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.
Panna cotta is an italian cooked cream dessert and its gorgeous. I discovered panna cottas after marrying my italian husband and have delighted in cooking many velvety versions since. My latest incarnation of this luscious dessert is a child friendly yoghurt version served with fresh strawberries.
Compared to the traditional recipe, this one is far less naughty and in my opinion much tastier. By replacing the majority of the cream with yoghurt the panna cotta is more luscious in texture and less sickly sweet and the kids just love them! Grace happily gobbled hers up!
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.
This morning we awoke to a clear bright blue sky and I decided we needed to celebrate with a little baked goodness in our lives, after a quick raid of the freezer I pulled out a stash of frozen blueberries and decided on blueberry crumb bars. These blueberry crumb bars are definitely not an everyday snack but they’re a delicious sweet treat and a welcomed surprise to the cake stand and lunch box this morning.