We officially kicked off our Easter baking yesterday with these gorgeous and very simple choc cross scones.
Chockfull of plump sultanas and apricots and scented with cinnamon these Easter inspired scones are not only delicious but are far less labour intensive than traditional hot cross buns. With the help of my favourite piece of kitchen gadgetry, the food processor, these scones came together almost effortlessly and in the matter of mere moments.
Once the dough was ready Miss G. had the best fun patting and shaping the sultana flecked dough and spent a good ten minutes giggling whilst cutting out the scones with our pastry cutter.
Once nestled in the oven the scones baked to gorgeous goldenness and filled the house with the sweetest scent of Easter.
Whilst the scones cooled, Miss G. and I melted a little dark chocolate to adorn the scones with the traditional Easter cross. I can’t say how proud she was standing over admiring the choc cross scones but I think this picture says it all…
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I was so happy to guest post on the gorgeous children’s clothing site Sapling Child last week. I shared one of my all time favourite baby led weaning recipes, pea & ricotta fritters. You can find the easy peasy and oh so delish recipe here.
Other than that my day have pretty much been a whole lot of this…
Just enjoying watching these two play.
Miss G. and I did however manage to bake a gorgeous batch of mango coconut scones yesterday and I am so thrilled to be sharing the recipe. Not only are these little babies jam packed with mango and coconut goodness but they’re so so so simple to prepare and are unbelievably delicious. With the help of the food processor I promise you can have these darlings baking away to golden perfection in the oven in less than ten minutes.
And these scones are not only the perfect shape and texture for baby led weaning beginners but are a wonderful addition to any toddlers lunch box.
Happy cooking x
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Oh it feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen and baking once again.
We’ve just experienced one of the most unbelievably crazy months.
Between teething molars, tummy bugs, trips to emergency (both Grace and I), the flu, spring cleaning, redecorating the house and a family beach vacay we have been completely out of our usual routine.
The good news is we made it through and today we’re back with these totally gorgeous strawberry and apple oat crisp bars.
These bars are amazing and come from one of my all-time favourite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen. The moment these gorgeously golden fruit layered oat bars hit my inbox I knew Grace and I had to bake them. They’re everything we look for in a morning tea snack; they’re chock full of oats and fruit, taste incredible and are the perfect portable snack. We made a few adjustments to the original recipe (mostly in the method so that Grace could get involved in the baking) and we also swapped the rhubarb for apple.
These bars really are a breeze to prepare, Grace and I managed to get them into the oven in less than 10 minutes and only used one mixing bowl, which is great when you’re trying to clean with an eager 18 month old chasing you around the kitchen.
Once baked, I popped a couple of the crispy golden strawberry and apple strewn bars into the lunch box and Grace devoured them alongside a little fruit for her snack at the park this morning.
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Grace is now officially 15 months old!
The days of constant napping, seemingly never-ending milk feeds, long sleepless nights and new born cries are long gone and I absolutely adore the lovely little adventures we now share.
Don’t get me wrong, I miss those precious newborn snuggles but watching your little one grow into a bright, bubbly and very inquisitive teeny tiny human being is just wonderful. At times stressful, very stressful but mostly wonderful.
Lately, trips to the state library have become a lovely little weekly ritual of ours and we both cherish the day out.
Miss G. spends the morning painting, drawing, colouring, reading, singing, clapping and playing games with the other children.
There is always so much for her to do by the time we head home she is absolutely exhausted.
But just before she’s almost tuckered out Miss G. and I head to our favourite grassy spot next to the river to sit on our blanket and nibble on the goodies I’ve popped into the lunch box.
Today, along with fresh rockmelon slices and a yoghurt cup I added a couple of slices of this heavenly lime and coconut loaf.
Chock full of zesty fragrant lime and shredded coconut this loaf is divine and couldn’t be simpler to prepare. This gorgeous batter takes no more than a few minutes to stir together and after a quick trip to the oven the gorgeously golden loaf emerges smelling of sweet summer lime and coconut goodness.
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Spring has definitely sprung and with the beginning of the sunshine season comes the quintessential spring clean.
And today our place has turned into an absolute mad house as I turn the whole place upside down cleaning, organising and rearranging to dust off the last moments of winter and officially welcome the spring with its gorgeous sunshine, longer balmy days and renewed energy.
For morning tea we needed a break and a little refuelling so I baked these blueberry crumb muffins for a little sustenance. They were delicious. Full of blueberries and a lovely oat crust these little babies kept us going ’til sundown.
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