Monday, 31 January 2011

Jam and Coconut Sponge

This is a cake which I remember fondly from my childhood. Combining a moist sponge with the delicious strawberry and coconut flavours.

The Ingredients:
175g Caster Sugar
175g NEILL'S®Self Raising Flour
175g Butter
3 Eggs
2tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
1/4 Jar of Seedless Strawberry Jam
50g Shredded Coconut

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 180c
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
Add the eggs to the mix one by one ensuring each is combined before adding the next.
Stir in the flour.
Stir in the Vanilla.
Pour into a cake tin lightly greased and lined with baking paper.
Bake for 35 mins or until when a skewer entered comes out clean.
Allow to cool before spreading with jam and drizzling with coconut.

You're Done



Sunday, 30 January 2011

Vegan Brownies

This is our first long awaited vegan recipe. We had many requests but vegan brownies won this time. Will post more vegan recipes in the coming weeks!

The Ingredients:
250g NEILL'S® Plain Flour
340g Light Brown Sugar
240ml Water
200ml Vegetable Oil
1.5tsp Vanilla Essence/Extract
60g Coco Powder
1tsp Salt
1tsp Baking Powder
100g Vegan Chocolate Chips (Optional)

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 170c
In a bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder, salt and coco powder.
Stir in the light brown sugar.
Add the water, oil, vanilla and stir together.
Stir in the chocolate chips (optional)
Pour into a baking tray and cook in the centre of the oven for 30-35 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Allow to cool before cutting.

You're Done!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

BakingBar Rocks Breakfast Week!!

We are delighted to announce that we have started to develop healthier versions of some of our recipes for Nutrition Rocks! As you may have read before we wrote an article about Nutrition Rocks in December. If you missed that you can read it here 

Each month you can find an article written by BakingBar on Nutrition Rocks! Our first contribution was the recipes for Breakfast Week and the  "Shake Up Your Wakeup" campaign.

You can read this article here!!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Classic Flapjacks

I love these classic recipes which are so easy to customise. I will probably post some variations on this recipe in the near future but this recipe is just for plain flapjacks (personally my favourite anyway!) This recipe will make a large tray of flapjacks. These can be cut and wrapped separately in tin foil or cling film and keep fresh for over a week!

The Ingredients:
375g Butter
225g Golden Syrup
250g Soft Brown Sugar
500g Porridge Oats

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 160c
This really couldn’t be simpler. In a large saucepan melt the butter, stir in the sugar until dissolved.
Add the syrup and mix well.
Add the oats and mix until all oats are coated in the mixture.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper and pour in the mixture.
Smooth out the mixture using the back of a large spoon.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 mins.

**Do not worry if these look under cooked when removed from the oven. They are meant to look like that**

Now the part I find hardest.....leave these to completely cool. Don’t be tempted to turn them out early as they will just fall apart.
When cool. Turn out onto a surface and cut into squares. Wrap separately or store in an air-tight tin.

You’re Done!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Gooey Chocolate Pots

Deliciously indulgent and absolutely perfect for dinner parties......or just a quiet night in.

The Ingredients:
120g Dark Chocolate
120g Butter
150g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
3tbsp NEILL'S®Flour

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 170c
Melt the butter and chocolate together. Either in a saucepan or just in the microwave!
Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
Whisk in the flour.
Pour the mixture into 4 greased ramekins
Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 mins.
Remove, dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

You're Done!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

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Choc-Chip Muffins

Simple and Delicious

The Ingredients:
240g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
100g Caster Sugar
180ml Milk
1 Egg
70ml Vegetable Oil
3 tsp Baking Powder
0.5tsp Salt
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
140g Choc Chips

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 180c
Sieve the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a large bowl
Mix this together thoroughly
In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, egg and milk and vanilla.
Stir the wet mix into the dry mix (do not over stir)
Fold in the choc chips
Pour mix into 12 muffin cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 18-20mins

You're Done!

Saturday, 22 January 2011


Fifteens are a common sight at all bake sales in the UK. I thought I would share this simple and delicious recipe with all my readers! Made up of 15 of each ingredient this is where it gets its name. Simple to make and is a no-bake treat.

The Ingredients:
15 Digestive Biscuits ( American readers can use Graham Crackers)
15 Large Marshmallows
15 Glacé Cherries
150ml Condensed Milk
50g Shredded Coconut

The How-To:
In a large bowl smash up the digestive biscuits / graham crackers until there are no lumps.
Cut the marshmallows and cherries in half and mix in with the Digestives/Graham crackers
Stir in the condensed milk and stir together well.
Pour the shredded coconut onto a surface and spread out.
Place the fifteens mixture onto the coconut and form into a sausage shape and roll in the coconut.
Wrap the fifteens roll in tin foil and place in the fridge for about 2-3 hours to harden.
Remove from fridge and tin foil and cut into slices.

You're Done!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Devilishly Good Chocolate Muffins

A chocoholics dream..........And such a simple recipe!

The Ingredients:
125ml Milk
125ml Water
125ml Vegetable Oil
320g Plain Flour
320g Caster Sugar
100g Dark or Light Chocolate Chips
50g Coco Powder
3 Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Essence/Extract
1.5tsp Bicarbonate Soda
0.5tsp Salt
250ml Soured Cream

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 160c
In a large bowl sieve the flour, sugar, coco, bicarbonate soda and salt
In another bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream, water, milk, vanilla and oil
Stir the wet mix into the dry mix just enough to combine the ingredients (do not over-stir!)
Fold in the chocolate chips
Bake in the centre of the oven for 23-25 mins

You're Done!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Exciting News - Neill's® Flour

BakingBar have a exciting announcement to make. Neill's® Flour have decided to sponsor BakingBar!
Neill's® Flour is a well established Belfast flour mill. Originally founded at the time of the Irish potato famine Neill's® Flour has earned the reputation for the best quality flour. BakingBar only uses Neill's® flour for all our baking as we believe the results are of a higher quality.  

The variety of flour which Neill's® provides is huge! From Self-Raising to Wholemeal. Recently Neill's® have introduced a new range of Mixes by the great Jenny Bristow, from Irish scone mix to Irish apple and cinnamon bread mix!

Check out the Neill's® Flour website for the full range of their products

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Donut Mini Muffins !!!

These donut mini muffins are perfect if you don't want to go through the mess and hassle of deep frying. There the best mini muffin recipe I have come across so far. So try it out and let us know what you think!

The Ingredients:
The Donut
50g Melted Butter
100g Caster Sugar
0.5tsp Nutmeg
120ml Milk
1tsp Baking Powder
130g NEILL'S®Flour

The Coating:
120g Caster Sugar
50g Melted Butter
2tsp Cinnamon

The How-to:
Preheat oven to 180c
Line muffin trays with between 20-24 mini muffin cases
In a bowl mix the butter, nutmeg and sugar together until dissolved
Add the milk and mix together
In a separate bowl sieve together the flour and baking powder.
Add the dry mix into the wet mix and stir together (do not over stir)
Fill each mini muffin case about 3/4 full.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 15-20 mins.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Remove each from their case.
Mix the cinnamon with the sugar to create cinnamon sugar
Quickly dip into the melted butter and roll in the cinnamon sugar until coated.
Place on a cooling rack and allow to dry.

You're Done!

Blueberry Muffins

One of the most common and most loved variety of muffins. This is the first of several muffin recipes which we will be posting over the coming weeks. Such a simple recipe you don't even need an electric mixer!

The Ingredients:
190g NEILL'S® Plain Flour
160g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
85ml Vegetable Oil
130g Fresh Blueberries
0.5tsp Salt
2tsp Baking Powder
85ml Milk

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 180c
Line a muffin tray with 7 or 8 large muffin cups
Sieve together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl mix together the egg, milk and oil
Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and fold together.
**Very important not to over stir. Just mix together enough to combine everything**
Fold in the blueberries
Fill muffin cups just over 3/4 full and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 mins.
Check them by inserting a skewer. If it comes out clean they are ready.

You're Done!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Pretty Witty Cakes - Cupcake Classes!

When I came across this blog i was delighted to see some cupcake classes which are based in the UK. I have rarely come across these classes here, whereas they seem to be very popular in America.
Pretty Witty Cakes offers 4 different grades of cupcake classes from cupcake basics all the way to wedding and novelty cupcakes.
The classes themselves are in Crowborough on the Kent/East Sussex Border. To book a class please contact
This is not the only thing this website offers! There is a brilliant recipes section where we are shown some brilliant tips on baking cupcakes.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

OMG Awesome - Blog Review

OMG Awesome is a blog which i stumbled across recently. As soon as I started reading the articles I knew this was a blog which i needed to bookmark straight away. I love these blogs where you can tell that the author is clearly passionate about writing their food adventures for others to read. The integration of the authors own life into the blog adds to the reading experience and reminds you this person is just living their life doing what they love.
The beauty of this blog is that it contains recipes from creations such as Spicy Turkey Meatballs to Butterscotch Fudge. I'm sure you will agree that is some variation! Not quite knowing what you are going to read about next is one of the main draws of this blog. You just want to check it every few days in case there is another exciting article.
The author makes fantastic use of photos in this blog. These photos truly speak a thousand words. You can almost taste the flavours. The photos are so descriptive in some cases that there is no need to read all of the instructions.
This blog comes with only one warning.......It will make you very very hungry!!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Bagels Recipe

This is a brilliant bagels recipe which allows you to customise them however you wish. This recipe is for the plain bagels but I will explain how you can add different toppings too.

The Ingredients:
550g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
390ml Warm Water
1 x 7g Pack of quick acting yeast
2tsp Salt
1tbsp Sugar
2tbsp Butter
1tsp Salt
3tbsp Sugar
1 x Egg white

The How-To:
Mix half the flour with the 3tbsp Sugar, 1tsp Salt and the yeast.
In a saucepan heat the water and butter together until both have melted and the mixture is boiling.
Allow to cool slightly.
Add the water and butter mixture to the flour mixture.
Beat for 2 mins (use dough hooks on your mixer if you have them)
Add the rest of the flour gradually until a stiff dough is formed.
Knead the dough for 10 mins.
Cover and let rise for about 45 mins (its best to put it in a bowl and cover with a clean damp cloth)
Remove the dough and punch it and allow to rest for a further 15 mins.
Divide the dough into 9 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and flatten slightly.
Make a hole in each ball using the end of a spoon and widen with your fingers.
They should look very similar to doughnuts.
Fill a pan with about 2 inches of water and heat until simmering.
Add the 1tbsp sugar and 2tsp salt
Add the bagels (I find 2 at a time is best) to the water. Cook for 3 mins.
Turn and cook for a further 2 mins. Turn again and cook for another 1 min.
Remove the bagels from the pan and dry any excess water off them.
Place on a baking sheet and brush with the egg white mixed with 1tbsp water.
**It is this stage where you can dip your bagels into poppy seeds, sesame seeds etc**
Repeat until all bagels have been boiled and are on the baking sheet.
Cook in an oven at 190c for 20 - 25 mins.

You're Done!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Guinness & Chocolate Cake

This is an amazing rich chocolaty cake made with Guinness and Chocolate. Irish recipe....Irish taste.

The Ingredients:
410g Caster Sugar
240g Butter
100g Dark Chocolate
250ml Guinness Beer
2 Eggs
270g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
1tbsp Baking Powder
150ml Soured Cream

The How-To:
Add the Guinness, butter, sugar and chocolate to a pan and heat on a low heat until all the ingredients dissolve together.
Pour this mix into a bowl and allow to cool until luke warm.
Preheat oven to 180c
Mix in the eggs and sour cream.
In a separate bowl sieve the flour and baking powder together.
Add the flour and baking powder to the liquid mix.
Beat this mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Pour the mix into two greased and lined cake tins.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 40-50 mins (use a skewer to check if the cake is cooked, if it comes out clean its ready)

To make the filling and the topping simply use the customisable frosting recipe found here. This should make enough for both filling and topping. 

You're Done!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Kids Birthday Cake

This is a brilliant recipe for a kids birthday cake. Its something I think everyone should be able to make for those emergencies and always goes down a treat!

The Ingredients:
210g Caster Sugar
120g Butter
2 Eggs
200g NEILL'S®Flour
110ml Milk
1.5tsp Baking Powder
2tsp Vanilla Essence/Extract

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 180c
Cream the butter and sugar together
Add the eggs one at a time and ensure they are well combined into the mix.
Stir in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl sieve the flour and baking powder together.
Stir the flour into the mix alternating with the milk until all ingredients are combined.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 35-40 mins (insert skewer : if it comes out clean then its cooked)

You're Done!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Such a simple but effective flavour - Mint Chocolate. This simple chocolate cupcake recipe is quick, easy and makes perfect cupcakes every time!

Cupcake :
75g Coco Powder
300g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
250ml Milk
175g NEILL'S®Flour
2 tsp baking powder
0.25tsp bicarbonate soda
1tsp peppermint extract
40g Butter
0.25tsp Salt

325g Icing Sugar
50ml Milk
60g Butter
1tsp Vanilla extract or essence.
2tbsp Coco Powder

Grated White Chocolate for topping (optional)

The How-To:

Preheat oven to 180c.
Cream the butter and sugar together.
Add the eggs one at a time ensuring each is combined before adding the next.
Stir in the peppermint extract.
In a separate bowl sieve all the dry ingredients together.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mix alternating with the milk until all ingredients are combined well.
Place the mixture into bun cases, it will seem quite thin but they cook perfect. 3/4 fill the cupcake cases.
Bake in the oven for 15 mins.
Remove and allow to completely cool before frosting.

Making the frosting:
Cream the butter until smooth.
Slowly add the icing sugar and coco powder alternating with the milk.

You're Done!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Homemade Granola

Fed up with shop bought cereals? Not sure exactly whats in them? Then why not just make you own! Its simple.
By making your own cereal you know exactly what goes into it and can easily omit or add anything you wish.

The Ingredients:
2tbsp Olive Oil
2tbsp Honey
320g Oats
75g Butter
50g Dark Brown Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
1tsp Ground Cinnamon (optional)
70g Raisins (optional)
70g Chopped Almonds (Optional)

 The How-To:
In a large pan heat the oil on a medium heat. Add the oats to the pan and continuously stir for aprox 5 mins. Be very careful to keep stirring and if there is any sign of burning remove from the heat.
Pour the hot oats onto a baking sheet and set aside to cool.
In the same pan you just used add the butter and brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
Gently warm this over a low heat until bubbles form.
Return the oats to the pan and make sure everything is mixed together well.
Continue to cook on a low heat for aprox 5 mins.
Pour back onto the baking sheet and place in the oven for 3 mins at 150c.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. If it has clumped together too much simply crumble up.
Simply stir any additions into the mix once cool. Such as raisins, almonds or whatever else you like!

You're Done!