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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

Grand Finale

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There’s nothing like leaving everything till the last minute is there? In my almost-late-twenties I should definitely have grown out of the philosophy of Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow. But I haven’t.

So here we are: Bakes #10, #11, #12 and #13 in the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge, freshly baked just in time for Red Nose Day!

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Bake #10 – Love Heart Biscuits. These are quite similar to some lemoncurd filled shortbread stars we baked a couple of months ago and never got around to blogging about, but yes, they were delicious, like GIANT jammy dodgers!

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Talking of GIANT, these are Bake #11 – Giant Cookies. It said to fill them with 100g of chocolate, or nuts of dried fruit or sweets. However, it seems the book missed out an ingredient, as ours were filled with fudge chunks, and they were amazing. So if you’re going to try baking them, consider that as an extra option. Also, as a side note, if you come to bake them and realise you have no plain flour, do not worry. Self raising worked fine with this batch!

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Bake #12 were Simple scones, and I’d put them off for ages because I’ve read loads about scones being really tricky. Where as actually, if you follow the instructions exactly, (I know, such a novel concept for me) they rise beautifully, and are quite easy.

Howeeeeeeever….. I might suggest maybe glazing the tops with beaten egg to make them look a bit more shiny and delicious. But once they’ve been filled with jam and cream, I doubt anyone will care. Such a pity, we’ve got to eat these for our breakfast now. It’s a hard life for Bears.

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The LAST BAKE! Bake #13 – Honeycomb Crunchies. I saved the most exciting for last. If you’ve never made honeycomb, try it. Or, at least watch someone else making it. It is genuinely awesome. However, do NOT try to test if it is the right consistency with your naked finger. Fail.  Also, it may seem like there isn’t enough chocolate for biscuit/honeycomb, but don’t alter anything because once it is set it is fine!

So all that it left for me to say now is go and buy the recipe book, and support Comic Relief this year. Even if you only make one recipe from it (which should be either the brownies, love heart biscuits or the marmalade cake) it’s £2.50 well spent and all for a good cause.

Now, we’re off to gorge ourselves on biscuits, cookies and scones.

Mummy Bear

Life happens. Chocolate helps.

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It’s Mother’s Day! Did you get coffee in bed and boxes of chocolates this morning? No, neither did I. Don’t worry though, I have baked the perfect solution and won’t be sharing them. Muwhahaha.

I’ve actually gone to bake these cookies so many times over the last few weeks, but the white chocolate chunks have never lasted long enough to make it into the cookie batter rather than straight into my mouth. However time is running out in the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge, so I’ve had to stop eating ingredients and actually start baking things.

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Bake #8 – Aztec Cookies (Chocolate and Espresso flavoured cookies with white chocolate chunks). They are almost brownie like in texture – although that could be something to do with my over enthusiasm with the balloon whisk attachment of my new hand mixer. Definitely one to be baked again, should I ever manage to resist the bars of white chocolate hidden in the fridge.

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Enjoy!

Mummy Bear x

Back on Track

Back on Track

We’ve had a productive 24 hours at the Bear House. Baby bear seems to have finally cracked the potty training malarkey. Big Bear has finally done his literacy homework. Mummy Bear has finally taken the various broken parts of her engagement ring to the jewellers to be fixed. And we now have a random wedding cake sat in the kitchen.

All in all that counts as a successful day in the Bear House. Although often successful days are just about any day where everyone gets more than four hours sleep, and nobody needs their head stitching back together.

But now it’s time to get back to the Challenge. Granny Bear has even leant her mixer to me so we are good to go.

Here are Stem Ginger Shortbread Biscuits, made EXACTLY to the Comic Relief Bake Off recipe (except these are square, not round because I want them to fit in a box). and surprisingly nice.

They didn’t sound the most appetizing recipe in the book, but it turns out the ginger really isn’t that strong, and the stem ginger gives it a really fresh taste.

Also I wanted to choose one that didn’t have the word ‘sticky’ in the title. You’d be surprised, 4 of the titles have the word ‘sticky’ in them.

EDIT: I’m lying, the brownies are ‘squidgy’ not ‘sticky’

Mummy Bear x

Challenge Accepted

Mummy Bear has given up Facebook for lent, and is trying to develop new ways in which to procrastinate and NOT write an essay on the role of the professional practitioner in implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Therefore we have decided to take up the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge, and bake every recipe in the Great Comic Relief Bake Off book before Red Nose Day. Which gives us 25 days to bake 14 recipes. SIMPLES. Except at some point – next week- everyone goes back to school, which really only gives us 10 days. As Gimli would say: “Certain chance of death. Small Chance of success. What are we waiting for?”

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First up: Sticky Brownies.

I’m not going to share the recipe, because you NEED to buy the book, it’s all for charity. But, I will say we adapted the recipe a TEENY bit, in that we had no vanilla essence, so we used orange extract. And it said to add either chocolate chunks OR nuts. We added white chocolate chunks AND chopped hazelnuts. Because Baby Bear isn’t really one for following rules. And because Granny Bear had provided us with plenty of both.

So, one down, 13 to go. I fear a food coma coming on.

Mummy Bear x

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