Pear and white chocolate muffin loaf

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I literally made this weeks ago. I have been terrible at keeping on top of my blog posts – I blame it on my Moonwalk training taking over! Anyway, along with the Italian pear almond cake I made in my last post I also made this pear and white chocolate muffin loaf. I had originally seen it posted on Twitter and after a little bit of research I managed to find the recipe on Facebook. Pears are usually combined with dark or milk chocolate so this makes a nice alternative. The cake is lovely and moist and packed full of fruit and chocolate.
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Spiced chocolate and orange hot cross buns

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Happy Easter one and all. I hope you are enjoying the extended weekend by spending it with friends and family, eating many chocolate eggs and indulging in one or two hot cross buns whilst managing to avoid the hideous weather that seems to have descended on us. I’d never made hot cross buns before making these. In my eyes no-one can beat my Dad’s so I was a little nervous giving these a go. I’d seen this Delicious Magazine recipe last year and saved it to my Easter Pinterest board. Last weekend, I decided I fancied doing a little Easter inspired baking and decided to give them a go.
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Berlin

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Hello to everyone who has taken a look at the blog. I’m not sure where you’ve all come from but thank you – I hope you like what you see!

Apologies for it all going a little quiet on the blog front…I spent last weekend in Berlin with Mr Birdie (a.k.a. my husband Rob). Berlin was great, if not a little wet. It is a fantastic city and I would definitely recommend visiting and taking in some of the sights. We spent a lot of time eating and drinking coffee. A highlight for me was indulging in cheesecake for breakfast at Princess Cheesecake (http://www.princess-cheesecake.de/) a cafe dedicated entirely to cheesecake! We also tried a burger cooked in a former toilet (http://www.burger-meister.de/) an interesting experience! Below are some foodie shots captured on my phone (apologies for the quality of the photos – we took Mr Birdie’s SLR camera with us but sadly forgot the battery – oops!)

I am in the process of baking this weekend so promise a new recipe post tomorrow :-)

Oh the excitement…

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I was very lucky to receive a magazine subscription of my choice for Christmas (thanks Dot & Martin!) and after a bit of research I opted for Cakes & Sugarcraft. Now after a bit of a rough day at work it was very exciting to arrive home this evening to find the Spring edition waiting for me. I’ve only had a quick flick through but I’m already excited and keen to get experimenting.  
On another note…I spotted this article on the BBC website and thought it may be of interest to foodie lovers. I always look at food photos in magazines and think – that looks good. This may provide some inspiration…
Dil :-) 

Baby it’s cold outside…

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Welcome to my first blog post! My obsession with baking has been getting a bit out of hand recently and I’m sure everyone has been beginning to become a bit fed up with my endless posts on Facebook so I’ve decided to start a blog to chart my adventures in baking.

Today has been absolutely freezing. F. R. E. E. Z. I. N. G! So there was only one thing to do. BAKE! It is my gorgeous Goddaughter’s 2nd birthday party tomorrow and I offered to make some cupcakes for the occasion. I decided to go for a simple design and to decorate them using some simple sugarcraft shapes. About a year ago I went on a cupcake course which was great and filled me with lots of inspiration  Cue a flurry of buying lots of sugarcraft tools which have since sat in the cupboard unused. I’m still thinking about doing a proper sugarcraft course or going on a cake decorating course (rather than cupcakes) and would like to get round to doing something in the not so distant future.

I openly admit that I struggle with cupcakes. They always turn out dry and heavy rather than fluffy and moist.  For Jessica’s birthday cupcakes I decided to try the Primrose Bakery vanilla cupcake recipe and top them with vanilla buttercream. I never know how to decorate cupcakes – I am not the best with colour combinations – so I decided to go for girlie lilac and pink decorations. I have to say I am quite pleased with how they’ve turned out – I just hope they taste ok.

I also decided to bake some cookies. Before Christmas I became a little bit obsessed with cranberries and this has continued post Christmas. For Christmas I received the Hummingbird Bakery ‘Cake Days’ recipe book and decided to try the cranberry and white chocolate cookie recipe. It didn’t get off to a good start when half way through making them I realised that I didn’t have any baking paper – grrrrr. They turned out ok but I think I left them in just a bit too long as they are a little on the crunchy side rather than chewy. We have friends staying this weekend who have sampled the cupcakes and cookies and apparently they are ok!

Thanks for reading,
Dil

P.S. Apologies for the dodgy mobile phone photos – one of my aims is to improve the photography of my creations!