Stuffed Meaty Mushrooms – #FoodieFriday

stuffed meaty mushrooms

One of my most favourite recipes ever! If there is stuffed mushrooms on any menu when we go out, you can guarantee I’ll be ordering them – Indian, Italian …even those breaded ones on most pub menus! The good news is this recipe is even better than the bought versions.

The quantities given are enough for 4 large mushrooms and comfortable serve 2 hungry adults as a starter (or if you are feeling greedy, all 4 for one person!)

Stuffed Meaty Mushrooms

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Snack, Starter
Misc Serve Hot
Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe with bacon, breadcrumbs & walnuts


  • 4 Large Flat Mushrooms
  • 4 Rashers of Smoked Bacon (Chopped into small cubes)
  • 25g Walnuts (Crushed with some small chunks left)
  • 100g Soft Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • Breadcrumbs (using 2 rounds of stale bread)


Preheat the oven to 180C
Bake the mushrooms for 15 minutes
Fry the bacon in a small frying pan
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the soft cheese, crushed walnuts, breadcrumbs & dried parsley. At the last minute, stir through the cooked bacon.
Season with a vigorous grind of black pepper and spread evenly across the top of the 4 mushrooms
Place under the grill for 5-6 minutes until starts to crisp over on top and turn golden brown
Serve with a fresh salad

beef shin mushrooms foodie friday

So let’s move onto the #FoodieFriday roundup: I’ve chosen a featured recipe from our last entries that my husband would just love. I’m going to try to recreate this Braised Beef Shin & Mushroom next week – He’d be thrilled to come home from work to this. Foodie Quine’s blog is jam packed full of loveliness – be prepared to lose hours of your life pottering through it and being generally tempted!

foodie friday

1. Sadhna from Herbs, Spices and Tradition is definitely tempting us to the sweet side with her Coconut & Strawberry Pinwheel

2. Definitely a popular choice this month, one of 2 Tirimisu This from Bakewell Junction – Stop tempting me!

3. And here’s the other equally pretty Tirimisu in individual portions from Alida at My Little Italian Kitchen

4. I love how unusual these Matcha & Pistachio Cookies look from More Than An Occasional Baker

5. Milano Cookies Chocolate Cake to make our mouths water from I am Dream Baker

6. I can never resist a trifle and a raspberry drizzle one sounds divine from Kate at the Gluten Free Alchemist

7. Utterly cute Mini Aero Cheesecakes shared by Nadine from Juggle Mum in her Valentine’s Roundup – Remember romance isn’t just for the 14th Feb!

8. A very pretty pistachio Chocolate Bark from Truly, Madly Kids – I’m thinking of making some of this as Easter gifts instead of eggs for adults this year

9. Utterly cute Oreo Penguins that all the kids would adore from More Than An Occasional Baker

10. Still got some Candy Canes left over from Christmas? You could make these creative Chocolate Candy Cane Hearts from More Than An Occasional Baker

11. Simple, good combination of flavours from Mum in the Madhouse with her Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

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The linky is now open to add all your entries – There is no theme as usual and all food related posts are welcome. Just a couple of things to remember …

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* The linky will remain open until next Thursday morning (5th March)

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Dulce De Leche Kisses – Bake of the Week

dulce de leche kisses

There are some things I make that surprise even me, how popular they are. These Dulce de Leche kisses never fail to disappear and I’m always surprised how quickly they do! I have a confession though, I used shop bought Dulce de Leche instead of making my own. I’ve had a huge tub that I bought in Costco before Christmas that I wanted to use up. Its definitely not as good as homemade but for a quick bake and when you are only using a small dollop, shop bought is just fine.

dulce de leche valentines heart


Dulce de Leche Kisses

Serves 30
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 52 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Valentines day
Mouthful portions of crumbly coconut cake with delicious Dulce de Leche decoration


  • 75g Butter (Cold but chopped into small chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons Soft Cheese - Full Fat
  • 96g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 190g Plain Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 60g Dessicated Coconut
  • 3 tablespoons Dulce De Leche


These can be frozen before the Dulce de Leche is added - allow to defrost at room temperature for 2 hours before adding the Dulce de Leche


Add the soft cheese and vanilla whilst still mixing on a medium setting. Add the egg yolk .
Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the flour and the baking powder until just combined.
Stop the mixer and fold in the coconut.
Bring the mixture together by hand into a dough and wrap in cling film - Freeze for 30 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180C and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment
Roll the dough into small balls - about the size of a Ferrero Rocher
Make an indentation in the centre with something approx 1/2 cm wide - I used a plastic cake dowel and kept dipping into flour to stop it sticking to the dough. At a push - a little finger belonging to a 4 year old would do!
Bake for 12 minutes - You might want to move the tray around after 10 to ensure an even bake but these are so small that it is not necessary
Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 1-2 minutes then pipe the Dulce de Leche in - I use a disposable piping bag as it is fairly runny

blueberry blood orange cake

Well, we had the biggest week ever for Bake of the Week this week – I’m so grateful that you all join in and am loving finding so many new bloggers that bake.

My featured Bake of the week is a lovely creation from Hey Cakes! with her Blueberry & Blood Orange Cake – The decorating is so pretty and I love the thought of that flavour combination.

I’ve separated all the other bakes (all 24 of you lovely people!) in different categories – In honour of Saturday being the most romantic day of the year, we start with Romantic Bakes

romantic bakes

1. Its lovely to welcome Baking in Pyjamas to the Bake of the Week gang with her delightful Raspberry Chocolate Heart Cookies – I think even Dermot might find these romantic!
2. I love the simplicity of Baking Queen 74’s Raspberry Shortbread Hearts – I can imagine children up and down the land making these for their parents
3. How pretty is this Chocolate Cherry Cake from Winnie’s blog? – Beautiful as ever!
4. And even more beautiful (and rather ambitious!) is this White Chocolate Mud Cake again from Winnie’s Blog
5. Just WOW! to the idea of a box of chocolate made from cake – Jibber Jabber nails it! And so much for your ‘limited decorating skills’ – you are amazing!
6. There’s no more romantic day to get married on than Valentines and this wedding cake from Caroline Makes is just exquisite – Such delicate decorations.
7. Not strictly for just Valentine’s Day but these cute little hearts make Baking in Pyjamas’ Cherry Chocolate Coconut Slices romantic nonetheless

For the dough makers amongst us …


8. Domestic Gothess combines timeless Chocolate & Cherries with her Challah complete with the most amazing six strand braid
9. I’m not a fan of olives but could be tempted by this Black Olive Focaccia from Baking in Pyjamas – I will be baking focaccia very soon too.
10. And Baking Queen 74 takes slow cookers to a new level again with her Spinach & Feta Focaccia

Sometimes you don’t want to share, you just want a portion all of your own …

individual bakes

11. You have GOT to read Baking Chocolatess’ post on her Brownie Marshmallow Cookies for the full glory of the marshmallow centre. Cor! – A big warm welcome to her too!
12. Happy New Chinese Year to Eileen and her family from ET Speaks From Home who is celebrating with her peanut cookies
13. Another new entrant and a big wave ‘hello’ to These Little Lights with her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – I can imagine these disappearing quickly in this house too.
14. Super decorative cookies from Herbs, Spices & Tradition with her Eat Sum More Christmas Cookies made with her grandchildren
15. Using only 5 ingredients but turning out amazingly, Sea Salt & Pepper Caramels from Patisserie Makes Perfect
16. Perfectly uniform Vegan & Gluten Free Rhubarb & Custard Doughnuts from Allotment 2 Kitchen – Incredible for the first time making them.

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17. A superb, rich & dark Chocolate, Peanut & Banana Loaf from Baking Chocolatess
18. Bringing back lovely memories of my Grandma who also used to bake a Coconut Raspberry Cake like this one from Julie’s Family Kitchen
19. Classic Tiramisu and a hello to Bakewell Junction – This looks rather light and delicious!
20. Bonjour to De Tout Coeur Limonsin with her rich, luscious Chocolate Fudge Brownies
21. Another newbie with her lemon white chocolate bars – I’m very tempted to have a go at these from Emotional Baker (Love that blog name!)
22. Super neat almond cake which is also Gluten and Diary Free from This is not my Home – Hello and Welcome!
23. A vegan carrot cake that looks full of goodness and taste from Free From Farmhouse – A lovely blog that I have only discovered this week.
24. And finishing with a flourish is Farmersgirl Kitchen with the sort of Tea Time Cake good bakers should always have in their larder ready (I haven’t :-()

Here is the badge for everyone to include in their post – a link to Bake of the Week is just fine if you’d rather not use the badge but please tell everyone about our gang!

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Its half term next week and its also the most manic of weeks in our house – Baby T is a big grown up 4 next Friday (on the same day that her Daddy turns 37!) Where have those 4 years gone?!? Remember this post? The linky will be extended for 2 weeks so feel free to enter up to 4 bakes each over the fortnight – I’m thinking I will be showcasing a special little girl’s birthday cake next time! I’m also off to Crystal Palace and back (twice) with Millie as she starts her England Talent training for 2015 next week – plus we are squeezing in a couple of days at Alton Towers … and a birthday party!. What are your plans for half term?

In other news, did you watch The Secret Life of 4 year olds last night? Hilarious – I will forever be calling people a ‘Green Toilet’ ;-)

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