My Best Ever Flapjack Recipe: Easy, Gooey & Delicious

My flapjacks are famous amongst my friends. I once took some to work and was told by several people I could give up my job and make flapjack for a living. I think that would be rather foolish, but you get the point! Sorry if you think I’m blowing my own trumpet, but try these and see what you think – I’d love to know, so please leave me a comment below! The best flapjack you'll ever taste, full of golden syrup, brown sugar, butter, oats and dessicated coconut. Delicious in moderation!

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How To Make A Little Mermaid Doll Ariel Birthday Cake

I recently wrote about Thea’s birthday party, and promised you a tutorial on her Ariel doll Little Mermaid cake. My mum used to make me a Flower Fairy cake every year, where the cake was made in a pudding bowl, turned upside down and made into the Flower Fairy’s skirt. I loved them so much, and knew Thea would too.

Finished Ariel Little Mermaid Cake doll cake

My Ariel cake, held together with jam, icing and hope!

Here she is in all her finished glory – I have to say I was very relieved she turned out as well as she did!

It was actually fairly simple to put together, but it was quite time consuming; I’d recommend baking the cake the night before it’s needed and constructing it and decorating it on the day of the party. I did it all in the morning and it was pretty stressful!

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Peppermint bark.

Quick Christmas Gift Recipe: Peppermint ‘bark’

Here’s a super easy ‘Peppermint Bark’ recipe from my sister Debbie.  It’s perfect for wrapping up in pretty paper or bags and giving to teachers, neighbours, or anyone else who deserves a festive treat.

Best of all, it doesn’t need baking and only has four ingredients!

How to make peppermint bark

You will need:

200g dark chocolate
200g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate
12 candy canes

First melt about 200g dark chocolate in a bain Marie (a bowl over a saucepan of hot water). Be careful that the hot water doesn’t touch the bowl, or the chocolate goes all weird and you’ll have to start again!)Dark chocolate melting over a bain Marie Continue reading

ingredients for gluten free brownies

Easy gluten-free walnut brownie recipe

Who doesn’t love brownies? No one I’ve ever met, that’s for sure! I made these with Ava and Thea and they turned out very well, even if I do say so myself.  Easy gluten-free walnut brownie

They’re to take to a BBQ and the host can’t have gluten, so I substituted Dove’s Farm Gluten Free Flour for normal flour and hoped for the best!

Ava loved breaking up the chocolate and Thea liked shouting out the numbers as I weighed the ingredients.Thea and Ava helping make brownies Continue reading

ingredients for Death By Chocolate cake

Death by chocolate: decadent gluten-free cake

It was my sister’s birthday at the weekend so I wanted to make her an awesome cake, but as she can’t have gluten, it needed to be gluten-free.

I was perusing my favourite baking book, The Great British Book of Baking, by Linda Collister, when I spotted a recipe for Death by Chocolate, which I had somehow never noticed before. Not only is it gluten-free, it’s also a real celebration cake, as it’s incredibly rich. The 500g of chocolate alone cost £5, so it’s definitely a ‘treat’ cake.

This seems like quite a simple recipe, and actually it is, but it takes quite a bit of patience, as you will see!

For the cake:

300g good quality dark chocolate (I used Green & Black’s Cooking Chocolate)
150g unsalted butter, diced
5 medium eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g caster sugar

For the topping:

200g good quality dark chocolate (I used Green & Black’s)
100ml double cream

Preheat oven to 180°/350°/gas 4 (160° for fan ovens.) Grease and line the base of a 22cm spring clip tin. (I used a 20cm tin and it worked fine.)

Break up the chocolate and put it in a heat-proof bowl with the butter over a pan of hot water. Don’t let the bowl touch the water, and don’t boil it or the chocolate will go all clumpy. Once it’s melted, take it off the pan and leave to cool whilst you whisk the eggs.

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