Christmas Baking

Love a bit of baking for the chilly weather

I think we can all agree that Christmas is the perfect time for a spot of baking, whether that means making your christmas pudding, mince pies or like myself perfecting those cookies to give to Santa.

Here’s the recipe for my favourite cookies.

You will need

  • 150g salted butter, softened
  • 80g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g plain chocolate chips or chunks ( I also used some white chocolate chips)

Your first going to want to make sure your oven is pre-heated around 170-180C, we have an Rayburn which is always on at this time a year so the temperature is more an approximate.

Put the butter and sugars into a bowl and beat until nice and creamy, I use an electric whisk but if you want to do it by hand your more than welcome, next beat in the vanilla extract and egg. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt over the mixture and mix in with a wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips and stir well, you don’t want the mixture to be to smooth at this point so the cookies will have some texture.

Using a teaspoon, place small mounds of the mixture well apart on the baking trays. My top tip is to use  a silicon spatula as it makes the mixture come of the spoon much easier. Bake in the oven for 8–10 mins until light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre.

  Then simply leave to cool down on a cooling rack.

I love this recipe as it’s so simple and you can easily mix the ingredients to your taste for example change the sugar to soft brown if your not a fan of cookies being too sweet.

What are your favourite things to bake this time of year?

Tasha xxx

Festive Gingerbread!

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FESTIVE GINGERBREAD RECIPE!
Hello everyone! I thought that for today’s post I would share a festive recipe with you since I love baking and may start posting more recipes on my blog. I thought it would be a good idea to make some festive gingerbread as it is Christmas time and gingerbread makes for a really nice festive treat. This recipe is super easy to do…all you will need is:

– 350g/12oz plain flour
– 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 2 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 125g/4½oz butter
– 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
– 1 free-range egg
– 4 tbsp golden syrup

To start you need to sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and gently fold in together.

Then add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
Once that is done you can stir in the sugar.

In a seperate bowl begin to lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and then add to the main mixing bowl and whisk together.

When the mixture has entirely clumped together, tip the dough out onto a flour coated surface and knead briefly until smooth.

Then wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

While the dough is chilling in the fridge you can preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and start to line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Once the 15 minutes is up, roll out the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. Then you can pop them into the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Once they are done leave them on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When they have finished cooling, you can begin to get creative by decorating with icing and cake decorations.

Friday Favourites

nakd bars

 

So for the last few weeks I’ve been trying to eat healthier as I’ve got a few parties and my graduation coming up so I want to look and feel my best. Every morning I start my day with oatmeal or granola and I’ve definitely noticed my energy level going up. The problem with working in the beauty industry is that you get irregular shifts so its difficult to establish a set eating routine. I pick and snack during my shifts as your breaks and lunch really depend on what your client column looks like that day so I need to start snacking on healthier options rather than crisps and sweets.  I discovered these Nakd bars when I was having a nosey in Holland & Barrett’s Penny Sale and I’m hooked! There’s so many different flavours to try so theres something for everyone. My favorite have to be the Cashew Cookie or Rhubarb and Custard.

I’d love to hear if you have any healthy tasty snacks I could take to work!

xoxo