Category Archives: Baking

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Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Now I love anything peanut butter flavoured. I don’t know why but I have always been totally obsessed with the stuff. I have it on my porridge almost every morning, I spread it onto bananas, apples or rice crackers for a healthy snack – or I could easily consume it by the spoonful from the jar really. Another favourite combination for me is peanut butter and chocolate. Growing up in the Netherlands we have a sandwich topping called ‘Hagelslag’ which is pretty much large chocolate hail that you sprinkle (generously) onto a slice of bread slathered in either butter or in my case peanut butter. Yummmm!

Anyway, when I was at the Good Life Eatery in Chelsea (review here) recently I tried their raw peanut butter cups and instantly fell in love with their healthy alternative to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. So I thought, I need to learn how to make these at home so I can have my bite-size peanut butter and chocolate fix at any time. Turns out there are quite a few variations on the Internet for healthy peanut butter cups recipes, some completely raw or vegan but I decided to just go simple and use only 3 ingredients. These homemade healthy peanut butter cups are rich, sweet and decadent while being nutritious, sugar free, gluten-free and without the excess calories, fat, sugar and strange additives & preservatives that are in the store-bought version. And this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups is really quick and easy to make too! 

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Petersham Nurseries’ Flourless Orange & Almond Cake

One Sunday afternoon at the end of summer, I spent in the sunshine enjoying tea and cakes at the lovely Petersham Nurseries near Richmond. If you haven’t been to the Petersham Nurseries before, then I definitely recommend a visit. It’s a top rated international garden centre, an oasis away from the bustle of London, and somewhere to find antiques and gifts or just a place to sit, wonder and enjoy delicious food or homemade cakes in their teahouse.

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Anzac Biscuits

Some of you may know that I lived in New Zealand for almost 8 years before I moved to London, and I have such fond memories of my time in this beautiful country. One of my favourite treats, that my cousin used to bake when I first moved there, were Anzac Biscuits. An Anzac biscuit is a sweet biscuit popular in Australia and New Zealand made using rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and boiling water. Both Australia and New Zealand claim to have invented the cookie-like Anzac biscuit that we now know, but its origins are not clear. They got their name because they were originally made to sent to the ANZAC’s (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli in WW1, mainly due to their excellent keeping properties.

Anyway, enough about the history of this biscuit – it’s just damn delicious that’s all you really need to know! People often make them for Anzac Day (25 April) but I also make them for Australia Day each year – because I am a rebel like that haha. But really, find whatever excuse you want to make them because they are just so good. The store bought Anzac biscuits are quite sweet and crunchy but I prefer mine chewy, oatie and full of chopped dried fruit. This recipe comes from my cousin in New Zealand and is easy to make and a real winner.

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Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Did you all have a wonderful time over Christmas these last few days? I ate so much food, I am still recovering really ;) One of the treats I indulged in were these Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Truffles that I’d made for my family on Christmas Eve. They are perfect for Christmas time, or well, any time of the year really. You can make them with or without the peppermint and will be delicious either way. But it is a great recipe if you still have some leftover Christmas candy canes hanging in your tree!

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