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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

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? Actually, I don’t know. Is it?

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English Summer Cupcakes, the recipe released in a book designed for Red Nose Day. Which is in March. And it’s snowing outside. Although based on last year, that is pretty much Summer in England for you. 

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Ironic or not Bake #9 of the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge are delicious. Cupcakes with chopped fresh strawberries in the sponge, filled with strawberry jam, topped with cream cheese frosting and a strawberry slice.

Go buy the book and bake them. Then eat them all in one go. And maybe sing a bit of Alanis. Or not. 

Mummy Bear x

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

Beauty is only skin deep

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Beauty is only skin deep

If this cake was a person, you’d say they had a face for radio. It’s so ugly, I had to photograph it with the recipe book just to prove that the Sticky Lemon Cake is SUPPOSED to look like this.

However do not be fooled, because bake #7 of the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge is delicious, and every thing you would possibly want in a lemon cake. And I followed the recipe exactly, except for the part where I bashed the cake against the side of the oven and created a huge sunken part in the middle. And that I’m claiming as a stroke of planned genius because it meant the syrup didn’t run off the side of the cake!

Mummy Bear x

Double whammy

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I had a minor panic yesterday in realising that it was in fact, already March, and I was only 4 bakes into the Great Comic Relief Bake off Challenge. It’s not going too well.

March 1st was also Granny Bear’s Birthday, and I had promised her cake. See where I’m going with this?! I do LOVE being efficient.

So, to kill a couple of birds with one stone and feel better about it aleady being March, we baked two of the recipes. Although, I didn’t intend to bake two for Granny Bear initally. More about that later.

First up are the Carrot Cake Muffins. I thought I was being clever in buying some ridiculously expensive Wilton tulip muffin cases in contrasting royal blue to make the orange-ness of the carrot cake stand out. However, they did not live up to their promise and just look grease stained and awful. I feel thoroughly cheated and will never impulse buy cake cases again.

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This carrot cake recipe is very different to the one I usually follow, I won’t post it because I’m all for raising the money for charity, but I will say it used shredded bran, and called for a flavoured cream cheese centre.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all up for new ideas. But preferably ones that work. It’s like a Carrot cake with a cheesecake centre. Which I guess it ok if you like baked cheesecake, but I think I’ll stick to using cream cheese in frosting. And the Primrose Carrot cake recipe.

Which is why I decided to try another recipe as well (and it also ticked bake #6 off the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge)

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This is the Mocha Marble Loaf cake. Except, as you can see, it is not a loaf cake. Loaf cakes take a LONG time to bake. And Baby Bear is nowhere near patient enough to wait 90 minutes for cake. And Mummy Bear has no loaf shaped cake box. And besides, as I’ve said before: (Almost) everything is better in miniature.

So they are in Bear-y cake form, and it’s safe to say the marbled chocolate coffee sponge with white chocolate frosting far FAR better that the Carrot cake muffins. And no silly greasy tulip cases in sight.

We halved the recipe and it made 12 Bear-y cakes….. just remember to also halve the amount of cocoa powder and vanilla essence first time round. Unlike Mummy Bear.

So all that is left to say is: Happy Birthday Granny Bear!

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Mummy Bear x

Sprinkle, sprinkle, little star

Sprinkle, sprinkle, little star

Comic Relief challenge bake #4: Sprinkle Bear-y cakes .

They are made using the recipe for Sticky Confetti Cakes from the Great Comic Relief Bake Off book, but in cupcake form. (Because EVERYTHING is better in miniature. Except bank balances.)

If you haven’t tried baking sprinkles inside your cake batter, do it. Ridiculously easy and instant multi-coloured polkadots. Awesome!

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

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