Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Is it too early for Christmas? oh well I'm blogging about it anyway...

As some of you long time readers will know I love Christmas! and when I say love I mean really LOVE!!. It's just such a special time of year for me. My parents always went to such an effort making our Christmas' fun and exciting times. We had beautiful family rituals like decorating the christmas tree together, putting up our stockings and other Christmas decorations and of course there was the baking!!

I think I've started my own little ritual now after the wild success of my gingerbread house last year so I'm definitely looking forward to making another one of those bad boys.

Here's some more cool Christmas thing's I'm looking forward to baking this year.

Only 3 months to go friends!

I really love the concept of homemade gifts e.g baked goodies ;) It's just so much more personel and homely (not to mention thrifty and eco friendly) So I'm also looking forward to giving some of these ideas a try...

Click here for the detailed instructions on how to make these beauties from above!

Peppermint bark

Ginger snaps

Fudge presents- too cute!

Homemade fruit mixers

Most of these ones are from heres the link for you so you can give them a go yourself.

Merry (very early) Christmas bloggers <3

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

My Popcorn Cupcakes

For our friend Dan's birthday he has an annual movie marathon and because this year was his 10 th anniversary I wanted to make something extra special. I decided on popcorn cupcakes, there are lots of different ways of doing the 'popcorn' decoration bit but I choose to go with actual popcorn, caramel corn to be exact. I combined my classic cupcake recipe and my caramel corn recipe this was the result.

Ta da!

The cake (made by another of Dan's friends) and my cupcakes on the right

I got my inspiration from a collection of pictures I found online and off Pinterest of course (my favourite baking friend).

I actually bought these exact 'popcorn' cases online from a cupcake shop in the states but because international shipping is lame and unreliable they still havent come yet! Oh well I'll just have to bake more next year.

Thanks for the best Movie Fest yet Dan! We had such a great time :)

Friday, 7 September 2012

Homemade caramel corn

Theres lots of recipes online for how to make your own caramel corn but they pretty much all have corn syrup in them (gross). My recipe is just good old brown sugar and butter.

I made some tonight because it's my husbands favourite and perfect for a chilly night in watching TV.

You can add whatever you like to this recipe and it will just get better! I've added roasted peanuts, peanut butter and chocolate chips but I'd love to add mashmallows!

1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of water

Bring these to the boil in a pot for about 5 minutes until they boil and start to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Then take off the heat and quickly beat in...

1 tsp of vanillia
1/2 tsp baking soda

Drizzle the caramel over to coat about 2 cups of freshly popped popcorn (and your nuts if your adding them) and place it all on a baking tray that is covered in baking paper.

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Other variations: 

Drizzle chocolate over
Cinnamon maple pecan (just add some toasted pecans, a tsp of cinnamon and a tablespoon of maple syrup)

What else could you add? you're only limited by your imagination really. Although I did see someone put bacon in, I think that might be taking it a step too far...



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