Friday, 28 June 2013

Earl Grey Mickey Cookies Inspired by Disneyland

Well it's been a week since I came back from my amazing holiday to *DRUMROLL* Disneyland Paris!
I'm gutted to come back to real life. It was like walking into a dream. I'm sure that many Disney fans know about the magic rush they get from going to a Disney Park.
It's a delirium of magic and stepping back in time and being a princess. 
(Note: I was not allowed to prance around in a big Lottie style dress, pushing children out of the way, to get to a ride declaring: "It's ok I live here!")

In any case, I was heartbroken to leave and so was my friend Sofia.
Heartbroken and very sore from all the walking. I loved it, none the less. So, I'm planning the next trip! I think next time my friend and I are going to drag our boyfriends by the hair and demand to go. Yes that is how obsessed we are.

In any case, since this is a baking blog I should tell to about my Disney adventures that are kind of related to baking.
To do some baking with I bought some of these:

Aren't they so cool?! I've never seen Disney cookie cutters before. So now I just needed an excuse to use them. I don't need an excuse to bake really, but it's nice to justify it. And I like nothing better then tea and biscuits so why not combine the two? 
These Earl Grey tea biscuits (or cookies whatever, as long as they taste good) are easy to make as well as being great as a sweet something before lunch or just something to dunk in tea. If you can handle the double dose of tea. 
Also, you can freeze this dough overnight, if you haven't got time to bake it. 
Also check out this nifty Alice in Wonderland teacup! A little gift to myself from Disneyland, there was an awesome teapot which I couldn't afford but hopefully will grab it on the next visit. (Makes a good excuse to go back no?)

Recipe Name: Mickey Earl Grey Tea Biscuits

Recipe: Makes 18-20 biscuits (recipe adapted from Cookies Galore)
·       80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
·       50g soft light brown sugar
·       1 tablespoon of teapigs Earl Grey tea leaves
·       1 egg white
·       150g plain flour, plus a little extra
·       Extra Demerara sugar to top each biscuit

·       Wire rack  
·       Electric hand whisk/ wooden spoon
·       Bowl
·       Sieve
·       Baking sheet lined with baking parchment x 2
·       Rolling pin
·       Mickey Mouse Cookie cutter

1.    Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/ 190c/375f. Line the baking sheets with the baking parchment. (Don't preheat oven if your freezing this mixture overnight)

Step2. Cream the butter and sugar together
2.    Mix together the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or an electric hand whisk until creamy.
Step 3. Stir in the tea leaves
3.    Stir in the tea leaves.
Step 4. Beat in the egg white
Step 4. Fold in the flour to make the dough
4.    Beat in the egg white. Fold in the flour to make, a soft but not sticky dough.
5.    Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for as long as you can possibly can (I left it about an hour).
Step 6. Roll out and start cookie cutting!
6.    Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 3 mm thick and cut out mickey head and transfer to the prepared baking sheets and sprinkle each one with demerara sugar.
7.    Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.
Moonch with some tea
You can omit the demerara sugar if you like, but it will result in a pale colour. 
Have an excellent weekend fellow Disney/baking peoples!

(Yes I'm still using the princess siggie.)
Bake On! Penny x

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Insanely quick dessert: Apple Tart Tatin

I know that I'm really behind on my recipes. 
I mean seriously, I'm on the case. I'm still on holiday mode, wishing that I was still at Disneyland Paris...Sigh. 
Anyways, there will be a whole post on Disney, I swear.
No really. Tomorrow. Ok maybe on the weekend. I will put it up (UPDATE: Totally posted) . I swear on my Queen of Hearts Crown I will! (I do have one. I'll have to post a photo of it at some point.) 
But just to keep you in the loop and keep you posted on my pastry classes here's the latest quick dessert. If you'd like to try other fun things to do with puff pastry check out this previous post

Tart Tatin is a french dish that has mixed background stories. But however it came about, its a dessert that can be made very quickly, that is if you have some puffy pastry in the freezer, if you'd like to make your own check out the recipe here. Also, it helps if you've got some fruit on the turn, apples or pears are great to use. 

·       55g sugar, (or enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
·       2 pink lady apples, peeled and cut into chunky bits
·       10g butter
·       Puff pastry (readymade or homemade)
·       Vanilla Ice Cream to serve

·       A frying pan with a metal handle (the pan is going in the oven
·       Chopping board
·       Fruit peeler
·       Sharp knife
·       Plate

1.    In a dry pan, place the sugar on a medium heat. Keep watching the sugar and don’t stir. Just give the pan a little shake now and then.
2.    Wait until the sugar just starts to turn brown. Once again watch this as it as it burns very quickly.
3.    Place your apples into the caramel and cook them out for about 5 minutes or until the apple juices are all cooked out. Since the juices are being extracted from the apples, this may spit at you, so be careful.
4.    Add the butter to apples and shake slightly to boil off. (Adding the butter will prevent the mixture from burning.)
5.    Take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool down. Preheat oven to 200c/400f/ Gas Mark 6.
6.    Whilst the apples are cooling down, roll out the puff pastry to about 3 mm thick, and cut a circle about the size of the pan plus an extra inch. Cut 2 slits into the pastry to let the steam escape whilst the pastry is cooking in the oven.
7.    Once the apples have completely cooled down, place the puff pastry on top of apples. Fold over an inch of your pastry towards the centre, this forms a thick pastry crust as well as provide some support for the tart.
8.    Put the tart into oven for about 15 minutes until golden and a little risen.
9.    Carefully with an oven cloth take out the pan out from the oven.
10.  With a serving plate at the ready, put your plate on top of the pan and flip. You should have the frying pan on top of the plate.

Before-My first attempt
11. VoilĂ ! You have an apple tart tatin to eat! Serve hot with some ice cream.  

The next quick and easy dessert to try is bande aux fruit, however I've already made this dessert. I think the second one looks way more presentable. 

After-My second attempt woo!
So, there you go. Once again sorry for the quick post. It's been a weird week. I, hopefully, will be reporting with very good news. I wont tell you, as it will ruin the awesome surprise.
Bake on! (I'm clearly still in Princess Mode)

Bake On! Penny x

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Harry Potter fans,don't get jealous

I know its got nothing to do with baking or desserts or anything. But I'm off to Disneyland right now. As I'm typing his onto my phone at the eurostar station! I'm so excited.
On our travels me and my friend found Platform 9 3/4's. Yes the official platform, which we found so funny and a good photo op.
But we do look like lunatics. 
Bake on!
Penny x
Bake On! Penny x

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Chilli Chai Chocolate Pannacotta and 'The Student' Cocktail (Also going to Disney woooo!)

I know it's a little odd doing a drink on a baking blog but I was kindly asked by the teapigs crew to do a summer drink. I was a little hesitant and said: "I do bake and I do drink (on occasion) but rarely at the same time (very bad results), I'm not sure if I could just come up with a cocktail recipe just like that."
The lovely Becky from teapigs told me not to worry and just do what  could with the teas they sent me. 

I did come up with a spur of the moment cocktail as I was chilling
in my boyfriends kitchen when our friend nicknamed, Doocky Dan decided to get out a bottle of sparking wine. 
Not champagne, but the cheap and cheerful sparking wine. Nothing wrong with that, its just a little dry for my taste. That's when the cogs in my head began to whirl. 
"Do you think that we can put these Super Fruit teabags into our glasses of sparkling?"
"Why not?" Was his response. 
 So that's what we did:

'The Student' Summer Cocktail:
  • Glasses
  • Measuring jugs
1. Place teabags into the measuring jug and pour the wine over the tea bags. 
Step 1. Place teapigs into measuring jug. You can have a friend  trying to get into the shot. This is optional. 
2. Let the teabags infuse with the wine until it turns pink.
3. Serve with strawberries, raspberries and red berries. Or nothing if you're a lazy students. 

This next recipe came to me as a suggestion from a work mate (thanks Lucy!) . Chilli and chocolate goes down surprisingly well, who would have guessed. Going along with the lazy student theme, pannacotta is quite an easy dessert, it took 30 minutes to prepare and make. Mind you it takes forever to set but its chocolatey goodness is worth the wait. 

Chilli Chai Chocolate Panna-Cotta (Inspired by this vanilla pannacotta recipe)
  •  125ml milk
  •  375ml double cream
  •  2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
  •  2 gelatine leaves/ 2 agar agar leaves if you're a vegetarian   
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 teapigs chilli chai tea bags
Ingredients needed
teapigs chilli chai
  •  Whisk
  •  Bowlx2
  •  Saucepan
  •  Spatula
  • 4 dario mould/ or the small Christmas pudding moulds
  • Measuring jug
  • Sieve
  • Scissors
Step 1. Soak the gelatine in cold water
1.    Soak the gelatine in a small with cold water. Make sure that it is cold water as if the water is warm the gelatine will dissolve and become useless and no-one wants to waste ingredients. 
2. Cut open the teapigs tea bags, empty contents and set aside. 
3. Add the cream, milk, the chilli chai and cocoa powder into a saucepan and mix until combined. 
Step 3. Add all the cream, milk, tea and cocoa powder in a saucepan
3.    Once the mixture is hot enough add the sugar and gelatine. 
Step 4. Take off the the heat and stir in sugar and gelatine.
4.    Take the mixture off the heat and stir until the sugar and the gelatine has dissolved.
Step 5. Sieve the mixture
5.    Sieve the mixture into a measuring jug. This removes the tea bags contents.
Step 6. Pour into molds
6.    Let the pannacotta mixture cool for a few moments before pouring into the Dario moulds and placing into the fridge for about 1 hour or until set.
7.    The best way to get the pannacotta out of the mold onto a plate, is to have a bowl of warm water ready. Place the mold into the water for about 6 seconds, get your desired plate on top of the mold then flip the plate, so that is on a table. Wiggle the mold a little until it is evenly on the plate.

Or if all else fails just slam it on the table aggressively until the pannacotta comes out. It looks a little smashed but it tasted great! 

Another thing I'd like to mention that, is I'm going to Disneyland Paris for the 5th time. (Greedy girl!) But this time I'm taking my good friend Sofia with me, who is completely delirious with excitement, as am I! I'm so excited that I really wish I had the time to make these Disney Princess Cakes to celebrate tomorrows departure to Euro Disney! In fact I've got a cute little princess-y siggie in celebration!
Bake and Princess On !

(Look at my  little dress. It's got a little sparkles!)

Bake On! Penny x
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