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Blueberry White Chocolate Muffin Cake

A couple of weekends ago, a fancy took ahold of me to make muffins. I was having a few girls over for brunch, and it seemed the appropriate thing to have on display for whetting appetites upon arrival. My only snag was that I didn’t own a muffin pan and nor did any of my known neighbours. I took to Twitter to ask if it would be a total disaster to bake muffin batter in a loaf tin instead, and the general consensus was that I should take the punt and it was unlikely that much would go wrong. This turned out to be correct, and my friends and I enjoyed our raspberry and white chocolate loaf cake immensely. So this week, I thought I’d repeat the experience with a brownie pan for my preferred shape of bake and here we all are. The recipe below is altered from the raspberry and white chocolate muffins that I found on BBC Good Food. All I’ve really changed here is the fruit, baking receptacle and oven temp/cooking …

Stollen Cookies

Stollen Cookies

If you’re a follower of my Instagram stories (quick plug, they’re great, get ’em by following me on Instagram) then you’ll know that I’ve spent much of November wandering around supermarkets to ogle at their Christmas food. I love that about this time of year, there’s just so much to look at. I like to imagine that there are special festive food task forces that sit around in meetings all year round thinking this stuff up (for the record, I think that would probably be my dream job). In the Morrison’s bakery section this year you’ll find a packet of five stollen cookies for just under a quid. Tom bought them for me, I ate them all, they were excellent. So excellent, in fact, that I decided they needed to happen in my kitchen. Stollen has always been present at the Christmas dinner table in my family. It’s the disgustingly stodgy, cream soaked dessert that makes absolutely no sense to eat after an enormous dinner but we go ahead and do it anyway. I never …

Spicy Chai Cookies

There’s something about November specifically that makes me want to reach for my collection of cookie cutters. I pour them out onto the table, take stock of what I have in the way of Christmas shapes and remind myself I should probably refrain from buying more no matter how tempted I might be by HomeSense and their wily festive displays. I wonder why I’ve not really baked cookies since this time last year when I’ve all these lovely cutters that I’ve hardly used. I vow to bake cookies all year round from this month onwards and make use of this dinosaur and that polar bear and those moons and stars. I never do, obviously, what with being a bit useless and all. I’m just not much of a baker, as much as I’d love to be. While I enjoy the process (when not under the mild stress of the bake off bake along, that is), its scientific nature doesn’t gel with my spontaneous and eternally distracted personality. You really have to pay attention when you’re …