Apploffee

apploffeepie

This is an Autumn post and you will find out why I said that.

This recipe is another made up one and it is half my idea and half my sister’s. It took a lot of thinking and this is what I came up with. Well, me and my sister. I thought, I want it to have some fruit in. Apple or banana? I thought what goes with banana and I couldn’t think of anything so then I thought of apple and what goes with apple. Toffee! Like toffee apples that are quite Halloween like, and it is coming up to Halloween. But then you can’t really just get some toffee and stick apples on top – you have to have a biscuit base, said my sister. And then you can crumble some biscuits on top.

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We asked mum if we could do it that very moment and she said no but we did it anyway. But, disaster struck! We didn’t have any apples, and we couldn’t be bothered to get any from Tesco’s or the village shop so we went down to our orchard which is quite small but has loads of different types of apples (cooking apples, really bitter apples, really sweet apples). We didn’t know which tree to get the apples from so we went for the one we could actually reach. That tree was a really bitter tree but we didn’t notice that so we got some anyway. At the time we got the apples it was raining so when we took the pictures it got a nice effect.

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We brought them back inside and started to peel them and cut them into thin slices and then put them into a small bowl which had some lemon juice in to stop the apples going brown. Then we weighed some stuff which I really can’t be asked to tell you about because it is BORING!

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So then we dumped all the ingredients together into the bowl which we didn’t know was wrong and we were supposed to not put the flour in first – you were supposed to put the butter and sugar in first. Mowgli our cat looked at the sugar and he thought it was loads of mice.

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So mum said our cookies would taste a bit floury which they did so don’t ever, unless you want to, put flour in first. Then we made some sticky and very hot toffee sauce. I know that because a bit of toffee fell on my foot and it hurt and it was very hot. Then we put our apples into the hot sauce and it splashed everywhere. Then I went to play on google maps while we waited for it to bring to the boil.

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We then made five smallish cookies from our cookie dough that we made. Then we popped the cookies in the oven and went to watch something. We only got to watch something for ten minutes because the buzzer went and my sister and my Mum had to take the cookies out of the oven to cool. Then I really wanted to go to Greendale farm shop for some nuts with my dad and my sister. But they didn’t have any so we went back home and our Apploffee had magically fixed itself together with some Mum power. Then we put our Apploffee into the oven for 20 minutes.

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Hey presto! Our Apploffe was ready to eat! Yay! But while we were at Greendale we got some Vienetta (which is a type of ice cream) and we put them together and ate our Apploffee. There Done! YUM!!!!!!!

Apploffee

Cookie base
6 oz soft butter
4 oz castor sugar
1 egg
7 oz plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Toffee apples
4 to 5 apples
2 tbsp lemon juice
100 ml water
8 oz castor sugar
30 ml golden syrup
1 oz butter

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Make the cookie base and crumbs :-

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.

Add the egg and mix well.

Stir in the flour, salt and vanilla extract.

Use the 5 tablespoonfuls of the dough to make 5 cookies (place balls on a cookie tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until done, then cool on a wire rack).

Use the rest of the cookie dough to line a rectangular pyrex dish. Put this in the fridge to chill while you make the toffee apples.

Make the toffee apples:-

Peel, core and dice the apples. Toss them in the lemon juice and set aside.

Put the water and sugar into a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat and add the syrup and butter. Stir constantly and bring to the boil again.

Turn the heat down. Add the apples and cook, stirring gently, until just soft.

Take the cookie base dish out of the fridge. Pour the toffee apples on top of the cookie base and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Crumble the baked cookies on top of the Apploffee before serving.

Flumpies

I thought for a second, I need a new post on my blog. What could I do? Hmmm? I know! I will bake a chocolate cake and then make some candy floss and stick the candy floss on top of the cake. I thought for another second. Where could I find some candy floss. I don’t have a candy floss machine and they don’t have it in Tesco and why do a chocolate cake when I could do a vanilla cake? So the next day I went to Tesco to get some marsh mallows (and you need to make this cake with marsh mallows) and some ingredients for a vanilla cake, oh and some raspberry jam.

ingredients

Here is the boring bit that you normally have to do first pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Then the next boring bit I got an 8 inch round cake pan and greased it and lined it.

Then I got the butter and I almost got round to cutting it but it was too hard so I asked mum to do it for me.  Then we put the butter in a big mixing bowl and mixed it till it was very, very, very, very soft.

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Then we put in 3 large eggs …

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… and my hands got so greasy that I couldn’t do the next bit, so mum helped put the caster sugar in. Then we got some self raising flour and I think that means that it grows up by itself. After that we did the most exiting thing ever! We got wait for it, wait for it 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder! How exciting!

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We put every ingredient down the drain, no sorry in the mixer until everything is smooth.

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Then we put it in a cake pan and the left overs into some cupcakes.

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Then we stuffed it into the oven for 25-30 mins until it was stuffed (Sometimes I say stuffed when I am hot). Then we got the jam and spread it on top of the cake and put the flump …

flump

… star on top of the cake and the jam and that is how you make a Flumpie.

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slice

flumpiecake

Flumpies

6 oz butter
3 large eggs
6 oz castor sugar
6 oz self raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

raspberry jam
marshmallow flumps

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Grease and line an 8 inch round cake pan (and also line 6 to 8 cupcake holders with cases. This recipe makes 2 x 7″ round cakes, so there’s a bit left over for cupcakes if you just make one 8″ round Flumpie cake).

Make sure that the butter is very soft – beat it for a bit first in the mixer.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add all the other ingredients.

Beat on medium speed for a minute until everything is smooth and mixed together.

Fill the cake pan no more than 2/3 full and divide the rest of the batter between the cupcake cases.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Spread raspberry jam on top of the cake.

Cut up some marshmallow flumps and make a star with them on top of the cake.

Spludge

Now, there is one thing i have to say. It is not like a big spludge it is a blondie and chocolate brownie thing mixed together.I didn’t know what i was making and mum said that it would taste like sludge or it would taste like fudge so i called it spludge.

spludge

Here is how you make it.

You will need eggs, butter, vanilla, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder.

Get a bowl and put it over a saucepan with boiling hot water.

bowl

Cut the butter up into pieces and put them in the bowl. Then get the chocolates and break them into pieces if your fingers are big enough.

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Of course I didn’t make mum break it into pieces for me …

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and I didn’t take a bit of chocolate …

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I just acted normally.

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Get a spatula and melt the chocolate over the boiling water with the butter. When you have done that for bit you dump the sugar in and vanilla.

melting

Mix it until it is smooth. Take the bowl off from the boiling water and let it cool a bit. Break to large eggs into the bowl and whisk it together. I couldn’t find the whisk thing or a fork because of the builders so I used a knife. I added in the flour, baking powder and baking soda and mixed together. This is when mum said it looked like sludge. I said “thanks mum you are really encouraging!”

Spludge it out into the baking tray and slap it down a bit. Then you may Shove it into the oven until it is ready. Take it out and leave to cool in the tray on a wire rack.

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Done.

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Cut it into squares.

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This is how it tastes. At the first bite I took it tasted like the dark chocolate then the milk chocolate on another bite and the next bite it tasted like white chocolate and then it goes in that order over and over again.

 

Ingredients

4 oz butter
200g /7oz brown sugar, packed
200g mixed chocolate
2 eggs
2 table spoons of vanilla
250g/9oz plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda

Pre heat oven to 350f/180c

Butter a 12x8x2 inch baking tray.

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, white chocolate and dark chocolate till melted and smooth remove from heat and cool 5 mins.

Whisk in eggs, and then remaining ingredients in order given.

Bake for 25 to 30 mins.

Cool in the baking tray on a wire rack.

sweet salad

For my cross curricular challenge at school we had to invent something and I invented the sweet salad.

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We got given these big blue books to write our ideas in.

ganache

I was going to do a chocolate ganache with sweets in but I had better plans yet. While I was watching an evensong I had an idea that instead of just being some chocolate with sweets I would make it like a trifle. It was one of the best ideas I had and this is what I did!

planning

 

I made a normal cake and cut it into pieces. I put the pieces squashed down to the bottom of the knickerbocker glory glass and then I put quite a lot of gummy bears on top of the cake. I then got some raspberry jelly and put it on top of everything. I then put everything into the fridge for an hour or so.

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I got it out of the fridge and made some lovely chocolate ganache and poured it on top of everything.

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I then got some fudge and cut it into loads of tiny pieces and pushed them into the middle of the ganache. I then used some smarties to put on the top.

smarties

 

The next day I took them into school to show everyone for the cross curricular challenge. Everyone thought it looked really tasty and that the chocolate was fake. But I knew it wasn’t!

When I was in the car waiting I tried some of it. Like all of the things I do it was fantastic! Although I did think that there was too much chocolate ganache and gummy bears and the glass was to big but that did not matter.