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How to Make a Paper Piping Bag:

This is a lovely video showing how to fold a piping bag
I have become a little obsessed with making macarons; this batch isn’t my best as the almond was a bit grainy.
I used my piping bag to put in the filling- a dark chocolate butter icing.
I tried to dye them pink but it all faded during cooking

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Watch this space for further installments! As Raymond Blanc says, you won’t get it right first time but persevere, and the mistakes are still delicious 😋

My daughter has been DESPERATE to make this recipe, demonstrated here by two Cebeebies presenters.
We have had the tin of pineapple for about a month and were all set to go when my husband inexplicably used up ALL the glacé cherries the Friday before….
What I have learned is
1. A small tin only has 4 (FOUR)  pineapple slices
2.when the recipe says cook for 60 mins,  don’t chicken out after 30.

The base was stuck to the cake tin but I think more pineapple slices will solve this and careful reconstruction as shown in the picture made this undetectable not a problem

It was delicious, though,  well recommended as can be seen by all the lego inching closer to have a nibble.

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My children went trick or treating (just to the 3 neighboring streets and only to the houses displaying pumpkins) and I decided for our offerings, there would not be any sweets, mainly because I didn’t want half a tub still in the house for the next 2 weeks, so we made bat biscuits and Halloween cupcakes, which were very much appreciated by the children who came by, mainly from one of 3 local schools and it’s funny how many mum’s I knew 🙂 !

I had the children making shortbread biscuits yesterday and today I made 96 cupcakes and the children set up a production line the kitchen to decorate. I don’t know what to think of the frequent calls to Dad for quality control checks….

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Healthy-ish Halloween offerings

One of the boys (about 10 years old) loudly said to his friends that they were yummy as they walked away, he can come back next year!