Treat Petite June 2017

Treat Petite June 2017
Welcome to Treat Petite June 2017!

 

I am so excited this month to debut the new Treat Petite logo! As I recently refreshed my blog’s appearance, I felt it was a good idea to update the Treat Petite logo too. I really love it and I hope you do to!

May’s Treat Petite Round Up is now live so check it out for a mix of savoury and sweet treats and lots of picnic inspiration!

 

Enter anything you like, just remember the Treat Petite rules below…

Treat Petite is for all of those delicious bites, which can be individually portioned. Tray bakes are fine, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, macarons and so on. No cakes, puddings, whole loaves – you get the idea… here are those all-important rules:

1. Add your petite treat to the Linky Tool at the bottom of the current month’s post by the 25th of the month, midnight at the latest

2. Post your bake onto your blog and link back to The Baking Explorer

3. Follow The Baking Explorer on Google+ (see sidebar links), if you haven’t already.

4. If you tweet use #TreatPetite and mention @BakingExplorer and @MrCakeyboi (Cakeyboi will still retweet any #TreatPetite tweets he’s mentioned in!)

5. Add the new logo to the post and ‘Treat Petite’ as a label to the post

6. Use any recipe as long as the source is noted

7. If you like, add your photo to the ‘Treat Petite’ Pinterest board (The Baking Explorer will add all entries to the board)

8. Only 2 entries per blogger per month

9. Feel free to enter old posts as long as you update the post and meet all the requirements above!



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Treat Petite May 2017 – Round Up

Treat Petite May 2017 – Round Up

This month’s Treat Petite is an almost half and half split of savoury and sweet recipes. It’s fantastic to see lots of savoury options especially as we’re having such fantastic picnic weather at the moment! Sweet doesn’t disappoint with gorgeous cupcakes, rich fudge and even a healthy treat too. Thank you so much to everyone who got involved this month! If you like or make one of the recipes featured don’t forget to let the bloggers know. See you in a couple of days for June’s link up hosted by me again!

Coffee & Walnut Fudge by Only Crumbs Remain – it has much more flavour than shop bought versions and will delight your friends and family!

A Trio of Mini Picnic Pies by The Gluten Free Alchemist – the fillings are chicken-pesto, butternut squash, pine nut & stilton and sausage, and they’re perfect for picnics.

Chilli Chocolate Chip Friands by Tin & Thyme – a fantastic way to use up leftover egg whites.

Sweet Potato Rosemary Scones by Allotment 2 Kitchen – filled with fragrant rosemary, these were made to accompany a hearty stew.

Baileys Cupcakes by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen – I am totally obsessed with Baileys so these cupcake get my vote!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen – gorgeous cupcakes all made without dairy.

Coconut Sultana Breakfast Loaf by Proper Foodie – an ideal and healthy option for breakfast.

Cheese Straws by Jo’s Kitchen Larder – crunchy, golden, yummy cheesey goodness!

Mini Vegan Key Lime Pies by me – they’re also gluten and refined sugar free, the perfect guilt free treat!

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Vegan Mini Key Lime Pies

Vegan Mini Key Lime Pies

I heard of vegan key lime pies a while ago and I have wanted to try them out for ages. I finally got around to it last week and I was so pleased with the results! I used pecans in the base because they make me think of American desserts, which the traditional key lime pie is. I added spinach and avocado to the filling to give it a green hue. And I wanted a creamy topping to compliment the zesty filling, so I used some whipped coconut milk. These mini key lime pies are 100% vegan and therefore dairy free, and they are also refined sugar free and gluten free.

To make the base I used my nutribullet to whizz up 150g almonds, 150g pecans and 160g dates.

I melted 90g coconut oil and mixed it into the nuts, then pressed the mixture into mini tart tins lined with cling film. I then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.

 

To make the filling I again used my nutribullet to whizz up 200g cashews (that had been soaked overnight), 1 avocado, 6 tbsp maple syrup, the juice of 7 limes, 70g melted coconut oil and a handful of spinach. I was perfectly smooth and creamy.

I poured the filling into the tart cases, then put it back in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

I again used my nutribullet to whizz up two tins of coconut milk (it had been in the fridge and I only used the solid white milk at the top of the tin) along with 2 tsp vanilla extract and 4 tbsp maple syrup. I piped it onto the mini pies in rosettes and sprinkled some lime zest in the middle.

These pies taste so good! The flavour is the perfect balance between zesty lime flavour and creamy sweetness. They would make a great dessert at a dinner party. I love eating vegan desserts as they always taste so sinful, but really they are full of goodness!

I’m linking these mini pies up with Treat Petite hosted by myself this month.

Also linking up to Cook Blog Share hosted this month by Recipes Made Easy, and Free From Fridays hosted by Free From Farmhouse.

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Vegan Mini Key Lime Pies


Servings 8
Author thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

  • 150 g Almonds
  • 150 g Pecans
  • 160 g Dates
  • 160 g Coconut Oil melted
  • 200 g Cashews soaked in water overnight
  • 1 Avocado
  • 10 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 7 Limes zested and juiced
  • 1 Handful Fresh spinach
  • 2 tins tins of Coconut milk stored in the fridge overnight

Instructions

  1. To make the base use a nutribullet or a food processor to whizz up the almonds, pecans and dates

  2. Mix in 90g of the melted coconut oil, then press the mixture into mini tart tins lined with cling film. Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes to set
  3. To make the filling use a nutribullet or a food processor to whizz up the cashews, avocado, 6 tbsp of the maple syrup, the juice of the limes, 70g of the melted coconut oil and the spinach until it was perfectly smooth and creamy
  4. Pour the filling into the tart cases, then put them back in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set
  5. Use a nutribullet or a food processor to whizz up the solid white coconut milk from the top of the tins along with the vanilla extract and 4 tbsp of the maple syrup. Pipe or spread it onto the mini pies, then sprinkle some lime zest in the middle
  6. Store in the fridge until serving
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Win A Year’s Premium Membership to Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School!

Win A Year’s Premium Membership to Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School!

I consider myself a competent baker and making your average cake is not too much trouble for me, but when it comes to cake decorating, this is the area I struggle in! I can pipe buttercream on a cupcake and drizzle chocolate on some brownies in my sleep, but when faced a with a block of fondant I freeze. Thankfully, there are lots of amazing and talented people out there to lead the way through the wonderful world of sugarcraft, and one of them is the Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School.

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Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake

Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake

I reviewed a recipe book recently called Lola’s A Cake Journey Around The World and as part of my review I made an Amarula Cake from the book. I really enjoyed it as it contained some of my favourite flavours – chocolate, caramel and whipped cream. I also have a new love for Amarula! It’s similar to Baileys in that it’s a cream liquor, but it’s made with a fruit from South Africa called the marula fruit. I really wanted to make the Amarula cake again but I wanted to amp it up and really make it indulgent and special, so this Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake was created!

I started by mixing the cocoa powder with boiling water, then left it to cool. In a different bowl I whisked up the eggs, caster sugar and vegetable oil with an electric hand whisk until it was frothy. I added the cocoa powder mixture and whisked it in.

Then I added the self raising flour, baking powder and some Amarula and folded it in. I separated the mixture into three 22cm cake tins and baked on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes.

I made the buttercream by mixing together the baking spread, Amarula and icing sugar. I stacked up the sponges, drizzling Amarula on each sponge before spreading them with some buttercream.

I covered the sponge in a base coat of buttercream and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

I took it out and covered it again with the rest of the buttercream and I smoothed it out as best I could.

To decorate the Amarula cake I carefully piped blobs of the caramel on the edge of the cake, then covered the whole top of the cake with a thin layer of the caramel. I whipped up the double cream with some Amarula and icing sugar and piped it around the edges. I added bronze sprinkles and white chocolate stars in the centre, then cut some chocolate squares I got from The Chocolate Trading Co into triangles and stuck them into the cream. Finally a spritz of gold glitter finished it off! Of course, you can decorate the Amarula Cake any way you like.

This Amarula cake was everything I had dreamed of! Rich chocolate sponge, sticky caramel drizzle and sweet buttercream with Amarula flavour. It would make a fabulous cake for a celebration, or the ultimate way to treat yourself!

   

I’m linking this cake up with Cook Blog Share hosted this month by Hijacked By Twins, and We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

Amarula Cake

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Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake

Servings 12 slices

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 120 g Cocoa powder
  • 250 ml Boiling water
  • 6 Eggs
  • 440 g Caster sugar
  • 120 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 500 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 5 tbsp Amarula

For the buttercream

  • 4 tbsp Amarula
  • 900 g Icing sugar
  • 450 g Baking spread

For decoration

  • 150 g Carnation Caramel
  • 200 ml Double cream
  • 3 tbsp Amarula
  • 2 tbsp Icing sugar
  • Sprinkles of your choice

Instructions

  1. Mix the cocoa powder with the boiling water and leave to cool

  2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric or hand whisk to mix the eggs, caster sugar and vegetable oil until frothy. Then, add the cocoa powder mixture and whisk it in
  3. Gently fold in the self raising flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tbsp of the Amarula
  4. Separate the mixture into three greased and lined 22cm cake tins and bake on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes (check they are done by inserting a skewer or thin knife into the centre, it should come out clean). Remove from the tins and leave them on cooling racks to cool completely

  5. To make the buttercream mix together the baking spread, Amarula and icing sugar until smooth

  6. Stack up the sponges, drizzling 1 tbsp Amarula on each sponge before spreading them with some of the buttercream
  7. Cover the cake in a base coat of buttercream and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to set
  8. Cover the cake with the rest of the buttercream and smooth it out as best you can using a palette knife or scraper
  9. Put the Carnation Caramel into a piping bag and carefully pipe blobs on the edge of the cake so it drips down. Then cover the whole top of the cake with a thin layer of the caramel
  10. Whip up the double cream along with the Amarula and the icing sugar, pipe it around the edges of the cake

  11. Add sprinkles in the centre of the cake, and chocolate decorations as desired

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Treat Petite May 2017

Treat Petite May 2017
Welcome to Treat Petite May 2017!
 

I’ve got a bit of an announcement to make this month – Cakeyboi is taking a long term break from blogging to focus on his lovely new home and husband, so I’m going to be looking after Treat Petite solo for now. If you would like to guest host this link up for one month please get in touch! I’m working on a new logo for the link up so look out for it (hopefully) next month!

April’s Treat Petite Round Up is now live so check it out for delicious treats and lots of yummy Easter recipes to save for next year!

Enter anything you like, just remember the Treat Petite rules below…

Treat Petite is for all of those delicious bites, which can be individually portioned. Tray bakes are fine, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, macarons and so on. No cakes, puddings, whole loaves – you get the idea… here are those all-important rules:

1. Add your petite treat to the Linky Tool at the bottom of the current
month’s post by the 25th of the month, midnight at the latest

2. Post your bake onto your blog and link back to The Baking Explorer

3. Follow The Baking Explorer on Google+ (see sidebar links), if you haven’t already.

4. If you tweet use #TreatPetite and mention @BakingExplorer and @MrCakeyboi (Cakeyboi will still retweet any #TreatPetite tweets he’s mentioned in!)

5. Add the challenge logo to the post and ‘Treat Petite’ as a label to the post

6. Use any recipe as long as the source is noted

7. If you like, add your photo to the ‘Treat Petite’ Pinterest board (The Baking Explorer will add all entries to the board)

8. Only 2 entries per blogger per month

9. Feel free to enter old posts as long as you update the post and meet all the requirements above!



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