This weather means summer is officially over, and Autumn in London can begin! Hopefully soon we’ll see orangey brown leaves falling and foods filled with delicious spices!
To celebrate Autumn in London, I made this Honey Pumpkin Cake (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction) with it’s warming spices and heady aroma, it disappeared very quickly!
A slice or two for me and you!
Another slice? OK!
- 60 grams plain flour
- 60 grams unsalted butter, cold
- 100 grams dark brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 250 grams plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp mixed spice
- 245 grams pure pumpkin puree
- 100 grams dark brown sugar
- 120 ml sunflower oil
- 85 grams honey
- 120 ml milk
- 120 grams icing sugar
- 2 tbs brewed coffee
- Preheat oven to 180oC
- Make the crumb topping first by rubbing cold butter into the dry ingredients until nearly combines, then mix the rest by cutting the mixture with a knife. Set aside.
- for the cake, mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and then mix all the wet ingredients together in another until just combined.
- Then pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and beat until just combined. Don’t over mix!
- I then poured the mixture into 2 loaf tins, and generously pressed the crumb topping onto both loaves.
- I baked for about 35 mins in my oven, but bake until a toothpick comes out coated with just a few crumbs
- Remove from oven and leave to cool.
- Make the glaze by sifting icing flour and whisking with coffee. Drizzle over the cake when slightly warm
- Best eaten warm, with a cuppa coffee of course!
Enjoy this one, its just made for those crisp autumn days, perfect with a coffee for elevenses!
Morning! I’ve got the perfect breakfast post for you today, and it’s Pumpkin-themed, what better?! I’ve missed big american-style breakfasts on my healthy eating kick, so I thought I’d give it a go, and i’m happy I did because I had 2 very yummy breakfasts this weekend. First up, Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes with caramel drizzle
These were delish!
- 1 cup (american measurement) of pureed pumpkin (you can find the brand Libby’s in Waitrose)
- 2 dollops (heaped tablespoons) of fat free greek yogurt
- 8 eggs
- half a tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- some vanilla bean paste
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Whisk all wet ingredients together, then stir in the dry ingredients until the batter comes together. It should be quite thin
- I used a few sprays of fry light but you can use butter in a frying pan
- Scoop the batter in (I used an ice cream scoop)
- When the pancake bubbles up on one side, flip it
Serve whilst hot! I stacked berries in the middle of my pancakes for an extra healthy kick, plus drizzled my sugar free caramel syrup on top. My mum’s boyfriend positively guzzled them down and he isn’t even on a healthy kick!
Stacked with berries and drizzled with sauce
These definitely fuelled my snowy 7-mile walk on the heath!
Walking with Kolo the snow dog
On Sunday morning I wanted to use up the rest of my pumpkin, so I called on Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe for healthy baked oatmeal (That’s porridge to us Brits!)
- 35g porridge oats
- Quarter american cup pureed pumpkin
- Splash of skimmed milk
- Tbs sweetener such as splenda
- 100 ml water
- tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- splash of vanilla esscence
- Combine all ingredients and mix until combined
- Pour into a heat-proof ramekin
- Bake on 200oC for 20 mins
- Turn up to 250oC for last 5 mins for a crispy top
- Serve warm, I put some berries in the top and obviously also drizzled on some of my favourite caramel sauce!
Tastes like a big breakfast cookie!
I hope you enjoy! Whats your favourite weekend breakfast?
Happy Tuesday Cake Snobs! If, like me, you have a genuine Tuesday face, (sad and droopy) this post should cheer you up! Continuing on my healthy eating theme (I’ve now lost a stone and a half in 12 weeks) and feeling a bit american, this weekend I made the classic american dessert Pumpkin Pie. With pumpkin (obviously) being the main ingredient, I turned this usually calorific pie into a low fat delight!
I made this pie by mixing together a mish mash of different ingredients and hoping it would work! With one can of Libby’s pure pumpkin (I found this in a lovely grocery store in High Street Kensington) I added a tsp of cinnamon, half a tsp of ginger, half a cup of milk, a packet of Quaker quick oats (27g) as well as splenda and calorie free caramel sauce to taste. Then I mixed vigorously and put in a tinfoil pie dish.
I baked it at 180OC for 45 mins, then left to set overnight (a few hours in the fridge should usually do it) and sliced it up the next day. You can have this hot or cold, but i think I like it best served hot with a dollop of yoghurt. Don’t worry, it wont last very long, but with hardly any calories, its guilt free!
So you wont mind if I have the last slice?
As you know, it’s Halloween next week, and for my BIG cupcake order this week, I made Halloween cupcakes! A mixture of marshmallowy ghosts on chocolate cupcakes and orange icing on vanilla cakes, this batch was a cute and spooky bundle of fun!
Hopefully they go down a treat… not a trick! Enjoy your Halloween!