Bake off for Jeans for Genes Day!

Jeans for Genes Day is this Friday, and to get you in the mood celebrity chef and Jeans for Genes ambassador Mark Hix has created a delicious blueberry cheesecake recipe. Perfect to serve up at your Jeans for Genes Day Bake Off!

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Blueberry cheesecake by Mark Hix for Jeans for Genes

Serves 4

I’ve used blueberries for this cheesecake, but you could also substitute raspberries, blackcurrants or strawberries.

450g blueberries
200g caster sugar
200ml water
20g cornflour

For the base

250g digestive biscuits or Hobnobs
80g butter, melted

For the filling

300ml double cream
100g caster sugar
500g cream cheese, such as Philadelphia
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
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Put 200g of the blueberries (use the softer ones) into a pan with the sugar and 175ml water. Slowly bring to the boil to dissolve the sugar, then simmer for 7-8 minutes. Mix the cornflour with the remaining 25ml water and add to the pan, stirring. Simmer, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, pushing the berries in the sieve with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Leave to cool.

Meanwhile, line a 17-18cm round springform cake tin with greaseproof paper. Crush the biscuits in a food processor until they are the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. (Or smash them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.) Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and pack into the cake tin, firming it down with the back of a spoon.

Whip the cream and sugar together until fairly stiff. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese to soften, then fold in the whipped cream with the lemon zest and vanilla extract. Lightly fold through half of the blueberry syrup (not too thoroughly, though, as you want a rippled effect). Spoon the mix on to the biscuit base and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours until firm.

Mix the rest of the blueberries with the remaining blueberry syrup. To take the cheesecake out, run a hot knife around the edge, then release the side of the tin and slide the cheesecake on to a board. Cut into slices and serve each portion topped with a couple of spoonfuls of the blueberry sauce.

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Pancake Day, Jeans for Genes Style!

Today is Pancake Day, which can only mean one thing! It’s time to get your bake on and cook up a batch of blue-berry pancakes!

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What you’ll need:

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • Knob of butter
  • Packet of blueberries
  • A little oil or butter for cooking
  • Golden or maple syrup

How to make:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and milk
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the mixture of milk & egg to make a smooth, thick batter
  4. Melt the knob of butter and mix in to the batter
  5. Stir in half the packet of blueberries to the batter
  6. Heat the oil or butter in a large non-stick frying pan
  7. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter into the pan to make a pancake about 7cm across – you can make 3 or 4 pancakes at once
  8. Cook on a medium heat for about 3 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden
  9. Serve with golden or maple syrup and the rest of the blueberries

For loads more blueberry pancake recipes check out our Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1zxZCXo

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Jeans for Genes Day FEAST!

If your office or school is anything like the Jeans for Genes Day office, delicious cakes and other tasty treats never last long!

That’s why we suggest celebrating Jeans for Genes Day by organising a blue themed feast. You could even make this into a fundraising event by charging a small fee for each dish! This is a great way to get everyone together and raise some wonderful donations.

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Here are a few recipes we will be trying on this year’s Jeans for Genes Day.

Blue Cheese Dip and Bacon Dust

  • 2 strips of thick bacon (2 oz.) chopped $
  • 1/4 cup Greek-style yogurt $
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese $
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper $
  • 20 leaves of endive (from about 3 heads)

Cook bacon in a frying pan (not nonstick) over high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel. Pulse in a food processor to make fine crumbs and put in a serving bowl. Now mix together yogurt, cheese, 1/2 tsp. rosemary, and pepper in another serving bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp. rosemary. Serve with crisps for good dipping action!

We absolutely adore this recipe by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; cheesetastic!

Blue cheese gougères

Blue cheese gougeres

Makes about 45.

  • 250ml milk
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • A few grinds of nutmeg
  • 100g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 80g crumbled harbourne blue or Dorset blue vinney
  • 20g grated hard goat’s cheese or parmesan, for sprinkling over the top
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water, for glazing

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Line two baking sheets with parchment. In a saucepan, heat the milk, butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg over medium heat until the butter has melted and bubbles appear around the edge of the pan. Beat in the flour with a wooden spoon – the moment the mixture comes together into a smooth dough and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, stop beating. Tip into a food processor, add the eggs and cheeses, and pulse until smooth, thick and shiny.

Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large, round tip (or use a plastic bag with the corner snipped off; or just mould it with two spoons). Pipe mounds about the size of a walnut on to the baking sheets. Dampen your finger with water and lightly press down the tip of each mound. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with hard goat’s cheese.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden, and serve at once. To make them ahead of time, cool the cooked gougères, then freeze. Defrost and warm through for five minutes at 200C/400F/gas mark 6 before serving. Though they will still be delicious, these won’t be quite as melt-in-the-mouth light as they are when fresh out of the oven.

Everyone needs a bit of sweetness in their life so check out these deserts; yum!

Blueberry Pie

For the pastry

  • 600 g plain flour
  • 240 g icing sugar
  • 250 g chilled butter, cubed
  • 120-200 ml water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp caster sugar

For the filling

  • 750 g blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 170 g caster sugar
  • 40 g corn flour or arrowroot
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • vanilla ice cream, to serve

For the pastry: sift together the flour and icing sugar into a large mixing bowl. Crumble in the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Mix in enough water until the dough comes together to form a dough (you may not need all of the water). Shape the pastry into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3.

Roll out two-thirds of the dough on a floured work surface to line a 24cm pie tin. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut into 1cm thick strips long enough to cover the pie dish from end to end.

For the filling: mix the blueberries, caster sugar, corn flour, lemon juice and lemon zest in a bowl, crushing the berries slightly, until well combined into a thick paste.

Line the pie dish with the pastry, then fill with the blueberry mixture. Lay the strips of remaining pastry over the filling to create a lattice effect, pressing the edges down to seal.

Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg yolk and dust over the cinnamon and icing sugar. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the pastry is golden-brown and crisp and the filling is piping hot.

Serve the pie in slices with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

 

Blue Velvet Cakes

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 8 oz Sugar
  • 8 oz Butter, Room Temperature
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Liquid Blue Food Coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 drop Violet Gel Food Coloring (optional)
  • 8.5 oz Cake Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 oz Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar

FOR THE ICING:

  • 1 pound Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 8 oz Butter, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 8 oz Icing Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake pan(s) with paper liners.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix cocoa and food colouring together to form a paste, and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.

Pour batter into cupcake papers. Batter will be thick! Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before icing.

For the icing using a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Ice the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip.

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Guest blogger alert!

We are incredibly lucky to have the amazing Louise Wedderburn featuring as a guest blogger in the lead up to Jeans for Genes Day!

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Louise is an ambassador for Jeans for Genes Day and is affected by the genetic disorder Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP).

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a rare genetic disorder that causes the soft connective tissue of the body, such as the muscles, to gradually turn to bone. There are only 45 confirmed cases of FOP in the UK.

Children affected by FOP gradually lose their range of movement as their muscles, tendons and ligaments calcify. The life expectancy of children affected by FOP is reduced as bone eventually grows around the lungs, affecting breathing.

Louise has given us incredible support, here she is attending our T-shirt launch party in Edinburgh with our other fabulous patrons Jono Lancaster and Tallia Storm.

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Louise with fellow ambassador Jono Lancaster and Tallia Storm

One of Louise’s many talents is her ability to bake like a pro and she will be sharing her delicious recipes with you lovely lot in the lead up to Jeans for Genes Day.

Here is a recipe to get your Jeans for Genes Day baking off to a flying start!

Jeans Sugar Cookies

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INGREDIENTS

8 fl oz all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 fl oz unsalted butter, room temperature

8 fl oz granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blue icing sugar for decorating

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).

  2. STEP 2

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with a jeans cookie cutter or cut out freehand using a sharp knife. Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.

  3. STEP 3

    Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate into lovely blue jeans and sell at your school or workplace!

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Help us celebrate World Baking Day – Sunday 19th May 2013!

Here at Jeans for Genes Day our wonderful supporters are not only known for their fantastic fundraising but also for their amazing blue baking skills.

Each year we receive a whole host of mouth-watering photos from our supporters and to celebrate World Baking Day we thought it was only fair to share them with you!

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Our 2012 tasty treats made by our lovely supporters

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Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the World Baking Day website which we recommend you try!

Blueberry Cupcakes by Wendy McDonald, Blogger 

Makes 12

15-20mins

INGREDIENTS

  • For the cake:
  • 4oz Self Raising Flour
  • 4oz liquid margarine (or melted margarine)
  • 4oz Caster Sugar
  • 1 tspn Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 oz Blueberries
  • 2 Free Range Eggs
  • 3 1/2 fl oz milk
  • For the icing:
  • 3oz margarine / butter
  • 6oz Icing Sugar
  • Blue Food Colouring Gel
  • Blueberries to decorate

1. Preheat oven at 180°C and prepare a muffin tin with cup cake cases.

2. Beat together sugar, margarine, eggs and milk with a hand whisk.

3. Slowly add flour and cinnamon.

4. Fold in berries.

5. Divide into cases and bake for 18-20 minutes.

6. When cool make the topping by beating together the margarine, icing sugar and blue food colouring.

7. Pipe in swirls and top with blueberries to decorate.

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Colour Frenzy by Agnieszka Koza Eksplozjasmaku, Blogger

 30 – 35 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • Sponge cake ingredients:
  • 125 g margarine
  • 150 g sugar
  • 170 g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbs cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tbs milk
  • Colourful mixture ingredients:
  • 600 ml whipping cream (4 x 125 ml)
  • 5 jelly powders (various colours 5x75g)

1. Mix the margarine with sugar. Add the eggs one by one. Mix the flour and cocoa powder and add to the mixture in portions, alternating with milk. Stir to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.

2. Put the mixture into a greased round baking tin – 21 cm in diameter. Bake at 170 degrees for 30 to 35 mins.

3. Take out the sponge cake when baked and cool it.Cut the cake into 2 layers.

4. Dissolve each jelly powder in a glass of water. Do it in hourly intervals so the previous layer can set before you pour in the next one.

5. Whip approx. 125 ml of whipping cream (not stiff), add the setting jelly and stir to combine thoroughly. Pour the mixture onto the first sponge cake layer and put it in the refrigerator. When the mixture sets, do the same with the next layer. Cover it with the other part of the sponge cake and pour on the other cream and jelly layers one by one. Pour some setting jelly on top and place the cake in the fridge.

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You could attempt this in different shades of blue?!

Why not sell your creations and donate your takings to Jeans for Genes Day, now that is a way to feel less guilty for tucking in!

MAKE YOUR OWN…. JEANS FOR GENES DAY GINGERBREAD MEN!

This recipe is delicious and easy to make and can also be used as a decoration for your tree. It should make around 15 gingers depending on size of cutters used.

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If you want to use these for your tree decoration make sure you put a hole into the biscuits before they are put in to bake.

This is what ours turned out like!

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You could also sell these tasty little treats for Jeans for Genes Day around your office or school!

Let them eat cake!

As well as wearing your jeans on Jeans for Genes Day, why not dust off your cake tins and get baking to raise extra funds! Cake sales are easy, delicious and a great way to get together with your colleagues, friends, pupils and parents.

Bake it better with some blueberry muffins, denim doughnuts or some jean-clad gingerbread!

You could even try baking your own pair of jeans, denim never tasted so sweet!

If you are no Delia Smith but still want to get involved you could always jazz up already made goods with our logo!

Why not hold a competition and award a prize for the best cake design – don’t forget to email us a photo of your winning creations. 

Visit the Jeans for Genes Day website for more fundraising ideas, including denim blue manicures, office Olympics or dressing-up as Daisy Duke!

Don’t miss out sign-up for Jeans for Genes Day 2012, Friday 5 October