Black Forest Brownies (#GBBOBloggers2015)

Black Forest Brownies (#GBBOBloggers2015)

black forest brownies

So the Great British bake Off is back!!!! Yaaaay *does a happy dance* ! This means of course, that it also sees the return of the Great Bloggers Bake Off (#GBBOBloggers2015) *does another happy dance*. By now, we will all have seen the first episode and met the new contestants and seen some scummy cakes in the process (I love cake week – my favourite!).

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Toffee Apple Fudge Loaf (Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014 #Week8)

Toffee Apple Fudge Loaf (Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014 #Week8)

Welcome to Week 8 of the Great Bloggers Bake Off and the quarter finals of the Great British Bake Off.  We are nearing the semi final now, and each week the bakes are getting harder and I am just wanting another cake round quite honestly! While I keep my fingers crossed for a cake week before the end of the series, lets look at this weeks baking theme.

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Bacon, Leek and Potato Pasties (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014 Week #7)

Bacon, Leek and Potato Pasties  (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014 Week #7)

Welcome to Week 7 of the Great Bloggers bake Off my bake along linky which runs alongside the Great British Bake Off. This week is all about pastry again (when is there going to be another cake week?!) and the categories will be:

Signature: Savoury Parcels
Technical : Kouign Amann
Showstopper : Eclairs 

Therefore for this weeks  blogging bake off, please feel free to link up any savoury pastry parcel, technical if you are brave enough and eclairs or any other choux pastry bake will be fine.

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Great Bloggers Bake Off Round Up #Week 2 – Biscuits

Great Bloggers Bake Off Round Up #Week 2 – Biscuits

Welcome to the second Great Bloggers Bake Off Round Up for 2014 and very soon, a few scrolls further down this page, I will reveal this weeks Star Baker or Bakers.

This weeks biscuit categories were

Signature Bake – Savoury Biscuits
Technical Bake – Florentines
Show Stopper Round – 3D Biscuits

and because so many of you, including myself, opted to bake a biscuit or cookie there are 4 categories in total.

Thank you to everyone that linked up – including my own post there were 42 of you who baked along in total which is amazing!!! Well done and may I just say as a big fan of sweet biscuits, I have enjoyed seeing all your scrummy looking bakes. And I am loving all of the junior bakers who are helping with some of the bakes – it would be great to see more enter too.

Anyway, back to the round up and here are all of the wonderful biscuits that were linked up

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GF Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cheese Biscuits
Cheddar and Herb Biscuits
Spinach & Cheese Crackers
Parmesan & Basil Thins
Olive Oil, Rosemary and Sea Salt


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The Beesley Buzz
Johnsons Babies
This Is Not My Home
Pigling Bland
The Crazy Kitchen
Baking Queen 74
Hijacked By Twins
Bluebird Sunshine
Jo’s Kitchen


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Dalek Biscuits
Harry Potter
Hansel and Gretal Cottage
GF Beach Scene


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Chocolate Vienese Fingers
GF Almond and Chocolate Cookies
Linzer Cookies
Neopolitan Biscuits
Lemon Filled Butter Biscuits
Pistachio Shortbread
Strawberry Jam Drop Biscuits
Simply Sweet Cookies
Mum’s Foolproof Cookies
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Oaty Biscuits
Anzac Biscuits
Lemon and White Chocolate Biscuits
Ginger,Lemon & Chocolate Biscuits
Banana & Peanut Butter Biscuits
Almond Cookies
Traditional Bickies
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
Birthday Lemon & White Chocolate Biscuits
Walnut & Sultana Cookies
Double Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Smarties Cookies
Cinnamon Sugar Stamped Biscuits
Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think you will agree this is a fantastic collection of biscuit recipes all in one place.

I loved reading some of the stories behind the bakes and it has been a hard once again to pick a favourite/favourites.

And so lets move on to Star Baker for week 2

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I was going to choose a baker from each of the categories BUT having spent most of the night looking back over all of the entries, I have decided that the bakers who put in the most effort, creativity and baking work were those who entered with their 3D biscuits. I hope all of you who entered will agree that all 4 entries were really well done and clever.

After much deliberating I am awarding  this weeks Star Baker to Jenny and her Hansel and Gretal Cottage


It is so well made and I love that Jenny even made her own tempered chocolate tiles for the house, after the thought of what Mary Berry would say if she has just stuck white chocolate buttons on!!! So well done Jenny 🙂

Special mentions also to Meg for her GF seaside scene – I am amazed by how well her biscuits were as they were gluten free and I like the fact she used honeycombe for the sand. Well done also to Carole with her Daleks – the decorations were so good and you could see they took a while to complete.

And finally, I have to say well done to J for his Harry Potter 3D scene


– he designed it all himself and did a lot of the cutting and decorating too, and I think it looks wonderful and I cannot wait to see what you come up with next week. So especially for you, I am creating a Junior Star Baker badge , and this week it goes to you. Well done and keep up your baking passion.

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If any other youngsters want to join in, please do encourage them to bake and join in , it is lovely to see kids in the kitchen.

If anyone of the winners would like a badge to display on their blog (and for last week too) please let me know and I can email one over.

A BIG thank you again to all of you who entered and see you all again on Wednesday when it will be BREAD week


Ginger, Lemon & Chocolate Biscuits (#Greatbloggersbakeoff2014 #week2 Biscuits)

Ginger, Lemon & Chocolate Biscuits (#Greatbloggersbakeoff2014 #week2 Biscuits)

Welcome to week 2 of the Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014! I cannot wait for the second episode of the GBBO tonight and see what amazing biscuit creations the bakers will attempt to make. Therefore, the theme for week 2 is BISCUITS and you can make any type of biscuit/cookie and it can be sweet or savoury, regular ones or maybe you are feeling brave enough to attempt a tower of biscuits or some marvellous 3D creations! Or maybe you would like to make tonights technical bake, the Florentine (yum!) or your own version of it. As long as your biscuit bake fits in with  the bakes featured on tonights show, and is made by you and a new recipe for your blog, I will be Mary (merry! lol *ahem*!)

I do not have much luck with biscuit making, cakes I can do but biscuits always seem to go wrong for me. However, I do recall when I was at school that I made some ginger fairings and they worked out ok, a kind of bsicuit crossed with a cookie and lovely and big and packed full of that ginger kick that I love. I managed to dig out an old recipe book of mine, and found a recipe of sorts that I had scribbled down some years ago and decided to attempt some ginger biscuits, but I added some lemon zest and because I had been sent a bar of Green and Blacks Dark Chocolate with Lemon from my Degustabox Uk delivery this month, I thought this would make for a rather yummy biscuit indeed.

I was not wrong – my goodness me these were amazing and quite fiery as the stem ginger and ground giner added a little heat which was too much for my boys, but fine for me and the OH. The chocolate and lemon zest definately added a new and delicious dimension to these ginger biscuits. However, they lost thier crunshg and were more cheswy and soft, which is fine by me as I like cookies like that, but I don’t think Mary and Paul would have been impressed by my lack of biscuit snap appeal!

Anyway, here are my Ginger, Lemon and Chocolate Biscuits (more like cookies but biscuits is the theme- ssssh!)


Ginger, Lemon & Chocolate Biscuits (#Greatbloggersbakeoff2014 #week2 Biscuits)
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 20
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 x 100g bar of Green & Black Dark Chocolate with Lemon but any chocolate would suffice
  • 150g preserved stem ginger in syrup, drained and chopped.coarsely
  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC /1400C (fan oven)
  2. Line 4 baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
  3. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt, caster sugar,ground ginger, lemon zest and bicarbonate of soda and stir to combine. Leave to one side
  4. Meanwhile place the butter and golden syrup in a small non stick saucepan and heat gently, over a low to moderate heat stirring frequently until the butter has melted. Then remove from the heat and set aside to cool until it is tepid.
  5. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients, then add the egg and two thirds of the stem ginger. Mix thoroughly and then as a dough starts to form, you may want to use your hands to bring it all together.
  6. Shape the dough into approx 20 large balls. Place them, spaced well apart on the baking sheets and gently flatten each one.
  7. The top each of the biscuits with some more stem ginger
  8. Bake in the oven for about 12-15 mins, until light golden in colour.
  9. Allow to cool and then place in a tin with a lid to keep them biscuity
  10. I dipped some of my biscuits in chocolate which is optional of course as they taste just as delicious plain, to do this simply melt your chocolate and then coat half of each biscuit in the chocolate. Once cooled, place in a tin with a lid and keep in a cool place.






They were ruddy gorgeous and did not last long!

So now over to you, on your marks get set……….BAKE!!!!!!!!

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** A reminder of the Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014 rules**

So if you would like to join in this year or you are back again for some more baking fun, then here is what it entails:

**the Wednesday night following each episode of the GBBO a linky will open, and you need to bake a recipe inspired by one which was featured in the show. It can be an exact copy, one you have created yourself or a mix! As long as it can be connected to the themes used in that episode it can be linked up.

**the linky will remain open until the following Monday at 12pm. I will NOT accept any late entries this year unlike I did last year, simply because I am giving you an extra 12 hours!!!

** all entries must carry the Great Bloggers Bake Off badge if possible please and a link to my blog

**when you tweet your bake off recipe, please @JennyPaulin with the #greatbloggersbakeoff2014 hashtag and I will RT for you and add it to the pinboard.

**each week a blogger or bloggers will be selected as a Star Baker and will recieve a special badge to wear with pride on their blog.

**the next linky will open the following Wednesday as before but obviously with a new theme based on that evenings episode.

**the recipe linked up must not be one already posted on your blog – this is a bake along

This is not a serious linky at all (unless you make it so of course!). It is just for fun and any blogger is welcome to enter whatever their baking skills are and don’t be afraid to link up any disasters – credit will be given for effort too!

I received the Green & Blacks Chocolate as part of my Degustaboxuk delivery for August

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