Friday, 30 September 2011

Pretty salon cakes

Its that time of the week again my trip to the salons . This week for the beauty salon I have made some beautiful cupcakes. These are very girlie pink and pretty, inside filled with my homemade strawberry jam.  These are iced with rolled icing and fondant.

(Theresa The owner of A Revolution)

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Hannah's Kitchen ( The Weekly newspaper)

Hey people, Well I'm not sure if I've told you this or not but I am doing an article in my local paper every two weeks. It's called Hannah's Kitchen and it's all about food and local producers and I will be sharing my recipes and opinions in the column. I am very excited about this as I love to try new things and learn about food. Food is one of those things that you will never know it all. But this it one of the reasons I love cooking and reading recipes books because I am always gaining more knowledge everyday.  So for those of you who will get the paper I hope you enjoy it and I think I will have a lot of fun researching new places to source my food and hopefully teach others  along the  way. Thanks for tuning in to Hannah's Buns blog. :)

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Hannah's Buns Patisserie dream.

Well guys if you have been following my blog you would know by now that I love to cook and bake. There's nothing I enjoy more then taking fresh ingredients and turning it into a humble pie,  delicate dessert and a scrumptious cake etc. But I do have a dream and that is to open my own patisserie one day. Serving fresh bread, homemade croissants, cakes pastries and much more. My time at the moment is spent practicing as much as I can to be the best I can be. I want people to come from miles to try my cakes and pastries, I want people to get away from supermarket rubbish and try fresh local homemade delights.
Today I have been making tarts and here are some pictures for you to look at I hope you like them and would love to hear from anyone with advice or comments you have Thanks :)

Puff pastry straws

  •  Raspberry and cream tarts

Lemon tart

Chocolate raspberry tart

Monday, 26 September 2011

Wholemeal bread sticks

Hello my lovely blog followers :) Today was make it Monday with Hannah's Buns again, its  my second week and this Monday I have made wholemeal bread sticks. I love the smell of fresh bread baking in my oven. I can think of nothing else that smells so good and makes me happy then homemade bread.  Here is the recipe and some pictures Thanks for reading :)

300g Strong White flour
200g Wholemeal flour
37g Butter
25g Fresh yeast
15g Salt
300ml Warm water

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together
2. (if using machine put the dough hook in) Or mix by hand.
3. Add the warm water and knead for 10minutes by hand or 5 minutes if using machine.
4. Leave to rise to double in size in a bowl covered with cling film
5. Then knock back the dough roll out with rolling pin. ( use flour on work surface if need to)
6. Roll the dough to thickness of a pound coin
7. Then cut into strips 1cm wide
8. Leave to rise again on an oiled and floured baking tray for 30 minutes
9. Oven on 200'c cook for 15-20 minutes.
10. Eat them warm when they taste their best :)

Good Luck ;) 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Buttercream, flowers and roses for Avant Garde.

Hey People! I'm very happy with my cupcakes this week for the salons.  These are the ones I made for Avant Garde. Grey butter cream which I know the owner loves with Pink roses and pink flowers.  I think they are fab! Love to hear your thoughts on them :) Thanks for reading

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

Hey Guys, This week again I've done my cakes for the salon A revolution.  I have gone for something a little different Ice cream sundae cupcakes. These are a bit colourful and just quite fun really. Hope you like them :)

Monday, 19 September 2011

Make it Monday with Hannah's Buns! Rolled fondant!

OK guys, I've come up with "Make it Monday!" Every Monday I will be making something new I have never made before and put it on my blog. Please feel free to make it too I will post the recipe on for you to try. I'd love to see your pictures too if you have time to send them to me. I'm on face book so please find me.  OK so today I made peppermint rolled fondant, Ive never made it before didn't know what to expect but it came out great. So later tonight I will cover some petit fours with it. Here's the recipe and a picture of my rolled fondant! Hope you enjoy :)

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup glucose syrup
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  1. Combine gelatin and cold water; let stand until thick. Place gelatin mixture in top of double boiler and heat until dissolved.
  2. Add glucose and glycerin, mix well. Stir in shortening and just before completely melted, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Mixture should cool until lukewarm.
  3. Place 4 cups confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and using a wooden spoon, stir in the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Mix in sugar and add more a little at a time, until stickiness disappears. Knead in remaining sugar. Knead until the fondant is smooth, pliable and does not stick to your hands. If fondant is too soft, add more sugar; if too stiff, add water (a drop at a time). Use fondant immediately or store in airtight container in fridge. When ready to use, bring to room temperature and knead again until soft.
Ok so I decided to make little petit fours with my fondant here it is!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

13th Birthday Giant Cupcake

Hey Peeps, I had a phone call a week ago from a lady asking if I could make her daughter a birthday cake.  She liked the Gothic giant cupcake I made and said she would like one of those with grass effect butter cream and daisies. She also wanted 13 cupcakes and 13 mini cupcakes to be placed around the giant one.  Also she had looked on my website and seen the figures I had made and asked if I could make one of her daughter to go on top of the cake. So here it is!! Hope you like :)

Chocolate chip mint cupcakes

Hi guys, My weekly trip to the salons in Haverhill and I made chocolate chip mint cupcakes. They were very yum but extremly rich. I think if I make them again I will make them a little smaller. Here's the pictures :)

Enterprising Acorns

This was a very exciting batch of mini cupcakes to make. I was asked by Theresa the owner of A revolution to make her some cakes for a business event that was going to be happening in my town of Haverhill. I regularly make cupcakes for her salon in town and was very happy to help out with this great enterprise opening in the town. The name Enterprising Acorns so we decided to make mini cupcakes iced with grass effect butter cream and handmade sugar paste acorns on top. Love to know what you think of them. Thanks for reading Pastry chef signing out :)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Chocolate mousse Gateaux

I made this cake for my boyfriend the other day. He loves the fact that he lives with a chef and his my number 1 fan and guinea pig ;) So this is the cake I made for him. A light chocolate genoise sponge layered with chocolate mousse and Chantilly cream. Take a look at the picture below. That's all for now be blogging soon ;)

35th Birthday Cake

Hi people, Ok so my next blog is a 35th Birthday cake which im sure you know as it says in the title :) I was asked by a lady to make a birthday cake for a friend of hers who was turning 35 so here it is.
I made a basic vanilla sponge cake and made two rectangle cakes and cut them into the numbers and covered with rolled icing. Hope you like it. Thanks for reading. :)

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Birthday party catering!

I met a lady down the Haverhill Market a couple of weeks ago when I had my stall down there. She wanted me to do some of the catering for her birthday party.  She wanted Chelsea buns, Gingerbread men, cake pops and cupcakes. I took them round to her and she was very pleased so here are the pictures and a recipe for gingerbread men.  Hope you enjoy them :)

Gingerbread Men

75g Brown sugar
2 tbsp Golden syrup
1 tbsp Black treacle
1 tsp Cinnamon
1tsp Ginger
Pinch Ground cloves
half a Orange rind
95g Butter
half tsp Bicarbonate soda
225g Plain flour

Oven 180'C 

1. Boil the sugar, syrup,treacle, 1 tbsp water, spices and rind. ( Stirring all the time)
2. Remove from heat once sugar has melted.
3. Stir in the butter and the bicarbonate of soda.
4. Slowly stir in the flour.
5. Leave to cool for 30 minutes.
6. Roll the dough out and use a cutter to make the gingerbread men.
7. Cook for 10-15 minutes.
8. Once cooled decorate your little men before they run away :)

(Interesting fact)

Gingerbread has been around for a long time but the recipe has changed a lot over the years. It once was made with bread crumbs, ginger and honey.

Thanks for reading! Hope you have fun making them. 

Friday, 9 September 2011

50th Birthday Cupcakes!

The owner of A revolution a beauty salon in my town of Haverhill asked me if I could make some cupcakes for her.  They were for a gentleman's birthday and he was to be 50.  She wasn't sure really what she wanted me to do so she said something nice and colourful.  So I thought I would do two tone shaded butter cream in blue and red and place coloured sugar paste circles on top.  I cut out  of sugar paste the number 50.  Love to hear your thoughts on them.  Pastry chef signing out :)

New York themed Hen Cake!

This cake was so much fun to make and I can't wait for you to see the pictures!! A friend of mine asked me if I could make her friend a cake for her hen party.  She told me that she was to get married in New York and if I could theme a cake around New york. I said yes and gave it a go.  I started to think about what New york was famous for "The sky Line" and "yellow taxi cabs I thought. So I got to work and looked up on the Internet. Everything on this cake is edible which I love!! The girl I made out of sugar paste and tried to get her to look as much like the bride as I could but also keeping with my cartoon character figures.  I hope you like " Have a nice day now!! :)

Avant Garde Cake pops and A revolution Cupcakes

Hello to all my readers and thank you for checking in today. My weekley update on the wonderful salons in Haverhill Avant Garde and A revolution. This Friday Avant Garde have decided to have a change and try out Hannah's Buns yummy cake pops. Cake pops are taking over the nation they are light sponge cakes mixed with butter cream and covered in candy melt icing and placed on a lolly pop stick. The pictures follow and I made some Raspberry cupcakes with candy melt icing, fresh raspberries and blueberries on top for beauty salon A revolution.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Pork and Apple Stew

Well friends I now have  a new recipe to share with you, a beautiful Pork and apple stew.  This dish is very cheap to make and please believe me it tastes delicious and if you don't believe me try it for yourself. It is very easy to make and I have step by step instructions with pictures on my blog.  Good luck and most of all have fun making it,  I know I did :) Thanks x

You will need

X1 Leek
X2 Carrots
X1 Onion
500g Pork
Small handful of Sage
Salt and pepper
X1 Bay leaf
250ml Chicken Stock
Half tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Cornflour
100g Creme fraiche
X1 Apple

Brown the pork in frying pan in batches

Add the pork to a big pot on low heat

Sweat off the onions then add to the pork

Add the carrots and leeks

Pour in the hot stock and bring to a boil

Add the sage, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper

Cook on low heat with the lid on for one and a half hours

Mix the cornflour and mustard with the creme fraiche

Add to the stew

Add the apple wedges and cook with lid on for further 8 minutes until the apples are cooked.

Then Serve!

Great with homemade rolls (recipe coming soon) x