Jelly Sweet Cookies

I got given these as a Christmas present from a client and they’ve been sitting on the side in the living room since. I love Fruit Pastilles and sweets like that loads (I have such a general sweet tooth, anything with a bit of sugar in and I’m happy!) so I immediately thought of baking when I was given these.

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I wanted to bake something quickly after a quite bad baking fail (you don’t want to know!), as I get downheartened easily when a bake doesn’t go quite right. The last thing I want is to lose my baking mojo and enthusiasm.

Click here to see how it went. I’m pleased to say this was a much better result than the fail. Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I bought these on a Lakeland splurge in January when I only needed another £1.50 to get my total up over £60 (I had gift vouchers, don’t worry!). I had to Google what “fleur de sel” actually was and when I found out, this little pot went straight into my basket.

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I’ve been wanting to try making my own salted caramel cupcake recipe for a while, since I went to London with Alex and visited the Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden and picked one up there.

Click here to see how it went and to see the cupcake that inspired this recipe. Comments are appreciated as always, especially from those that tried them.

Jen x

PS – a pre warning for the long post that follows!

Jammy Dodgers

Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t usually go for Valentine’s, as long as I get a card I’m happy! My Nan bought me the official Great British Bake Off 2014 calendar for Christmas and every month features a new recipe (January was an olive loaf that went surprisingly well). February of course featured Love Heart biscuits which are almost exactly like homemade jammy dodgers.

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I look forward to making a new recipe every month, there are some great ones coming up – like madeleines in March, florentines in September and pecan pie in November. Anyway, this is my February attempt.

Click here to see how it went, comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

It’s my (almost!) mother-in-law’s birthday and she loves chocolate and red wine so what do I make for her? Red wine chocolate cake of course! I came across this recipe in the same way I seem to come across most of them these days – by browsing various baking blogs.

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I was looking forward to making this very much as I don’t really bake with alcohol at all and I was curious to see whether or not the wine would bake out, as it does in stews etc… or whether it would keep that rich wine-y taste.

Click here to see how it went and to give it a go yourselves 🙂 Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Lemon and Blueberry Cake with Greek Yoghurt Icing

I love blueberries. A beautifully coloured fruit and such a lovely flavour too, it’s a double threat! I also adore lemons and more specifically, lemon zest. The most gorgeous smell fills my kitchen whenever I bake with lemons and it’s an incredibly comforting and welcoming scent.

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So what do I do when it’s my Dad and Nan’s birthday? Well make a lemon and blueberry cake of course!

Click here to see how it went and to give it a go yourselves (if you are so inclined, I have to say you should definitely be!) Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Peanut Butter Cookies

These were made in conjunction with the fudgy brownies for Alex to take with him to the Super Bowl viewing party. He wanted some American themed goodies and peanut butter was figuring highly so I made these.

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I’ve never really had a taste for peanut butter but this stuff is honestly amazing! Incredibly sticky but the overwhelming taste of pure peanuts is just heavenly. I definitely couldn’t wait to cook these and see (taste!) the results.

Click here to see how it went and your comments are always appreciated.

Jen x

PS – two posts in one day, aren’t you lucky!