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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Monday, 19 September 2016

Lush Creative Showcase 2016

Last Wednesday, I headed to the Lush Creative Showcase at the Tobacco Dock in London with Becky and Sarah. It's the first time it's been open to everyone and I was so excited about going. I have another related post going up very soon, it's a Lush haul so be excited about that haha!
We woke up way too early to get to the coach station in time for our coach, which ended up being delayed so we grabbed a drink in Starbucks before getting on the coach. I fought hard not to fall asleep on the coach but we had a nice chat and excited talk about Lush products. When we eventually got there we did even more travelling to get to the Tobacco Dock where the event was held, it was decorated so prettily and we spent a long time taking photos of everything as bloggers do. Hence why this is a very picture heavy post! We spent a long time in the Christmas Market, taking in the Christmassy atmosphere and taking photos of all the amazing Christmas and Halloween products Lush have to offer this year. I was happy to see some old favourites but also some amazing new products that I'm extremely excited to try and I may have picked some of them up. There was also live talks about Lush, a careers section, demonstrations going on and loads of different rooms to go in.

There was so much to see and do at the Lush Creative Showcase, we barely had time to fit it all in due to having to get back in time to get our coach and sweating to death - anyone who went to the event will know what I'm talking about! It was so fun getting to experience a massive Lush event with incredible friends. I will be doing a more in-depth view of the Christmas products nearer the time of release but for now here's the sneak peek!

Did you go to the Lush Creative Showcase? What's your favourite product?
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Top 10 Songs This Week #6

This week I've been enjoying listening to a lot of McFly, especially their Wonderland and Motion in the Ocean albums, I'm going to see them next Thursday which I'm very excited about! I'm also loving Emeli Sandé's newest song, I can't believe how long it has been since she released new music and I'm glad she has. I've also been enjoying some old favourites, Naive and She's So Lovely, they definitely remind me of the Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging film haha!

1. I've Got You - McFly
2. Gave Me Something - Jess Glynne
3. Some Unholy War - Amy Winehouse
4. Deep In My Heart - Britney Spears
5. She's So Lovely - Scouting For Girls
6. Revolution Radio - Green Day
7. Hurts - Emeli Sandé
8. Heathens - Twenty One Pilots
9. Elevate - Hacktivist
10. Naive - The Kooks
What songs have you been enjoying this week?
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Friday, 16 September 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 4 | Churros

This week on the Great British Bake Off, they made Yorkshire puddings, lace pancakes and churros. The churros appealed to me the most this week, as I've never actually tried them due to all the street vendors covering them in cinnamon sugar. It's always risky making something you've never made before and as you can see my churros are not 'uniform' in the slightest and actually some were raw in the middle (which unfortunately I found out by biting into one). I didn't make the chocolate dipping sauce in the recipe or add the cinnamon to the sugar, I just melted a bar of Dairy Milk to dip them in haha. You can find the recipe here.

You will need:
50g Butter, Melted
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
250g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
About 1 litre Sunflower Oil
A few chunks of bread

200g bar of Dark Chocolate
100ml Double Cream
100ml Whole Milk
3 tbsp Golden Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

100g Caster Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon

1. Boil the kettle, then measure 350ml boiling water into a jug and add the melted butter and vanilla extract. Sift the flour and baking powder into a big mixing bowl with a big pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, then pour in the contents of the jug and very quickly beat into the flour with a wooden spoon until lump-free. Rest for 10-15 mins while you make the sauce.
2. Put all the sauce ingredients into a pan and gently melt together, stirring occasionally until you have a smooth shiny sauce. Keep warm on a low heat.
3. Fill a large deep saucepan one-third full of oil. Heat until a cube of bread browns in 45 seconds – 1 min. Cover a tray with kitchen paper and mix the caster sugar and cinnamon together.
4. Fit a star nozzle to a piping bag, 1.5-2cm wide is a good size. Fill with the rested dough, then pipe 2-3 strips directly into the pan, snipping off each dough strip with a pair of kitchen scissors. Fry until golden brown and crisp, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on the kitchen paper-lined tray. Carry on cooking the rest of the dough in batches, sprinkling the cooked churros with some cinnamon sugar as you go. Once you’ve cooked all the churros, toss with any remaining cinnamon sugar and serve with the chocolate sauce, for dipping.

Do you like Churros? Have you ever tried to make them?
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