16 Jul 2014

Apple and Raspberry Hand Pies

apple hand pie

All good things come to those who wait... and I sure waited for these! Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I've recently had my wisdom tooth removed and it has prevented me from eating properly. Which is great if I wanted to shed a couple of pounds, but not when I've been all organised and had my ingredients waiting to bake these lovely hand pies. If you saw my last post, about getting an in-house recipe eater, I got these baked just in time for a visit from my other-half's cousin who happily polished off a few and took some home. He just thought he had good timing! But little did he know, I was waiting to be his feeder! (Enter evil laugh) Ha ha HaaH!


apple hand pie

25 Jun 2014

Martha Stewart Thin Pear Tart

Pear Tart

Hey there. Writing these posts have become somewhat of a little battle. Primarily because I tend to eat all of what I bake and that does no wonders for my waist-line, unless I have people round to share it. I have to sample my creations, of course – but I'm not really the type of person that can stop at just 'two' of those delicious Brownies or those cookies.

I exercise regularly and all, but what I really need is an in-house taster! Someone that can help me polish off the remaining slices or handful of biscuits! I currently don't have one of those, but I'm on the look out! In the meantime I just have to cleverly bake when I'm expecting friends or when the parents come round. I would love to hear from other food bloggers – How do you stop yourself from devouring all of what you bake?

28 May 2014

Brownies

Brownies on board

Hello. I'm having a hard time deciding on a new design for this blog. I haven't posted in a while, naughty me, as I've been waiting to post to a brand new 'look'. But it hasn't happened. I have managed to do something though. Make Brownies? Yep.

I've eaten brownies before, but never actually made any. They seemed boring to me. I chose to bake some after tasting a batch made by a friend of a friend, who hardly ever bakes! Her's tasted so good (to the point I wondered if she'd bought them) that I thought, if a stranger-to-baking can produce brownies like those, then so can I! So. These were nice enough with a satisfying chocolate and cocoa hit. However, since delving into the world of brownies, I've discovered they seem to fall roughly into two types. The cake-type brownie or the fudge-type brownie. I found the texture of these to be more of the 'cakey' type than the 'fudgy' type. Neither is wrong or right – I just prefer the fudgy type with a slight crisp crust.
So, not bad, but I need to try again. Just for me  :-)

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27 Feb 2014

Cheesecake Brownie Bites


Cheesecake Brownie bites
 
When I began my baking journey, I would sometimes refer to Food Blogging for Dummies, written by Kelly Senyei. Being a Blogger herself, she also hosts a lovely blog, Just a Taste which I occasionally dip into for recipe inspiration and ideas. Here's one recipe that took my fancy and also went down a treat  :-)

(Being a US recipe, I used my iPhone app to convert the cup size measurements to English metric system on the day).


30 Jun 2013

White Choc Lime Cookies


I'm here writing to you and eating one of these cookies at the same time (multitasking), before I go and watch The Great Gatsby with the other half. I know I can easily say that I like cookies. And I know you’ve probably heard me say that before, but can I just tell you about these ones, please? Before I tell you about anything else – as nothing else is more important right now – these cookies are were so delicious! I don’t even want to say 'delicious' as that word is so over-used here. I need a new word for delicious to describe these cookies. When I first embarked on baking these, I did think: “these cookies are going to taste funny, as they have lime in them”. And cookies are meant to have sweet ingredients in them, right. We all know this. But was I wrong. I don’t know how, but together, the lime and white chocolate really work.
And the best thing about cookies in general – they're finished baking in 10 minutes! Normally with cookies I personally have a tendency to over-bake them, and then they end up like crunchy biscuits, but I did exactly as it said ‘on the tin’ this time and they came out perfect.

P.S: the secret to a good tasting white choc chip cookie, I believe, is to use a good quality chocolate chip! I have used Dr. Oetkers chocolate chunks.