Both my little darlings must be going through growth spurts because they won’t stop eating.
So far this week they have devoured a batch of vegetable fritters (will post the easy peasy recipe next blog post), an entire roast chicken, a batch of breakfast cookies and have made quite the dent in this batch of gorgeously golden and wonderfully wholesome wholemeal apple muffins.
These muffins are not only delicious but contain no processed sugar (sweetened instead with a little maple syrup and cinnamon) and are a breeze to prepare, Miss G. and I had these apple studded babies in the oven in less than ten minutes. These muffins are also loaded with fruit, the batter contains two diced apples plus another apple sliced thinly and nestled on top of each muffin.
Once baked I opted to store the muffins in the refrigerator as they contain so much fruit and have a much longer shelf life when kept cool. I have also had great success freezing these muffins. Simply wrap individual muffins, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months.
Along with a little fresh fruit these apple loaded wholemeal muffins make the perfect baby led weaning breakfast or morning tea and are a great addition to any lunch box.
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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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It’s no secret Miss G. loves to cook and now that she fully understands her little brother enjoys her culinary creations too, she adores her time in the kitchen that little bit more.
Today, with Mr H. happily playing away on his play mat my budding little chef and I decided to stir together a super simple batch of wholemeal carrot muffins.
These muffins are not only delicious (and full of nutritional goodness) but couldn’t be simpler to bake. Simply whisk together the wet ingredients, stir through the dry ingredients then gently fold through a couple of cups of gorgeously bright shredded carrot. Once nestled in the oven these orange hued little darlings take just over 10 minutes to bake to golden gorgeousness and smell amazing thanks to our spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
I also love the fact that we managed to make these muffins using no sugar. Instead, the grated carrot adds most of the needed sweetness along with a little maple syrup. Our gorgeous spice mix also did a lot to flavour the wholesome muffins.
Once baked and cooled, Mr H. was more than happy to tuck in. Along with a few fresh strawberries the wholemeal carrot muffin quickly disappeared thanks to his very unique eating style. I don’t quite remember Grace eating like this at his age but Mr H. loves to crumble the muffin and lick the crumbs off of his little hands. It’s so cute to watch, the intense look on his face just melts my heart.
These muffins are also perfect to freeze. Simply allow the muffins to cool to room temperature, wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to 3 months. I often pop frozen muffins straight into our lunch box and by lunch time they are perfectly thawed and ready to enjoy.
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Mr H. has officially started baby led weaning and he couldn’t be happier.
For the past couple of weeks he’s been so interested in watching his big sister, mummy and daddy eat and when he started to display the skills needed to self feed we couldn’t wait to get started.
So far our little guy is a huge fan of sweet potato wedges, banana, strawberries, rockmelon, wholemeal toast and zucchini fritters.
And to officially welcome Mr H. into the wonderful world of food we celebrated over Sunday brunch with this lovely batch of gorgeously golden baked french toast.
This french toast is perfect for baby led weaning beginners for so many reasons. Firstly the recipe has no added sugar, the eggy mixture is simply sweetened with a dash of maple syrup and a good squeeze of orange juice and zest. And because this version of french toast is baked rather than fried there is no need for any butter or cooking oil. This method of cooking also creates perfectly textured bread that can withstand the iron grip of a baby led weaning beginner yet is soft enough to nibble on with ease. Mr H. had no problem whatsoever gobbling up his Sunday morning breakfast along with some fresh berries.
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Miss G. and I did a little Valentine’s Day inspired baking yesterday and came up with these gorgeous little heart shaped strawberry scones.
They are delish.
Chock full of fresh strawberries and laced with a good dollop of vanilla bean paste these pink hued babies smell and taste of summertime strawberries and cream.
Rather than following the traditional route I decided we’d skip mixing the scones together by hand and opt instead for the food processor. And thanks to our favourite kitchen gadget the strawberry studded scone dough came together almost effortlessly and in a matter of just moments.
Grace had the most fun though once we started playing with the dough. Watching her flatten the dough into a chubby disc and cut out the little heart shaped scones melted my heart. Yes it got a little messy but it was totally worth it. Her little face was so proud and full of excitement as she plonked the heart shaped scones onto our baking sheet. And of course she was in charge of ‘painting’ the scones with their obligatory adornment of milk.
Once nestled in the oven the scones grew and turned the most wonderful shade of gorgeous goldenness. And thankfully the scones didn’t take long to cool down as Grace could hardly wait to dig in. Once cool enough I sliced a strawberry studded scone in half, topped with strawberry jam and a dollop of Greek yoghurt and my lovely little taste tester gobbled it up praising her cooking efforts.
In terms of baby led weaning, scones make a wonderful morning or afternoon tea treat. They’re texture is perfect for baby led weaning beginners, firm enough to withstand a tight grip yet soft enough to be nibbled on with ease. So far I have baked mango coconut scones, raspberry almond scones, carrot cake scones, and even a batch of pumpkin scones. All recipes include a good serving of fruit (or vege) and have been gobbled up and enjoyed by little kids (and big). Scones also freeze beautifully. I often bake big batches of scones to stash in the deep freeze, they not only last up to 3 months frozen but defrost and reheat beautifully!
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Miss G. and I did a little messing about in the kitchen yesterday afternoon and came up with these gorgeous apricot coconut squares.
The flavours were definitely inspired by last weeks apricot coconut breakfast cookies. Grace enjoyed the breakfast cookies so much I just had to find another recipe to weave apricot and coconut into and these bars were just the place.
These little darlings are chock full of natural goodness and are a simple mix of bananas, oats, dates, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste and of course apricot and coconut. Pictured below are flaked almonds, however I decided to leave them out of the batter and replace instead with extra shredded coconut. Doing so created a much more friendly baby led weaning texture and these squares are suitable for bubs approximately 8 months and older. Younger bubs may find the dried apricot a little too challenging.
Thanks to the food processor the apricot and coconut studded batter comes together in just moments and can be baking away to golden perfection in less than 10 minutes. Grace really enjoyed making these bars and made sure she was in charge of measuring the ingredients, popping them into the processor and of course turning the processor on (her favourite thing to do in the kitchen). She also managed to flatten the dough into our prepared baking tin thanks to her pint sized rubber spatula.
Once the squares had baked to golden perfection and cooled we stirred together a little melted white chocolate with greek yoghurt and vanilla bean paste to create a luscious drizzle to adorn the cooled squares with.
Along with a few fresh strawberries these apricot coconut squares make the perfect baby led weaning morning or afternoon tea snack.
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During the week Miss G. and I did a little recipe testing and came up with these gorgeously golden hazelnut muffins bursting with blueberries.
Not only are these little darlings absolutely delicious but with a little tweaking we also managed to bake these babies using no sugar, just a little maple syrup for sweetness. The maple syrup also helped to create the most amazing golden cracked crust.
The addition of hazelnut meal and yoghurt to the muffin batter also helped to create a wonderfully tender crumb and moist texture, which is perfect for little hands to pick up and nibble on.
But the most wonderful part of these muffins has to be the gorgeously juicy blueberries. When folded through the muffin batter the blueberries leave the most gorgeous trail of blue stained juice creating the prettiest blue coloured swirls. And once baked the tart blueberries burst throughout the crumb creating sweet caramelised jammy pockets of blueberry goodness.
These muffins are an absolute must try. They are chock full of natural goodness, not overly sweet and full of wonderful blueberries. And I know for a fact that any surplus muffins freeze wonderfully. Simply wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months. I often pop frozen muffins straight into our lunch box and by morning tea they’re ready to enjoy.
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