Saturday, 26 November 2011

Christmas Cinnamon & Raisin Cake

It’s almost Christmas time already which to many of us mean a lot of planning and preparation for the big day! If you are run off your feet but still want to bake a Christmas inspired cake then this recipe will be perfect for you. Combining the most traditional Christmas cake flavours of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves combined with the juicy raisins, this will have any house guests mouths watering! With little preparation time compared to traditional Christmas cakes this will free up some of your time to get those presents wrapped and other tasks done.

The Ingredients:
210g Soft Brown Sugar
190g Raisins
70g Butter
300ml Water
0.25tsp Ground Cloves
0.5tsp Nutmeg
2tsp Ground Cinnamon
0.25tsp Salt
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
250g NEILL'S® Plain Flour

35g Butter
150g Icing Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract
1tbsp Milk
2tsp Ground Cinnamon

 The How-To:
To get the most flavour possible from all the ingredients we need to boil some of them.
Add the butter, sugar, raisins, water, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to a saucepan and bring to the boil, allow to boil for 5 mins occasionally stirring.
Remove from heat and allow to cool until luke warm.
Preheat oven to 165c.
In a bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
Slowly stir the boiled mixture into the flour mixture and ensure well combined.
Pour the mixture into a greased and lined cake tin.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Now we need to make the frosting. Beat the butter until soft and creamy. Stir in the icing sugar and cinnamon until combined and then beat to make smooth. Beat in the vanilla and milk. Spread on the cake once completely cool.

With a dash of edible glitter or other festive cake decorations you'll soon get in the festive spirit.

You're done!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

White Chocolate Biscuits

These chunky white chocolate biscuits are perfect to dunk in your afternoon cup of tea or coffee. Super simple and they don't take long to make either!

The Ingredients:
120g Butter
90g Light Brown Sugar
30g Dark Brown Sugar
120g Chopped White Chocolate
250g NEILL'S® Self Raising Flour
1 Egg
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence

The How-To:
Preheat the oven to 180c.
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars together until smooth.
Beat in the egg until well combined.
Beat in the vanilla extract / essence.
Sieve the flour into the mixture and mix well.
Fold in the chopped white chocolate pieces and mix until ingredients are evenly distributed.
Place tablespoons of the mixture on baking sheets (4 is recommended per sheet) and bake in the centre of the oven for 11 mins.
Remove and allow to cool for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

You're Done!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Earl Grey Cupcakes

What could be more perfect and sophisticed for afternoon tea than Earl Grey Tea flavour cupcakes!

The Ingredients:
130ml Milk
5 Earl Grey Teabags or 5tbsp of Loose Earl Grey Tea
110g Butter
230g Sugar
2 Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
230g NEILL'S® Plain Flour
2tsp Baking Powder

60g Butter
2tbsp Milk
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
250g Icing Sugar
Blue Food Colouring

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 180c
Bring milk to boil in a saucepan and remove from heat immediatly.
Add the tea to the milk and stir well. Set to the side.
Cream the butter and sugar together.
Beat in eggs one at a time until well combined.
Beat in vanilla extract/essence.
In a seperate bowl sieve the flour and baking powder together.
Using a fine sieve, sieve the tea/milk mixture into a small bowl. This will remove any loose tea.
Fold the flour into the butter mixture alternating with the tea/milk mixture.
Fold together until all ingredients are combined.
Spoon the batter into 12 muffin cases.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 12-15 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Remove and allow to cool.
While waiting for these to cool we can make the frosting.
Beat the butter in a bowl until smooth.
Stir in the icing sugar until combined enough to use a mixer. Beat well until all lumps dissapear.
Beat in the milk and vanilla extract.
Place blue food colouring into the mixture one drop at a time to obtain a pale blue colour. Beat well to ensure even distribution of the blue colouring.
Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

You're Done!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Belfast MTV EMA Cake

Belfast is proud to be hosting this years MTV EMA ceremony. We have specially handcrafted this cake to celebrate this momentous occasion!