Fill n’ Flip Pan Review – Cheesecake brownie cake

Fill n’ Flip Pan Review – Cheesecake brownie cake

I admit I am a sucker for a baking gadget or novelty baking tin. As such I was delighted to try a Fill n Flip Pan from the Create and Craft company. I keep seeing all of these beautiful cakes with a deep layer of filling so I was keen to try a recipe for myself. For my first attempt I tried a brownie recipe – heavier cake recipes tend to work better in more unusual shaped tins. (Also, who doesn’t love cheesecake brownies?)

I know my cake isn’t the most well decorated masterpiece but I always like to think my baking is pretty rustic. Dane actually made a point to tell me how much he liked his cake and it was pretty popular when I took it into work – I think the deep fill means you can add contrasting flavours and really experiment with your baking. I found the cake tins so easy to use and my two cake pieces fit together really well. The tins themselves are incredibly well made. Although you need to grease them to make them non stick, the cakes come out really easily which I suppose is exactly what you want from a cake tin.

To make your cheesecake brownie you will need:

For the cake

4 eggs

315g soft brown sugar

125g cornflour

250g dark chocolate

150g butter

35g cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

Cake release spray or extra butter for greasing

For the filling

280g light cream cheese

50g icing sugar

1 vanilla pod or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam

 

Grease your cake tins. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Beat your eggs and sugar together until fluffy and leaves a trail on top of the mixture. Use a sieve to add in your flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Melt your chocolate and butter together and slowly fold into the batter.

 

Pour into the cake tins and bake for about 30 minutes until a skewer comes out of the thickest past of the cake clean. Remove from the cake tins and set aside to cool.

To make the filling beat together the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla. Spread a thin layer of jam onto the bottom layer of the cake. Add the cream cheese filling into the inner hole of the cake. Press together the two lake layers. Serve to anybody who deserves a treat (including yourself).

 

Thank you to Love Cooking for sending me such an amazing produce. I will definitely be using this again in further baking ventures.

The Fill n Flip Pan is available here.

I was sent the Fill n Flip Pan to review but all opinions are my own.

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A little homeware update

A little homeware update

I supposed this post goes slightly hand in hand with the fact that it was my birthday yesterday. Perhaps I have become a slightly more “adultier” adult? Anyway, as D was already pretty well installed into our home when I moved in, but we’re slowly making updates to little things in the decor (next stop is a new bed for us, whoopee!)

Here is a few of my favourites in case anyone is interested.

  1. Le Creuset Cast Iron Casserole Dish

Le Creuset is one of my absolute favourite places to buy cookware from. We have a few things that I have picked up over the past few months. However, this one is particularly special as I saved up vouchers I got for various work awards in order to buy this and it took me months so I was delighted to finally get this. I chose the Marseille Blue version to tone in with things we have already.

If you’re balking at the thought of paying more for one of these babies consider that my parents have Le Creuset cast iron cookware from when they were first married over 30 years ago so it’s price per use is actually decent.

2. John Lewis Croft Collection Colander

Apart from the fact that this is ridiculously pretty this probably isn’t an exciting purchase. our colander was won in a raffle by my parents and needed replacing so I picked up this one as I couldn’t resist the floral pattern. I look forward to using it.

3. Cole and Mason Spice Carousel

As a keen cook I am loving my new spice carousel. This was a wonderful belated Christmas gift from my parents on Monday. We are both pretty taken with how it looks and I am enjoying being able to season our meals without having to delve into our cupboards for herbs and/or spices. Thanks parents!

4. Various pictures from On the Wall

On the wall is an independent shop on Boar Lane in Leeds which specialises in selling vintage prints, art prints and posters from cult and anime films. We have recently updated our bedroom (and have more to go into the kitchen and bedroom) with various framed pictures. This has given our bedroom such a refresh and it feels so much more ours now. Also, taking older pictures down has made everything feel more spacious and I feel like have made a stamp on our home as a couple more now. (Next post will include the print with the t-rex on it!)

5. Chicken egg basket (and heart fruit bowl), Matalan

Matalan has some great finds in its homeware section. I was really excited to find both of these. They both cost less that £10 too which was pretty cool for something I had been angling for for a while (the fruit bowl is not pictures as mine is currently housing a few sad looking apples and kiwis). I do prefer finding home things from a variety of places as it really feels more like your own home and not a direct copy of a catalogue.

6. Rose Gold Photo Frame and Mug, New look

I can’t actually find my exact mug on the New Look website but it must be said, New Look have some fantastic home finds currently. Whether you’re decorating your first university room or casually sneaking girlier kitchenware past your boyfriend, don’t forget New Look if you want to add a few feminine touches.

Homemade Christmas Wreath

Homemade Christmas Wreath

I wish I could pretend I had a grand plan about making my own decorations this year. I am so far from organised sometimes when it comes to planning blog posts (and also how our home will look) its unreal. However, in a fit of Christmassy enthusiasm last week, D and I may possibly (definitely) have bought too many baubles for our little tree.

Anyway, credit goes out to D for suggesting that I used out smaller ones last year to “fashion some kind of wreath”. I think it looks pretty good. Very rustic and homemade, but pretty cute. As a bonus I wasn’t slaving for hours or struggling with a hot glue gun making this.

Anyway if you want to make something similar you will need:

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A plain natural rattan wreath (mine was the 30.5cm one from Hobbycraft)

Approx 25 small baubles (or other little Christmas decorations)

Craft wire

At least 60cm festive ribbon

A suction hook to attach your wreath to the door if you don’t have a knocker (see here)

 

If your baubles have any string attached, cut this off. You won’t need it and you can use the loops on your baubles to attach it to the wreath with the wire. Cut about 8cm wire and tightly twist it around one of the sticks in your wreath. Add your bauble and twist the wire to hold it in place on the wreath. Twist the wire all the way along and tuck the sharp ends into the wreath so nobody’s finger gets cut on it.

Although this looks best if its not exactly even (it adds to the homemade charm) try to make sure the baubles are relatively evently spaced and the colours aren’t grouped together too much; unless that’s what you like best, but you may need more decorations to achieve this effect.

Once the wreath is nicely covered in baubles tie your ribbon to it around some of the sticks in a bow.

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The good thing about this is that although it looks pretty natural it can be used year after year.

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I hope you’re all starting to feel nice and festive. Have a good day.

Home bit part 2

I thought I’d post a little update on things in our home. We were lucky enough to be given a few things around the Christmas period and I thought I’d have a wander round the house snapping things at random that made me smile last Tuesday. We also had to buy a Dyson ball vacuum cleaner and a freezer after I broke our last one (I am fully aware that puncturing a hole in a freezer chipping away at an ice buildup doesn’t exactly scream domestic Goddess). Nevertheless, the aforementioned purchases were possibly the most exciting purchases of the lot. You know you’re getting old when you get excited that your bagless vacuum is picking up way more sawdust from your pets than the previous model you had.

1. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Print

I bought D this for his birthday back in August and it has been sitting around for months waiting for one of us to frame it. I actually found the perfect sized frame in Asda. While it’s easier and equally NICE to buy pictures and prints already framed, sometimes its fun to choose your own frames for things, especially more specialist prints. If you have something that’s an awkward size or shape and you don’t want to trim it down; you can always mount it on coloured card and buy a bigger frame to make it look more finished off.

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2. Billy the Kid lyrics print

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As I have mentioned a few times D is a music journalist and I am lucky enough to have opportunity to go along to so many gigs and shows I wouldn’t normally see. One of our loveliest evenings was watching Billy the Kid at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds where D picked up this poster after interviewing Billy. Again, I framed this with a plain glass frame from Hobbycraft. (We also ended up naming our girl rabbit Billy!)

3. Cake stand from Asda

DSCN2342It has become a bit of a running joke with my friend Ed that D and I go to Crown Point in Leeds rather a lot. I have been eyeing up cake stands since I first began blogging and I was always put off by lack of space. Luckily this is slightly less of an issue now, which means that cakes now sit in pride of place on the table when I bake, or if we have a special meal.

4. Salt and pepper pots from Austria

DSCN2344My wonderful parents picked this lovely pair up for me when they were on holiday in Austria. As we’re a bit pet mad in this house these fit right in. Cute little things like these are a perfect way or adding a bit of fun into your house without adding too many gimmicks (in my opinion).

5. Debenhams owl oven glove and Rosie’s Pantry dessert spoons

DSCN2345My friend RC got me these lovely items for Christmas and as a belated birthday gift. I think you can still buy the spoons but the poor owl is no longer available online. RC’s real name is actually Rosie so it is highly appropriate. These are the sort of things I would think twice about buying myself due to practicality, so getting them as a gift is a real treat.

6. Egg cups from Asda.

DSCN2347Can you see now why Ed finds it so hilarious that I frequent Asda Living in Crown Point so much? They do some lovely things at very reasonable prices. Possibly I shouldn’t go back for a little while though, at least until I’ve learned where other homeware shops are…

7. Tassimo Machine

DSCN2337They say Scientists run on caffeine and unfortunately I’m no exception. Since D gave me this for Christmas I can barely keep my eyes open until I’ve had my morning caffeine fit. Plus, look how pretty and blue it is! I am saving myself a small fortune by not buying coffee from the show at work; this is so easy to use. I’d recommend one to anyone who enjoys coffee and is pushed for time in a morning.

Christmas Gift Ideas – For the Foodie

Well its now December and Christmas Themed blog posts are well underway – but I can’t bring myself to think about Christmas shopping while it’s still November. Of course, this has its drawbacks in that I always end up getting into a mad panic as the days go on thinking “what do I buy Mum/Dad/big brother/D/the bunnies?”. The answer to my life problems always seem to spring from a good list so I hope if you have not completed your Christmas shopping you enjoy perusing my gift guides (no Dad, you won’t be able to guess from these what you’re getting!)

1. Radnor Preserves – Jam Selection

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Jam always goes down exceptionally well as a gift in my house, and these handmade jams would look the business on any Christmas breakfast table. Twists on popular flavours will add a certain decadence to any slice of toast (or croissant if you prefer). I am desperate to try Blackcurrant and vanilla.

2. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

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To anyone who has been in my house it is no secret that I have a stack of cookbooks. However, this is on my wishlist. My father owns a copy of this and it is filled with truly wonderful recipes that I am desperate to try. Everything that has been cooked for me from this book makes my stomach very happy indeed.

3. Pinnygirls Aprons

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I got sent an email advertising these aprons and I absolutely fell in love. Possibly these are more something for the female foodies out there – but how lovely would these be to wear when you are cooking for a crowd, or just to cheer yourself up when baking on a rainy day? They brighten up your outfit and your kitchen effortlessly and they probably make it look like you went to a great deal of effort preparing any dish.

4. Sophie Conran Carving Set

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Enhance your silverware collection with this beautiful carving set. Especially handy for carving your Christmas dinner with a flourish. This has heirloom written all over it.

5. Their favourite tipple (I have added one of mine to illustrate my point)

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Call me boring – but most people love to receive some nice whiskey, champagne, wine or something they wouldn’t normally buy themselves. Every time they drink it will feel like a treat – and doesn’t everyone deserve to feel treated?

6. Betty’s Chocolate Connoisseur’s Gift Box

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I thought I’d rep a local brand on the blog, but this gift set is a veritable feats for any chocolate lover (you’d just have to hope they shared this with you!).

7. Arthur Price Cheese Knife Set from Debenhams

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I never met a cheese I didn’t like. these cheese knives are the perfect gift for any cheese lover. I mean, obviously if you adored cheese possibly a big cheese wheel would be a better investment, but wouldn’t that start to pong a bit outside of the fridge come Boxing Day? Anyway, these knives look beautiful and mask what fools might call “excessive cheese consumption” with an air of sophistication.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my Christmassy gift guides and other festive posts!

Home bits part 1

I am moving house which means that this blog is officially moving kitchens. As part of this D and I are updating his current home so it is more to our taste and can store all of our accumulated possessions (apparently this girl can shop!) This is a list of some of my current favourites:

1. Joseph Joseph index chopping boards – my wonderful brother actually got these in May for my birthday. Not only do they look really cool, they also help you work more hygienically in the kitchen. Style and substance is always a winner. Available at various stores including Debenhams, John Lewis and Lakeland.

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2. Terry Pratchett Turtle and Elephant Myth poster from Quantum Prints via Etsy. Putting pictures and prints up around your home can really personalise it without too much effort. We are both avid readers and D is a particular fan of Terry Pratchett.blog image

3. Bathroom storage unit from Ikea. As we are both hideously untidy we really need things that make us put stuff away properly. Fortunately this goes well with the bathroom decor and D proved pretty handy with flat pack furniture. He did suggest that as I am a full foot shorter than him I should use the lower shelves and he gets the high ones – he’s a cheeky one.

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This is literally one of the few tidy places in my house right now. Sorry mum!

4. Bathroom hamper from Argos. I was adamant on having somewhere to store my household linens and this was the cheapest option. I’m pretty delighted that it actually looks pretty stylish in real life.

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5. Coloured wine glasses and shot glasses from Asda Living. Clearly we have our priorities right.

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6. Kitchen timer from Debenhams. Our kitchen is being redone in a few weeks hopefully so we have chosen a lot of cream things.

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Here’s a selection of things we currently like (obviously being in possession of 2 X chromosomes I am more bothered about some of these things than him):

7. This beautiful mirror from BHS. Mirrors are excellent at making spaces look bigger and this one is also like a window which makes me inexplicably happy.

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8. Egg holder from Traidcraft. This one is all my choice I’m afraid. I doubt D cares where the eggs are kept but I find this adorable.

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9. Giraffe print from CoulsonMacleod via Etsy. Giraffes are my absolute favourite animal and this is just adorable.

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Now if somebody could find me a fruit bowl I would be more than grateful! I’ll post an update in a few weeks, hopefully with pictures of our home in order.