Mini Apple and Almond Cakes

Hi everyone 🙂 wishing all read who read a fantastic week in advance!

I’m not a massive fan of ‘Great British Bake Off’ but this recipe is one of Mary Berry’s. You know when you watch a show and you become super inspired by all the wonderful bakings? I like this recipe because it’s kind of half way between a cupcake and biscuit, my two favourites combined together. They also contain fruit which makes it seem healthier.

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INGREDIENTS
75g melted butter, plus extra for greasing
100g caster sugar
100g self raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1 egg, beaten
1/2 almond extract
60g Bramley Apple’s, peeled and sliced thinly
15g flaked almondsfraiche

METHOD
1. You’ll need six 7cm cooking rings, preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Grease the inside of the rings with butter and dust with flour then arrange onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.

2. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl, add the sugar, flour, egg and almond extract and mix together until combined.

3. Spoon a little of the mixture between each ring, place the Apple slices over the mixture then cover evenly with the remaining mixture. Level the top with the back of a teaspoon.

4. Scatter each cake with flaked almonds and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden brown.

5. Once baked set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing the rings. Serve warm with a dollop of creme fraiche.

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I didn't have cooking rings so improvised and just used a cupcake baking tray.

Definitely a nice teatime treat.

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Meditation»»»

It’s a good idea to practice meditation everyday even if it’s only for 1 minute because your body, spirit and mind will be truly rewarded.

                      
                          1.
Sit up straight and gently close your eyes.

                          2.
Focus your full attention on the feeling of your breath as it leaves and enters the lungs.

                          3.
If ever your mind wonders bring it back to the movement of your breath.

Health Benefits
– fights depression
– reduces anxiety
– lowers high blood pressure
– lessens chronic pain

A lovely exercise for everyone to try, regardless of how spiritual you are. Take some time today and just relax.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Swirls

These cupcakes are super simple to make and take minutes to bake. I haven’t had a lot of time to bake recently as I’ve been so busy with work, starting uni and other stuff. I also didn’t really have much cake decorating produce so I put swirly patterns over the top.

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They are just standard chocolate cupcakes so I didn’t bother with a recipe, they are a great teatime treat enjoyed with a hot drink.

How to Become a Love Magnet

Even though initially most people are attracted to someone from their appearance there’s nothing sexier than someone who is completely content with them self and always striving to be better.

Know yourself.

Love yourself.

Value yourself.

Care for yourself.

Improve yourself.

Be true to yourself.

Listen to yourself.

Once you have mastered these steps there should be nothing stopping you from attracting the right person into your life. All you have to do is believe and you will become a love magnet but not only for relationships but great friendships too 🙂

“It’s always so easy for me to be inspired by things and write stuff like this but the main message I always want to portray is positivity, happiness and good health because I believe that being motivated in life makes you better”

                   Love AB xx

Inspirational Reminders to Always Stay Motivated

If ever you feel like giving up on anything in life just read over these points to help you stay motivated. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed that we just want to take a break from everything (which is good sometimes) but in most cases we should keep going till will reach our goals.

1. Remind yourself why you started

2. Choose progress over perfection

3. Think where you’ll be 6 months from now if you keep at it.

4. Focus on change instead of results

5. You might not be there yet but your much closer than you were yesterday.

I’ve had a lovely week, hope you guys did too 🙂
                           Ab xx

It’s all about the Kale

Kale is fast becoming one of those super foods which are also very popular by celebrities so I’ve got some mini recipes you could try.

~ Steam it for breakfast with a fried egg, mushrooms and a sprinkle of black pepper.

~ Blend with pine nuts, parmesan cheese and garlic to make a quick pesto.

~ Saute with a curry paste and ginger, adding prawns for part of a meal.

~ Try wilted kale in a casserole with salami.

Benefits of kale:

1. It’s an excellent source of Vitamin C

2. It’s the most nutrient dense food in the world

3. Lastly kale is high in lutein and zeaxanthin which are powerful nutrients that protect the eyes

Easy Peasy Chocolate Brownies

Hey everyone hope your week is going great so far, I’ve got a nice new recipe for you to try. Brownies are fast becoming my favourite thing to bake, they can be soft, moist, light, sweet either way they always taste delicious.

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INGREDIENTS
150g plain broken chocolate
125g butter
150g muscovado sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 beaten eggs
125g sifted self raising flour
Pinch of salt

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3 and line a baking tin with parchment paper.

2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl above a pan of simmering water (bain marie style). Add 2 tbsp of water and stir once.

3. Take the bowl off the heat and leave to cool slightly, then stir in the sugar, vanilla and eggs. Gently fold in the flour and salt.

4. Pour the mixture into the baking tin, bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until risen and just firm.

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I've got a habit of always poking a hole in the middle 🙂

They should still be slightly gooey in the middle, leave to cool down in the tin and dust with icing sugar then cut into squares ready to be eaten.

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