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Ooooooh, that sounds nice! I've never tried it with ginger, but I have definitely got to try that out now. (I love the added sting ginger root gives to sweet desserts)
Great tip :P
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The Verdict - Wonderful

I've only ever had shop bought Carrot Cake before but this is on another level. Also I was never keen on the icing you normally get on Carrot cake, I always thought of it as a necessary evil, but this stuff was absolutely gorgeous. I added the juice of half a lemon to the frosting. Though I probbaly should have cooled it in the fridge for a while before spreading it on the cake but I couldn't wait :P

Anyway, as you can see it meets the approval of my son. I had to cut out a slice for tasting purposes.

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[quote name='lillynd' post='6899414' date='Mar 19 2010, 11:18 PM']Mary Berry's Bara Brith (welsh teacake):
Ingredients:

375g (12oz) mixed fruit

300ml 1/2 pint strong hot black tea

250g (8oz) brown sugar

10ml (2 level tsp) mixed spice

300g (10oz) self-raising flour

1 egg beaten

Cooking Instructions:

In a large bowl soak the fruit and sugar in strained tea and leave overnight

Next day preheat the oven to 150C, Gas mark 2

Mix the remaining ingredients into the fruit mixture and beat well

Pour the mixture into a loaf tin that has been well greased or lined with buttered paper

Place the tin in the oven and bake for one and a half hours or until firm to touch.

This is really easy and delicious![/quote]

I made this this morning.

Soaked fruit:
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4033/4470387150_5dc78fef6c.jpg[/img]

Pre-baking (looks a bit gross):
[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2773/4470387710_aa7d733aeb.jpg[/img]

Post-baking (looks much nicer!):
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4469610127_e74a177406.jpg[/img]

In all its fruity goodness:
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4470389820_24124a121b.jpg[/img]

Now, I've had a slice and it was lovely (thanks to lillynd for the recipe) and I want to take the rest into work tomorrow. What's the best way of looking after it; cling-film, foil, fridge, counter-top?
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[quote name='Poppalarge' post='6922130' date='Mar 28 2010, 06:09 PM']The Verdict - Wonderful

I've only ever had shop bought Carrot Cake before but this is on another level. Also I was never keen on the icing you normally get on Carrot cake, I always thought of it as a necessary evil, but this stuff was absolutely gorgeous. I added the juice of half a lemon to the frosting. Though I probbaly should have cooled it in the fridge for a while before spreading it on the cake but I couldn't wait :D

Anyway, as you can see it meets the approval of my son. I had to cut out a slice for tasting purposes.

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Aww, will you look at that face, he is absolutely adorable! :)
Nothing quite beats pics of toddlers with food, hehe.

I'm glad to hear the cake was a hit, I'm telling you, store bought carrot cake's got nothing on this recipe. I'm sure your version with the brown sugar and ginger gave it a caramelized, spicy edge as well. I must admit I like the idea of putting ginger root in the mix, I'm definitely going to try that out.
I also can't help but notice that you've used real vanilla bean in the icing, and I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. (yeah, I know.. :) )
A little chilling in the fridge the next time and it will be perfect. I usually make the icing while the cake is in the oven so that it has good time to chill in the fridge before spreading it on the cake, which gives it the righ consistency. However, you'll find that out for yourself tomorrow because the best part is that if you liked the taste of the cake and icing today, just you wait until it has been sitting in the fridge for the night and the tastes have had time to settle. You're in for treat tomorrow. (if there's anything left by then, hehe)
Well done! :D
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[quote name='Commander Jameson' post='6922140' date='Mar 28 2010, 05:15 PM']What's the best way of looking after it; cling-film, foil, fridge, counter-top?[/quote]

I usually just keep it in a airtight tub. If you don't have one wrap it in foil. It keeps really well.

Thanks for all the carrot cake recipes, much appreciated, went for basic cream cheese, butter, vanilla & icing sugar topping. was yummy. Forgot to take pics tho, next time.
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Made a batch of Mint Viscount-style biscuits using a [i]Something For The Weekend[/i] recipe from [url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/mintchocolatebiscuit_93772.shtml"]Simon Rimmer[/url].

[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4488635729_9d246ed527.jpg[/img]

I thought I had overdone the biscuits as they looked quite crispy after coming out of the oven, but the topping and chocolate seems to have softened the top of the biscuit, whilst the bottom remains crisp.

Oddly, I got about 20 fully-topped biscuits from the recipe, but loads of biscuit mix leftover.
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[quote name='minstrels' post='6961321' date='Apr 10 2010, 08:51 PM']I just made these.

[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2054/4508816350_32875d5417_b.jpg[/img][/quote]

They look like your cat made them :blink:

But I bet they taste good.
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[quote name='Commander Jameson' post='6941453' date='Apr 4 2010, 09:45 AM']Made a batch of Mint Viscount-style biscuits using a [i]Something For The Weekend[/i] recipe from [url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/mintchocolatebiscuit_93772.shtml"]Simon Rimmer[/url].

[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4488635729_9d246ed527.jpg[/img]

I thought I had overdone the biscuits as they looked quite crispy after coming out of the oven, but the topping and chocolate seems to have softened the top of the biscuit, whilst the bottom remains crisp.

Oddly, I got about 20 fully-topped biscuits from the recipe, but loads of biscuit mix leftover.[/quote]

fantastic stuff, I'll try that out - they look superb. Lovely photo too :(
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I made [url="http://www.joyofbaking.com/Snickerdoodles.html"]these[/url] last weekend, sadly they didn't last long enough to make a photo. Two pavalovas and few creme brulee were made in the same batch, they also didn't last the day.

Tempted to make another Lemon Meringue Pie, it's probably my fav dessert ever.

Problem with baking is that it's great fun, but it's just so dangerous for the waist line.
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As its Sunday, I've been baking. Couldn't be bothered with anything too complicated so today i went for dark choc chip cookies.

[img]http://img532.imageshack.us/img532/373/cookiemix.jpg[/img]

[img]http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/1600/cookiessa.jpg[/img]

They were a bit 'cakey' straight out of the oven but are now firming up nicely.
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Some cupcakes I made over the weekend. Never seen the Cookie Monster cakes before and though I would give them a go :o


[img]http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sjc1/hs547.snc3/29956_393716106719_529606719_4619246_6107464_n.jpg[/img]
[img]http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs507.ash1/29956_393716126719_529606719_4619250_3314213_n.jpg[/img]
[img]http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sjc1/hs547.snc3/29956_393716141719_529606719_4619251_6587653_n.jpg[/img]
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[quote name='Poppalarge' post='7072585' date='May 16 2010, 09:19 PM']Amazing ! Great work[/quote]

Thanks Poppalarge :lol: they were fun to make just hope they taste as good as they look :o
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They are awesome Amy.

I'm planning to make them myself when I get round to it, I've had a picture of one as my desktop for ages to remind me.
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I don't usually make cookies, but today I had an urge to for some unknown reason:

[img]http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/redbloodcell/Cooookies.jpg[/img]

Peanut butter and chocolate chip (well, smashed up chocolate pieces), bloody lavverly.
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[quote name='autumnlight' post='7075484' date='May 17 2010, 10:12 PM']They look awesome, going to rip off your idea and give them a go!! :unsure:[/quote]


Go for it they are great to make :D Although be careful with the Blue food colouring on the coconut, it can taste a bit odd especially the morrisons one. I added a little drop of water and some icing sugar to it until it tasted right with the frosting. :Coffee:


Yeah do it Gaz! They are great! :D
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I had a go at some cakes at the weekend. I started off with these.

[img]http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/269/cake1d.jpg[/img]

I thought they needed something more, so I added loads of chocolate.



[img]http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/7214/cake2.jpg[/img]

Still not satisfied, I figured the final missing ingredient was MOAR CHOCOLATE!1

[img]http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/6254/cake3.jpg[/img]
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This weekend I made cinnabons. Worked out well for a first attempt. :lol: Although the sad news is I now know exactly how unhealthy they are. 8)
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