Watching Elf over and over had me craving something sweet, not quite the sugar covered spaghetti he makes for breakfast but how about sugar covered pancakes! I used the American pancake recipe from Jamie Oliver which is super easy and the results are amazing! Proper fluffy pancakes.
To make them you will need:
3 large free-range eggs
115g plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
140ml of milk
pinch of salt
First sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, adding the baking powder and milk in too. Next separate the eggs, the whites in one bowl and the yolks in with the flour and milk mixture. You then want to mix the flour mixture together into a smooth thick batter. In the other bowl, add the salt to the egg whites and whisk until stiff. Fold this into the mixture and your ready to go!
Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and ladle the mixture into the pan, frying for a few minutes until it looks golden and firm. The amount of mixture you use for each pancake depends on what size you like to make them. Use a spatula to loosen the pancake before flipping over and continue until both sides are golden.
You can serve the pancakes with anything you like! I have a terrible sweet tooth so I would always go for something like Nutella and banana. However you could also go for bacon and maple syrup, fruit, jam .. the options are endless!
Christmas is the perfect time for a bit of baking and what better than some festive Christmas cookies. These are so easy to make and are a perfect treat for when anyone comes over during December. It’s also a really fun activity to do with your friends, children or boyfriend, especially the decorating part.
The recipe is really straight forward and you can make them into any shapes you’d like! I went for stars and circles, which were meant to be decorated as Christmas baubles but that didn’t really go to plan.
What you will need:
90g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs
300g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Start by mixing the sugar and butter together in a bowl until it is light and fluffy. Next crack two eggs and the vanilla extract into a separate bowl, gradually adding this to the sugar and butter mix. Once they are mixed together you want to start adding the flour, baking powder (not a lot as it may effect the cookie’s shape) and a pinch of salt, mixing it all together until it forms a dough like constancy. I had to add a bit more flour, but if you do this remember to even it out by also adding some sugar.
Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for an hour.
Next you want to pre-heat your oven to 180oc and slightly flour the surface you will be working on. You will then roll out your dough and use your cookie cutter to create the cookie shapes before placing them on a lined baking tray. Bake them in the oven for around 20 minutes until they are a pale golden colour.
Now its time to decorate! This is the stage where you can do whatever you like. I decided to make some icing by simply adding some water to icing sugar, then decorating them with some silver balls. For a even simpler but effect look you can just add a dusting of the icing sugar on top of the cookies, giving them a festive snowy feel.
Ireland has always been a place I have wanted to visit so buying flights to Dublin for my boyfriends birthday seemed like the perfect excuse! We only had three days there but made the most of it!
We spent the majority of the weekend exploring, eating and shopping, which was perfect. On our first day we took a trip to the Guinness Storehouse, a must see for anyone going to visit Dublin! As much as I wanted to love it, Guinness just isn’t for me but I still had a great time going around the factory, learning how Guinness is made and even got to pour my own pint!
After the tour, Michael paid for us to get a horse and cart back into the centre of town, which was amazing! Definitely something you don’t get to do in Glasgow. The town looked beautiful with all the Christmas lights and festive shop displays, especially Brown Thomas where I had to fight the urge to buy everything in the store! I was in my element. Christmas for me starts the 1st of November so I got so excited when the decorations finally starting popping up everywhere.One of the main highlights from the weekend was the food. On our first night we found the perfect eating spot just across from the famous Temple Bar. The restaurant was called The Old Mill and was just what we were looking for. The weather had been dry but absolutely freezing so some good Irish grub was much needed. I honestly don’t think I have ever been so full from one dish. I opted for the cottage pie which came with the most amazing gravy I have ever tasted while Michael went for the fish and chips. We ended up returning the following night and, as much as I wanted to have the cottage pie again, I decided to mix it up and go for the bangers and mash and oh myyy. Amazing. The portion sizes are huge and for just ten Euros per meal it was super affordable too!
On our second day we had a lovely relaxed morning in the hotel jacuzzi before heading down to Dublin Zoo. Again the weather was freezing but it managed to stay dry until our last day so we were pretty lucky! One of my favourite things about Dublin was the buzzing atmosphere, with busy shoppers filling the high streets and the pubs always full to the brim.
Dublin is the ideal place if you are looking for a weekend away in the city. I already want to start planning my next trip! Hopefully one day I will get the chance to explore Ireland properly but for now Dublin was the perfect way to start.