KayCee was excited when she heard it was desserts week and asked if she could make this week’s recipe. Then she watched GBBO and wasn’t interested in making any of those desserts so Ant made white chocolate blancmange 🙂 He didn’t make the accompanying biscuits […]
Blogger Bake Off
KayCee’s our main baker at the moment. Both Ant and I have been too busy to do any baking so KayCee stepped in. She’s been making cookies (for my Christmas cookie advent recipes!), apple crumble for us and her grandparents and this week’s apple streusel traybake […]
We’re all happy that Bake Off is back on the TV and for the third year running, we’re baking along with some other lovely bloggers. We decided to make a regional biscuit and after some Googling, we came across a recipe for Grantham Gingerbread.
We’ve not been able to join in with the Great British Bake Off Blogger’s 2017 for a couple of weeks. Things have been hectic around here but here’s Ant’s Margherita pizza that he found time to make yesterday and Ella loved it 🙂
She said the cheese on it was really lovely. It didn’t look very filling but she only had two pieces and she couldn’t eat anymore.
He used Prue’s recipe from the Bake Off website but instead of using 10g of fresh yeast, he used 3g of easy bake yeast.
I didn’t get to try it because of being on Slimming World and using all my syns on a doughnut! It did look delicious, I have to admit.
Ant’s Margherita Pizza
I’m not putting the recipe here for the Cottage Loaf because Ant used Paul Hollywood’s recipe. I can’t comment on how it tastes as I don’t eat white bread at the moment. The fact that it’s now all gone, though, seems to suggest that it was lovely!
I have to thank Ella for her help with this blog post. She took the wonderful photos for me because I’ve been so busy this week. I’ve been moving Kaycee’s and Ella’s bedroom around and re-organising. Their room is now looking wonderful but the rest of the house isn’t doing so well! The mess seems to have spread throughout the rest of the house!
Anyway, back to the bread! Ant loves bread week because he makes fresh bread every day for himself and the kids. Ant likes to try different types of bread and new recipes.
He said he could taste the difference with the lard being added in this recipe. He never uses lard in his bread.
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We were going to try making a board game for this week’s bake off challenge. We ran out of time, again, and decided to make fortune cookies instead.
They’re fun and we’ve never made them before so it was more of a challenge.
Last Week Kaycee made Cherry Cake but Ant’s having to make the fortune cookies this week due to time constraints.
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil
- 100g plain flour
- 2 tsp cornflour
- 100g caster sugar
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment
- Write out fortunes on paper that has been cut to 6cm long and 1cm wide
- In a bowl, put the egg whites, vanilla and almond extracts, oil and 2 tsps of water and mix with hand mixer until frothy
- Put the flour, cornflour, sugar and a pinch of salt into another bowl
- Sift into the egg mixture and whisk together until it's smooth
- Chill for 1 hour
- Preheat the oven to 180/160 fan/Gas 4
- Put a tablespoon of the mixture onto the the prepared baking sheet
- Oil the back of a spoon and use it to smooth out the mixture until it is around 8-10cm
- Repeat so you have 2 cookies on the tray
- Make sure to leave plenty of space between them because they will spread
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edge of the cookies turn golden
- Remove them one at a time using a palette knife
- They need to still be soft so you can shape them. You need to work quickly
- Turn the cookie over and place it face down. Put the fortune in the middle
- Fold the circle in half and seal the edges by pinching them together
- Put the cookie on the rim of a glass or cup and pull down the 2 corners to create the fortune cookie shape
- Hold for 10 seconds then put in a muffin tin to help them hold the shape while they cool
- Repeat with the remaining cookie mixture
Here are some of the fortunes Ant put in the cookies. I did wonder whether he was going to write out some Tim Vine jokes and put those in. He has a Tim Vine joke book with lots of cheesy jokes that make the girls groan!
He decided to Google some fortunes and print them out instead to make life easier. I have to mention that we have a new printer. It’s a wifi printer and he was excited that he was able to print from his phone!
The Great British Bake Off is back and I was totally ok with the new presenters. It’s not the same without Mary but I like Prue so I’m still going to be enjoying watching every week.
Kaycee and Ant are going to be baking every week so we can link up with Jenny’s GBBO Bloggers 2017 linky 🙂
This week I totally forgot to organise something for Kaycee to make and it was only yesterday I remembered. Kaycee really wanted to make a cake that didn’t look like a cake but it was too late.
She’s making a cherry cake instead using fresh cherries.
I’ve told her to watch Bake Off with us on Tuesday and decide that night what she wants to make so we can be better prepared!
- 225g cherries, stones removed and halved - we used a straw to push the stones out then cut them in half
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 250g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 160ml vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 200g sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 250ml milk
- Preheat the oven Gas 3/ 170° C
- Lightly grease and flour a cake tin of your choice
- Place cherries in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons plain flour. Toss the cherries to coat in the flour
- In another bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
- Beat together the oil, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and sugar in another bowl then stir in the flour until smooth
- Add the cheries and gently stir the through the mixture
- Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake for about 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
- Leave to cool for about 10 minutes in the tin then turn out onto a wire rack and leave until cold.
Kaycee decorated the cooled cake with the leftover cherries and everyone, except me, enjoyed a piece after dinner!
Meringue crown Kaycee (11) was adamant that she wanted to do the final bake after winning star baker with her apple and cinnamon filo pastry tarts 🙂 She wanted to do everything from the GBBO final! I thought about it but after careful consideration, I […]
Bacon and Tomato Palmiers
I’m currently in a caravan in Mablethorpe with a limited internet connection. This week I’m posting the pictures of the delicious bacon and tomato palmiers Ant made but I’m afraid I can’t find the recipe he used.
We need to find it because it was delicious and I want him to make them again! If he finds it, I’ll share the link 🙂
The bacon and tomato flavour was really nice and the pastry was lovely and crispy.
He made them on Friday and packed the leftovers on Saturday to bring with us to Mablethorpe. It was a good job he did. We had a little mix up with the caravan keys on Saturday. We had to wait a few hours for the owners to get in touch.
It came to lunchtime so we decided to sit in the car and eat the leftover palmiers and babka.
Ant made his own puff pastry but for the recipe below, I’ve used ready-made puff pastry.