Archive of ‘Breakfast’ category

Strawberry & Apricot Baked Oatmeal

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Breakfast is probably my favourite meal.  I’m one of those annoying people that tells you off for not eating breakfast because ‘it’s the most important meal of the day’.  I have many favourite breakfast dishes, if it’s the weekend then it’s pancakes, if I’m on holiday in the US it’s french toast, if I’m on holiday in the UK it’s a full english, or if it’s a normal work day it’s porridge.

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Rain or shine, chilly or toasty (although lets face it, the weather here is never ‘toasty’ especially in the mornings) I am happy to eat porridge for breakfast.  Always cooked on the hob, never in the microwave, with banana, maple syrup and berries. Hearty, healthy and delicious!

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It doesn’t always seem appropriate to eat porridge in the summer, even though I always do, but the flavours in this baked oatmeal are summery enough to make it seem ok.  This baked oatmeal recipe is perfect if you want a weekend change from porridge.  It’s really simple and because it takes about 40 mins to bake, you can assemble it, pop it in the oven and it will be ready to eat when you’re showered and changed – perfect!

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Blueberry & Nectarine Cornbread Muffins

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What this weekend meant to me:

  • Road tripping with your BFF is a lot of fun.   Against all odds we didn’t get lost, found the best parking space ever and had excellent boyband sing-a-longs!
  • Feeling old and out of place can also result in a lot of fun, as long as there’s two of you feeling the same way!
  • Watching one of your favourite bands live is good for the soul.
  • Wise words from one of your favourite singers is good for the brain – ‘…if you believe in something, do it and don’t worry about what other people think…’  [I might be paraphrasing slightly (due to my terrible memory) but the above was the general message.  It’s cheesy message and has been said a million times before but sometimes you really need to hear it again from someone who means something to you.]
  • Krispy Kreme doughnuts are always the answer.

As I was busying driving to Leeds and back this weekend I didn’t have a lot of time for baking.  I did manage to make these cornbread muffins with some left over cornmeal/polenta on Thursday.  I’ve never cooked with cornmeal before, as it’s not the easiest to track down here, but if you happen to live in a town with a Wholefoods you can get it very cheaply or you can find it in giant bags in big Tescos.  I spent 30p and had enough for muffins and a pie!

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Banana & Nutella Muffins

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Today I bring you  a recipe for one of the tastiest muffins I’ve ever eaten.  I love any and all banana flavoured baked goods, and I believe I have already expressed this love here, but it needs to be said again.  A banana and walnut muffin would have been delicious enough, but when you top the whole thing off with a swirl of Nutella…well, they call that cake heaven.

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I brought some of these muffins with me to visit a friend this weekend, they went down a treat with her and her adorable kittens, who won’t think twice about stealing any kind of food from you!  See below for one of said kittens in the sink eating the remains of the evenings dinner.

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So adorable! Luckily they never got in to the muffins.

If you’re in to Nutella I urge you to bake these, as soon as possible.  I pretty much inhaled one within 5 minutes of them leaving the oven – yum!

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Pecan, Apricot & Raisin Granola

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Last year I gave my extended family (aunts, uncles and cousins) homemade gifts for Christmas.  For my cousins I made either salted caramel popcorn, cookie mix in a jar or brownie mix in a jar and for my aunts and uncles I made granola.  Whilst I was at home this past weekend my mum mentioned to me that my aunt and uncle had passed on that they had really enjoyed the granola and asked if I would make them another batch.  My aunt had also said that it took her weeks to convince my uncle to try the granola because ‘he didn’t fancy the look of it’ much.  When he finally gave in and tried some on his yogurt, he loved it!

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This is not the granola that I made at Christmas but it is equally delicious.  It is a very much adapted version of Tracey from Shutterbeans Killer Granola recipe – this is because I made do with what was on hand in the cupboards.  The key part in her recipe still appears though, and it is certainly what gives this granola its caramelly crunch, which is the cooking of the nuts butter and sugar together before mixing it with the dry ingredients.  It really is a little extra special something in your morning yogurt.

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Seeded Soda Bread

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This bread smells divine.  I know this for a fact because a shared a car with a still warm half portion of it for a 3 hour car journey.  Fresh bread fragranced car air freshener, could that be a thing?  Maybe not, but it definitely works in your house and kitchen.  It will take all your restraint to stop slicing yourself a piece the second it leaves the oven.

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Making this soda bread is so easy it’s ridiculous; five ingredients are all you need!  I hadn’t planned making this bread at the weekend but I found a bag of this seed and grain bread flour in my parents cupboard and when the recipe on the back seemed so simple, I thought I should give it a try.  I’m not normally a fan of soda bread, I find that it has a slightly sweet taste that I just don’t enjoy very much, but because this flour gave the bread a lovely nutty flavour that was perfect with butter and jam.

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