Gluten Free Fig & Honey Cake

Fresh figs, Oh how I have missed them, admittedly store-bought are no comparison to my Nonno's homegrown variety but seriously nothing ever is.

I sourced some from my local fruit shop as flying to Sydney might not seem feasible to collect some from his garden though with the price of them in store it was very tempting let me tell you. Not sure if it is just an Italian obsession but these fruits just tantalize the taste buds like no other.

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Perfectly enjoyable on their own, though I did decide why not experiment and make a tea cake with these beauties whilst they are at their best.  We have all used the dried kind before but fresh figs in baking is a whole new ball game, on another level on enjoyment. The sweetness they contribute is perfect when making desserts without added sugar, it gives the sweetness in a natural form. Pairing with another favourable natural sweetener thank god for the bees the purest kind, raw honey of course. They are truly made to go together like mac and cheese, gin and tonic, like bacon and eggs well you get where I am going here.

The cake turned out a treat. I substituted the flours to make it gluten-free and can I just say when I turned it out I was so pleased. This moist teacake  (I hate to use that word but that's the best way to describe it) sweet and delicate, Oh and the  smell of the figs and honey filled the whole kitchen.

I was in fig heaven.

If you are a fig lover this is one cake worth making. Served warm with melted honey drizzled over the top. You can add a dollop of fresh whipped cream or natural yoghurt to top things off.

Enjoy!

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Birthdays and Chocolate Cake…

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Birthdays are a big deal in my house. Like most children they look forward to the one day it’s all about them and no one else. The hype steadily escalates weeks in advance, their fluttering butterflies of excitement provide a spring in their step which is hard to hide. Crossing off the days on the family calendar and counting down how many sleeps till the big day is all part of the anticipation.

My middle sons 6th birthday was no different I think amplified because six is a big deal! “I am now on two hands Mum”. The next faze in their little lives. Starting school, learning to read and write, beginning to be self organised, tying their shoe laces and making real friendships seem to be all part of this year of turning six! What seems like over night he has grown up to be a big boy,  really not so big as small things seem like the world to them,  like cupcakes for classmates, birthday stickers and chocolate cake with strawberries can make the whole day.

I am certainly not alone when I say that they grow up too quickly, so let them have their special day, love them, hug them and if they want to wear a ninja turtle costume to bed including face mask let them, they are only six once! Recipe below… Continue reading “Birthdays and Chocolate Cake…”

Easy Mix & Bake Nut-free Choc Banana & Coconut Muffins

Running out of ideas for kids school lunches?

These mix and bake choc banana & coconut muffins are the perfect  nut-free lunchbox treat. With using alternatives to sugars, good quality 70% dark chocolate and wholemeal spelt flour makes them a healthier yet still super yummy, kid friendly snack. You can swap the chocolate and use sultanas or blueberries to keep things interesting.

My kids love them, make a batch and freeze them in ziplock bags for easier lunchbox treats.

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Orange, Almond & Turmeric Cake

Winter baking makes dealing with the cooler weather more warm and comforting, what more it makes us feel like staying indoors and catching up on things at home that we may not get around to doing during the busy Summer months when all we want to do is enjoy the sunshine. Take this time to get creative in the kitchen and bake some healthy afternoon treats. Continue reading “Orange, Almond & Turmeric Cake”

Nut-Free Lunchbox Apricot & Honey Oat Bars

It’s back to school time!

It was the first week back of term this week QLD and for the rest soon approaching. There was mixed feelings sending them on their merry way this week  with a combination of excitement but also unwillingness to get back into the hectic routine. The hardest part of the holidays for me is always trying to keep the kids entertained. With three active boys can be somewhat difficult at times to keep up with their incessant amount of energy and boredom kicks in very quickly, which soon turns into mischief, fighting, whingeing and tears.  Continue reading “Nut-Free Lunchbox Apricot & Honey Oat Bars”