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Easy baking for snow days

Storm Emma and the Beast from the East are in full sway, here at If I Knew You Were Coming, we love a snow day, it’s a chance to light the fire, put on warm PJ’s and bake!

Here are a couple of our go to easy baking recipes for those times you just don’t have a wide range of ingredients and need the comforting smell and taste of a delicious homemade bake!

Fairy Buns

Ingredients

  • 100 g (4 oz)Margarine
  • 100 g (4 oz)caster sugar
  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 100 g (4 oz) Self Raising Flour

Method

  • Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Fill  a bun tray with 12 bun cases.
  • Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each.
  • Gently fold in remaining flour.
  • Spoon the mixture into pre-prepared bun cases and bake for around 15 mins.

We like to top with a delicious buttercream using 50g butter or margarine, creamed together with 100g sieved icing sugar, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a dash of milk. If you want a quicker topping melt 100g of milk chocolate in the microwave and simple spoon over the top of the fairy buns! Delicious and comforting for when you have returned from making a snowman!

Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 125g/4oz butter
  • 55g/2oz caster sugar, plus extra to finish
  • 180g/6oz plain flour

Method

  • Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
  • Cream the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
  • Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste, empty on a worktop and roll out until the paste is 1cm/½in thick.
  • Cut into shapes and place onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with caster sugar and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown.
  • Set aside to cool on a wire rack.

 

 

For those times when you want to bake something a bit different that you may not have the ingredients for, our baking kits and baking subscriptions hit the spot.  We have tasty recipes for Brownies, Cookies and Muffins. Yum!

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