Cinnamon has got to be one of the most delicious and popular spices out there, and I am rather prone to putting it in everything. Aside from its gorgeous flavour it also has several health benefits. It is full of antioxidants, helps to lower blood pressure and has antiviral and anti inflammatory properties. All the more reason to sprinkle a little more cinnamon into your life.
I am betting you have a jar of this wonderful stuff in your pantry, so why not dig it out and try out some of these treats using this versatile spice. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments which cinnamon recipe is your favourite!
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School holidays are just a hop, skip and a jump away and many of you may be thinking about how to keep the kiddos busy over the Easter break. This time last year my kids, who LOVE their hot cross buns, and I decided to make our own buns from scratch using a recipe by Jamie Oliver, and we were all pleasantly surprised by the results. I’m not sure why we were so surprised but it was probably the combination of a potentially tricky yeast dough recipe and two small children that could have gone rather wrong, but didn’t! They were so delicious! It was also a fun baking project for the three of us…many hands make kneading a breeze after all.
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I’ve got a real treat for you today, and this recipe for biscuit truffles actually makes me feel rather nostalgic for two reasons. Firstly, as promised, it is the first in a short series of Easter recipes that I have planned for the next few weeks. Easter always conjures up childhood memories of school holiday visits to family living further up the coast, torrential rain that lasted for days (how I miss that rain now!) and of course the much anticipated Easter morning egg hunt in our garden after church. Fast forward a decade or three and I am now the one searching around the garden for spots to hide the eggs, ha ha! I can’t decide which is more fun actually – searching for chocolate treats or watching the faces of my children as they spot bunny footprints on the pathway outside or discover their Easter treasures in their hiding spots!
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Helloo there. Welcome to March (say whaat?!) and my first blog post for the month. It’s a rather celebratory post and this recipe is inspired by one of my personal foodie icons, Yotam Ottolenghi. This easy chocolate cake recipe is adapted very slightly from one that appears in his book “Sweet” (co-written with Helen Goh) and the reason for this cake post is that this week Cupcakes and Couscous celebrates its fifth anniversary!
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Happy Valentine’s Day foodies! Whether you love this holiday or are not such a fan today’s chocolatey recipe is the perfect thing to make to spoil your partner… or yourself. This easy triple chocolate bark with pistachios and toasted coconut is quick to make which also makes it an ideal last minute homemade gift for your special someone.
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Valentine’s Day is coming up and this lovely little dessert is perfect for the occasion. It’s inspired by an old chocolate tart recipe I made back in college whilst doing my food training, and I have adapted it by adding a decadent dark chocolate ganache layer and using my favourite sweet pastry recipe for the base. (And if making pastry from scratch for someone isn’t a sign of love then I don’t know what is!)
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We have been having plenty of ice cream weather this month, and what better time of the year to enjoy some delicious home made ice cream sandwiches. This recipe is taken from the book “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, you may remember me mentioning it in a post a few weeks ago. This book is a must have for anyone who loves their baking and/or treats as it is filled to the brim with recipes for fabulous cakes, desserts, cookies and pies to name a few. There is also an entire chapter devoted to cheesecakes, what’s not to love?!
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Happy New Year and hello 2018! I am happy to be back after a lovely break, it was great to have a change from the regular routine for a while. Now though, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and it really feels as though we have hit the ground running this week hasn’t it? (My inbox alone can attest to that.) I have got a good feeling about this year…2018 – I am ready for you!
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