This Lord of the Rings style bake started as a bit of a joke, but everyone loved them!
For those who don’t know much about LOTR (if those people exist at all) lembas was a bread made by the elves and it helped keep Frodo going on his journey.
Unfortunately, I dont have the special elf corn to make the real stuff – this is just some really scrummy chocolate chip shortbread!
100 g of chocolate chips (optional)
125 g of butter
55 g of caster sugar
180 g of plain flour
Step One: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees or gas mark 5
Step Two: Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth
Step Three: Sift and stir in the flour, then add the chocolate chips if using. It should be smooth but firm enough to roll out onto a work surface. It should be about 1 cm thick
Step Four: Cut into shapes – I went for squares as it was easier to wrap them in the leaves. Circles and fingers work just as well
Step Five: Cool in the fridge for half an hour. This helps them to hold their shape
Step Six: Bake! About 15 – 20 minutes, they should be a nice golden colour. Then cool on a wire rack
Done! I made the leaves from green paper and cut out leave shapes and drew on a few details. An added touch would be to tie them up with string. Enjoy! :)
This is most definitely a new fave!
120 g of biscuits, digestives work the best
75 g of butter
675 g of cream cheese
1 397 g tin of condensed sweetened milk
200 g of chocolate chips
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon of plain flour
Step One: Preheat oven to 150 degrees or gas mark 2. Crush the digestive biscuits and mix with melted butter. Press to the bottom of a spring form tin. Put in the fridge to set.
Step Two: Beat the cream cheese until it is soft and smooth to use. Slowly add the condensed milk until combined. Then add the eggs and vanilla essence.
Step Three: Coat the chocolate chips with flour, this helps them be evenly distributed so they don’t all sink to the bottom! Mix 2/3 into the mixture and add mixture on top of the biscuit base. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top.
Step Four: Bake in the oven for one hour. When finished turn oven off and open door slightly. Leave to cool like this for one to two hours before moving to the fridge. This stops cracks from appearing.
It was my two year anniversary with my partner on the weekend and cupcakes seemed the obvious choice. We recently fell in love with disneys Up (the cutest love story ever!) so I wanted to incorporate that. Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.
I dont think the house was that good but I had limited time and i’m not that great drawing!
Next time I think I would spend more time on the background drawings and do mini cupcakes!
Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing mums today!
I took my mum for lunch and made her some homemade cupcakes. Red velvet with pink vanilla buttercream. You can find the recipe on my first ever post This is my first proper attempt at piping icing properly? Do you think it’s an okay attempt? I’m determined to master it!
Enjoy your day mums!
Yep, I think these are amazing.
I love good old Tolkien. I’m sure i saw this on Pinterest once and thought they could be easily made with the family sugar cookie recipe! They went down very well, although I was told by my partner that he imagined the door a darker shade of green…no complaints on the taste however!
If you are not that much of a fan of the books/films, this is still a pretty yummy sugar cookie recipe and you can use any cookie cutter and decorate however you want!
- 100g unsalted butter, softened
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 275g plain flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Step by step:
Step One: Preheat the oven to the 190 degrees. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper
Step Two: Cream the butter and sugar together. It should be light and fluffy!
Step Three: Beat in the vanilla and egg, little by little until all combined
Step Four: Stir in flour until its looking like a dough
Step Five: Roll the dough out onto a slightly floured surface. It should be about 1 cm thick. Using any biscuit cutters you fancy cut out your shapes!
Step Six: Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes. Let them harden a little before you finally cool them on a wire rack
Step Seven: Decorate however you fancy!
Lemon & Mint Turkey Meatballs. Yum.
These are so fresh, so tasty and so good for you!
I love fresh mint, but before this recipe I couldn’t imagine having it on anything other than a good bit of lamb. This does actually work really well with the lemon and turkey and it’s my new ultimate meatball recipe!
- 500g fresh lean turkey mince
- 1 small red onion, very finely chopped
- grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
Step One: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, making sure the mint and lemon are spread evenly throughout the turkey mince.
Step Two: Divide into small meatballs. I made about 20 with this amount of meat, but it’s up to you how big you like them! Cover and chill for a couple of hours because they are more likely to hold their shape.
Step Three: Cook! Cook in a frying pan with a little bit of oil (I use my trusted 1 cal spray!) and make sure you turn every couple of minutes. Cooked till piping hot and not pink in the middle.
These are so nice! You could quite easily turn these into some nice burgers as well!
This is my new fave! Served it with pineapple salsa (it’s on a previous post) and sweet potato chips!
3 simple steps to these amazing chicken strips. First dip in a mix of flour and chilli powder…then in egg…then in desiccated coconut! Cook for 25 minutes at 200 degrees.
It works so well with the salsa and the leftovers can be stored in the fridge and put in a tortilla for an easy lunch the next day.
I have to say the chilli powder in the flour really made the difference and gave it the extra something!