Pumpkin, spinach and semi sun-dried tomato muffins (hello high protein, low fat)

Pumpkin, spinach and semi-sundried muffins

My life has changed and so has my appetite. So my dear Clever Muffin has to change with me. Expect more savoury. More high protein. Bigger bites. And who knows what else.

Bit of metaphor for my life really. Very poetic. In a Year 12 literature essay kinda way.

These muffins have two whole cups of pumpkin in them, a cup of spinach, NO BUTTER OR OIL (I know!) and seeds. A good high protein low sugar fix. (more…)

Chocolate chip hot cross buns

Four chocolate chip hot cross buns

Welcome to part two of my hot cross bun Easter super-special! Part one was traditional hot cross buns if that’s what you’re after.

I’ve been surprised to learn since my first post that hot cross buns are somewhat local to the UK, Australia and NZ. So, for my lovely American readers, these are an Easter bun (historically Christian – hence the cross) traditionally eaten hot or toasted during Easter. (more…)

How to make hot cross buns

A loaf of hot cross buns, two rippled off

Look what I did! Look look! So proud. Don’t worry, I’ve got step by step instructions for you too.

And yes, they do taste better than store bought. Promise.

Half a hot cross bun with butter

I did lots of research on this one. Combined three different recipes, checked what my favourite baker puts in his. Then, I made them again tweaking the things I thought could have been improved from the first batch. I’ve got your back on this one. AND, I’ve got a chocolate chip version I’ll put up in a few days. (more…)

Double chocolate lamingtons

Double chocolate lamingtons

Here is a blog post Lord Lamington himself could get behind! Seriously. There was such a guy. And you guessed it, this chocolate covered sponge cake rolled in coconut is named after his lordship.

Double chocolate lamingtons

Lord Lammo, as I shall affectionately refer to him (for all Australians take proper words and then add an ‘o’ to the end, as in the case of lamington to lammo), was Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.

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Red velvet monster cake with cream cheese frosting

A round cake with red icing piped in lines with silver balls

With Valentine’s Day around the corner there a lot of amazing recipes springing up. I have had this red velvet cake waiting in the wings for a while now. Unsure when it would be appropriate to share it and all its quirkiness.

Now I see it’s a perfect contrast to the other more typical Valentine Day recipes around.

A round cake with red icing piped in lines with silver balls

And of course, what you bake for your loved one will say a lot about you, and your relationship. Actually, in this bloggers opinion, that’s a load of bollocks. If pizza, a bottle of bubbles and a DVD is your thing – then you rock that. If you love fancy restaurants, degustation menus and shiny jewellery – then own that (and book ahead!).

In this case if you like clowning around. May I suggest red velvet MONSTER cake! (more…)

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