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Simone

Baking, Bread, Celebrations, Kids, Recipes

Mega Hot Cross Buns

The Easter holidays are here, and that means I can make an abundance of Hot Cross Buns. We love eating Hot Cross Buns in our house. My hubby and I love the traditional fruit ones. The kids love the choc chip variety. But whatever delicious bun it is, we love smothering them with a thick layer of butter.

If you don’t know what a Hot Cross Bun is, it is a spiced sweet bun made with sultanas or raisins and is marked with a cross on the top. Traditionally it is eaten on Good Friday but they do start to appear in stores as early as January. You can read more about the tradition of a Hot Cross Bun here. We do resist the temptation and don’t buy them until it is closer to Easter. It is hard, but they are worth the wait.

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Baking, Cakes, Celebrations, Kids, Recipes

Easter Vanilla Surprise Cupcakes

I love a good cupcake. They are the best when they are soft and fluffy, not too dry and just the right crumb texture. Sometimes I like a cupcake without icing on top but when it has the perfect icing and a sprinkling of a little decoration, they are a special treat.

Most weekends I always bake a batch of cupcakes. I enjoy testing new recipes and making sure that a cupcakes result is a perfect little patty pan full of goodness.

With Easter just around the corner, I thought a special little cupcake would be a lovely baking treat to celebrate the joys of Easter.

I came up with a light and moist vanilla cupcake with a special surprise inside.

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Celebrations, Chocolate, Recipes

Reeses Easter Choc Chip Cookie Slice

It’s nearly Easter time, and I think I have indulged in copious amounts of chocolate already. I just can’t go past those aisles of Easter eggs and not pick up a couple of bags. The mini eggs are soo easy to eat, just unwrap and the chocolate goodness is there. My favourites at the moment are the popping candy eggs, mmm it’s a party in your mouth egg! Oh, let me not forget the mini eggs that have no wrapping. I could eat a truck load of M&M’s speckled eggs, Milky bar mini eggs and Reeses Pieces Peanut Butter eggs.

Now since the Easter eggs have started appearing in the supermarket, I have come home with a few packets of something different each week. My kitchen cupboard is getting full of some amazing eggs. I am looking forward to using these eggs to do some Easter baking.

When I stumbled upon a packet of the Reeses Pieces Peanut Butter eggs and Reeses Peanut Butter Mini Reester Bunnies, I knew that I had to bake something with these.

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Chocolate, Recipes

Mars Bar Chocolate Balls

mars bar chocolate balls

I went and filled up the car with petrol the other day. As you walk in and head over to the checkout to pay, they always have some deal going on whether it be packets of chips, drinks or chocolate. This time they had a deal with Mars Bars, buy 2 get 2 free. I saw these and immediately thought I need to make something with Mars Bars in it.

The chocolate bars sat on the kitchen bench for a couple of days until I decided on what to do with them.

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Celebrations, Recipes

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Yes, yes, yes!! It’s Shrove Tuesday! In Australia, it is known as Pancake Day.

For two years now we have celebrated Pancake Day and enjoyed indulging in some pancakes for dinner. I make up a whole heap of yummy fluffy pancakes, and we cover them in a variety of delicious condiments, strawberries, Hershey’s chocolate sauce, whipped cream and whatever else we can use.

So if you feel like making some pancakes today for lunch, dinner or dessert, I have found six yummy pancake recipes that you could try.

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Celebrations, Chocolate, Recipes

World Nutella Day

Did you know that today is World Nutella Day! I had heard about it but didn’t know when the actual day was. If my kids found out this morning, then I would have had to make something with Nutella in it. I don’t have time on a school morning to do any baking so I might have to surprise them and make a yummy baked treat today.

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