Thursday, 28 July 2011

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Last week I went to Noosa with my good friend Cara, and at the moment she is addicted to Apple Cinnamon Muffins so we went to little bakery and bought the most amazing muffin it was lovely and moist topped with butter icing. We loved it so much that we were back there the next day and bought two more for our drive back home.

So since then I was inspired to try and make a muffin just as good. When I make muffins I always mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Then using a wooden spoon fold the ingredients together no more than 20 times. It doesn't matter if there are lumps in the mixture they will still turn out fluffy and amazingly moist.

I love this recipe you can use the basic muffin mixture and put in what every you like. 

Apple Cinnamon Muffins - Basic recipe
100g butter
200ml milk
Zest of half a lemon
2 eggs
150g caster sugar
1 Tsp vanilla extract
240g plain flour
2 Tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp cinnamon
200g tinned pie apple diced

200g icing sugar
3 Tbsp softened butter
Splash or two of milk

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees
Melt the butter and add milk and lemon zest
Beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy
Stir the butter and egg mixture together
Mix together the flour and baking powder and fold into the wet ingredients
Gently fold in cinnamon and apple
Put papers in muffin tin and pour in mixture
Bake for approximately  20-25min
Once cooled mix together icing sugar, butter and milk
Using a a knife ice the muffins and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Retro Apron

I love taking the time to look at all the amazing home made items on Etsy it is probably one of my favourite websites - there is so much to look at.
This is a vintage floral pattern 1950's inspired apron which as you can see is so cute. I imagine someone like Betty Crocker wearing it.
If you love it as much as I do look on Rosie Ann Shop!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Berry Yogurt Crumble Cake


So it is berry season again and what a lovely time of year, the air is refreshingly cooler.

We have a great fruit barn were you can buy all local fruit and veggies, so I bought some gorgeous strawberries and raspberries. My cousin Mandy just arrived from the UK and my mum was holding a family BBQ, it was a perfect time to try my new recipe.

My brother cooked the BBQ it was really good, so much food. Later we all enjoyed a cup of tea and a piece of cake - with a dollop of cream of course. We all sat outside enjoying the afternoon sun, everybody loved the cake! Defiantly one to put with my favorites.

Berry Yogurt Crumble Cake
1 1/2 cups of self raising flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup almond meal
100g melted butter
2 eggs at room temp
1 cup thick vanilla yogurt
1 cup of berries

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
60g butter

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
Line a springform round cake tin.
Meanwhile make crumble by combining the sugar and flour with your fingertips rub the flour mixture and butter into a crumble set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and almond meal. Make a well whisk melted butter, eggs and yogurt pour into well and stir until all ingredients are combined. Gentle fold the berries into the mixture.
Pour mixture into lined tin and sprinkle crumble evenly on top.
Bake for 55-60 min or until cooked.
Finish by dusting with icing sugar and fresh berries.

Hope you enjoy!