Pancake Day!!

Stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Today in the office we have all made the unanimous decision that everyday should most definitely be Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday is the day when the whole nation comes together to indulge on some seriously delicious pancakes before we make a sacrifice for lent! So this year Pancake Day has got us all talking about what our favourite toppings are and as always we wanted to share with all of you!


Now I am a traditionalist… kind of instead of lemon juice and sugar, for me it always has to be lime juice and sugar! I prefer the flavour of lime juice and think it definitely adds a lot more flavour, topped with a sprinkling of sugar and that’s my idea of pancake heaven!


My choice is always a nice thick and fluffy American style pancake. It took me years to master the recipe for a perfect American pancake but after many practice runs, I got there in the end. My toppings of choice are always strawberries, whipped cream and of course the perfect addition to any pancake… Nutella!


I’m afraid I go for the traditional option and the best way in my opinion. Mine has to be a traditional pancake smothered in lemon juice and sugar every time! It has always been my favourite and my view is if it tastes that delicious already there is no need for any extras!

We would love to hear from you! Let us know what Pancake toppings you’ll be opting for this Pancake day will you be sticking to some healthier options or having a serious cheat day! Drop us a comment below, or get in touch with us via our Twitter or Facebook.

Thanks for reading!

Team Hurley




A Few of My Favourite Things… Tea!

Tea is one of those things that we seem to constantly be talking about at Hurley HQ – we drink gallons of it! and are always trying new and interesting teas. We’ll be sharing some of them in future posts but for today a few of us are sharing our favourite cuppa in our favourite mugs…


Lucy’s favourite is a cup of green tea in her Unicorn Mug, no sugar

personalised i believe unicorn mug pic sarah hurley copyPersonalised Unicorn Mug / Twinings Green Tea


Chloe prefers a cup of English Breakfast Tea, One and a Half Sugars with Milk

personalised-straight-outta-tea-personalised mug-sarah-hurleyPersonalised Straight Outta Tea Mug / Twinings English Breakfast Tea


I’m known for my undying love of Earl Grey, no sugar and a tiny dash of milk, I’m never far from my Tea on Fleek! mug

personalised tea on fleek confetti mug sarah hurleyPersonalised Tea on Fleek! Confetti Mug / Twinings Earl Grey Tea

What are your favourite teas? Let us know in the comments or on social media so we can try them out!

Sarah x

Scrumptious Carrot Cake Recipe

Today I want to share my favourite ever Carrot Cake recipe! I’m super fussy about Carrot Cake, it’s definitely one of my favourites but I’m very picky about how I like it, it must have fruit, it must NEVER have nuts (I’m not a fan of nuts in cake but you could add them to this recipe if you like them) it must have cream cheese frosting, and there must be lots of carrot (or what’s the point!) this one was given to me some years ago, I lost it once (eeek! I now keep multiple copies and it’s scanned and backed up on my pooter!) I hope you love it as much as I do…
You will need…
250grams / 9oz Wholemeal Flour
175grams / 6oz Muscovado Sugar
175grans / 6oz Brown Sugar
3 Large Eggs
6 fl Ozs (175ml) Sunflower Oil
2 fl Oz (55ml) Soured Cream
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Level Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
11 Ozs (300 grams) grated carrots
175 grams / 6 ozs Sultanas
85 grams / 3 Ozs Desiccated Coconut
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
110 grams / 4 Ozs Cream Cheese
50 grams / 2 Ozs Unsalted Butter
50 grams / 2 Ozs Icing Sugar
Juice of half a lemon or lime
To Make (approximately 2 hours)
Preheat the oven to 150c / 300f and lightly grease (or line with greaseproof paper) an 8″ baking tin (it should be pretty deep, mine is around 5.5″ deep and works great!)
Mix the eggs, oil, vanilla essence and soured cream together
Once combined slowly sieve in the dry ingredients – flour, cinnamon, Bicarbonate of Soda and salt
(you could do all of this in the food mixer much quicker, I do this by hand as it’s quite a dense cake and mine doesn’t work great at combining all the ingredients properly – I am waiting patiently for my dream mint green KitchenAid mixer… *sigh*)
Fold the mixture in until well combined before adding the grated carrots, coconut and sultanas
Once everything is mixed well, pour the mixture into your baking tin and bake for around 1 and a half hours – be sure to test the centre with a toothpick to ensure it is properly cooked before removing from the oven and leaving to cool for at least an hour
Once your cake is completely cooled, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and mix with the softened butter and cream cheese, add the lemon or lime juice and then top your cake and enjoy – preferably with a big mug of earl grey tea *slurp* my fave! (The carrot garnishes I used from the top picture were from Sainsburys)
I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do!
Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x

Perfect Baked Ham Recipe

 I’m not the best cook in the world, I’ll be the first to admit it! but I guarantee that every week someone, whether it’s B, my Dad, Lisa or one of my friends, will ask me to bake them a ham (B has actually started bringing them home for me now from work like some men do flowers! lol) So today I’m sharing my recipe for the perfect Baked Ham…
What you will need:
A small smoked or unsmoked (depending on your preference, I always go for smoked!) gammon joint (these cost around £4-5 in Waitrose / Sainsburys or Morrisons)
2 litres of Dr Pepper
Marmalade (with peel)
Brown Sugar
Colmans English Mustard
A jug (pint) of water
To Make (approximately 2 hours)
Start by unwrapping your gammon joint (make sure to remove the plastic bit around the side too (done that!) and place in a very large pan (it should be almost twice as deep with space all around the edge
Pour over around half of the Dr Pepper and add a jug of water, if needed add more Dr Pepper (the liquid should be just above the surface of the ham, put the lid on your pan (I’ve experimented without the lid, it still tastes lovely but a little drier – keeping the lid on seals in all the moisture and makes for a tastier ham!)
Simmer slowly to a rolling boil and leave for approximately 20 minutes (this should take around an hour in total – I use the very lowest setting on my hob)
Once done, remove from the boil and pour away the liquid, place the ham into a pyrex (or similar) ovenproof dish, score the top with a sharp knife in two directions to make a checkerboard pattern across the top of your ham.
Spread some mustard (around a level tablespoonful) across the top of the ham, get into all the little cut areas you’ve just made
Add a heaped tablespoonful of marmalade and and spread over the top of the mustard and ham and into all the cut areas (I know marmalade and mustard sounds gross, but trust me, its awesome!) Sprinkle on a pinch or two of brown sugar
Bake on a medium heat for around 45 minutes or until the marmalade starts to bubble (I like mine to caramelise and go a little bit almost burnt at the edges)
Leave to cool for around half an hour (supervise if you have little piggies in the house – not mentioning any names!!) before cutting and serving with some lovely fresh bread (sourdough is my fave, tiger bread for B) or mash potato and pickles (Lisa’s favourite)
I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do!
Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x