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Apple, Maple & Cinnamon Peanut Butter

In Pickles & Preserves on December 19, 2012 at 6:54 am

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Yes, this is as delicious as it sounds. I can’t take credit for the idea as I saw it on pinterest. I was drawn to idea of creating a spread using a slow cooker. My mum’s slow cooker is a bit of a weird one (apparently, you need a spanner to be able to change to dial from high to low) but eventually I managed to get my apples cooked enough to be turned into apple butter. I used this and this recipe as a reference. It’s dead simple; make the apple butter and then blend in with the peanut butter, maple syrup and cinnamon.

I decided to make this along with the jam because I thought it would make great Christmas presents. I’m also looking forward to stirring it through my porridge in the mornings!

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

In Baking, Bread, Cake, Uncategorized on August 19, 2012 at 6:37 am

I made this for breakfast this morning. Recipe from here. A delicious breakfast and lovely way to use up leftover apples!

Tea Party for Theresa

In Baking, Cheese, Entertaining, Pasta, Snacks on April 14, 2012 at 4:35 am

Part I: Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes

Today we celebrated our lovely friend Theresa’s 23rd birthday with a tea party! We made all sorts of goodies, but one of the main features were these cupcakes. The recipe is courtesy of the wonderful Smitten Kitchen website. It is an AMAZING recipe – I highly recommend it. However,  you could probably make the alcohol portions a bit stronger, as despite the three different kinds of alcohol in these cupcakes, the taste of it isn’t strong at all! (Possibly that is a good thing, as far as the Guinness is concerned)

Seeing as it is a Smitten Kitchen recipe, there’s no point in reposting it – you can find it here.

I also made some marzipan roses to decorate the cupcakes – I don’t want to go into detail how I made them right now, though I might post about that later.

Below are a few pics of the cupcakes in various stages of their creation:

Plain Cupcake, without ganache filling or icing

Cupcake with ganache filling and icing

Cupcakes with Baileys frosting, filled with ganache and topped with marzipan roses

Cupcakes on tier

More cupcakes

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Part II: Other Goodies!

Here’s a selection of some of the other goodies we served. Leave me a comment if you want the recipe for any of them as I can’t be bothered copying them all out for the sake of it! Other things we also ate (but I didn’t photograph) were pesto filled cherry tomatoes, mini BLT sandwiches as well as egg sandwiches. There was also sparkling punch made with orange juice, pineapple juice, gingerale and cider.

Stuffed Giant Pasta Shells - filled with soft buffalo feta and spinach

Potato, Apple and Camembert Terrine

Spiced Pumpkin Mini-Scones

Spongey/Butter Cream and Jam Sandwich Cake

All together, it was a great team effort from all of us – Theresa, Emma and I – so well done us!

Apple & Cheese Loaf

In Baking, Bread, Cheese on March 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

This was rather an experimental piece of baking. I bought some beautiful stilton cheese at Farro which came  inside a lovely ceramic pot. Fortunately for me, it was on sale at half price because it was near its best before date! I also had a bunch of apples to use, so I decided to give an apple and cheese loaf a go using the Stilton. I think the recipe called for a more basic cheese, such as tasty or a light cheddar, but the results were pretty delicious, albeit the loaf wasn’t that beautiful to look at – and I ended up having to rebake it because the middle was a bit too gooey. But I’d still call it a success as it was eaten entirely the same day it was baked! Vegetable and fruit loaves really do have that amazing moist and gritty texture that is just too hard to resist.

I won’t post the recipe, but if anyone wants it then I will. In the meantime, be jealous of my cute Stilton pot!

I really am going to try and post more frequently, but my life has been incredibly busy and demanding of late 😦