Monday, 17 September 2007

HS:MS - Us

You and me!

Bit difficult this one seeing as I am all on my lonesome until tonight so this is a little cheat as I have obviously not taken the kids out of school this morning to go to Alton Towers to ride on "Air". This was us in the early summer when we took Claire, my cousin, out for the day.

I have officially turned into a domestic goddess over the last week. My house is all spick and span (ish) and I have even started baking! I must admit the baking is mainly due to the boys mithering me to let them bake - like I'd let them loose in my kitchen on their own. Matt did bake the biscuits by himself with me peering over his shoulder every so often and Kyle did the cakes mainly by himself with just a bit of help. I of course got roped in to be the taste tester, it's a nasty job but someone has to do it, and I am pleased to report they were both delicious.


Each cake is worth 5 weight watchers points if you use the same ingredients as mine. They are muffin size so you could always make more smaller ones instead to lower the points.

200g softened butter (I used lurpak lighter)
200g sugar (I used silver spoon light)
2 eggs, plus 1 yolk
300g self raising flour
100ml milk (I used semi-skimmed)
1/2tsp baking powder
12 tsp strawberry jam (I used low sugar jam)
sugar for the top

Heat the oven to 180c/fan160c/gas 4. Tip the softened butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk and baking powder into a large bowl. Beat together until a smooth soft batter.
Line a 12 hole tray with muffin cases and fill them two-thirds full with the batter. Spoon in 1 tsp jam into a dip in the middle and cover with another tbsp of batter. Bake for 25 minutes.
Brush a little melted butter over each cake and sprinkle with sugar, serve. Will keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container or they can be frozen.


Makes 12 biscuits and each biscuit is worth 3 weight watchers points, and they are quite big.

200g self raising flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter (lurpak lighter)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp low sugar strawberry jam

Heat the oven to 190c/fan170c/gas 5. Rub the flour, sugar and butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add enough egg to bring the mixture together to form a stiff dough.
Flour your hands and shape the dough into a tube, about 5cm in diameter. Cut into 2cm thick slices and place on a large baking sheet.
Make a small indentation in each slice and drop 1 tsp of jam in the centre. Bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly risen and golden.




Sue Nicholson said...


You are a true domestic goddess :) And the baking looks fabulous. I love boys who can cook :) saves me!!

Great shot. I delved in to the back photos today too.

Bye for now


Diana said...

Oh Oh Oh never mind 'us' your baking looks YUMMY.
Ok the us pic is pretty cool!!!
Love Di

Charli said...

Lovely pics! And cant I just pay you to send us some of your lovely cakes lol

Bobs said...

You all look so relaxed in that shot. If I were there, I'd be screaming my head off. No way would you EVER catch me on anything like that - no sirree bob!!

Your baking looks divine!

SuzyB said...

I LOVE that photo, what a great shot. What I love even more is that you put the recipe up for those doughnut muffins, if I made some, then ate them really quickly, would they have any calories in at all?

Linda said...

Wow, would you like to come and domestic goddess my place?

Love the photo of you all on the ride. Very brave!

Joy said...

Yummy goodness!

And what a fun US photo!

Anonymous said...

Cor you wouldn't catch me on but fabulous photo!!

oooooo look at all those cakes..I wouldn't be able to eat just one they look so scrummy mmmmmm
oh no that's me thinking of food again!! lol

Hazel said...

Love your 'us' picture. And oh, those other photos - so yummy!!!

Angela said...

Love this shot! So unique!!

Shannon said...

can you just send me the doughnut cupcakes?

etteY said...

What a fun 'Us' pic! I love riding in those!!

yummy freshly baked goodies!!! yum yum yum!!! i wish i knew how to bake. I should've paid attention to my sister when she was baking, what a bummer! LOL

Carolyn said...

Yum Yum - love the look of those biscuits. I love baking too and have started adding recipes...will have to watch your for updates :)