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Friday, 18 April 2014

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop : Link Up Your Favourite posts This Week...

 

Welcome to the weekend blog hop everyone. Happy good Friday and I hope you all have a lovely Easter :)

Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop...

We are happy you are here and hope you have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.

The blog hop is hosted me Clairejustineoxox in number 1 and my co host is Nekky from Reflexions in number 2 spot.

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1. Link us as many of your favourite posts from this week. 

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3. Grab the welcome to the weekend button and blog hop code and share the hop or link back to one of us if you wish, to help spread the word of the blog hop. 

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Have a great weekend everyone :)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thorntons Easter Egg Review...



We all have a sweet tooth in our house and are big fans of yummy chocolate. Milk chocolate probably tops the wishlist, preferably Thorntons. We also all love running, so what nicer treat than chocolate after a good work out? fruit first of course!

I was over the moon when I was asked if Thorntons could send me a selection of their Easter eggs. Me chocolate? Thorntons! Oh yes please. With all the fuss around doing London marathon and staying in London last week, I was a bit low on our usual Easter stockpile. A good start to Easter week then with a delivery of goodies.

I love their chocolate and my lovely husband (in case he is reading) often treats me to something from their range. When we first met years and years ago, as a special treat he used to buy me a bag of their rum truffles. Now my treats on special occasions have turned to a nice big a box of continental chocolate, yes I am greedy!! My husband knows a way to make me smile is through Irregular Choice shoes or Thorntons chocolate, fact :)



At Easter all of our 4 children still love receiving Easter eggs, even my eldest son who is nearly 20, loves them. Then again who doesn't?!. Our family tradition is every Easter Sunday they wake dad up and ask him to hide all the eggs, all named up and then they spend ages trying to find all of their own. There are always a few eggs that do not get found for hours, wait too long and Dad eats them!! The kids start panicking searching everywhere, the shed, the washer, the cooker. Eventually all is well, they all have their own pile of eggs. They then do swaps trying to get their favourites.


Looking back I was about 5 or 6 when my first memories of Easter come to mind. Thorntons was a big part of that. My Grandma buying me Easter eggs from Thorntons. She worked for them and would always proudly give me an Easter egg from the shop. I remember how cool it was, receiving an egg which always had my name on it. No one could touch my egg, this was Claire's egg. This was special, this was a Thorntons Egg...

About this post-

I got sent a selection of Easter treats for the purpose of this post. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Jelly Bean Easter Nest Cupcakes : Guest Post...


Pretty vanilla cupcakes each topped with butter cream and a chocolate nest of Jelly Belly "eggs". You can use any Jelly Belly beans for decoration but the Ice Cream Parlour mix is especially pretty with egg like speckles!



Makes 12

For the cakes-
  • 125g softened butter or baking margarine
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 125g self raising flour - or plain flour with a tsp of baking powder added
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch salt
  • 1 - 2 tbs milk


For the butter cream-

This quantity will be enough to pipe the frosting onto the cakes - if you are going to spread the frosting you can reduce the amounts by a third.
  • 100g softened butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • Green food colouring
  • 1 - 2 tbs milk

For the Chocolate Nests
  • 40g butter
  • 1 ½ tbs golden syrup
  • 1 ½ tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tbs white granulated sugar
  • 50g shredded wheat - crushed


Method

For the cakes-
  • Cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held mixer or in your stand mixer. 
  •  Add the eggs together with a tablespoon of the flour and beat well.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder, vanilla essence and salt and fold into the batter. 
  • If the batter is very stiff add the milk to loosen the mixture.
  • Line a bun tin with fairy cake cases. 
  • Fill each case 2/3 full with batter and bake at 190C / GM 5 for about 12 - 14 minutes.
  • The buns are done when risen and springy. 
  •  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes then removed from the tin.


For the butter cream-
  • The secret to fluffy butter cream is to beat the butter really well before you add any sugar. 
  • Place the butter in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until soft and fluffy. 
  • Slowly add the icing sugar beating as you go. 
  • Add the milk to loosen the mixture. 
  • Add the food colouring a few drops at a time until the frosting is the colour you require. 
  • You can also make your buttercream in a food processor, again beat the butter well before adding the icing sugar, milk and colouring.

For the chocolate nests-
  • Place the butter, syrup, cocoa powder and sugar into a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring all the time, until melted. 
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the crushed shredded wheat.
  • Dollop teaspoons of the mixture onto a piece of greaseproof paper or silicon baking mat and shape into nests by flattening and hollowing out the centre. 
  • Allow to cool and set.

Decoration-
  • Pipe or spread the butter cream onto each cake, top each with a chocolate nest filled with a few Jelly Belly jelly bean "eggs".

About this guest post-

Recipe, styling & photography by Helen Best-Shaw (fussfreeflavours.com) for Jelly Belly UK

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