Another LOTR style bake – lembas!

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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!

Ingredients:

100 g of chocolate chips (optional)

125 g of butter

55 g of caster sugar

180 g of plain flour

Method:

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! 🙂

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Homemade mini doughnuts!

I love the fact you can make doughnuts from home!

Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t frying these bad boys, but they still are mini bites of doughnutty deliciousness.

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One of the best baking buys I ever made was a doughnut pan for the oven. They are perfect for parties and little presents, and I’ve got plenty more recipes for making all sorts of little gourmet doughnuts. This is the one I’ve got that works perfectly! I’m sure you’ll be able to find them all over the place by now. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wilton-Cavity-Mini-Donut-Pan/dp/B004CYELQ4/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389351958&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=dougnnut+pan

Ingredients (for 12):

  • 75g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 55ml milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • dash of vanilla essence

Step One: Preheat oven to 160 degrees, and lightly brush pan with cooking oil

Step Two: Add all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure its all mixed thoroughly

Step Three: Whisk all the liquid ingredients together and then add it to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly, you should have a moderately runny batter

Step Four: The fiddly bit. Using a teaspoon fill up each of the doughnut cups 3/4 up to top. Bake for 9 minutes, wait to cool and pop them out!

Step Five: Decorate however you want! i just smothered them in melted chocolate….sifting of sugar, runny icing & sprinkles would all suffice as well!