Every year, Tia and I make cakes for each other’s birthdays, and each year it gets harder and harder to think of something different that the other person will like! So this year, after a lot of head scratching, I thought I’d try something different. Taking inspiration from Oreo Pops, which seem to be all over Pinterest at the moment, I thought I’d jazz up Tia’s all-time favourite biscuits into pops – because putting anything on a stick instantly makes it ten times better. This method could be used with any sandwich-style biscuit or even to make your own new type of biscuit by sandwiching two together with chocolate in the middle.
If, like us, you’re looking for a quick edible gift idea to give to a hard-to-buy-for family member then these truffles are exactly what you need. They’re easy enough to make with kids and are utterly mouthwateringly delicious. They’d also be a great teacher’s present and would go down well in any staff room!
We’ve been a little quiet on the baking front recently as we’ve been snowed under with commissions and book writing. So, now that it’s turning colder and The Great British Bake Off is back (squeal) I’m feeling all inspired to get my bake on. We got sent a copy of the new Cath Kidston baking book to try out and this Salted Almond and Chocolate Brittle jumped out as an easy and incredibly delicious looking bake. It is in one word…scrumdiddlyumptious!
We’ve been a bit quiet on the baking front recently because Laura tried to give up refined sugar (it lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes exactly #fail) and Tia is having major house renovations which has left her without a kitchen… and bathroom and living room… for a while. We’ve still been pinning things we’d like to make and since we have the kids around a bit due to the holiday we’ve got a few bakes to do with them so we thought we’d share them with you. Here are our top picks of things to whip up in the kitchen with the kiddiwinks:
My lovely friends Viv and Jon came over to stay with me last week. They were the most wonderful house guests, babysitters, chefs and tea makers. Viv made these delicious beetroot cupcakes when she was here. I didn’t say it at the time, but I was dubious. I have had beetroot cake before and it tasted of, well, beetroot. Not good. But these ones, THESE ones. They are the best cakes. And 1 of your five a day (like, probably). So read on!
As you may have seen from my last post, Amelie had a unicorn birthday party at the weekend, so I had an urgent requirement for a unicorn cake. I did some research online and in books and I couldn’t find a single tutorial that wasn’t either scarily impossible or just… scary (seriously – google unicorn cake – there are some shockers!). So I went in blind and winged it, and I was very happy with the result.
Finding healthy desserts and snacks for kids in the summer can be a bit of a challenge. We have 3 ice cream-obsessed girls who spend their afternoons demanding mini milks! So, we did a bit of research for our latest vlog for Channel Mum and have come up with three quick, healthy desserts for kids: frozen yoghurt fruit bites, fruit jellies and an amazing totally guilt-free ice cream. Seriously – it has to be tried to be believed!
Oh BLIMEY. Just discovered the sheer amazing melty-fluffiness of a homemade marshmallow! How have I not known this before? They are SO much better than the shop ones. Apparently gourmet marshmallows (along with popcorn and rice cakes… to which I’m also addicted) is big business at the moment. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own (fyi easy) mallows then keep reading.
Pinterest is seriously dangerous. Every time I go onto it I seem to loss hours (literally whole evenings have disappeared) and have an overwhelming desire to make EVERYTHING on there. These edible ice cream bowls have been taunting me since last year and now there’s a bit of sunshine I couldn’t resist giving them a go.
Since the 3rd of January (the day after Grayson’s birthday) Harper had been talking about her birthday and how she wanted a Peter Rabbit cake. So two and a half months later, there we were with a Peter Rabbit birthday cake. I decided to decorate a chocolate cake so as to resemble Mr McGregor’s garden and have a sneaky Peter stealing vegetables from it.
I wanted to make a teddy bear cake for Lilah’s 2nd birthday. When she was born she had to wear leg braces for 6 months, which pushed her legs out so that she looked like a little teddy. We’ve called her Lilah bear ever since, silly as it may sound – it’s just stuck. So it had to be a bear cake. She likes dinosaurs more but I wasn’t about to attempt that!
I am such a sucker for seasonal chocolates. As soon as I see them on the shelves I’m filling my trolley with them. I had got quite an Easter collection already, so thought the best place for them would be in a big old slab of more chocolate. This is a no bake, rocky road type of treat with a lot of Easter goodness on top.
I discovered something amazing yesterday: a healthy snack that was so yummy my kids chose it over a biscuit. That’s never happened before, and probably won’t again. Maybe the biscuits had gone stale or something, but I’m going with option A. With a bit of inspiration from this recipe I stumbled upon these little nuggets of love: nutritious, really quick to make and yummy. And gluten free too. Here’s how to make 16 coconut bites.