Saturday afternoon with no little ones, and a box full of strawberries. At this point it’s almost inevitable that I reach for the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook.
A few pages in and I find my mission:
Vanilla cupcakes with fresh strawberry pieces, a cream cheese frosting and crushed biscuits on top. Yummy!
Nanny always has yogurt pots in the fridge, which is sometimes a mystery given she eats yogurt maybe 3 times a year. Despite our best efforts this often means yogurt is found in the bin after its use by date…
Nanny is a stickler for use by dates, no matter how many people tell her that most food will be OK. What’s scary is the fact that Lil D now looks forward to the weekly checking of dates and general dumping of food. But we aunties don’t waste food if we can help it, so it was definitely time to find a recipe for flavoured yogurts before they get to the bin!
This one from Tesco real food is super easy.
You have one carton of yogurt (any flavour), one carton of vegetable oil, 3 cartons self raising flour, one carton of caster sugar and three eggs.
The trick here is the use of the yogurt carton for measuring , so less washing up. Papa will be pleased!
Mix all the ingredients, then spoon into muffin cases. Push any fresh berries you like in the top. All in, maybe 5 minutes of work.
Bake for 15 mins in a 180 degree oven, and enjoy!
Today’s flavour combination: forest fruits and blueberry. Who knows what tomorrow’s can be?
Bank Holiday Weekend baking with Lil D is always a good idea.
Having watched yet another YouTube video, Lil D had her heart set on pushcakes.
First up the sponge.
We’ve been obsessed with the funfetti craze we’ve been seeing everywhere at the minute so we opted to try lemon “skin” and sprinkles for our sponge. Baked flat on a baking sheet and sliced right down the middle when cool, ready to cut out circles. Experience shows regular sprinkles do not show up when baked so no spectacular funfetti this time. The circle cutting was hugely satisfying though, and the scraps are on standby for some Danish Romkuglar (Rum Balls).
Next you need frosting to create layers between your sponge circles. Lil D decided on purple but something brighter could have been more effective. She assembled her pushcake all by herself, piping and squishing sponge down with glee.
In the meantime I was moved to play with the mini cake shapes. They screamed mini victoria sponges – an idea we really need to keep in mind for future baking moments.
Mini food is fantastic and we all enjoyed today’s activities so well done YouTube, you win again (^-^)
Some days you wake up and know that you want to bake…and sometimes that means raiding the cupboards for ingredients, and panicking that there’s just nothing to add flavour with until discovering that jar of mincemeat you never got round to using at Christmas (still well within date!)
At that point there’s really nothing to do but make these yummy mincemeat muffins.
I followed this blogger’s recipe, and the results were a flavour packed treat. Moist and delicious with only a hint of Christmas about them, I may be searching for more forgotten jars of mincemeat to make these again! Perhaps I’ll try a little added orange zest next time…yum.