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Chocolate Butterfly Buns

Ingredients 200g soft margarine 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 150g self-raising flour 2 tsp baking powder 50g Cocoa Powder Icing 4 tbsp Cocoa 3 tbsps hot water 350g butter. soft 700g icing sugar, sifted and extra for topping You will probably have a bit left over but you can cover and place in the fridge until you make your next batch of cakes. Method Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Place about 18 muffin or bun cases in bun tins. Measure all the ingredients in a large bowl and beat well until mixture is blended and smooth. Spoon the mixture in the cases to half-fill. Bake for 15-20 mins. To make the icing blend the cocoa and hot water and allow to cool slightly. Beat in the butter and icing sugar until w

Summer Strawberry Tart

Pastry 200g Plain Flour 100g Cold Unsalted Butter 40g Icing Sugar 1 Egg beaten Filling 150g Ground Almonds 150g Butter Softened 2 large Eggs 2 tbsp Plain Flour Frozen or fresh strawberry's. I've used frozen. Method Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees fan oven. To make the pastry rub the butter in the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add sieved icing sugar and egg. Mix until it forms a dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. Roll out pastry and place in a 23cm tin and bake in oven for 10 mins. Meanwhile whisk together the filling ingredients apart from the strawberries and spoon in the pastry case. Scatter the strawberry's over the top and press into the mixture slightly. Bake

Love Leather

Have to say I'm old school and I do like a diary I can actually write in. This is the one I use, A5 Malden ochre organiser is made from soft full grain buffalo leather with a natural two tone colour. The A5 Malden is a very laid-back organiser with a soft, casual construction and rustic stitching.

Spring is a Lovely Time of Year

Our little sanctuary The Hawthorne tree is in full flower and brings colour to the end of the garden. It would be great if it flowered all the through to summer but never mind we have Peonies just about to open soon to bring more colour to the garden.

Don't buy yeast to make bread

Make your own sourdough starter!!. Ingredients 1 tsp honey 1/4 cup Rye Flour Twig & leaves of a Hawthorne tree (contains the yeast) Warm water Method Dissolve honey in the warm water. Add flour and place small twig in mixture. Pour in glass jar with lid. Shake daily and undo lid to release gas. Store in a dark place ie cupboard. After 7 days the culture should be ready. It will smell sweet/sour and the gases will be released when you open the bottle. To keep the starter going for next time leave a bit left in the jar and add more flour and water. Shake daily as mentioned before. Sourdough Loaf Ingredients 2 tbsp oil (we use Rapeseed) 1 tsp Sugar 1/2 cup Sourdough Starter 1 tsp salt 1 1/4 cup

Oven Cooking Tip

Line your baking trays with grease proof paper rather than aluminium foil when cooking meat eg. Sausages, it’s more sustainable and it doesn’t stick hence better to clean.

Everyone's a fruit and nut case

Husband made these buns that are great for a 'grab and go muffin' Measurements are in man style Fruit & Nut Muffins 2 eggs 1/4 cup of Rapeseed Oil 200g Margarine Cup of brown sugar 1tbsp Treacle 1 tsp Vanilla Essence 1/2 cup of milk 1 tsp Ginger 1 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 Cup of chopped Hazelnuts 1/2 Cup of Currants 1 Cup of White Spelt Flour 1 Cup of Wholemeal Flour 2tsp Baking Powder 100g Ground Almonds Method Mix everything together apart from the flour. Make sure everything is mix thoroughly then add the flour. Spoon into muffin cases and bake for about 26 mins at 180 degrees C.

Natural Anti-Bacterial All Rounder

TEA TREE OIL This oil is unusual in that it is active against all three categories of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses. Ideal to add to your normal hand wash to help protect against viruses such as the Coronavirus. Just 4 to 5 drops is all you need. When used topically, tea tree oil is believed to be antibacterial. Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat acne, athlete's foot, lice, nail fungus and insect bites. Five possible uses of tea tree oil Tea tree oil has many applications. Some suggestions include: Wound dressing. Place a few drops of oil onto fresh wound dressing to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. Homemade mouthwash. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of wat

Shortcrust Pastry for Pies

This is the recipe I use for pies, pasties and other savoury toppings. My sons absolutely love the pastry and you know how fussy kids are!#shortcrust#pastry#pies# Ingredients 500g flour (I use 1/2 spelt and 1/2 wholemeal) 125g butter 125g lard 6 tbsp water Pepper & Veggie stock cube Method Add butter to the flour and rub in until like fine breadcrumbs or stick it in your mixer. Add seasoning. Add water to mix until it comes together to form a ball. Roll out pastry ( not need to chill in fridge).

Cuppa tea and a slice o'cake

You can't beat a little nibble with a cup of tea and what better way to have is some tea loaf topped with a good dollop of butter . I make a tea loaf made with Yorkshire Tea of course! Tea Loaf Ingredients 175g Currants 175g Sultanas 225g Light Muscovado Sugar 300ml Strong hot tea 275g Self Raising Flour 1 Egg beaten Method Measure fruit and sugar and add your hot tea, cover and leave overnight for best results (if you're not patient like me do it for 1 hour). Pre-heat oven at 150 degrees C. Grease and baseline a 2 lb tin or 2 x 1 lb tins. Stir the flour and egg into the fruit mixture, mix thoroughly then turn into the prepared tin/s and level the surface. Bake in oven for 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hour

Cake that's always a winner in our household

Chocolate Victoria Sandwich. Yes we are all baking for Britain in this lockdown but here's a recipe that's quick and a winner for all families out there. #chocolatevictoriasandwich Ingredients Filling 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder 25g Soft Margarine 3 tbsp Boiling Water 87g Icing Sugar 4 eggs 1/2 tbsp milk 225g Self Raising Flour Little Icing Sugar for the top 2 tsp Baking Powder 225g Soft Margarine 225g Caster Sugar Method “Don't be afraid

What was your first NOW Album?

I think mine was the first one that came out back in the late 80's. Actually my mum bought it and it was a double cassette. Has anyone collected every single one? Can't believe were on No. 105!#Nowthatswhaticallmusic105

Back to Fiction: What I'm Reading This Summer

A Jack Reacher thriller One of the best ones by Lee Child and book number 4. I was hooked from page one. This book is more of a mystery novel compared to his previous book, maybe that's why I like it so much #leechild#thevisitor#jackreacher#thriller “”

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