Archive of ‘Spice’ category

Mulled Wine Chocolate Cake With Orange Mascarpone Cream

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream – a perfectly showstopping festive layer cake that tastes like Christmas.

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream - a festive showstopper that tastes like Christmas!

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream - a festive showstopper that tastes like Christmas!

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? It still feels too early to me but we food bloggers have to start planning things way in advance so my kitchen has been a full-on festive bombsite for the past couple of weeks. I couldn’t wait long to post this mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream; it is too delicious not to share! (more…)

Pumpkin Layer Cake With Mascarpone Cream And Sugared Pecans

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans – this stunning cake is truly irresistible and perfect for any Autumn celebration.

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans - utterly irresistible!

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans - utterly irresistible! #pumpkin #cake #pumpkinspice #baking

I’ve been dying to share this cake recipe with you as it is just SO GOOD. Seriously, it is one of the best cakes I have ever made/eaten. I know that I probably say that a lot, and maybe I do just love most cakes (in fact I definitely do!), but this pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans might just be my ideal cake. (more…)

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies – easy, soft, chewy cookies that are full of pumpkin spice flavour and totally vegan too.

Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies - easy, chewy cookies that are full of pumpkin spice flavour and totally vegan too!

This weekend I did something that I almost never do – I had the weekend off. No work, no social media, no thinking about the blog (well, that last one is a bit of a lie, it is pretty much impossible to stop thinking about it altogether). Instead we went out for dinner, went to a gig (Eluveitie, an awesome folk metal band, in case you were interested) and did some shopping. I even had time to get stuck in to Book Of Dust by Philip Pullman which I had been eagerly awaiting and am thoroughly enjoying thus far. (more…)

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pies

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies – put your pumpkin carving skills to good use with these tasty, creepy (or cute – your choice!) pumpkin pies for Halloween.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies - creepy (or cute - your choice!) pumpkin pies for Halloween.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies - fun, tasty individual pumpkin pies for Halloween.

It is very nearly Halloween so I should probably get a move on and share the couple of Halloween recipes that I have left before it is too late! these Halloween Jack-O-lantern pumpkin pies take a little bit of time and effort to make but they look really effective and would make a great addition to a Halloween party spread. (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…)

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…)

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…)

Roasted Red Pepper And Chilli Hummus With Home-Made Pitta Chips

Roasted red pepper and chilli hummus with home-made seasoned pitta chips. Easy to make and the perfect snack!

Roasted red pepper and chili hummus with home-made seasoned pitta chips. Easy to make and the perfect snack!

I adore hummus, and always have done. One of my favourite lunches is a pot of hummus with some crusty bread and vegetable sticks for dipping, I will happily eat the entire tub in one sitting. While I do often buy hummus (I’m lazy), it is so quick and easy to make your own and that way you can control the flavours to get the balance of lemon, garlic and olive oil that suits you. (more…)

Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Truffles

Hot cross bun chocolate truffles - rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles flavoured with spices and mixed dried fruit, topped with a white chocolate cross.

Hot cross bun chocolate truffles - rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles flavoured with spices and mixed dried fruit, topped with a white chocolate cross.

I only realised a couple of days ago just how close we are to Easter. This year seems to be flying by already and while I am relieved that Winter is over and the weather is warming up, time does seem to be passing by at an alarming rate. I hadn’t planned any Easter recipes at all so whipped up these hot cross bun chocolate truffles so that I at least had something Easter related on the blog. (more…)

Spaghetti With Lemony Rocket & Walnut Pesto, Asparagus, Peas & Goat’s Cheese

Spaghetti with lemon rocket and walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goats cheese - quick, easy and perfect for Spring!

Spaghetti with lemon rocket and walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goats cheese - quick, easy and perfect for Spring!

Spring is just about here, and with it comes an abundance of fresh produce, in particular, green things! This super green spaghetti with lemony rocket & walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goat’s cheese makes great use of a few of spring’s best vegetables – asparagus, peas (ok, so I cheated on the pea front and used frozen ones, but it would be even better with fresh) and rocket. (more…)

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