This is an advertorial post with Quaker Oats. Quaker Oats recently sent us some fabulous oats, some of which had been all the way to space and back. We love porridge for breakfast, you can do a lot with it too. Like adding fruit or baking the oats to make breakfast flapjacks. One thing I love doing at the moment is making overnight oats, they are so easy to make and they taste gorgeous straight from the fridge. Perfect for the dash to work or before the school run.
It is that time of year when you want meals that fuel your body with warmth, like central heating. That is exactly what this vegetarian cottage pie did for us at dinner time last night. Daddy came home to the waft of dinner swirling it’s aroma around the house and it tasted delicious to boot. It reminded me of when I was a child and my Mumma used to make meals like this.
I have been really lucky to recently receive a big box of Butterkist popcorn, my favourite is Butterkist Toffee flavour. I don’t really like any of the other flavours. But that was before I tried the Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mallow. Incredible! With all this popcorn, it made me have an idea of baking with them – so we made some Salted Caramel Popcorn cupcakes. I love the way they look like little boxes of popcorn.
After watching Great British Bake Off, week two, last night, it has really got me in the mood for biscuits. I was sent some really interesting information from VoucherBox: The Great British Save Off, which has a yummy recipe and also a cost chart so you can see where you can save some money on buying the ingredients for the biscuits. So I saved a bit of money and also made these delicious gingerbread biscuits.
This is a quick and easy, but very effective recipe to win over any Royal fans visiting this summer. Strawberry jam filling and a fresh, whipped, cream topping. Not forgetting the little iced crowns of course, complete with jewels. I loved making the little crowns and the children loved them too!
This is my spin on the Lyle’s Golden Syrup Queen’s Birthday Cake. It is a beautiful Victoria sponge cake, made with Lyle’s Golden Syrup and the buttercream is also made with the syrup, which makes it have a very lovely flavour. Victoria sponge is the perfect cake choice for Queen Elizabeth and the edible decorations on the top of the cake make it that little bit special.
A famous dessert in the area of Snowdonia, in Wales, is the Snowdon Pudding. Cottages.com sent me the recipe and I had to try it as I just love anything that can be served with custard. It is similar to a steamed pudding, made with suet and of course this recipe is vegetarian. We love the Snowdonia area and the weather in Wales makes it easy to enjoy this wonderful dessert.
Thank you Tate & Lyle for this extremely yummy recipe, bananas and dark chocolate, what more do you want from a bake? It is a really dense loaf, due to the bananas, but it is really tasty and perfect with a cup of tea when the children have gone to bed. The children really loved it too – so great for a dessert or to take on a summer family picnic! You can find more recipes on the Tate & Lyle website.
This is one of the yummiest recipes I have ever used for making those chewy cookies, you know the ones, like you get at good coffee shops or in the freshly baked section at supermarkets. This recipe also uses up all that chocolate you get from Easter eggs and a packet of Mini Eggs too. Obviously.
If you love baking then you’ll love this fun and creative recipe from Dr Oetker, the Bunny bum cupcakes. The kids love getting involved as the chocolate decoration is like Playdoh, we had fun rolling the bunny bum balls up and sticking them on our grassy cupcakes. All of these ingredients can be found in a supermarket, a great way to spend some time with the family over the Easter holidays.