Lavender sugar

My girls have their jars at the ready…

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I adore the heady spice of lavender in many sweet treats from shortbread to cheesecake almost as much as the simple task of picking fresh and dry flowers on a warm sunny day and shaking free any adorable crawlies before jarring with bright white caster sugar. So simple, yet so satisfying, make sure you make this perfumed sugar once your own lavender comes into bloom.

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To make:
Add 1 tbsp of fresh lavender flowers (grown without chemical sprays) picked on a dry day, to a jam jar of caster sugar, shake and leave to infuse for at least one week before using.

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Easter egg loaf

Listening to #JohnnyCash sing #HowGreatThouArt and baking this loaf for church #HappyEaster x

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Break bread this Easter with those you love the most by making a simple flavoured plait decorated with hand dyed eggs – so pretty and so much fun to prepare this is certain to become a new Easter tradition.

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You will need:For the bread 500g strong white bread flour 50g golden caster sugar 2 ½ tsp dried fast action yeast 1 tsp sea salt 200ml milk 2 x star anise Zest of 1 orange 60g salted butter, softened 2 organic eggs, large  For the coloured eggs To dye your own eggs, dilute gel paste food colouring in water. Place the eggs in a bowl and pour over the coloured water. Wrap the eggs with elastic bands if you wish to leave undied stripes. Allow to soak for 24 hours before draining.  For the Glaze 2 tbps icing sugar 1 tbsp hot water  To make the dough: In a…

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Pancakes to the rescue….again!

Shrove Tuesday Brunch ? Oh, go on then 😉

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A quick midweek bacon and eggs but panic, I’ve no bread left, what to do?

I make pancakes, to my standard recipe but without sweetness. I add salt and pepper and fry in the bacon pan……brace yourself for full english fabulous! I made mine bitesize and tucked in canapé style topped with frazzled bacon and ‘shrooms, bloomin’ gorgeous.

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Vanilla American style pancakes

Morning pancake!

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Vanilla American style pancakes

Beautiful texture, these pancakes are so quick to make; from craving to table in under 10 mins if everything is to hand.
Place a jug on your scales and set to zero. Add to the jug, 130g plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 3 tsp sugar/stevia blend – I used Tate & Lyle light at heart, 130ml milk, 1 large egg, 1 tsp good vanilla extract. whisk with a fork to a smooth batter and leave to stand for a couple of minutes.
Get a frying pan hot and melt a dot of butter for each batch of two small pancakes.
Pour two rounds of batter with a gap for spreading and when bubbles appear, flip over.
The little ones take only a minute or just over each side to be golden brown and fluffy in the middle.
Serve any way you wish, with more butter and honey, maple syrup…

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Lemon twice pudding

After a miserable day of rain and chills, treat yourself to this easiest of delicious puddings #comfort #joy #lemonpudding

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When you want to make an everyday meal a Sunday feast to spoil the family, you need to make a warming traditional pudding. This nursery favourite with the addition of Lemon thyme certainly hits the comfort G spot! (G for greedy)

Light fluffy sponge with silky lemon sauce, serve hot from the oven for maximum pleasure! Light fluffy sponge with silky lemon sauce, serve hot from the oven for maximum pleasure!

You will need:

60g salted butter

120g golden caster sugar

1tsp vanilla bean paste

Zest of two lemons

1 tsp lemon thyme leaves

Juice of 1 large lemon

2 large organic eggs, separated

60g self-raising flour

280 ml milk

How to:

Preheat your oven to 200C/180Cfan/ gas mark 6 and butter an ovenproof dish.

Cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon thyme and zest. Add the yolks and flour, beating together to combine fully before adding the lemon juice and milk. Mix well.

In a separate clean and dry bowl, whisk the egg whites…

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