not eaten all of it in front of the tv yet? Who bought all this Nutella? Well, me. Let’s buy more!

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Sausage rolls made with homemade puff pastry

I’ve heard lots of things about puff pastry. “It’s difficult”, they say. “It’s time consuming”, they say. “It promises you everything and leaves you with NOTHING”, they say. Possibly. Maybe that’s shortcrust pastry. I’m not a pastry expert. Which probably makes you wonder why I’ve decided to do a step-by-step to puff pastry. But anyway, puff pastry is nowhere near as difficult as I’d convinced myself it would be! Stop! Pastry time!

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White chocolate cheesecake ice cream

I cannot believe it’s been nearly two weeks since I last posted. Did you miss me? Did you cry a bit? Did you even notice? You didn’t, did you? Hmph. I’ll just console myself with this ice cream and NOT GIVE YOU THE RECIPE. Just kidding. Please come in!

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