Mincemeat muffins

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.

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Carrot cake disappointment

Lil GN loves his carrot cake, so I promised him I would make him one, free from those bits he just doesn’t appreciate (raisins and walnuts).  He’s a definite carrot fan.

So nanny was sent for the ingredients and a Sunday morning was set aside for the masterpiece. In fact, instead of a normal old carrot cake,  why not a traybake I thought?

I dug out another Hummingbird bakery recipe and got started.  And that’s when it started going wrong…

Carrot cakeNo brown sugar? Ah well caster would do as well.

No baking powder and bicarbonate of soda? Well I can use self-raising flour.

Sure it looked awfully pale and thin going to the oven but sure it would change as it baked.
Or not…

I don’t think I can bear to have Lil GN try these.  I don’t think he’ll be kind. Maybe I’ll just pretend I forgot….

Store cupboard peanut butter and jelly blondies

It’s Sunday afternoon.  A time, for these aunties at least, to relax. The mind, and belly, inevitably turns to dessert… except there is nothing appealingly sweet in the house and very few ingredients for my tried and tested recipes.

What to do?…

Well, a quick google and a long rummage through the larder brings me to this recipe.

And the finished result looks good enough to eat (minus the salt and cashews of the recipe):

Strawberry blondies

The verdict?  Perfect with a cup of tea.

Happy 4th of July!!