Most pinned 2013, Strawberry Nutella Poptarts- 4,237 repins

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Ok, so it’s on to our next Pinterest recipe- Strawberry and Nutella pop-tarts by thenovicechefblog.com delivered us this gorgeously adorable looking yet simple no nonsense bake, which was super quick to whip up and what is even better- requires no real baking skill. All of which makes it easy to understand how it takes 19th repined position of 2013. Anyone can do this one, trust me.


THE RECIPE

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1 teaspoon water
A few teaspoons of Nutella
A few teaspoons of strawberry jam
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.

 

I don’t like buying strawberries out of season (as well as bearing a large environmental footprint they’re never as good as they are in summer) but the recipe would not be the same without them so reluctantly I bought a small punnet thinking I could use them for a few more bakes to come as a reason to not feel so guilty.

The full recipe can be found here.

1.) Preheat oven to 350°F/gas mark4 and line a baking tray with paper.

2.) Roll out the shortcrust pastry and cut into rectangles. With the strawberries, slice them up lengthways, cutting a small ‘v’ shape at the top to create the heart shape.

3.) Cut out heart shapes through half of the rectangles, using each strawberry as a guide.

4.) Then spread the Nutella and jam over the uncut pastry- leaving a border around the edges.

5.) Cover with second sheet of pastry, then using a fork mark along the edges. Then make an egg wash whisking the egg yolk and water, brush over the tops of the pastry and sprinkle with sugar.

7.) Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and serve once cooled.

VERDICT:  I found the strawberries, once baked shrank away from the edges a little so it might be an idea to place them once baked if you want them to look like how they did in the original photo. But apart from that, this was a super easy, quick bake that would quite happily satisfy a sweet tooth. Each are incredibly moreish, with a soft crumbly texture, teamed up with a classic chocolate and strawberry flavour combination is certain please everyone. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity, personally I would choose this over an overly processed, sickly sweet Pop Tart any day.

Indulgent peanut butter and Nutella filling

 

You could really go to town with the fillings (I made a few chocolate and peanut butter slices) and just by changing the cut-out shape make it suitable for any occasion…I’m thinking mince pie pop tarts for Christmas would work just as well!

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What I wore…

 

Recently with my clothes I’ve found it’s the simple things that catches my attention, like clean cuts, classic styles and really utilising those staple items in my wardrobe. The best part of such items being you can generally throw these pieces on and still make a look work.

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Fortunately for me, one frantic Sunday morning blind rummage later I think the outfit worked out ok, even with it being of those “I said left the house 10 minutes ago” days.

 

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My Rotary watch was a bit of an impulse buy. I think the romantic in me fell in love with the quaint notion of a moon phase function on the watch- admittedly one which I have never used nor even set correctly, but like how it reminds me of an old pocket watch.

  • Jumper- H&M with this one definitely order a good few sizes smaller
  • Trousers- BHS- similar
  • Trench- H&M (Sold out) similar
  • Crossbody bag- Zara
  • Watch- Rotary
  • Sandals- Bertie (Sold out) similar

 

Let there be CAKE!

Confession time… I have a serious sweet tooth- one that could quite easily have desert for breakfast lunch and dinner and in fact, given a restaurant menu, I realise now I unknowingly flick past the starters and mains to adorn the desert menu, wondering which sweet treat to choose. Come to think of it I can’t remember ever favouring a packet of crisps over a bar of chocolate!

And that’s when I saw it, The Cake and Bake show 2014must for a girl with a serious sweet tooth.

So it was decided, a friend and I visited the show last Sunday to sample the delicious offerings the show had to offer and maybe pick up a few tips on how to improve my (somewhat mediocre) baking skills along the way.

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Pretty as a picture… Inspired by the simple presentation, these little cupcakes could easily be done at home and would make a great little addition to a party.           

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Winding past an array of baking/party/gifting goodies, there were hundreds of achingly scrumptious looking bakes and treats tempting enough to take home. There were display tables , classrooms where you could learn from some celebrity chefs, loads and loads of baking supplies, boxes, tins, cases, absolutely anything and everything!

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I bought a few cupcakes from Ms Cupcake stall which is a vegan bakery based in Brixton and my goodness I could not tell there were no butter in sight. This icing, piped sky high was thick rich and very sweet, just like butter-cream. My personal favourite item from her, the ferrero rocher “ambassador” monster of a cupcake was utterly delicious (though did require taking excess icing off).

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The Ms. Cupcake stall. Filled with vegan and some gluten free bakes.

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A selection of different brownies and bags full of supplies later I left inspired to attempt to craft some sugar flowers with the sugarpaste I bought and bake something new.

What I wore…

I adore turquoise (it is my birthstone after all) in jewellery, particularly when paired with gold and find it can change and brighten an outfit, whether its worn with a white outfit for the summer or with this seasons burgundy tones it can really add interest to a look. I picked up the one I’m wearing from Shoreditch market but here are a few I’ve seen online that I really love.

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Necklace- market, breton stripe top- h&m, trousers- m&s, shirt- Primark, sunglasses- Rayban and sandals-Bertie

 

Here are a few of my top picks available to grab now… and yes I did go Forver 21 mad!

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  1. Etsy-
  2. Forever 21– £9.90
  3. Forever 21– £5.65
  4. Forever 21– £13.90
  5. Forever 21– £10.65
  6. Etsy– £15.98

Most pinned 2013 Nutella Brownies- 11,352 repins

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I’m always on the hunt for that ultimate brownie recipe- one that’s decadent rich and all gooey inside, and even though I don’t think I’ve quite discovered that gem, this one ranks pretty high up there- justifying it taking ninth repined spot of 2013.

The original recipe can be found here on bunsinmyoven.com. Just a note I halved the recipe which was perfect for my 9×9 tray and more forgiving on the waistline too!


THE RECIPE– makes 24

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250g sugar
1/4 cup Nutella
2 eggs
73g cocoa powder
a pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
93g plain flour
140g chocolate chips

 

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees/gas mark 3 and line and grease baking tray.

2.) Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat, and then add your sugar. Mix thoroughly BUT do not let mixture boil.

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3.) Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella until well combined.

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4.) Pour mixture into a large bowl and add cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder espresso powder and vanilla extract.

5.) Fold in flour and chocolate chips and then transfer mix into tray.

6.) Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes (I left mine in for about 40!!). You want the middle to still remain slightly gooey, but do resist and wait until it cools before cutting.

 

VERDICT: Brownies are dense and chewy with a shiny smooth top and boasts a good chocolate flavour. Admittedly I accidently over-baked mine by about 5 minutes resulting in them being slightly drier than I would have liked, but that’s nothing that a scoop of ice cream couldn’t fix.

TESTING: Pinterests top recipes 2013

Now I don’t know about you, but I can (and I am slightly ashamed of saying) spend a few hours curiously browsing through Pinterest, collecting a mass of recipes, crafty projects and generally discovering all sorts of ideas to inspire and add to my- “I will do this one day” list.Capturepin

But which of these do I try? Which one cupcake recipe amongst hundreds of drool worthy others is the one to bake? I am going to attempt to test some of Pinterests official most pinned recipes of 2013 and giving my verdict on the best of the best. Number of repins accurate to date of writing.