Month: June 2015

Having fun with a Spiralizer and a fab apple pie recipe

Fun with the Spiralizer and a fab apple pie recipe

SPIRALIZER

Have you seen the latest craze to hit the foodie world? It’s called a Spiralizer and it’s so much fun. Originally intended to make spirals from vegetables (corgetti anyone?) I couldn’t resist having a play with one after I saw it in action at a Lakeland press launch. Of course I don’t want to play with veg. I want to make pies!

SPIRALIZER

I thought an apple pie would be a great choice when using this gadget and I wasn’t wrong. I suspected that the apple would go soggy whilst baking- but it didn’t. As there were so many strands to cover in flavour it tasted fab.

The Spiralizer comes with three blades. I used the wrong one to make long strands at first but that didn’t matter as I crunched up the apples once spiralled anyway. The first blade cut the apples into half moon shapes. The second blade had them coming out in perfect spaghetti like spirals. The third blade can be used to cut slices. I used eating apples with the skins left on but peeled cooking apples would work just as well.
SPIRALIZER

Spiralizer apple pie recipie

  • 1 pack of shortcrust pastry (I cheated but you can find my shortcrust recipe here)
  • 3-4 eating apples (just spiral till your plate is very full)
  • 1-2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 20g caster sugar
  • egg white to brush the pastry with.
  1. When spiralling apples you will be left with a small end- I ate this up – waste not want not!  and the core which can be removed at the end. You also have to dig out any pips as they are poisonous to eat. It’s pretty easy to see the pips though.
  2. Once the apples have been spiralled place them in a bowl and cover with the sugar and cinnamon. Stir until the apple is completely covered. I did this with my hands and that’s why the spirals broke. I was pretty happy with how they looked. Set aside while you prepare the pastry. SPIRALIZER
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC (Fan oven160ºC)
  4. Roll out the pastry so it’s around the depth of a £1 coin. Place it in the oven proof dish (my dish is 24cm diameter) and pierce the base with a fork and remove the excess dough from the edges.
  5. Heat up the jam in a microwave for a few seconds so it becomes nice and runny. Use a silicon pastry brush to spread it over the base of the pastry case. Set a little aside for the bake.
  6. Fill the pastry case with the apple and brush the pastry with egg white for a shiny finish. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the apple is baked and the dough is golden brown.
  7. Once the pie looks almost done spread a little jam over the apple with a silicone brush to give it a gloss finish and bake for a further 2-3 minutes. Serve warm with thick cream or ice cream.SPIRALIZER

You can buy a Spiralizer on line from Lakeland here

Enjoy!

 

EmmaMT

Disclaimer: Lakeland sent me this Spiralizer (thanks you guys!) All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sprinkle cookies recipe

Sprinkle cookies recipeSprinkle cookies recipe

Hello there fellow bakers. How are you all today?

I’m having a great day and that is mainly because I have a tin of these Sprinkle cookies just waiting to be eaten. They’re in the kitchen. Can you hear them “Emma!” “Emma come and eat us!!!”

The inspiration for these biscuits came when Darcey found a kids recipe in a magazine where you dip crackers into icing and cover them in sprinkles. They were amazing so we made some from scratch ourselves with biscuits and they’re pretty amazing too! We can’t leave them alone. I put a few in the girls packed lunches yesterday and they both shared them with their buddies. I had a glowing report from Beau’s friend Jack “Tell your mum these are AMAZING” was the message he sent home.  High praise indeed!

For the biscuit I decided to do a version of shortbread as it has a simple texture and crumbles in the right way. With all that icing and sprinkle action you really don’t need a ton of sugar in the biscuit as well- the sprinkles are all you need.

Sprinkle biscuit recipe

Makes around 20

  • 60g icing sugar
  • 100g butter – at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk (from large egg)
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 170g plain flour + more for rolling out
  • 30g cornflour
  • 80g icing sugar with water to make up
  • Sprinkles of your choice
  1. To make the dough combine the sugar and butter then add all the rest of the ingredients. Sieve all the dry ingredients so you have a lovely light textured biscuit.
  2. Once combined and a dough is formed cover in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC (Fan oven160ºC) and line a baking tray with silicon paper. 
  4. Roll out the dough so it is around the thickness of a £1 coin. This is a really soft and squidgy dough so you will need plenty of flour when rolling out to stop it sticking. I rolled out between two sheets of silicon paper to prevent sticking. That helped a ton.
  5. Cut out small circles and place on the baking sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven for 5-7 minutes. These biscuits burn within a minute of you turning your back so keep a beady eye on them! They should be turning golden brown around the edges when they are done. You can lift one up and see if it’s browning underneath. It’s also a good idea to turn the tray around half way through the bake. Sprinkle cookies recipe
  6. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool completely.
  7. Make up the icing sugar. Don’t let it get too runny. Place it in a deep bowl then fill a ramekin with the sprinkles.Sprinkle cookies recipe
  8. Dip the cookies into the runny icing and let it drip off for a minute. If you dip the cookies too quickly the icing goes lumpy and you end up with clumps of sprinkles. Let the excess run off for a minute. Sprinkle cookies
  9. Finally dip your biscuits in the sprinkles. If there are too many just wipe them off. Sprinkle cookies recipe
  10. Leave them to set for a while then devour!

Sprinkle cookies recipe

Enjoy!

EmmaMT x

20 Fantastic cupcakes too good to eat.

I love how a cupcake can really make any plain old day a special occasion, but these design are just so fantastic. They’re so right for the party they’re intended for. Not only would  I would love to make them some I really want to taste! They’re all beautiful. See which one’s you think are the most amazing.

1. Wedding cakes don’t have to be tiered

How gorgeous are these flower toppers? So delicate and perfectly glamourous. I’d have these stacked on a cake stand for a wedding any day.

Colinweddings.co.uk
Colinweddings.co.uk

2. A rose by another name

I love making roses from flower paste. The more I make them the better they get. I’d love to make a whole batch for a wedding or anniversary celebration. They look really special.

Rose cupcake

3. Make mine a Gin and Tonic

Yep, you’ve guessed it. These are gin and tonic cupcakes. Girls night in anyone?

Gin and tonic cupcakes
bakeitinstinct.com

4. Edible Hydrangeas

These are one of my favorite flowers and the way the decorator has used different tones of  blue and purple buttercream to pipe on each petal is genius! I can’t wait to have a go at these!

 simplystacie.net
simplystacie.net

5. Neapolitan cupcakes – How clever!

This looks totally delicious and so neat. Look how perfectly flat the chocolate layer is? How did she do that?  Chocolate and vanilla cake topped with a strawberry buttercream. I have to make these.

cookingclassy.com
cookingclassy.com

 

6. Red velvet cupcakes- seriously red!

Why do I always call these ‘Red Devil’ cupcakes? Velvet Emma VELVET! These are fantastically red. Great if you want a strong colour theme to your event.

shemakesandbakes.com
shemakesandbakes.com

7. Black Forest Gateau cupcakes

I know a certain Mr MT who would love these….errr and maybe a Mrs MT too!

cookingclassy.com
cookingclassy.com

 

8. Have fun with Funetti cakes

Totally perfect for any kids party be they 6 or 60! Sprinkle those sprinkles!

cookingclassy.com
cookingclassy.com

9. Cocktail anyone?

These are Margarita cocktail cupcakes. Don’t they look and sound delish?

buzzfeed.com
buzzfeed.com

10. Coco nut!

Coconut Lime cakes seem to be everywhere at the mo and these cupcake versions look mouth wateringly good!

dessertnowdinnerlater.com
dessertnowdinnerlater.com

11. Perfect pipework

You have to have a steady hand and a serious amount of creative flair to make these stunning cakes.

Asianweddingideas.co.uk
Asianweddingideas.co.uk

12. The cat’s meow

These cakes are such a simple design and are so effective. Great to make with kids – although I’m not sure they’d turn out this good.

littledelightscakes.com
littledelightscakes.com

13. Watermelon cupcakes

I love these cupcakes but some of the ingredients may be hard to find in the UK – Watermellow Koolaid anyone? I’m sure we can make it up as we go along!

blogs.babycenter.com
blogs.babycenter.com

14. Perfect peacock

This is just incredible. The attention to detail in what is an amazing small cake is just fantastic. This one is definitely too good to eat.

hercampus.com
hercampus.com

15. Trio of tasties

These corn on the cob cupcakes have been bouncing around the internet for ages but they’re so good I couldn’t resist adding them to this round up. The corn really looks butterlicious!

3148_corn_cupcake_xl16. Lego rocks!

My kids absolutely love Lego so these cupcake toppers would go down a storm in my house. Another clever and simple idea any one can achieve.

thecakinggirl.ca
thecakinggirl.ca

17. Minion madness

I reckon these minion cupcakes take ages to make and are really fiddly but they’re so cute they’re worth it. I’m sure all kids switch into minion voices as soon as they see them. Bee bo be bo be bo (that’s minion for police siren in case you were wondering!)

eatsamazing.co.uk
eatsamazing.co.uk

18. Star Wars cupcakes

These cupcakes are all over Pinterest but the originator was an Etsy store which I don’t think is selling them any more. Aren’t they amazing?

Etsy.com
Etsy.com

19. Move over Darcey

These ballerina cupcakes are very clever. Perfect for a little girls party.

Dose.com
Dose.com

20. BBQ time

These are my favorite cupcakes in this round up. How totally cute are they. Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes split in half with a touch of coloured buttercream for the lettuce, ketchup and mustard. You can even make marzipan chips to go along with them.

http://m.9gag.com
9gag.com

So, which one’s your favorite? Which one do you want someone to make for you? I’d love to know.

EmmaMT

 

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Colin’s painted cake

Colin’s Painted Cake Grandad Colin's Painted cake

This was my first attempt at paining a cake. It was one of those ‘I have a great idea for a cake for grandad Colin but I don’t have lots of time to do it’ cakes! I always knew I wanted to paint the decorations on the outside and I wanted it to be a sailing cake but in the end I had literally one hour to cover the cake in sugarpaste and have it painted and in a box ready to take to lunch. Where do those hours go? Ideally I wanted to roll out the sugarpaste and have a little practice so I could plan my design. In the end I just went for it!

Once covered the painting part is pretty easy. I wished I had covered the cake in sugarpaste the day before so it had a little more time to harden up a little, but as long as I was gentle it wasn’t too bad.
Colin's Painted cake

I started by painting the boats. I used gel food colour watered down with alcohol in a paint palette (the one I usually use to shape flowers). It goes without saying that you should only use paint brushes and palettes saved specifically for cake decorating!  In her book  The Painted Cake Natasha Collins teaches that she uses water not alcohol to blend her colours so I would try that next time. I think it would produce a softer effect. The alcohol dries really fast and using water would give more time to work on the design.

Once I had all the boats, sails and little people (can you see them?) I painted waves.

Colin's Painted cake

That’s when I got help. Darcey wanted to help make Grandad’s cake so I let her. Inhale! Deep breath in. It will be all right!!! And it was. I had to just let her go with it and she did a really good job. I showed her how I painted the waves and she did more around the base of the cake.

We started with a turquoise colour then watered that down with a few drops of alcohol and added waves in between. It looked a bit flat so we created darker navy waves at the bottom of the cake  then added a few highlights of dark waves (or should that be low lights?) around the lighter areas. I wanted to give a bit of definition to the sea.

Once that was all done we stood back and looked at the cake and it still felt a bit empty so we left the waves to dry for a few minutes then used a really watered down turquoise colour to fill in the background of the sea. Colin's Painted cake

The last step was to add a ‘Happy Birthday Grandad’ onto the top – which was harder than it looked! and stick some ricrac ribbon around the base- more waves in my eyes. Colin's Painted cake

The cake was a surprise and after our lovely lunch out no-one had room for cake. We did sing Happy Birthday and then Grandad Colin took the cake home – which I think was his plan all along!

Happy Birthday Colin.

EmmaMT x

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