Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe The Betty Stamp


Sooo usually of a Sunday I'll write a Sunday Fitness Fix post, but this week I BAKED COOKIES INSTEAD!!
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Afternoon Tea at The Black Swan, Helmsley

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Oh what a beautiful mooooorning, oh what a beautiful daaaay!

I feel like we picked this day perfectly as the final beams of Summer sun shined their shine on us in Helmsley this weekend. What a cheery little market town! Rivers, pubs, old fashioned sweet shops - that sort of vibe, ie - right up my street :)


Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp


Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp


Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp


William's mum had planned for us all to go for afternoon tea at The Black Swan (or the mucky duck *said in strong Yorkshire accent if you're a local*) and what a delightful tearoom it was! What made it even more special was that the waiter was SO accommodating and lovely. The grub was delicious, I actually ended up having a Pork Pie Ploughman's as for some reason I didn't fancy sweet, (very unlike me), but the afternoon tea looked scrummy and must have tasted it too as many 'mmm' sounds were murmured around the table as the rest tucked into their clotted cream, jammy scones.


Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Where's Willy?

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp



It was a lovely British afternoon, topped off with a glass of wine at this quaint village pub we found on the drive home. 

Where's your favourite place for afternoon tea?

Betty x

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Oliver Bonas :: Kitchen Wish List

Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp

IF I won the lottery (which would never happen because I don't even play...sooo lets say instead if a money tree grew in my garden...more likely), firstly I would build at least one gigantic window in my kitchen so that I wouldn't have to take all my bakes outside to photograph(!) and secondly, I would buy the entirety of the Oliver Bonas home section and KIT. MY. KITCHEN. OUT!

I've often left slobber on their windows so I must firstly apologise for that.

I have this picture in my mind of what my dream kitchen would look like, and with every passing Pinterest minute I seem to be adding to it like wildfire. White marble surfaces, shabby wooden cottage doors, those copper dangly giant light bulbs over a massive island!

The reality of my own tiny kitchen with zero natural light and lack of dishwasher (boo) brings me straight back down to earth with a bump on the tush.

So let us dream and drool over these pretty little pieces and hope and pray that my parents see this and buy me it all for Christmas :) :)

So, up top ^^
Copper Pineapple Goblet!
Geometric Teaspoons
Ines Cake Stand
Copper & Blue Hi Ball Cocktail Cup (need!)


Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp



Copper Recipe Stand
4 Gold Shot Tumblers! (need! although I don't like shots. Just for looking at.)
Yes that is a BICYCLE PIZZA CUTTER!
Marble Cheese Board & Knives Set


Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp



Newgate Pantry Clock
Metallic Martini Glasses! - Dreamy
Gold Confetti Carafe
White Marble & Copper Tables


Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp


Fika Hot Chocolate Mug
COPPER PINEAPPLE ICE BUCKET!
Citrus Salt & Pepper Shakers - so cute.
Gold Cacti Tumbler


Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp



Tropical Teaspoons!
Yellow Fika Bowl
Marble & Copper Pestle & Mortar
Mini Watermelon Salt & Pepper Shakers! (obsessed)

Thank you very much Mr Santa Claus and goodnight.

Sooooo I may have a slight obsession. I like to think it's a healthy one though as I haven't yet acted on it...

Have you guys seen the clothes sale items though? I may have accidentally bought this and this. And I really want this...but need that money tree first...

Ok it may be an unhealthy obsession.

Betty x

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sticky Cinnamon Rolls :: Speculaas Spice Company

 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls


My. Kitchen. Smells. Delightful!

I wish I had smellyvision so that I could send through the blissful cinnamon scented cloud that's wafting through my kitchen right now. 

It's. Heavenly.

And it's all thanks to a little packet of pleasure from The Speculaas Spice Company.

As soon as I tore open the envelope, the warm aroma of cinnamon filled my nostrils and I couldn't wait to set to baking a spice filled treat!




The lovely owner of The Speculaas Spice Company- Steven, kindly sent me a little bag of joy to try and I want to thank him for making my kitchen smell like CHRISTMAS! I love it! And to his Dutch grandmother who's authentic spice recipe it was. This spice mix named 'vandotsch speculaas spice mix,' ain't just your average cinnamon spice, no siree, it contains NINE organic spices including high grade cinnamon, cloves, ginger and 6 other secret spices. It's like the Beyonce of all cinnamon mixes!

I also want to give a shout out to an Instagram account I follow called emmaelviraa . She was kind enough to send me a recipe for sourdough cinnamon rolls - her's looked A-mazeballs. Unfortunately I couldn't find sourdough in my local supermarket so tried to use yeast instead but got halfway through before realising I needed a machine! SO wanted to say thank you as she translated the entire recipe (which I will use when I find sourdough!) and her Instagram is full of baked goodies! #bakinggoals. So go check her out. 

So because of my lack of machine and having never made cinnamon rolls before, I've used and adapted a recipe by Gemma at Bigger Bolder Baking which turned out deeeelicious. So let's get baking!


 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls


What you'll knead // 

(see what I did there)

500g plain flour
1 sachet/3 tsp rapid rise dried yeast 
2 tsp salt
200g milk
100 water
2 eggs
4 tbsp honey
60g melted butter

100g butter
210g light brown sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon/speculaas spice mix

110g cream cheese
120g icing sugar
55g butter
couple drops vanilla extract


What to do //

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour and yeast, then add in the salt.

In a smaller bowl mix the milk, water, honey and butter. Melt in the microwave on a low heat only until the butter is melted. Whisk in the eggs.

Combine the milk mixture with the flour mixture until no lumps remain.

Cover the bowl in cling film and a tea towel and leave snuggly to rise for 2 hours at room temperature. 

Refrigerate for at least 8 hours (I left mine overnight). It'll look a little like this...





For your cinnamon mixture, melt the butter and stir in your sugar and cinnamon/speculaas spice mix.
Heavily flour a work surface and rolling pin, turn out your dough and work into a rough ball shape for a minute. Flour the surface again and roll out the dough to about 1cm thick in a rectangular shape.

Spread your cinnamon mixture evenly without going right to the edges and carefully roll the dough starting with the longest edge.

Slice up your log with a cerated knife, approximately 5cm thick and place in a lined baking tray.


 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls


Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 30 minutes and preheat oven to 180 degrees C (fan)
Bake your rolls for about 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

For your cream cheese topping, whisk together your cream cheese, icing sugar, butter and vanilla.
When the rolls are still warm, smear over your topping with a brush and breathe in that cinnamony gloriousness!


 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls



Nom nom nom. 

I'm a cinnamon roll convert :)

Happy Sundays lovely people! If you want to justify all the cinnamon roll gorging then probs best you try out a Sunday Fitness Fix ;)

Betty x

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