Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins

These muffins were a happy discovery.  This is the third batch I’ve made in two weeks!  They came in to being as a way of using up left over mixed peel from a chocolate pan forte I made at Christmas time.  They got gobbled up so fast I’ve now had to buy more peel! Make…

Banana and Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins

In the last couple of weeks I’ve started a couple of crochet projects which have not turned out quite right.  I’ve also burnt my arm (fat from the frying pan) and got a few nasty blisters, despite standing with it under the cold tap for what felt like eons.  So I have been in need…

Chocolate and Vanilla Muffins

It’s confession time. These muffins didn’t exactly turn out the way I had planned. I wasn’t even going to blog them but then my husband said that they were “the best muffins you’ve ever made”.    Well, I’ve made a lot of cakes in my time, and he has eaten even more, so this is high…

Brandy and Chocolate Muffins

I love chocolate muffins and this variation is a good one; it includes brandy but you could omit this if you prefer alcohol free.  Just use some water to soak the fruit and for the glaze instead. Only 5 muffins left by the time I got my camera out, so they went pretty quick! (Only…

Holiday Inspiration

I’m back!  I had a lovely holiday and found lots of things to inspire me craft-wise. We went to Northumberland and stayed just outside Alnwick.  Lots of sun, walking, countryside, castles, and wildlife.  Not to mention my great family (who polished off my blueberry muffins and banana and chocolate chip slice in 2 days flat)!…

Luscious Lemon Cakes

I love having friends round for dinner.  Last weekend I rustled up one of my favourite Gino D’Acampo recipes; Lemon and Sage Chicken. I don’t know why supermarkets only sell unwaxed lemons in batches; I suppose it is because they know you will buy more if you need one.  I briefly entertained the thought of…

Chocolate and Stem Ginger Muffins

My husband and I are both involved in helping out at our local foodbank.  It’s a great way to help people who are in crisis for whatever reason – job losses, family deaths, delays to benefits, etc. This week my husband went to help move our food store to a new warehouse.  I wanted to…

Banoffee Muffins

It seems I have been slipping a bit when it comes to getting round to writing blog posts.  The good news is that I have been busy making quite a few different things, so the reason I haven’t posted in a while is that the making has taken priority over blogging about it for a…

Almond, Orange, and Choc Chip Muffins

I posted earlier about my basic muffin recipe and how I add to it or modify it depending on what ingredients have or what I feel like eating.  I thought I would show you another variation which I made the other day so you can see how easy it is to make your own flavours.…

Vanilla Bean and Raspberry Muffins

I recently got tempted into buying some vanilla bean paste.  It isn’t something I’ve used before but it is meant to give the effect of having used whole vanilla pods but without the price tag. I make muffins quite a lot and use a basic recipe which I just modify depending on my mood or…

Carrot and Sultana Muffins

I find it difficult to resist a bargain, especially when it comes to food.  Carrots aren’t the most exciting kind of bargain, but at 78p per kilo it was hard to say no.  Now I am adding them to everything because that’s quite a few carrots to get through with only two of you in…