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Back in May I did an e-course called Blog with Pip. I mentioned a little bit about it here. Well, I had such a great time doing the course that I went back and enrolled again for July.

This week we had an optional assignment we could do: Take at least 5 photos of your weekend!

Here is what happened around our place..safariphoto4Seeing a wall of coloured kitchen utensils at Target.
safariphotoOur four legged family members enjoying their afternoon siesta near the lounge room window.
safariphoto2safariphoto3Playing with the kids outside before they start their swimming lessons.sebcake6My 10 year old and I making a Chocolate cake topped with Oreos.

I really enjoyed taking these photos and sharing with you what we did on the weekend.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to?

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Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Lemon and Blueberry Yoghurt Cake

A couple of weeks ago when we were travelling to a pub to have lunch with family, we drove past a stand at the side of the road selling lemons and limes. I love seeing this sort of thing. I got hubby to pull over and buy my a bag of each. They smelt so good. I couldn’t wait to use them in some baking.

I started to look for a recipe so I could try out these lemons. I didn’t have any butter so this recipe I found was perfect.lemonbcake

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Lemon and Blueberry Yoghurt Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt *
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed
  • Icing
  • Icing sugar
  • 2 tlbs Lemon juice
  • *I didn't have plain yoghurt. I used a berry yoghurt.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan forced/180°C.
  2. Line a cake pan with baking paper.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the yoghurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil.
  4. Sift into the bowl flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently mix until combined.
  5. Gently mix in the blueberries into the cake batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before taking it out and placing onto a cooling rack.
  8. Icing
  9. I just mix together some icing sugar and lemon juice until it makes a nice thick pour-able consistency that you can drizzle on top of the cake.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen

lemonbcakes1Add in a mixing bowl, yoghurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla essence and oil. lemonbcakes2Beat together.lemonbcakes3Sift flour, baking powder and salt.lemonbcakes4Mix until combined.lemonbcakes5Gently mix in the blueberries.lemonbcakesJust out of the oven, smells amazing!lemonbcake1The cake was delicious. It smelt so good and tasted even better. The texture was light. The flavour of the blueberries were wonderful. There wasn’t alot of lemon flavour in the cake but with the lemon icing it didn’t matter. You could probably add some lemon juice into the cake batter if you wanted it to be more lemony.
lemonbcake3We all loved it. The kids kept eating it and there is nothing left.
lemonbcake4 I also used a new plate that I found on a vintage find. I thought I would debut it with the delicious cake.plateladyplatelady1It’s so lovely and delicate. I love the picture of the lady in the corner. She is enjoying a cup of tea in the garden.

Happy baking!

What did you get up to on the weekend? Did you try out a new recipe?

 

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Baking, Cakes, Recipes

Cinnamon Tea Cake

Hello, everyone! My day started with dropping the kids off at school, and then it was busy with driving around town running errands. What I wanted to do was come home and share with you this delicious Cinnamon Tea Cake.

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Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Flourless Apple Ripple Cake

applecake2I found this lovely cake recipe over at bear loves dove. I was waiting for a time to get into the kitchen and make it. I like trying out different cake recipes that don’t require plain or self raising flour as part of their ingredients. This flourless apple ripple cake is made out of almond meal and rice flour. I always say, don’t be afraid of trying different ingredients as you can be quite surprised as to how it turns and what it tastes like.

Flourless Apple Ripple Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 150 gms butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ⅔ cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 apple (I used Pink Lady)
  • Demerara sugar or raw sugar (this is for sprinkling on the top)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced)
  2. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until a pale colour.
  4. Add the eggs and beat until combined.
  5. Add nutmeg and vanilla essence and mix.
  6. Then add the almond meal and rice flour (I sifted the almond meal and flour to make the cake batter more light) Now carefully mix until just combined. Don't over mix as it will make the cake heavy.
  7. Pour your batter into the lined loaf tin.
  8. Slice your apple into thin little slices and arrange on top of the cake.
  9. Sprinkle with as much or little demerara sugar as you like.
  10. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until cooked. Test with a cake tester.
  11. Once cooked take out of the oven and you can serve it straight away while it's nice and warm.
  12. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from bear loves dove

applecake3applecakeapplecake4The cake was a success! Everyone enjoyed it and it’s all gone! The taste: nice flavour, not too sweet, yummy nutmeg taste throughout. The texture: light, not dense, lovely topping. I will definitely be making this again. Loved it!

Thank you bear loves dove for sharing this recipe.

Happy baking!

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Baking, Recipes, Scones, Sundaybakingsunday

Lemonade scones

My dad was our very special lunch guest on Sunday at our place. I always like baking him something that he really enjoys eating. So I decided on making some scones. It is nice having scones for lunch as a special treat especially with our homemade jam and freshly whipped cream, yum!scones2 sconesscones1 scones3

Lemonade scones
 
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This recipe is good to double and you can freeze the leftovers.
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Recipe type: Scones
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of Self Raising Flour
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup cream
  • some milk for brushing on top of the scones
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 210°C fan forced/220°C
  2. Line a tray or baking dish with baking paper.
  3. Sift self raising flour into a mixing bowl.
  4. Add lemonade and cream, then mix until just combined to form a soft dough. Do not over mix.
  5. Place the dough onto a floured surface and gently roll out to 2cm thick.
  6. Gently cut out the scone shapes using a floured cutter.
  7. Place close together on tray, brush with milk and bake for 10-15 mins. The scones should be cooked in the middle and lightly brown on top.
  8. Once cooked, serve with jam and fresh cream.

After the scones are done, I put mine in a serving dish. I use a large white casserole dish that I bought from Ikea a few years ago and line it with tea towels. I put a couple of folded tea towels on the bottom then lay a tea towel open in the dish. I place the scones in the opened tea towel then wrap the corners over and place another tea towel on top. In the end, I probably use too many tea towels but my mum used to do it this way and it does keep the scones warm while we enjoy eating them.scones5scones4Happy baking, enjoy!

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Baking, Cookies, Lunch box goodies, Recipes

Egg Free Sugar Cookies

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Egg Free Sugar Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 125 gms of butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tlbs milk
  • 1½ cups of plain flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsps baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/170°C.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and milk. Beat well.
  3. Then add the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well.
  4. On a floured surface roll out the dough until the desired thickness, about .6cm or just under 1 cm. Cut out shapes using any type of shape cutter.
  5. Bake about 8-10 minutes.
  6. I baked the cookies for 8 mins. They were just barely done and were nice and soft.
  7. Once you have taken them out of the oven, wait a couple of minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Once cool, then you can decorate them any way you want.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from frommelanieshometoyours

starcookiesThese were a fantastic cookie to make. The dough I found to be very stable when using the shape cutter. Even after baking, the cookies stayed in the star shape and didn’t come out misshapen. The cookies were lovely and soft and a great all-rounder cookie recipe. I am going to use this recipe for our Christmas cookies. I look forward to trying out all the different Christmas cookie cutter shapes.starcookies1Happy baking!wordpresssignature

 

Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Since we had some special visitors coming yesterday, I got up early and jumped on the ipad and opened the pinterest app. I wanted to make something nice and try out a new recipe. My hubby’s brother and his lovely wife with their two little kidlets were coming for lunch and afternoon tea. We always enjoy seeing them all and love having a chat. The kids toys come out and get spread all over the lounge room floor. They spend the time playing, chasing each other and going from room to room checking everything out. And then when it comes time for them to leave, we are already planning our next get together. Every time the kids have a ball playing with each other.

For our lovely afternoon tea, I chose to make a Lemon Pound Cake. I had some lemons that I needed to use and I haven’t made a lemon cake for awhile.lemoncake

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ½ tlbs baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 160 gms unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tlbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/180°C
  2. Line cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each one.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt and then mix while slowly adding the milk until combined.
  5. Then add lemon juice and lemon zest, mix in gently.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake cake until tester inserted into centre comes out clean, about 45 - 55 minutes. Depending on your ovens cooking time. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes.
  8. Turn cake out onto cake rack and cool completely.
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Plain Chicken

Once the cake had cooled down, I made up some lemon icing using icing sugar, soft butter, juice from 1 lemon and some milk. I cut the cake in half and spread some icing in the middle. I put the cake top back on and then used up the rest of the lemon icing for the top. I decided the cake needed something else to put on top of the icing so I looked in the cupboard and found some shredded coconut. I sprinkled some on top, perfect! The cake was ready for afternoon tea.lemoncake1After lunch was over and some chatting was done, the kettle was put on. The cake was sliced and served up, time to dig in. Well, the cake was a hit and everyone loved it. It was lemony and moist. The amount of lemon in it was just right. It was a refreshing moist lemony pound cake! It wasn’t heavy. There was some room for a second slice but it was nice to just enjoy the one. I will definitely make this again. There was alot of mmm’s, yuumm’s and so nice. I have pinned it on my baked goods board in pinterest. YUM!

Happy baking!

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