Fail-proof Blueberry Muffins

This recipe is based on a muffin recipe from PPK but I’ve never been one to exactly follow things to the letter, especially when I’m not a fan of a certain ingredients. Seriously, that would just be silly wouldn’t it, making something you couldn’t benefit from when your family are sat munching haha yes I am that greedy!!

I haven’t posted pictures from the prep because, there really is no prep involved that needs pictures, it’s not complicated at all, I promise 🙂

Oven: 375f/ 190c/ gas mark 5

Makes 12

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour

2/3 cup caster sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda/baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup cranberry juice

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients with a hand whisk, the manual kind! Doing this saves any messing around with sieves and mixes everything nicely.

In a jug, mix all of the wet ingredients.

Pour your wet ingredients into your dry and mix by hand. When the mix is just combined, but still lumpy, add in your blueberries, then continue to mix briefly.

Fill your muffin liners about 3/4 full and bake in a preheated oven for 23-27 minutes.

VOILA! For those of you with super beady eyes, yes, I had to use Christmas muffin liners because I’d run out of plain ones haha they look ever so pretty with their holly liners though don’t they!!

These muffins can be switched and changed to anything though, all you have to do is adapt the juice element and the berry element, so for example, choc chips and milk, orrrr blueberries and FRESH orange juice? That would be nice! The thing with this actual recipe is, I used Ocean Spray cranberry juice so you can’t actually taste the juice, whereas with fresh juice you can. But at least by using juice you’re not using excess oil for moisture, you still have a healthy element in there. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it anyway 😉

These really are the quickest and easiest muffins ever, totally fail proof and idiot proof to be honest. I can’t wait to try some more adaptions.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to feed my face with lots of baked goods!!

 

 

XOXO

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Quick and easy – 10 minute pasta

You’ve probably all realised that I have a thing for pumpkin at the moment. The truth is, yes I really do love pumpkin but I also have 4 cans sat at the back of our cupboard screaming use me use me!!

When I made the Pumpkin Muffins on Sunday, I still had half a can of the puree left so tonight I figured I’d make a quick pasta dish for tea. It was amazing!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • Dried Spaghetti pasta
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 60ml single cream
  • 1/4 Cup grated parmesan (plus extra to serve)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree
  • Salt
  1. Boil the kettle, fill your pan and pop in your pasta. Portion sizes are usually mentioned on the side of your packet.
  2. In a small bowl, mix your pumpkin puree, cream, salt and parmesan with a fork or small hand whisk.
  3. Drain the pasta and place back in the pan.
  4. Empty your pumpkin mix into the pan then add the tomato puree and stir.
  5. Empty contents into a dish and grate more parmesan over the top.
  6. EAT!!

Excuse the poor quality pic!!

Now, I was greedy tonight and ate the whole pan of pasta. I wouldn’t really recommend eating so much pasta, I’m actually sat here typing barely able to waddle into the kitchen haha it was just too tasty to leave though.

 

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did

 

XOXO

Preparing for Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes have always been a huge part of my life, for a British girl I take my pancakes seriously! Usually on Pancake Day I try to have pancakes at lunch or for dinner, Marks and Spencers do them that you can pop in the microwave and SMOTHER in Lyles Maple flavoured Syrup. Now, part of me feels that this product is the work of the devil because it’s so addictive and delicious and…..I’m drooling now, I should stop!! It got to the point though that I was having this on EVERYTHING, porridge, pancakes, honeyloaf, rice pudding. EVERYTHING.

Since I had to do the whole liquid diet thing just over a year ago though I tend to have some trouble with eggs, so where possible I do try to eat cakes etc without egg, those that are homemade anyway, I don’t see there being that many eggs in supermarket cakes given the size of the cake batter they must use in the mass production! This is a slight problem though where pancakes are concerned as you can imagine. Until now. I have just discovered this recipe by the blog Art of Dessert and it sounds pretty good. Also, it sounds like it would be pretty easy to make the dry mix in advance and just add the liquids on the morning you’re wanting to make the, how simple!

Makes 8-9 pancakes

2 Cups Plain Flour

1/4 Cup Sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

2 Cups Milk

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

1/4 Cup Orange Juice

1/4 Cup Melted Butter

  • Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil and orange juice. Slowly add in the melted butter.
  • Pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto a hot nonstick pan. (This batter is tends to bubble up and thicken due to the baking powder. You can gently stir it to break down some of the bubbles to bring it back to a pourable consistency.)
  • Cook until you see a few bubbles rise to the surface and it’s dry around the edges, then flip over to cook the other side until lightly browned.
  • Serve!!

Now, I haven’t tested these myself yet, but if you do please let me know how you get on. As soon as I make them I’ll post pictures, if they last that long! CAN.NOT.WAIT.

The amazing IHOP!

Dennys Pancakes, en route to Lake Tahoe

Butterscotch Pancakes from IHOP, Lake Tahoe! And yes, I ate the lot 🙂

I really do love pancakes.

XOXO

Quick and easy food

Just lately I have been so busy that the only food I’ve had time for is the quick and easy kind! I have to say, between myself and my mum, we’ve managed to come up with some totally simple yet delicious lunches and dinners!

So Monday was a total write off because I had that large cupcake order I showed you, so I had to fall back on my old faithful, rice, avacado, prawns, cucumber and feta cheese. Amazing. It sounds beyond simple, and it is, I also cheat by using Tilda’s microwave rice so literally, by the time you’ve finished chopping your avacado and cucumber your 2 minute rice has pinged and hey presto, grubs up haha.

Later on I was so wiped that my mum made me some spaghetti, green olives and spinach pesto which ALWAYS hits the spot. I mean this is so simple that I don’t know why I haven’t been eating this for years! Obviously as I had a couple of cupcakes still left over from my order I had a gingerbread cupcake for dessert (would have been rude not to!)  and that was me sorted for the night.

Now lately the Food Network here in the UK have been showing Nigella Kitchen. I LOVE NIGELLA LAWSON!! I mean what’s not to love, she loves to eat, I love to eat, she loves sweets, I love sweets, she has just recently made a Grasshopper Pie WITHOUT EGGS, and I can’t have eggs!! Match made in heaven! I cannot wait to make the Grasshopper Pie, I bought the chocolate biscuits the other day and just need to nip and buy the Creme de Menthe and I’ll be sorted. BUT my main reason for mentioning the wonderful Nigella, is that she made a Spanish chicken meal on one of her recent episodes with chicken (obviously), chorizo, potatos and a bit of orange zest if it remember rightly, then the next morning with the leftovers she makes a Quesadilla! So this inspired us to make our own little Nigella Quesadilla.

Nigella's Spanish Chicken - looks amazing right?!

The thing I love the most about Quesadillas is that, you can literally put ANYTHING in them! For lunch yesterday my mum made me a chicken (ready roasted by the wonderful Morrisons!!), cheese and chorizo Quesadilla and she had a chicken, cheese and crispy bacon one! My plan next time is to literally stuff it with everything I can think of because I have literally not felt so satisfied with a lunch for ages, it filled me for hours (which is really saying a lot, I tend to munch non-stop through the day). Now, I realise I should have probably taken a picture of my lunch, I usually do, but I was so so hungry I practically inhaled it……next time though, I promise! Until then I highly recommend y’all have a look around Nigella’s website – www.nigella.com – she is an absolute legend!

My absolute favourite Nigella book!

All this talk about food has actually made me super hungry…….I may try my hand at a banana and Nutella Quesadilla….. watch this space! Xoxo