Baking with Lauren: Oreo cupcakes

150g margarine
150g caster sugar
130g self-raising flour
30g cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp milk
1 packet of oreos.

Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 4/180 degrees.

Cream together the margarine and caster sugar.

Add in the eggs, and gradually fold in the flour and cocoa powder. Add in milk.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the tray around once.

Buttercream: I use this Silver Spoon recipe. Crush about 5-7 oreos (easiest done using the bag and rolling pin technique) and then add these oreos into the icing. Spread this onto the cakes.

Using the remaining oreos, cut them into half (a lot harder than sounds) and decorate as pictures (using either one or two halves).

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Baking with Lauren: Cheese I-have-no-idea-what-to-call-this thing

Clue is in the title. I really just spontaneously made this delightful dish and cannot think of a fitting name atm. However, it tastes so frickin’ good. All you need is:

Puff pastry (I used the ASDA pre-rolled pastry).
Grated cheese.

First step, Preheat the oven to 180/Gas Mark 4. Fill half of the pastry with plenty of grated cheese.

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Then, fold the pastry in half.

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Cut into even, quite big strips.

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Lightly twist to kinda resemble cheese twists (they won’t end up rigidly in this shape, its just to allow the cheese to mix better).

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Bake for 15 minutes, then add more cheese all over.

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Bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and voila, you have this amazing gourmet dish.

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Baking with Lauren: Easter cake

I am all up for baking for any and every occasion so as Easter neared I immediately started thinking about what I could come up with this time! So I designed a cake of everyone’s chocolate dreams – featuring one of the greatest treats on earth, mini eggs.

For the cake you will need (taken from this recipe by Queen Mary:
3 large eggs
175g/6oz Self-Raising Flour
175g/6oz Caster Sugar
175g/6oz Butter
1 1/2 tsp/6oz Baking Powder
40g/1 1/2oz Cocoa Powder
4 tbsp Boiling Water

For the icing:
75g Butter
175g Icing Sugar
30g Cocoa Powder

Decor:
Shredded Wheat or chocolate flakes or anything you wish to use instead!
Chocolate (to melt)
Chocolate fingers
Mini eggs

Firstly, pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180 degrees.

Mix together the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter and baking powder – make sure it is nice and smooth!

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and water. Seems weird but keep mixing until it is a paste and then add to the other bowl.

Split mixture evenly into two greased tins. Bake for 20-25 mins.

Leave to cool on a wire rack for about 20 mins.

For the icing: gradually mix together the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder.

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Apply a generous amount to one side of the cake (make sure some is left over for the sides!). And add the other layer on top.

Add icing and chocolate fingers all around the side like below. For the top I added the classic chocolate/shredded wheat mix but admittedly, once set this made the cake ridiculously hard to cut so I suggest maybe replacing it with chocolate flakes.

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Whatever you decide to use for the top, make sure to add tonnes of mini eggs before it sets!

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This cake is absolute dream for chocolate lovers like me and a great way to bring together all my favourite sweet treats!

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Baking with Lauren: Ginger cake

This was a brand new bake for me – but I think for a first-timer I did pretty well!

What you will need:
200g/7oz self-raising flour
200g/7oz caster sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
55g/2oz margarine, plus extra for greasing
1 large egg
2 tbsp golden syrup
240ml/9fl oz hot water

Mix together the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda.

Add in the margarine, rub this into the mixture using fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Add in the egg, syrup and hot water. Mix together.

Pour the mixture into a greased tin and bake for 35-40 mins on 180c/Gas Mark 4. Wait until the top is golden brown. Leave to cool for 15 minutes.

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Baking with Lauren: Pancakes

It is finally pancake day (well in two days)! Just in time for the big day I have provided you with my favourite recipe for American style pancakes. Feel free to add any toppings (although I think they taste great without!) and let me know how it went! Recipe makes about 4 pancakes.

You will need:
135g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Caster Sugar
130ml Milk
1 Large Egg
2 tbsp oil

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar.

In a separate bowl or jug, whisk together the milk and egg and then gradually add in the oil. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and beat until there is a smooth batter consistency.

Add in a small amount of water (didn’t actually measure this but would say about 20ml).

Add a small drop of oil to a pan and leave on a low heat for 5 minutes.

Gradually pour a small dollop of the mixture into the pan (best to use a jug for ease) – this should be about the size of your palm.

This will only need to be turned twice and only takes about 5 minutes until it is ready to eat!

*cue me trying to make pancakes look even slightly aesthetic*

 

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Baking with Lauren: Chocolate Brownies

For this recipe you will need:

255g Caster Sugar
165g Margarine or Unsalted Butter
65g Plain Flour
30g Cocoa Powder
200g Dark Chocolate
*Optional* 40g Milk Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
2 Large Eggs

Preheat the oven to 180/Gas Mark 4. Melt together the butter and dark chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of bowling water (or in a microwave for about 40 seconds if you’re lazy like me). In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and cocoa powder. Pour this into the chocolate/butter mixture and add in optional milk chocolate or chocolate chips (just makes them even more chocolatey!). Mix in the eggs and sugar. Pour the mixture into a greased square tin, making sure it is evenly spread out. Bake for 25 minutes. To check if cooked, gently shake the tin and if it wobbles in the middle, bake for another 5 minutes. Leave the brownie in the tin to cool for about 20 minutes until you cut them into even squares and serve.

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Baking with Lauren: Choc Chip Cookies

Welcome to the first post of my baking series! Starting with chocolate chip cookies! For this recipe you will need:

225g Caster Sugar
300g Plain Flour
200g Unsalted Butter
1tsp Vanilla Extract
1tsp Baking Powder
A Pinch of Salt
1 Large Egg
100g Chocolate Chips
100g Milk Chocolate

Preheat the oven to 160/Gas Mark 3. Mix together the caster sugar and butter. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, vanilla essence and salt. Once both are mixed well, gradually add in the flour etc. mixture to the sugar and butter. Then add in the chips and chocolate.

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Once the mixture is a dough consistency, add in the egg and mix. Then taking sections of the mixture (size depends on desired size of cookie – mine are large), roll them into small balls and gently flatten slightly, on greaseproof paper.

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Cook for 15 minutes before turning the tray, then cook for a further 10 minutes or until cookies are a golden brown and are a stiff (but not hard) consistency. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

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Let me know if you try them out!

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