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Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars {Gluten Free}

Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it! Don’t need to eat gluten free? No worries, one simple substitution means you don’t have to go out of your way to buy gluten free flour! These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the perfect Mother’s Day treat, and you can use your favourite flavour jam!

Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars - Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it!

Peach vodka, fresh raspberry syrup and champagne are combined to make this gorgeous Mother’s Day Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail. Sweet, bubbly and full of fresh, fruity flavours, this is the perfect cocktail to serve at a Mother’s Day brunch or any special occasion. Don’t have peach vodka to hand? No problem, I have an easy substitute for you! So raise a glass and let’s call a toast the wonderful Mother figures in our lives.

Mother’s Day Champagne Cocktail

When I asked my mum what she wanted me to make for Mother’s Day, she said a cocktail and something with shortbread! I’ve already shared the amazing Champagne Cocktail that I made for her, and now it’s time for the shortbread to take the spotlight. She has given up chocolate for March (aka torture) so something sweet and fruity it was! I got the inspiration for these Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars when I was in Tesco, lusting over a packet of Jammie Dodgers – a classic British biscuit (*ahem* cookie) that is jam sandwiched between shortbread! I’ve made my own homemade version of Jammie Dodgers before, which are so good, but I took the idea to the next level with these Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars.

Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars - Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it! Continue reading →

Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail – A Mother’s Day Cocktail

Peach vodka, fresh raspberry syrup and champagne are combined to make this gorgeous Mother’s Day Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail. Sweet, bubbly and full of fresh, fruity flavours, this is the perfect cocktail to serve at a Mother’s Day brunch or any special occasion. Don’t have peach vodka to hand? No problem, I have an easy substitute for you! So raise a glass and let’s call a toast the wonderful Mother figures in our lives.

Peach vodka, fresh raspberry syrup and champagne are combined to make this gorgeous Mother’s Day Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail. Sweet, bubbly and full of fresh, fruity flavours, this is the perfect cocktail to serve at a Mother’s Day brunch or any special occasion. Don’t have peach vodka to hand? No problem, I have an easy substitute for you! So raise a glass and let’s call a toast the wonderful Mother figures in our lives.

 

When I asked my mum what she wanted me to make for Mother’s Day her first answer was shortbread (I’ll be sharing how I obliged with that request very soon) and the second was a cocktail. As my chief taste tester, she’s always very happy when I put mixologist hat on – I mean, who doesn’t love testing new cocktail creations? For her Mother’s Day cocktail I knew I wanted some bright, spring flavours and colours, along with some bubbly – because what’s a celebration without bubbly? Our usual go-to bubbly is Prosecco, because it’s delicious and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a decent bottle. I went with champagne for this Mother’s Day Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail however, because I wanted it to be extra special. However, if like me, your champagne tastes are pretty pricey, you can always substitute with Cava – Champagne’s Spanish cousin, you can get a nice tasting bottle (in my humble, non-sommelier, opinion) for much cheaper than a bottle of champers!

Peach vodka, fresh raspberry syrup and champagne are combined to make this gorgeous Mother’s Day Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail. Sweet, bubbly and full of fresh, fruity flavours, this is the perfect cocktail to serve at a Mother’s Day brunch or any special occasion. Don’t have peach vodka to hand? No problem, I have an easy substitute for you! So raise a glass and let’s call a toast the wonderful Mother figures in our lives.

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Orange and Raspberry Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream Frosting

Fluffy and moist zesty orange cupcakes with real raspberries baked into the centre, topped with super creamy and fluffy Prosecco buttercream frosting – perfect for any celebration!

Orange and Raspberry Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream Frosting - fluffy, moist zesty orange cakes with raspberries baked into the centre, topped with creamy, fluffy prosecco buttercream frosting! The perfect cupcake for any celebration!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the UK! Don’t panic my lovely US people, our Mother’s Day falls in a completely different month to yours. But in the UK, today is a day to celebrate the wonderful mothers, grandmothers and mother-figures in our lives – those wonderful women that support us, love us and care for us unconditionally. I consider myself extremely lucky to have an amazing mum who I would be lost without, so this recipe is dedicated to her and was made for her. Because is there a better way to say “Thank you” than delicious cupcakes? Perhaps cupcakes topped with frosting flavoured with her favourite bubbly!

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Blood Orange Mini Tarts

Sweet shortcrust pastry filled with a delicious, sweet blood orange curd. Topped with candied blood orange slices, perfect to welcome in spring!

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Blood Orange Mini Tarts

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK and we’re finally starting to see some Spring like weather, at least down south we are anyway! So I thought it was time to post a nice bright and cheery dessert to celebrate Mother’s Day and welcome spring… or at least encourage it to appear more frequently! Of course, today it is raining so these little tarts have got a lot of work to be doing!

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Devil’s Food Cake

Happy Mother’s Day everybody!

Devil's Food Cake

Today is Mother’s Day in the UK and to celebrate I made my mum a yummy devil’s food cake, complete with fresh whipped cream, chocolate ganache and chocolate truffles! If you’re gonna do chocolate, you may as well go all out! This recipe will be for the devil’s food cake, you can pair it with whatever you like of course (white cloud frosting is an excellent pairing)!

Devil's Food Cake

I got this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and I can tell you right now I didn’t change a thing! I adore her blog and all of her recipes (her cookbook is on my wish list on amazon too!), you should definitely check her out.

Devil's Food Cake

This recipe calls for a cup of strong, hot coffee. Coffee is one of those things that brings out the flavours in chocolate, you add it to your chocolate cake recipe and instantly you’ve intensified your chocolate goodness! This is actually the first time I’ve added coffee to chocolate cake, which is terrible I know, but I have this crazy aversion to coffee I violently hate it. And although I knew in theory that I wouldn’t be able to taste the coffee, I was convinced I would be able to! Of course, I couldn’t taste it at all in this cake and I’m now cursing myself for being such a baby and not doing this sooner. This cake is so rich and fudgy and just delightful, everything a devil’s food cake should be!

Devil's Food Cake

I said above that I didn’t change anything in this recipe and there’s good reason for that. Every single ingredient is perfectly matched with what you want this cake to come out like. The oil makes it lovely and moist, butter would only distract from the deep chocolate flavour. You want to use natural unsweetened cocoa for this cake, do not use dutch processed or the bicarb won’t react with the cocoa and you won’t get that gorgeous reddish tint and that distinctive flavour. And if you take away the buttermilk you won’t get such a moist crumb (Sally said to trust her on that and I did!). Then of course without the coffee that chocolate certainly won’t hit you so hard. All that’s left are your sugar, flour and eggs – you of course need the eggs to be room temperate as is true with pretty much any baking. If, like me, you always forget to take your eggs out of the fridge you can bring them to room temperature by letting them sit in warm to hot water for about 5 minutes.

Devil's Food Cake

This cake has a nice quick bake on it too, you definitely don’t want to over bake it and take away any of that moistness (count how many times I’ve said “moist” in this post!). Share the batter between two 9″ sandwich tins and bake for about 25 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean. My cake is actually a 6″ as I made cupcakes out of it too! You can then fill and ice it with whatever you love with chocolate, my pairings definitely made it all that much richer but I think this cake would be great with milk chocolate frosting as Sally had it or even vanilla, yum!

Devil's Food Cake

This one’s for you mum, thanks for being the best mum ever! (and she enjoyed it very much!)

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Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cups caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not dutch processed)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 tps salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong hot coffee

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350F/170C. Grease and line two 9″ cake pans
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt and set aside
  • Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla using a stand mixer or hand mixer then gradually add the dry ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. You will have a very thin, water like batter – don’t worry, it’s supposed to be like that!
  • Pour the batter evenly between the tins and bake for approx 25 mins or until your cake tester comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on wire rack and leave to cool completely before filling and frosting

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Devil's Food Cake

 

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