When Life Gives you Lemons

When was the last time I did a recipe post eh? Far too long ago for sure! Sunday I finally had a whole day inside the house and time on my hands so I got busy in the kitchen!

Ok, so my first creation was a cheat. I made the Mary Berry chocolate fudge cake mix a few weeks ago, and this time I tried out the Lemon Drizzle Variety
I don’t think it was realllly cheating though, I mean, the ingredients were only pre-weighed, right?
Anyway, I don’t have a verdict on this yet as it is for work but all signs point to excellent. Mary Berry, I love thee.

Next up came Lemon Curd and Blueberry cookies. Two of my favourite things. It had to be a winner.

I used this basic recipe from Good Food: 101 Cupcakes and Small Bakes.

350g/12oz plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
140g/5oz butter, cut into small squares
175g/6oz caster sugar
85g/3oz sultanas
100g/4oz lemon curd
2 eggs, beaten

1. Heat oven to 200’C/fan 180C/gas6.
2. Line 3 baking sheets (I used 2 trays several times). Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
3. Stir in the sugar and sultanas, add the lemon curd and eggs, then mix into a soft dough.
4. Shape the dough into 30 small balls about 2.5cm wide then put on the baking sheets allowing plenty of space between them so that they can spread. Using your fingers flatten the tops slightly (This was a super sticky mix so I just splodge fingerfuls on the tray)
5. Bake for 11-15 minutes until risen and light golden. Leave to cool for 1 min on the baking sheets then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

There was also a lemon icing for this which I omitted.

My twist came when I decided to get creative with my box of Bear yo-yos. I used four packs of the blueberry flavour and simply un-wound them and chopped them to size.
I actually preferred baking with these than normal dried fruit, not only because I am an addict but because they aren’t coated with anything and you could chop them to the size required. I think probably only three packs made it in to the mix because I couldn’t stop munching!

The result?
Some beary good cookies! Bear fans (and everyone else in the world) I urge you to try this. Just think of the combinations you could create! Raspberry and white chocolate? Peach and strawberry? Ohhh the possibilities (and the ever so cute trading cards).

Next I think I shall incorporate some granola nibbles in to flapjack or rocky road. YUM.

Have you had a go at baking with Bear? Or am I just an inspired genius? Either way, do it.


22 comments for “When Life Gives you Lemons

  1. Inspired genius. Definitely. As soon as this pesky degree is over I will be experimenting in the kitchen again 🙂 <3 xxx

  2. sounds and looks wonderful!! thanks for sharing!!

  3. I am drooling at my computer screen! Looks SCRUMPTIOUS!


  4. They looks so good I had a epic fail while baking on the weekend.

  5. mmmm I am keen for the lemon and bluberries!

  6. I love bear yoyo so I would def try this.


  7. The lemon curd and blueberry cookies look delicious! And you probably are an inspired genius:) xx

  8. Oh I love these! Great photos, thank you for sharing.

  9. Roz

    Anything involving lemon or lemon curd is equal top of my favorite cake flavours, (along with dark chocolate). These cookies look scrumptious – as soon as my GCSEs are over I’m going to take over the kitchen!

  10. I need to get baking again, you’re making me so hungry!

  11. Oh my GOD. Inspired genius you definitely are. Remember winders? Sounds like these snacks are pretty similar, and BOY would I like to bake those into a cake right now. OMMMMMMM. x

  12. Ah the cookies sound lovely! I made lemon curd on sat was sooo good!

  13. Mmmm, lemon drizzle! Did you manage to get your eggs for it?

    I need to try using some YoYos too, I can’t have blueberry as am allergic but will def have to try another type, mmm.

  14. Everything looks seriously yummy! I haven’t heard of Bear YoYos before but I’ll definitely be searching them out now!

  15. I love lemon drizzle cake. Moi= hungry!
    That is a fabulous idea about using bear because I detest dried fruit in cakes, really detest it, but I DO like the bear winding rolls, so I may just try this!

  16. oh my word – lemon curd and blueberries?! Delicious!

  17. They look and sound delicious!!

    Sadie xx

  18. Jo

    Lemon and blueberry cookies sound amazing! Something I think I need to try. By the way I’m new, Hi! Great to (virtually) meet another tights fanatic and baking lover!

  19. omg it all looks so good!

    Vi from Cali

  20. Yum!! I can’t wait to try these 🙂

  21. dan

    they look amazing! really want to try some of them bear products, i’m always looking for healthy snacks xx

  22. they look delicious!