We love cookies here at Mimi's either red velvet or our delicious hazelnut chocolate chip. They are the perfect treat to along with your coffee or evening supper. To make them even more indulgent, sandwich them together with vanilla ice cream, you won't regret it. Love, Gillian x
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
140g Chocolate hazelnut spread
200g Unsalted butter, softened
120g Dark brown sugar
60g Caster sugar
2 tsp Vanilla extract
240g Plain flour
2 tsp Corn flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
180g Milk chocolate chips
- Mix together the flour, corn flour and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and put aside.
- Beat together the butter, hazelnut spread, brown sugar, caster sugar, egg and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Once mixed, add in the flour and chocolate chips then mix well until smooth.
- Cover bowl with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Once chilled, preheat the oven to 160C/320F/Gas Mark 4.
- Place grease-proof paper on a baking tray
- Using a heaped tablespoon measure out 16 portions, then roll the dough into balls. Place each ball an inch apart on the tray.
- Bake for 12 minutes until the edges are set and the top starts to brown.
- Once baked, leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tray and enjoy!
Mimi’s top tip: Decorate by drizzling melted hazelnut spread on top.
We sat down with Mini Mimi, Gemma to talk all things baking, Mimi's and dog related. We found out what it is like being the Head Baker, here at Mimi's and some cake disasters! If there's any more you'd like to know about Gemma and our bakery here, leave your questions in the comments below. Now grab a cuppa and enjoy!
What was it that inspired you to get into baking?
My mum (Mimi) used to make us the best birthday cakes. I always loved helping mum in the kitchen. She always encouraged me to help and try new recipes
What is your earliest memory of cake?
My earliest memory is making fairy cakes with my mum. She would always ask me to make them to impress visitors.
How do you come up with new ideas for cakes at Mimi’s Bakehouse?
My mum has a massive collection of recipe books that she has collected over the years. These help when coming up with new creations. Instagram is also great tool for following cake lovers and foodies.
What’s your favourite part about working in your own family’s business?
I love how passionate we all are. We all work in different areas of the business which is why we get on so well. At family meals we try to not bring up work too much.
Describe a usual day in the bakery?
It starts bright and early at 6am, we bake the scones, muffins and pop the bread in the oven. I organise what each baker will do each day, as each will have a certain task to do that day. Then we starting producing our yummy cakes, traybakes, icing and cutting them. We start serving afternoon teas later, it is a constant hub of activity in the bakery and I love it.
If you can narrow it down, what are your favourite 3 cakes at Mimi’s?
Scones are a firm favourite served with our homemade jam and clotted cream, lately I’ve been experimenting with new flavours, it’s so much fun! Red Velvet Brownies are so moreish and finally anything with coconut I’ll be happy.
When you’re not at Mimi’s creating all our yummy treats what do you like to do?
I love spending time with my husband, Scott and our border terrier, Harris, on sunny days we like to relax at Portobello Beach, Harris even knows where the dog treat van is! We are also both big foodies, so on most days off will involve eating out at different places around the city.
What is your funniest bakery disaster?
Our cakes were selling very fast one sunny day I decided to quickly whip up a raspberry and coconut roulade, I filled it with cream and berries, rolled it and ran to the fridge with it. You can guess what happened next. SPLAT! I ran away so fast, I was so embarrassed and upset! I can now laugh about it.
Favourite restaurant in Edinburgh?
Scran and Scallie – great food and excellent service every time. Also dog friendly!
Another one of Mimi's recipes to add to your collection. Our scrummy baked apple crumble cheesecake is the perfect mid week treat! Filled with apples, cinnamon and all things yummy, it's sure to go down a treat. If you have any recipes you'd like to see, leave us a comment below. Love Gillian x
Baked Apple Crumble Cheesecake
For biscuit base:
For crumble topping:
- 145g Butter
- 250g Digestive biscuits
- 200g Plain flour
- 200g Light soft brown sugar
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 100g Unsalted butter
- 2 tsp Milk
For cheesecake mix:
- 900g Cream cheese
- 3 tsp Plain flour
- 260g Caster sugar
- 3 Eggs and 2 extra egg yolks
- 200g Sour cream
- 1 Large Bramley apple
- ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Grated nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 160C/340F/ Gas mark 5.
- Crush the digestives in a bowl until a fine crumb, add in the melted butter and mix until all the biscuit crumbs are covered.
- Press the mixture into a springform tin. Prick all over with a fork, then bake for 12 minutes before leaving it to cool.
- Prepare the crumble topping by rubbing the flour, sugar and cinnamon until it turns into breadcrumbs. Then stir in the milk. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes before leaving to cool.
- Slice the apple and add to a boiling pan of water, cook for 2 minutes before draining and leaving to cool.
- Beat the cream cheese in a bowl until soft. Then add the sugar, eggs, extra yolks, sour cream and flour, beat until smooth and light.
- Spoon half of the mix onto the biscuit base.
- Place the apple slices on top and sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg on top before covering the rest of the mix.
- Cover the bottom of the springform tin with tinfoil and place on a flat tray before baking for 90 minutes.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven to cool, sprinkle the crumble mix over the top and enjoy!
Mimi's Top Tip: Serve with vanilla ice cream
The festival is now in full swing on The Royal Mile and we’re soaking up the atmosphere at Mimi's Little Bakehouse. Not only are our signature Cake Shakes (milkshake made with S. Luca ice cream topped with Mimi’s cake and cream) going down a treat, we’re busy from 8am till 8pm keeping the festival-goers refuelled with cake, traybakes and Matthew Algie coffee.
Don't forget to check out our Cake Cabin at George Square, in between The Assembly and Underbelly box offices, serving ice-cream cookies, freshly baked scones and iced-coolers to die for!
There are lots of shops and sights to visit in this vibrant area, here are some of our suggestions.
Whether you are a tourist in Edinburgh, or a local foodie, a visit to our neighbours Cranachan and Crowdie (263 Canongate) is a must. They are specialists in fine Scottish food, drink and gifts. Treat yourself to some thistle-shaped shortbread or some delicious Scottish tablet. We are obsessed with the selection of jam, marmalade and chutney.
The refurbished Waverley Arches Complex on East Market Street is full of independent retailers, who have made a piece of Edinburgh’s history their own. This complex is a firm favourite with the staff at Little Bakehouse. Our top picks include Gannet and Guga, serving some really cool Vietnamese Rolls; Baba Budan, with the fluffiest doughnuts in Edinburgh and Juice Warrior, for when we start to feel a little guilty about eating too much cake!
When it starts raining on The Royal Mile, we recommend taking a trip down memory lane at The Museum of Childhood or check out what’s on at The Scottish Storytelling Centre (43-5 High Street).
There are, of course, the major tourist attractions like Edinburgh Castle (Castlehill), Gretfriars Kirkyard (Candlemaker Row) and The Scottish Parliament (Holyrood), but we hope we’ve given you some ‘in-the-know’ insight into what’s truly popular among the locals.
Love Mimi X
With our Cake Cabin making a summer appearance this year at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, next to the Underbelly, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see what shows are around us and report back to you lovely lot.
If you enjoy improvisation and musicals, then make sure you check out Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical. Guaranteed to have a different show every time, with different high jinks, harmonies and hilarity. On at 5pm every day from the 3rd until the 29th, it is must!
Another musical based one to check out is Gobsmacked! From beat-boxing to harmonies there is sure to be something for everyone at this show. On in George Square it is the perfect show to grab a Mimi’s Cake Shake to take in with you.
Not quite a show but definitely a must! The Family Circus Workshops in The Meadows, only a quick walk from George Square. Learn how to release your inner clown with juggling lessons along with aerial workshops and acrobatics. This is only on from the 10th until the 21st so make sure to book quickly!
If you don’t quite fancy trying your hand at Circus tricks, then why not check out the professionals with Closer by Circa. Having seen them at Edinburgh’s Christmas you are sure to be left amazed by their skills and overall bendiness!
One that is sure to sound familiar to many people out there is Katie Brennan’s Quarter Life Crisis. A mixture of comedy, cabaret and music is used to make light of day to day events of a Quarter Life Crisis. So grab yourself a gin and tonic and of course a cupcake from Mimi’s and enjoy an hour of pure hilarity.
To channel our inner Looney Tunes, in what is sure to be a crazy month, That's All Folks! Be sure to let us know if there are any other shows we must check out and we can add to our list. See you at the Cake Cabin! Love, Gillian x
Some useful links if you like the sound of any of these shows:
With the festival fast approaching, it is the prime opportunity to explore Edinburgh and what is around this beautiful city! There are the classic tourist spots that are a must go to – The Castle, Royal Mile and of course Mimi’s but what else is there surrounding us?
With Mimi’s being in three prime locations, Leith, Canongate, Corstorphine and for during the festival only, our Cake Cabin will be in George Square, we know there is more out there to be explored! There is also a wide selection of things to keep you occupied inside on the odd occasion it rains in Scotland – I know, it’s unheard of here!
So, let us take your through our perfect day in our neighbourhoods, starting with - Leith!
Breakfast at Mimi's: First up is Mimi’s Bakehouse at the Shore, there is always a wide variety of activity going on so after a scrummy breakfast with us you will be ready to go explore what Leith has to offer. Our bacon french toast is always a good choice or our delicious beforenoon tea if you are in at a weekend, for a proper treat!
The Royal Yacht Britannia: Next up, the number one tourist attraction according to Trip Advisor - The Royal Yacht Britannia at Ocean Terminal. This is the perfect way to see how Royalty went on holiday and experience firsthand what it would have been like to be on board the Queen’s yacht before she was decommissioned in 1997. There is also a very yummy fudge shop on board, if you get peckish going round.
Shopping and Local Markets: Whilst at Ocean Terminal and you fancy some retail therapy then do browse the shops, Ness always has some lovely tartan goodies in. If you are visiting on a Saturday, be sure to check out the Leith market held beside Commercial Quay. Here you will see a selection of local companies and will get to try some Scottish treats.
Water of Leith: On a sunny day in Leith you can also take advantage of the peaceful Water of Leith Walkway, this will take you on a walk through the city and you can stop off at the picture perfect Dean Village. This is a prime spot to take in the serenity in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s capital.
Supper at the Shore: If you’re Mimi’s breakfast has worn off, why not head back to Leith where there is a variety of restaurants to choose from. For a modern take on traditional ‘Pub grub’ we would recommend Teuchters Landing, The King’s Wark or The Roseleaf, all just a short walk from Mimi's.
These of course are only some of the attractions going on around Mimi’s Leith, if you have any more suggestions please do comment them below and share the local love!
Next stop - George Square for our temporary home for the busiest month of the year!
Love, Gillian x
Websites to take a peep at:
Mimi's - http://mimisbakehouse.com
Ocean Terminal - http://www.oceanterminal.com
Leith Market - https://www.facebook.com/LeithMarketDockPlace/
Water of Leith - http://www.waterofleith.org.uk
Teuchter's Landing - http://www.aroomin.co.uk
King's Wark - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186525-d1775053-Reviews-King_s_Wark-Edinburgh_Scotland.html
Roseleaf - http://roseleaf.co.uk
This is one for all the gluten free Mimi's fans out there. Our Chocolate and Lime Torte has been a well loved favourite at our Bakehouse so we thought we'd share our secret. Enjoy the richness of the dark chocolate and the zingy kick from the lime!
Love, Gillian x
Chocolate and Lime Torte (Gluten Free)
- 6 eggs
- 250g caster sugar
- 500g gluten free flour
- 150g dark chocolate
- 150g unsalted butter
- 100g ground almonds
- 4 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 lime - zest and juice
- Preheat the oven to 160°C/320F/ Gas mark 4.
- Whisk together eggs and sugar until it has doubled in volume.
- Melt Chocolate and butter over a pan of boiling water until smooth.
- Fold chocolate and butter mix into egg mixture.
- Sieve the cocoa powder into the mix. Fold until mixed.
- Add ground almonds, lime juice and lime zest, mix well.
- Line the base of a spring form tin and pour mix in.
- Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes.
- Take out the oven and allow to cool. At first it will be high however it will sink.
- Dust the top with icing sugar and for an extra zing grate some extra lime zest on top. Enjoy!