Cakes and lemons

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Lemon Drizzle recipe with rosette buttercream swirls

So this weekend was all about cooking and baking as well as my usual sewing projects.  I ended up with a lemon cake that looked like it had a fight with a bag full of frosting lol.  Oh ok I was going for Ombre style cake with rosette buttercream swirls.  I probably need to practice the swirls.  I did find some great articles on all these techniques which I pinned to my yummy sweet cake things board.

Lemon Drizzle cake recipe

I also baked a plain old lemon drizzle for mum to take to her Masonic ladies lunch and had enough mix left to make one for home too.  Yum yum. Lemon cake is my absolute favourite and I think a good lemon cake should be really lemony. I love that phrase about life and lemons. “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.” I love the idea that you can take the curve balls life throws at you and turn them into something positive. Always look for the positive in life. When life gives me lemons I make cake he he

Recipe for the cake

100g softened butter
175g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
4 tbl sp milk
2 tsp lemon extract (my addition)
Spoon of lemon curd

It’s an all in together so put everything in and mix till smooth and well blended. Aprox 2 mins.
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Place in tin or silicon pan. I use cake liners so I don’t bother greasing etc. Bake in oven preheated to 180oc or 160 oc if fan oven like mine. That’s gas 4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Be ready when it comes out of the oven with your lemon syrup. I use one real lemon juiced with a good splosh of bottled lemon juice. I warm my lemon in the microwave to make it easier to juice which makes lemon juice warm and easier to mix with icing sugar. I use a kebab skewer to poke random holes in the cake and slowly pour over the syrup using a brush to get it all over. Before I use it all up I add a dollop of real sugar and then brush this over too. You get lemon drizzle with a bit of a crunch top.
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Winters nights and hot meals with family

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You can’t beat a great roast dinner on a cold winters night.  Following my theme of watching pennies I have been reading up on and watching Jamie Oliver new TV series about making great food on a budget.  So tonight’s Jamie inspired roast chicken will leave me enough chicken for my chicken pie and some chicken fajitas or that’s the plan anyway. So I write this while I cook and will add bits as I go along.

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I started with a big bird covered in oil and seasoning on a bed of onion carrot peeled and garlic cloves with a tiny bit of lemon juice.  I sliced some carrots and covered them in oil with crushed garlic cloves and a small orange sliced up.  These will be baked for 45 mins covered in foil.  Potatoes are part boiled shaken up covered in oil and sprinkled with semolina and veggies all go in the steamer.  Not much work once prep is done I could knock up a quick cake too.  Jamie Oliver recipes gleaned off the net and pinned to my yummy savoury board.
I should add that all the ingredients were bought at Aldi so cost less than £10 for the lot. Oh yes btw the Victoria sponge is in the oven too.Grandma’s home made blackcurrant and apple jam will go into that plus cream of course.

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Of course the very best bit about a lovely meal like this is the fact that we get to all eat together as a family. We get to talk about our day, eat a lovely meal, laugh share time together. This is magical time. Watching baby Twinkle stand on her own and take steps all on her own to earn a whoop into the air from Grandpa. Yes definitely a thrill seeker this one. Great start to a winter weekend oh and not much cake left at the end either.
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All things Baked & Beautiful

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Damson JamIn honor of the new site I baked a quick cake tonight. Mum & I have been jamming recently. We went on a geocaching challenge to a local country estate run by the National Trust. Brockhampton Estate was beautiful and the nature walk included walking through all these wonderful fruit trees. Mum & Dad spent ages picking bag after bag of Damsons and that week Mum & I jammed LOL. To be honest its beautiful but the Blackberry & Apple mum made after was utterly wonderful. So tonight while the kids were eating & my pot of chili was bubbling away I popped a quick Victoria sandwich cake into the oven. Mary Berry basic recipe & they don’t come easier than this one. If you have never baked before I guess this is where you start as all cakes are based around that butter, sugar, eggs, flour & flavouring base. I love Mary Berry recipes as they tend to be all in together cakes. Chuck it all in & mix then pop in the oven, none of that Victoria Spongecream the butter & sugar & fold & shake etc etc. This is a traditional easy cake & totally light & fluffy. I had cream leftover from dinner on Tuesday so with a layer of jam & then cream I cut a quick slice & had a piece straight away. YUMMMMMMMY.

Oh I do need some more lightbulbs in my kitchen (photo quite dark) but that did not effect the yumminess of the cake. Ok time to get on with tonight’s sewing project. This weekend I have a top for myself to finish and a new tunic top for Twinkle to sew together. I posted a query of fb earlier this week and after the response have cut out a lovely red contrast. Will have to see how it looks once it’s finished. Ok maybe one more slice of cake before I start.


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Sewing Posts

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sewing stuff will also go onto my new site. I plan some tutorials but also just posts on fun creative things and plain old sewing & fun stuff. I added some posts categories too which might make finding things easier. I am all for easy site navigation – oh thats the post nerdy techy geek in me peeking through LOL. Oh baking stuff will also feature so just added a category for that too