Sunday, 29 January 2012

Rich Tea Biscuits

Rich Tea Biscuits are a British and Irish tradition! If you havent had the pleasure of trying Rich Tea Biscuits before they are a simple sweet plain biscuit. The favourite tea dunking biscuit in our opinion.

The Ingredients:
80g Caster Sugar
180g Butter
240g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
1tbsp Milk
1tbsp Baking Powder
0.5tsp Vanilla Extract

The How-To:
Preheat the oven to 190c
Add the caster sugar, flour, baking powder and butter into a large bowl and rub together with your fingers until you create a breadcrumb texture.
Add the 1tbsp of milk and 0.5tsp of vanilla extract.
Knead into a firm dough.
Roll out to aprox 3-4mm thickness. Remember flour your rolling pin too so it doesnt stick to your dough.
Using your favourite shaped cutter (about 7 or 8cm in diameter), circular is traditional. Cut out as many biscuits as possible from the dough.
Place as many biscuits as you can on a baking sheet, dont worry they dont spread very much, if at all.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 9 mins until light golden.
Remove from oven and allow to cool, they will crips up a bit as they cool.

You're Done!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Mocha Cupcakes

A coffee and chocolate addicts dream! Chocolate and Coffee work so well together. These mocha cupcakes are super simple to make and contain real coffee and not just coffee flavour.

The Ingredients:
The Cupcakes:
90g NEILL'S® Self Raising Flour
115g Butter
115g Caster Sugar
4tbsp Good Quality Cocoa Powder
1tsp Baking Powder
2 Eggs
2tbsp Good Quality Coffee Granules
3tsp Boiling Water

The Frosting:
120g Butter
230g Icing Sugar
2tsp Cocoa Powder
1tbsp Coffee Granules
1tsp Boiling Water
1tsp Coffee Flavouring (optional)

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 170c.
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined.
Mix the coffee granules and boiling water together in a small bowl or glass. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a separate bowl sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
Fold the flour/cocoa mixture into the butter and eggs mixture.
Fold in the coffee liquid.
Place tablespoons of the mixture into cupcake cases. This recipe makes aprox 12 cupcakes.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 18-19 mins or until the cupcakes bounce back when pressed gently.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

While the cupcakes are cooling we can make the frosting. This is very simple.
Beat the butter in the bowl until softened.
Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl.
Mix the coffee granules and water together in a small bowl or glass. Pour into the frosting mixture.
Stir together with a spoon until slightly combined, now beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

When your cupcakes are completely cool, frost and eat.

You're Done!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Childrens Tea Party Buns

If you have ever planned a children's birthday party or get together you will know how difficult it is to come up with an idea that is slightly different. Well...BakingBar may just have an answer for you. A Children's Tea Party but with a difference, no tea! Instead of tea the teapots are full of tasty icing and instead of sugar lumps there are coloured sugars and other decorations. Its a party where children can build their very own buns, of course with less mess to tidy up after!

The buns are actually squares from a tray bake cake, making it even easier and less faff than making cupcakes.

The Ingredients:
The Cakes:
110g NEILL'S® Self Raising Flour
110g Caster Sugar
110g Butter
1tsp Vanilla Extract
1tsp Baking Powder
2 Eggs

The Icing:
200g Icing Sugar
50ml Warm Water

Preheat oven to 160c.
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined.
Beat in the vanilla extract
In a separate bowl sieve the flour and baking powder together.
Mix in the flour, mixing only until all ingredients are combined.
Pour into a 10 x 10 inch or similar size cake tin and smooth out.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 18-20 mins or until springs back when gently touched.

You're Done!