Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday : Rainbow Returns

We love a good rainbow on this blog!

I was actioning some more baking last night, and noticed these little guys chilling out in my flour.

I'd say it's a sign of good things to come.

My baking efforts were a success, if you were wondering - they had the blessing of the rainbow!

Cheese, bacon and chive muffins. YUM.

Wordless Wednesday happens here, here, here, here and here!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Baked Jam Donut Muffin Recipe

I had a couple of requests on my last post for a recipe, so I thought I would share the original link and also my tweaked version of the recipe.

One thing that I liked about this recipe is how unforgiving it seems to be.  Although the urge to bake was strong, it was not strong enough that I was motivated to make a trip to the supermarket so I had to make do with the ingredients I had on hand.  I read through the comments on the recipe, and decided that I could easily make a few substitutes with what was in the pantry.

Also, not having a proper oven I was limited on space so I decided to halve the recipe.  By halving, I mean I roughly estimated and threw odd amounts of each ingredient into a bowl!  Despite all this, 20 minutes later I was very happy with the result that came out of the oven. 

[this makes about 6 little muffins]

  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil + extra for glazing
  • 150 ml of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple puree
  • pinch of baking powder (this + apple puree was in place of the egg)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • strawberry jam (for filling - the quantity is totally up to you!)

  • caster sugar
  • ground cinnamon

The beauty of this recipe is how very simple it is!

I pre-heated the oven to 180°C as the recipe suggested, and got to work.  As I was using non-stick silicone muffin patties, I lined these up on the tray before getting started on the batter.  I sifted the flour into a large bowl, added the brown sugar and a pinch of baking powder. 

I measured out 150 ml of milk (after reading through the reviews and comments on the recipe, I decided to increase the quantity asked for) and combined the apple puree and vanilla extract with this.  At this stage, I would have also added my coconut oil, but as mentioned I accidentally forgot this step!

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry, and stir gently until combined.  Pop one tablespoon of batter into your muffin tray, add as much strawberry jam as you like, and cover with another lot of batter!  I recommend gently folding the batter around the jam with a spoon, to ensure that it is properly encased and won't ooze out too much when baking.  Then into the oven with the lot!

These took only about 10 minutes to bake to golden brown perfection! Once done, you can brush lightly with the remaining coconut oil and then sprinkle with your caster sugar/cinnamon mix.  I liked the little extra sweetness and crunch that this added to the muffin, but Liam decided that they were good enough without needing it!  And there you have it! Lovely golden jammy donuts.

Will you try this recipe? Please let me know if you do! xx

Friday, August 17, 2012

Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker's Man!

This week I experienced the overwhelming urge to action some baked goods. But with our oven out-of-action, I wasn't sure how I was going to remedy this.  As I pondered my baking basket full of ingredients, I decided it could not wait any longer and I was going to have to made do!

As you know, we're soon to be moving into our new house and have been busy stocking up on furniture and updating our household goods.  As luck would have it, last weekend we stumbled across a great deal on a mini toaster oven and I decided what better way to put it to the test than blueberry muffins!

What a way to christen the new toaster!

We're still pretending to be on this healthy eating bandwagon, so I tried to make them as healthy as possible using a very basic recipe.  A bit of flour, small amount of brown sugar, milk, egg, vanilla extract, a little oil (I substituted coconut oil in place of canola oil) and a handful of blueberries. 

With such a simple recipe and not so perfect cooking conditions, I wasn't expecting too much - but these ended up coming out of the (toaster) oven light, moist and very moreish!

So you'd think with that out of the way, my baking urge would be satisfied right?  Not so.  Now I knew I could bake perfectly acceptable muffins in the toaster oven I just wanted to bake more semi-healthy treats! I had an urge for jammy sugary cinnamony donuts, so I turned to Google (ah, my ever faithful friend) and came across a dead-easy recipe that I could bake. 

I tweaked the recipe a bit, and with the simplest of ingredients I had a bowl full of batter ready to go!

Some flour, a bit of sugar, milk, vanilla extract, unsweetened apple puree in place of an egg, strawberry jam and a little sugar + cinnamon for dusting was all it took! The recipe called for oil again, but it wasn't until I was filling the muffin cases did I realise that my melted coconut oil was still sitting on the edge of the sink...

Despite this oversight, I was thrilled at the little golden bundles that I pulled out of the oven just a short time later! Still moist, with a cakey-donutty casing flavoured by sweet strawberry jam in the middle.

Considering that both these muffin variations took about 20 minutes including prep-time and baking to whip up, I was very happy! Guilt-free jam donuts and blueberry muffins!

Liam was also very happy, as it meant he got little bags full of assorted muffins to munch on all week!  These were the perfect snacks to take to work, as they satisfied the sweet cravings without completely ruining the diet.  I didn't feel quite so guilty as I ate them since I knew all the ingredients that had gone into making them!

I can't wait to get into the new house so I can get my bake on with a proper oven!

Any recipes you can recommend I try next? xx

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday : IKEA Shopping

We've been busy the last few weekends...

An IKEA shopping trip requires the right kind of sustenance!

Yes, I'm posting about food again! :)

Wordless Wednesday happens here, here, here and here!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Our Local

Just in case you were wondering (Ling!), we did pay a visit to our local this weekend.

It was just as fabulous as ever!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Happy Weekend!

My favorite time of the week is finally here... WEEKEND!
It's chilly outside in old Melbourne town. 
I'm trying to build up the courage to get up out of bed to start my day.  

But in the mean time...

I've got my beautiful boy snuggled up keeping me warm while Liam is at work.

On second thoughts, I think I'll stay here a while... this is a perfect start to the day!

I hope you all have a Happy Weekend! xx

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday : Our Local

One of the things we will miss most when we move to the other side of town.

Wordless Wednesday happens here, here, here, here and here!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Grateful For A Little Winter Reprieve!

If you live in Melbourne, you'd be accustomed to the cold weather it has been bestowing upon us lately!

However, I'm looking out the window right now and it is a beautifully sunny day!

We were fortunate enough to have a lovely uncharacterisically warm day on Saturday too.
It was such a gorgeous day, and it's making me so excited for Spring. 

Liam made the most of the good weather and attacked our overgrown lawn for the last time ever!  We only have the tiniest patch of grass in our new house.  I will miss the vast expanse of lush green grass in the backyard, but one thing I will definitely not miss is the hours of maintenance it required!

Rocket spent the afternoon supervising the work, and soaking in the rays.

I hope the sunshine is here to stay!