Quick & Easy Cinnamon Biscuits


Hello loves,

I know it’s only November but I am seriously in the festive spirit. I mean once Halloween’s over you’re allowed to go full out on Christmas right?!  I think so anyway. Baking is something I absolutely love and totally something I like to do to de-stress. I haven’t found anytime recently but I decided why not make time and share a quick & easy recipe for you all!

Ingredients:

250g Plain Flour

1 Tbl Spoon of Ground Cinnamon

1 Egg

125g Butter

100g Caster Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract (Not essential)

Method:

1. Sift flour into bowl and add cinnamon.

2. Rub in the butter to the flour until it becomes a crumbly mixture like bread crumbs.
3. Mix in caster sugar and add vanilla essence.
4. Beat the egg and stir in with the rest if the mixture.
5. Knead until the mixture forms a dough.
6. Wrap dough in cling film and refrigerate for 20 mins. (Only if you have time!)
7. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
8. Roll the dough and cut into preferred shapes on a floured surface.
9. Grease baking trays and put biscuits in the oven.
10. Cook for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

And there you go that’s how to make yummy cinnamon biscuits. It’s entirely up to you if you want to decorate them or not. I guarantee you could probably do a better job than I did… I knew there was a reason I hadn’t applied for the Great British Bake Off! Get as creative as possible but if you’re stuck there’s always Pinterest for ideas. 

If you recreate this recipe make sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter and let me see your creations.
I really hope you enjoy eating these as much as I do haha,
Thanks,
Alice-Tilly

BBC Good Food Show Winter 2016 #16

I recently visited the BBC Good Food Show on the 26th and 27th November. I’d never been before and I was lucky enough to be granted a press pass for my first year. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I absolutely love baking and cooking and there was definitely plenty there to keep me entertained. There were a big variety of food stalls as well. I always think sometimes at big exhibitions like these they can be a bit all same same this one definitely wasn’t though. Everyone was very polite and it was very nice to see people talk with so much passion about the products they sell or the food they make. 

The first things I did when I got there on the Saturday was head to by one of Mary Berry’s recipe books. If you don’t know I’m obsessed with the Great British Bake Off and I absolutely love Mary Berry. She was one person I definitely wanted to meet in my life. Luckily for me I managed to get in the queue to her book signing. I was super excited and the hour long wait was totally worth it. She was just as lovely as I had imagined and I was super happy afterwards. They also allowed photos to be taken which I thought was great as well. I like to have the photo memories to look back on.

It was difficult but I had to pick out some of my favourite stalls and brands from the Good Food Show. I’m absolutely in love with these ‘Get Fruity’ oat bars. I’ve been reaching for one most mornings for breakfast. I was kindly given a load of boxes to try and I’ve eaten most of them and purchased more since then. My favourites are the ‘Marvellous Mango’ and the ‘Scrumptious Strawberry’ bars. What’s great about these is they’re made from only natural fruits, oats and coconut oil… Plus they’re gluten free! I will have a full review going up on my blog soon so watch this space. You can visit there website HERE. 

I’m not actually all that into cake or chocolate much to most people’s surprise. I actually could not resist these though. How good do they look?! These were made by a company called ‘Flower & White’ they had an impressive range of cakes and meringues. I made sure I write everything down ready to google them when I got home! Turns out they have a shop as well were you can buy all of their sweet treats. So if you are a lover of all cakes, meringues and muffins make sure to check out their shop HERE.

I thought these were really intriguing when I heard it was lemonade but not fizzy… I really hate fizzy drinks. I stopped drinking them years ago and now I can’t stand them. I thought why not give this a go! I tried ‘The Original’ and ‘The Orange’ still lemonade. You don’t understand how nice it is until you try it! Personally I think the lemon taste is obviously stronger in these than actual fizzy lemonade but I prefer that completely! If you don’t like fizzy drinks definitely give these a try. Unfortunately they don’t have an online store. However you can check the list of stockists HERE. There may be one near you!

Although I always try to steer myself away from chocolate, sweets, cake etc. Fudge is the one exception it’s the only sweet thing I really really like. I always have ever since I was a child. So when I found this stall and was presented with flavours of fudge I’d never tried I knew I had to share this company with all of you. ‘The Ochil Fudge Pantry’ create these amazing home-made pieces of fudge for only £2 each! I’m definitely going to be ordering some soon. i’m most excited to try the White Chocolate and the Chocolate Orange fudge. If you’d like to purchase any of their products or get more info you can visit their website HERE.

Overall I had an amazing time and I’d definitely go again! I’ll be making sure I go to the summer food show next year. I’m sure it’ll be here before we know it. Next time I’d like to go to the theatre shows as I didn’t get chance to go this year. If you have a love for food and have never been I 10/10 recommend you go! If you want more information on the BBC Good Food Show or the upcoming shows check out the website HERE.

Let me know if you went to the Good Food Show and what your favourite parts of the show were in the comments. I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Thank you for reading, 
Alice-Tilly

I Made A Gingerbread House! #8

I’ve been so excited for this post to come! I’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread but never had the time to make one or a reason. This year I decided was the year I dedicated a whole day to making one haha… Totally worth it! 

I bought a mould to make the house from Lakeland. I’ll link the product at the end of the post. Honestly it’s totally worth the buy! It’s so easy to use and it makes it super easy to make also. I thought I was going to have real trouble making it but it was really easy. The mould itself was not all that expensive either I was really impressed. All the instructions and recipe are included with product. However I’ll leave the list of ingredients you’ll need below for you in case you want to buy the ingredients before the mould.

Ingredients:
– 200g Butter
– 135g Brown Sugar
– 295g Golden Syrup
– 560g Plain Flour 
– 3/4 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
– 2tsp Ground Ginger

To buy the Santa’s Workshop gingerbread house mould follow the link below!
Link: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/71364/Lakeland-Santa%27s-Workshop-Mould

I really hoped you enjoyed this post! It’s sort of been a mix between a review and a baking post haha. Let me know if you want me to review any baking products or test any recipes I’d be happy to try them.

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

Quick & Easy Melted Snowman Biscuits #3

 
Having a Christmas party and left all the organising to last minute? Yes that’s always me too! I’m not going to lie I always leave everything to the last minute. That’s why these are so great because they take all of five minutes to do! And I think they look pretty good and hopefully not like they let a five year old loose in a kitchen. I’ll let you know below all of the bits and bobs I bought to make these. I’ve also added a clearer photo below of what they looked like in case you’re struggling for inspiration.

What you need:

– Tesco’s Chocolate & Caramel Writing Icing
– Bag of Asda’s Classic Favourite Marshmallows 
– Packet of Fox’s Crinkle Crunch Butter Biscuits
– Packet of Smarties
– Icing Sugar
– Splash of Water (for the icing)

And that is literally it… All you need to do is make the amount of icing to how many biscuits you are going to decorate and you’re pretty much sorted! Obviously you don’t have to use the exact ingredients or brands this is just what I used. You could use some different decorations and get even more creative than I did. 

Whether you’re doing these for a Christmas party or just for the family these are perfect quick sweet treats to make! Please let me know if you make any yourself I’d love to see photos of them. Make sure to tag me on Twitter _alicetilly or Instagram alice_tilly

I really hope you enjoyed this post!
It’s a little different to what I normally do but I’ll have a few more quick & easy Christmas treats throughout Blogmas… I can’t wait.

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

Banoffee Pie

I have never had Banoffee Pie! It never ever really appealed to me to be honest. I saw a picture of one on pinterest when looking at baking ideas. I decided that I had to give it a go. This is hand down one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. I’m pretty sure anyone could do it even with very limited baking skills. So here’s the recipe for the one that made; I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
22 Chocolate Hobnobs
150g/5oz Butter
1 Tin (397g) Carnation Caramel
400ml Double Cream
3 Bananas
Small Amount Of Grated Chocolate

1. Crush up Hobnobs with a rolling pin etc.

2. Melt the butter and then add crumbled Hobnobs and stir.

3. When stirred pour the Hobnob and butter mixture into a flan dish. 

(TIP: Push down on the mixture with a metal spoon to the bottom of the dish to make sure its compacted in the bottom.)

4. Transfer the Banoffee Pie base to the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.

5. After 30 minutes take the base out of the fridge. Pour the tin of Carnation Caramel on top of the base. Smooth out with the back of a metal spoon. 

6. Place back in the fridge to cool for a further 30 minutes.

7. After 30 minutes take out of the fridge. Cut bananas into thin slices and place on top of the caramel.

8. Whip cream with an electric whisk and then place on top of the banana. 

9. Then add grated chocolate on top of the cream.

Please let me know if you have a go at this recipe. Feel free to send me or tag me in pictures on instagram or twitter! Let me know if there’s any other recipes that you’d like me to try in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed this post,
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

Malteser Brownies

So I’m really into doing a bit of baking at the moment. I think the Great British Bake Off has got me in the spirit to try some new recipes. I absolutely love chocolate and there is no denying it. However I rarely ever eat it and I am being truthful! So for a treat I decided to indulge myself with the Maltese Brownies. So I thought I’d include the recipe so all of you could have a go too!


Ingredients:

150g/5oz Butter
140g/4oz Milk Chocolate 
200g/7oz Caster Sugar
60g/2oz Plain Flour
2tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Eggs
150g/5oz Maltesers

1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5.

2. Melt the butter and milk chocolate together in a saucepan until smooth on a low heat while stirring. 

3. Remove saucepan off heat when done and then leave to cool.

4. In a new bowl stir together both eggs and the caster sugar together.

5. Then add both the flour and cocoa powder to the bowl.

6. After all ingredients are mixed in the bowl add the cooled contents of the saucepan and stir together. 

7. Chop the Maltesers in half and add to the brownie mixture. 

8. Grease and line a cake tin then for the mixture inside.

9. Bake for 20/25 minutes. 

(TIP: brownies will be firm on the top if cooked or if unable to tell use a skewer to put into cake tin. If it comes out clear then your brownies are cooked.)

10. When removed from oven cool completely before cutting into squares.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have! It was a great treat for myself. They are honestly so yummy. If you give these a go please let me know and send me or tag me in a picture on twitter or instagram. 

Hope you enjoyed this post,
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly