Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

IMG_5049I was subjected to two wonderful realisations last weekend….1) The days are (finally) getting longer and 2) we have an abundance of rum! 😀

With this in mind, I set to digging out a recipe I have been wanting to try for a while. Lovely sunny little cakes doused in rum and loaded with coconut – a match made in heaven!

I originally found this recipe on the BBC food website, but as always, i’ve made my own amendments to the recipe!
I know that some people aren’t a big fan of coconut *sob* so if you want to give these a whirl but coconut isn’t your thing….just leave it out 🙂

Although they are ‘mini’ they are certainly filling and one will easily feed two….unless you are greedy like me, in which case, you would never dream of sharing!

Please note: you will need six ramekins for this recipe

 

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

For the topping:

  • 50g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rum (I used a spiced rum)
  • 6 canned pineapple rings (keep some of the juice!)
  • 6 glacé cherries

For the cake:

  • 140g butter, softened
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 65g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp of the pineapple juice

Recipe:

1. Start by preparing your ramekins, you will need to make sure these are really well greased. I just used a thin layer of butter but you can also use a grease and release cake spray.

2. Next, heat the butter, sugar and rum in a small saucepan over a low heat until dissolved and bubbling for a few minutes to ensure it has thickened slightly.

3. Divide the butter, sugar and rum mixture equally between the 6 ramekins.

4. Add a pineapple ring with a glacé cherry in the middle to each ramekin.

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5. Now heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

6. Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.

7. Gradually beat in the eggs, then fold in the flour, baking powder and coconut.

8. Next, add the vanilla essence and the pineapple juice.

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9. Finally stir in the milk and divide the mixture between the ramekins. Put them on a baking tray and cook for 30-40 mins until risen, golden and springy to the touch.

10. Remove from the oven and set them aside to cool in the ramekins for around 10 minutes

11. To remove the cakes from the ramekins, gently run a knife around the edge of each cake before placing a plate on tip and tipping the ramekin upside down.

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Tip: You may have to tap the cakes out or run the knife around the edge again but they should come out fairly easily.

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Love S & P xx

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White Chocolate & Oreo Fudge

IMG_4951Happy, happy, happy Saturday!!! 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a good week? Mine has been pretty hectic but I decided to say ‘screw it!’ and last night we ordered pizza (lots of it) and ate some of the fudge that I had made a day or so earlier – the best kind of Friday nights.

Dave kissed me goodbye as he left for his second job (superstar DJ) and I settled down to watch Castle with George. Bliss.

This recipe was sent to me by the lovely Claire, a gorgeous gal that I went to school with  – she said it was a dead easy recipe and she wasn’t wrong! Thank you Claire 🙂

This fudge is a quick tray bake but without the baking (bonus!) – guaranteed to brighten your dull days and put a smile on your face 🙂 enjoy!

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Ingredients:

550g Belgian White Chocolate
397g tin Condensed Sweetened Milk
1.5 packets of Oreo cookies
Pinch of salt

Recipe:

1. Prep your baking tray with grease proof paper (I used a rectangular 8 inch x 6 inch tray)

2. Break the white chocolate up in to squares

3. Cut the Oreo cookies in to halves and/or quarters

Tip: Try to make sure that you only use ‘chunks’ of Oreo cookie and don’t add in any crumbs – this will only make your fudge turn and unattractive grey colour and it will taste gritty.

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4. In heavy saucepan and over a low heat, melt white chocolate squares, sweetened condensed milk and salt.

5. Remove mixture from the hob and stir in crushed cookies.

6. Spread evenly into your prepared tray

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7. Chill for 2 hours or until firm.

8. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares

Tip: Store leftovers in the fridge, covered up.

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Banana, Blueberry & Coconut Bundt Cake

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That, ladies and gentlemen, is an all natural coloured blueberry glaze. Allllllll natural…!

I baked this little beauty on a hot sunny day last August. It followed on from the success of the gin cake….i’m obsessed with bundt tins! I really loved making this cake, it was easy to make and easy on the eye! Tasted  pretty damn good too!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

255g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 large free range eggs
270g golden caster sugar
2 over ripe bananas (mashed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
120ml corn oil
285g of blueberries
100g toasted coconut, (Optional: plus 50g more for sprinkling on top)

To make blueberry glaze:

75g blueberries
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
450g icing sugar

Recipe:

1. Preheat your oven to 175c (350f) and lightly grease your bundt pan with butter before dusting with flour.

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2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set to one side.

3. In a separate bowl, cream your eggs and sugar until light and fluffy!

Tip: Don’t skimp on this part!

4. Add in the mashed bananas, vanilla extract and oil and mix until well combined.

5. Pour the cake batter in to your bundt tin.

Tip: The batter will seem very thick and gloopy – its ok!

6. Bake the cake for round an hour (start checking after 45 minutes). The cake will be ready when an inserted skewer comes out clean and free of cake batter.

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7. Set your cake aside to cool completely

8. To make the blueberry glaze: Place the blueberries, water and caster sugar in to a pan and heat until the mixture boils and the blueberries burst.

9. Remove from the heat and push the mixture through a sieve; set aside to cool.

10. Once the blueberry mixture has cooled, sift in the icing sugar and whisk until smooth.

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Tip: If the glaze is too thick, add a tbs of water at a time to achieve a pouring consistency.

11. Pour the glaze on top of you Banana, blueberry and coconut cake and sprinkle with left over coconut!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Love S & P xx

2014 {A Review}

So, it’s been a while…..

I wasn’t sure how to write my first post of 2015, after all, it has been a while since I last updated my blog(!)

I decided the best way to ease myself back into the blogosphere and update you all on the last 5 months, was to post a (photo) review! Ever so slightly indulgent, but, I’m excited!

2014 was filled with so much love, my little heart could burst! We experienced 3 amazing adventures; Budapest, Israel and New York (!), Dave proposed ❤ (I said, yes!), we bought our first ever home together (yes, the search finally ended!), I was reunited with my uni girls after 14 months apart, we celebrated the births of our friend’s babies and attended 3 utterly perfect weddings! I know it’s uncouth to brag, but…..wow, what a year.

I promise, promise, promise, that you will get a recipe tomorrow!

For now, I hope you enjoy our little 2014 photo college below ❤ they are in no particular order – I think it’s more fun that way!

P.s……spot the Ghostbuster!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful 2015 ❤

Love,

S xx

 

Green & Black’s Chocolate Strawberries

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An absolute treat that most definitely calls for luxury! I used the best strawberries I could possibly find (Marks & Spencer) and some very indulgent Green & Black’s Milk and White Chocolate! Mmmmmm…..! 🙂

These were a (very) quick treat to take around to Zoe’s for an impromptu BBQ (making the most of the sunshine in the UK) so I didn’t have time to properly temper the chocolate. Instead I went with the tried and tested method of melting the chocolate in a bowl over the hob!

1) It only takes a few moments but its dead easy, simply place the roughly chopped chocolate in a bowl. Half fill a saucepan with hot water, and put the bowl over it, making sure that the bowl does not touch the bottom of the saucepan.

2) Slowly heat the water, ensuring it does not boil. Stir regularly using a flexible spatula so that the chocolate melts smoothly. This way means that the chocolate is slightly thicker than it would be if you had tempered it but it’s still easy to work with! 🙂

3) Once the chocolate has melted, pour it in to a ramekin and grab your strawberries!

4) Dip your strawberries in to the melted chocolate and coat about half of the strawberry, place on to a sheet of baking paper to set and continue the same process with the rest of your strawberries.

5) Once you have finish place the baking tray with your strawberries on greaseproof paper in to the fridge to set for 30 minutes.

6) For the white chocolate decoration, simply follow the same melting directions and very carefully pour the melted white chocolate in to a piping bag (that is opened up over a tall glass) and leave for around 15 minutes for the chocolate the cool and slightly set.

7) Remove the strawberries from the fridge and decorate however you wish with the white chocolate before popping them back in to the fridge for another 20 minutes.

Enjoy with fizz!!!! Any excuse!

Love S xx

Coconut & Cherry Flapjack


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Sundaaaaaay baaaaaking! 😀

I’ve not put up an actual recipe for a little while, so I thought I would treat you all to this little delight…Coconut & Cherry Flapjack!

I often talk about my love for almonds, but did you also know I’m a sucker for oats and coconut too?! I know…all the best ingredients! 😉
The Boy has worked the past two nights, doing his DJing thing for the last time before starting up again in September. Thats right folks, I get him all to myself on the weekends allllllll through summer! (Think beer gardens, dancing, cocktail making and picnics)!

To celebrate, I baked this last night (around 12am, practically Sunday – all is fair in love and baking) ready for him to nibble on today with some coffee 🙂

The best thing about this recipe is that there is no need for a mixer (sorry, Penny) and you can pretty much whack all the ingredients in together…mixing, baking and cooling all in an hour.

You could be munching on these in 60 minutes! What are you waiting for?!

Anyway, enough talking….time to bake and eat, people 🙂

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Ingredients:

200g Unsalted butter
200g Demerara sugar
2 tbsp of Golden syrup
275g of Porridge oats
150g Desiccated coconut
100g Glace cherries (chopped)

Recipe:

1. Preheat the oven to 160c/325f/Gas Mark 3 and grease a baking tray (mine was 11 x 9 inch)

2. Heat the butter, sugar and syrup in a large saucepan over a low heat and stir gently until just melted

3. Once the mixture has melted, add in the oats, coconut and chopped cherries. Stir until evenly combined

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4.
Pour the mixture in to the baking tray and spread the mixture evenly. Use a spatula to press the mixture down and ensure a smooth surface

5. Bake in your preheated oven for 30 minutes

6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the baking tray for 15 minutes before using a sharp knife to cut the flapjack in to squares

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7. Carefully transfer your flapjack to a wire rack to cool completely

8. Enjoy!

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Love S & P x

 

Chocolate Caramel Slices

IMG_2897This was very much a last minute bake…..we were invited round to a friends for dinner on Saturday night (amazing food and too much alcohol) and after waking up very late on Saturday (afternoon) I decided on a recipe that I had never tried before but that looked simple enough and wasn’t a cake! ***Warning – the pictures aren’t great!***

I fell upon this recipe from one of my books and I was a little dubious about the caramel at first as I’ve never made it but it seemed simple enough….(!) I think its pretty much Millionaire Shortbread but didn’t want to call it that as it has oats in the base and it gives me an excuse to actually make some ‘Millionaire Shortbread’ another time…. 😉

Saturday nights dinner was an amazing feast that included halloumi marinated in chilli and basil, chicken and sesame seed skewers and pulled pork burgers with a super yummy chickpea salad! HUGE thank you to Zoe and Jon for the lovely food and alllllll of the cocktails! Note to self: I will take pictures next time!

With all this in mind, I wanted to take something home made to say thank you. Thankfully, they went down a treat!

I was right, this recipe is simple enough and it was pretty tasty too! Think I might start making more bakes with caramel in! 🙂

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Ingredients:

For the base:

75g of unsalted butter (room temp)
60g Soft brown sugar
140g of Plain flour
40g of Rolled oats

For the caramel:

2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of soft brown sugar
225ml of condensed milk

Topping:

100g Dark chocolate

Recipe:

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c (fan)/gas 4

2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

3. Beat in the flour (sieved) and oats

Tip: It might be easier to bring all the ingredients together using your fingers

4. Press the oat mixture in to the base of a prepared 8inch square cake tin and bake in the oven for around 25 minutes

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5. Place all of the ingredients for the caramel filling in to a saucepan and heat gently (on a low heat), stirring until all of the sugar has dissolved

6. Bring the caramel to the boil slowly, stirring constantly until the caramel has thickened

7. Pour the caramel over the baked biscuit base and leave to set

Tip: Place the cake tin in the fridge for 15 minutes to help the caramel set

8. Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and when completely melted, pour the chocolate over the caramel

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Tip: Try tilting the tin to allow the chocolate to spread more evenly

9. Allow the chocolate to set completely before slicing and serving!

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Love S & P x