In my mind Sundays involve a lie in and an unrushed breakfast, being able to linger over the newspapers and keep topping up my mug from the coffee pot. A walk somewhere pretty followed by a roast dinner in front of a roaring fire would be nice; as would an evening on the sofa, a soak in the bath and a good session with my book before getting into bed.
The reality is usually a bleary eyed start, wondering if I have the energy to rustle up some pancakes for everyone but settling for coffee, toast and cereal. Battling through the pile of washing that I neglected in the week and fishing pairs of tights from under Izzy’s bed. School reading diaries must be found and filled in, bath and hair wash time negotiated and a million and one jobs to be completed before Monday rocks up again. It’s not the most relaxing of days but there is still something lovely about a family Sunday.
Baking is a constant for us on a Sunday. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I am teaching Rich to bake – we’re starting with the basics and there’s nothing better than banana bread for an introduction to baking.
These 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are also a good place to start and they are ideal for getting small people involved with too. There’s something quite thrilling for children (and adults) when you dump the best part of a jar of peanut butter into a bowl and tell them that they are going to turn it into cookies. Continue reading →
How about a spot of baking with the kids over the last few days of half term? Or whip up a batch of these double chocolate peanut butter rice crispy cakes all for yourself.
This was defiantly a case of my eyes being bigger than my belly. Or mouth really.
Izzy and I have made these chocolate peanut butter rice crispy cakes twice in less than a week – once with cornflakes and once with rice crispies. The cornflake version was a smaller batch, perfect for cutting into bars. We upped the amounts – never too much chocolate or peanut butter as far as we’re concerned – for the rice crispy version, packing an 8 by 8 baking tray and then I sliced them into 16 squares.
Being the child of a food blogger Izzy sat waiting for photographs to be taken and then we dived in.
And found that those squares were a tad on the big side and required creative biting to finish them. See, eyes bigger than my mouth and definitely bigger than Izzy’s. Of course you could whip up a batch in wider pan and end up with a shallower batch but we cut each square into triangles and thought they worked out really well.
Rice crispy cakes are such a classic childhood favourite. Izzy’s school has been making them to raise money for Macmillan recently and she’s keen to show me her skills at home too. They are very child friendly, especially if you do your melting in the microwave. Continue reading →
Prepare for back to school and go retro with this school dinner classic – cornflake tart and custard
There’s about 3 weeks left of the summer holidays and Izzy is due to burst with excitement about starting school. We’ve got most of her uniform and are on a daily countdown of how many sleeps are left.
I had thought I would be sending Izzy in with packed lunches but she will be having school dinners instead. It’s very different now to how it was when I was at school. For a start we have an online ordering system and pupils at Izzy’s school have a choice of 4 different options each day plus a pudding. Everything is organic, there is a huge focus on seasonal produce and as much as possible is sourced locally, including meat and even the flour used in baking.
When I was at primary school we had two choices and didn’t know what we were having until we reached the serving hatch. I have fond memories of the sausages (though looking back the actual meat content was questionable) and the spring rolls they served at my secondary school are still amongst some of the best I’ve had, despite there being nothing authentic about them.
The best things though were the puddings – chocolate sponge and chocolate custard, jam and coconut sponge and cornflake tart with somewhat lumpy custard. I was pleased to see that a lot of these will be an option for Izzy.
Feeling somewhat nostalgic I decided to make a cornflake tart for Izzy. So she’s ready for the phenomena that are school dinner puddings. Continue reading →
Soft and buttery, these apricot shortbread rounds are an easy treat to whip up for the biscuit tin.
Rich frequently volunteers my baking services and frequently forgets to tell me until the last minute. With only a few hours until he was due to leave for work and a promise of birthday goodies made I needed something that I could knock up quickly. My go to baking for gifts is normally gluten free hazelnut brownies but they were a no go thanks to a lack of both cocoa and hazelnuts.
I did have half a bag of dried apricots though and thought they might be just the thing for a summery shortbread. Buttery, sweet but not overly so and packed with pieces of apricot they make for a lovely treat with a cup of tea and a sit down.
I sliced the dough thickly to get a substantial biscuit that stayed quite soft. Popping the dough into the fridge makes it so much easier to cut. The ends aren’t likely to be perfect but hey, cooks perks as far as I’m concerned! Continue reading →