I’ve always wanted to bake cinnamon swirls, they’re just delightful (minus the raisins of course). Whilst watching The Food Network I came across this ‘supposedly’ easy recipe using puff pastry and I knew I had to give it a go. Believe me the end result was without a doubt, damn tasty but they lacked a whole heap in the visual department. I mean, it’s not that they looked unappetising more than they were just plain ugly. It’s a total shame though as they were little cinnamon parties in my mouth…
I intend on doing the full shebang and making them from scratch at some point but until then, feast your eyes on these puppies.
Now then. What a bugger I have been completely neglecting my blossoming wee blog. I have enough excuses to fill up my wine glasses but I’ll leave you with the most important one- at this time of year it’s imperative you focus on those closest to you and that’s how my last few weeks have played out. I’m hoping at Christmas forgiveness is paramount. I hope you all have the most exquisite day and get yourselves fed all good and proper in the most wonderful way.
In my family we have a tradition where presents are opened late on Christmas Eve at the height of merriment and Christmas day is reserved for pure festive indulgence. If I may, let me leave you with this last thought- love your family, laugh with your friends and dance with people you don’t know. It’s the only way to spread the cheer and I strongly encourage it. Much love to you all. I hope you get all that you wish for and I will be back in force after the holidays. Time to get my cook on.
Merry Christmas poppets x
I recently read in a magazine that men are attracted to women who smell like (wait for it…) doughnuts. Now to clarify, I’m not one to be taken in by articles in magazines, I generally buy them for fashion purposes but that struck me as something fairly interesting. Not only because doughnuts were next on my to-bake list but because I had to wonder, would I be attracted to a doughnut scented gent? Jury’s still out on that one but for all those women that want to smell like doughnuts for that special man in your life, get baking some of these little charmers. They’re fairly labour intensive but one hundred percent worth it. Top them with a glaze or sugar topping of your choosing and a dash of sprinkles if you’re that way inclined.
I’m going to ask that you all take into account how late it was getting by the time I got around to icing the doughnuts and so the lack of skill will hopefully be overlooked. I already paid the price for my sloppiness by having to clean up numerous mysterious chocolate finger prints from all over the flat…
Indulge away my darlings (cue Homer Simpson style drool).
I’m an absolute chocolate hound. Without doubt choosing chocolate over anything savoury- it’s just how I roll. I’m always on the lookout for perfect staple recipes: cookies, cakes and brownies etc. I finally found my go-to brownie recipe. I devoured these bad boys like no tomorrow (not alone of course, cheeky). These are by far my favourite recipe to date. You’re a lucky bunch, aren’t you.
So here they are, in all their gooey glory. The white and milk chocolate chunks are pretty much the best things about these. Little surprises every time you take a bite. Absolute perfection. Enjoy, my beauties.
While the days get colder and the nights get darker it makes so much sense to huddle around a blazing inferno while admiring a spectrum of explosions light up the sky. What better way to celebrate than with toasted marshmallows, lashings of glitter and rainbow sprinkles? So that’s exactly what I did.
Chocolate cupcakes topped with mini marshmallows and set under a hot grill until the marshmallows start to melt and turn deliciously golden. Once cooled, drizzle some melted chocolate and make sure to eat straight away.
I spotted these firework cupcakes and thought about how I could make my own version. Having never attempted to make my own chocolate designs I was a little nervous. My first effort was a disaster as I spread the chocolate too thinly and therefore had zero stability and refused to stand up straight. The decision to use white chocolate seemed appropriate, giving the glitter a blank canvas. Upon revisiting the idea, I went on to use dark chocolate for the structure and then added a final layer of white chocolate for that ‘blank canvas’. Worked a charm. Although, next time I’ll reduce the centre mass of the firework in the hopes it’ll look less like a glittery pink palm tree…
To beef out the display I dipped some pretzels in milk chocolate and sprinkled them with rainbow nonpareils (fancy) and placed them onto some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Pretty damn fine if you ask me sunshine.
Hope all your Bonfire Nights were splendid my little poppets.
Winter is my most favoured of the seasons. Not exclusively due to the ease of hiding the extra layer that comes with cooking treats all year long. It’s mostly because it comes complete with all my most loved of the vacays: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Each allow me the excuse to celebrate by whipping up delights of their respective nature.
I spent many hours trawling the internet for holiday baking inspiration and decided on spooky cake pops a la miss Bakerella and creepy broken glass cupcakes Queen Martha Stewart style.
This was my first attempt at cake pops and even though I did my research, I still managed to make a few mistakes. I initially made them on sticks but they were too top heavy and kept falling off. I used the famous Hummingbird Red Velvet Cupcake recipe and covered them in a layer of scrumptious white chocolate. I think in the future I’ll give candy melts a whirl to give me a wider range in my colour arsenal. Nevertheless I was delighted with the outcome. I encourage everyone to try their hand at these little poppity pops…