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A Bakewell Bonanza!

Until last week I had no idea what differentiated a cherry bakewell from a bakewell tart… it turns out they’re very similar… but one has cherries it it… duh! Well that was interesting wasn’t it!? So here’s some photos of nice tasty things:

Cherry BakewellI almost forgot to take a photo of these until I’d half eaten one! The recipe for these was like a half cupcake really… these were my faves of the two bakewell experiments. I made some vanilla butter-cream icing and mixed it with some cherry jam for the frosting… though it was a bit thick for my piping bag and I didn’t have any milk to thin it down.. so I just slapped it on the top with a spatula πŸ™‚

Bakewell Tarts

Now THESE … I am very proud of πŸ™‚ I took some round to my Nan’s house and she said my pastry was amazing. Commence me beaming with pride πŸ˜€ The recipe is slightly different for these, there is no flour just ground almonds which acts as the flour. It makes the texture quite different to the cherry bakewells, less… erm… well squidgy I suppose πŸ™‚ These were my guy’s faves… he LOVE almond flavour so I added a crap load more almond extract than the recipe called for just to make them even more almondy!

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A Quick Retrospective…

So recently (much to my boyfriend, family, friends and colleagues’ delight) I’ve taken to baking all the damn time. So I thought I’d start to document my baking escapades. I’m learning every time I make something and I love every second of it… I also love making people happy with the nice things I give them. Yup, one of the reasons I bake is so people will tell me how ace I am πŸ˜‰

One day I hope to open my own little bakery somewhere, I even have a name… but I’m not telling you that ‘cos I don’t know you people… you might nick it! πŸ™‚

My future posts will document in a bit of detail each thing I attempt to make as well as some recipes,Β  but this post will just be a retrospective in pictures of what I’ve made recently.

4th July Goodies.

So I got a little carried away with baking for the small BBQ we had for 4th July. I went and made all this stuff for about 6 people! (I should probably say now that my boyfriend is American and in the Navy… these things will now make more sense)

Star Spangled Cupcakes:

Anchor Sugar Biscuits:

Iced Navy Ship Biscuits:

I’ve made these a few times now ‘cos they’re my guy’s favourite…Peanut Butter, Oatmeal & Choc Chip Cookies:

My Indoor birthday BBQ Picnic

So the rain scuppered my idea for a birthday picnic in the park but the rain can not stop me from baking! So we had the BBQ indoors! We squished about 20 people in my little flat and I baked these fine treats for everyone.

Now this really was as amazing as it sounds! (Even though it did look a bit wonky ‘cos my oven is stupid)…

Sailor Jerry’s Rum Soaked Sponge sandwiched with Lime Buttercream and Coca-Cola Icing:

This cake was made even more awesome by the fact it was made from this recipe:

I really wish I’d had one of those blow torch thingies to brown the tops of these… maybe that will be my next kitchen purchase!…

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes:

Austin’s (my guy) Great Gran has passed this recipe on through the family and now it’s made its way across the pond to me! And it’s traveled well as it’s bloody lovely!

Rhubarb & Custard Tart:

I also made this again but made them into little tarts… they were yummy:

Random baking lovely stuffs

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Buttercream Icing

These were just experiments I did while round at my boyfriend’s house one day. Now, this boy has nothing to bake cakes with really… no electric mixer, not even a whisk (cos I broke it), no sieve… nothing! So I went primitive and made these with just a bowl, a fork and a wooden spoon… and an oven of course.. so not all that primitive really πŸ˜› I have found mixing in jam with buttercream icing is pretty much fantastic. I did this on the cherry bakewell cupcakes and piped it on top of a VERY almondy cupcake… they rocked!

Cherry Bakewell Themed Cupcakes & Jammy Butterfly Buns:

I’ve been commissioned by a friend to make some cupcakes for his Uncle’s Birthday. He wants carrott cupcakes which makes me happy cos I can make this.. (If I can find my recipe I can anyway!)

Passion Cake:

I decided I wanted to make some cookies that were mostly cookies but had the texture of cake in the middle. So I tried swapping half the plain flour in a simple choc chip cookie recipe for self-raising flour and by God you know, it worked! (ahem.. it worked the first batch second batch failed… I’ve yet to attempt a third)

Cakey Cookies:

Well that’s probably enough babbling on about cakes and stuff for now. Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

Hey there!

So this is my first attempt at a proper blog. This will be yet another blog about baking yummy stuffs! πŸ™‚