My Cinnamon Muffins






 


With blue skies and sunshine to cheer me on ~
Saturday morning had me in a baking frenzy.
My batch of cinnamon muffins turned out a treat.
They were warm out of the oven
just in time for morning tea!
A perfect way to start a relaxed weekend at home.

Click here for the recipe.



 


I had a lot of fun making these ombre cupcakes
 in shades of mint and aqua.
Every cupcake is frosted in a slightly different colour
so they look very pretty all mixed together.
I bought some new coffee mugs and I couldn't resist making cupcakes to match!
Reading magazines and indulging in these yummy treats
 on a sunny afternoon was the perfect way to while away my Sunday.






 





Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

This recipe is a family favourite.
I always make it in late summer and Autumn 
when our apple trees in the garden are bursting with sweet, juicy apples.
A slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream and
 a scoop of ice-cream is all
I need to put a smile on everyone's face!

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups (260g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 185g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Caster sugar, to sprinkle

Filling
  • 8 large Granny Smith apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 45g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Method
  1. Step 1
    Sift flours and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Add butter and rub lightly into flour with your fingertips. Lift mixture high above the bowl as you rub, to incorporate air into the pastry and make it lighter. Continue until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir through sugar. Lightly beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon chilled water, then drizzle over flour mixture. Start to bring the dough together by cutting the liquid into the dough with a blunt knife, then form into a smooth ball with your hands, adding a little more water if necessary. Divide dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Step 2
    To make the filling, peel and core the apples, and cut each into 8 pieces. Toss immediately with lemon juice in a large bowl, to prevent apples from discolouring. Place the butter and sugar in a large frypan over medium-low heat. When butter has melted, add apples and spices, then stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until apples have softened. Set aside to cool.
  3. Step 3
    Roll out the larger pastry ball on a floured workbench to a 30cm circle (about 2mm thick). Roll pastry around rolling pin, then unroll over a 22cm metal pie dish. Gently press into corners and allow excess to overhang. Place filling in base with a slotted spoon. Roll the small pastry piece to a 25cm circle. Beat remaining egg with milk, brushing some on rim of the base. Top with small pastry.
  4. Step 4
    Lift the pie dish and cut excess pastry from edges with a sharp knife. Crimp edges of pastry together with your fingers. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180°C, place pie dish on a baking tray. Brush top of pie with more beaten egg, sprinkle with caster sugar. Cut four small air vents in the centre of the pie and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

    Pan Fried Calamari








    Calamari is one of my favourite summertime dishes.
    It looks fabulous and it's so easy to whip up
    a batch of these golden, crispy rings.
    They don't even need much dressing up just a squeeze of lime
    and a sprinkling of sea salt.
    I served this up to friends on the weekend.
    A few minutes in the kitchen then I'm back on my deck 
    relaxing and laughing with a Gin Fizz in hand! 

I made these little treats last weekend ~
they were almost too pretty to eat!
It was a gorgeous, sunny day,
sunlight was streaming through the windows and spring was in the air.
The fruit trees in the garden are starting to blossom
so I picked a few branches and filled the house with their delicate petals.
I was in a bit of a baking mood
so I made a batch of my favourite cupcakes and
dressed them up in sorbet shades and spring flowers.

All photos by me! Credits : Coastal Style Blogspot 

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