28 Oct

Dehydrator 101

This is not a recipe, because frankly dehydrating fruit doesn’t really require recipe instructions. Instead I thought I’d give you an idea of what it’s like to have a dehydrator in the house along with a little bit of information that you might want to consider before buying one. Read More

02 Apr

Simnel Cupcakes

Apparently simnel cake is traditionally eaten on Mothering Sunday. I have to say I never remember eating simnel cake then, but it always featured on our Easter table as I was growing up.

Technically simnel cake is a similar mixture to a Christmas cake, and has some of the same flavours. However unlike Christmas cake, you won’t find any sickly sweet white icing (be it fondant or royal), and the almond paste is baked into the cake, with a thin layer on top that’s caramelised under the grill before serving.Simnel Cupcakes - Easter Recipe - Easter Cupcakes - Caitriona Redmond

The thing is though, simnel cake is beautiful but a flipping heavy cake to make. It is prone to collapsing in the middle it’s so heavy. I’m cheating with these simnel cupcakes because they are so darn easy to make, bake, and then even freeze if you want to. I have cheated twice I’m afraid (sorry), because I used some ready-to-roll marzipan to make life even easier on myself. Read More

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