my bucket list of baking

Since so many lovely WordPressers are posting amazing recipes at the minute, I’ve decided to write a “Baking Bucket List” of things to bake throughout my next year at uni. Sharing with four girls and having a boyfriend who will literally eat huge quantities of everything and anything means I can pretty much get away with baking whenever I want, even if it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to.

So here are some of the things I desperately want to make, courtesy of WordPressers (and some others):

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction

Fudgy Cookies and Cream Oreo Brownies  thanks to Sall’s Baking Addiction

Sea Salt Caramel Sauce thanks to Modern Mrs Cleaver (I had something very similar to this in a restaurant recently, it was served with a kind of thick dark chocolate mousse and an orangey flavoured custard type thing (it had a name but I can’t remember)) DELICIOUS

Vegan Zucchini Apple Muffins (Gluten, Dairy and Sugar Free – I plan on making these for my early morning breakfasts before uni!) thanks to Deliciously Ella

Party Rings thanks to Butcher, Baker (because I could literally sit my way through ten packets of party rings in one go and not feel in the slightest bit guilty – if I could make my own, that would just be heaven!)

Mince Pies thanks to Butcher, Baker (for Christmas time!)

Cinnamon Buns (no yeast) thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction

Skinny Peanut Butter Brownies thanks to Sally’s Baking Addicition

Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction…

 

…Can you tell I’m a fan of Sally’s Baking Addiction?!

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And Bang Goes The Healthy Eating – M&M Cookies!

Once again,  a post that doesn’t relate to dating or spending my boyfriend’s money, but they’re just so amazing that i have to post it:

So i’m in the process of baking a batch (or three) of m&m chewy oat cookies, inspired by ‘sally’s baking addiction‘ (which, if you love baking, you NEED to check out, hundreds of amazing recipes for every kind of cake, cookie etc you can think of – heaven!)

A little annoyed though as i got overcharged at the shop for the m&m’s and butter but it doesn’t matter – because they’re going to taste AMAZING. I can’t wait. The dough is in the fridge cooling down just now and i have to wait an hour…a whole hour… 😦

So here is the recipe (you can get it by clicking on the link but it’s an american recipe so uses cups etc, so i’m typing it up for you in gramms to make it easier :D)

Makes: Approximately 30

Costs: Not really sure – it could get pretty expensive with the m&m’s though especially if youv’e been overcharged at the shop *cough cough*. But fairly cheap – certainly the oats/flour/sugar/eggs won’t be much…and you’ll probably have them in your cupboard anyway

Suitable for freezing?: On ‘sally’s baking addiction’ it doesn’t say anything about freezing, however i know from when my mum’s made cookies most recipes allow for freezing the dough (not the cookies once they’re baked). To make this easier you can roll it into a sausage shape and wrap the dough in greaseproof paper and then freeze it. Then when you want to make some cookies, you can just cut off as much dough as you want, and bake it, rather than being forced into baking twenty or so cookies that you won’t eat (or shouldn’t eat).

Perfect for: Sharing/parties/eating alone/after being dumped/after dumping someone/because you can’t be bothered to do the coursework you should be doing instead

You will need:

113g butter

180g sugar (sally’s recipe calls for a mix of brown and white sugar, but seeing as i’m a student, i only have white, and they’re gonna taste just as good)

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla essence (didn’t use it as i don’t have any)

1/2 tsp baking soda (didn’t use it as i don’t have any)

340g rolled oats

227g plain flour

171g (or one of the sharing bags) of m&m’s

‘Sally’s baking addicition’ also has variations of the recipe with different sweets than m&m’s, cookies without the oats, and brownie type things…just experiment yourself 🙂

SO. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the flour, oats, egg, baking soda and vanilla together…I had to use my hands for this bit and add a tiny drop of milk as the mixture wasn’t quite sticking together…then add the m&m’s, no need to measure, the required amount is only about 2 m&m’s short of the sharing bag, so just pour the whole lot in…make sure they’re evenly distributed throughout the mixture…

in the fridge for an hour 🙂

Pop in the fridge for an hour to cool down…then when you’re ready stick them in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 11 minutes – Sally says that they may look undercooked, but they’ll harden a little more once they’re cooling down…they should be chewy and warm to eat 🙂

Lovely…and here are a couple of photos of how my cookies turned out – thanks for the recipe, Sally, and well done on freshly pressed 🙂