running late halloween biscuits.

31 Oct

Today i have made some last minutes ginger and golden syrup biscuits, and am now prepared for anyone knocking on my front door tonight. Phew! I have had a busy last couple of days, and completely forgot! So here is my recipe,  hoping it could come in handy for any last minuters!

ingredients

 100 oz self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

3 Tablespoons of ground ginger

4 oz Caster sugar

2 oz Butter

3 Tablespoons of golden syrup

3 Tablespoons of milk

Step 1. Pre-heat oven to gas mark 3 and grease baking trays.

Step 2. Measure flour, and ginger in a bowl, add pinch of salt.

Step 3. Heat butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan over medium heat until butter has dissolved, then add the flour and ginger.

Step 4. Mix together with hands, then add milk and knead lightly.

Step 5. Roll out the dough, and cut into shapes.
(I cut mine with different sized round cutters as i am making little pumpkin shaped biscuits)

Step 6. Bake for about 15 minuets, then leave to cool on a wire rack before decorating.

This mixture made 27 biscuits for me, (including the one i ate) And it took about half an hour to make, and half an hour to decorate.

To decorate i used orange candy melts, and i was going to use a black sugar art pen (but it was naff, i was gutted because i wanted cute little orange pumpkins!) So i have ended up with plain orange biscuits! At least there still tasty!

You could do so many different designs on this biscuit, and there really yummy plain too!

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candymelts.

28 Oct

So as you know Halloween is coming up, All the monster that come out once a year will be knocking on your door asking for treats! So this year instead of buying them, how about making them!

I bought these candy melts yesterday, thought they’d be great for decorating Halloween treats!

five star buttercream icing.

26 Oct

Ingredients –

4 1/2 oz  Butter

1 1/2 Cups of icing sugar

1 Tablespoon of milk

Beat butter until a light color, then gradually add icing sugar and the milk, beat till combined.

This recipe is great for filling cakes, making butterfly buns and using instead of frosting in cake pops.

 

flower cutters.

25 Oct

 

I got these three cutters in the post yesterday, i ordered them of eBay, they cost £2.99 and what a bargain!

I had a little practice today, using plain white fondant icing. Here is what i made.

I decorated them using edible sprinkles, silver and pink balls, and gold edible glitter.

flour frosting.

24 Oct

So this recipe is for frosting made with flour!? yes, flour! It’s extremely tasty, and comes in real handy when you run out of icing sugar! I used this in my cake pops! and they turned out great!

Ingredients –

5 Tablespoons of flour

1 Cup of milk

1 Cup of sugar

1 Cup of butter

1 Teaspoon of vanilla

(when i run out of vanilla essence, i like to use vanilla sugar instead of caster sugar)

Step 1. Begin by pouring milk and flour into a saucepan and whisk together.

Step 2. Heat the mixture and whisk constantly over a medium heat until it thickens.

Step 3. Stop when mixture is very thick and leave it to cool completely.

Step 4. Whilst your mixture is cooling, grab another bowl and cream the sugar and butter until fluffy and light.

Step 5. Add vanilla and sugar and butter mix to the cooled down mixture, and whisk until you have a whipped cream consistency.

And thats it, all done, easy peasy! Let me know what you think and drop me a comment or email me at russiandollcakery@yahoo.co.uk

Enjoy!

chocolate molds.

23 Oct

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Have you ever seen these? I got mine of eBay for about £5.00, and they was such a good buy. There are so many different designs such as buttons, butterfly, flowers, hearts etc..

There made out of silicone and are really easy to use, and make your home made chocolates look fab! I have used mine to decorate cupcakes and cakes, and i am betting that if you got some cellophane bags and some fancy ribbon these would make great homemade gifts!

cake pop hype.

23 Oct

So at the moment, theirs this big hype for cake pops. And I am really not surprised because there delicious, they look good, and they make great presents.

Yesterday i had my first attempt at creating my own cake pops, and they turned out pretty good. I got good reviews of my partner and brother, and id like to know what some other people think. A month before Christmas I am doing a Christmas fair and also making all my Christmas gifts homemade this year. I have got a few ideas together and I am going to be testing them over the next month.

So this is my bodge job cake pop recipe –

I used my basic cake recipe, some home-made frosting and dark chocolate. You will also need lolly pop sticks and a Styrofoam block

Step 1. After making your cake and leaving to cool, break up into a bowl, then create fine crumbs using your fingers.

Step 2. Add a small spoonful of frosting to the crumbs and mix with hands. Carry on adding frosting till cake is moist and moldable but still crumbly.

Step 3. Mold into balls with your hands, make sure the balls are all the same size. Place on plate.

Step 4. Melt chocolate in a bowl above a pan of boiling water, dip lolly pop sticks in chocolate then push half way through cake balls.

Step 5. When the lolly pop sticks are in the cake pops, place in freezer for 20 minutes, this will make decorating easier.

Step 6. Melt more chocolate, then dip and cover the cake pop in the chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip of before placing in Styrofoam block. If you’re wanting to add sprinkle to your cake pop do it before chocolate drys.

You could try using different chocolates and decorations to achieve other designs. I wrapped mine in cellophane and tied a bow round to make a pretty gift.