Apple, Pear, Plum and Ginger Oat Crumble (Vegan/GlutenFree)

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The humble Apple crumble. To many brits out there, this is a childhood favourite filled with nostalgia and memories.

I can remember my mum making apple crumbles throughout my younger years, be it summer or winter. Although, its only been in the last few years I’ve come to love them. Don’t ask me what my aversion to it was when I was growing up, because I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t love sweet baked fruit with crunchy doughy topping. But it just wasn’t my thing back then.

I adore making crumbles. They’re quick, simple but deliver bags of flavour. Theres nothing fancy or ornate about them, but they seem to have the ability to both please everyone and bring people together around the dining table.

Plums are delicious this time of year, as are pears. Once baked, they turn soft and syrupy which counters the sharp tang from the trusty bramley apples.

So bring your loved ones together, scoop some ice cream on top and hand out the spoons. No bowls necessary.

*This recipe, and a few others by some different lovely food bloggers, is also available on the HelloFresh blog. Head over there for some more alternative crumble recipes! Click this link to see my crumble and some more Alternative Crumble recipes *

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Gingerbread Pancakes with Almonds and Maple Roasted Pear

img_4275I had big plans for this post. I was going to blab about my recent trip to Iceland and post this finger licking recipe with it. However, after having a quick hour long peek gaze through my photos, I’ve realised how many photos I want to share and that it’s completely incomprehensible to put it all into one post. You’d probably fall asleep on your keyboard by the end. All the while thinking, where the f is this recipe?!

So to save those of you who’re here for the recipe, I’ll save my romantic Iceland babble about how I want to repeatedly travel there forever and ever and ever, for another post.

I’m sure a lot of you are pretty ecstatic that November has finally arrived. I adore Autumn. The coziness, the hot drinks, the shameless eating begins. I swear that my body just needs an extra layer of fat every year. This is why it craved a biscuit tin of 40 Bourbon biscuits… (you probably think I’m joking but the tin of biscuits next to me right now says otherwise.)

I’m having to show real restraint with christmas decorations this month. I can’t stop going into Oxford Street every week and staring at the same christmas decorations, revisiting the same shops I went into the week before. I desperately wanted to haul them up this week but my co-workers have repeatedly chimed that its way too early. I’ll wait one more week.

As the cold weather approaches, so do the spices, chutney, cheese, nuts and old music. There aren’t many breakfasts I can think of that scream autumn to me, but this one certainly does.

Whenever I go home to see my Mum, she makes me fluffy American blueberry pancakes. She uses a Jamie Oliver recipe and I love them so much I decided to tweak them a little to taste like gingerbread. Queue black treacle and ginger. Sprinkling flaked almonds on one side of the pancake adds a lovely note of nutty flavour and texture. A warm, sticky, sweet roasted pear permeated with maple syrup couldn’t be a better accompaniment to this gorgeous breakfast treat.

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Chocolate Ale and Pear Cake with Chocolate Sauce (and a little coffee kick)

Chocolate SauceI feel like I’m loosing it a bit recently.

I’ve gone through this before with the blog, but this time its work. During the week just past, I made two batches of sponge that went wrong. Not completely horrendous but still not right. I made Blood Orange Marmalade that was too thick and syrupy that I had to let it down the next day with more water. I then wrapped up some beautiful Green Tea Chiffon Gateaux’s that I had made, only to find the next day that the paper had stuck to the white glaze like superglue and I lost half of them. Continue reading “Chocolate Ale and Pear Cake with Chocolate Sauce (and a little coffee kick)”

Spiced Pear and Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

Pear and Chocolate SconesThese dark January evenings see me yearn for home more and more. The warmth of my kitchen stove calls to me just like my body calls for rest and my plush warm bed. I’ll be eating dinner at work, whilst gazing out of the nearest window misted by condensation, wishing for the relaxation of watching TV with a warm tasty treat. All the while knowing my dreams are in vain as I still have six hours left at work. Continue reading “Spiced Pear and Chocolate Buttermilk Scones”

Ginger, Orange and Pear Cake (and A Trip to the Sea)

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I love being by the Sea. It’s peaceful, clarifying, refreshing and beautiful.

I have vowed to myself that I will move to the coast at some point in my life, hopefully buy a house, get a dog and be carefree. Now I know life isn’t as peachy as that but I can dream. Continue reading “Ginger, Orange and Pear Cake (and A Trip to the Sea)”

Cranberry Orange and Pear Pies

Cranberry Pies Lets just take a minute and spare a thought for those of us who don’t like Mince Pies.

Yes, I agree. Crazy people right?

Mince Pies are boozy, packed with raisins and sugar. Just nom. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the humble Mince Pie and Christmas Pud.

But for people like my sister, who have an aversion to that awesome christmas taste, here are some beautiful, festive alternative pies. Continue reading “Cranberry Orange and Pear Pies”