Arguably the best dessert in the world! This is our classic recipe using condensed milk to make a golden caramel and a crushed biscuit base.

three easy steps....

Ingredients first..:For the base:100g butter, melted
250g digestive biscuits, crushed
For the caramel:
100g butter
100g dark brown soft sugar
397g can Carnation Condensed Milk
For the top:
4 small bananas
300ml carton whipping cream, lightly whipped
grated chocolate
You will also need...
20cm loose-bottomed cake tin, greased
1. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a bowl. Add the butter and mix in. Spoon the crumbs into the base and about halfway up the sides of the tin to make a pie shell. Chill for 10 minutes.

2. Melt the butter and sugar into a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for about a minute, stirring all the time for a thick golden caramel. Spread the caramel over the base, cool and then chill for about 1 hour, until firm or until ready to serve.

3. Carefully lift the pie from the tin and place on a serving plate. Slice the bananas; fold half of them into the softly whipped cream and spoon over the base. Decorate with the remaining bananas and finish with the grated chocolate.
Okay so the rain looks as if its set to stay; it's been non stop rain here and not to mention how freezing cold its been.......This week I've busy baking and decorating cute little cupcakes which are soooooo adorable you don't know whether to eat them or stare at feast your eyes and thoughts.................
Cupcakes their cute and tasty well the decorations are cute and the cake is tasty. You may be surprised but cupcakes are literally one of the easiest things you can bake. You can go go for a simple white icing or go the mile like I have done and decorate to your hearts desire. If you use your imagination you could really go a long way and decorate the most cutest cupcakes ever.

staring off first by baking or buying......

Ok so you have an two options bake or buy,it's simple really if your after the decorating process you could buy a tray of cupcakes from you local bakery or you could use my easy peasy vanilla cup cake recipe below:

  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature

  • 110g/4oz caster sugar

  • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 110g/4oz self-raising flour

  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Preparation method
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

the decoration process...

Decorating cupcakes takes a steady hand and a creative eye. There are many different ways to apply icing to a cupcake; it varies by baker and cupcake shop. If you have a favorite cupcake shop you’ll probably have a specific favorite way to decorate a cupcake. There are a few really great cupcake decorating photos that help make sense of how to frost a cupcake. These photos show different decorating tips: large round tip, open star, closed star, French tip.If you aren't skilled at decorating cupcakes with butter cream frosting, you can add fondant toppings instead. Fondant circles will sit right on top of icing and can be decorated with different color fondant patterns. Because frosting works to attach toppings similar to sticky glue you can dip cupcakes into small bowls of sprinkles or colored sugar. Place a candy or chocolate covered treat in the middle for a final topping.
  1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
  3. Stir in the food coloring until well combined.
  4. Place the mixture into a piping bag and pipe away.
  • 140g/5oz butter, softened
  • 280g/10oz icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • few drops food colouring ( choose which ever ones you want )

That's about it decorate to you hearts desire,cupcakes make perfect gifts for birthdays,wedding parties or just gifts to your favorite people.
The smoothie season if finally upon us. The long summery days have finally arrived and its that time of the year when you can fully enjoy dreamy smoothies out in the sunshine. So here I present the smoothies which are sure to quench your thirst when enjoying the sun. As well as being thirst quenching there nearly ever so healthy too............ And the biggest pro of smoothie making is that its just a two step recipe and just a matter of blending. 

summer strawberry duo ice-cream smoothie

Up first my ultimate fool proof smoothie; strawberry duo ice cream smoothie, where the secret element is mentioned in the title: a scoop or two of strawberry ICE CREAM!!
The recipe:
  • 225g strawberries , hulled
  • 300ml cold milk
  • 3 large scoops strawberry ice cream
  • extra strawberries , to serve (optional)
  • 2 tbs of caster sugar
Tip the hulled strawberries into a food processor with the milk,sugar and ice cream. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into tall glasses, top with sliced strawberries.

next up....banana-nilla dream smoothie....

Yes you did read right : Banana-Nilla dream smoothie. The ratio of one banana to two scoops of vanilla ice cream.Now I call it dream smoothie because of how well the banana and vanilla ice cream work with each other.
The recipe:
  • 300ml cold milk
  • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1  big banana ( the riper it is the nicer) or 2 small banana's
  • 2 tbs of caster sugar.

Tip the banana's into a food processor with the milk, sugar and vanilla ice cream and blend until creamy and smooth.  

the one and only choc-tastic choc milkshake..

The ultimate dream recipe for chocolate lovers as to this day this recipe or formula should I say is far by the best recipe for a dream choc milkshake....
The recipe:

  • 300ml of cold milk
  • 4 large scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • 2 tbs of drinking chocolate powder.
  • 2 tbs of sugar. 

Just place everything into the blender and blend up really well. Far by the easiest simplest smoothie, which tastes just as great. 

last but not least tropical mango smoothie...

Go super tropical with this thirst quenching recipe for my mango smoothie. The rich mango flavor and the succulent texture of the mango makes this my favorite healthy smoothie.
The recipe:
  • 1 ripe large mango
  • 1 ripe large banana
  • 1 large scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 300ml of milk
  • 2 tbs of sugar.

The Method:
  • Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and well combined.To serve, pour into two tall glasses.
And there you have it four fabulous ideas for four smoothie-tastic smoothies. Enjoy smoothie making and be adventurous and try out some new flavors while quenching your thirst. And that's all I've got time for you'll hear from me sooner than you think...... ;-)
Cheerio from The Mystery Baker.............
Good fish and chips are becoming harder to find these days, maybe its the recession or just the fact that no ones up to making a good decent meal of them original fish , chips and mushy peas........However, if you want to make your own at home, here's the recipe I use. Unless you've got a really big fryer I'd say it's not really worth trying to make fish and chips at home for more than 4 people – otherwise it becomes a struggle. So the recipe I give here is for four people. Now don't forget to serve up with some good quality malt vinegar and nothing other than Heinz tomato ketchup.

The magic recipe: starting off with mushy peas....

Okay so you going to want to start of by making your mushy peas first....

  1. To make your mushy peas, put the butter in a pan with the peas and the chopped mint.
  2. Put a lid on top and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  3. You can either mush the peas up in a food processor, or you can mash them by hand until they are stodgy, thick and perfect for dipping your fish into. Keep them warm while you cook your fish and chips.
For the Mushy Peas:
  • 1 knob butter
  • 4 handfuls podded peas
  • 1 small handful fresh mint, leaves picked and chopped
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Next up frying the fish.......

Be very careful cooking the fish don't rush and take your time....
  1. Pour the sunflower oil into your deep fat fryer or a large frying pan and heat it to 190ºC/375ºF.
  2. Mix the salt and pepper together and season the fish fillets on both sides. This will help to remove any excess water, making the fish really meaty.
  3. Whisk the flour and baking powder together until nice and shiny. The texture should be like semi-whipped double cream (i.e. it should stick to whatever you're coating).
  4. Dust each fish fillet in a little of the extra flour, then dip into the batter and allow any excess to drip off. 
  5. Holding one end, lower the fish into the oil one by one, carefully so you don't get splashed – it will depend on the size of your fryer how many fish you can do at once. Cook for 4 minutes or so, until the batter is golden and crisp.
For The Fish:
  1. sunflower oil, for deep-frying
  2. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  3. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  4. 225 g white fish fillets, pin-boned, ask your fishmonger to do this for you...
  5. 225 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  6. 3 heaped teaspoons baking powder

and last but not least "the chips"...........

Again be very careful when frying the chips...........Don't splash yourself and stand at a reasonable distance.
  1. Parboil your chips in salted boiling water for about 4 or 5 minutes until softened but still retaining their shape, then drain them in a colander and leave to steam completely dry.
  2. When all the moisture has disappeared, fry them in the oil that the fish were cooked in at 180ºC/350ºF until golden and crisp.
  3. While the chips are frying, you can place the fish on a baking tray and put them in the oven for a few minutes at 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 to finish cooking. 
  4. When they are done, drain them on kitchen paper, season with salt, and serve with the fish and mushy peas.

For The Chips:
  • 900 g potatoes, peeled and sliced into chips

THAT'S it you've made HOMEMADE fish,chips and mushy peas......

That's is you've made home made fish,chips and mushy peas,don't forget to serve with malt vinegar or additionally if you don't like the smell or taste of vinegar a splash of lemon or lime works just as well. Enjoy your cooking your meal and you'll hear from me soon.

From The Mystery Baker's Sidekick..........
What a busy week its been...As always I've rustled up a great blog post, which I'm sure you'll be left with food for thoughts after reading......As promised my blog post today has no sugar mention whatsoever today instead it's got an excellent recipe for a fantastic Margarita pizza, customize and choose your own toppings have loads of fun baking. A quick tip before you get started; if your cooking for guests allow loads of time, because the longer you let your yeast set the softer and airier your pizza base will be. So hey now you have no excuse to hold a pizza party so send out the invites and get the pizza party started.

Pizza MARGARITA the easiest recipe around

Pizza is THE number one takeaway food, I know its easy to phone up your local takeaway but its double the fun making the pizza yourself, its also a fab recipe you can make with kids as its so easy to make. One more thing you can add which ever toppings you want you dont have to necessarily use the ones I have done.
You can view the recipe here : Pizza Margarita , As I've said go the extra mile and add your own toppings this recipe is the basic of basic recipes for pizza ( according to history the Italians originally just tomato and cheese). 

So get your apron on and get pizza baking........ and experiment with different toppings. You'll hear from me very soon.


Just a quick post to update you all , I've decided to change the layout to my site ( don't worry people its still the same Simply Good Mood Food site) just had a modern update...... Good news though I am currently working on the next blog post and as promised it's theme is with savory foods ( not mentioning anything sweet).  I'll be posting it sometime next week. I also want to thank everyone who have been visiting my site ( I gotta say according to Analytic reports I'm a hit with the American's......with most my views coming from America). So a massive than-you to everybody :-)

You'll hear from me soon from The Mystery Baker.

The Swirl Factor


Okay peeps forget cheesy introductions I'm going straight into the theme of my blog post for this week....... The Swirl Factor. Okay so you've all probably heard of The X Factor ( that all singing show where all the finalist become famous despite them not winning) and then there's the expensive make up brand Max Factor, there's also that place in Scotland called the Snow Factor ( its where you go skiing and snowboarding in the Scottish snow)..........well bet you haven't heard of The Swirl Factor???? Course you haven't and that's simply because I made that name up on the spot after this week's baking I noticed everything I baked had the swirl design...........take a look at the photo's below to get what I mean.........

First Up Cinnamon Swirls...........

Gorgeous Biscuits made from the most simple biscuit dough recipe, instead of cutting them out into shapes, I simply sprinkled a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and then rolled the dough into a log, cut the log as you would cut a Swiss roll and placed the biscuits onto a baking tray and bake in the oven.The full recipe can be found here: Cinnamon Swirls

Next up a twist on the classic Swiss Roll...........:

Yes it's the one and only favorite Chocolate and butter cream Swiss roll,mmmmmmmmm kinda making my mouth watery again as am typing this up because when I finished making this choc delight it was gone before I could say supercallafragalipsticespidallyocious, yes the recipe now should I reveal or not reveal,hmmmmm let me think.....okay I'll tell you the recipe can be found here : Choc and Butter cream Swiss Roll

The Final Contestant...........

Okay so if Choc and butter cream is too much for ya this Raspberry Swirl is way lighter tastes great in this snowy British weather, for some silly reason raspberries always remind me of the sunshine, so take it away peeps read on how to make this gorgeous recipe: Raspberry Swirl

Right that's it that's all the baker's got time for , Now in the next blog post I promise to cover something savory, I was looking through my posts and realized I'm only doing sweet foods so the next post is gonna definitely be covering savory foods but for now enjoy..............

Adios from The Mystery Baker 
Hiya Good Mood Food Followers :-)
Nope I am certainly not talking about Pizza ( the one with cheese and tomato), instead I talking about something on an extreme new level............I'm talking about the new type of Pizza: CHOCOLATE PIZZA!!! Yes you heard ( I mean read) right chocolate pizza. Its basically called chocolate pizza because its round like a pizza and you can add "toppings" on top of the chocolate which ever ones you like, ( I'm telling you beforehand one you get addicted to making these you'll want to experiment with all types of different toppings). There are loads of variations to this recipe; some people use a real base dough and some people just use chocolate as their base, the recipe I'm using is with just chocolate. Your toppings can be anything you fancy you can use Smarties, Hundreds and Thousands , Marshmallows , Jelly Babies , Rainbow Drops , Honey Coated Chocolate , Chocolate raisins , little chunks of toffee or dark or white chocolate etc. the list is endless. 
 If You carry out a Google search and search Chocolate Pizza's , you'll see theres loads of shops which sell these pizza's , I was nearly very tempted to go and buy some of them but they were very expensive one shop was selling a 7" Choc Pizza ( 7" diameter ) for £9.50............I gotta say that's kinda expensive so I ventured out to the shops and brought all the ingredients ( You only need Chocolate and some sweets for topping) and made my own. The picture shown below is the first Choc Pizza I made, I used Cadbury's Mini Easter Eggs , Grated White Chocolate and Grated Milk Chocolate.
For Your mould just use a cake tin, line with parchment paper or cling film, I say again you don't have to use the toppings I have done pick and choose which ever ones you like. As with the pizza base you can use white chocolate , milk chocolate , dark chocolate or milk chocolate and dark chocolate combined.

Chocolate Pizza:

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl melt your dark and milk chocolate, being careful you don't burn your chocolate.
  2. Line a cake tin with parchment paper or cling film, or you could use a really big round plate and line with cling film.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate on to your cake tin. The decorate the top with your desired toppings.
  4. Then that's it just wait for the chocolate to set and you've made your choc pizza.......................
  • dark Chocolate 150 g
  • milk chocolate 150 g
  •  30 g Mixed Chocolate Curls ( buy this from ASDA , 30 g @ £0.84
  • Cadbury's Mini Easter Eggs. ( a whole packet should be enough)
  • M&Ms ( again a 45 g packet should be enough don't go eating them)

You can experiment for hours making choc pizza's and you can even go the extra mile and put your finished choc pizza's in little cake boxes and give them as gifts to friends and family. There great to make with kids and impressive to show off at parties, so why not give them ago??
You'll hear from me very soon but for now Goodbye.
Happy Baking from The Mystery Bak
Guessing by the title today we're discussing all things chocolate.............We all love chocolate, and I've got some great recipes featured in my blog that you can make with chocolate so if your in that chocolaty mood grab your self a pen and paper and jot down your favorite recipes.............and don't forget to vote your ultimate chocolate type in the poll opposite.

Triple Chocolate Drizzle Biscuits......
First Up:
My newly invented triple chocolate biscuits ( contains dark,milk and white chocolate chunks and then there's the triple chocolaty drizzling) completely divine you'll be a fool not to try this recipe so easy to make and pleases everyone...........
So go on put your apron on and get baking :-)

Cut to smaller chunks if you find this too rich for yourself...........
Next : Millionaires Shortbread
You don't have to be a millionaire to eat this rich indulgent biscuit ( o.k don't know whether this is more biscuit-ey or pie-ish).........the shortbread at the bottom,indulgent caramel in the middle and the dark rich chocolate on top...... Guarantee you'll be wanting more...........the recipe for this stunning dessert is here:

Last but not least.....
The ultimate chocolate cake recipe , we all love choc cake the most easiest thing to bake in my opinion my particular recipe here: Dreamy Dark Choc Cake works a treat for my family and friends.

That's it people you've reached the end of the page, I hope one of my recipes inspire you too cook and You'll hear from me very soon..........but for now Cheerio.
Mystery Baker.

So what did everyone get up to over the weekend???, well first things first the weather has gone terrible (flurries of snow, bucket loads of rain and gale force winds) compared to how sunny it was at the beginning of the month, so weather wise the weather has been a total let down to do any out door activities. So  being the crazy cook I am, I decided to do a spot of cheer up everyone's spirits and here is what i came up with:
Okay these aren't any biscuits, they're your jumbo sized snicker cookies, yes you heard ( I mean read this properly) snicker cookies read on to find out more.................

So I got baking and came up with a fantabulous new recipe , a simple twist on the original plain cookies which I have proudly named Jumbo Sized Snicker Cookies...........they're called this simply because they use a bar of everyone's favorite nutty chocolate SNICKERS!!! and the biscuits are big in size. Like I said a fantabulous recipe my family were cursing me for making only 14 biscuits and not any more...........oyes so to avoid being in my position make TWO batches.

The nuttiness of the nuts, the chewiness of the caramel and the chocolaty-ness of the chocolate, you honestly cant go wrong.............................
The recipe for these biscuits can be found here: Jumbo Sized Snicker Cookies
So that's it for today.........come back soon and I'll be sure to have another fantastic recipe. Happy baking fellow good mood food followers , you'll hear from me very soon.
Mystery Baker xxxxx :)