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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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Banana and nutella mixed with melted chocolate (the kids don't like Nutella too rich so adding chocolate I can get the perfect balamce) on crisp, warm baguette bites (using up leftovers from Christmas again)
Gluten free people out there, if like me you don't like gluten free bread then use some gluten free cake as a base instead.
Nut issuse? Just use melted chocolate instead. Once you add the banana these bites need eating up straight away before the banana starts to discolour so you don't need to worry about the chocolate being too hard as it will still be melted or at least only semi set at that point.

Nutella and banana combo inspired by my crepes


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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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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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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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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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It suddenly occurred to me last night my kids have nothing to put out for Santa tonight so I quickly threw this together this morning with some leftover dark chocolate, golden syrup, butter, Rice Krispies (had no biscuits so this is the crunchy alternative so that is the white bubbly bits you can see in the bites) and marshmallows.

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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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Vanilla sponge with strawberry jam, butter cream and a sprinkling of icing sugar.

It's been a while since I last made a Victoria sponge so this was a nice change. It's my go to recipe when making cakes for people I don't know or know well enough to know their tastes as none of the flavours are too offensive or over powering, it is a simple all round cake and gets the job done. I even read yesterday it was the most bought cake here in the UK for 2012.

This cake I made with my kids, I am finally learning a way of baking to make everyone happy. I measured the ingredients, my eldest poured it all in the mixing bowl while my youngest mixed, then they both took turns mixing until ready.

My eldest Sarah especially wanted to help with this cake as it is a thank you cake for her teacher for doing an amazing job of taking care if her in school on Friday after a health scare, those who have read my recent journal will know why. Sarah even made him a lovely thank you card.

Back to the cake, it being so simple makes it very hard to find interesting ways of photographing it but I just loved that part of the cake with the jam oozing out ready for someone to come along with their finger to scoop it all up for a taste.

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Rich chocolate and Nutella sponge baked in old Nutella glass jars, topped with vanilla butter cream and caramel sprinkles. The sponge and butter cream is gluten and dairy free.

I have a real obsession with glass jars at the moment. Firstly I made a 2013 memory jar where every time something good happens i write it on some paper and add it to the jar so at the end of the year can see what good happened. Second I re planted some house plants into glass jars. Finally while washing up yesterday there was an empty Nutella jar in front of me in the window which made me suddenly think "I must make a Nutella cake in the glass jar" and today that is exactly what I did.

Chocolate cake recipe, flour substituted for gluten free flour.


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