Sticky Cinnamon and Maple Syrup Buns

Sticky Cinnamon and Maple Syrup Buns

 

This delicious Sticky Cinnamon and Maple Syrup Buns are a direct rip from the GoodFood Website and can be found here.  I have made a few tweaks but otherwise they are based on this recipe solely.  A delicious indulgent treat with a hearty American twist of sweet maple syrup, these are definitely a one-off when you see the calorie content!  However I am a firm believer in making the most of the good things in life…and that usually focuses around the topic of food but everything in moderation and one of these little beauties will keep your sweet tooth and tummies happy for a fair while! Continue reading »

Lancashire Cheese & Onion Pie

A delicious Lancashire Cheese & Onion Pie

This pie has been a bit of a favourite each time I’ve made it but I got a very specific request from my mate Ollie’s Dad.  This is normally a Cheshire Cheese pie but Peter is a very proud Lancashire man and was adamant that the only kind of cheese pie should be one with Lancashire cheese in.  The fab thing about this pie is that the type of cheese can be any that you favour most; just be aware that drier crumblier cheeses will need an additional creamier cheese to help bind the pie together and to save it from drying out.  I found the initial recipe on the Baking Mad website which is wonderful and you should definitely sign up so you can receive their free emails. Continue reading »

Cranberry & Mince Pies

Mmmm a true festive treat…with a little additional fruity twist…cranberry sauce!

Now anyone who knows me, is aware of the fact that I LOVE a good bargain! From my school frocks that total £3.50, thank you ASDA, to the various ‘whoops’ items in the chilled cabinet and the Christmas decorations I now buy on Boxing Day for the following year at 75% discount.  Old?! Me?! No! Just wise hehe!  Anyhoo…the way this tenuous rant links to mince pies is simple.  Sainsbury’s like to sell off mincemeat after Christmas for silly prices as they’d rather not have it sat around.  Surely it’s out of date soon you cry!  Nope, this massive tub I purchased for only 40p last December (2012) doesn’t run out of date until May 2014!!!  What’s more, being the amazing product it is, it lasts 6weeks once opened, so as a result I didn’t even open it until 2 weeks ago at the Tynemouth Christmas Shopping Night where I baked Mincemeat Macaroons for charity at Ruby & Frank and still had SHED LOADS of the mincemeat left. Continue reading »

Caramel Choux Buns

Delicious choux pastry filled with whipped double cream and topped with a caramel icing!! Mmmmmmm!!!

So the reason for these beauties stems from the inconsistent stock of our local supermarkets!  We’ve been shopping at Morrisons recently thanks to a discount card and due to my sure-fire stubborness I refuse to go elsewhere whilst the card is still in use.  The only trouble is they don’t stock one of our fave Friday night treats – Caramel Choux Buns…which for reference are amazing from ASDA and so calorific they can mostly only be deemed a weekend treat to reward you for a week of stress, chaos and general work related mayhem.  Long story cut short, after Morrisons causing Grant severe trauma and an overwhelming sense of loss, I agreed to make choux’s at home; having made profiteroles on a frequent basis.  Grant’s only stipulation ‘they MUST have caramel on top like ASDA do!’…YES BOSS! So here’s a simple recipe for choux’s which I hope you enjoy as much as I do…the final product is amazingly delicious and well worth the effort of baking fresh. Continue reading »