Savoury

Simple White Bread Loaf

Here we are again, lockdown number 3! For me, I think I am getting used to this slow pace of life and using walks and baking to keep me busy and occupied. However, I know for some it really is a hard time and can be mentally challenging.

As I said, I use baking as something to focus on. It’s a couple of hours spent concentrating on something, taking your mind of any worries, and the end result is incredibly rewarding. Even better, you get to eat it! So if you really are struggling or just want to try something new, give baking a go!! All my recipes on my blog I have tried to keep simple so even beginners can try them. Even if you mess up first time, keep trying, I promise you, you will make something which tastes amazing whilst maybe even enjoying being at home!

Anyway, here is a post which is different to my usual cakes and sweet treats…

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chocolate · Christmas

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

This winter I have become obsessed with Hot Chocolates. I’m not sure if it’s the increase of cold walks we’ve been going on with lockdown and trying to avoid the crowds but they just taste extra special this year. Every year I look at Hot Chocolate Cupcakes and think how cute they look. What better time to take a plunge whilst I’m having huge Hot Choc Cravings. I managed to finally found the perfect icing to go on the top as well…

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biscuits · chocolate · Fruity Bakes

Chocolate Orange Biscuits

Recently it feels like Chocolate Orange is becoming the craze. All sorts of brands are adding the flavour into their chocolates and to be honest, I am alllll for it! All I was craving/ really wanted to try was the Cadbury Buttons thta were recently released. I have been struggling to find them so instead I thought I’d make some Chocolate Orange basked goods instead. These biscuits hit the spot and were my favourite treat to have with my morning coffee for a good week. The recipe is easy to follow, just give yourself 2 days to complete the process (it’s not as bad as it sounds)

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Fruity Bakes

Apple Streusel Muffin Cake

The change in the weather has hit me hard. So hard I find myself sat on Pinterest searching through Autumn and Halloween bakes. I forgot how much I loveeeee baking this time of year. Bring on the warm puddings covered in custard! My favourite ingredient through Autumn is apples. If you’ve been around to see my posts in previous years I always bake some sort of apple cake ever year. This year I tried a new recipe which mixes cake and streusel into one!

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Fruity Bakes

Apricot & Custard Danish Pastries

I don’t know about anyone else but food is the one thing which I use to mark the weekend. Especially during this pandemic it’s important to find a way to seperate the 2 and still feel as though you have a few days to recooperate and enjoy free time. This weekend’s treat was a Sunday Brunch of treats. I put on bacon sarnies and two different types of pastries. For me, there’s nothing better than a breakfast pastry and a coffee. I think because it reminds me of being on holiday as it’s usually what I go for when we go to hotels/away. I did Pecan Pinwheels and Apricot and Custard Danish pastries. Both of which were actually really easy to make and tasted so good!

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chocolate · Occasion

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I made this Chocolate Fudge Cake for a Birthday during lock down. More and more I am enjoying making tiered cakes and getting the hang of them again. I especially loved making this one as it had been a while since I had the opportunity to make a big cake (that I didn’t have to try eat by myself!) This recipe of a classic celebration cake is to die for, and tastes amazing!

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Easy Bakes · Fruity Bakes

Cherry Bakewell Tarts

One of my favourite things to eat growing up was always a Bakewell Tart. Me and my best friend would buy a whole box of them and demolish them together. In particular I remember buying a giant one and thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread. For me it’s the almond flavour which does it. I love anything almondy and the sweetness of the jam and icing make for a delicious combo! I finally got round to making my own, and although messy, they turned out great! Continue reading “Cherry Bakewell Tarts”

Easy Bakes

Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks

One of my favourite treats is bakewell tarts! I love anything with an almond flavour. To relieve my craving without having to make full bakewell tarts I found a fab recipe for Bakwell flapjacks. These are so easy to make using really simple ingredients as well. It was mostly just mixing everything into one bowl and cooking in the oven. The flapjack is topped with white chocolate which was a great addition too!

If you’re a Cherry Bakewell fan like me, you’ll love these sticky flapjacks!

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baking · Easy Bakes

Egg-less Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another week, another cookie recipe. This week is to help those who can’t find any eggs on the shelves at the minute. These chocolate chip cookies are delicious with a cup of tea and are so quick to make and bake. You can switch up the chocolate chips for something different like M&Ms or maybe you still have some Mini Eggs to get through from Easter! The egg is replaced with milk and oil which sounds gross but you really can’t tell!

I promise the next recipe will not be cookie related, but you have to admit, you cant beat a good cookie!

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Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Life in isolation/social distancing can be incredibly boring. It can be really easy to be unmotivated to do a lot and become really unproductive. Personally, I find this can put me in a really low mood making the challenging time we are in, even more difficult to push through. I’ve taken up a new, creative hobby to try teach myself from online tutorials and books and honestly, it has killed a lot of time and been very therapeutic.

If you’re starting to feel restless, bored, unproductive why not try baking? It’s not as daunting as some people think if you follow all the great recipes and guides that are out there. If this is something you’re toying with why not start here? This is my beginner’s recipe to vanilla cupcakes. This recipe is also great to do with bored kids and you can get as creative as you want with them! By the end you’ll feel a sense off accomplishment and you get to eat. A win win if you ask me!

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