Autumn Spiced Sables

Autumn is here!

On a blustery Sunday afternoon there is nothing better than some easy baking!

I was craving some biscuits to go with an extra large cup of tea so decided to try out my new autumn leaf-shaped cutters. These were a bargain at £2.89 on eBay!

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I wanted a simple recipe so adapted a BBC recipe and just added a tablespoon of mixed spice to give it a bit more flavour. The dough was quite easy to work with, I did put it in the freezer for 5 mins halfway through to firm up as my kitchen was quite warm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/medley_of_mini_sables_84193

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I ended up with what felt like hundred of these little biscuits because the cutters were quite small. The biscuits were really tasty and melted in the mouth. They were really light, I easily ate my way through 5 or 6 of the little biscuits.

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My other half and his two brothers ate the rest whilst playing on the Xbox, they also gave them the thumbs up!

I’m now eyeing up some Halloween and Christmas cutters so watch this space for some more biscuit experimenting!

Cake Clubs

Whilst 8,000 people were busy running in the Robin Hood half marathon on Sunday around 30 others were raising money in an entirely different fashion…EATING CAKE!

Cake Eaters Anonymous, held once a month, met at a new venue overlooking Nottingham Castle, in the lovely Fothergills! Over £200 was raised for Nottingham Neonatal Charity which supports the NHS in buying the latest equipment to give premature babies a fighting chance of life.

There were some particularly delicious cakes this month so it was very difficult to choose my 3 slices! The diet started Monday…

Here’s what I made.

Courgette Spiced Mini Bundts

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I adapted the recipe a little using Stork baking liquid (which I used for the first time and can highly recommend!) instead of vegetable shortening and natural yoghurt instead of half-and-half.

Check out the recipe.

I also made mine in some little silicone Bundts which I bought from Lakeland for only £2.99!

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These were delicious, the walnut toffee-like topping with the spicy, moist cake had a real Autumnal flavour.

Here’s a few photos of the other gorgeous cakes…

Let me know what you think, do you attend a cake club? Ever thought about setting one up in your area?

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White peach and cardamom crumble

Found a great recipe from one of my favourite blogs – http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/08/white-peach-cardamom-crumble/

If you fancy a change from the typical apple crumble this is well worth a try!

The sweet and sugary crumble topping worked so well with the unusual cardamom flavour.

I loved eating those flat, donut peaches but found myself with too many so made this!

Enjoy!

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