Monthly Archives: September 2011

Peter’s Favourite Flapjack


My son wanted to take a snack into his school nursery this week like some of his new friends, rather than have the snack the nursery provide. The rules for snacks brought in to his nursery are that they must be “healthy and not contain nuts”. i thought that flapjack would be a great idea – oats are a slow release energy carbohydrate, and the addition of seeds and dried fruit would also be good. I didn’t want to use the usual staple ingredient of golden syrup in my flapjack, as it can be overpoweringly sweet sometimes, so I remembered back to some oaty, seedy and nutty biscuits I baked for the long commute I used to have before I became a mum, and replaced the traditional golden syrup with maple syrup. Continue reading

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Mini Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cupcakes


I wanted to bake some mini-muffin sized cakes to take along to our usual Thursday afternoon playgroup, and came up with this idea when trawling through my cupboards for inspiration. They were a huge hit, with mummies and preschoolers alike, and are perfect for a small bite of cake without having a whole slice of a larger one. Continue reading

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Gluten and Dairy Free Apple, Raisin and Sultana Bake


At this time of year, I’m always on the lookout for recipes which use up some of the cooking apples from the tree in my garden. I saw something similar to this online, and came up with this to meet the idea of what I wanted to bake. Gluten Free and Dairy Free, this was perfect to take for the mums at our local playgroup the other week! Continue reading

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Mandarin and Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes


My son asked me to bake some cake for him today as a treat. When asked what he wanted, he said Chocolate Chip. I added in some crushed tinned mandarin segments from my storecupboard to mix things up a bit, and this is what we ended up with – deliciously moreish and moist cakes, with a hint of mandarin orange. Continue reading

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