28 August 2013

THE BAKING CHRONICLE: TIN CAKES

QUEEN VICTORIA CROWNS


A few weekends ago myself and Dan's family went on a lovely picnic to Bolton Abbey which is a little village adjacent to a 12th century, Augustian monastery called Bolton Priory.
It is a really beautiful place in North Yorkshire.

A picnic would not be complete without cakes and sweet treats, therefore my Grandma and I got to baking a twist on the classic Victoria sponge cake to take as my contribution.

I like to call these miniature cakes
Queen Victoria Crowns as they looked like a royal crown when baked and decorated.


Shh don't tell anybody but I cheated a little and bought a Victoria sponge mix from Sainsbury's for a barginous £2.
It saves time and doesn't leave you with lots of baking ingredients that you aren't likely to use up.
If you're cheating like me you will need:
120ml of milk
2 eggs
 100g of Unsalted butter.
to get your sponge mix going!

You also need:
Small tin cans (preferably the ones you get sweetcorn in)
the number of cans you need depends on how many cakes you want to make in one batch.

Tinfoil to wrap around the bottom of the tin.





Using a tin opener take off the bottoms of your cans and wrap in tinfoil.



Spoon a little under half of the sponge mixture into your tin cans.


Pop into a preheaded oven at around 175-180c.
Once your tins are in do not open the door for 15 minutes as your sponge will drop.
After 15 minutes, open the door and pop a skewer through the middle of the cake.
If the skewer comes out clean and not sticky you are ready to let them cool, if not pop them back in the oven for another five minutes or so.

While your cakes are cooling

It's onto making the buttercream filling..
It is best to make buttercream if you are not going to be digging into your cakes on the day you baked them as buttercream lasts longer than fresh double cream.


Mix 100g of unsalted butter along with your icing mix.




Once your little cakes are cool, take off the tinfoil and use a knife to cut around the bottoms to get your little cake out.


They can be a little tall so trim a small amount from the bottoms and then cut the buns in half.


Now for the fun! 
Add your buttercream to one side and any jam of your choice to the other side and sandwhich them together!


Finally, dust with icing sugar!


Yummy!
hollie x
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26 August 2013

GARNIER NUTRISE 'ULTRA COLOR' - INFRA REDS HAIR DYE REVIEW

garnier Nutrisse 'ultra color'



- A month has passed since I last review a RED HAIR DYE.
Another four weeks of colour fade and root regrowth only calls for another dye.

This week I have used the 
Garnier Nutrisse - Ultra Color dye in the shade Intense Red Copper
having picked it up on offer in Sainsbury's for £4.99.

This is a permanent red dye that aims to be ultra visable even on darker hair, anti drying and long lasting.


I have been lusting after auburn hair for quite some time now.
(If anybody watches Hollyoaks and knows who Martha Caine is… that is the colour.)

Anyhow before I tell you more about this dye I would just like to point out that
if you have dark brown hair and you are wanting a radiant red colour
USE THIS COLOUR.
It will not turn your hair auburn it will turn it super, super red.
I have used many hair dyes aiming to lighten dark hair to a bright red and they have not worked but my oh my this one does!

So lets have a look at my hair colour pre dye.

Faded red with roots visable



The dye itself is a two step process and is applyed to dry, unwashed hair.


I was quite taken aback at how fruity the solution smells!
Make sure you pop down lots of towels and have cream cleaner on hand as it's pretty vivid in the bottle.


I left the mixture in for 25 minutes before rinising.
I was very impressed with the Nutrisse conditioner that is inculded in the dye pack.
 It contains shea butter, olive, blackcurrent and avocado to help nourish your hair after the colouring process.
I must say upon drying my hair I had no dry ends and my hair felt really clean and conditioned.

The Colour Payoff

*In artificial light*


*In natural daylight*


As you can see this dye has really my red to being super vibrant and punchy!
I love it.

As I said previously this dye is one to use if you are trying to lift darker hair but if you are a fellow redhead this is a must try as it colour boosts and leaves your hair feeling conditioned thoroughly.

I will definately be repurchasing!

What do you think?
Can you recommend me any dyes to try next time?
hollie x
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20 August 2013

THE JEWELLERY CHRONICLE: AN INDEPENDANT DESIGNER


Rose Mae Jewellery: Part 2


Back in February of this year I introduced you all to Rose Mae Jewellery in 
It has to be said that the bracelet pieces designed by Lisa Hetherington are some of my favourite ever jewellery pieces and I wear them everyday.
The beautiful craftsmanship and intricate designs that adorn my wrists quite often recieve compliments.

After being so impressed with the bracelets that Lisa kindly sent me last time, Lisa asked me if I would like to try some of her new pieces.


Ofcourse, as my favourite bracelets I was super excited to see what else Lisa had up her sleeve.




I am in love with the turqoise bracelet collection, all of the bracelets unique and stylish.
I love to layer up my Rose Mae bracelets, mixing and matching the different beads and trinkets.

They are so easy and light to wear and obviously they add a gorgeous pop of colour to your wrists.

You can find more gorgeous jewellery on the brand new Rose Mae website by clicking HERE
The website also includes a blog which features fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts.

And if you want anymore information from Lisa about her jewellery:
You can also follow on Twitter at: Rosemaejewel1
and on Facebook by clicking HERE



Lisa is very kindly offering all of my lovely readers £5 off any purchase you make of Rose Mae Jewellery by using the discount code RMFIVER

What do you think of Rose Mae Jewellery?
hollie x
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