Mulled Apple Juice

When you think about Christmas you think, Mince pie's, Christmas markets and drinking warm mulled drinks all wrapped up! But why does your favourite mulled tipple have to be drank when out and about and not in the comfort of your own 'christmassy' home? 

 For this recipe you will need:
Apple Juice or Cider
2 Cinnamon sticks
4 Cloves
Orange peel
Lemon peel 
1 apple
Honey to sweeten

This recipe is so easy and takes 15 minutes to prepare and make. First add your Apple Juice or Cider to a pan and boil gently. Start by adding in your cinnamon sticks, cloves and your Orange and Lemon peel. After 5 minutes add your Honey (2 tbsp) then simmer for another 10 minutes letting all your ingredients infuse.
Separate your ingredients, add Apple segments and 1/2 a Cinnamon stick and serve in your favourite Christmas mug!

Merry Christmas

Gingerbread men


Who doesn't love Gingerbread men... they taste amazing all year round, they remind you of being a Child, you can decorate them however you please and finally you can choose whether you eat a leg, an arm or a head first.

To make these little fella's all you will need is: 
325g plain flour
125g unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
4 tbsp of golden syrup
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarb of soda

For my decorations I kept it very simple I used sultanas for buttons and white icing for facial features. (I must have felt like being healthy when baking these as right now I would used m&m's for buttons and would pipe chocolate for the face).

Turn your oven to 170 degrees, melt your butter, sugar and syrup together stirring until melted. Take off the heat and sieve in your flour, ginger and bicarb of soda. This should then make a stiff dough. Roll your dough on a lightly floured surface until you've got your dough at about 1/2cm. Now the fun begins....

Get your Gingerbread men cutter and start cutting out your little guys. Once all cut out pop your gingerbread men onto your baking tray and put in the centre of the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, these should come out golden brown. (If you have any spare dough you may as well use it so make whatever shapes or letters you want)
Once out the oven leave to completely cool and then decorate as you wish.

I hope you like this recipe and enjoy making your own gingerbread men!

Merry Christmas

Fergie Rox

Christmas cupcakes

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On a Winter's night sometimes all you need is a nice chunky cupcake to get your teeth into. 
This recipe is my own recipe that i've tweaked throughout the years. I'm sure it once came from someone... however, i've been doing the same one for so long that the quantities and ingredients always change depending on how i'm feeling.

Christmas cupcake recipe

To make 6 cupcakes you will need...
20 grams cocoa powder
4 tsp hot water
2 medium eggs
85g butter
85g golden caster sugar
50 grams self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
I cheat and buy frosting for my cupcakes as it just saves me so much time and cleaning (Dr Oetker)
pre bought sprinkles (mine are from Waitrose)
Cupcake cases

Firstly... Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
 Pop all your ingredients into a bowl and mix. I usually add my butter and caster sugar followed by the eggs then flour and finally additional extras.
Get your Christmas cupcake cases and spoon evenly, after their all in case place a rolo chocolate piece on top. Put them in the oven to bake for 10 minutes (give or take) To test, poke a knife into the centre of your cupcakes if there's any residue.... they ain't ready sisterrrrr! Keep checking every 3 minutes or so. 

Once your cupcakes are baked, leave them out to completely cool. (I know the urge to get the frosting on them is intense but you have to push through and be patient). 

Once cool, Go crazy and decorate however you choose. I used chocolate frosting and christmas sprinkles.

I hope you enjoyed this festive recipe,  let me know if you get your bake on! 
Merry Christmas 
Fergie Rox


Snowman Recipe

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 After I put my Christmas tree up I wondered what I could do to keep myself feeling festive so I came up with a few recipes to keep me in the Christmas spirit.
The first recipe is Marshmallow, meringue snowmen! This is a quick, fun and easy recipe that you can whip up if you have any guests round.

The ingredients can be changed to whatever you think will work best. I used...
Chocolate creams 
Mini merguines 
White marshmallows
Black regal icing
Yellow regal icing

Snowman hat
Chocolate creams

 Use the chocolate creams as your base, pop a meringue on top and stick into place using honey. Slice off the top so you can place your marshmallow on top using honey to stick both in place. Roll black regal icing to make your snowmen eyes and then roll yellow/orange icing to create your snowman nose. 
You can give your snowman buttons, hats or arms, get your creativity going!

Let me see all your idea's
Merry Christmas! 
Fergie rox xx

Pupcakes for a Poodle

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Roxie is my little sidekick, so every year just like humans I like to give her, "her special day" 
Today Roxie doodle, Roxikins, Roxie poods, Roxstar is 3 years old! I can't believe I have had her for 3 years, time has gone so fast.
She's helped me through so much, more than anyone could ever know. Dogs really are a human's best friend.
This year I decided to make her Pupcakes, Cupcakes but for dogs. When searching through the internet I found this recipe, tweaked a few things and made sure her favourite treats were packed in. 

Pupcake recipe

First- preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius 
Then add...
1 cup plain flour
1/4 porridge oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 shredded apple
1/2 peanut butter
1 medium banana
1 large egg
1/4 cup honey (plus a little extra)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
tub of cream cheese
more peanut butter

Once all measured pop all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. With the recipe I added an apple, extra peanut butter and honey as I know Roxie has a sweet tooth and she doesn't particularly like carrot or banana.
After all the ingredients are mixed pop them in your muffin cases and into the oven, my oven took 20 minutes but start checking from 15 minutes onwards (No need to worry about your cakes rising).

Whilst your Pupcakes are in the oven it's time to sort out your frosting, for this I used a plastic sandwich bag. Spoon all your cream cheese right to the bottom, layering peanut butter as you go, then cut a small hole at the bottom of the bag and tadahhh.... your very own disposable piping bag. 
Leave your pupcakes to completely cool before you start frosting otherwise you'll have soggy frosting.

I chose to decorate the tops of Roxie's pupcakes with dog version Terry's chocolate orange as chocolate is her ultimate favourite.

For a Dog who is particularly fussy I couldn't believe how fast she scoffed these, even Xena the cat wanted in on the tasting session. When this post goes up we will be having a birthday walk in the forest before tucking into another pupcake with poodle pals.
I hope you liked this recipe, the basis of this comes from Zoella's, try and recreate it and change ingredients to suit your best pals.

Happy Birthday Roxie Doodle.

Fergie Rox 
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