Posted on June 07 2018
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Posted on June 07 2018This chocolate mousse has only THREE ingredients!!! It is seriously yum and if you are a toblerone fan, big win! I first made this pudding when I was a teenager. I am using the same three ingredient recipe as I used all those years ago. Very simple and perfect for a dessert table. You could serve with chocolate shavings, whipped cream and berries.
225 grams toblerone chocolate
200 ml double cream or cream suitable for whipping
3 eggs, separated
Step 1. Prep first. Whip the cream until is has thickened. In a separate bowl whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Leave to stand for a moment.
Step 2. Melt the chocolate toblerone over simmering water. Stir often. Once the chocolate is melted take off the heat. After a few minutes add the three egg yolks.
Step 3. Fold in the cream and then the egg whites. Pour into little dessert pots or bowls and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Posted on June 07 2018
I am so excited to introduce you to Claire, who did such an AMAZING job putting together her daughters 2nd birthday party. Keep on reading for all of Claires fabulous tips and DIY inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing x
This dessert table was for my daughters second birthday party in February at a local village hall complete with all the usual children's party elements, bouncy castle, ball pool, music, pass the parcel and 12 excitable toddlers. The initial theme came from the invites, I knew I wanted to have a colour palette of mint green and silver but after numerous hours of searching and finding nothing suitable I decided that I was going to have to design my own. A couple of sketches later I had a basic layout and left my husband to pull it together (I'm definitely no photoshop expert so left this element in the hands of someone that knew what they were doing). I think that any party/event or dessert table is really successful when attention is paid to even the smallest detail and this started with the silver and mint green heart stickers I used as envelope seals. I bought from a lady in America on Etsy.
With the colour palette decided and the invites ready to post I started to think about everything that was going to feature on the dessert table. All the parties, dessert tables or party bags that I have ever done have all developed over time and I do start thinking about them a number of months in advance. I knew I wanted to use a silver sequin table runner (you can never have enough glitter or sequins) and had been looking for one for a number of months. This was the first building block for the table but it did take quite a number of hours online to find one!! As with quite a number of the fashionable party elements they often start in America and this was the only place I could fine one. In December 2013 no one stocked a sequin table runner not even The Sweet Hostess was stocking them at the point!! Not one to be beaten and not wanting to pay for international delivery my search continued and eventually I discovered one in H&M and it was perfect.
Another feature I was really keen to include was a tassel garland across the front of the table. I wanted the garland to 100% reflect the colour palette and so bought white, silver, metallic and mint green tissue paper. Having never made a tassel garland I watched a tutorial on YouTube and thought what better way to learn than just give it a go and have a practice run. This practice run resulted in a gold tassel garland that I then used for my friends baby shower. With my new skill (if you can call it that) I knew I wanted a really full garland so spent a couple of evenings making the 48 tassels and I was thrilled with the result, it really lifted the table and provided real impact.
Now that I had some of the decorative elements I started to think about the desserts and knew my starting point was cake. Don't they say a party without cake is just a meeting?!? I've always made all my own cakes and desserts but knew that with all the other desserts and food I would be making realistically from a time point of view it made sense for the actual birthday cake to be made by someone else. I used a local lady who lives just up the road who has previously made Sophie's christening cake and 1st birthday cake and she's amazing. I wanted a two-tier cake with graduated ruffles and a glittery number two on the top to match in with the tassel garland and the sparkle from the table runner. The cake provided the perfect centre piece and Carol had perfectly interpreted my hand drawn design and it also tasted amazing.
To add even more cake to the table I made 32 large vanilla cupcakes topped with buttercream and edible silver glitter hearts and letter S' along with 32 mini vanilla cupcakes with glitter heart topper all arranged on tiered cake stands. I then wanted to add a miniature dessert and opted for mini cheesecakes, 22 mini Malteser cheesecakes sat perfectly off centre either side of the birthday cake and were a huge hit with both the children and the adults. The miniature pots I purchase from Baker & Maker online and were the perfect serving size - still allowing room for more dessert! The dessert table also had two small silver buckets from Homebase each holding 16 white chocolate cake pops made by myself and drizzled with white chocolate dyed mint green to continue the colour theme.
The dessert table also included biscuits iced in mint green in the shape of number 2's and S made by myself and my mum which were displayed on clear Perspex platters allowing the sequins to shine through. To complete the table I also made white chocolate number lollipops spotted with mint green chocolate once again displayed on a clear Perspex platter.
All children love party bags but it can often be difficult to find things that are age appropriate. Having always baked myself and now having an inquisitive 2 year old I decide that the party bags were going to be baking sets. Each white paper bag contained mini cupcake cases, a mini silicon teddy bear cake mould, brightly coloured plastic mixing spoon and spatula and a cookie cutter all finished with a silver fabric bow and a mint green glitter gift tag with each child's name on. Each of the items in the bag were sourced from various places.
The dessert table and the party as a whole we're a great success and everyone left happy having consumed a lot of cake and dessert. I'm always looking for new ideas to try and thinking about the next event whether it be a birthday, baby shower or engagement that gives me an excuse for a dessert table!!
I think the best tips for anyone planning a party or dessert table are to always keep an eye out for props and supplies in the most unlikely places. My table runner came from a clothes shop and my metal buckets from a DIY shops but these can sometimes provide the best options and often at a fraction of the price. I would also suggest trying to make things yourself and looking for online tutorials as guides. In front of the birthday cake I displayed a large glittery number two that I made myself using a cardboard number and applied glitter bought in a craft shop.
Many of the things I have done for parties I have initially seen online and your friends and family are usually willing volunteers to test new ideas on, I know mine are especially if cakes or desserts are involved. I am constantly researching new party trends online and mentally taking note of images and styles that I like ready for the next party!
Mini dessert pots - Baker & Maker
Sequin table runner - H&M
Mini silver buckets - Homebase
Heart stickers - Etsy
Cupcake supplies - Squires
Number lollipop mould - Lakeland
Perspex platters - Party Pieces
Cake pop sticks - Lakeland
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Posted on June 07 2018Lemon slice for me is a nostalgic bake that evokes fond memories of after school treats. Coming from Australia, the lemon slice was a standard item in any bakery or cafe. You will see from the ingredients below, it is super easy to make. I have put my twist on this Aussie clasic by adding the blueberries and extra lemon zest to the icing to create a very tangy icing that compliments the sweetness of the base.
Why does this recipe suit dessert tables?
♥ For one it is super easy to make, fail proof I would say!
♥ Lemon puddings are a firm favorite with party guests, and this one will be popular with adults and kiddies alike.
♥ It is pretty! Slice it up small, stack it on a cake stand or tray, add a sprinkle of icing sugar and a few berries and it will be a stand out.
♥ Cook it the day before so you don't need to faff about cooking on the day of your party.
Not good for?
♥ If you are on a diet. Butter. Sweetened condensed milk. Enough said really. BUT it does contain lemon and blueberries so that is obviously a bonus towards your five a day :-)
175 grams sweetened condensed milk
100 grams butter
200 grams digestive biscuits
80 grams desiccated coconut
Lemon zest to taste
100 grams blueberries
300 grams icing sugar
40 grams butter
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Step 1. Start of by lining a tray deep enough to make a tray bake (I used one that was 18 x 26cm and 4cm high) and lightly grease the baking paper.
Step 2. On a low heat melt the butter and condensed milk. Keep a close eye on this to make sure it doesn't bubble or burn. It should only take a few minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to sit for a moment.
Step 3. If you have a food processor - great! Blitz the biscuits into fine crumbs. If you don't have one like myself just use a potato masher. This literally only took me a couple of minutes and I left a few chunky bits to add some texture.
Step 4. Add some finely grated lemon ride to taste. I added half a lemons zest to mine. Add the coconut then add in the butter and condensed milk mixture. Stir well and taste taste taste! It is your right as cheif baker.
Step 5. Press the mixture into your pan and press down quite firmly to make sure it all condensed. Refrigerate for an hour.
Step 6. 10 minutes before the slice is due to come out of the fridge, prepare your icing. With a wooden spoon beat together your butter, icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Spread the icing over the slice and then refrigerate for a further 30 minutes.
Cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy!
Posted on June 07 2018Yesterday I had a wonderful opportunity to attend Emily Quinton's Makelight photography workshop. As I mentioned a while ago I have a deep rooted passion for photography. You have heard the expression 'All the gear and no idea'? well I have 'no gear and no idea'! Not entirely true, as I have a Nikon Digital SLR but with no fancy lenses or equipment.
I've had an Instagram crush on Emily for quite some time. Her Instagram feed is so inspiring and filled with gorgeous florals, you can't help feel you are on a mini vacation.
The workshop is pretty much perfect for anyone wanting to improve their photography skills for personal or professional reasons. I've learnt some invaluable tools to help me improve my photographs, as well as very useful tips on branding and incorporating those images into social media.
Surprisingly the above photos are all taken by moi!
The last bit of advice from Emily was to start taking photos straight away. Don't wait a week or two.... So off I went today. I took photos of our family meals, the kids, the garden and a few product shots. I had some time to myself where I wondered around the house looking at little nooks in a different light and then tried to take some photos in a new and creative way. I tried to hide from my kids and take photos of them in secret, as opposed to getting the usual 'CHEEEESE' smile!
It was fun and I really enjoyed taking the time to do this. So this week I am going to make a conscience effort to improve my photographs. Wish me luck and have a wonderful week xxx