Baking · Food · Recipes

Easy Cherry fairy cakes recipe. 

Hello everyone and today I will be posting this recipe on my cherry fairy cakes now they are filled with scrumptious glacé cherries they are so yummy, so here’s the recipe I hope you enjoy. 



Makes 12 cupcakes.

Cake Sponge method-

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c gas mark 4,  and line your cupcake tray with your cupcake cases. 
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy and lighter in colour.
  3. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and milk and mix until light and creamy in texture.
  4.  Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix together until light and fluffy.
  5. Now chop 3/4 of your glacè cherries in quarters and add to the mixture, your going to need to leave out the other 1/4 of the pot to decorate the cakes later. 
  6. Next spoon in even amounts of mixture into your cases about half of the case should be fine.
  7. Put your cupcakes in your preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes checking on them throughout to make sure they are not over cooking. 
  8. Once cooked take out and cool on cooling rack, once they have completely cooled you can the decorate them.

Buttercream icing method- 

  1. Using a electric whisk or a spatula or wooden spoon, beat together the room temperature butter until it becomes lighter in colour and like mayonnaise in texture.
  2. Once you have achieved this, sieve in the icing sugar.
  3. Now add in your vanilla extract and milk, and mix together until all the ingredients are blended and it’s looking fluffy and light in colour. If using a electric whisk make sure not to over whisk, so keep an eye on it as this can happen quite quickly.
  4. Once your cakes have completely cooled, now this is also important since if they are still warm then the icing will melt right of the cupcakes, place your icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and start piping which ever design your desire, you can also spread on your buttercream using a palette knife like I did since I didnt have any piping bags. 
  5. Now to top off your cupcakes with the rest of the cherries you saved and cut them in half and place on top of each cupcake and voila you have 12 delicious cupcakes to enjoy.

    Thank you for reading this post I hope you found this useful, these are one of my favourite cakes. I always enjoy baking cakes I find it very therapeutic so I had a baking session the other day and made 
    these and some of my yummy lemon curd cupcakes but from scratch, which I have a recipe on (link in photo). 

    Hannah 


    Food · Health · Life · Products · Recipes · top 5 · Uncategorized · Vegetarian

    My Top 5 Speedy Vegetarian Dinners.

    Hello Everyone hope your all well, for today’s post I will be sharing my favourite vegetarian dinners. Now I have recently become a vegetarian on the grounds of watching a horrific slaughter-house video that just made me think about eating meat, now I am currently just vegetarian and not gone all out vegan, even though I need to stay away from dairy products anyway since I am also lactose intolerant. So When I first started this diet I was really struggling on what to eat for dinner, since that is when my family would eat meat products mainly, so I popped to my local supermarket which is waitrose and picked up a little meat alternative bits and these are the Top 5 things I like to have if I’m in a rush or I just don’t feel like cooking from scratch.

    Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages.vegetarian-sausages-packshot

    Now I was really amazed by these now I’m not actually not too keen on normal pork sausages, so I was comprehensive when I got these, but they are the best sausages I have ever had they are full with so much flavour, I normally think there is a stigma attached to vegetarian/ vegan foods that they are not going to be tasty, but these was better than the real deal in my opinion. I partnered these with a good helping of mash potato and a small tin of baked beans. It has become one of my favourite meals since starting this diet.

    Quorn chicken and Mushroom Pie.

    SCY250This is another great comfort food favourite of mine that I thought I would miss with not eating meat, but when I found this in waitrose I just had to try it and it really was just as good if not better than the real deal. I partnered this one with some buttery mashed potato and Heinz Five Beans Baked beans, and it was super yummy.

     

     

     

    Linda McCartney vegetarian country pies.

    deep-dish-country-pies-packshotAnother product from Linda McCartney food, you may see quite a few in this post because I just think that these products taste the best out of the other products on the market. Now this one is another that is so full of flavour it is unreal how much I love it. I partner this one with some mash and green vegetables like green beans etc.

    Linda McCartney vegetarian mushroom and mozzarella burgers.mushroom-spinach-burgers-packshot

    These are really tasty and have a lot of flavour that is a recurring aspect to the Linda
    McCartney range, now I don’t normally like burgers, But I was intrigued to try these due to how good the rest of the products are so I tried them and loved them they are super yummy. I loved mine in a brioche bun with a slice of tomato and some chips.

     

     

     

    Homemade Pasta Bake.

    This one is really easy to make and you just really need 3 ingredients which is Cooked Pasta, Chopped tomatoes and cheese. You add the tomatoes and pasta in a baking dish then add the grated cheese on top and cook for about 20 minuets, or when the cheese melts and starts to brown. You can also add some herbs in with the tomatoes to add some flavour. This is great because it is quick and easy, doesn’t take too many ingrediants and tastes amazing, it is one of my favourites.

     

    So these was my top 5 favourite vegetarian Dinners, I hope you found this useful and enjoyed this post. This was not a paid promotion in any way, and all of the opinions in this post are of my own. All Images have been linked to their rightful owners.

    Thank You.

    Hannah.

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    Food · Recipes

    Mock mojito recipe 

    Hi everybody just a quick one , I’ve recently been making these mock mojitos, since I only really drink alcohol on special occasions so I don’t have them often, but I do love a mojito, so I thought what if I make a mock mojito, I started to look to see what I had to make one and rustled this one up and I can’t get enough, it’s so refreshing with out the added alcohol, so I thought I would share this one with you. 

    1. In a glass add in the ice, mint and lime slices and crush using spoon or special cocktail crushing tool, 
    2. Into this mix add in sprite and lime cordial and stir. 
    3. Add in a straw and enjoy this super refreshing drink.

    I hope you enjoyed this one was just a small little post just on this super drink, just thought I should let you all know about it, you can also make it alcoholic if you wished to just add rum of choice and then you have a normal mojito. I hope you enjoyed this mini post and thank you for reading.

    Hannah

    Food · Life · Recipes

    Home made Chicken, leek and white wine pie recipe.

    Hi everybody I’m finally back with another post, the reason I haven’t posted in a while is because I’ve taken some time away from most social media over the past couple of weeks since I have been very busy with my birthday and then also super busy with work since I’ve been doing extra hours etc. So anyway I’m back with my chicken, leek and white wine pie recipe now this is one I made from scratch except from the pastry, now I served mine with mashed potatoes and some mixed steamed vegetables, so I hope you enjoy this recipe.

    Ingredients- 

    2 tablespoons butter

    2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast.

    2 cups Chicken stock 

    2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

    2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

    2 teaspoons dried thyme 

    2 ½ tablespoons flour

    1 glass white wine

    1 ¼ cups milk 

    salt

    pepper

    1 lb puff pastry ( I used ready rolled from the shop)

    1 egg ( for egg wash on pastry)

    Method- 

    1. In a large pan poach chicken until cooked all the way through in some chicken stock, carrots, leeks, thyme and salt & pepper.
    2. Once poached remove chicken and veg through a sieve and keep chicken stock in a separate jug.
    3. Tear chicken in to pieces with two forks. 
    4. Add butter and flour into pan and keep on stiring whilst that turns into paste, keep on adding the chicken stock bits at a time until you get to a smooth custard like consistency. 
    5. Once the roux has finished take off heat and keep to the side.
    6. Add the chicken and vegetables back into heat and add in white wine and milk and keep stiring keeping an eye that it doesn’t burn to bottom of pan, then add in the roux sauce made before and simmer until mixture thickens, stirring often.
    7. Once this is simmering roll out the pastry and cut out enough pastry to cover top of dish, it doesn’t need to be perfect at this stage as we will trim later
    8. Once your chicken mixture has thickened up, leave to cool slightly since putting pastry on top of it whilst it is still hot will cause the butter in the pastry to melt and it will become soggy.
    9. Once cooled add mixture to dish about 3/4 of the way, then add pastry on top, trim up the edges of your pie using a knife.
    10. Place in oven at 200°c, gas mark 6 just until the top of pasty has gone golden brown, mine took around 15-20 minutes, but this may differ on other ovens. 
    11. Once golden brown take out of oven and enjoy with some mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side. 

    So this was my recipe for my homemade chicken, leek and white wine pie, I hope you found this useful, thank you very much for reading.

    Hannah. 



    Food · Reviews · Subscriptions · Unboxing

    Graze box subscription unboxing/mini review. 

    Hi everyone, today I will be posting about my latest subscription of graze boxes, now I have used this service before and loved it, what more could you ask for food getting sent to you through the post, and it has remained a firm favourite of mine so I thought that for this weeks box I will show you what I received in it. For those of you that are not aware of graze they are a company that specialise in homemade healthy snacks, and are well known for there graze subscription boxes, but you can also find them in selected stores around the uk. You can find them at Graze.com.

    So this is what you receive through the post, it comes from the postman which posts it through your letter box. You also can choose which days you want to receive your box on which is always good to know when you will receive your treats. 

    So once you open your box you get four little individual snacks which is very useful so you can pop one in your bag to take to work, school or just to go on a day out. So in this box I recieved cookies & cream which is a mix of white chocolate buttons, mini cocoa cookies, cocoa fudge and sunflower seeds.

      I also recieved in this box a section of lightly toasted pistachio nuts, now these happen to be my favourite just plain and simple but still my favourite, they was also lightly salted for added flavour. 

      I also got in this box Jaffa cake, which is a mix of dark chocolate buttons, orange raisins and roasted hazelnuts, I’ve never had this one in my time of graze and I really enjoyed this one, and when you have one of each item it really does taste like a Jaffa cake.  

      The last snack I received was one of my favourites which is Belgian speculoos which is super yummy cinnamon pretzel sticks and a scrumptious cookie dip, this was love at first taste for me and would love it if they sold this one in stores but unfortunately not so I just wait for it to come around in my boxes. 

      So this was my post on my unboxing of graze box uk, I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you.

      Hannah.

       This is not a paid promotion.


      Food · Health · Top 10 lists..

      Ten Healthier snack Ideas.

      Good afternoon everyone today I will be posting about the top ten snacks that I eat when I feel a bit peckish and I’m trying to be healthier, now I am and always been a snacker never much into massive meals but I do love a good snack. So I thought I would share these with you.

      1. Whole almonds.
      2. Almond butter and apple slices
      3. Bananas 
      4. Smoothie 
      5. Protein shakes
      6. Carrot sticks 
      7. Protein bars/ balls etc.
      8. Satsumas 
      9. Homepopped Popcorn 
      10. Rice cakes. (My favourite is salt and vinegar snack a jacks) 

      These was my Ten ‘healthier’ snack ideas, hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. thank you.

      Hannah.

      Food · Health · Life · Products

      My Favourite Flavoured Teas ☕️

      Hello hope your all well, today I will be writing about some of my favourite tea flavours. Now I love the regular white tea or English breakfast, but recently I’ve been trying to cut out soda, so I’ve been replacing it with different flavours of tea mainly green tea. So here is a few of my favourites. 
      Twinings mango tango green tea- This one has notes of mango, green tea and a slight taste of fiery ginger, which gives it a slight kick to wake you up, it also makes It one of my absolute favourites.

      Twinings lemon and honey green tea- This one is a classic one for the green tea, a great taste aswell as this it’s amazing if you have a cold or flu.

      Twinings steamed green tea soft mint- A soft gentle note of mint in this one its not too over powering  but still holds a slight kick, this ones great if you like peppermint tea but don’t want it to strong.

      Twinings steamed green tea lemon- This is quite similar to the lemon and honey one but without the sweetness of the honey, it’s really nice refreshing taste wakes you up.

      Twinings steamed pure green tea- This is plain and simple green tea which is quite nice and refreshing just on its own without all the other flavours.

      Whittards of Chelsea cranberry and raspberry instant tea- This one is a powdered tea which is mainly for iced tea you make this up with hot water add some cold water and pour over a jug of ice cubes. And the flavour is fruity and just excellent a perfect summer tea.

      So these was some of my favourite flavoured teas at the moment, Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post and don’t forget to like and share. thank you.

      Hannah