August Cake Club Round Up – Tempting Cakes for you to Bake!

August Cake Club Round Up – Tempting Cakes for you to Bake!

I can’t believe it’s September – and all of a sudden, autumn is here! Thanks to all the lovely people who entered the August Cake Club – my mouth was watering seeing all your amazing recipes! I’m sharing some of my favourite cakes from August to give you some baking inspiration! Click on the name of the cake to see the recipe! Lemon and Blueberry Madeira Cake from Emma It may be autumn but this cake is spring in cake form! Yum! Black Forest Cake by Andrea from Made With Pink How gorgeously impressive is this cake?! Woolly Yoshi Cake Jen’s Yoshi cake wins ALL the awards for cutest cake ever – could you bear to eat it? Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake from Munchies and Munchkins I came very close to licking my computer screen when loading this image in! Black Forest Cake from Jo’s Kitchen Such a popular month for Black Forest Cakes after they were featured on GBBO!   Malteser Chocolate Cake / Salted Caramel and Chocolate Roulade Coffee and Walnut Cake / Gin and Tonic Madeira Cake / White Chocolate Strawberry Cake / Jam and coconut Cake Chocolate Chip Courgette Cake / Butternut Squash Cake / Black Forest Gateau (top) / Black Forest Gateau (bottom)   Let’s be friends! | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’... read more
Easy Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Easy Nutella Sandwich Cookies

 Nutella addicts walk this way! Fudgy, chocolatey nutella cookies are sandwiched together with lots more nutella! SO good! Happy Monday! It’s a holiday here in the UK (and maybe elsewhere too!) so I thought I’d share with you THE easiest and most delicious Nutella cookies ever! Perfect for whipping up for an afternoon treat. Meet my melt in the mouth, richly chocolatey and decadent Nutella cookies – sandwiched together with lots more nutella. Basically if you are or you know a nutella addict, you NEED to make these! These Easy Nutella Sandwich Cookies would be perfect for any nutella addict… and I know there are a lot of us out there! I’ve made nutella brownies, nutella cookies, nutella cupcakes and eaten a whole lot of the stuff straight from the jar, but these cookies have to be the most intense and most delicious nutella delivery system yet! Would you believe that you can whip these cookies up using only FOUR ingredients? Nutella, eggs, sugar and flour! We’ll then sandwich them together with – you guessed it – more nutella! There’s really no point being coy at this point – really dollop it on and then sandwich two cookies together. I used a tablespoon of cookie dough to make each of my cookies, and they turned out way too big – I’d recommend a scant teaspoon for your perfectly poppable bite-sized Nutella Sandwich cookies. I hope you love these! Nutella Sandwich Cookies 2015-08-30 14:24:35 Yields 15 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min 88 calories... read more
Life Lately

Life Lately

Hello friends! I’m popping in to share a few of the things I’ve been up to and loving lately!   Something that had never happened to me before – I got free drinks from a bar! I’ve been a regular at Das Kino in Nottingham for a while now and one day they said ‘oh hey you’re a regular, these are on us’. I didn’t know that happened in real life, but YAY! I like being a regular! We’ve been watching Inside Amy Schumer a lot lately and it’s awesome. One episode even made me cry – the sexy rodeo PSA to be exact, and the scene on women saying sorry constantly was genius. If you can, watch it! Recently I read Single, Carefree, Mellow, a book that I admittedly did only pick up at the library thanks to Lena Dunham’s recommendation on the front. It’s a collection of short stories about women’s lives that I found to be a really good read. Some of the stories are stronger than others, and they all share a thread of sadness – so maybe not one to read if you’re looking for something uplifting. Now I’m reading March, Women, March – which is excellent so far. We’re heading to France next week on holiday and I’m hoping to read these books Luckiest Girl Alive The Versions of Us In the Unlikely Event The Girl With All the Gifts Station 11 Is five books optimistic for a seven day holiday!?   Some new products I’ve discovered lately that I LOVE – 17 Tattoo Me Eyeliner is amazing and WILL NOT smudge, but... read more
Cookie Dough Chocolate Salted Caramel Shortbread

Cookie Dough Chocolate Salted Caramel Shortbread

 Soft buttery shortbread, homemade salted caramel, rich egg-free cookie dough and dark chocolate. Did you ever see anything so beautiful?   Okay, seriously. These Cookie Dough Chocolate Salted Caramel Shortbread squares may well be THE most delicious thing I’ve EVER made! They’re a little like my Creme Egg Chocolate Caramel Shortbread squares (I know you guys loved those!) but more cookie dough-alicious. Instead of regular caramel, I’ve gone with extra indulgent, homemade salted caramel which works oh so well with the creamy cookie dough layer on top. I mean, it’s AMAZING. Making these gorgeous squares involves a few steps – none of them are difficult at all. and most are really quick. The shortbread layer – just butter, sugar, flour and vanilla – is mixed up in a moment, then pressed into the bottom of a 9 x 9 inch pan and baked. Bake the shortbread until it’s just starting to become very slightly browned – it is cooked, and it will set as it cools, but taking it out of the oven at this stage will ensure it keeps the lovely crumbly texture. The salted caramel layer is the most time-intensive part of making these squares. We need it to be really thick so that is slices up tidily and doesn’t ooze out everywhere. The caramel is made from melted butter, sugar and condensed milk (plus salt) which we’ll cook for 30-45 minutes until it gets really thick – see this video for how thick mine was (this is when it was still warm – it thickens up more more as it cools). You need to keep cooking... read more
Review: Junkyard Nottingham

Review: Junkyard Nottingham

Today I’m reviewing Junkyard, a new-ish restaurant and bar (or bottle shop and pour house as they put it) in Nottingham! FYI – I wasn’t invited to review Junkyard – we just wanted to try it! Junkyard is one of many craft beer establishments that have recently opened in Nottingham. Beer is VERY popular right now, which kind of makes me sad because I’ve tried to like it and I just can’t. But hey, at least Junkyard offers things to tempt non beer drinkers like me, like delicious food! In fact, I was tempted there brunch – which they do until 2 on Sunday’s, the natural day of brunch. I went for the  blueberry pancakes with pecan butter (above) which were delicious (and served with REAL maple syrup too unlike the pancakes at Bills). There was a bit of a shortage of pecan butter in my portion, (I would definitely ask for more next time and possibly also more maple syrup as they were a littttle stingey with it, but I do understand that the good stuff costs an arm and a leg) but they are very reasonable at £5.50. The heuvos rancheros also sounded amazing – I would love to try it next time (without the chorizo) if I could tear myself away from the pancakes (not terribly likely tbh). The menu is quite meat-y but again veggies aren’t left out – I’d definitely love to try the veggie sandwich too. While we were there, some other people got a cuban sandwich which looked incredibly good – I was trying not to stare but quite frankly I failed.... read more
#CookBlogShare Challenge 18 – 24 August

#CookBlogShare Challenge 18 – 24 August

 Welcome to this weeks edition of #CookBlogShare! I’m delighted to be hosting this week (one of quite a few bloggers who are now taking turns to host the link up that Lucy of SuperGolden Bakes originally set up. There’s no theme and the link party is open to all food bloggers worldwide. Simply link a recipe from your blog – sweet or savoury – anything goes!  To help get us started I’m sharing a photo and link from my moreish homemade Millie’s Cookies! They’ve been SO popular since I shared them, and the best thing is they take no time at all – just 20 minutes! Add your link and link back to this post from your recipe – you can grab the badge code below! The link party ends on 24 August and the new one will go live at Sneaky Veg on 25 August! I can’t wait to see what everyone enters! <div align="center"><a href="http://www.hijackedbytwins.com/p/cookblogshare.html" rel="nofollow" title="CookBlogShare"><img src="http://i860.photobucket.com/albums/ab170/kirstyphillipsonlowe/89a4db0a-41ce-42a9-bc64-4bdffaf66b5f_zpsf6754mec.jpg" alt="CookBlogShare" style="border:none;" /></a></div><br><br><span id="mce_marker" data-mce-type="bookmark">​</span><span id="__caret">_</span><br><br><br><br><br><br> Let’s be friends! | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’... read more
Easy and Instant Homemade Frozen Yoghurt

Easy and Instant Homemade Frozen Yoghurt

Delicious frozen yoghurt thats really fruity and deliciously creamy – and super good for you too!   Healthy ice creams are SO on trend for 2015 huh? Have you tried banana based ice cream yet? This recipe will be incredibly useful if we ever get that heatwave I keep hearing about…. or if you live in a place more reliably warm than the UK in ‘Summer’!   Did you know you can make your own Easy and Instant Homemade Frozen Yoghurt? It’s SO ridiculously easy, and you don’t necessarily need a food processor or blender either! This recipe is so simple, and easy to adapt to add in whatever’s your favourite or in season. I used a frozen berry mix including blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, and you can also use fresh berries or other fruits, plus other mix-ins like nuts or dark chocolate chips (you know nothing in my world is usually totally healthy!). I sweetened my frozen yoghurt with a little honey – you can also use a touch of agarve or maple syrup – whatever you prefer. Easy and Instant Homemade Frozen Yoghurt 2015-08-06 13:47:41 Serves 12 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 5 min Prep Time 5 min 15 calories 4 g 0 g 0 g 0 g 0 g 28 g 1 g 3 g 0 g 0 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 28g Servings 12 Amount Per Serving Calories 15 Calories from Fat 0 % Daily Value * Total Fat 0g 0% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 1mg 0% Total Carbohydrates... read more
Easy Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies

Easy Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies

The GOOEYEST brownies EVER! Rich decadent chocolate fudge brownies, packed full of chocolate chunks. Sometimes all you need is a brownie – fact. They’re the cure for a bad day, a guaranteed friend winner and best of all, super easy. I often make brownies as a last minute treat for friends and workmates and I know they’ll always turn out and be delicious. Even made completely from scratch, these Easy Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies take absolutely no time at all. Plus they’re WAY better than a box mix! Everyone has a favourite brownie. I’m partial to incredibly fudgy brownies with a crackly top, like these. And when I say fudgy…. these are somewhere between the texture of a chocolate truffle, rich fudge and chocolate frosting. They’re also packed full of triple chocolate chunks, although pretzels or peanut butter would also be excellent add-in ideas. Let’s talk sugar. Dark muscavado sugar is the absolute best thing to use in these brownies. It gives them a hugely rich, chocolatey flavour and keeps them moist and amazing. You can of course also use caster or light brown sugar, but dark muscavado is really where it’s at. Chocolate wise, I use a cheap store brand plain chocolate in these brownies, or you can use any kind of dark chocolate you’d prefer or have around. For the triple chocolate chunks, use any combination of white, dark and milk chocolate that you like, or even add chopped up mars bars, snickers or whatever’s your fave! Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies 2015-08-09 13:42:47 Yields 15 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 15 min Cook Time... read more
August #CakeClub Challenge!

August #CakeClub Challenge!

   Hello and welcome to another month of #CakeClub! Thank you so much to all the lovely bloggers who entered the first challenge last month – I loved seeing your entries (and they made me incredibly hungry!).   For inspiration for August, here’s my chocolate malteser cake (above) and my chocolate cake with espresso frosting (below).    Don’t forget – share a fabulous cake each month – so that’s a cake – not a cupcake, traybake or muffin. But other than that, it could be simple or complex and involve whatever flavours you like! And it can be a new cake or old post, up to you! Here’s how to take part – Post your recipe on your blog – photos and words must be your own and ensure that you’re giving the original recipe creator credit, if it’s not a recipe you’ve developed Mention Cake Club in your post and link back to Kerry Cooks and the host for that month (if not Kerry) using the Cake Club logo (above) Entry is usually via linky  Entries should be submitted no later than midnight of the 27th of the month. The round up of entries will be posted on the host’s blog on or before the last day of the month. The new challenge will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month. If mentioning on Twitter, you can use the tag #cakeclub and I will retweet. Please feel free to add your entry to the Cake Club group board on Pinterest. If you are not already a member and would like to join, please ask Kerry.   An InLinkz Link-up I can’t... read more
Homemade Vanilla Honey Sea Salt Peanut Butter

Homemade Vanilla Honey Sea Salt Peanut Butter

Four ingredients and 20 minutes are all you need to make this delicious Homemade Vanilla Honey Sea Salt Peanut Butter   Incredibly yummy homemade peanut butter! Grab a spoon and dig in! Did you know that you can whip (well, blend) up your own peanut butter at home in a matter of minutes? All you need is some peanuts, a little honey, vanilla and salt, and a blender or food processor. But WHY would you want to make your own peanut butter? Okay – it’s definitely easier to pick up a jar in the supermarket and I won’t judge you if you carry on doing that, but homemade peanut butter is awesome. It’s a whole other level of deliciousness and you can customise it with whatever you want – even chocolate! (like in my peanutella!). Another thing I LOVE about homemade peanut butter is that it’s all-natural. There’s no palm oil or other weird stuff. I’m trying to avoid palm oil – difficult as it’s being snuck into EVERYTHING these days – which is sadly in most store-bought peanut butter these days. Making your own Homemade Vanilla Honey Sea Salt Peanut Butter is absolutely like the difference between homemade cake and store-bought cake. There’s just no comparison.   Homemade Vanilla Honey Sea Salt Peanut Butter 2015-08-02 15:56:46 Yields 1 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min 2829 calories 115 g 0 g 237 g 107 g 33 g 495 g 5415 g 37 g 0 g 192 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 495g Yields... read more
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