Sunday, 12 May 2019

Raspberry Melting Moments



I recently made a Raspberry & White Chocolate cake (go check out the photo on my Instagram) which tasted amazing! However, I had a load of raspberry frosting left over and couldn't face wasting it so I stumbled upon a recipe on Pinterest for Raspberry Buttercream Melting Moment Cookies (see original recipe here). They were the perfect use for the rest of my frosting...and of course another thing to enjoy! All I had to was make the cookies!

You can find the original recipe for my raspberry frosting here which I halved for my melting moments recipe (including the cake obviously) or you can stick with the above recipe for the melting moments raspberry buttercream. These are so easy to make and I can confirm they taste amazing, the sprinkles add a lovely texture and the cookies are so soft!


Here's what you'll need for the cookies:


  • 226g butter, softened
  • 70g icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 195g plain flour 
  • 70g cornflour
  • 1/4 cup coloured sprinkles

What to do:


*Preheat oven to 180C / 350F / 160C fan
*Line large baking tray with greaseproof paper



1. Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and continue to beat.



2. Sift the flour and cornflour then add to the butter mixture 1/3 at a time.



3. Pop in the sprinkles and mix until everything's combined. 

4. Flatten dough into a disk, covering with cling film and placing in the fridge for 30 minutes. 



5. Roll the mixture into balls (about a 1/2 tbsp in size) and place them on baking tray. Press down lightly with a floured fork and top with a few sprinkles. 



6. Pop the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes (until they turn slightly golden at the edges). Leave on a wire rack to cool. 


What you'll need for the raspberry buttercream:


  • 115g butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 220g icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

What to do:


1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy then add vanilla and milk. 

2. Add icing sugar 1/3 at a time, beating each time until mixture is smooth.

3. Add the raspberry jam and beat until creamy.


Assembly:


  • This one's pretty self explanatory - sandwich a little dollop of buttercream between two cookies and there you have it!



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Monday, 6 May 2019

5 Things You Need To Read Now

Image: Darling


While I haven't been writing and posting on here an awful lot, I've still been finding lots of fascinating insightful reads that I would love to share! There are some amazing platforms online from blogs to online magazines so I've accumulated a small list of things that I loved loved loved reading and hope you will too (just click the titles to take you straight to the piece)! Whether you need a little encouragement, a kick up the backside or simply enjoy finding new things to read - this one's for you!

All of these pieces are from 'Darling'; an online magazine discussing topics from health to fashion to creativity.

                                                                                                                                                           Image: Darling


'Why Acknowledging Your Jealousy Is The Key To Overcoming It'


This was such a refreshing and original take on comparison. I see so many people discussing comparison and rightly so as it's a huge issue especially in today's society. However this was a new take on it and gives us advice on how we can actually work on it rather than just reading!

'What Does It (Really) Look Like To Believe The Best About Others?'


It's so easy to be competitive with others, set our standards one step higher than theirs or think lower of people to make yourself feel better - we can do all this without even realising! However, when we look at people for who they really are we'll feel better about them and ourselves. Be positive and excited for other people, give them the best chance you can!

'Who's That Girl? // 5 Ways To Cultivate Your Mystery'


I found this one really interesting and it's not something I've ever really thought about. I think it's important, particularly in today's world when we're surrounded by social media and exactly what's going on in everyone's lives. It's a healthy take on 'mystery' and might give you a few things to consider!

'Why Rejection Will Not Get The Best Of You'


"If things were always easy and all we ever heard was 'yes', then we would never know what resilience looks like". Being rejected in a job, your blog or even through relationships (whatever it may be), can be a real kick in the teeth but this article shows you how you can turn it round and use the rejection to benefit you.

'How To Wait (For Anything) Well'


I think more people need to read this than they might think. Everyone has something they're currently 'waiting' for, will have to in the future or have done in the past. It's a hard one and something not often closely considered. It resonated with me a lot, particularly when I'm in a long distance relationship half the year. I recognise that "deep yearning" this piece talks about and I'm sure a lot of you will too, for whatever the reason!





*Images and Articles from Darling



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