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Why do foxes glow?

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In which I bombard you with photos and beat a hasty retreat to answer REALLY important questions from Big Bear about why foxes glow when they’re pregnant*. And to stop Baby Bear from dialling 999…. again. 

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I claim they are homage to Wimbledon and strawberries. Really I just got over excited with the Cath Kidston sale. 

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They’re Earl Grey flavour. Because there’s no time for the Great British tea and cake tradition when you’re trying to fish out coins that have been lovingly inserted into air vents. So it has to be tea flavoured cake instead. It’s just as good, although cake flavoured tea might be quicker. Just a thought. 

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Pretty sure the Bears are the ONLY people who don’t understand the Pimms fascination. They aren’t particularly British summer-esque, but at least they taste pretty awesome: Malibu and Coke flavoured Bear-y cakes. Having said that, Daddy Bear doesn’t like Malibu. Herein lies the reason why Mummy Bear’s diet always fails. Cola flavoured sponge topped with a malibu and lime buttercream frosting, amazingly cute straws, and the most humongous tantrum from Baby Bear when I wouldn’t let him lick the frosting bowl. 

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Actually, this is more Wimbledon-ish isn’t it? I did start a diet. And then I made this. And it had no soggy bottom and was absolutely delicious. But did have an entire tub on marscapone in it. So basically the diet had been pointless. 

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And that moment when you realise LAST weekend was Father’s day, and the computer won’t print your amazon voucher? Gluten Free Cherry Bakewell flavour Bear-y cakes. Almond sponge, filled with cherry jam and topped with lemon glace icing. Or, how to get out of a tight spot using lots of sugar. 

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Except I haven’t showered yet. So maybe the recipes will come later. Much later.

Mummy Bear x 

*Fantastic Mr Fox; confusing asd kids since 2009. 

Mr Fox: By the way, you look unbelievably beautiful tonight. You’re practically glowing. Maybe                                                                                                             it’s the lighting. 

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A Little Ray of Sunshine

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A Little Ray of Sunshine

Or rather, a rainbow. Sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

The nozzle is a 1M. Paint a stripe of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet gel colouring inside the piping bag, to each point of the star nozzle. Fill with white buttercream, pipe in a swirl, et voila, RAINBOWS!

Mummy Bear x

Toddler trouble.

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The Bears and I have been absent for a while. There is a very good reason for this, and it comes in the shape of a not-so-small two year old. I tried baking with him.

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It ended in a state of sugar induced hyperactivity, a broken measuring jug and very very little sleep. Oh yes, and a cake which looked like I had assembled it, run over it with the car, and then tried to fix it up again.

Image(It’s a Maple Syrup and Pecan layer cake with marscapone frosting, from Delia’s gorgeous new book. It did taste fantastic, but not fantastic enough to warrant only two hours sleep.)

And then I tried baking without him. This time the cakes were at least edible looking. And tasted exactly as they should:

 Image(These are Turkish Delight Bear-y Cakes: Chocolate cake, topped with a rose flavoured buttercream and dark chocolate sprinkles. Recipe may follow. Should the Toddler ever sleep.)

However, my living room wall no longer looked like it should:

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Neither did Daddy Bear’s computer screen. Or the sofa. And so, we stopped baking.

That completes my absence letter.

We hope to be back soon!

Mummy Bear x

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet

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Well, ok, it’s not really tropical here, but at least it’s not the Arctic conditions of last week. To celebrate we’ve made individual Caribbean-upside-down-cakes. (Also because Daddy Bear loves upside-down-cake and he is back at work this week whilst Mummy Bear and the Little Bears are still at home. They certainly soften the blow!)

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Individual portions are excellent for the Bears House. Then nobody can complain about who got the bigger piece of pineapple. Or, when Daddy Bear decides to reheat it and forgets it’s in the oven, he only ruins his own one, not everyone’s.

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These get the official name of Caribbean-upside-down-cakes because Mummy Bear is still desperately trying to finish off the bottle of Coconut Rum without actually having to drink it. Basically they’re just a boozy version of normal upside down cake. But it definitely sounds better doesn’t it?!

Ingredients:

2 large eggs (about 50g each without shells)

100g Self Raising Flour

100g Stork

50g Caster Sugar

50g Light Brown Soft Sugar

4 tbsp Golden Syrup

4 pineapple rings

4 whole glace cherries

1 tbsp Coconut Rum

Preheat the oven to 150 C.

Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat gently. Add the Stork, the sifted flour and both of the sugars. Whisk gently until combined with a hand whisk. Add in the rum and whisk again.

Lightly grease four ramekin dishes, then spoon a tablespoon of golden syrup into the bottom of each one. Place a pineapple ring on top of the syrup in each ramekin, and then a glace cherry in the hole in the middle of the ring. Split all of the batter equally between the four ramekin dishes, spreading it gently over the top of the fruit so not to displace too much of the syrup.

Pop the four ramekins in the oven for around 35 ish minutes (until the centre of the cake springs back when touched). Leave to cool in the ramekins for 20 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges, and then turn out onto a plate – perfect pudding cake!

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Let’s hope that spring is FINALLY on its way. Or at least that it has definitely finished snowing for the next six months.

Mummy Bear x

If you have no daughters, give them to your sons…..

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….. one ha’penny, two ha’penny, hot cross buns!

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The monumental effort that is hot cross buns. Here is a warning, do not start baking these if you have plans to go anywhere in the next 24 hours. I didn’t realise they need three separate proving sessions of an hour each time.

So surprise surprise I adapted the recipe a little bit… in that my buns had the first two proving sessions, then Daddy Bear shaped them into what he thought were ball shapes -I’m not sure how you get to 27 and don’t understand that balls are spherical- and left them for a couple of hours (not the 60 minutes suggested).

Later, I came home and delivered a lesson on the concept of a sphere, re-shaped them and left them to prove over night… they actually turned out really well. Although I’m pretty sure Paul Hollywood would be shaking his head in disgust at my lack of consideration for the ‘science of baking’.

Also whilst we’re at it Mr Hollywood, I didn’t put any chopped apple in. Or mixed peel. Oh and I glazed them with melted marmalade. What a rebel.

Mummy Bear x

Easter Eggcitement

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Easter Eggcitement

Pinterest has not let me down for once – Big Bear and Baby Bear (and even Daddy Bear) have loved having Bunny-Butt pancakes for breakfast this morning.

P.S the most awesome pancake recipe ever is here.

Mummy Bear x

How Not To Make Fudge

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The first in my series of self help guides, which also includes How To Commit Social Suicide (give up facebook for lent) and How To Park Cars Without Crashing (turn off ignition, get out, let someone else park the car).

I used this recipe, but changed the 450g demerera sugar to 450g castor sugar. Because it was snowing outside so I took my chances with what I actually had. Also, I didn’t have a sugar thermometer. And I definitely didn’t beat it for 10 minutes whilst cooling because Baby Bear needed the toilet. And a drink. And rescuing from Big Bears Bunk bed.

And what I definitely don’t have is fudge. But what I do have is an amazing fudge sauce to use on icecream. Oh, and a supersweet bloggers award from Paula at All About the Bake. (Yes, I am diverting the topic away from my awful not-really-baking disaster. Clever huh?!)

Super Sweet Bloggers

The rules of the award are:

1 Visit and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.

3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13) blogs for the award, add a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

So, the Super Sweet Questions (and answers) are:

1. Cookies or Cake? Both.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla. Unless there is lemon. And then it’s lemon.

3. What is your favourite sweet treat? Everything. I’m not fussy. Except salted caramel.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? When I’m awake. And sometimes in my dreams.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Muffin… at least then it would be factually accurate.

My nominees are (in no particular order):

We’re calling Shenanigans

The Baking Fever

Add More Butter!

Pennywisemummy

The Greedy Frog

Bitch, Stitch and Bake

Pud Bakes

White rabbits and hungry habits

A young foodie

make me cakey

Handmade or the Highway

Confessions of a cake addict

HappyLittleBaker

See… now you’ve forgotten all about the hideous attempt at fudge. Genius!

Mummy Bear x

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