Archive of ‘Fruit’ category

Mincemeat, Marzipan And Apple Bread Wreath

Mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath – an impressive festive centrepiece full of Christmassy flavours.

mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath - an impressive braided bread centrepiece full of Christmas flavour!

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 (Vegan)

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.

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!

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!

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…)

Lighter Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake With Berry Coulis

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis – have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower calorie cheesecake recipe. Post sponsored by Splenda.

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis - have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower-calorie cheesecake.

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis - have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower-calorie cheesecake.

Christmas is a difficult time of year for healthy eating, there is just so much temptation about and it can be impossible to resist. However, with a little bit of effort and a couple of easy swaps it is possible to drastically reduce your sugar intake, and therefore your overall calorie consumption; whilst still being able to enjoy some sweet treats. (more…)

Apple Cinnamon Brioche & VonShef Stand Mixer Review

Apple cinnamon brioche – a soft, sweet brioche bread braid filled with juicy cinnamon apples. Post sponsored by VonShef.

Apple cinnamon brioche bread braid - the perfect Autumn breakfast.

Apple cinnamon brioche bread braid - the perfect Autumn breakfast.

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…)

Chocolate Orange Doughnuts

Chocolate orange doughnuts – soft, orange scented fried doughnuts topped with chocolate orange ganache and candied oranges – pure heaven!

Chocolate orange doughnuts - light, soft, orange infused yeast doughnuts with chocolate orange glaze and candied oranges.

Chocolate orange doughnuts - light, soft, orange infused yeast doughnuts with chocolate orange glaze and candied oranges.

A fresh, fried, yeasted doughnut is a beautiful thing. Pillowy soft, sweet and so full of flavour, fried doughnuts are the pinnacle of comfort food. I do think that baked and cake doughnuts have their place, but they simply cannot beat the perfection of a fried one. (more…)

Halloween Haunted Pavlova (AKA The Haunting Of Anna Pavlova)

Halloween haunted pavlova – a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Halloween haunted pavlova - a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Haunted Halloween pavlova - a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Now that we are firmly into October I figured that I should probably start sharing some Halloween bakes. I really enjoyed making (and eating!) this Halloween haunted pavlova, also known as ‘The Haunting Of Anna Pavlova’ – props to my cousin Maddy for coming up with that one! (more…)

Apple Bundt Cake With Spiced Caramel

A moist, lightly spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel glaze. Post sponsored by Appletiser.

Apple bundt cake with spiced caramel - a deliciously moist, spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel sauce.

Apple bundt cake with spiced caramel - a deliciously moist, spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel sauce.

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…)

Plum And Poppy Seed Traybake And Wild Honey & Rye Review

A light poppy seed sponge cake with juicy fresh plums and a review of ‘Wild Honey & Rye’ by Ren Behan.

Plum and poppy seed traybake - a light vanilla poppy seed sponge filled with juicy fresh plums (dairy-free)

How much do you know about Polish food? Probably not a huge amount; it seems to be somewhat of a ‘lesser known’ cuisine and beyond pierogi I have very little knowledge of what Polish food actually involves. Ren Behan aims to change that with her new cookbook, ‘Wild Honey & Rye’, which was released today. (more…)

Cinnamon Waffles With Apple And Blackberry Compote

This post is sponsored by Appletiser.

Cinnamon waffles with apple and blackberry compote - perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

Cinnamon waffles with apple and blackberry compote - perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

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…)

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