Apple and cinnamon, is there any other flavour combination on this planet more capable of conjuring up soothing, comforting and delicious childhood memories? For me, these wonderfully homely aromas instantly transport me back to the school yard and right inside my home economics class, where my love affair with baking began as I baked a wonderful tea cake filled with apple, cinnamon and vanilla.
In the lunch box today are pear, cinnamon and almond muffins, a scrumptious celebration of all things winter! Apples and pears this time of the year are wonderfully bountiful, the fruit shop shelves seem to be groaning under the weight of these gorgeously green, crisp and juicy winter seasonal delights and I am more than happy to lighten their load and take a good stash home for us to nibble on. Somewhere along the line though my eager greediness doesn’t quite match our actual appetites and more often than not I am left with not so perfect fruit. As the case was this morning; my once triumphant looking bowl of lovely pears were now a shadow of their former selves and with a slight sense of guilt and not wanting to see them go to waste I decided to make my favourite batch of muffins and fold through some lovely pieces of pear.
Today Grace and I are enjoying the perks of a lazy long weekend by retreating inside to escape the dark drizzly wet weather and spending all day long in our pj’s, playing, working, snuggling, watching movies and eating raspberry pikelets. One of my most favoured childhood memories is waking up to the scrumptious aromas of pikelets slowly sizzling in the frypan, my mum would often sneak out of bed half an hour before us kids to get to work on a batch of our favourite cakes to fill our lunch boxes and hungry tummy’s. Those mornings I would scramble out of bed and race to the kitchen filled with excitement and eagerly anticipating lunch time.
Another breakfast recipe as promised! This morning we had our all time favourite breakfast…pancakes!!! Usually pancakes are our Sunday morning ritual but this morning was a little overcast and drizzly and we all needed a little morning cheer so I came up with these little beauties, carrot apple and sultana mini pancakes!
Coming up with breakfast ideas for the kids can sometimes be a little challenging. Trying to devise something new, delicious and nutritious each and every morning (especially before coffee) is daunting. So I’ve gathered a few of my favourite breakfast strategies together and will be sharing them with you over the next week or so.
First of the rank is my delicious banana bread, loaded with gorgeously ripe bananas, calcium rich creamy yoghurt and spiked with heartwarming cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. This banana bread recipe is another incarnation of my beloved yoghurt cake recipe that I often use as a base for muffins, cakes and cupcakes.