Friday, 21 October 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 9 | Chocolate Macarons

On Bake Off this week, it was Patisserie week so I decided to make macarons. I've never made (or eaten) them before, so I hope they look okay and taste good! I went for chocolate ones before I try out those pretty pastel ones. I found the recipe for them here.

You will need:
125g Icing Sugar
1 tbsp Cocoa
100g Ground Almonds
2 Medium Egg Whites
50g Milk/Dark Chocolate, Chopped
2 tsp Skimmed Milk, Warmed a little

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180C/160C Fan. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, then stir in the ground almonds. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then fold them into the dry ingredients.
2. Fill an icing bag fitted with a plain nozzle with the mixture. Pipe 24 small blobs, about 3cm across onto the baking sheet, leaving a little space between each. Smooth the surface with a wet finger and then leave for 15 minutes to dry out. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the macarons feel firm to the touch and peel easily off the paper. Cool on the paper, then peel off.
3. To make the filling, put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and melt. Stir in the warm milk until smooth. Leave to cool and thicken a little, then use to sandwich the macarons together.
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Friday, 14 October 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 8 | Apple Crumble Cupcakes

This week on the Bake Off it was Tudor week. I didn't think anyone would really fancy eating anything they made on there and I'd read the Tudors liked the eat a lot of spice and fruit, so I went for these autumnal Apple Crumble cupcakes that Zoe made in one of her recent videos, which looks perfectly autumnal! The blog post for them is also here. They look really good so I thought they would be enjoyed!

You will need:
2 Eggs
230g Plain Flour
155g Sugar
125g Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
2 tsps Baking Powder
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Salt

75g Golden Caster Sugar
100g Salted Chilled Butter
140g Self-Raising Flour
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1tsp Cinnamon
1tsp Vanilla Extract
110g Soft Brown Sugar
250g Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
400g Icing Sugar
2 tspb Whole Milk

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/170C.
2. Peel the apples, core them and chop them into little squares. Put into a large saucepan, cover them in water and simmer for 5-7 until softer. Leave them to cool. I used three Golden Delicious apples, but I found I didn't need all of the squares.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract until combined.
5. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and mix until combined.
6. Add the apple (as much as you need) to the mixture and stir in with a wooden spoon.
7. Put cupcake cases in a bun tin and fill. Bake them in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean and they are lightly golden.
8. Put the flour, cinnamon, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl. Use your hands to make a breadcrumb consistency.
9. Pour in sugar and mix in with a spoon. Pop on a baking tray lined with paper and put in the oven for 5-10 minutes until light golden.
10. Beat the butter and brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla together for 5-7 minutes, until light and fluffy.
11. Add icing sugar to the butter mixture a little at a time. Add milk until the buttercream has reached the right consistency.
12. Put a small amount of buttercream on top, then add some crumble. Pipe the buttercream on top with a star nozzle. 

Have you tried making these?
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Monday, 10 October 2016

My go-to Autumn Lipsticks

L to R: Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, AVON Ravishing Rose, Rimmel 107, Clarins Royal Plum

In Summer, I pretty much give up with a full face of make up and then when Autumn rolls around I'm all for a full face of make up, bold lipstick and all. I am a massive fan of berry shades (if you couldn't tell already) and I make the most of these in Autumn. These are my favourite Autumn lipsticks and also the ones I have ready in my handbag to pop on at anytime. 

Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipstick in Glastonberry and Rimmel 107 are classic Autumn shades, I'm so looking forward to wearing them every day this Autumn. Clarins Royal Plum is a similar colour to Glastonberry but it has a sheen finish rather than a matte finish, for when I feel like changing things up a little. AVON Ravishing Rose is a slightly less bold shade for Autumn, but still has a berry tint to it. 

What are your favourite Autumn lipsticks?
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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Top 10 Songs This Week #9

This week I have been loving music even more than usual. Green Day's new album Revolution Radio came out on Friday and I cannot stop listening to it. It's always so exciting when Green Day release an album because they're my favourite band. On Friday night I went to an 80's party, if you know me you know I absolutely love 80's music so that was great. I've been in a dancing mood this week so the other songs are what I've been dancing along to this week!
1. Ordinary World - Green Day
2. Youngblood - Green Day
3. Still Breathing - Green Day
4. Feelin' Myself - ft. Miley Cyrus, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa
5. Pumpkin Soup - Kate Nash
6. Need Ur Luv - Charli XCX
7. #GETITRIGHT - Miley Cyurs
8. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
9. Really Don't Care - Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd
10. I'm Still In Love With You - Sean Paul ft. Sasha

What songs have you been enjoying this week?
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