Cinnamon & Nutella Cake

Life has been pretty crazy this month, we’re either visiting somewhere or have visitors every weekend of August and September. Last week it all started catching up with me, I’d had 4 nights of minimal sleep and I need sleep like oxygen; I just can’t function without it. It all got too much one evening and after some tired tears I went to bed wondering how to make everything alright again (i.e how to magic the ten hours sleep I needed into the 5.5 hours I had available). The answer came the next day in the form of a cake, James and I decided everything would be fine again if we baked a cake; and it was. Everything was right in the world from that moment on – the magic of cake (and Nutella).

Cinnamon and Nutella cake

Whilst not looking particularly spectacular, I can’t explain how divine it felt to bite into a piece and find a chunk of baked Nutella. Who knew cinnamon and Nutella was a winning combination?! The recipe is a very slight adaption of this one, found on BBC GoodFood. It is ridiculously simple, a one bowl and a whisk kind of cake; the perfect cheer yourself up recipe.

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Cinnamon Crumble & Apple Muffins

The weekend past we had James’ sister and her fiancé come to stay with us for the weekend. It was so lovely to see them and we had a great weekend relaxing, sight seeing and most importantly eating. James’ sister’s favourite cake I’ve made is Cinnamon Crumble Apple Cake and in her honour I attempted to make some muffin versions (which I forgot to pack up for their journey home, oops, I’ll just have to make some when I see her next!). In hindsight I definitely needed more crumble topping and another apple, so I’ve adjusted the recipe accordingly, to ensure sufficient topping to cake ratio (very important).

Apple cinnamon crumble muffins

 

 

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A guest post for Hello, Scarlett: Baked Quesadillas with Gluten Free Sweet Potato Tortillas

I was honoured to be asked to do a guest post for a blog I adore, ‘Hello, Scarlett’. I had so much fun developing this recipe so, without further ado, here it is!

This isn’t a quick meal but it isn’t very complicated either, it just requires a little patience. I recently changed my diet to paleo and on less strict days, just gluten free. I found gluten was really affecting my blood sugar and have felt much better since cutting it out of my diet. However, there are things I miss; I love bread and pasta and I was recently pondering what I missed most and decided that I was craving Mexican, but tortilla wraps were out of the question. I then remembered that there are recipes out there for sweet potato pizza and therefore it must be possible to make tortillas out of sweet potato, too. I set about making this dream a reality.sweet potato tortillas final

Set aside an hour or so to prepare this meal and get it in the oven, bearing in mind you’ll also need to prepare and cook the tortillas.

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Honey & Mustard Roast Gammon

When it comes to roast dinner, I’m almost always a gammon girl. There is not a finer meat on Earth in my opinion. I’m blessed with a mum who is a fabulous cook, this is a recipe I’ve learned from her. When I lived in Dubai, we had this (and a turkey) exclusively at Christmas, due to how extortionately expensive pork is there. Since we’ve moved to the UK, we have far less sunshine in our lives but far more gammon. Silver, tasty, linings. When we have gammon, it is always like this, there is no better way.

Gammon

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Berries and Cream Loaf

Another venture into the land of fruit themed dessert but there was never any doubt I’d love this cake, I’m a huge fan of anything containing the combination of berries and cream. I spotted something similar to this in a café close to my house but heartbreakingly they didn’t bring it out until I’d already ordered my slice of cake. I vowed to make it myself and did so for a joint family birthday. It went down the best out of the three cakes I took with me and even converted someone who vows that they don’t eat fruit in desserts; it was a great moment. Even better is that it was gluten free and no one guessed!

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