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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

What it's like to fly Business Class with British Airways

If you follow me on any kind of social media, particularly Instagram or read my life update blog post, you'll know how much I've been travelling this year. It's literally been crazy. I feel really lucky to have a job where I get to see the world, especially when they're places on my bucket list.

Sky high on my bucket list was flying business class on a long haul flight and back in June, I got the chance! I was only given two week's warning before the big trip which meant the days leading up were a blur. I was due to fly out to San Francisco to help the rest of our team with the biggest event of the year, our annual conference. I had already organised the EMEA one in January so I was really looking forward to seeing how the US team did it, and also meet all of my US colleagues I speak on the phone with all the time.

What it's like to fly Business Class with British Airways
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Friday, 11 August 2017

British Afternoon Tea Scone Recipe

It's only been in recent years that I've found my love of scones, and I have no idea why I went so long without them! I've only ever had freshly baked scones from going for afternoon teas, and it had never really crossed my mind that shop bought scones would be any different. 

This Easter I wanted to serve scones, cream and jam for dessert on Easter Sunday but when I picked them up at the supermarket, the scones felt really heavy, thick and doughy. Scones to me are light and fluffy so I decided to make them myself, which was definitely the best decision!

Yet again, another really simply recipe for you to try at home. These scones may not look as perfectly shaped as they did in the supermarket but they were light fluffy and even better, warm!

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Homemade Iced Bun Recipe

I'm going to start this recipe off by saying IT IS NOT EASY. I found this online with a big ginormous title saying 'Easy Iced Buns'. I was completely duped because they were not easy, and they took a looooong time. But, but but but, when they were finally done, they did taste amazing.

So if you have the patience, keep reading!



Ingredients
500g white bread mix - this was my first mistake - I bought bread flour, not bread mix... back to the shop I went. BUY BREAD MIX!
100g caster sugar
1 egg
350g icing sugar
Sprinkles and food colouring

Instructions

Pulse together the bread mix and sugar in a food processor or table-top mixer. While the motor is running, add the egg and about 250-300ml lukewarm water, until a soft dough is formed. This may have been my second mistake, because I was lazy and didn't use a mixer, I did it by hand. Which was okay, but I'll be using a mixer next time!

Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 5-10 mins. What the original recipe doesn't tell you, is that the mixture is sooooo wet at this stage its virtually impossible to knead. I made the biggest mess ever, but still, I tried.

Leave in an oiled bowl, covered with oiled cling film, in a warm place until doubled in size – about 1 hr.

Divide into 20 even-sized pieces, shape each into a sausage and place on an oiled baking tray. This was my biggest issue as the dough was sooo wet I found it impossible to shape into anything sausage like so I ended up just dumping what I could on to the tray. In hindsight, I should have added more flour or less water to make the mixture more manageable - we live and learn!

Cover with oiled cling film and rise until doubled in size again. Okay so ours didn't double in size, and to be honest we were both bored and hungry by this stage so they went into the oven after rising a little. I'm a bad baker, I know.

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

Remove film and cook buns on top shelf for 8-10 mins, until golden. Golden, I burnt ours...

Decorate when completely cool (otherwise the icing will melt and run off and you'll end up in a big sticky mess). To decorate, mix icing sugar with a little water until stiff but spreadable – add food colouring, if you want to sass them up and sprinkle them like you've never sprinkled before

So, in all honestly, my iced buns were a little disastrous, but mainly because I didn't read the recipe in advance and was being extremely inpatient when it comes to proving. As they still tasted good even with me messing up almost every step, the perfectionist in me wants to try them again and do it properly this time because they'll be sooooo good if done properly... I'll keep you updated.

If you're brave enough to try this recipe, let me know, I want to see photos!!!

Good luck!

Love Lauren xx






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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

M&M Cookie Dough Bar Recipe

If you’ve followed any of my recipes before, you’d know they are usually very very simple, because my skills in the kitchen don’t really go beyond shoving everything in a bowl and putting it in the oven. That being said, as simple as these recipes might be, they always turn out delicious so who needs a crazy complicated recipe anyway?!

These M&M cookie dough bars were an instant winner when I first made them so it’s definitely a recipe I’ll be trying again. They’re soft, slightly gooey, not quite a cookie but not quite cake, the perfect in between.



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