Cakes, Roulades & Souffles

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Today was just one of those days where I needed chocolate, and since I had some bananas that needed using, I thought i’d make double chocolate banana bread. It turned out perfectly–crisp on the outside, super moist on the inside, and the dark chocolate made it nice and rich, without being ‘too much!’ This recipe is definitely a keeper! I hope you guys all love it too!

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Blackberry Crumb Cake

Blackberry Crumb Cake

I have noticed that I don’t usually tend to bake unless there’s a special occasion, event, holiday or birthday to bake for — but the other day I came across a recipe for this blackberry crumb cake, and it looked so divine–I just had to make it for no reason at all; other than I wanted to eat it! I have mentioned before how my little ones are obsessed with berries… to the point that they’d choose blackberries over candy, so I knew they would LOVE this cake–but my daughter Gemma just picked off the delicious crumb topping and ate the blackberries and left the actual cake! My husband loved the crumb topping so much too–that I decided to double the crumb topping in the recipe, because we all know it’s by far the BEST part! I put light sour cream in the cake itself, and I did start yoga a few days ago…. so I feel totally justified here! ;-) This cake is every bit, if not even more, delicious than it looks! I need to bake for no reason more often if i’m going to discover recipes like these! {Or NOT!!}
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Raspberry Souffle

Raspberry Souffle

For valentines day this year I made a raspberry soufflé which was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten–but I couldn’t post the recipe because I didn’t have any decent photos! Then last weekend my little family and I went on a trip to Seattle, and as we were exploring Pike’s Place Market I found a cool little store that sold herbs, spices and extracts of every kind: all for super cheap! So I was totally in my element, and I found some Rose essence, which I thought would be awesome in my raspberry soufflés, so I decided to make some more!

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Recipe for English Pancake Day

Recipe for English Pancake Day

Today is pancake day in England! The tradition comes from fasting and praying for 40 days before Easter — many people made pancakes to use up their butter and eggs which were often forbidden during lent (which starts on Ash Wednesday: tomorrow). I didn’t know this, but they celebrate Shrove Tuesday around the world–in Brazil with Carnival, and in New Orleans with Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”). I mean, I knew about the holidays, but I didn’t know they were all celebrated on the same day! So basically the world are all out having wild parties today, while the English are staying home eating stacks of delicious pancakes! I like their style… {those kind of parties scare me!}

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Banana Bread Pancakes

Banana Bread Pancakes

This father’s day, absolutely nothing went to plan!! My two small kiddos woke up sick, and whined the entire morning! Then to make things worse, they missed their naps because we needed to go to church to take pictures, so for the rest of the day they were even more whiney! I was trying to cook a special father’s day dinner for my hubby, but meanwhile, my son was clinging to my leg like a spider monkey crying to be held, whilst my daughter was throwing up–and my house had somehow gotten really messy, and then I realized, I hadn’t actually defrosted the meat for the dinner! So instead of shiny happy kids celebrating their Dad on father’s day, and a nice dinner of mini beef wellingtons, we had chaos and reuben’s at 9 o’clock at night. It was that crazy.

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