Saturday, 20 September 2014

Gluten Free Bakewell Tarts..




I LOVE bakewell tarts! Seriously..I actually have an addiction to them. As I eat gluten free, cakes and pastrys and practically everything is pricey. I don't know whether it has to do with the added ingredients to make it work or whether it is the whole process behind making them. Either way, if you are a cake lover like myself, it is difficult to afford everything. This is where I have been dying to make somethings for myself to save money and of course they DO taste better, gluten free or not. 

Pastry is a difficult thing to make end of...but with gluten free flour it is a pain in the balls (excuse my language). It is more dry and crumbles whenever you try to work with it, this is even if i chill it before hand. However after two attempts of making these, I finally have alright-ish photos for you. 

I have made a big bakewell tart before using a Phil Vickery's recipe. It is nice to know a well known chef that loves to cook gluten free! You can visit his website here with loadsaa gluten free and normal recipes. 

This time however, I wanted to make smaller ones it order to take them out and about and also I feel you make more with your ingredients. I used and adapted London Bakes recipe! I love London Bakes' blog, so be sure to check it out here

Ingredients

Pastry:

180g gluten free flour
50g ground almonds
2 teaspoons sugar
Pinch of salt
115g unsalted butter, cubed and cold (I used Pure Sunflower spread as a dairy free option)
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons ice cold water

Filling:

115g unsalted butter, softened
115g caster sugar
1 egg
115g ground almonds
Zest of a lemon
Raspberry jam or any of your choice
Flaked almonds to decorate

Instructions

1. Grease a 12 hole muffin tin. To make the pastry add the gluten free flour and ground almonds to the sugar and salt. Then add the butter and using your hands create a mixture that resembles large breadcrumbs. Add the egg and water till you create a dough. 
2. Roll the pastry and cut 12 circles out, big enough to fit in the muffin case. Trim off excess pastry and put them in the fridge to cool whilst you prepare the filling!
3. Preheat the oven to 170C. Beat together the butter and sugar till it is light and fluffy. Gradually add the egg and fold through the ground almonds and lemon zest.
4. Remove pastry cases from the fridge and add a teaspoon of jam into each one. Split the frangipane between the cases and scatter the flaked almonds on top.
5. Bake for around 15-20 minutes, making sure they don't burn (like my first lot). Remove from the oven and let cool before moving them out of the muffin tin!


And...that is it! I hope you enjoyed this little post and let me know if you have any gluten free recipes that I NEED to try out!!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

What Have I Been Doing This Summer?- #4 Eminem at Wembley

13th July- Eminem at Wembley Stadium


Hello guys!

Over the Summer, I have been doing a lot of things. Wimbledon, Color Run...the list goes on and you can read some of these posts here and here and here haha (if you are interested).

A few months prior to heading to Wembley, I was umm-ing and arr-ing over whether I could actually afford to go to see Eminem. It was £80 and we all know that isn't the cheapest price for a ticket to see someone live. However, I bit the bullet and gave ticketmaster alllllll my money ha! It was one of the best things I have ever done. Having the chance to experience Wembley all over again after running around it for the Color Run seemed like an opportunity not to turn down..however this time I was actually in the arena and It was simply incredible. 

I have never been in a stadium so big in all my life and once all the crowd gathered in and filled up near enough every seat and all the floor area, I was very overwhelmed (in a good way). Que loads of photos of the back of people's heads ha! Sorry not sorry.





Eminem performed amazing and I have never felt so gangster in all my life! haha! The crowd were going absolutely mental especially at all the old songs such as "My Name Is" and "Without Me". and even when Dr Dre decided to pop out for a few songs! My personal favourite was "Not Afraid" which were played nearer the end of the show. It was beautiful!

I had such a fantastic time and to share that atmosphere with a couple of my good friends were beyond amazing. To think I wasn't going to go because of the expense hah! Lesson learnt..if you want to do something just go for it!! 

Thanks for reading! 


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

10 Tips on How to Budget- The Student's Guide..

Hello Guys!!

I know I am not the best person to be giving money advice to anyone, however this budget guide is more for myself to follow and for those who may quickly read and find it helpful.


Budgeting is a big big thing for students at uni. I am moving into a house with a few friends in the next couple of weeks and will need all the advice and tips I can get. What with buying food, paying rent, bills, books and having that extra cash for nights out and fun things..it can get very hectic. I have created a little guide full of tips for students that may have a fair few things to pay out for during the uni year. Boring, I know..haha! I hope you find this helpful.
  1. Buy a notebook and manage spending- I have one where I write everything down that I have bought and how much I have left in my bank. It's a brilliant method to keep up with, so you don't over spend!
  2. Pay off the most important things first- Phone contracts and car insurance and all that boring stuff that NEEDS to get paid, always has priority over other little things.
  3. Plan meals for that week- This saves a lot of money and also a lot of wasted food. Don't buy things that you know you may not eat straight away, especially fruit that may go off fast. Tinned foods are always good!
  4. Students..don't buy brand new books- We all know uni books can be very very expensive. Try amazon or ebay for second hand books, or older editions. 
  5. Part time job- If you have one, write down how much you earn and base living costs off that, rather than breaking into your student finance. Unless you have to.
  6. USE YOUR STUDENT CARD! Everyone loves a good discount.
  7. Try and save a little cash for you. Not too much you can't buy food that week but enough for a couple nights out or some type of pretty clothing. Only take out with you what you will spend on a night out. Keep the debit card at home!
  8. If you have two bank accounts, transfer what you want to spend in that particular week in one and only use that account/card. This is good for keeping on track with your budget.
  9. Drink before you go out...we all know how expensive drinks on a night out can cost. Pre-drinks are the one.
  10. Walk as much as you can around campus and to and from places. If the distance is further, invest in a bike. If you have a car think about outgoings such as petrol, tax, and insurance. 


I hope these little money saving and budgeting tips have been helpful. What tips would you give students or anyone as a matter of fact to be more savvy with their money?