Blueberry crumble loaf

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Recently Mr Birdie declared that somebody at his work had made a cake that was far better than anything I had made recently. You can probably guess that this did not go down well with me! The recipe in question is from The Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Day book. Whilst looking at the recipe for this supposedly amazing cake, I spotted this recipe for a blueberry crumble loaf. I had bought some blueberries thinking I would make these blueberry and pretzel cookies but changed my mind after seeing this recipe. I had a slight issue in that I didn’t have a loaf tin which was the right size. I ignored this and used my 2lb load tin and did have some issues with it overflowing the top of the tin which then made it very difficult to get it out at the end. The recipe also only said to grease the tin and dust with flour. With hindsight, I would definitely line the tin with baking parchment.
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Poppy seed rolls

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I am continuing in my mission to make my own rolls to take work to for my lunch. These ended up looking nothing like they were meant to but actually tasted nice and had a good texture. They even got the Mr Birdie seal of approval (a rare compliment indeed!) This is a Tesco recipe that I found online. As I’ve said mine in no-way looked like they were meant to. They should of had a cross marked on the top of them but when I tried cutting them before they went in the oven I found there was no way this was going to happen!
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Glazed cranberry lemon bundt

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I do love the combination of lemon and cranberry. Last year I made these lemon and cranberry cookies which were delicious. I think it’s a combination that works really well. I’ve been wanting to make a Bundt cake for ages but didn’t have a tin. Every time I would go into TK Maxx I used to look at the tins and think shall I buy one? I resisted but decided to request one as a Christmas present. Luckily my Dad obliged and on Christmas day I opened not one but two lovely Bundt tins. One was a Savarin tin and the other was a fluted one which I used for this recipe. Before Christmas I picked up a packet of fresh cranberries and they sat in the fridge. They were well-traveled cranberries as they came all the way to Devon with me (sat in the fridge in Devon) and then traveled back to Hampshire before being used. I decided that a cranberry Bundt would be a good way to use these poor cranberries (which were beginning to look a little but past their best). I found quite a few different recipes (which I have collected together on my snazzily titled ‘All about that bundt…‘ Pinterest board) using fresh cranberries but as I had some lemons that needed using (as explained in my Lemon drizzle loaf post) I decided that this was the recipe to go for.
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Seeded loaf

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In my mission to make the most of potential baking time the holidays offered I decided to make a loaf of bread. I had some Waitrose crunchy mixed seed bread flour that was open and needed using so I decided to use this to make a seeded loaf. The method I used for this recipe is based on this BBC Good Food recipe. I decided to prove my bread overnight in the fridge and altered the ingredients slightly as I didn’t have any malted, wholemeal or granary bread flour. I was very pleased with how this load turned out. In the words of Mr Birdie ‘That’s a proper loaf – you could make toast from that!’ – as opposed to previous loafs I have made before which have perhaps not risen to the occasion!
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Lemon drizzle loaf

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Oh Christmas holidays – how have you disappeared so quickly? Two weeks seem to have flown by and tomorrow it’s back to work for us teachers (to the delight of parents around the country!) I was quite poorly at the beginning of the holidays with a nasty flu-like cold and have been feeling decidedly lacklustre for most of this week but luckily have been feeling well enough to bake over the last few days. Wanting to make the most of the precious days of freedom I have been baking at every given opportunity. This was the first thing on my list. Dashing around Tesco on New Year’s Eve I spotted some unwaxed lemons that were reduced. Knowing that I wanted to make a lemon and cranberry bundt I snapped them up. I was given Holly Bell’s ‘Recipes from a Normal Mum’ for Christmas (thanks Dot and Martin!) and have recently started following her on Twitter. She posted about her 10 most popular blog posts and this recipe was one of those posts. As I was meeting up with one of my fellow teachers to do some planning I thought this might aid our brain cells and as I had my bargain unwaxed lemons that needed using it seemed like a winning combination. Plus I’ve never made a lemon drizzle cake (shocking I know!)
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