Friday, 30 September 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 6 | St. Clements Butterfly Cakes

This week on the Bake Off was Botanical Week, which included flowers, citrus fruits and herbs. I decided to make these St. Clements cupcakes as I haven't made cupcakes for ages and also everyone seems to love a citrus flavoured cake. I found the recipe for the cupcakes here.

You will need:
55g Unsalted Butter, Softened
175g Golden Caster Sugar
2 Large Free-Range Eggs, Beaten
200g Self-Raising Flour
Grated Zest from 1 Orange
Grated Zest from 1 Lemon
150ml Whole Milk

100g Unsalted Butter, Softened
100g Golden Icing Sugar
Grated Zest from 1/2 an Orange
Grated Zest from 1/2 a Lemon

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180c. Line a cupcake tin with 12 baking cases.
2. Beat the softened butter and caster sugar together with an electric whisk or a wooden spoon, until well combined.
3. Whilst still beating, gradually pour in the beaten egg until thoroughly mixed. Gently fold in the flour, orange and lemon zest until just combined.
4. Stir in the milk. Spoon the mixture into the cases, and bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes or until golden and risen. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack.
5. For the buttercream, beat together the butter, golden icing sugar and zest of the orange and lemon using an electric whisk until smooth and creamy. For a smoother buttercream, you can replace the zest with a few drops of lemon and orange extract.
6. When the cakes are completely cool, use a small knife to carefully slice little rounds from the top of each cake, then slice the removed sponge in half. Spoon a little of the buttercream on top of the cake and place the halved rounds on top in a butterfly winged position.
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Monday, 26 September 2016

Lush Creative Showcase Haul 2016

Santa's Belly Shower Jelly - £3.95
One of the first things I ever bought from Lush was a shower jelly and I loved it. This one smells of apples and is covered in glitter, as well as being shaped like Santa's belly with his belt buckle. It's so adorable and I love how Christmassy it is.

Pumpkin Bath Bomb
- £3.95
I had to pick up at least one thing from the Halloween range and when I smelt this, it had to be this. I picked this up for my Mom, I can't use it as it has cinnamon in, but that is why it smells so good. It's scent is vanilla and cinnamon, it smells so festive and whilst it was sat in the bag made my room smell amazing!

Snowie Bubble Bar - £4.25
This bubble bar is a tribute to David Bowie and I absolutely adore it. I bought it for my Mom mainly because the scent is grapefruit, and also David Bowie has been her favourite musician since she was a teenager, so I thought she'd love it too.

Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub - £5.75
Blackcurrant is one of my favourite scents and I adore Lush lip scrubs, especially before putting on matte lipsticks. This smells amazing and it's definitely my favourite scent of lip scrub I've ever bought from Lush.

The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar - £3.95
Penguins are my absolute favourite animal so I couldn't leave this little guy behind! I can't wait to use it, it's the cutest bubble bar I've ever seen.

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar - £2.95
This is actually a Christmas present for someone, I picked it up for them because it's the same scent as Snow Fairy and most people love a bit of Snow Fairy! It's also a great first Lush product in my opinion.

Father Christmas Bath Bomb - £3.75
How could I not pick up Father Christmas?! The most jolly bath bomb of them all and it smells sweet, almost like candyfloss, another one of my favourite scents!

Butterbear Bath Bomb - £1.95
This is a classic Christmas bath bomb, I loved this last year because it made my skin SO soft in those cold months. It's also a nice affordable bath bomb filled with cocoa butter.

What's on your Lush Halloween/Christmas wishlist?
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Top 10 Songs This Week #7

Just like last week, I've mostly been listening to McFly as I went to see them on Thursday. They were incredible and I wish I would've gone to the first and last nights too! It was great to hear songs that remind me of my younger years haha. Green Day also brought out a new song this week, it brings out all the emotions and I absolutely love it. 
1. Still Breathing - Green Day
2. Walk in the Sun - McFly
3. Happy Little Pill - Troye Sivan
4. I'll Be OK - McFly
5. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden
6. Sentimental Heart - She & Him
7. A Whole New World - Aladdin
8. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
9. Better the Devil You Know - Kylie Minogue
10. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

What songs have you been enjoying this week?
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Friday, 23 September 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 5 | Lemon Meringue Pie

On Bake Off this week, it was pastry week. I will admit I cheated a bit on this bake - I made it before GBBO aired Wednesday night and I didn't make my own pastry. In my defence, I normally bake on a Thursday evening but this week I went to see McFly instead. I also therefore didn't realise that they're actually making Lemon Meringue Pie on Bake Off next week! It didn't go amazingly though, my pastry shrunk and didn't taste great, so I'd definitely recommend you making your own.

You will need:
A Jus-Rol Pastry Block
5 Eggs, Separate 3 of the Eggs
300g Caster Sugar (Split in half)
3 Lemons, Juice and Rind
125g Unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200.
2. Roll out pastry block and use to line flan tin. Cover with baking paper and baking beans and bake for 10-15 minutes.
3. Beat together the 3 egg yolks with the 2 whole eggs, 150g caster sugar, lemon juice and rind. Place in pan and heat gently stirring continuously. When warm but not boiled, gradually add the butter, stirring throughout. Allow the mixture to just start to thicken then remove from the heat.
4. Once the pastry is baked, remove from the oven and pour the lemon mixture into the case. Reduce the oven temperature to Gas Mark 5/190 and return to the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. (When you shake the tin, the filling will be a little wobbly but will set up on cooling).
5. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until frothy, then gradually whisk in the remaining caster sugar a little at a time, until it is all incorporated and the egg whites are glossy and stiff.
6. Place tablespoonfuls of the meringue on top of the lemon filling - starting at the outer edge and working inwards until all of the filling is covered. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the meringue is golden brown and crisp.
7. Serve warm or cold.
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