Monthly Archives: October 2012

Great British Bake Off Teacakes

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I love a Tunnocks Teacake. Probably too much. So when I saw the episode of Great British Bake Off where they were making teacakes I couldn’t wait to have a go myself. And when my favourite baking supply site Baked By Me started stocking the moulds I did a little dance then ordered some straight away.

Now for the uninitiated this ain’t no dried fruit laden bread roll – of toasted teacake fame. This is a gorgeous mix of digestive biscuit, marshmallow and chocolate. If you are from over the pond I think it’s like a s’mores but the chocolate is on the outside.

I got the recipe from the BBC website, see here and after a quick dash round Tesco to get the ingredients, I was ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

I followed the recipe quantities closely, and the first thing I will say is that the measures for the biscuit and marshmallow make twice as much as the recipe is supposed to (6 teacakes), so I advise buying more chocolate! I intended to double the recipe, so bought dark and milk chocolate and doubled the quantities of the entire recipe, but I ended up going out and buying more chocolate and making four times the quantity because there was so much biscuit and marshmallow.

The recipe starts with melting the chocolate, but if I did it again I would make the biscuits first as they need time to cool before you cover them in chocolate.

It says to melt the chocolate over hot water, but I use the microwave. As long as you are careful and do it in short blasts its fine. I also kept some of the chocolate back and chopped it up then added it after I had melted the rest this cools and thickens it more quickly than just leaving it to cool.

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Once the chocolate has thickened you can line the moulds. It takes about a dessert spoon of chocolate for each mould. Take care to cover all of the inside of the moulds. I found leaving them for a few minutes once I had done it them going back and pushing it up the sides helped.

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It says to not put them in the fridge, but sod that, I did, and they were fine.

If you haven’t already made the biscuits do it now. I found I needed quite a bit more milk than the recipe.

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This is double the recipe and I got 24 biscuits out of it. I have a natty little set of biscuit cutters which meant I had the perfect size cutter for the job.

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They’re quite pale when baked.

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At first I just covers both sides in chocolate, but after my first half dozen I realised the edges need covering in chocolate too.

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They can take a while to set, which is why I recommend making them before melting the chocolate.

Making the marshmallow is fun. It’s basically an Italian meringue with golden syrup and vanilla added. I used vanilla bean paste as I didn’t have any vanilla pods, and it tastes amazing! Make sure you have a big enough bowl as it doubles in size. From this…

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To this…

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Make sure it’s really firm.

Pipe the cooled meringue into the set cases.

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In the recipe it says to fill them but I found 3/4 full was best, leaving room for the biscuit.

Then melt some more chocolate, or re-heat any you have that is spare (yes you can do that in the microwave!) and pipe round the top edge of each mould. I made my own greaseproof paper icing bags, but that’s because I’m a show-off and a cheap-skate.

Pop in a biscuit and pipe round again to seal the edges.

Stick the whole lot back in the fridge and wait till its properly set. Then carefully turn out. Look at these beauties!

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Update: I made baby ones!!! Mould from the same place as the big ones. These are bite size and went down a storm at work today.

A bit more fiddly than making the big ones, but for the same amount of ingredients you get loads more.

Make lots of cases (press them out of the mould and keep them in the fridge) until you’ve made the biscuits and filling.

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Knit Share

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A while ago, before life as I now know it came along, I had free time, and a desire to create a sideline in designing cool kids knitwear.

Those of you who have read the beginning of my blog will know that I found out first hand that sometimes life doesn’t turn out as predicted. Now that I’m a single mum with a new house and garden to do up, I just haven’t the time to dedicate to carefully writing up my patterns, grading them, getting them tech edited, using a desktop publishing package to make the pattern look nice, etc. In order to publish a pattern that people pay for I believe it should be as good as you can make it, and that is extremely time consuming.

I do however have some lovely items that I have designed and made that somewhere I have handwritten patterns for, and it seems a shame not to share them.

So, here is my idea…

I’m going to put pictures of them on this blog post and commit to gradually creating a post on each pattern with additional photographs and pattern instructions. If you are particularly taken with a particular pattern then leave a comment and I will try and prioritise that one. The patterns will just be in the size I knitted them in and not tech edited, but if you find a problem or have a question then you can leave a comment and I will respond.

And if you enjoy using my pattern, in lieu of payment why not make a donation to The Alzheimers Society which is a cause close to my heart. My just giving page is here

Sounds like a plan? Well let’s go…

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Mini hot water bottle cover. Knitted in Patons UK Eco Wool Chunky

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Baby bunting. Knitted in Garnstudio Drops Paris (cotton)

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Block dress. Knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK. This pattern is almost complete and will at some point be published and available for sale on Ravelry. Leave a comment if you want a draft copy.

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Military Jacket. My personal favourite. Knitted in Sublime Yarns Extra Fine Merino Wool DK. Is also almost complete and will be available for sale on Ravelry. Comment if you want a draft copy.

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Noro poncho. Knitted in Noro Silk Garden

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Woolsack cushion. Knitted in Jamieson’s Shetland Heather Aran. I knitted this cushion for the woolsack project which gave cushions to the 2012 Olympians an Paralympians. So somebody somewhere has this cushion, but I don’t know who!

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Tweed Cardie. Knitted in Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed. I love this cardigan, and this photo doesn’t do it justice. My daughter wore it loads last year. Might knit her another one for this winter.

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Snowflake dress. An unfinished project that has a band of these snowflakes around the hem. Knitted in Garnstudio Drops Karisma Superwash and Patons UK Fairytale Velvet DK. Need to finish this by Christmas!

And now for a bit of shameless self promotion. The following two are available for sale in my Ravelry store. See here

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Holly Rainbow Hoodie. Knit in Rowan Handknit Cotton. Gorgeous lightweight hoodie. Check out Ravelry for versions in different colours/yarns.

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Santa Hat and Bootees. Knitted in Garnstudio Drops Karisma Superwash and Patons UK Fairytale Velvet DK. Initially made for my Daughter’s doll but sized up for real babies too! Perfect Christmas presents.

Any thoughts on which I should blog about first?