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Chocolate and banana loaf

Posted by on 12:00 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes, Scones/Breads/Muffins | 12 comments

Chocolate and banana loaf

Another chocolate recipe for my quest to use chocolate more often in my baking, starting last week with my homemade chocolate syrup and continuing with chocolate and banana loaf. The absolute thing I love about this cake is the fact no one could tell it had banana in it. Now let me explain, I bake with banana’s a lot. At least once a week, they are my favourite fruit and I always have huge bunches in the house and I like to eat them when they are still a bit green.   Jump to recipe:     The minute they are all yellow I don’t like to eat them...

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Posted by on 12:00 in Blog, Jams/Sauces/Drinks | 13 comments

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

I have decided to set myself a mini challenge for the next few weeks, to bake using chocolate. A strange thing to say considering its chocolate, but I honestly don’t use it very much. I am very much a fruit or caramel or spice kind of girl, when the dessert trolley comes my way I’ll always look for the fruitiest option, and bypass the chocolate cake all together. So I’m going to explore my chocolate options for the next few weeks and see what I come up with. Don’t get me wrong I do like chocolate very much and enjoy...

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Oaty Crumbles

Posted by on 09:05 in Biscuits/Cookies, Blog, Slices/Bars/Tray Bakes | 13 comments

Oaty Crumbles

  Jump to Recipe: I have been living in Scotland now for around 6 years and to be honest I have still not really gotten used to 2 things, the weather (its just so cold and miserable most of the time) and the food. It’s very much meat, potatoes and a side of vegetables. Being a vegetarian this does not really appeal to me, mince, haggis, scotch / macaroni / bean pies 🙁 as lovely as I’m sure they are they are definitely not for me.     My partner is always on at me to bake bannocks, tattie scones, tablet and a multitude of other Scottish fare....

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Rum Banana and Coffee Cupcakes

Posted by on 19:57 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes | 16 comments

Rum Banana and Coffee Cupcakes

  We all love these bad boy’s, there is something about cupcakes that we all love. Maybe it’s the lashings of buttercream, maybe it’s the fact its individual so we don’t have to share it with anybody else or the fact that we can be as creative as we want when it comes to decorating them? Whatever the reason cupcakes are really enjoying their time in the spotlight. People just can’t get enough of them and it’s been like that for the last few years.   Jump to Recipe:     That does include me, I love cupcakes because I don’t feel as though I am...

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Ginger Slices

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Slices/Bars/Tray Bakes | 18 comments

Ginger Slices

If you are a fan of ginger than you are going to love these ginger slices. Every bite is full of fiery ginger, the base is crumbly and the topping is smooth, sweet and spicy! I love ginger as a flavour and so does my fella, he is a massive fan and loves it in almost anything so I am always on the look out for new and interesting ways to use it. That’s when I spotted this recipe in ‘Love Baking’ magazine and knew I had to try it.   Jump to Recipe:     The base is basically a gingery shortbread, its so crumbly and light I could just eat it by...

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Buttermilk Scones 2 Ways Blueberry and Plain

Posted by on 10:30 in Blog, Scones/Breads/Muffins | 8 comments

Buttermilk Scones 2 Ways Blueberry and Plain

So Buttermilk Scones 2 Ways blueberry and plain, same scones two different flavours basically, I love blueberries and try to add them to almost anything I can where as my fella is not such a fan. He is a bit boring when it comes to food to be honest, I like to experiment and it can be hard to get him to try things sometimes. So as a compromise I made half of this batch plain and the other half I added blueberries.   Jump to Recipe:     There are 101 ways to make scones, probably even more if I was honest, but 101 sounds like a good figure to...

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Homemade Hot Chocolate drinking powder

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Jams/Sauces/Drinks | 26 comments

Homemade Hot Chocolate drinking powder

Now I know what you are all thinking, homemade hot chocolate drinking powder in May? I know I know spring has sprung, the birds are frisky and the flowers are blooming. But I live in Scotland where there are still the occasional hailstorms, the temperature is still struggling to climb above 7 and the daffodils have only just opened. It’s still cold and nothing is better then a big hug in a mug from hot chocolate with or without all the trimmings.   Jump to Recipe:     But then again it doesn’t matter to me if its summer, autumn, winter or...

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Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes

Posted by on 16:52 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes | 16 comments

Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes

With spring now in the air I wanted to create a lovely light spring inspired cupcake. I had a surplus of lemons in the house and wanted to use them. Lemon is fresh and such a clean flavour but wanted something to back it up. Then blueberries caught my eye. Now they are a perfect spring mix, I don’t know why, but lemon and blueberries work. So it was to be lemon and blueberry cupcakes.   Jump to Recipe:     Blueberries are such fun to work with they pop with colour especially when you split the cake, muffin or scone open. And in these cupcakes...

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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Posted by on 15:32 in Blog, Jams/Sauces/Drinks | 12 comments

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Now I know this is everywhere on the Internet at the moment and there are 101 different recipes out there but I have done you the good dead of testing a bunch of them out to find not only the best one but also an easy one to make.   Jump to Recipe:     Some were so complicated; I couldn’t even be bothered to give them a go. Now I love a challenge but I don’t want to have to work really hard for my treats and in return I don’t want you to have to work too hard either. I wanted salted caramel sauce and I wanted now!     And I wanted one that...

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Strawberry and Vanilla Coffee Shop Style Muffins

Posted by on 00:43 in Blog, Breakfast, Scones/Breads/Muffins | 32 comments

Strawberry and Vanilla Coffee Shop Style Muffins

Is there anything better than a coffee shop muffin? The huge dome that begs to be ripped off and devoured is just irresistible, the rest, we could take or leave to be honest with ourselves. Hence why I decided to try and crack coffee shop muffins at home. I had some left over strawberries and I just adore vanilla, those little black seeds running though a cake are just lovely. So I came up with strawberry and vanilla coffee shop style muffins.   Now I can’t lie Sally’s Sparkling Jumbo Blueberry Muffins heavily influenced this recipe, over at...

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