Archive of ‘nuts’ category

Chewy, No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

chewy, no-bake peanut butter granola bars - easy to make, versatile snack bars filled with oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit.

chewy, no-bake peanut butter granola bars - easy to make, versatile snack bars filled with oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit.

I opened up my kitchen baking cupboard the other day and was met with a pile of packets falling on my head. That seemed like a pretty clear sign that it was high time I had a bit of a clearout and used up a few half empty packets of ingredients that had been in there too long. These chewy, no-bake peanut butter granola bars were my attempt to finish off a random selection of odds and ends of nuts, seeds, cereal and dried fruit. (more…)

Rhubarb Orange Almond Pie & A Giveaway

Rhubarb orange almond pie - crisp orange pastry filled with almond and orange frangipane and tart rhubarb compote, topped with a pretty lattice design.

Rhubarb orange almond pie - crisp orange pastry filled with almond and orange frangipane and tart rhubarb compote, topped with a pretty lattice design.

So apparently this week is #NationalPieWeek (or #BritishPieWeek, I don’t know which is the official one); there are so many national food days/weeks that I rarely know that they are happening until it’s too late and I’m not particularly interested in them anyway (except pancake day – that’s different), but it had been a very long time since I last made a pie so I took it as an excuse to bake one. (more…)

Baklava Pancakes & A Giveaway

Baklava pancakes - soft, fluffy Greek yoghurt pancakes flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and chopped pistachios, walnuts and almonds topped with a delicious honey, orange blossom, lemon and rose syrup.

Baklava pancakes - soft, fluffy Greek yoghurt pancakes flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and chopped pistachios, walnuts and almonds topped with a delicious honey, orange blossom, lemon and rose syrup.

More bloomin’ pancakes! I promise that once pancake day is over I will share something that isn’t pancakes, but for now I can’t get enough of them! These ones are baklava inspired – the sweet, syrupy, nutty filo pastry treat in pancake form. These are thick, soft, fluffy American-style pancakes made with Greek yogurt to keep them extra moist and pack in some protein and they are flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and chopped nuts with a delicious sweet syrup with hints of lemon, orange blossom water and rose. (more…)

Pancakes With Caramel Oranges & Almond Ice Cream

Pancakes (crepes) with caramel oranges and almond ice cream - an indulgent dessert or brunch!

Pancakes (crepes) with caramel oranges and almond ice cream - an indulgent dessert or brunch!

It’s nearly the second best day of the year (after Christmas) – pancake day! I love pancakes in all forms and make them regularly, for breakfast, dessert, dinner (savory or sweet ones!) or a snack; they are infinitely adaptable, easy to make and one of my favourite foods. I realised that I hadn’t really posted any dessert pancakes on the blog, just breakfasty ones; so I am remedying that with these indulgent pancakes with caramel oranges and almond ice cream. (more…)

Valentine’s Persian Love Cake

Persian love cake - a romantic, fragrant cake flavoured with lemon, rosewater, cardamom, almond and pistachio, perfect for Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’ve got a last-minute post for you in the form of Persian love cake. The story behind this cake goes that there was a Persian woman who was madly in love with a prince so she baked him a cake to make him fall in love with her; because what better way is there to win someone over than with cake?! There are multiple versions of the story floating around, some ending happily, some definitely not. It is extremely unlikely to actually be true and is most likely a fairly modern invention; but I do like food with a story!
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Valentine’s Day Linzer Biscuits (Cookies)

Valentine's Day Linzer biscuits (cookies) - delicious heart shaped almond biscuits filled with raspberry jam.

Even though my fiance and I don’t bother celebrating Valentine’s Day, I will still take the opportunity to do some themed baking and use my neglected set of heart shaped biscuit cutters. Not that these Linzer biscuits should be solely reserved for Valentine’s Day of course, they are far too delicious for that! Obviously you don’t have to use a heart shaped cutter, as long as you have one larger cutter and a small one for the cut-out (it doesn’t even need to be the same shape) then you are sorted so they are suitable for any time of year. (more…)

Healthy Superfood Pancakes

Healthy superfood pancakes - an indulgent breakfast that is packed full of nutritious ingredients, eating healthily doesn't need to be boring!

Healthy superfood pancakes - an indulgent breakfast that is packed full of nutritious ingredients, eating healthily doesn't need to be boring!

I have porridge for breakfast most weekdays (I am half Scottish after all, though I don’t go as far as making it the way my dad insists is traditional, with just oats, water and salt). But at the weekends I like to have a bit more of an indulgent breakfast. I love pancakes and waffles with all the toppings, but they don’t lend themselves particularly well to a healthy eating plan. I am a big believer in balance, so I think that an indulgent breakfast every now and again is perfectly alright, as well as regular slices of cake; but I wanted to come up with something that fit both bills – decadent but good for you. (more…)

Superfood Chocolate Bark & A Healthy Supplies Giveaway!

Superfood chocolate bark - dark chocolate topped with almonds, goji berries, seeds, bee pollen and white chocolate flavoured with matcha and freeze dried blueberry powder

Superfood chocolate bark - dark chocolate topped with almonds, goji berries, seeds, bee pollen and white chocolate flavoured with matcha and freeze dried blueberry powder

Apart from my mincemeat bundt cake and a few biscuits and things left over from Christmas I have been doing fairly well so far this year at eating healthily (and yes I know it hasn’t been very long yet, shush you!); I’ve been making lots of soups and stews, stocked up on veg and have put all the packets of lentils at the back of the cupboard to good use. There is no denying that I have a sweet tooth though and I crave a little something sweet after most meals; usually a couple of squares of dark chocolate is enough to satisfy the craving however and has the bonus of actually being good for me. (more…)

Mincemeat And Marzipan Cinnamon Buns

Mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns - and wonderful festive breakfast and great way of using up leftovers.

After making my own mincemeat recently I found myself with rather a lot of it! There are only so many mince pies a girl can eat (though that number may be quite high), so I tried to think of some other ways to use some of it up. The best way I came up with was these mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns, which also helpfully used up the marzipan leftover from covering my Christmas cake. (more…)

Chocolate Dipped Lebkuchen

Chocolate dipped Lebkuchen - German spiced honey biscuits (cookies) similar to gingerbread, perfect for Christmas!

These chocolate dipped Lebkuchen are really easy to make, keep well and embody all the flavours of Christmas. Lebkuchen are a traditional German festive biscuit, similar to gingerbread but are softer and more cakey. They are made with honey, ground almonds and lots of spices and are topped with a sweet glaze as well as often being dipped in chocolate. (more…)

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