Apple cinnamon bundt


So yesterday was National Bundt Day and I decided to get in on the Bundt action. After perusing my Pinterest board ‘All about that bundt…’ and considering a carrot cake Bundt or John Whaite’s fig, pecan and orange Bundt I opted for this apple and cinnamon Bundt as I had some Bramley apples that needed using up. The recipe is by Martha Stewart and is really meant to use Granny Smith apples but I had read a couple of people on Pinterest saying that they had used Bramley apples which had worked just as well.
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Spiced Dorset apple traybake


The weather has been decidedly autumnal this weekend with endless showers interspersed with beautiful sunshine. I picked up some Bramley apples whilst shopping and had originally thought that I would make a crumble with them. However, I then decided that I would make something to take to work tomorrow as we have a training day and will need something to keep our brains going as we tackle computer programming! After a bit of research on Pinterest I decided to bake something based on Dorset apple cake. I had spotted this Marry Berry recipe for a spiced Dorset apple traybake a few months ago.
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Christmas Is Coming Part 2 – Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies


As promised another cranberry based cookie recipe. These cookies are packed full of Christmas flavour. Cinnamon – check. Cranberries – check. Chocolate – check. I made these last year and they were well received so decided to give them another go. The recipe is from the blog ‘What Megan’s Making’ which I am a fan of. You can find the recipe here. It is an American recipe so you will need some cups for measuring out the ingredients. It also gave me an opportunity to try out my new cookbook stand that I picked up in TK Maxx this week.
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Wholewheat Banana Nut Loaf


It has been a busy few weeks in the Little Birdie household. We moved three weeks ago and have been without the Internet until today. Upon moving in, we found the oven in our new house was possibly the worst oven in existence! A horrible, electric thing which took forever to cook anything and if it was cooked the bottom was burnt. Luckily Mr Birdie managed to find us a shiny new one for £50 (thanks to the wonders of Ebay!) My Dad visited us last weekend to help us tackle the garden (thanks Dad!) so I whipped up a banoffee pie last weekend but this cake is the first proper cake I have made in our new home. Hopefully many more baking adventures will follow.

I used to make this cake a lot a few years ago as it is super easy to make and a great way to use up ripe bananas. It doesn’t look that amazing from the outside but it’s what inside that counts. It is always well received (as proved today by the speed at which is disappeared in the staffroom at school) and it has never failed to produce a moist, banana-ery loaf that surely must be good for you as it contains fruit, nuts and wholemeal flour! The recipe is from Best Ever Baking by Carole Clements.
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Therapy Time – Oat and Raisin Cookies


It has been a stressful week in the Little Birdie kitchen and an even more stressful Saturday. Why does buying a house have to be such a horrendous experience? In an attempt to take my mind off things things I decided to make some cookies. Before Christmas I went on a cookie making splurge but haven’t really made any since. This is a Hummingbird Bakery recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. I have made them twice before for work colleagues and they have always been well received. Plus they’ve got raisins and oats in them so surely they must be healthy? I’m currently enjoying one with a mug of warm milk before bed! This recipe makes 20ish (depending on how big or small you like your cookies – I managed to make 21 with this batch).
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