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Hot Cross Buns….

7 Apr

Hot cross buns,Hot cross buns,one a penny,two a penny,hot cross buns.If you have no daughters,give them to your sons,one a penny,two a penny,Hot Cross Buns

And on that note take a look at these beauties!


I decided to use Big Boy (the bread maker) to make my dough for the Hot Cross Buns. I wasn’t sure how it would work as its the first time I’ve used him for making dough, but it was amazing, so easy and the finished result taste so yummy.

For those of you with a bread maker here is the recipe. The recipe I used is from the book that came with Big Boy but I changed it slightly as for some reason I’m unable to follow recipes exactly!

– 1/2 tsp Yeast
– 250g Strong White Flour
– 1 tsp Sugar
– 25g Butter
– 1/2 tsp Salt
– 1 Egg
– 1tsp Cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp Mixed Spice (in top fruit dispenser)
– 100g Mixed Dried Fruit
– 100ml Milk

I cooked the dough using Menu 16 which on my bread maker is for 2hr 20mins and drops the fruit in automatically.


When the dough is done you need to.

– Divide the mixture into 8 balls, place on a lightly oiled baking tray.

– I pre heated my oven and then turned it off and popped the buns in. As they need to prove again for 20 minutes.

– At this point you need to make the paste for the cross which involves mixing around 2tbsp of flour with 2tbsp of water.

– Once they have doubled in size they are ready for you to pipe on the cross make a cross indent with a knife then pipe on the cross.

– Now they are ready to cook in the oven 220c or gas mark 7 for 15/20 minutes.


– When they are cooked and still hot I brushed them with golden syrup to give them a nice sweet glaze.

And now for the most important step, toast and serve with lashing of butter and a good old cup of tea….


Happy Easter and Enjoy



Cooking Up A Storm

19 Mar

Saturday I decided I was going to make a Chicken and Vegetable Pie a recipe I have been wanting to do for a while. The hubby loves a bit of pastry actually i think that maybe his favourite bit of the pie, but by the look of his empty plate I think he liked the filling too!


You can find the recipe here. I used any vegetables I had in my fridge plus the compulsory frozen peas and sweetcorn I also used puff pastry. It’s a pretty easy pie recipe and doesn’t need cream or a million different herbs or strange ingredient so you can pretty much whip it up with store cupboard ingredients. The only thing that takes a while is pre cooking the chicken but you can just pop that in the oven and kind of forget about it for 40 minutes. I was unable to take a picture of the full pie as everyone had started to tuck in before I got the chance. But here’s a look at the half eaten pie! I served it with some extra green Vegetables and good old mash potato.


I decided to doubled the pie ingredients and have frozen it as it will make a quick healthy midweek meal to have with some rice. Creamy Chicken and rice is one of my favourite dinners Yum yum.

I have also been baking again and had to share this recipe with you. If you like coffee cake you will love these. Give them a go super easy too. The icing was delicious and not at all sickly. You can find the recipe here


I made them for Sunday a joint celebration for Mothers Day because Mums Rock! and for Doolallytat JJ’s birthday as she will be in sunnier (hopefully) climes for her actual birthday. The cakes went down a storm and were gone in a flash and mum loved her Doolallytat creation handmade card.


So here was to a weekend of happy cooking and crafting xoxo

Ready Steady Bake….

7 Feb

This is my last week at my current job and I had been looking forward to a fun last week…..however all my team are coming down with the lurgy & stayed at home in bed so I had a lonely day.

But what better way to cheer myself up but with some chocolatey goodness.

Doolallytat’s H is the resident expert at baking scrummy goodies so I asked her for a fabulous recipe and she did not disappoint with this amazing Brownie Recipe

The main thing I learnt about Brownies is THEY ARE NOT DIET FRIENDLY!

One whole pack of butter, a bag of sugar and 4 eggs go into making these bad boys.

The Brownies turned out really yummy and the coconut in the recipe makes them really moist and adds an extra something.

As you can see from the picture we have already been digging in and I have a feeling they will be even tastier tomorrow (Maybe I will even share them)