Sunday, 12 March 2017

Delicious and healthy blueberry muffins

If you fancy delicious and healthy breakfast, you will love these blueberry muffins. I was writing couple of times already how dear weekend family breakfasts are to us. I try to keep them special, delicious and healthy. Today I am going to share an easy recipe for blueberry muffins, which are perfect for a healthy and well-balanced breakfast. They are not difficult to make and do not require any extraordinary ingredients. 

Oatmeal blueberry muffins
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • 200 ml yogurt
  • 120 g oatmeal
  • 120 ml oatmeal milk (or any kind of milk you like)
  • berries
  • almonds, nuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180C and grease the muffin tins. In a bowl mash the banana, add egg and honey, whisk everything together. Add baking powder, cinnamon and yogurt, give it a whisk. Mix in the oatmeal flakes and milk. Fill the muffin tins half full with batter, put some blueberries, pour more batter to cover the berries, top the muffins with more berries and nuts. Bake for about 30 minutes till golden brown. Take the muffin tin out of the oven and let is cool down for 10-15 minutes, then take the muffins out. Served the muffin with some freshly squeezed orange juice or cup of tea.

The muffins can be also made with any other berries you like, fresh or frozen. If you do not like cinnamon that much, exchange it with vanilla essence instead. To add some crunch mix in some crashed nuts to the batter. 


Enjoy!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Traditional Sunday walk

Seems like spring decided to visit us earlier this year, we had wonderful spring weather for the last two days and spend a lot of time outside. Saturday was reserved for a lazy day at the beach, small picnic, good book and lot of family quality time... perfect Saturday if you ask me. Far away from the trouble of the busy city and all the stressed people. Beach is not very busy this time of year and I love it the most. Today was reserved for our "traditional Sunday walk in the woods". There will be also a small picnic, more like a coffee break picnic, after our standard route and activities are done. Pablo would take his bike, my husband the backpack with some goodies in it and I my camera.

I made banana bread for us to take with for the small coffee break. Banana bread cake is perfect for picnics and is surely one of the favorites in our home. This cake is best done with very ripe bananas and since I had some home left from the week, the choice for the cake was easy. I decided to pep it a bit with different flavors. I felt like coconut, hence the version of the banana bread cake today is rather exotic. The combination however was perfect and I earned many compliments on the cake from my husband too. The cake came our very moist, not too sweet, with a light touch of coconut. Fresh, nutritious and bit exotic.
Coconut banana bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 50 ml coconut oil
  • 250 ml yogurt
  • 30 g coconut flakes
  • 150 g flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a loaf baking pan. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract till foamy and almost double in size. Add yogurt and coconut oil, give it another whisk. Sift inn flour, baking powder and salt, mix till all well combined. Mash the bananas, fold them in. Finally add the coconut flakes. Pour the batter into the loaf form and bake for 40-45 minutes, make the wooden stick test. 

Enjoy!




Monday, 20 February 2017

Sunday afternoon tea cake

Sundays are perfect for the afternoon tea ceremony and we do celebrate it in our home from time to time. There will be a cake nothing too fancy at all, as we rather prefer a nice and delicious bundt cake for this special event. I am a huge fan of berries, hence there will be often berries mixed into the cake batter.
Bundt cakes are usually not as sweet (at least not they ones I am doing home) and this is why they are my favorite, they are super easy to make, do not require special ingredients and can be pepped up with different flavors, fruits or berries... so you will never get tiered of them. And let´s be frank, bundt cake always just look spectacular.

I do not know how many bundt cakes I have been making in my life, they are not only my favorite for Sunday afternoon tea, but also a perfect to bring along cake, when visiting friends.

Today a moist butter vanilla flavored bundt cake with fresh blueberries. The cake is also perfect for a sweet breakfast or a brunch invitation. You can store it in a container for a couple of days and it wont lose on the taste. The texture is velvet like and the taste of vanilla and berries unbeatable. It taste light (despite the ingredients) and makes you want to have another bite of the cake, as soon as you took the first bite (kind of dangerous cake if you ask)...

Sunday afternoon tea cake
  • 150 g butter (rum temperature)
  • 150 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 120 ml buttermilk
  • vanilla extract
  • 300 g flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • fresh berries
Preheat the oven to 180C and grease the bundt cake form. In a stand mixer whisk together butter and sugar, add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract, give it another whisk. Sift in the flour and baking powder, mix till all well combined. Add the berries and fold them gently into the batter, make sure you are not breaking the berries... Bake for about 35-40 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let is cool for at least 20 minutes on the cooling rack, before taking the cake out of the form. Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top.


Enjoy!
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