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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 


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    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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    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

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    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. 



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    Healthy Rainbow Salad Recipe.

    Hello everyone hope your all well, today I will be posting about one of my favourite salad recipes my healthy rainbow salad. Now you can mix and match the ingredients to what you like it’s quite a flexible salad I also like to add some bell peppers in it so you can change it up to what you like. 

        

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and let me know if you try it out. This recipe serves about 3 people and can last for about 3 days in the fridge, it is also quite filling because of the cous cous. It’s a light salad due to there being no dressing just the lemon juice so it’s waistline friendly. Don’t forget to like and share on social media, thank you.

    Hannah.

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    Fruit infused water 💦🍋

    Good morning everyone, today I will be talking about this magical thing called fruit infused water. Now as one of my New Years resolutions I am trying to start a healthier lifestyle, which includes drinking more water, but sometimes just plain old water can be boring so I brought a special fruit infuser bottle and then I like to add some thing extra to add some flavour to it in the form of sliced fruit, you can add anything that you want but these are some of the ones I like to use.

    1. Lemons- Not only do they add great flavour but they boost the immune system, aids in digestion, aids in weight loss, high in vitamins, anti inflammatory and they act as a metabolism booster.
    2. Cucumbers- This adds great flavour And also aids in digestion, boosts the immune system, aids in weight loss and helps with weight and sugar control.
    3. Oranges- This makes the flavour of the water nice a sweet and adds something different into to taste of the water, but they can also aid digestion, boost the immune system and is high in vitamins and acts as an antioxidant.
    4. Mint- This adds a fresh clean taste to the water and is great to boost both the immune system and metabolism and can also help with weight loss.
    5. Limes- This is a lot like the lemon but can add a sweeter less bitter taste to the water and can also help control weight loss and is rich in vitamins.
    6. Blueberries- This adds a strong sweet taste to water which makes it less boring, they are also aid in weight loss and they are rich in vitamins which means they are also a great antioxidant.
    7. Ginger- Now this one may not be for everyone since it adds quite a bitter taste to the water which may not be for everyone but this one is great for the immune system and digestion, it also helps with weight and sugar control, so if you like the taste of ginger this one is a great one.
    8. Kiwi- This is another great one with quite a few pros, it adds an amazing flavour to the water and on top of that it helps lower blood pressure and is high in vitamins.
    9. Pomegranates- This adds great flavour and is quite easy to buy just a pot of the seeds in the supermarket, not only that but they have the added bonus of lowering blood pressure, detox and acting as a natural anti inflammatory and they are high in vitamins so it’s a win win.

    You can also have each individually or you can mix and match here is some ideas I found On Pinterest-

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    I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I got my fruit infuser bottle for ALDI supermarket, but you can find them quite easily in other shops now, or you can just put them in a glass or bottle with out the infuser. Thank you for reading this post and don’t forget to like and share with your friends on your social media pages. 

    Hannah


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    Lemon curd cupcakes 🍋

    This is the cupcakes I made the other day and I just thought I should share the recipe and method with you all. I used a Betty Crocker lemon cake mix and frosting to save time and I thought I would give them a go and they turned out good they was really yummy and light, I did however put my own little twist with putting lemon curd in the middle of the sponge to make them gooey and give them some extra lemon flavour. I will link where you can get some of the ingredients at the end but most you can get at any supermarket.

    Ingredients:

    • Betty Crocker zesty lemon cake mix
    • 3 Eggs
    • 75ml Vegetable Oil 
    • 180ml water 
    • Lemon curd 
    • Betty Crocker zesty lemon icing 
    • Cupcake cases 
    • Cupcake Baking tray

    Makes 24.

                                Method

    Preheat- The oven to 180°/ Gas Mark 4.

    Fill- The baking tray with cupcake cases.

    Mix together the Cake mix, 3 eggs, 75ml Vegetable Oil and 180ml Water, until fully blended and smooth.

    Spoon- The mixture evenly into the cupcake cases, making sure not to over fill them.

    Place- In pre heated oven, for 20-26 minutes, keeping an eye on them.
    Leave- To cool completely on a cooling rack, making sure they are totally cool before going any further.

    Spoon- Out the centre of the cupcakes, making sure not to go too leave the bottom and sides of cakes.

    Fill- Center of cakes with lemon curd, you will only need a small amount, about half a teaspoon.

    Frost- The top of the cakes with the zesty lemon icing, you can do what ever you like here if you can or want to you can pipe the icing or you can just spread using a knife.

    Enjoy- You can now dig in and enjoy your scrummy cupcakes, I enjoyed mine with a cup of tea whilst watch the great British bake off. 

    I hope you enjoyed this recipe, you can find the ingredients in any supermarket but you can get Betty Crocker zesty lemon cake mix and icing from Waitrose, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and possibly more supermarkets but this is where I know sells them.Thank you for reading this post.

    Hannah.