I’m always looking for healthy meal and snack recipes for my family. Flapjacks are full of oats which are great slow energy release foods and an assortment of goodness packed dried fruits. I’m not a particularly huge fan of regularly eating flapjacks for myself because of the butter and sugar content. But I think flapjacks are great energy snacks for children. Once baked, these flapjacks can be cut in to small kid size portions and kept in an airtight jar for a few days as a quick snack or breakfast on the go.
These flapjacks are very quick to prepare. Once all the ingredients are at hand, in about 10-15 minutes, the tray can go in the oven.
80g Soft brown sugar
200g Rolled Oats
20g Muesli(I use store bought muesli to add flavour)
15g dried currants
30g desiccated coconut
Preheat oven to 180′C/160′C Fan/350′F/Gas 4
Grease and line a 20cm/8” square tin with greaseproof paper.
In a large pan, gently heat butter, sugar and honey together. Once combined, mix in the oats, muesli and currants. Mix well. Lastly add in the desiccated coconut. Mix well till everything is nicely mixed. Transfer the flapjack mix to the prepared pan. Pack gently with a spatula and level the top.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until nice and golden. Be careful as to not let it burn.
The flapjacks come of the oven very soft and crumbly. Leave to cool for about 15 minutes before cuing into small squares. It is important to let the flapjacks rest and cool otherwise they will crumble easily. Leave them to cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight jar.
I think most people (except for chocolate haters!) will admit that brownies are gorgeously decadent little pieces of cake joy! In my opinion, a brownie is chocolate cake taken to the next level. A good brownie is moist, densely packed with chocolately goodness and has a melt in the mouth texture.
My personal favorite is a chewy tray bake with a crunchy top crust that crinkles and cracks as the cake cools. All is cake awesomeness means that although brownies taste stellar, but often they are the ugly counterpart of a fancy chocolate cake.
I recently made brownies for my hubby to take to work for his birthday. But I wanted to jazz them up a bit. Any piped icing was a definite no go. So (stealing my hubby’s idea) we came up with these fun little treats.
This recipe makes a very rich brownie so I cut them into small portions. I had these cute little stick figures printed on icing sheets and stuck them to little pieces of fondant to give a backing. I then used just a tint dab of royal icng and stuck these cute stick people image bits on the brownies.
Voila! A super simple, no fuss and cool way to pimp your brownies!
Elegant Anniversary Cake
Its always a bit of both, nerves and excitement when ever I am given a free reign on the design. I’m nervous because you can never know for sure how the client will react to their surprise design and excitement because I get to work on design elements that I personally like. Yaay!:) With last weeks cake, I was sent a rough sketch of a heart with two names and the number “40″. The brief was pretty, elegant and (maybe) floral. I’m not a huge fan of heart shaped cakes but I really enjoy making pretty, classic cakes with bits of lace, some elegant piping and flowers. So that’s all that went into this cake. I baked two classic Victoria sponge shapes, an 8″ square and an 8″ round. Filled with layers of strawberry jam and freshly made vanilla butter cream. I then cut the round cake right across the middle into two equal halves. To make the heart, I put one two sides of the square, smothered in loads of butter cream and covered in white fondant. I didn’t take any pictures while making this but if you type in “make a heart cake with square and round cakes” several helpful drawings will come up. I used a pearl string mould to make strings of pearls at the base. I hand piped royal icing scrolls, dots and names. Filled selected portions of the cake with hand made roses and cut out flowers. Because I’ve recently played around with cake lace and love it, of course the design had to be doted with bits of edible lace. And the board I did in one of my favorite effects, the quilted look. I finished the design off by painting with hints of silver. I was told the recipients LOVED the cake! Of course I’m chuffed:)
This is a recent set of bridesmaid cookies ordered by a bride to be. She lives in the USA and ordered these to be posted to her bridesmaids here in the UK.
I went for some curly rectangles as I think they are so chic! plus a bridal gown and a bridesmaid dress. I decided to hand paint some with tiny floral details and pearl piped edges. And lastly, the little quilted designs! I love the quilted look, any excuse to do a quilted design!
These cookies involved some of my favourite cake decoration effects. The quilting look, hand painting and delicate royal icing.
She gave me a free reign with the design but wanted her messages to her bridesmaids to be incorporated in the design.
The cookies were nicely packed in clear plastic cookie bags for freshness and safe travel to their recipients.