14 Mar 2013

Cinnamon cookies

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't posted recently. I have been so busy with various bits and pieces. However, I have got some good news! I have created a recipe for cinnamon cookies for you all! These cookies are deliciously crumbly. If you enjoy cinnamon, then this one is for you!

8oz butter/margarine, softened
5oz caster sugar
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
10oz plain flour
1.5 tsp cinnamon (add more if you want- i just put some in and tested the mix)
pinch ginger
pinch cloves
pinch nutmeg

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5

1. Put the butter/margarine into a bowl and mix with the sugar until smooth and creamy
2. Stir in the egg, then add the flour. Combine to make a dough
3. Add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. You should do this by putting it onto the dough and then mix it in (use whatever method you like, as long as it works). Make sure it is evenly distributed. You may want to try the dough (it is safe, despite popular belief. I have been eating raw cake mix all my life.) to test whether there is enough cinnamon
4. Knead the dough a little to add the air you knocked out when mixing in the spices
5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and put onto a greased baking tray. 
6. Put cookies in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden ( mine took about 25-30 minutes, but the original recipe says 15. Bearing in mind my cookies were rather large...)
7. Allow to cool then eat!

I hope this recipe works as well for you as it did for me!

I'm off to grab another cinnamon cookie now. Happy baking!

The cupcake faerie
xx

10 Mar 2013

Coconut and jam sponge

Hello everyone! Sorry that I haven't posted in a while, but I have been very very very very very very.... busy. I just haven't had the time to bake or think about cake, as sad as that may be. However, I was away on a trip this weekend which involved lots of outdoor activities. After freezing my fingers off outside taking part in some very fun and exciting activities, we were offered a very tempting jam and coconut sponge cake. This recipe is a very nice one, especially since the taste of coconut reminds me of when I used to make coconut mice. The recipe is from Jamie Oliver, so should work incredibly well!

Enjoy. I hope to make some of these at some point, providing I get the coconut and that I am not too busy. I apologise if I do not get round to it.

Visit this link to see my own recipe for this cake. I use a thickened raspberry compote on top of the cake instead of jam: http://thecupcakefaerie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/coconut-and-raspberry-cupcakes.html

The cupcake faerie
xx