Fat Rascals

This recipe makes about 12 fat rascals, a bit like the ones that a well known tea room make.

Here is what you will need….

4oz butter

8oz self raising flour

a pinch of salt

1oz caster sugar

2oz currants

4 tablespoons of milk

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.

Rub the butter into the flour and salt.  Add the currants and sugar and then mix in the milk to form a soft dough.  Split the mixture into 12 individual lumps and place these on a lightly greased baking tray, make sure you leave some room in between then.

Bake in the middle of the oven for approx 15 minutes.


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Has anyone else done any weekend baking?

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We are not amused

A while ago I came across some individual Victoria sponges and thought they looked rather scrumptious.  I did a bit of searching and found a few places that sold the individual cake tins but they were quite expensive, so, I decided to have a go at making them in a normal cupcake tin.  I have made these a few times now and they have always turned out really well.

Here is what to do…..

I normally use my tried and tested sponge recipe but if you do not want to start from scratch then a packet mix will be just fine.  Grease your cupcake tin and fill with cake mixture to about half way up each section.

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Pop them in the oven for approx 15 – 20 minutes (I normally check on them after 10 minutes) on gas mark 4.

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Once they are done I place a cooling rack on the top of the tray and then turn the rack and the tray upside down………I hope this makes sense!  I give a quick tap on the bottom of each part of the tin, this should release each cake.  I then turn each cake the right way up and leave to cool.

Once cooled each cake needs to be cut into two.  Now I know that most people put jam in their Victoria sponge but I prefer lemon curd (I do have a bit of a lemon curd obsession!).  I place approx a teaspoon of lemon curd on the bottom half of  the cake and then a dollop of cream on the top half.  I use double cream and whisk it until it goes thicker.  Don’t worry about spreading the lemon curd and cream out as when the two halves are sandwiched together it spreads them out.

Place on a pretty cake stand with a sprinkle of icing sugar and there you go, individual Victoria sponges.

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WARNING – These are extremely moreish!

What my Christmas looked like

This Christmas has been one with ups and downs.  The downs were several hospital visits with my 92 year old Grandma, one of which involved her breaking her wrist!  My favourite up has to be the birth of  my nephew on the early hours of Boxing Day (he was not due until the 7th January).  His name is Beau and he is the most beautiful little boy I have ever seen 🙂

With Christmas being so hectic I didn’t get chance to do the post that I really wanted to do so I have a combined post which includes Christmas, my Sisters birthday and New Year.

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I had some lovely presents from Santa, here are a few of my favourites…..

Cath Kidstson wheeled suitcase

Cath Kidston Spot carry all bag (I got this in blue)

Green ipod nano named Elphaba (I am a big Wicked fan)

Red stag onesie from Top Shop – sorry I can’t find it on the Top Shop site

A ticket to see Lion King – or King Lion as my niece says!

Think of a wonderful thought Disney Couture bracelet from Zentosa

Once upon a time watch from asos – again I could no longer find this on their site

A class to learn how to make macaroons

A stag antler necklace which was at the top of my Christmas list from Ginger Pickle  -I can no longer find the item in the store but my Mum said that they were really helpful 🙂  There are some gorgeous items on their site and I will definitely be making another purchase from these.

We also celebrated my Sisters 26th Birthday with a Mexican themed night……I am still humming the Mexican hat song!

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My parents had decided earlier in December that they would have a New Year fancy dress party.  I had such a good night.  The costumes, food and fireworks were all amazing.

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Happy New Year!