Cakes, chocolate

White Chocolate Mud Cake

Mud cake, mud cake, mud cake… I’ve heard this word used over and over again and I finally got round to making what is possibly the BEST sponge cake I have EVER Eaten! Yes, that good! Now I’m kicking myself for ever waiting this long to try it! For anyone who doesn’t know, a mud cake has a very tight crumb meaning it carves very nicely and stays together without falling apart. It’s also perfect for tiered cakes as it is strong enough to hold a lot of weight!

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chocolate, Sweet Bread

Nutella Bagels

Happy World Nutella Day! No real reason for this day other than an American blogger called Sara Rosso in 2007 who loved Nutella so much she thought it deserved a holiday and we do too! For this day, I wanted to make something a little different that was maybe more challenging than just Nutella brownies or cupcakes. It was then when I went downstairs to make breakfast when I realised I had no bagels left to eat that the idea came to mind.

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Doughnuts

Vegan Doughnut Holes

This was my final Veganuary recipe I made and I can honestly say it was also the BEST! I have made many vegan savoury dishes but haven’t really focused to heavily on sweet vegan recipes. I have tried vegan waffles and cookies which came out delicious but I still wasn’t convinced that those vegan desserts were BETTER than non-vegan ones until I tried these doughnuts. These doughnuts are honestly better than normal doughnut holes I’ve made before. They may not be as fluffy but they are super crispy on the outside, the taste is amazing and they are perfect to dip in all sorts of dips and I would choose to make these not as a “replacement” for normal doughnuts, but because this recipe is just delicious but also happens to be vegan at the same time!

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Pancakes, Sweet Bread

Vegan Peanut Butter Waffles

Hello Veganuary! Anyone else feel like Veganuary has become huge this year, 2019? With Greggs releasing their infamous vegan sausage roll that all of us were waiting for as well as large companies like Pizza Hut and McDonalds also adopting vegan dishes, the amount of vegan conversations I’ve seen on social media is insane!

For Veganuary I wanted to create something that even non-vegans would be tempted to try. These waffles look and taste just like normal waffles (if not better). They are more dense, like a sweet bread rather than light and fluffy but the peanut butter makes them sweet and nutty. These would be perfect on their own with a sprinkle of fruit (or any toppings of your liking) but I also made a Maple Peanut Butter Syrup to drizzle over… which believe me, makes this dish!

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chocolate, Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s vegan week this week of the Bake Off and what an inspiring week! I am not personally vegan myself, but have always been fascinated at vegan food, with the substitutes for animal products including meat and dairy! This weeks episode showed me something i’ve never seen before and that’s using aquafaba in replacement of eggs. This was used for making fluffy meringue which made me wonder, can it be replaced in any recipe? And hello chocolate chip cookies!

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Cakes, GBBO

Lemon and Elderflower Traybake

It’s the second week of The Great British Bake Off! Who is loving it so far? My favourites at the moment are Manon (no not just because she looks like me haha) as well as Kim-Joy, Jon and it’s a choice between Rahul or Briony! Either way, they are all great personalities this year and I’m enjoying watching them all so much!

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The signature challenge this week was tray-bakes so I decided to make my own creation and as the sun is still out and the UK is looking like it’s going to get an Indian summer, I thought I’d stick with the summer flavours and play around with lemon and elderflower!

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Lemon Macarons with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

After finally mastering the macaron after plenty (and i mean PLENTY) of tries and fails, I have FINALLY been able to actually test new flavours and fillings. After making my Passionfruit Macarons which turned out so delicious, I wanted to make another flavour which was just as tasty.

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Thats where these babies come in. When I first thought of doing a lemon macaron, I wanted to have a lemon macaron shell and a lemon filling. One of the most difficult things to make is a macaron shell and when I started adding lemon zest to them, they came out all bumpy and liquid flavourings would make the mixture runny. I decided that the macaron shell itself needed to be a normal macaron shell, coloured yellow and then the filling is what will pack a punch of flavour.

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