It's kind of that frustrating part of the year when there are still loads of gorgeous super summery things in the shops... but there is just no justification to buy them, with the summer being very nearly over!
If you still have a holiday booked before the end of the year then lucky you!! You can keep shopping for that summer wardrobe and feel guilt free. For me though... These items will probably stay in my saved items, unless I feel the absolute urge to purchase. Or maybe we will have an Indian summer... In which case I'll need them all!
If you're a 'Great British Bake Off' fan then you'll know exactly where I got my inspiration from for this post!
I thought I'd have a google to see exactly what I would need to make jaffa cakes, and to my joy the recipe was surprisingly simple and easy to follow! All I didn't have in the cupboard was orange jelly and a bar of chocolate. So off I popped to the shops and I was ready to tackle Mary and Paul's technical challenge!
I found this recipe on the BBC site (GBBO section), but here is exactly what you need to create some homemade Jaffa cakes!
For the sponge:
50g Caster Sugar
50g Self-Raising Flour
For the jelly:
1 packet of orange Jelly
(At least enough to make 1 pint)
For the topping:
Butter For Greasing
12 Hole Cake Tin
Not to bad eh? That's what I thought! The only thing I changed was that Mary suggested using butter to grease the cake tin... but I just used cupcake cases. I thought it would be easy enough to peel the sponges out afterwards. WRONG! I should have trusted Mary! These seem to of been the stickiest sponges I've come across and ended up trying to slice the sponge away from the cake case. If I were you, I'd go for a greased tin!
First up, lets get that jelly ready to go. Just follow the instructions on the back of the packet and poor into a tin so your jelly is about 5mm thick and you have enough surface area to cut 12 little disks! If you have time to plan ahead then you can do this hours before so it's all ready to go when you come round to baking!
In the meantime, heat your oven to 180'C and grease your tin so you're all set to go. For the sponge, whisk the egg and sugar together until light and fluffy! This should take about 4-5 minutes... I set a timer and stopped at 4 minutes because my arm was dying! Then very gently fold in the flour being careful not to loose any of that air you have just created!
I filled each cupcake case with about a dessert spoon full of mixture. I didn't quite have enough to go around so I've altered the amounts slightly as I'd rather have a little left over than run out and only make 11... Like I did! Try and smooth the top too, we don't want any hump back jaffa's!
Bake for approx 7-9 minutes (mine were in for 9) Always do the little cocktail stick test to see if the middle is baked. If they are, then out they come to cool down.
Hopefully by now your jelly is set! Use a little round cutter (or in my case, all I could find was a glass tea light! Mine was actually a little bit... or my sponges were too small as they ended up being the exact same size which isn't supposed to be the case) to make 12 little disks for the centre of your jaffa cakes.
It's now time to start to melting your chocolate as this will also need to cool before you can start topping. Break it all in to little pieces, or I bought buttons so that bits already done! Either microwave or melt over boiling water, which ever method you prefer!
Now for the exciting part... assembly! Place your little orange disk in the middle on top of your cake and carefully spoon over the cooled melted chocolate. Be sure to make that traditional criss cross shape just as Mary likes. Do the same for all 12 (or in my case 11) and then let the chocolate set! And there we have it, 12 wonderful looking homemade Jaffa cakes!
After I dolloped a tea spoon of melted chocolate on each circle I put them in the fridge to cool just a little before added the criss cross. Certainly not the prettiest bake I have ever created, but very yummy!!
Hands down not my most successful or prettiest bake ever created... But they were really tasty! I think Mary and Paul would agree I need to work on my presentation.
I'm tempted to try something from every Great British Bake Off that I watch. Baking fever has begun!
On your marks... Get set... Bake!
At least once a year I try and make the trip down to Camber Sands for a beach day with a picnic in tow! Camber always seems to have it's own little climate. When I booked this day off work I had all my fingers and toes crossed for sunshine... Luckily, the British summer to fail and there were blue skies all round!
There is something you can't beat about a picnic, It takes me back to being a child and is still just as exciting. Especially with views like this. I told my hubby way in advance that I was in charge of the picnic food, a challenge he was happy to be taken care of! Every part of it was delicious!
Such a beautiful day at the beach, I wish I could do it all over again tomorrow!
Who doesn't LOVE wedding season! I sure do, and the excuse to buy a pretty new dress for each wedding is one not to be reckoned with. ASOS have such a great wedding section now... which they didn't when I got married! From bridesmaids dresses to wedding guest dress they have it all, including accessories!
So... just in case you have a couple more wedding events in your diary, here is a little wedding outfit bible for you to scan your eyes over before the bells start ringing!
Yep, I'm talking about this snazzy little handbag... isn't it gorgeous!! It was very reasonable at under £30 and I think it looks SO much more expensive making it all the more attractive. Most of my handbags are black, practical and not overly exciting. So, I felt like this little baby was a very welcome addition to my wardrobe.
Paired with my little beauty I am wearing my new fave shirt! I love the little embroidered stars, so cute! They are definitely what drew me in to start with.
I'm also wearing my trusty Joni jeans and black leather loafers that are lasting a life time! I think these must be at least 5 years old now, not that you can tell! My loafers are from Russell And Bromley and I have never ever bought a pair of shoes from there and regretted it. The quality is so good and they last forever!