I celebrated my 25th Birthday this week and of course a Birthday isn’t complete without a sweet treat of some kind. In this case it was the Biscuiteers Happy Birthday Luxe Biscuit Tin. Biscuiteers produce luxury Biscuit Collections for all occasions, each and every biscuit hand iced and delivered by post. They offer Biscuit Tins, Biscuit Boxes, Biscuit Cards, the list goes on. And each collection can be personalised to make the gift even more special.

Biscuiteers Happy Birthday Luxe Biscuit Tin

The Happy Birthday Luxe Biscuit Tin contains 16 hand iced biscuits, available in either Chocolate or Gluten Free Vanilla. Presented in a gorgeous, hand illustrated tin. Biscuits include a giant Birthday Cake (which can be personalised), cupcakes, candles, presents, balloons, party hats, all sorts. I really enjoyed making my way through these, of course I shared them with Sam, reluctantly.

As well as Birthday Biscuits, Biscuiteers have the perfect, personalised gift for all occasions. My favourites are the Butterfly Biscuit Tin or the Bouquet Biscuit Tin. I love all the bright colours used in these. They also offer the chance to have a London Themed Afternoon Tea at the Biscuteers Boutiques, or a DIY Icing Session at either the Notting Hill or Northcote Road Icing Cafes. I’d love to ice my own Biscuiteers Biscuits one day. Although I couldn’t make them look anything like these ones. I’m in awe of the skill these decorators have.

If you are new to Biscuiteers you can get 15% off by using my email address (ami-rose@hotmail.co.uk) at checkout, if that doesn’t work just send me a quick email and I’ll send you the discount link.

How gorgeous is the Biscuiteers Happy Birthday Luxe Biscuit Tin? Have you tried Biscuiteers biscuits before?

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Viennese Whirls have been one of my favourite treats for as long as I can remember. People don’t understand why I love them so much. Especially when they’ve been in the fridge for a while and the jam has gone all chewy, mmmm. I’m sure I get it from my Dad as they’re one of his favourite treats too. When I spotted this Viennese Whirls Recipe in my Great British Bake Off Calendar I wanted to make them right away.  They’re one of those things that you don’t think are possible to make yourself, so understandably I was over the moon with how they turned out.

viennese whirls recipe

Ingredients:

Makes 18-20 (I halved the ingredients to make 8-10)

250g unsalted butter

100g icing sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

250g plain flour

30g cornflour

1/2tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1tbsp milk

For the Buttercream

75g unsalted butter

1tsp vanilla extract

175g icing sugar

3tbsp raspberry jam

Method:

Preparation/chilling: 30 minutes | Baking: 10-12 minutes

1. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

2. Use a free standing mixer or hand whisk to beat the butter for 2-3 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the icing sugar and beat for a further 2-3 minutes.

3. Sift the flour, cornflour, baking powder and salt into the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the milk and mix 30 seconds.

4. Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle and pipe 18-20 spirals, around 5cm in diameter on the prepared baking trays. Make sure you leave a little space between each one to allow for spreading. Chill the biscuits for 20 minutes whilst the oven is preheating to 170c (150c fan).

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until pale golden at the edges. Allow to cool whilst you make the buttercream filling.

6. To make the buttercream, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes until pale and soft, add the vanilla and mix again. Gradually add the icing sugar until the buttercream is pale, light and soft.

7. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and spiral on to the inside of half the biscuits. Spread the other half of the biscuits with jam and sandwich the two together.

Enjoy… 

I’d love to see your pictures if you have a go at this Viennese Whirls Recipe. Did you see last week’s Quality Street Chocolate Brownies?

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Recipe courtesy of The Great British Bake Off 2017 Wall Calendar.

Every Christmas I am left with SO MUCH chocolate I don’t know what to do with it. Other than sit and binge watch Pretty Little Liars with a tub of Heroes of course, I may have done that more times than I can count. This Christmas, or New Year should I say, I have challenged myself. Instead of getting rid of my Christmas chocolate by eating it during TV marathons, I’m going to eat it in the form of cake instead – in this case Gooey Chocolate Brownies. Good plan? I thought so too.

gooey chocolate brownies with quality street

gooey chocolate brownies with quality street

I’m going to try and incorporate my leftover chocolate into different cakes and cookies. I can remember my Christmas Popcorn Chocolate Bark being much loved so I’m hoping lots of you attempt these recipes too. I’m sure you’ve got lots of chocolate lying around.

This week’s recipe is Gooey Chocolate Brownies with the addition of Quality Street, the “Purple One”, Caramel Swirl and “The Green Triangle” to be exact. I though the Green Triangle would give them a bit of texture, the hazelnut in The Purple One would give them a bit of a crunch and of course the caramel would give them a gorgeous sticky caramel taste. I’m writing this before I’ve attempted to make them and my gosh is my mouth drooling.

I’ve used a basic Chocolate Brownie Recipe to make these, I didn’t think I’d need to do anything special with the base recipe as I’ll be adding the Quality Street to give them the “wow factor”. I hope so anyway.

Chocolate Brownie Ingredients:

Makes 12 small Brownies/6 large Brownies

135g butter or margarine

180g caster sugar

2 eggs

50g self-raising flour

35g cocoa powder

Your choice of chocolate filling. I’ve used Quality Street but you can use anything such as Chocolate Chips (around 70-100g).

 

Method:

Preparation: 10 minutes | Baking: 40 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 180c (160c fan), grease and line a baking tin.

2.  As you know, I love the all-in-one method. Especially now with my stand-alone mixer (thanks Santa). Put all of the ingredients except for your chocolate filling into a bowl and mix gently until well blended.

3. Add your chocolate. I like to add this after so they don’t get mixed up too much/broken. Of course, this will depend on the chocolate chosen. I chopped some of my Quality Street Chocolates into halves or thirds and left some of them whole.

4. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking tin and even the top with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake for 40 minutes until the top of the Brownies have hardened and a skewer comes out clean. Be careful not to burn the top. Allow to cool.

Enjoy…

What do you think of this Gooey Chocolate Brownies recipe? What a fun way to use up that leftover Christmas Chocolate.

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Well hasn’t this post been a long time coming. I feel like I’ve gone on and on (and on) about Primark Nail Polish on my various social medias. But I’m yet to write a single post on them. I haven’t long discovered Primark Nail Polish, I think I used my first one around 6 months ago, but boy are they a game-changer.

I really wasn’t expecting much from a 90p Nail Polish. Yep, you heard me right NINETY PENCE. And that’s not in the sale either. I’m sure Primark have another range for around 60p too. As I was saying, I wasn’t expecting miracles. But the first time I used this polish I was stunned. And as the days went by, I was more and more stunned.

PS... Primark Nail Polish

This goes on like a dream, or at least the two colours I’ve tried do anyway. They’re one of my “one coat wonders”. Perfect for when you don’t have much time to paint your nails. I’ve found that after one coat these polishes are touch dry after only a few minutes and “get on with your day dry” after around 15-30.

The two colours I’ve tried are Lavender Dream and Brulee. Both polishes stayed without chipping whatsoever for 4+ days and lasted even longer when paired with my trusty Orly Tough Cookie. Nope, I will never stop recommending that one.

I did spend a while prepping my nails before painting them with Brulee as they did need a bit of TLC after being neglected throughout the Christmas period. This meant that the polish was much easier to work with as I wasn’t having to cover dry, brittle nails. I have an updated nail care routine coming up next month but some of my favourite products are the No7 Nail and Cuticle Cream and the Burts Bees Lemon Cuticle Balm. I use these as a pair.

If you haven’t tried Primark Nail Polish by now then I’d love for you to try them and give me your feedback and colour recommendations. I’m already wondering which ones to try next. I have some of their false nails to try too so I’ll be sure to give you my feedback on those.

What are your favourite Primark nail polish or make-up ranges?

Until next time,

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Hello hello. How are you all? It’s been over a month since my last post and I’m not sure where that time has gone. It’s been so long that I’d even forgotten how to start a new post. I’m writing this as my Internet has finally been sorted. You would have probably seen from my tweets if you follow me on Twitter. For the last 6 months my Internet has not been faster than 0.17mpbs at work, and I’m still waiting for Internet at home. After trying to get it fixed various times, I’d had enough and phoned to leave – it was only then that they offered a fibre connection which has been installed today. I’m now getting 30mbps – for a cheaper price than I was paying for 0.17mbps. Work that one out? I feel over the moon to actually be able to work, edit photos, write, (download Animal Crossing)…

I wanted to write a hopefully little health/life/house update before I go back to posting regular content. And obviously share my Christmas Giveaway with you. For months I have been absolutely exhausted. To a point that I’d be wanting a nap at my desk in the middle of the day, despite sleeping 8+ hours. I felt like I’d tried everything from drinking more water, to exercising, overhauling my diet, sleeping longer, sleeping less. I was getting home from work at 6pm and I could just about manage my daily tasks before collapsing on the sofa. Yet alone consider writing or working on the house. It was beyond ridiculous. I decided to book an appointment for a blood test to check if there was anything causing this extreme tiredness and was quite quickly diagnosed with Iron and Vitamin B12 deficiency.

As a result I have been taking Iron tablets twice daily and I’ve had 2 out of 5 of my Vitamin B12 shots. I am feeling so much better already. Of course I’m not expecting it to work miracles straight away but that little bit of extra energy has made a world of difference to me. I’m finally able to sit down with a cup of tea and write, without falling asleep at my desk. I’ve even done a lot of baking too!

As for the house, we’ve spent the last couple of weekends working on it after a few months off. The kitchen is very nearly finished. We’ve got about another day to go on it fitting and painting the skirting boards, kitchen plinths and fitting the blinds. And we have a working downstairs toilet too which was important to us to get finished before our families come and stay over Christmas. We’ve even bought a dining room table. All these little things are slowly but surely making it feel like home.

We’ve got a few other things we’re wanting to tick off our “house to-do list” before Christmas is upon us but we’re not going to stress ourselves out about it either. Then next year we’ve got the big job of renovating the main bathroom. Oh my I’m so excited to have a bath again. I’ll be publishing my 2018 “house to-do list” shortly as I know it’ll motivate me to get things done. It’s a very long list though…

Christmas Giveaway

And then it’s on to the bit you’ve all been waiting for. My Christmas Giveaway. I didn’t get around to doing my “5000 Twitter Follower Giveaway” so you’ve got one big one instead. I’m thrilled to be giving you the opportunity to win all of these lovely products including some of my favourites. All of these products are worth a whopping £180. I’m going to be announcing the winner on Christmas Day so I’m sure this will make a wonderful Christmas present for someone. The first two options are mandatory but there’s plenty of options for extra entries too. And make sure you keep an eye on my Twitter as I’ll be doing a few other giveaways on the run up to Christmas. (UK only. Crate not included)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this little life update. Don’t forget to enter my Christmas Giveaway.

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