Mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath – an impressive festive centrepiece full of Christmassy flavours.
One last post before Christmas! This mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath is an impressive centrepiece that would be perfect for a festive breakfast. I somehow ended up with about five jars of mincemeat leftover from making various things and there are only so many mince pies that one can eat (though that number is rather high); so I decided to make this bread wreath instead. (more…)
Lighter mince pies – you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too! Post sponsored by Splenda.
Mince pies are one of my absolute favourite festive foods; I dread to think how many of them I get through over the festive period! (I actually had my first mince pie of the year in July, at a Christmas in July event!). For me it wouldn’t be Christmas without them, but they are quite high in sugar and fat, and therefore calories; so I’ve come up with this lighter version that cuts down on the sugar and fat whilst still being delicious! (more…)
Apple cinnamon brioche – a soft, sweet brioche bread braid filled with juicy cinnamon apples. Post sponsored by VonShef.
The apple tree in my garden has yielded a decent crop this year. The apples are a little too sharp to eat as they are however so I need to do lots of baking to use them up. I haven’t decided exactly what to make with them all, but I started by baking this apple cinnamon brioche which used up four of them and was very tasty too. (more…)
A moist, lightly spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel glaze. Post sponsored by Appletiser.
We are firmly into Autumn now, and while I can’t say that I am enjoying the sudden drop in temperature and the persistent rain, it is not all bad I suppose. Autumn does bring with it some of the best foods – pumpkins, apples, pears and plums to name a few; it is my favourite time of year for baking, and I do like drinking lots of hot drinks and wearing cosy jumpers. (Although I do have a penchant for a somewhat post-apocalyptic style which means that all of my jumpers have THE MOST impracticable sleeves…). Oh, and it is also my favourite holiday – Halloween! (more…)
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What is the first food that come to mind when you think of brunch? There are so many delicious options but for me, it’s got to be waffles. They are a little bit too much effort to make for breakfast (or maybe that’s just me, I am not a morning person and I struggle with anything that is more effort than pouring some cereal into a bowl…), but for brunch they are just perfect and would be my first choice every time. (more…)
It never feels like Christmas is close for me until I’ve had my first mince pie; they are an absolute essential in making me feel festive and I love them. While I enjoy most mince pies, shop bought or otherwise, as with most things you just can’t beat homemade ones, and if you do make your own then you get the bonus of festive baking, which always helps to put me in a Christmassy mood. If you are going to go through the effort of making your own (and they really aren’t that much effort at all), then you might as well make your own mincemeat too – again, homemade is so much better than shop bought. (more…)
It feels like the run up to Christmas is already in full swing and I am lagging behind a bit; I have done no Christmas shopping, haven’t planned any recipes, completely missed stir up Sunday and don’t even know where I am spending Christmas day yet…. I think I need to work on being more organised but the miserable weather and the fact that it gets dark so early now really aren’t helping with my motivation levels. The dark gloomy days are perfect for staying home and baking however (though not great for photographing the results), and making these mini cardamom apples pies did go some way towards increasing my Christmas spirit. (more…)
Owning your own fruit trees has both positives and negatives, of course it is lovely to have an abundance of food which you have grown yourself, but you can also end up with more fruit than you know what to do with. I gave some away of course, but still managed to end up with a bowl-full of slightly mushy pears; still fine to eat but past the point where you would want to eat them as they are. The best possible use for them I figured was jam; which is also great to give away (not long till Christmas!) if you happen to end up with too much of it but it keeps a good deal longer than fresh fruit. (more…)
As much as I enjoy making towering, intricately decorated layer cakes, the cakes that I most enjoy eating, and crave most often, are generally a far simpler affair. The kind of cakes that aren’t too pretty to look at, but you feel much less guilty about eating a massive wodge of for a mid-morning snack. I had been craving apple cake for a couple of weeks and when the tree in the garden yielded a few ready-to-pick apples that weren’t great for eating fresh, but were good for cooking with, I finally got round to satisfying the craving with this simple wholemeal apple cake. (more…)
I did a very grown up thing last week – I bought a house with my fiance! Granted, it’s a badly designed, hideously decorated, 1960’s build, terraced ex-council house but hey, it’s ours and it’s a start. We also already live in it so there’s no need to move house, and now that we own it we can do something about the hideous decor (a visual onslaught of colours, patterns and textures, including the most intricately patterned artex ceiling I have ever seen (painted peach….the horror!)). Doing it up is going to be a very slow and frustrating process involving a huge amount of wallpaper stripping; it also needs a new kitchen and bathroom, but I think we may have to save up a bit before we can afford such drastic improvements so sadly I’ll have to put up with my awful oven for a while longer (sob). (more…)