Friday, November 29, 2013

Wellington Squares (posh twix as my Hubby calls them).... CAUSING A STIR !

I fancied making some caramel yesterday and remembered a GREAT wellington square recipe and since posting a picture this morning a few friends have asked for the recipe.. they seemed to cause a stir (scuse the pun, caramel requires lots of stirring.... bad pun hahaha)
Anway, here's my tried and TRUSTED recipe - they freeze pretty well too because believe me you will NEVER eat the whole batch!

Makes (24 decent squares (picture is marked out as 24 - or 48 fingers -they're rich so fingers are nice with a cuppa!)

Shortbread base:
350g self raising flour
225g butter
110g caster sugar

225g caster sugar
225g butter
5 tblsp golden syrup
1 tin (397g) nestle condensed milk

Choc top:
300g good quality choc (milk or dark) I usually use 200g dark and 100g milk (kids prefer that!)

Preheat oven to 180.  Rub butter flour and sugar together until resembles fine breadcrumbs and press FIRMLY and evenly into swiss roll tin (25cm X 38cm X 4cm) - I line with parchment paper so the base doesn't stick when I'm cutting out later.
Bake for 20 mins until golden. 
Caramel: melt butter in a heavy saucepan over a low heat.  Add sugar, golden syrup and condensed milk and stir continuously for 40-50 mins.... (u can make a cuppa to keep you happy while stirring!)p
It will change colour a few times... golden brown when ready but test by dropping a little blob into a bowl of cold water, it should firm up.  Pour over cooled pastry base and allow to cool (overnight is good)... Melt choc over pot of steaming water in a bowl not touching the water and pour over the top, smooth over evenly and allow to set... cut into squares w sharp knife... ENJOY XX

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cake Pops

Fiddly.... don't know why people are crazy about them... I much prefer a traditional type cake that you slice... lollipops should be on sticks NOT cakes... but I know kiddies love them as they were eaten like hotcakes at Christophers' party.....

My 2nd little boy's 2nd birthday cake....he loves fireman Sam!! so this is our version of the coolest firetruck!  We had a firework from Bulgaria on top, was fab .....

Saturday, November 2, 2013

cute cupcakes

My sister in law bought me this little cupcake set of holders and decorations.... so cute and really turn simple cupcakes into something special!  Thanks Lucy!

girly birthday cookies

I made these a while ago for my nieces' birthday party in the park.   I had never done "flooding" cookies before so wanted to try it out... not the best first attempt but they tasted good :)