Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.

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Happy Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Pie


Well since today is Thanksgiving for our American cousins I thought I would post my recent attempt at an American classic; Pumpkin Pie.
I have only ever had pumpkin pie once before and that was at University when one of my housemates wowed us all with it at Christmas one year. Ever since then I have been determined to try baking it myself but have never actually got around to it.

When I spied the recipe in Edd Kimber's new book I knew I had to give it a go...

Mini Jammy Cakes


A great big jammy thank you to Amy from the Weekly Bake Off for recommending these little beauties. One of the easiest and yummiest little treats I have made for a while.
The real thank you of course goes to the wonderful Mary Berry for the original recipe.

The method for making these lovely little cakes is not dissimilar to scones, in fact when I was making them I did do a bit of a double-take to make sure I was on the right page! They actually taste a little scone-like too, only smaller, sweeter and jammier!
I made these one morning when I had some family coming over, I wanted to make something traditional yet appealing to kids and these fit the bill perfectly.

Anywhoo, on with the recipe...

Getting experimental with cupcakes...


Last week I was poorly, if you follow me on twitter I may have mentioned it (a few hundred times). In my opinion sympathy is the best cure for any minor ailment or illness so I like to whinge and whine to get maximum sympathy and therefore get better faster!

One thing that did make me feel better last week was escaping to my kitchen and playing with some delicious recipes. One of my experiments turned into a big success so I thought I would share.

I started out wanting to make my dulche de leche brownies. I had been given one of those box mixes for brownies (which I normally don't use but was poorly and really wanted some brownies) so I quickly added milk as instructed and made the batter. Which, by the way looked nowhere near as good as my homemade brownies; lesson learned.

However, once the batter was made I quickly realised that there wasn't nearly enough batter to layer it up with the caramel! So my fever riddled mind devised a cunning plan...

Weekly Bake-off: Marble cake


This weeks weekly bake off bake is the impressive looking vanilla and chocolate chip marble cake. The recipe was so easy to follow but wielded pretty lovely results...

Weekly Bake-off: Chocolate Fudge Cake


This weeks weekly bake off cake is Mary Berry's very best chocolate fudge cake, it has a rather ambitious name, does it live up to it?