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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

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

When she got there, the cupboard was bare…

And I mean really bare, not Nigel Slater style bare with ‘leftovers’ of whole mackerel, five lemons and a crown of duck. I mean properly bare – some dried blueberry chunks, a packet of popping candy, and the elderflower flavouring. And no milk. (Because Baby Bear had just tipped all EIGHT pints of the stuff over the carpet. )

What I actually wanted to bake was some choc chip muffins to take to soft play with Big Bear and Baby Bear, but I didn’t have a 200g bar of Dairy Milk I could claim as leftover. (Seriously, the phrase ‘leftover chocolate’ is practically oxymoronic. Take note Mr Slater.) And I didn’t have more than 1 egg. Or any milk. Or Cocoa powder.

It was time to get inventing. Here cometh the age of the Blueberry and Elderflower cookie. (We resisted the popping candy.)

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They’re light and fruity, so you don’t feel too guilty eating them, and Nanny and Grandad Bear passed up no complaints. Although soft play is a very captive audience. And they aren’t quite the chocolate muffin I was hoping for.

Ingredients:

115g butter

200g caster sugar

1 egg

200g plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarb of soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

150g dried blueberry chunks

3 drops elderflower flavouring

Pre heat oven to 175C.

Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until combined. Add egg and beat again. Sift in flour, bicarb of soda, and baking powder, then mix with spoon until combined.

Sprinkle in blueberry chunks and drop in the elderflower flavouring and mix with hand until evenly distributed.

Dived into 16 equal pieces, roll each into a ball and then flatten slightly onto baking tray, leaving 2 inches between each cookie to allow for spreading.

Bake in centre of oven for approximately 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool on tray for 5 minutes before transferring onto wire rack.

Seriously yummy with a cup of tea, and made out of genuine left overs. Nigel Slater eat your heart out.

Mummy Bear x

A Year in the Bear’s Oven.

A Year in the Bear's Oven.

Our Favourite bakes from 2012!

A Happy, Healthy New Year to All Bear Friends,

Mummy Bear x

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