All posts tagged: baking

Sticky Black Gingerbread

Another day, another recipe. A girl that I used to work with made a fantastic batch of gingerbread for a Macmillan coffee morning competition that we held in the office last year. She took the recipe from the Leiths School Baking Bible and won the competition hands down. Her prize was a delightful bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne, lucky girl. So, inspired by her fantastic baking, I decided to bake a batch myself. I have the book that she used at home and it had been sitting dormant on the shelf for a while so I put it to good use! I adapted my recipe to include nutmeg, which worked really well! The result is a light, airy and fluffy gingerbread – It is best left for a day so that the flavour really has time to kick in. Ingredients 225g butter 225g dark muscovado sugar 225 black treacle 290ml full fat milk 340g plain flour 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 eggs, …

Blueberry, banana and cinnamon oat muffins

I have made a fair few banana loaves over the last few months. A lot of you probably know that I am a huge fan of breakfast foods, especially the sweet kind. My local supermarket is currently selling punnets of blueberries at £3 for 2 packs so I stocked up and decided to make some banana, blueberry and cinnamon breakfast muffins. These muffins are low fat due to the fact that they’re made with buttermilk and light olive oil rather than butter – in fact they only contain around 5g fat per muffin. I’m not normally one to watch my fat and calorie intake but I don’t like to consume a lot of them at breakfast time as it leaves no room for my after dinner treat! They are lovely and moist and will keep for a month in the freezer. Ingredients 120g light muscovado sugar, plus extra for dusting 300g self-raising flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 50g oats, plus extra for dusting 2 ripe bananas 284ml carton of buttermilk 2 tsp cinnamon 4 …

Chocolate ganache dipped flapjacks

You’ll have to excuse my photos for the moment. My camera is poorly so I’m using my iphone – but I have to say, I’m loving all of the photography apps you can get on it! I still have quite a lot of the Green & Blacks chocolate left from the fabulous event that I took part in a few months ago. So what better way to use it up than to dip homemade flapjack biscuits into a ganache. Yum. This is a really easy recipe that is fun to bake with kids. You can muster up a batch in half an hour from start to finish – the dipping takes slightly longer but this part is optional. Ingredients 75g unsalted butter 70g light muscovado sugar 1 tbsp golden syrup 175g porridge oats (I used Scotts) For the ganache 50g Green & Black’s dark chocolate 50g Green & Black’s creamy milk chocolate 50ml single cream (or judge by the consistency – it needs to be thick but runny enough to dip the flapjack into) Method …

Chocolate and Rose Petal Cookie recipe

My mum gave me a bag of rose petals around Christmas time. She is a baker herself and bought a huge jar back from Australia with her. They have been sitting in the baking box unsused since then so I decided to finally use them this weekend. I also still have a huge amount of Green & Blacks chocolate left over from the cook off that I did a few months ago so I put a chocolate, rose petal and vanilla cookie to the test. I baked the cookies with rose petals in the mixture and then covered the top with Green & Blacks Milk Chocolate and scattered more rose petals on top. Ingredients– Makes 8 large cookies 115 g butter, at room temperature 55 g caster sugar 135 g plain flour Hand full of rose petals For the topping 1 bar Green & Blacks Milk Chocolate 1 tbsp milk 2 tsp butter Hand full of rose petals to scatter Method Pre-heat the oven to 170degrees 1. Cream the butter in a bowl until light …

Banana and Cinnamon Loaf Recipe

Don’t worry, I’m not going to preach to you about how amazing Australia is for brunches and fresh cakes again, although the banana bread there was what lead me to make my mind up about the country being the best. I baked my first loaf of Banana Bread a couple of years ago and was absolutely bowled over at how amazingly easy it is to bake and how delicious it tastes toasted with a smothering of butter on top. It’s just too good. This recipe is for a simple Banana and Cinnamon loaf – just bung all of the ingredients in a bowl, mix, pop into a loaf tin and an hour and a half later, you can tuck into it warm! YUM! My loaf tin wasn’t as big as I needed so I used mini loaf tins for the left over batter. They are a great size for one serving and look pretty too. Ingredients 225g self-raising flour 100g unsalted butter, softened 2 eggs 150g golden caster sugar 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and …