Top 5 Most Used Recipes | Perfect For Beginner Bakers | Easy, Quick & Super Tasty!

As a baker, there are certain recipes we do over and over again. Necessities, if you will, that are learned up in our baking brain like back of our own hands. In this post I am sharing my top 5 most used recipes. Most you can find on my blog, but there are a few from other places too!

  • Flapjack

We don’t need a recipe for this staple in the kitchen. Flapjack is the simplest but most yummy recipe ever! An alternative to the basic traybake are my oaty cookies. With just the addition of flour you can make these wonderful little biscuits. I often return to them as they are so simple and nothing goes wrong. Check out the recipe on my blog here.

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are a favourite in my family. Any type of chocolate will turn my brother’s head, but nothing beats the classic choc chip cookie. I found this recipe on Grace Ariya’s blog and it’s completely unbeatable! I have made it several times and used it as a base for other flavours. You must try it out. The combination of sieving and beating the butter comes together and forms a marvellous texture. Everything about them is just YUM! Try out for yourself by clicking on this link.

  • Chocolate Cake

The recipe for the perfect chocolate cake just went up the other week (see it here). This is one of the most basic cakes and I bake it for everyone’s birthday! It’s just like a Victoria Sponge, yet you replace a portion of the flour with cocoa. And for a brownie-like texture, add some baking soda! I know this recipe off by heart and I’ve made it twice in the same week before (one for my friend’s birthday, another for my cousin’s). With some chocolate buttercream and white chocolate piping – it’s perfect for anyone.

  • Easter Biscuits

Don’t be put off by the name, because this recipe works all year round. Around Christmas I add zesty orange and dip them in chocolate, for Spring its lemon and royal icing. You can check out the recipe here (made by yours truly) and changing things up a bit doesn’t affect the consistency at all. So add a pinch of salt, or cut them into funny shapes! From this base you can create anything.

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  • Victoria Sponge

The ratio I know by heart: 2:2:2:1 is universal for any cake. Sometimes I’ll make a grand fruity sponge, other times little fairy cakes. Just follow a recipe and whip it up into whatever tin you have! I love, love, love easy cakes like this. Here’s a recipe I found on BBC Goodfood for those of you that are new to baking.


I’ll definitely do a part two to this if you like. I really enjoying recommending recipes to you all and seeing what you create via Instagram! If you are to follow Grace’s recipe, tag her in your photos. Because she is, like me, a small teen blogger (+ YouTuber) that would really appreciate your support. All of Grace’s links are helpfully on this page.

What’s your favourite recipe/baked good?

I’m a big fan of croissants but they take such a lot of effort to make. And you know me, quick and easy does the trick! Hope you all have lovely days,

erin x

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How To Make The Best Chocolate Cake | Rich, Tasty & Incredibly Simple

Some recipes you return to over and over again, and this chocolate cake is one of them! My friend’s see this cake on their birthdays, my parents have a slice on their birthdays – it’s all around the perfect base for a party cake! You can decorate it any way you choose, but inside it has that unbeatable rich chocolate flavour. Here’s how:

Ingredients

  • 5oz self-raising flour
  • 1oz cocoa powder
  • 6oz caster sugar (there wasn’t any in the supermarket so you’ll see granulated sugar in the photos)
  • 6oz margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Top Tip: Baking soda is optional, but makes the cake a brownie-like texture (as shown in these photos)

Method

No messing about here, just measure out all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Combine using a hand mixer, or whatever electronic whisk you have. A splash of milk can also be used to loosen up the mixture if it’s too stiff. 

Line two round baking tins with greaseproof paper.

Preheat the oven to 180°/160° Fan.

Spilt the batter evenly between the two tins. I use a scale to be precise because you don’t want one half larger that the other!

Bake for around 18 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool on the side completely before decorating.

Decorating is the fun part because you can do it however you like! This particular cake was for a birthday, so I iced with chocolate buttercream before piping on a greeting with melted white chocolate. Here’s my final result:

That splodge of white chocolate is all that was left in the piping bag! So I just made a little ‘chocolate bar’ from it haha 😉

How did your’s go? Make sure to send in your photos if you did follow this recipe. I would love to see how you decorated it. 

What’s your favourite type of chocolate? Plain, white or milk? 

Plain is definitely my favourite, or chocolate orange. They even do dark chocolate oranges now which is just heaven for me haha. Let me know in the comments, and have a great day!

erin x

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The Best Ever Tea Bread Recipe | Fruity, Easy & Perfect With A Cuppa

After procrastinating writing this recipe for so long, finally I am here. To be quite honest I’m not sure why I left this so late! This recipe is among my go-tos because it’s so tasty but easy to make. Let’s get our ingredients and start baking:

Ingredients

  • 300ml hot tea (made with 2 tea bags)
  • 360g mixed dried fruit – I used raisins and sultanas
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 135g soft brown sugar
  • 30g butter, softened
  • 1 egg

Method

First you will need to boil your kettle and make your tea. Then measure out your mixed dried fruit. Once you have done that, take out your tea bags and pour the hot liquid on top of the fruit to soak overnight. I recommend using a large bowl for this.

Add the flour, sugar and butter to the bowl. We only had demarara sugar in the cupboard so we had to use that, however the best one of the job is soft brown sugar (light or dark doesn’t matter). Once combined – it will be a stiff mix – add your egg. This will loosen the mixture and bring it all together. 

Now preheat your oven to 140°C. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper or if you have pre-cut cases – brilliant! Then spoon your mixture into the tin.

Bake for 1 hr 30 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Serve by cutting the loaf into 5, then in half. This is because thin slices usually break apart when cut. Keep that in mind! Another option is to serve with butter and creamy cheese, though I like it plain.

And that wraps up this recipe! Super yummy, so easy and works out perfectly every time. Don’t forget to send your creations of this recipe to me via email or Instagram. It would be so great for you to try this out for yourself.

Do you like fruit cake? What other recipes do you want to see from me?

Leave your suggestions in the comments and have a lovely day,

erin x

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The Food Award | Am I A Baking Blog Now?

Does this mean I am officially a baking blogger now that I have been nominated for the first food related award? It’s very exciting! Before we get on to the questions, I’d like to say a big thank you to Alexandra (YouAndMeAndCupOfCoffee) for nominating me in this award. I really enjoyed answering your questions!

Rules

1. Thank the person that nominated you

2. Pingback to the creator Elisha at https://africaboy.home.blog

4. Answer the five questions

5. Create five questions about food

6. Nominate 5 people

Alexandra’s Questions

What is the fanciest, most exquisite dessert you’ve ever tried? 

Once I was out with friends and we had some really posh macaroons! However I don’t have much of an expensive taste so my expectations aren’t high.

If you could swap your current diet for a specific country/region cuisine for one week, which would you pick? (e.g. Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, etc.)

The traditional French meals are really lovely! When I went over to France (there’s a travel diary all about it!) I had a really good time trying their foods. My favourites are onion soup, goat’s cheese and baguette dipped in hot chocolate (for breakfast!). Of course croissants are a staple as well.

Breakfast of your choice: espresso and croissant with jam or pancakes with bacon and maple syrup? 

I’d have to choose the first option, as I’m vegetarian! But I am incredibly interested in the bacon and maple syrup combination. Have any of you tried it? 

If you’re hosting a family and/or friends gathering, what dish is an absolute ‘must’ on your dinner table? Would you prepare it yourself or let your guests help? 

Unless it’s Sunday dinner, we usually do pizza for family and friend gatherings. And we do let them choose their own toppings! That’s the fun of making your own. Although we do prepare the dough without guests help, because it needs to be proving way before they arrive.

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What’s the first dish that you learned to cook from scratch?

I’ve been baking from a very young age, and my first ever baked good by myself was Victoria Sponge. However, on the savoury side, I think the first was beans on toast! It’s basic, and that’s exactly why I learnt it so early on.

My Questions

Do you prefer sweet or savoury snacks?

Which meal is larger in your house, lunch or dinner?

What’s your favourite meal to make?

Do you use any ready-made ingredients in your cooking (like pastry or pasta sauce)

If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?

My Nominees

Tag! You’re it! As I don’t follow many food blogs, I didn’t know who to nominate for this award. So if you’re interested, please use the questions above. Make sure to tag me in it and then I’ll give it a read!

What’s your favourite pancake topping? Have you ever tried maple syrup and bacon?

Thank you again to Alexandra for the nomination. Please go and read her blog if you haven’t already! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, so give it a follow while you’re there. Hope you’re all well and safe,

erin x

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Be Thoughtful This Thursday | Letter Writing, Baking & Showing Someone You Care | The Positivity Project

Now we’re making it to the middle of the week, why not take some time for someone else? Though self-care is really important, you might be about ready to treat another person with all the mindfulness you have learned this week thus far. Today I decided to write a letter out my friend. During this isolation period I haven’t been able to see them, but have started communication through letters to remain contact. It’s much more sentimental than a text, and requires more time which makes it more thoughtful. Today, if you have the time, I recommend you reach out to your friends or family through a letter. It will always be much appreciated and to receive a letter makes someone feel happy! I always feel overjoyed when I hear the ring of the letter box. An older person in particular, who is alone at this time, will find great comfort in letter writing. 

Here’s the cake I baked for my dad’s birthday this year!

How are you going to show someone you care today? Bake a treat for your family, or writing an email to a friend you haven’t spoken to for some time?

Wherever you are, I hope you’re safe. Please talk to other people (to keep your sanity and their’s) but of course, stay at home!

erin x

What Are These Daily Posts For?

Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. Let us both know how you’re staying positive in the comments of this post! Or go a step further and tag us in photos on Instagram.

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