Yorkshire Parkin

This was a special request from a friend who randomly messaged me asking for cake. As that turned out to be such a spectacular fail, he came back to me and asked for this. I’d never heard of parkin before so I was keen to look it up and give it a go.

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The spices are the star ingredients of parkin, as well as the porridge oats which gives it a great crumbly texture. Black treacle is key too, which I’ve never used before and was looking forward to trying.

Click here to see how it went, comments are appreciated as they always are.

Jen x

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Banana and Mixed Fruit Flapjacks

Another team meeting at work = another bake to bring along with me. I’ve got a reputation to uphold – the clinical manager is even thinking of making us have these meetings twice a month instead of once because he’s getting so fond of my treats! I have been baking up an absolute storm recently so I searched to try and find a healthy recipe for flapjacks.

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I think I did a good job of keeping them healthy and delicious, just look at those ingredients up there, are you drooling already!?

Click here to see how it went. Comments are appreciated as always, especially from those that tried them.

Jen x

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

It’s my (almost!) mother-in-law’s birthday and she loves chocolate and red wine so what do I make for her? Red wine chocolate cake of course! I came across this recipe in the same way I seem to come across most of them these days – by browsing various baking blogs.

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I was looking forward to making this very much as I don’t really bake with alcohol at all and I was curious to see whether or not the wine would bake out, as it does in stews etc… or whether it would keep that rich wine-y taste.

Click here to see how it went and to give it a go yourselves 🙂 Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Homemade Mincemeat

So Christmas is just around the corner as we all know (only 49 sleeps to go!) and I thought I’d make my own mincemeat to get into the festive spirit!

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Click here to see how it went and how to make your own.

Jen x

PS – watch out for the follow up mince pie post I’ll be making in December!

Carrot Cupcakes

This is a bake of mine that I did about 6 weeks ago now, for a friend of mine I play netball with. She needed some cupcakes to take to a work party and said she knew exactly who to turn to. How flattering!

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I spotted these carrot decorations in Sainsbury’s a few months ago on offer for a £1 so I picked them up, knowing I’d definitely use them at some point and here the opportunity came!

Click here to see how it went, comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Spiced Banana Nut Muffins

This is the first of quite a few posts that will be coming over the next 2 weeks as I will be doing more than my usual amount of baking. I’ve got a cake for a 70th birthday to make and one of my netball ladies has asked me to do a load of cupcakes for a work thing she has on so I’ll certainly be a busy bee! This recipe came from a need to bake something to take to a barbecue (as always!) and from a couple of challenges that some of the blogs I follow put up.

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Star ingredient for this bake are the spices I used, particularly this beauty. It’s been sat in my cupboard for a while as I haven’t baked any gingerbread or ginger loaves in a while (I went through a phase of baking them every week whilst in my second year at uni, my housemates loved me!) I dug it out (luckily it was still in date!) and made spiced banana nut muffins. I say muffins but I actually didn’t have any muffin cases so they ended up being spiced banana nut fairy cakes but same difference 😛

Click here to see how it went 🙂 Comments are appreciated as always from those that tried them.

Jen x