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Today i was very excited to be baking as it was my first time making dairy free cakes, I already bake gluten free but last week decided to try out a dairy free diet too. To be honest I was not sure what to expect but in the end they just tasted pretty much like regular cupcakes which is great and to those unaware of what they are made of would unlikely taste the difference.

I used my basic cake recipe [link] but used ASDA gluten free flour and Pure which is a sunflower based dairy free butter/spread. As a topping I heated up some lemon juice with sugar then poured on the cupcakes while still warm.

That's it, that's all my Christmas practice baking done, no more photos until after Christmas. Sorry for the rush job on this photo, I haven't got the time at the moment to be taking lots of pictures.

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I call it a semi trifle because to me a proper trifle must have whipped cream, several layers and ideally in my family if there is time jelly (or jello to you Americans)

As i said in a recent journal post i don't have much time for baking at the moment. I had some eggs needing to be used up so yesterday made a simple vanilla sponge when i had a spare 5 minutes so that i could store and use for other things over the coming days. Today a 5 minute semi-trifle made at 6am this morning as a little treat to go in my eldest daughters lunch box today. Sponge pieces soaked in a little juice of the tinned oranges used, marmalade, tinned custard and a little grated dark chocolate on top.

I do have a recipe for trifle, my favourite kind, strawberry [link]

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Using up the last of the marshmallows to make this a variation on the typical rice krispie treats.
Again didn't have much time for the photography today so not happy with the photo whatsoever but I really wanted to share the idea with you that you can play with what cereal you can use instead of rice krispies.

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Sometimes you just can't beat the simple things in life. There's nothing quite like some quick homemade rustic goodness served fresh from the oven, all warm and comforting just waiting for a nice helping of butter to slightly melt and ooze with the added sweetness of some jam to satisfy a slight hunger in the afternoon or any other time of the day for that matter.

I used the recipe from a cookbook I have but I know I can find better so will be using this one next time from the BBC if anyone is interested in having a go [link] if you are gluten or lactose intolerant just swap the ingredients for the flour or milk you normally use.

It has been a long time since seeing scones presented this way, a very common thing in old tradtional bakeries when i was a child now replaced by the cut out version.

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Sneaky cookies you ask? Well these were going to be chocolate chunk cookies but my youngest decided to open a bag of raisins and throw them into the cookie dough when i wasn't looking so sneaky cookies they became.
I had a busy weekend so wasn't even going to take photos for this but I just had to have a bit of sneakiness in my gallery.

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Shortbread cookies sandwiched and decorated with white chocolate ganache for my eldest daughters lunchbox tomorrow.
Using up leftovers again! Today using up some butter and cream as i want it all out of the house and replaced with dairy free items. You can probably tell i got my inspiration from yesterdays star cake.

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No your eyes do not deceive you! This is a savoury dish by me!

Christmas maybe over but with it comes a lot of leftovers. For us this year those leftovers mainly consist of loads of cooked vegetables so for lunch today this is what i made my girls. Carrot, pea, cauliflower, sprout and broccoli pots with vegetable gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and finally sprinkled with grated cheese. Quick and easy, just what is needed today after a busy day of cooking yesterday.

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During going through the photos to make the tutorial for these I found this photo. I don;t normally like to post more than one photo of the same food but oh well.



Jam on toast is just so, well boring sometimes, especially for my kids so today for breakfast I decided to liven it up a little by turning it into something a bit different.

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For this months recipe challenge over at :iconstill-life-stills: the subject is :iconmaytel: nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies. More info and recipe can be found here [link]

I have been following and chatting Maytel for a long time now so have been wanting for a long while to make one of her recipes, I just could never decide which to start with until noq! I must say these were a lot of fun to make and very tasty. The smell of Nutella baking at 7:30am on a Saturday morning, divine!
I made a few alterations to the recipe. I didn't have any chocolate chips so instead i chopped up two lines of a bar of milk chocolate to make chunks. I made them with gluten free flour so i could have some too. Thanks to :iconmelijan: who has also made her own version on these cookies for the challenge i was able to make just a quarter of the recipe using my preferred system of measuring of grams instead of cups [link] Finally i didn't flatten the cookies very much as i love the cracked look when stuffing cookies with a filling of them finding their own natural shape.

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Chunky banana slices wrapped in pancake on skewers served with a chocolate ganache dip. I also had a maple syrup dip and some lemons so the family had a choice of toppings for breakfast on this day, Pancake Day here in the UK.

I was wondering all yesterday what pancakes to make today but then I remembered the crepes I made and how much the family loved those so thought I would go for a similar flavour combo but served in more of a fun and interesting way.


That's it from me this week, no more baking, or food photography as my eldest has chickenpox. Also tomorrow is my Birthday and I don't fancy baking, not even a cake for myself, funny as I am always making other people birthday cakes, I just don;t have the same enthusiasm for baking for myself.

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