Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Whoopie biscuits

Oh my goodness these taste amazing! I Have made whoopie's before and I have really like them. These are a little like them but I have made them a bit thinner than normal whoopies so they are more like a biscuits but still soft like a cake. I wanted to make them pretty as most whoopie's I have seen are mainly simple in design.  I have made some yellow and white flowers to go on top and have covered them with rolled fondant. Inside they are filled with my special vanilla butter cream. Hope you like the pictures and why go for my word on the taste why not order some and try them for yourself :) I am also on facebook.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

13th Birthday cupcakes

I was very excited about making these cupcakes for a young girls 13th Birthday.  She had recently had her book published and we decided to theme the cupcakes around the story.  This is the front cover of the book and I tried to bring out the colours and the creatures on to the cakes.

So here are my creations I hope you like them also if you get 5 minutes please click the link below and vote for my small business to get a grant. I'm really trying to grow Hannah's Buns and I really need those votes Thank you :)

Monday, 27 February 2012

Hello Kitty cake 2

This was a very special cake to make for my little niece who will be 3 years old.  She told me when she was round one day that she wanted a Hello Kitty cake so I said of course you can.  I have already made a Hello Kitty cake for my best friends daughter so I wanted it to be different. I don't like to make the same cakes as I feel they should be bespoke and different for each person. Of course if someone wanted a cake I had already made I would be happy to make it for them. So here it is I covered the board in purple sugar paste and covered the cake with pink rolled icing.  The cake is vanilla sponge filled with jam and butter cream. I made a Hello Kitty figure to go on top and some birthday presents. Around the sides of the cake I wanted to make pretty with some pink and yellow flowers and piped leaves.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

C&B's Red cupcakes supporting The British Heart Foundation

A few weeks ago I spoke to one of the lovely ladies at C&B in Haverhill and they asked me if I would make them 24 cupcakes for a special day they were having.  It was dress up in red day to support the British Heart Foundation and all their good work. So I kept everything red and white to keep to the theme and the pictures are below hope you like them and thank you for reading.  Also can I please ask for you help Hannah's Buns  it will just take 5 minutes of your time.  I am trying to get a grant for my small business to help me grow and expand it please would you mind just clicking on the link below and vote for me I would be really grateful if you would Thank you :) x

Friday, 24 February 2012

Colourful cupcakes

I love these cupcakes I think they are so pretty and I love my new cake stand which they are displayed on.  These are the cupcakes for Arevolution this week and I'm hoping they like them as much as I do.  They are lemon sponge with a Italian meringue lemon butter cream on top the flat ones are filled with cream.  I wanted to make them really girly this week and I think I have definitely done that. Hope you like the pictures.  Also you can check out my face book page Hannah's Buns Thank you :)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Bingo and Heartbeat cake

This cake I must say was a bit tricky! The lady who ordered the cake from me wanted a cake for her grandad and told me she wanted something including bingo and heartbeat. It was hard from my point of view because the two don't really go together so to try and design something on a cake including both was hard.  In the end I decided to use the bottom and the board of the cake for the bingo and on top for heartbeat. I looked on line for ideas for heartbeat as I am not a fan and found very little on there. I was told by family that the place is set in a village called Aidensfield with lots of sheep and was about policemen and other things. So I did some grass on top with some cute sheep a policeman's hat and a sign pointing to Aidensfield and Bingo. Hope you like and thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Chocolate Checkered Cake

I made this cake as I have always wanted to try to make one of these types of cakes.  I made a chocolate and a vanilla sponge and I layered them with chocolate butter cream.  On the top and around the cake is the chocolate butter cream and I have made some decorations using white chocolate plastique A few more pictures below. Thank you for reading :)


Monday, 20 February 2012

Pancakes with a little difference

Well its pancake day tomorrow which seems really early this year but to be honest I don't mind as I love pancakes.  In my house we all have our own favourite flavoured pancake.  My daughter loves hers with a spoonful of nutella on top and rolled into a messy roll. My son takes his pancake with a scary amount of golden syrup which I allow as it only comes once a year. For myself and my partner we both love the traditional sugar and lemon pancake. I will be sharing this recipe with you and also a recipe that I used to make at The Swan in Lavenham. I was the full time breakfast chef there and I would also make the afternoon tea cakes and scones.  This pancake is just delicious and a great start to the day.

You will need
250g Plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp sea salt
3 tsp sugar
250ml whole milk
50g melted butter
2 eggs
Pinch of cinnamon
Creme fraiche
Maple syrup

Sieve all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Then slowly add in your eggs then follow with the butter and milk.
Heat your frying pan with a little butter. ( I used to use a small pan and make the pancake quite thick)
Cook on one side until brown and starting to cook up the sides. Then flip the pancake over finish on hob or in the oven.
These will take a little longer as the pancake is thicker than a traditional pancake.
Then place the pancake in the middle of the dish , drizzle over maple syrup. 
Then place the blueberries around the edge of the plate and place a dollop of creme fraiche on top of the pancake Yum!!

Traditional pancake batter

115g Plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 Egg
Half a pint of milk
Butter for frying
Whatever topping you would like.

Mix all the ingredients together and heat the pan to a medium to high heat.
Then use a ladle to pour the batter into the frying pan cook until the batter starts to come away from the edges of the frying pan then turn over ( if your feeling confident why not flip it as high as you can)  Hope you enjoy and Happy Pancake Day!!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Quick easy ice cream

This recipe is great if you have just realised you have nothing to give the kids for dessert or you just need a little accompaniment! to a dessert you have made. I am not saying in anyway this is better than making your own ice cream with a custard base but this is fabulous if your in a hurry or don't have many ingredients in your cupboards.

Half a cup of Milk
1 Tbsp of Caster Sugar
6 Tbsp of Salt
Half a tsp of Vanilla
1 Small zip bag
1 Big zip bag

1. Mix the milk, sugar and vanilla in the small zip bag and zip up.
2. Fill the large bag with ice and the salt.
3. Put the small bag in the bag with the ice and salt.
4. Zip up the big bag and shake hard for 5 minutes.
5. Then grab a spoon and enjoy your ice cream.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Retro Cupcakes!

I think these cakes are pretty cool if I do say so myself :) I wanted to do something a little fun and different from all the Valentines cupcakes I had been making recently so here they are 12 coffee cupcakes filled with my smooth chocolate butter cream filling and covered with rolled icing and pretty flowers. I wanted to do a little detail piping because I haven't done any for a while so I piped with green royal icing little leaves coming out from the flowers. The others are piped with the butter cream on top and a groovy retro flower. Hope you enjoy having a look and would love to know what you think of them. Also if you have any ideas please let me know. Thank you Hannah's Buns also you can find me on face book.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

21 st Birthday Cake

This cake was lovely to make as the lady wanted something pretty pink and lots of glitter which I love.  The ladies daughter was turning 21 and she wanted a very special cake for her birthday. She told me that her daughter loves shoes and that her childhood favourite characters were Big Bird and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. So i got to work on Big Bird first and made her out of sugar paste then a week before the cake dead line I started to make the shoe as you have to let the paste go hard before you can put it all together.  The lady and her husband were very happy and here is the email they sent me after below. Thank you for taking a look at my blog. :)

Hi Hannah

Just to let you know the cake tasted utterly delicious and my daughter and family were all totally amazed at what you had created. I don't think it will last long but the main thing was my daughter's reaction. Thank you.

Best Wishes

Sue Youngs

More Valentines Cupcakes

Just a few more Valentine cupcakes to show you, I think these are really pretty a chocolate sponge cupcake with chocolate butter cream. I have really enjoyed making Valentines cakes but can't wait to start something different now. :)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentines Cake pops

What a great idea for a little present on Valentines day to the one you love.  Six heart shaped cake pops with chocolate sponge and chocolate butter cream.  These cake pops are great because they last longer than cupcakes as the candy melts keep the sponge inside moist.  To be fair though once you start to eat these little treats they don't last for too long. Hope you like the pictures :)

Comment from the lady I made the cake pops for below
( The valentines pop cakes you made us were by far the best cake I have ever tried!! )

Chicken Saute Chasseur

As we are drawing closer to the 14th I thought I would give you a great recipe to cook for your loved one, if you are planning to stay in and avoid the freezing temperatures. This dish originates from france and I thought it would be a great treat for valentines day its warm and easy to make even after a hard day at work. The dish is called Chicken saute chasseur which means hunters chicken. The chicken I have used is free range for I do believe it tastes better and having my own chickens makes me care more about how the animal is treated in the short life it has. I understand free range chicken is expective but I myself would rather eat chicken just once a week and know that it has had a good life and I think the quality is brillant.

Chicken saute chasseur

50g Butter

Salt & Pepper

1 Chicken

10g Shallots (Chopped)

100g Button Mushrooms (Sliced)

3 Tbsp Dry white wine

250ml Brown Stock

Tomato concassee (4 large fresh tomatoes)

Parsley & Tarragon (Chopped)
Chop your chicken into portions you should have drumsticks, thighs,the carcass, wings and breast. If your not comfotable in doing this you can always ask your butcher who will be happy to help.
Place the butter in a big hot pan and season the chicken portions
Then place into the pan in order above.
Cook till golden brown on on both sides.
Cover with a lid and cook in oven or on stove on a medium heat till tender.
While the chicken is cooking make your tomato concassee
Boil a pan of water and score the bottom of the tomatoes into a cross shape ( you just want to cut the skin)
Place the tomatoes into the boiling water for 15 seconds ( I find 1 elephant 2 elephant works for me)
Then place straight into ice cold water to cool.
Once cold peel away the skin and chop into small cubes discarding the seeds.
Once your chicken is cooked place in a suitable dish ( you can keep warm in the oven) and add the shallots to the pan the chicken was cooked in. Cook on a gentle heat with out colouring the shallots for 1-2 minutes.
Add the washed sliced mushrooms cover with lid and cook for 3-4 mintures do not colour. Drain off the fat.
Add the white wine and reduce it down by half, then add your brown stock and concassee and cook for 5 minutes.
Then pour over your chicken and sprikle with your fresh herbs. This can be served with buttery mashed potatoes or maybe steamed rice would be lovely.

There you have it a wonderful dish to serve up on Valentines day if you would like a dessert why not try one of my delicious chocolate heart cakes coverd with my mouth watering ganache glaze. Please visit my website for contact details and I will be happy to give you a quote.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Minnie mouse Cake

Very sweet birthday cake for a little girls 4th birthday. Just a vanilla sponge cake with butter cream and jam. Then covered in rolled fondant and I piped on top in royal icing. I made the cake pink with white dots which I think represents Minnie mouse well.  I made Minnie out of rolled fondant and painted her face and dressed her in a yellow dress so she would stand out on the cake better. Hope you like my creation :)

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Hannah's Buns New Logo

Here it is guys my new Logo for Hannah's Buns Patisserie.  So exciting now I have my very own logo it feels more real that I have my  business up and running and my dreams of opening my shop seems closer than ever before. I know if might sound a bit silly but there really is nothing else I think about more than opening my own shop full of cakes and pastries. Apart from my children of course they will always be number one. I can just see it now, early morning starts me in the kitchen cooking away getting all the produce ready for the day ahead. People coming in for a morning coffee and a croissant. The rush of the lunch time crowd popping in for a quick take away before returning back to work. Then the afternoon arrives and in come the shoppers for a relaxing cup of tea and one of Hannah's Buns special cakes.  While this is all going on I'm in the kitchen preparing the spectacular cakes for weddings, birthdays and other occasions. Then the last people leave I clean up say goodbye to the staff shut shop ready for what tomorrow will bring. A big thank you to Amanda Barrett for designing my amazing logo.  Oh and by the way La petite Patissere means little pastry chef  :)

Friday, 10 February 2012

My Last Valentines cupcakes for A Revolution

So these are the last of the valentines cupcakes  for A revolution.  I thought I would try something new as I love to experiment. Some times I feel more like a scientist  than a chef.  I love to come up with new ideas, different flavours and textures I haven't used before. I'm hoping to do a lot more of this with my business. I don't want to be like every other cake maker and I am studying hard at the moment to learn more and more about desserts and cakes to one day be the best pastry chef I can be.  These cakes are vanilla and the pink butter cream  is made using the  Italian meringue technique. You first make your Italian meringue then incorporate your butter and the flavour you want. I have also made a few cakes with the chocolate butter cream.  I made my stencil and cut out some ruby red lips and covered in glitter. Valentines wouldn't be valentines without some red roses these are quick roses instead of wired ones and a little teddy bear.  Hope you enjoy reading my blog and hope  that I haven't made you too hungry.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Haverhill Arts Centre cakes

A couple of days ago I had a phone call from the Haverhill Arts Centre. Sadly the lady who normally makes their cake and has been doing so for years is very ill and they wondered if I would be able to make  their cakes for them.  I asked what sort of thing does the lady make and they told me chocolate cake, coffee, lemon and Victoria sponge. I said yes of course I can make them for you and when the lady gets better if she still wants to make the cakes I will of course step down but I am willing to help them out for as long as they need me to. So here they are, 8 cakes all made in one day with one baking tin that was fun I tell you! Might have to invest in some more tins if I continue to make their cakes :)

Chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream and chocolate glaze

Victoria sponge with strawberry jam vanilla butter cream and dusted with icing sugar

Lemon drizzle with a lemon hard frosting on top ( My Fav)

This is the coffee cake with coffee butter cream and a coffee glaze.