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Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie June 3, 2010

I know it sounds strange but give it a chance. It’s the 4th recipe I’ve tried out from the Hummingbird Bakery recipe book (the first being the lemon cupcakes and the middle two being varying cookie recipes). It was one of those decisions that went along the lines ‘sounds so strange it must be good’. I’m sure we’ve all baked something under that proviso and it paid off. It was pretty easy to put together (although there are a couple of different layers going on so make sure you’ve got plenty of mixing bowls handy!) I made it for a BBQ and probably got the best feedback ever received on some of my baked goods so I recommend everyone to go and by the book and make them. I’ve posted a picture Cat took of the last remaining slice below.

Some thanks has to go to my beautiful, shining new KitchenAid mixer. Now I have one I’m not sure what I did without one.


The final product!


Inside-out carrot cake cookies – 1 of your 5 a day? May 29, 2010

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Loved the look of the recipe that @epicurious tweeted about on Wednesday so much that I had to give them a try, so I got everything in and made them this morning. They were all gone by lunch time. Really easy to make (I’m still no pro), and really good with a cup of tea.

The full, original recipe below can be found at, but I decided to go for a classic icing sugar/cream cheese/vanilla essence middle and it was really good. Also, not only are they really good warm before they’re iced (and you feel a bit like you’re having one of your 5 a day), but they’re also good as a single biscuit with icing  rather than sandwiched as once you have two together it can be a bit daunting, I prefer to fool myself that I’m only having one, then eat several more, rather than start out with two at the same time. Keep reading about carrot cake cookies…


Baking challenge – the results so far… May 23, 2010

Filed under: Food,Recipes — wearemadhatters @ 11:20 am
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No one could say I didn’t have a plan. The sun was out and as soon as baking was over I was going to the beach so I wanted to get everything done in the morning, but Jamie said cold cake absorbs the mixture better so honey and pistachio would be made first, to cool while I made muffins, then onto topping both of them. Then off to the beach. Best laid plans and all that…

The honey and pistachio cake mixture smells AMAZING when you pour it into the tray – Greek yoghurt and lemon and orange zest, fresh fresh fresh. I followed the recipe to the word (very unlike me which I think is why baking has gone awry in the past) and the cake looks great fresh out of the oven. Keep reading about cake and muffins…


1 weekend – 2 baking challenges May 20, 2010

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Being someone who is more comfortable wielding a baking tray for a casserole than a cake I have decided that now is the time to start trying out the sweeter chapters of cookery books and websites. This weekend therefore I shall be attempting both white chocolate muffins alla Channel 4/Delicious online and honey and pistachio cake alla Jamie Oliver… neither of which I have made before, because I really don’t bake. Who knows if this is a good idea or not.

It seems to me that they’re different enough that I must be capable of making one of them, and they both sound delicious so if either works I’ll be happy. Depending on how they come out I will post the recipe… watch this space (and cross your fingers for me please)!