Whoopie Pies


My mum is the best baker I know, I know I am biased but that is the truth. I was lucky enough to grow up with this amazing baking, my mum would pick me up from school with a treat/snack for me and my brothers almost every day, cookies, buns, tray bake. Yum! She quickly started teaching me how to bake and I loved it, I remember when I was 9/10 and I made her a lemon drizzle cake for her birthday all by myself. 

Yesterday I really fancied baking so I asked Dan to pick something from my new recipe book and he chose Whoopie Pies. I was excited by his choice as they looked amazing and I had never made them before. I was so happy with how they turned out I though it was only fair to share them with you guys. I hope you like the look of them and if you fancy giving them a go I have included the recipe below. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 large egg
150g (5oz) caster sugar
75g (3 oz) butter,melted
150g (5oz) creme fraiche
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2-2 tsp milk
200g (7oz) plain flour
75g (3oz) cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the Filling

115g (3 3/4oz) unsalted butter, softened
200g (7oz) icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
milk (optional)

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 180C. Line two large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the egg and caster sugar together until thick and light in colour. Now add in the melted butter (I did this in the microwave for 30 secs, check it every 10 to make sure it doesn't burn or curdle), creme fraiche, vanilla extract and milk. 
  3. When the above ingredients are mixed together and smooth, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda. Beat in the egg mixture until smooth-it will make a very thick mixture but you should still be able to pipe it. Add a drop more milk if neccessary. 
  4. Insert a large nozzle into a piping bag, fill the bag with the mixture and pipe walnut sized balls on the baking parchment. Make sure they are spaced well apart as they will rise and expand in the oven.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and firm on top. Cool on the baking sheet until for 1-2 minutes until firm, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack. Leave them to cool completely before doing the next stage.
  6. To make the buttercream filling: cream together the butter and icing sugar until fluffy. I recommend adding the icing sugar bit by bit to avoide you kitchen looking like it's snowed inside! Add the vanilla extract and whisk again. When the whoopie halves have completely cooled spread a generous helping of the buttercream on one half and sandwich together with another half .
There you have it, whoopie pies, which I have to say are delicious. If you can I would really recommend giving these a go! If you do make sure you tweet me a picture @luxrosee #whoopiepies , I would to see how your turn out. What is your favourite thing to bake/sweet treat to eat?

Ankle Booties


This may be an unpopular opinion but I am very much looking forward to autumn/winter, cosy nights it with the fire on, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and most of all...the fashion. Layers, layers and layers, what more could you want?

Now this year I am determined to find the perfect where with anything black ankle boots, every year I buy a pair and they only seem to work with certain outfits but this is the year, I can feel it. I have searched high and low and put together a few of my favourite pairs. Now some of these are hugely out of my price range but a girl can dream and look for inspiration that the high street are sure to have mimicked! The Jeffrey Campbell boots (third pair) are actually on my birthday list so fingers crossed!

Which is your favourite pair? Can you recommend any high street shops for me to find a pair similar to the above?
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