Ginger, Pistachio and Almond Biscotti

I got the recipe for this biscotti at a Pink Ginger class I did before Christmas. I got a huge craving for pistachios during the week so I decided to make up a batch of the biscotti. The ginger adds a lovely kick to the recipe as well as giving a nice contrast to the crunch of the nuts!

Ginger, Pistachio and Almond Biscotti

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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

Marbled Cupcakes – Hummingbird Bakery

I have Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Days cookbook and I’m becoming a huge fan of the book, I’ve tried a few things from it so far – Sticky Toffee CupcakesChocolate Guinness Cake and Red Velvet Cupcakes. I decided to give their Marbled Cupcakes a go next… Here’s how I got on!

Marbled Cupcakes! Yum!

Marbled Cupcakes! Yum!

These were brought into work and went down a storm so I’d highly recommend them! I have step by step photos and a link to the recipe after the cut!
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Plum Pudding

I had some plums I needed to use up so I decided to make a plum pudding. It was a great way of using up leftover fruit!

I stewed up the plums with some sugar, cinnamon, a cooking apple and some mixed berries for the filling and I made some scone mix and used that as a topping.

Fluffy scone mix on the base and stewed fruit on top

Once it was baked I turned it out of the dish, so the scone mix was on the base and the fruit was on the top.

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Traybakes are the best thing in the world when it comes to bringing baked goods into work! You can slice and transport them in the tray. A lot easier to lug into work on the Luas than a cake or cupcakes!

I tried two different traybakes recently, both from The Great British Bake Off How to Bake book.

The first traybake I made was a Sticky Maple Apple Traybake. You could almost fool yourself into believing it’s good for you… It’s got apple in it!

The second one I made was a Quick Chocolate Fudge Cake – there is no chance this one is good for you…

I think given the festive season the next traybake I try will have to be Lorraine Pascale’s Christmas Winter Wonderland Traybake. Might be hard to get in on the Luas, but hopefully it’ll be worth it!

Christmas Prep!

I’ve three exams to do before I can start getting into Christmas mode, I’ll have to be extra organised to get everything done on time! On the to do list is:

  1. Homemade Mixed Peel – a Ballymaloe recipe*
  2. Ballymaloe Homemade Christmas Mincemeat*
  3. My Nana’s Christmas pudding – according to my father it’s the best pudding recipe in the world 😛
  4. Christmas cake – make a fruit cake and decorate it!
  5. Gingerbread house
  6. Enough mince pies to feed a small army

*Ballymaloe recipes are all from the Ballymaloe Cookery Course book.

First thing I have to do though is buy a load of jam jars! I’ll need to store the mixed peel and mincemeat. Plus the mincemeat has to mature for two weeks to be at it’s best. Any jars I have left by Christmas I’ll give away as gifts!