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Lemon and Blackcurrant

Lemon and Blackcurrant Cupcakes

Hello everybody!

I’m sorry it has been a few months since I have posted a blog but now I am back! I have been super busy recently getting engaged, starting wedding planning and starting a new job! However that doesn’t mean I haven’t had time to bake so after a short break to regenerate my baking and blogging batteries I am back with lots of lovely treats for you. And it is GBBO season, so what better time to get posting about baking! And not just that I’ve got ideas for lots of posts including lifestyle and travel, so keep your eyes peeled!

Today we have Lemon and Blackcurrant Cupcakes! These gorgeous little cupcakes are simple to make and decorate, look pretty and taste lovely, lemony and summery!

Lemon and Blackcurrant

To make these cupcakes you will need:

6oz butter or margarine
6oz golden caster sugar
6oz self raising flour
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest 1 lemon

2tbsp caster sugar
juice of 1 lemon

500g icing sugar
250g unsalted butter
3 tbsp blackcurrant jam
ready to roll icing in yellow and violet

Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin tray with muffin/cupcake cases. Beat together the butter/margarine with the golden caster sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs to this mix one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold the flour into the cake mix, mixing gently until well combined. Finish the mixture by adding 1tsp vanilla extract and the zest of 1 lemon. Spoon the mix into the prepared cases until 2/3rds full. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Heat the juice of 1 lemon with 2 tbsp sugar in a pan until the sugar has dissolved. Use a skewer to make half a dozen small holes in the top of each cupcake and spoon the lemon syrup over each cake. Leave the cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Blackcurrant icing

To make the icing start with the jam. Gently heat a couple of tablespoons of blackcurrant jam in a saucepan, you don’t want it hot, just a bit more liquid. Pour the liquid jam through a seive so you are left with a smooth jam. Set to one side. Now beat together softened (room temperature) unsalted butter with seived icing sugar. If you are using a stand alone mixture try covering it with a tea towel when you do this to avoid icing sugar flying everywhere. Add 1-2 tbsp milk if necessary to loosen up the mixture. Add the jam a little at a time and mix well until you have acheived your desired colour.

Use a piping bag and nozzle to ice the cupcakes and finish with little flowers made from ready to roll icing. Tada, beautiful summery cupcakes!

Finished cupcakes

eat the cupcakes

With love, Lottie xx

 

 

Cheddar and fig soda bread

Cheddar and Fig White Soda Bread

I have been busy starting work recently and loving it so far! I have however also managed to fit in lots of baking as well – macarons, cakes for BBQs, desserts for dinner parties..lots to come! Sometimes though I really just fancy baking something savoury and today is time for one of those savoury blog posts. If I want to bake something that is quick I often turn to scones, but when I fancy making a loaf of bread that is speedy then I always turn to soda bread. Ilove it, so easy to make, so delicious and you can jazz it up by adding what you like to it! In this case I opted to make a white soda bread with cheddar cheese and dried figs (something I had in my cupboard after making this fruit cake with figs!) and it really, really works – scrumptious! Try it sliced, served warm and spread with butter ….. mmmmm! Give it a try!

Cheddar and fig soda bread

To make this Cheddar and Fig White Soda Bread you will need:

300g white flour
50g porridge oats
1/2 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp salt
25g butter
250ml buttermilk (or natural yogurt)
80g grated cheddar cheese
90g (approx) chopped dried figs

Ingredients

 

Mix the 250g of the flour with the oats, bicarb and salt. Rub the butter into this mixture. Add the cheese and chopped dried figs and mix in. Finally add the buttermilk and incorporate into the dry ingredients, bringing the mixture together to form a dough. If the dough is too wet then use the remaining 50g of flour until you have a dough that you can work with. Lightly dust a surface with flour and gently knead the dough to bring it together. Place on a greased baking tray and cut a deep cross on the surface of  the dough using a serrated knife. This not only looks effective once it is cooked but by cutting deeply it also helps the centre of the loaf to cook. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for approx 45 minutes.

Dough

 

The next step is to enjoy a slice!

Loaf

 

Tonight is a big night in the world of baking with the return of the Great British Bake Off. Exciting! Last year I hosted a GBBO blog challenge, you can see lots of the entries here and here. Maybe I will bring it back this year!

Lottie xx

Edit:

I have entered this into November’s Tea Time Treats Challenge – dried fruits!

This is hosted by Lavender and Lovage and What Kate Baked.

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Lotties Bake Off Challenge

Bake Off Challenge – Round Up 2!

Bake Off Challenge – Round Up 2!

Lots more lovely entries for the next round up in the Bake Off Challenge! The idea behind the challenge is to bake something inspired by The Great British Bake Off, be that something they have baked on the show, something from a Bake Off book or something along one of the themes they use on the show. Round Up 1 can be found here.

Up first was Ros, Baking Addict from The More Than Occassional Baker with some delightful looking  Caramel Cake and Aztec Cookies., using recipes from the GBBO app! She also reviews the GBBO app and book in this post! I love the gold dust finish on the cookies.

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Next up is Laura from Laura Loves Cakes. She entered some absolutely beautiful Choux Swans from the Great British Bake Off – how to turn everyday bakes into Showstoppers book. Well done, they look great!

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The next entry was from Lindsay at Baking, Making and Crafting with Mrs M, with Paul Hollywood’s Hand Raised Pies for Week 5?s technical challenge. They look excellent and love the idea for the vegetarian filling. I think Mr Hollywood would be impressed with these.

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And Lindsay (Baking, Making and Crafting with Mrs M) has obviously been very busy baking because the next few entries all came from her too! You obviously have been very inspired by the Bake Off! So thank you for lots of entries!

Her next entry was Ryan’s Key Lime Pie, which looks delicious! I couldn’t believe how much praise this got on the show, it must be good!

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Next are some lovely Triple Ginger Caramel Cookies, sounds delicious! These were inspired by the biscuit episode on GBBO!

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Lindsay’s next baking adventure was Paul Hollywood’s Jam Doughnuts and they look great! The recipe for these is in the GBBO Showstoppers book.

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And for Patisserie week she made some Lemon and Almond Salambos using an adapted recipe from the GBBO Showstoppers book.

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Some fabulous entries! There will be one more Bake Off Challenge round up so keep baking! As I’m sure you all know the Great British Bake Off final is just around the corner and I’m sure after that many of you will still have a long list of things to Bake from the series. So the next deadline for the Bake Off Challenge Round Up will be 31st October. I wonder if anyone can been Lindsay with the most bakes entered!!

Lottie xx

 

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Bake Off Challenge Round Up 1! – Great British Bake Off

When The Great British Bake Off was back on our screens this year, I thought it would be a good idea to start a challenge to collect people’s Bake Off inspired bakes. After I have watched an episode I always want to make what they have been making. I can’t imagine how busy they must be practising their bakes each week, I hardly have time to just to one bake at the moment! There were some fantastic entries into the Bake Off Challenge this month, so thank you to everyone that entered. Each round up is done after 4 episodes of The Great British Bake Off, so the deadline for the next round up is 5th October. You can find out how to enter the challenge here.

First up was LauraLovesCakes with this absolutely delicious looking Peaches and Cream Upside Down Cake. I love the idea of filling an upside down cake and think peaches and cream sounds like a great combination to use.

Next was my entry. I was inspired by the Upside Down Cakes on The Great British Bake Off because I hadn’t made one for ages! I made a Spiced Vanilla Nectarine Upside Down Cake with Honey Roasted Pistachios.

Next up is 52 Bake n Cakes with a gorgeous Strawberry and White Chocolate Cream Cake, using a recipe from The Great British Bake Off book!

The next 3 entries came from Lindsay at Baking, Making and Crafting with Mrs M. She has been very busy baking Bake off inspired bakes! First up is a fabulous Rainbow Cake, although baked a little while ago she was reminded of it by the hidden design cakes. The layers look fantastic!

 Lindsay’s next entry was an excellent attempt at Paul Hollywood’s 8 strand plaited loaf. Well done!

Lindsay’s final entry to this month’s Challenge was Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart, it looks great, with a lovely woven top and not a soggy bottom in sight!

The next entry came from Beckie at Bees Teas, she made a delicious Quick Cheese, Chilli and Walnut Bread using a no yeast and no knead recipe. It sounds like a great combination.

 Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food for Families made a GBBO inspired Peach Upside Down Cake. It looks yummy!

The next entry was from Nicola at Nic’s Feasts and Treats. A lovely new blog that you should take a look at. She made a gorgeous Zingy Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie inspired by the tarts they made on GBBO.

 Sally at PiggyBakes was inspired by the Bagel making on Great British Bake Off and made some fantastic Blueberry Bagels using John’s recipe. They look great!

Vikki from Cake Fairy Blog made a fabulous looking Team GB cake for the Opening Ceremony, with a hidden design of red and blue layers. It looked beautiful but unfortunately she dropped it and didn’t manage to try any of it, although she did manage to get a photo to show the layers inside.

I was also inspired by the bagels on The Great British Bake Off and made some Sun dried Tomato and Parmesan Bagels.

Thank you for the amazing entries, I can’t wait to see all of the entries for the next round up! Read how to enter the challenge here.

Lottie xx

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