Halloween Baking – Bats!!

Given the lack of an oven in my apartment, I had to make Halloween treats that didn’t require any baking; these are pretty delicious!

And very easy to make, with only 5 ingredients:

bats

Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a go yourself:

5-Ingredient Halloween Oreo Truffles

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Coca cola cake

As we also had a lot of coca cola left from the wedding I decided to try out a new recipe. It’s Nigella’s chocolate and coca cola cake found on this blog:

https://happydomesticity.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/nigella-lawsons-coca-cola-cake/

It’s pretty easy to make and I finished it off with some Haribo cola bottles

  

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More cheese scones

These were such a hit that I decided to make some more with the cheddar left from my sister’s wedding (that and the fact that I got complaints at work that they didn’t get any, naming no names – Pikey!)

  

The recipe is Paul Hollywood’s that I found on this blog:

https://atasteofcumbria.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/ultimate-cheese-scones/

  

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Lemon leaving cakes

For my last cakes at work before I leave for Singapore I’ve made a lemon drizzle cake. Actually I made two – so that the HR team and the business team can have one each and not fight over it!!

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4942/lemon-drizzle-cake

  

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Pre-wedding cake

I made a lemon drizzle cake and some delicious cheese scones for a tea and cake gathering the day before my sister’s wedding.

The cheese scones were from a Paul Hollywood recipe and tasted great made with fresh rosemary from my parents’ garden. They got lots of compliments!

Here is the recipe if you’d like to try them – very quick and simple to make:

https://atasteofcumbria.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/ultimate-cheese-scones/

And the finished article – I made them heart-shaped to be in the wedding theme šŸ˜‰šŸ‘°

  
I also made a lemon drizzle cake from a recipe I’ve used before but it tasted a lot better; I think because I didn’t use an electric whisk to mix it all together. It was especially good with the eggs from my Dad’s chickens

 http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4942/lemon-drizzle-cake
  

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Healthy (?!) chocolate cakeĀ 

well, it does have vegetables in it! Plus it’s dairy free if you don’t eat the ganache icing…

This recipe made a deliciously moist courgette chocolate cake. The tin I used was a bit smaller so I made a couple of muffins as well, so we could test it before anyone tucks into the real thing!

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/633634/chocolate-courgette-cake

  

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Creme egg “scotch eggs”

You may have seen these on social media- “scotch” eggs that are made with creme eggs in the centre and covered in chocolate.I decided to give them a go this weekend!
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/6942957/This-man-just-made-a-Cadburys-Creme-Scotch-Egg-and-its-blowing-peoples-minds.html

  

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Heart shaped shortbread

i haven’t made shortbread in a while so decided to make some as it’s quick and easy.

I used this recipe and used 1.5 times the quantities:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/shortbread_1290

When they were cool i drizzled dark chocolate over them (I use Sainsbury’s own brand as it tastes really good) and then added white chocolate hearts to some of them:

   

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Showstopper – Hannah’s death by chocolate birthday cake

There seem to be a lot of birthdays at work at the moment!

Hannah requested a chocolate cake for hers so I decided to make this one decorated with Cadbury’s chocolate fingers and Maltesers

I used Nigella’s chocolate cake recipe which has soured cream in it. I added some milk to the batter as it was quite thick.

http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/old-fashioned-chocolate-cake-119

  
I sandwiched the cakes together with raspberry jam and then covered the top and sides with ganache. I used 300ml double cream with 200g dark chocolate and 100g milk chocolate. Here’s a good article on how to make and use ganache:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-ganache-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-41099

  
Then I used a mix of white and milk chocolate fingers and placed them around the edge, put Maltesers on the top and tied it with a ribbon!

   
 

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Valentine’s brownies

The request this week was for Nigella’s brownies.

I used cacao powder and Cadburys dairy milk chocolate, however the recipe came out more like a cake, than brownies:

Nigella's Everyday Brownie Recipe

I added milk chocolate hearts to the top of them, as it is Valentines Day soon šŸ’•šŸ’•šŸ’•

  

  

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