Pizza Faces

We made a batch of these pizza faces when we were struggling to come up with something to feed the kids on one of our weekly meet ups. They’re easy, healthy and good for entertaining tots. We got the girls to help with the faces and they loved it. If you need to you can also conceal vegetables by grating them to make ‘hair’ or blending them into the sauce.  You could of course use real pizza bases, but this is great for a speedy alternative when food stocks are running low!

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Chocolate Banoffee Flapjack Bites

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We’ve had an influx of visitors to our house since Grayson was born. I’m pretty sure it was sleep-deprivation that made me think it would be a good idea to bake something simple to offer to guests. And I’m pretty sure it was the sleep-deprivation that made me chuck a load of ingredients together with some oats to make these chocolatey banoffee flapjack bites. They actually tasted rather delicious, so I thought I’d share the recipe.

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Toblerone Shortbread Cookies

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These cookies can be made at any time of the year, but with the abundance of giant Toblerone bars in the shops for Christmas, they make a quick and tasty festive bake.

To make 16 cookies you will need:

  • 250g softened butter
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 200g plain flour
  • 30g cornflour
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 a large Toblerone bar, roughly chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Begin by creaming together the butter and sugar, then beat in the vanilla.

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Coffee & Walnut Whip Cake

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It was my lovely mother in-laws birthday recently so I wanted to make her a cake for the celebration. In true Great British Bake-Off style I went for a classic cake and a little twist – coffee and walnut whip cake. I used my favourite recipe for this cake by Lorraine Pascale from her book, Fast, Fresh and Easy Food.

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T-Rex Dino Biscuits

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We’re really excited to have a guest post from Emma Jane’s Bakery today. We reviewed her lovely button cookie stamps recently and invited her to share one of her yummy recipes. Here she is with these strawberry and cream dinosaur sandwich biscuits.

With our first baby on the way, my partner and I have done a lot of thinking about the kind of skill building activities we’ll want to do with our child (Little Button Diaries is a great source of inspiration for this!). As someone who loves to bake and cook, to the extent that I practically live in our kitchen, food (preparation and enjoyment) will naturally be a pivotal part of our child’s early education and play. There’s nothing quite like transforming ingredients into something really special to eat – and a natural tendency to take pride in creation is something that children and adults share.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Peanut Butter & Vanilla Cupcakes

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It was my husband’s birthday last week so I decided to combine two of his favourite things, peanut butter and vinyl records, to make these cupcakes. The cakes have a gooey peanut butter filling and are topped with vanilla buttercream.

To make 12 cupcakes, you will need:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 250g soft light brown sugar
  • 120g peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100ml milk

For the filling:

  • 12 tsp peanut butter

For the buttercream:

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Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies

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I’ve decided that, in June, I’m going have a total detox from sugar. I eat WAY too many biscuits. And cakes. And chocolate… So its time to go cold turkish delight (sorry) and try to kick my addiction. We’ll see how it turns out, but in the meantime I decided to say bye bye to biscuits in style and cook up these delicious Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies, which I found here on www.donnahay.com.au. Read on for the full recipe.

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Air Dry Clay Toy Biscuits

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Amelie loves popping foods into her toy cooker and ‘baking’ them, so I thought I’d make her some biscuits from air dry clay. These cute little yummies turned out really well (apart from the Oreo… that one was a bit dodgy) and I think they were my favourite thing I’ve made for her so far! Except that I wanted to eat biscuits the entire time I was making them. Read on to learn how to make your own.

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Hot Cross Bun Bites

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With Easter fast approaching I wanted to try to make a treat for Little Button and myself. But at one year old, she’s only just getting used to ‘grown-up’ food, and a lot of treats are for big appetites only. So we’ve been doing a lot of – well, what’s the opposite of super-sizing? – shrinking. Hence: Hot Cross Bun Bites – just big enough for little hands.

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12 Bakes of Christmas

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On the 1st of December we brought you our 12 favourite Christmas crafts from across the blogosphere. Now that it is December 12th (already!) we thought we would bring you part two of our festive finds, with the 12 Bakes of Christmas – our favourite foodie creations.

1) Swirl Sugar Cookies via I Love My Disorganized Life

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Apricot and Ginger Flapjacks

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We are in the process of boxing up all our belongings for a house move. I’m slowly working my way through the half-emptied flour, sugar and vanilla essence so there is less to pack!

I also found a big bag of oats… and while I should be thinking hearty, warming porridge, instead I think ‘chocolate flapjacks’! I threw in a couple more store-cupboard ingredients and was really pleased with the chewy moreish results.

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Homemade Rocket Pesto

I have the smallest postage stamp of a garden, but despite its size I’m living proof that you don’t need a vast space to grow your own veg. I’m a big fan of growing things in recycled tubs and pots and this year I decided to grow some rocket in a rusty old supermarket basket I found in my Gran’s garage (good stealing Gran!). As a pretty solid weed, it took over in abundance and I was left wondering what I could do with mountains of rocket – and it has definitely got too cold for salads. So I decided to pull it all up and make some rocket pesto, which is actually a good peppery alternative to the basil version.

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Happy Bonfire Night

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Happy Bonfire Night!

Here are some of our favourite recipes to get you in the fireworks mood:

Brandy Snaps

        Bonfire Brownies

                  Mini Toffee Apple Pops

           Epic Hot Chocolate

Have a great night and stay safe!

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

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Mini Toffee Apple Pops

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‘Tis the season of sparklers, hot chocolate and lovely crunchy toffee apples – all of which I am a big fan. I even make toffee apples outside of the bonfire season (gasp) in the warmer months, which might be a bit weird.

This year my apple tree decided to produce a whopping FIVE apples. Beautiful specimens they were too. So I thought I would try and go miniature on my bonfire treats and make bite-size lollies that give you a little pop of apple. These are really simple to make and pretty (golden) delicious…

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Bonfire Brownies: Dark Chocolate, Ginger and Popping Candy

The UK is being battered by stormy weather – the kind where you don’t want to leave the house, but instead stay cocooned under a blanket and watch Game of Thrones from the start of Series 1 (well, winter is coming!)

Winter doesn’t need to be gloomy. To us it means an array of Swedish-style knitwear, a lot of hot chocolate and, best of all, Bonfire Night. To get us warmed up for November 5th (and help weather the storms) we’ve made a batch of Bonfire Brownies. These brownies are packed with ginger and dark chocolate to give you all the warmth of a bonfire, with a milk chocolate and popping candy topping to give the effect of crackling flames.

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