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Jam Donuts

Fig Jam Donuts

 These yummy jam donuts are week 8 of my GBBO challenge, the theme being advanced dough. It was also the quarter final and the week my favourite contestant left the tent! 

Fig Jam Donuts

I’m going to give you an insight into my brain – it was 1:30am and I couldn’t sleep and was feeling very antsy, so what do I do? Read a book? Watch some television? Nope! I got up and made some donut dough! It seemed to do the trick at least. Normally you would leave this dough to rise in a warm place for an hour or so, but since I wasn’t about to stay up all night making donuts (I may be crazy, but I’m not that crazy!) I left mine to do it’s first rise in the fridge overnight. Having it rise in the fridge slowed down the yeast so it didn’t over prove. The second rise, or actual proving, I did at room temperature and it left me with a perfect donut. 

Fig Jam Donuts

 

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Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup (plus the ultimate hot chocolate)

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup

 

That’s right guys, you get two recipes for the price of one in this post! Plus you’ll be able to make your Pumpkin Spice Latte’s at home for a fraction of the price with this copycat Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup, what more could you want on a Saturday afternoon? 

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I don’t like coffee, at all. In fact, I hate it. I don’t even feel bad about admitting that! But I was always jealous of everybody who got to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes at this time of year, because while I hate coffee pumpkin spice is one of my absolute favourite thing (I mean, I did make pumpkin pie into an ice cream after all). So I went into Starbucks earlier this week and asked for a pumpkin spice hot chocolate. And let me tell you, I got some funny looks from both baristas and lots of “You want pumpkin spice hot chocolate?!” But it was worth the judgemental looks because it was delicious! After my first sip, I knew I was doomed! I was going to become a slave to Starbucks. I’m already a slave to Costa (they make amazing cinnamon hot chocolates, I went there so often when I was living in Birmingham that they got me a Christmas card one year!) so I knew I couldn’t afford to be addicted to Starbucks too, even if just for one season! So, last night I set to make my own pumpkin spice syrup, and boy am I glad I did! 

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup

This syrup is amazing, it has all that yummy warm autumn spices plus that subtle pumpkin taste. I only mad a relatively small amount for my first attempt, but it can easily be doubled or tripled to give you lots more! I can’t tell you how long it will keep since I only made it last night and I’m too eager to share it with you all to test it’s longevity, but it’s a simple syrup so I’m sure it’ll last at least a few months in the fridge. It probably won’t get a chance to last that long in my house though! The syrup is easy to make, the hardest part is straining it as it does take a while – but I’m an impatient person so it’ll be smooth sailing for most people! It also contains real pumpkin* (*or butternut squash technically) so it’s practically healthy (let me have that one okay)! Not a fan of pumpkin? No problem! Switch out the pumpkin puree for some apple puree and you’ve got a beautiful spiced apple syrup! 

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup

You can of course use this syrup in your lattes, it will also be great on pancakes, ice cream – you name it! But I of course used mine in hot chocolate, which is why I’m also going to share with you my ultimate hot chocolate recipe. I got this mixture recipe from Jamie Oliver a long time ago now and I’ve never turned back to ready made hot chocolate mixes since. Trust me, you won’t either. It’s easy to put together as much as you like, stick in a jar and crack into it whenever you need a yummy hot chocolate treat. 

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I urge you to give this syrup a go and I’m willing to bet you that your local Starbucks will be starting to miss your presence! 

I’m going to be bringing this along to Fiesta Friday today, as a late treat for our wonderful host and co-hosts – Angie, Prudy and Naina. Hopefully this little pick me up will keep them and you partiers going through the weekend! If you’ve not partied at Fiesta Friday before, grab a mug and come join us!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup - make your own PSL at home!
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Ingredients
  1. 370ml water
  2. 130g light brown sugar
  3. 200g caster sugar
  4. 100g pumpkin puree
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  7. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  8. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Heat the water and sugars in a medium saucepan over a medium heat until the sugars have dissolved
  2. Stir in the spices and pumpkin puree and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Do not boil. Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Place a wire mesh sieve over a large bowl, and line the sieve with cheese cloth, a muslin or very thin tea towel.
  5. Strain the mixture through this. You will end up with a very thin syrup in the bowl and a thick paste will be left behind. I saved this, I'm not sure what I'll use it for yet though!
  6. Leave the syrup to cool and then stir in the vanilla
  7. Pour into a jar and seal, store in the fridge
Notes
  1. Use 2-3 tbsp of syrup in your coffee or hot chocolate.
  2. See link below for what to do you if you can't buy canned pumpkin puree in your country
A Tipsy Giraffe https://www.atipsygiraffe.com/
 If you can’t get canned pumpkin puree in your country like me, see this post on what I use instead. It’s pretty much the same stuff you’ll find in canned pumpkin puree 🙂

Ultimate Hot Chocolate
A delicious homemade hot chocolate mix, just add hot milk!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 tbsp malt milk drink mix (e.g. horlicks)
  2. 4 tbsp cornflour
  3. 8 tbsp cocoa
  4. 6 tbsp icing sugar
  5. 200g good quality dark chocolate, finely grated
  6. 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/8 tsp salt
  8. Hot milk
  9. Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together
  2. Heat your milk in a pan on medium heat until it's just about to boil
  3. Add your hot chocolate mix and whisk in
  4. Leave to cook on a low heat for a couple of minutes
  5. Pour into your favourite mug, top with whipped cream if using and sprinkle on some pumpkin spice mix
Notes
  1. Use 5 generous tablespoons of mixture per 500ml/1pint of milk
  2. Double this recipe to make as much as you like!
  3. Store in a sealed container
Adapted from Jamie Oliver
Adapted from Jamie Oliver
A Tipsy Giraffe https://www.atipsygiraffe.com/
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Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

ferrero rocher cupcakes

Do these Ferrero Rocher cupcakes even need an introduction? These are the kind of cupcakes that walk into a party and everybody turns their head to stare! They’re the A-Lister of cupcakes, I mean look at them! Moist, rich chocolate cake filled with chocolate hazelnut ganache and topped with chocolate hazelnut swiss meringue buttercream – who doesn’t love chocolate and hazelnut together? They’re the classic couple, the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of food pairings! What I’m trying to say is these cupcakes are to die for, if you like Ferrero Rocher these cupcakes are for you! 

ferrero rocher cupcakes

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Chocolate Avocado Brookies

Super moistly and chocolatey brookies – a cross between a cookie and a brownie, the best of both worlds!

chocolate avocado brookies

Okay, I have a confession to make. These weren’t intended to be brookies, I was trying to make chocolate and avocado cookies but they turned out more like brownies. But these chocolate avocado brookies were amazing and way better than I had originally imagined, so it was definitely a successful mistake! In hindsight, the fact that the “dough” was more a batter than a dough should have been my first clue, and I should have just spread it in a brownie pan. But I do like the rustic look of these and after I baked the first tray and realised how sticky the batter was, I decided to use a mini muffin pan and make brookie cups, which are adorably bite sized.

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Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins

Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins Oh, what can I say about these little drops of heaven that doesn’t sound like some inappropriate love poem?  They are probably some of the best things I’ve ever baked, and I’ve baked a lot of great things (who needs modesty, right?).  Unfortunately I can’t claim the credit for this recipe, it’s from the wonderful Sally’s Baking Addiction. The only changes I made was I made them in mini form and used plain flour! Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins

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