6 Jan 2019

Basic Shortbread

Dreamlike Shortbread biscuit Lorraine Pascale

Shortbread biscuit

Merry Christmas. With only five ingredients, your preparation for this shortbread is half done. No long recipes here. I did get distracted by one of the ingredients, though – Rice Flour. I had never baked with this before, but luckily found a bag in Sainsburys (in their gluten-free section). As this recipe only uses 60 grams, God knows what I'm gonna do with the rest of it! Any ideas? Answers on a postcard please. (or in the comments box below  :-)


16 Dec 2018

Christmas Snowball Cookies

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Snowball cookies

I am not ready for Christmas this year. The year has flown by and I’ve been trying to write this post for a few days now, having made these over the weekend, a good couple of times. I’m not too happy with my shots above/below though (the perfectionists in me). So, I think I will repeat this recipe again pretty soon, and update the photography one day, so stay tuned. But for now, they are here and waiting for you with all their festive goodiness!

12 Dec 2018

Pecan Pie Slices

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Today, I am not going to say a lot. This recipe will do the talking. In terms of nutty favourites, this recipe knocks socks off the usual Peanut Butter Cookies.

I love pecans. However, on their own, pecans can be a bit on the pricey side, so I get mine from Lidl or Aldi here in the UK. They are much more easy on the pocket there.

5 Dec 2018

Ultimate Carrot Cake

Ultimate Carrot Cake 2014


Hey there. Ultimate Carrot Cake. I've called it "Ultimate" as it's not shy of flavours! And today, I wanted one that I could taste the carrot and orange without it being too over-powering. I loved every last bit of this carrot cake and you will too! My photos don't do it justice. Sad face for that  :-(   I took an extra day fussing over the pics and just decided to go with what I got, otherwise this post was just not going to get written!

Carrot cake is wonderfully moist, so keeps well. So you can... eat a little, save some. Eat some more, save a bit. Eat the piece that's just fallen off onto the table, save the rest. Eat a tiny bit more, save the last bit... there's no point leaving a small bit, so just eat the lot!
I'm sure you get the picture  :-)

2 Dec 2018

Bitesize Peanut Butter Bear cookies

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Put simply, one of the reasons that I haven't been able to post as frequently as I used to is down to me having a toddler and I have far less free time than I used to. However, nowadays, when I do bake, I'd like to be able to bake something for her too and these cookies are perfect right now. Not only are they easy to whip up, as the peanut butter does most of the work, but they do not contain the sugar like the ones she has started to notice and reach out for. In our house, my other half and I avoid eating normal biscuits and cookies in front of her as naturally, she wants to eat what we're eating!

There's no shame in these though, and I easily whip up a batch of these peanut butter cookies at the start of the weekend (only 7 minutes oven time needed) and share out to her as a treat.


29 Nov 2018

Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda



You can be forgiven for once thinking that Baking Soda and Baking Powder were the same thing. If you were ever tempted to substitute one for the other, do not be fooled, here are the differences to help you become a better baker.


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Baking Soda (also known as Bicarbonate of Soda)
Baking Soda is an alkali agent that helps to raise your sponge. It needs something both liquid and acidic to kick start the process. Interestingly enough, Baking Soda is also an ingredient found within Baking "Powder" and once in the oven it can speed up the browning process, causing your cakes go golden-brown on top. Be careful when measuring Baking Soda, as it can leave a tangy aftertaste if used too much.


Baking powder
Baking Powder has become ever-more popular and is an ingredient called upon in many recipes nowadays. It actually contains a certain amount of Baking “Soda”, but unlike Baking Soda is does not need an acidic added to it and can rely on moisture alone to get it working. It is commonly used in cake making and has a neutral taste to it.


What they DO have in common is that both are leavening agents and once combined with wet ingredients, it is important to get cake mixtures into the oven as soon as possible. It is worth noting, Baking Soda is 4x stronger than Baking Powder, so where one recipe may call for 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder, the other recipe may need just ¼ teaspoon of the Soda stuff. Some recipes may even ask for both, to produce a more perfecting balance, like my Peanut Butter Cookies and White Chocolate Lime Cookies.








24 Nov 2018

Lemon Drizzle Muffins



Hello, is it the weekend already? Good! I was looking through my stats the other day and was reminded how popular my post on Lemon Drizzle Cake is. At the moment we have an unexpected collection of lemons in our fridge, probably due to the fact we forget we already have some and keep buying more in Morrisons.

So, I thought, let me make muffins, especially as a reader had once asked me if the Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe converts nicely into cupcakes/ muffins. And yes, it does convert well, the proof is definitely in the pudding.

I had some unused tulip muffin cases that I'd once purchased from Sainsbury's and basically put together the original Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe with some small alterations, that nobody would probably notice. I don't often make cupcakes, so it was a nice change from the normal recipes I bake.



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