Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins!

Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins :: keep it simple

These are quite naughty but very nice!! I had some cream that had just gone out of date and needed using up and some strawberries that needed using, I thought white chocolate would work well, which it did! My Great Auntie was visiting this weekend so I took some to my Mum and Dad’s yesterday where she was staying. They were well received!

Ingredients:

250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g sugar
6 tbsp oil
125ml cooled stewed strawberries (I used about 350g strawberries, quartered and simmered for about 20 minutes, lid off)
250ml double cream
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
100g white chocolate
50g white chocolate chunks
pinch salt

Preheat oven to gas 4/180°C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the sugar. Place the 100g white chocolate, broken in chunks, into a pan with the oil (I used the pan I’d stewed strawberries in) and heat on a very low heat, stirring often, until chocolate has melted. Beat the eggs and vanilla into the cream with a fork. Then pour into the flour, along with the melted chocolate and oil. Use a spatula to fold together until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl until combined. Divide between cases, filling them 3/4 full. Sprinkle some chocolate chunks on top then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and skewer comes out clean. I got 15 out of this mix so needed to do a second batch in oven as I only have one tray!

Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins :: keep it simple

I need to get some more plates for using for photographs!! Our every day plates aren’t very photogenic!

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins.

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Well these went down quite well this morning! Here’s the recipe, I only used one teaspoon of baking powder and think they could probably do with a little more so would use 2 next time!

I stewed 125g blueberries and a handful of frozen raspberries for 10 minutes..

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Ingredients:

150g plain flour
75g ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
100g sugar
125ml blueberries/raspberries, stewed
125ml milk
60ml oil
2tsp vanilla extract/almond essence
2 med eggs, beaten

Preheat the oven to gas 4 and line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
Sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl then add the almonds and sugar. Add the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula, stirring as you go, until just combined. Divide into cases, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 20-30 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins :: keep it simple

Lovely with a bit of clotted cream! As are the strawberry and raspberry muffins from the other day (left in the photo)!

Morning squidges and thoughtfulness!

Five things..

  1. Morning squidges. Xander loves giving Violet cuddles, sometimes too much and Violet gets mad!! But this morning I got this photo with her actually looking pleased to be squidged by Xander!
  2. School runs! On this morning’s school run a friend commented on how my skin looked good today 🙂 And on this afternoons another friend gave me a recipe for some gluten free muffins after noticing that I’d mentioned that my Dad was gluten free on here a couple of weeks ago, how thoughtful 🙂
  3. More muffins. Been baking again today! Off to a friends in morning so have made some blueberry, raspberry and almond muffins to take. If they go down well I’ll blog them tomorrow!
  4. Smear. Went for my smear test today. I know how easy it is to put it off, I did for a few years before I finally made the appointment for my first one three years ago. So this time I just had to wait until Violet was at least six months old so pregnancy/labour/recovery didn’t interfere with results. Since I knew what to expect I didn’t feel the need to put it off, it’s really not too bad 🙂
  5. Blog mention! I got a mention today on Nicsknots’ blog! Thank you! 🙂 Not only this but she made this fabulous crochet hook roll with fabric from Friday’s Folksy Friday!! Brilliant!
  6. Extra! Doing an extra positive today as a good friend had her 20 week scan today and all is hunky dory! Hehe!

Strawberry, raspberry and vanilla muffins.

I was stewing some strawberries as they were starting to go funny and Violet likes stewed fruit with yogurt. I threw in some frozen raspberries too and thought I’d try making muffins with it! Worked quite well!

Strawberry, raspberry and vanilla muffins :: keep it simple

Ingredients:

225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g caster sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
125ml milk
60ml vegetable oil
125ml stewed strawberries and raspberries

(To stew the berries, quarter the strawberries, rinse, put in a pan over a medium heat with a handful of raspberries. After about 5 minutes the berries will start to release their juice, simmer for 5-10 more until they start to go mushy, leave to cool)

Preheat oven to 180°C/gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and gently mix with a spatula, scraping from the sides as you go, until just combined. Divide between cases, sprinkle with granulated sugar, and bake for 20-30 minutes until well risen and golden brown on top. Cool on a wire rack.

I bet these would be even better with a dollop of (clotted?) cream! Naughty!

Give the gift of cake!

five.

  1. Baking! Had Millie off school today with earache. She wanted to bake some scones so after checking we had the ingredients and getting Violet off for a nap, thats what we did! I made some gluten free blueberry muffins too!

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  2. Favours. I called my Mum and Dad this morning to ask them to grab me a couple of bits of shopping when they went for their weekly trip to Tamworth, I mentioned Millie wanted to see them so Mum invited us for lunch. Hence the gluten free muffins – they were for my Dad who has is a Coeliac! We took round some scones too and one of the Nutella muffins for my Mum! Thank you!
  3. Lovely comment! When I was in Morrisons the other day, I heard a voice calling my name, it was the lady behind the news counter who I went to school with, asking me to come over. She just wanted to tell me that she loved reading my blog and found it really interesting! Well thank you, if you’re reading, that comment really made my day 🙂 I forgot to put it in my blog that day so I’m putting it in todays instead!
  4. Millie & Xander. They’ve been really nice to each other today! Took turns on my folks’ laptop, played with the lego together this evening, and were reading each other stories in bed!DSC_6746
  5. Tomorrow. Looking forward to tomorrow!Am seeing a fried who buggered off to France last year! She’s over for a few days so she’s coming over for copious amounts of tea and most likely some cake! 🙂

Made it!

Today has been another day spent at home all day thanks to the snow and cold weather! So this morning I set to work on the skirt I’d seen on Pinterest! I was following this tutorial, but did have a couple of issues.. first, jersey fabric isn’t easy to sew on a machine! The fabric got stuck and I made a hole trying to get it out. Luckily it turned out that I needed to take it up a bit more so it wasn’t a problem in the end. Second, the back of the skirt was way too long because of the way you cut the fabric so wasn’t as straight forward as the tutorial suggests. But it’s done and I’m chuffed with it! I’ve ordered some non stretchy fabric to try a different maxi skirt tutorial so look out for that! Image

Now all we need is some nice weather so I can wear it!!

My five positive things today are:

  1. Making my skirt!
  2. Passing on the five thing thing! My friend Jodi has started her own five thing thing over at I can see the trees! Go see!
  3. Gratitude. My husband cleared our drive of snow today, we have a big drive as four houses share it but sadly he doesn’t get any thanks from our neighbours.. So a big thank you to him, from me, for being star!
  4. Soup & cakes. Since my husband was out in the cold I thought it would be nice to have soup for lunch. Thought I’d attempt winging it and it worked! I used potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas & sweetcorn, garlic and onion granules as I’d run out of onions! I fried off everything except the peas & sweetcorn, then added chicken stock with the peas & sweetcorn and some pepper and simmered until potatoes were cooked. It was lovely! This afternoon I made some courgette, cinnamon & raisin muffins which were also delicious! I had to sub sunflower oil for the butter but they turned out fab!ImageImage
  5. Film night. Do love snuggling and watching a film!

Cola cake – a cake made with coca cola!

Try it, it’s delicious!

This is a James Martin recipe, and you can watch him cook it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfbnsLXoJFo

You may notice that I use different quantities of milk and cola for the cake, but this is because a friend told me the quantities in his book are different to the video, I have tried both, they are both delicious, the one on the video has more liquid and makes a much more moist cake, I thought it wasn’t cooked when I cut it, but it was fine!