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The Return Of Great British Bake Off

The nation’s favourite baking show is back and already we can’t get enough! The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens last month, along with all of it’s usual food filled entertainment. Whether you’re a lover of pastry week or you’re more into the delectable delights of the chocolate dishes, the Great British Bake Off is a show that many of us love to immerse ourselves in on a dreary autumn evening. After a long day at work, what could be better than sitting down with a cup of tea to an hour of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood? Along with being a fantastically entertaining show, the Great British Bake Off is also a great source of inspiration for all you budding bakers out there. Watching the talented contenders doing their thing and creating delicious treats each week is enough to make even the most amatuer bakers out there pick up their wooden spoons and get to work in the kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to whip up their own batch of mouthwatering cupcakes or some moreish macarons? Here at Flamingo Gifts, we’ve been inspired to create some sweet treats and have found the perfect recipes for you to try yourselves. Why not take a look at our foodie finds below and have a go at home?

 

Try this classic chocolate dessert with a fruity twist!

 

Cherry Chocolate Brownies

cherry chocolate brownies

Ingredients

  • 100g Chocolate
  • 100g Butter
  • 200g Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 150g Cherries

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius and grease a square cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Put a pan of water on the hob and leave to simmer then place a bowl over the top of the pan, making sure it isn’t touching the water
  3. Break the chocolate up into small squares and put into the bowl to melt. Once melted, remove from the heat.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour and melted chocolate and whisk until blended.
  5. Pit and halve the cherries and add these to the mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture into the baking tray and place in the middle of the oven for one hour.
  7. Once baked, leave to cool then remove from the tray and cut into sixteen squares.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

 

These decadent cupcakes are a definite crowd pleaser!

 

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

salted caramel cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 250g Butter
  • 150g Sugar
  • 175g Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • ½ Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 1 Pinch Sea Salt

 

Method

  1. Heat the oven to around 180 degrees celcius and line a 12 cake cupcake tray with paper cases.
  2. Mix 150g of butter with 150g of sugar until light and fluffy. Add the three eggs, 150g of flour, baking powder and vanilla extract.
  3. Divide the mixture between the 12 cake cases and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. To make the caramel sauce, mix the brown sugar in a pan with 50g of butter and the double cream. Heat and mix until the mixture resembles a sauce.
  5. To make the buttercream, place 50g of butter in a bowl with 2 tsp of water and 200g of icing sugar and mix until smooth.
  6. Cut a small hole in the centre of the cakes, pour in the caramel sauce and sprinkle a pinch of salt onto each cake.
  7. Add the butter cream to a piping bag and squeeze over the top of the cupcakes then drizzle the remaining caramel sauce over the top of the cakes.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

If you’re looking for some baking accessories, why not take a look at the selection available at Flamingo Gifts. We feature a range of cutters, edible sprinkles, cases and more so you can bake up a storm in the kitchen this bake off season.

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