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.
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.
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.
After the naughtiness that was the S'mores cookies I thought the next treat for the kids should be something a little healthier! I could have just given them a banana in it's skin and a strawberry yogurt in it's pot but they always have things like that so I wanted to make fruit exciting for them once in a while. This they loved getting stuck into, sharing together.
Silly me forgot to change the ISO setting on my camera today in my rush to take photos before the banana discoloured!
EDIT: I'm surprised to see so many others who like me, can;t really eat bananas! I haven't eaten them for years as they make my mouth and lips itch but everyone always thought that was strange, I never knew it was common.
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.
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.
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. It's a mix between toast and bread pudding, there's not lots of liquid like with a bread pudding so it's half pudding, half toast really.
you can use fresh bread but dry bread works a little better. you can use leftover cake or croissants instead of bread instead of jam you can use marmalade or nutella.
Still using up Christmas leftovers so today with the help of my two kids made these tiny pizza fingers using small baguettes topped with ketchup, cheese, tomato, sweetcorn and grated carrot.
I wasn't sure my youngest would like these, she doesn't like normal pizza, not a big fan of bread or cheese either but she certainly gobbled these up in typical Sasha fashion, by that i mean, when she eats and really enjoys what she eats makes "mmmm" noises, she has always done it, it is so cute but i have to go in the other room if i am on the phone as she is so loud! At least i know she enjoys her food. Here is a making of photo on facebook of Sasha making her pizzas [link]
Never feel guilty about eating cake at breakfast again! Banana, raisin and sultana cupcakes topped with Cheerios coated in honey.
As always i used my quick and easy cupcake recipe [link] This is really great to experiment with different cereal toppings and combinations, though once decorated serve straight away else the cereal will go soft.
If anyone recognizes what TV show the mug is from, you rock!