Gingerbread Cupcakes – Hummingbird Bakery

I decided to use the Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Days cookbook to inject a bit of festive cheer! The other recipes I’ve tried so far have all been really successful – Sticky Toffee CupcakesChocolate Guinness CakeRed Velvet Cupcakes, Marbled Cupcakes and Caramel Cupcakes. I decided given the impending festive season I needed to Christmas up my life a bit! I found a recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes in the book and decided to test run it! Here’s how I got on!

Gingerbread Cupcakes! Yum!

Gingerbread Cupcakes! Yum!

The apartment began to smell really Christmas-y when these were baking! A definite creator of Christmas cheer! I have step by step photos and a link to the recipe after the cut! Continue reading

Little Bakin’ Sister

My little sister Niamh made these iced buns at the weekend. She’s 10 so I was quite impressed with her mad skills. The only thing she didn’t do was put them in/take them out of the oven (probably a wise call). She made the icing and iced them herself too. Dead proud!

She used a Rachel Allen recipe that I’ve copied below. Her icing was just icing sugar, water and copious amounts of food colouring… (There are a load of towels in the pictures because she kept spilling icing everywhere, and I ate one of the buns before she’d finished icing!)

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Mini Apple Pies

I saw an article by DCSweetTooth about a pie store in Georgetown. They make little mini pies, like mince pies, but with different fillings. I loved the idea of it! But, in the absence of a plane ticket to the states I had to make  my own miniature pies.

There were a load of cooking apples inexplicably knocking around my house. I think my parents philosophy is “If we buy it, she will bake it”. They’re generally right…

I decided to make miniature apple pies, given my abundance of the required raw materials. I started out by stewing the apples. Generally I wouldn’t stew apples if I was making a large apple tart. But as these were going to be mini pies I decided to stew the apples to be sure they cooked.

Once the apples were stewed I set to making the pastry. I used the sweet pastry recipe I always use for mince pies. I may have been overzealous with the filling though. Some of my poor mini pies overflowed a little in the oven… But as my great-great-granddad (seemingly) used to say – “Wilful waste makes woeful want.” So I stuck all my filling in the pie cases!

Recipe and more photos (I’m getting better at taking photos) are after the cut!

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Chocolate and Raspberry Brownies

I made chocolate and raspberry brownies for work. I started out using a recipe from the BBC website but I’ve adapted it over the years, more due to availability of ingredients than anything else! The brownies look a lot better when they’re cut but I only have a picture of them in the tin! I’ve popped my recipe below!

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Bacon, Leek and Asparagus Quiche

The Avoca Cafe Cookbook is one of the most used and battered book in my parents house… As is evidenced by this photo, check out the doodling on the title that one of us obviously engaged in as kids!

Last weekend when I was home I made the Bacon, Leek and Asparagus Quiche from the book. The recipe makes a really nice satisfying quiche (the 900ml of double cream definitely helps…), but the filling isn’t too stodgy or heavy. Continue reading