Showing posts with label #baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #baking. Show all posts

Monday, 29 January 2018

... Banana and Walnut Cake with Chocolate Icing ...

I thought I would share with you the recipe I used for my most recent banana and walnut cake.
Ru even helped by smashing up the walnuts, something I think he enjoyed a little too much!


Ingredients
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 250mls plain flour
  • 150g light brown sugar,
  • 3 very ripe bananas,
  • 1tsp baking powder,
  • 1/2 tsp of grated nutmeg,
  • 25g smashed walnuts.
  • Icing Sugar
  • Coco Powder.




METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 (160C/gas 3 for fan-forced ovens). 
Grease a cake baking tray.

2. Mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in colour. 

3. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. 

4. Pre mash the bananas in a separate bowl and then add the bananas into the mixture. 

5. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and fold gently.

6. Fold in the pre-smashed walnuts. 
Making sure they have folded in evenly.

7. Transfer the mixture into the tin and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer placed in the middle of the cake comes out clean and dry. 

8.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least half an hour.

Icing
3 heaped tablespoons of normal icing sugar
1 heaped tablespoon of coco powder.

Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the icing over the top.
*Original recipe from here

Friday, 29 December 2017

Festive Baking With Num Noms Series 4

The mini beasts were sent a festive baker parcel to keep us in the festive mood after Christmas.
In our parcel we had a stocking filled with series 4 Num Noms and a jar filled with scrummy cookie ingredients.


We were making rainbow cookies with our Num Noms.


The cookie mixture took no time at all mixing together but waiting 40 minutes for the dough to set in the fridge was the hardest part for the boys.
To keep them entertained we sat down and watching some classic Christmas TV.
We go so engrossed in the programme that we forgot about the cookies, so the dough had a little longer than 40 minutes,


After we had scooped out our cookie balls we sat down to find out what was in the stocking.
The twins picked first and then Ru had his turn.


The twins unboxed some new Num's which we'd never seen before,
Lizzie Lasagna 
Hearty Spaghetti
& some glitter Noms
Nana Swirl
Razz Cookie.


Ru unboxed his first ever polish it Nom!
Ru rather enjoys having his nails painted so was over the moon to finally have his very own bottle.
Ru's Num was Citrus Blizzard and Lime Polish it!

Baking up a treat.



Ru was more than keen to get his nails looking snazzy and made me paint them straight away.


Once all the nail painting was done our cookies were finally done, so we all sat down to enjoy the boys handy work!
They were extremely tasty and didn't take long to polish off!


Num Noms Series 4 available in most toy shops!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Vegan Flapjacks

A few weeks ago I got invited to a special Robinsons Fruit Shoot event at Home Cottage Farm but unfortunately we couldn't make it due to the distance.
So they kindly sent me a little hamper with some goodies to get busy in the kitchen at home.

In my hamper I received;

3 bottles of Robinson Fruit Shoots - Orange, Lemon and Summer Fruits
Ice Lolly moulds,
A baking set which included a Whisk, Rollin pin, Wooden spoon, Sieve, 6 Silicon cup cake cases, Measuring jug and 3 Cookie cutters.
A couple of recipes.


Out of the 3 recipes I went for the flapjacks.
Flapjacks are a firm favourite with the Mini Beasts and I've never really used a flapjack recipe without the normal mountain of sugar and syrup.

So I was excited to give it ago, I'm always keen to try new things in the kitchen and to try and fool the boys into eating healthier treats!

Banana & Raspberry Flapjacks

1 Ripe Banana,
150g Dates,
70ml Boiling Water,
85g Dried Figs,
40g Dried Apricots, 
160g Oats 
100g Raspberries.
Makes 16 (depending on how you cut it.)

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 2,
Pop the kettle on and grease and line a 20cm x 20cm tin.
Peel the banana and break into pieces. Place in a jug with the dates and boiling water. 
Leave for 5 minutes.
Chop the figs and apricots into cm squared chunks.
Using a blender blitz the banana and dates into a fine purée.
Combine the purée, oats and chopped fruit in a bowl into well mixed.
Carefully stir through the raspberries.
Press into the pre greased & lined tin and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from the tin once baked and leave to cool.

Store in a firm tin for up to 5 days.
Freeze well wrapped for up to a month!
Defrost at room temp before serving.


They were super quick to make and I knocked up a batch before putting the dinner on.
It was nice to use different ingredient to what I'm normally used to and all the boys seemed intrigued in all the different dried fruits I was using.
I did actually forget to add the raspberries but luckily I remember as I shut the oven door, so I whipped it out and added in the raspberries and then replaced it back in the oven.

We all really enjoyed tucking into a slice after out dinner.
A perfect after school bake!
No refined sugar and 100% yummy!

From now on I'll be using this recipe rather than the sugary one I normally use.


Rather than having the boys fight over which Fruit Shoot they wanted I decided to make up some quick ice lollies using the Fruit Shoots and remaining Raspberries.

Even though the weather is starting to turn the boys still all enjoy an ice lolly and will always beg me to buy them when I go shopping.

These were easy to do and took only a couple of minutes.
Fill up the mould and then pop in 1 raspberry and make sure you get the lolly stick in the hole of the raspberry to hold it in place.
Freeze over night and enjoy!



Robinson's Fruit Shoots,

MADE WITH REAL FRUIT

There’s real fruit in every drop of Fruit Shoot and each and every one is filled with multi-vitamins. Better still, we don’t add any sugar, artificial colours or flavourings at all.

**Flapjack Recipe creator - Holly Bell**



Monday, 24 October 2016

In The Kitchen // With Natures Finest Fruit

I was recently sent a pot of mango's and peaches from Nature's finest foods.
I buy these occasionally as I know the boys love them.
Usually I just pop them in a bowl and let them help themselves, but this time I wanted to try something a little different.


So the peaches got served as normal for breakfast but with the mango's I decided I wanted to be a bit more creative.
So I searched the net and found a coconut & mango muffin recipe!


What You'll Need

1 1/4 cups of plain flour,
1 cup of whole-wheat flour,
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut,
2 tsp baking powder,
1/4 tsp bicarb soda,
1/2 brown sugar,
1 egg,
1 cup milk,
1/4 cup of melted butter,
1 tub of Mango sharing pot from Nature's Finest.

Baking Instructions

Pre heat the oven to 190*c,
Line up 12 muffin cases,
Mash up the Mango's in a bowl and leave to one side,
In a large bowl mix together the flours, coconut, baking powder, bicarb and salt
In another bowl whisk together the mango, sugar, egg, milk and melted butter.
Pour over the dry ingredients and mix.
Spoon the mixture into the cases and place in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until firm to touch.
Let them cool for 10 minutes and then Enjoy.


The boys weren't big fans, but Jon and I thought they were great!

**I was sent the sharing pots for the purpose of this post.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Recipe // Banana Loaf

Jamie Oliver
Banana Bread.

I made this over the weekend and it went down a treat.
The boys all loved it and are desperate for me to make it again.
I thought I'd share it with you guys.


What You'll Need;

Olive oil,
250g self-raising flour,
3 ripe bananas,
2 tablespoons of apple juice,
125g unsalted butter,
 2 large eggs,
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon,
2 tablespoons of runny honey.

Serves 12. Cooks in 1H 15M plus cooling

Pre heat the oven to 180*c
Oil up the bread tin with the olive oil,
Mash the bananas in a bowl and add the apple juice and leave to the side.
cream up the butter and then add one egg at a time, making sure it is completely mixed.
Then fold in the flour, cinnamon and honey.

Put into a bread tin and place in the oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

You can find the full method over on the Jamie Oliver website.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Our Weekend // 8th - 9th October

This weekend was slightly more interesting than last.

Noah had a birthday party to attend, and whilst he was there having fun we took the other three boys to Pizza Hut for an early lunch.



Noah had a great time and even though its lovely seeing him making some really nice friends its heart-breaking knowing that in a few weeks he'll be leaving them behind as we head off to Norfolk!

Once home I decided to do some baking with the twins, I wanted to spend some one on one time with each of them, so they both made something different.



We were sent some cake boxes from www.bakewithlilianddex.co.uk*
Cake kits perfect for kids.


All the dry ingredients all measured out for you in one box, all you need to do is add butter and mix.
They were just perfect for a rainy day activity.
Alex made the Hairy Hedgehogs and Oscar made the Spooky Spiders.

They turned out amazing and something ill be buying in the future.
They put the store bought cake kits to shame!
You're doing real baking with out half the hassle!

In the evening we had a mum from school - Shelly (www.facebook.com/stomainateacup) whose little boy Tate is in the same class as the twins come over with her kids and partner for dinner.


We all had pizza and then whilst the kids played we sat and chilled out in the lounge.
It was nice to have other adults round, to have some normal conversation with.
Jon doesn't really like to socialize much (he's a proper hermit) but he even enjoyed himself and got on really well with both Shell and James.

On Sunday we went off to find a new park to let the boys run off some steam .... though saying that they didn't have much steam as they were all up till past 11 Saturday evening., and walk Ray.




He still cant walk to far without his wound opening up again, So whilst Jon did a quick lap the boys tried out all the different climbing frames and slides.
We then went on a hunt in the woods to find some things to make an autumnal collage for the twins homework.




I finished up the day by ironing all the boys uniform and chilling out with a cup of coffee.
Noah went off with Mia from over the road to the arcades down in Leysdown with her mum and dad.

What did you get up to over the weekend?
x


This Mum's Life

**I was sent the product for free, all thoughts are my own

Friday, 7 October 2016

In The Kitchen With Ru-Bear || Cake Pops!

I know on my last baking post I promised a twin bake off but getting a spare minute with the twins since they started school has been a bit tricky.
They'll come home hyper and be uncontrollable for half an hour then they'll crash.

So yesterday when the baking urge hit me I decided Ru could be my handy helper.


There was no need to even pop to the shops as I had everything I needed in the house already!
I used my no fail cupcake batter recipe.
Cake pops are pretty much round mini cupcakes!

What I used;
2 medium eggs, slightly whisked.
4oz butter,
4oz sugar,
4oz self raising flour.

To decorate;
Sprinkles.

Vivid toy group Cake pop moulds and sticks*


Pre heat the oven to 180*c
Mix together the butter and sugar,
then gradually add the slight whisked egg until nice and smooth.
Once smooth fold in the flour.


Pour the batter into the mould and place in the pre heated oven for 10 - 15 minutes.
As the cake pop moulds only have 4 sections I ended up having to do this 3x.
It wasn't much of an issue though as they cooked so quickly!


Whilst the Cake pops were cooling down, I started melting down the chocolate.
One of the best ways to melt chocolate is to place a bowl over boiling water and keep stirring until smooth.
By the time the chocolate was all melted the cakes had cooled and were ready to be decorated.

I pour the chocolate over and then Rupert took charge of the sprinkles!
We then placed them in the fridge for half an hour.



The end result was pretty amazing!
We'd never made cake pops before but they went down so well, they'll be definitely be top of our baking list!

Ru had first dibs and as you can tell by his face, they were pretty tasty!


You can find the Cake Pop kit over on amazon for £9.99
Baking chocolate from Divine Chocolate Website for £2.00

**I was gifted these products for free for the purpose of this post

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Getting Messy In The Kitchen With Vivid Toy's Real Baking Sets

Stained Glassed Biscuits!


I used to bake all the time when it was just me and Noah, but then when the twins came along I thought it was too messy and there was too many of them (children) and not enough of me.
I didn't want the mess.

When I did bake, I always usually end up buying one of the character cake mixes,
1 because I think they appeal to the kids more and
2 because I think its easier and less hassle.

When in fact, the kids don't really care about the character, they just want to have the fun of baking up something yummy with you and the pre done cake mixes really aren't  as fun, as they take next no time at all.
They also always end up tasting rather naff.

Baking should be about having fun and getting messy.
Baking from scratch really isn't that hard and it doesn't take that much effort to do.
You always have 100x more fun too.


We were recently sent the Vivid Toys new baking range

As Noah and the twins are now back at school I thought I'd have some one on one baking fun with Ru.
He loves getting messy so I knew he'd be game.

I picked out the Cookie Kit and searched the web for a recipe.
I came across a Mary Berry one -

What You Need:

175g Softened butter,
100g caster sugar,
225g plain flour,
20 boiled sweets.

How to make the biscuits:

Preheat the over to 160*C
Line two baking sheets with non stick paper,
Mix the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth,
Add the flour and use your hands to make the dough,
Sprinkle flour on the work surface and using a rolling pin roll out the dough until its around 1cm thick.
Cut out your shapes and place on the baking trays.

Smash the boiled sweets with a rolling pin and sprinkle into the middle of the biscuits.
Place in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes.

Take out the oven and leave to cool!


The Cookie kit, came with pretty much everything we needed minus the ingredients.

We had plenty of cutters to choose from and there's even a handy dough guide, so you can roll out the dough to the perfect thickness.
The rolling pin was easy enough for Ru to use with a little guidance.



It was great fun getting messy with Rupert and our biscuits turned out great!
I love how pretty they looked when I held them up to the window!
Something we will be making again.

They'd make lovely Christmas gifts for the grandparents.


You can buy the Vivid Toy Real Baking Cookie Kit from amazon for £14.99

Coming up - Twin Bake Off