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Day 294
Settings – ISO 1600, 35mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Today I bring to you another episode of Matthew Bakes. My sweet tooth is intense these days and if I bake then I eat it all, so I’ve been restraining myself the past couple weeks. It’s not often Matthew gets a sweet tooth, but today it struck him, and he asked if we could bake *yay!* We were slightly restricted by the ingredients we had in, but a good sponge cake doesn’t require anything fancy so we made a simple coffee cake. I sat and read the instructions and Matthew did all the work. It was wonderful!

The funny thing is we didn’t actually eat any of it until about 8pm, 5/6 hours after his sweet tooth struck…I don’t think he even ate anything sweet while we baked. I on the other hand sampled plenty of the butter icing…

Day 261|365

Day 261
Settings – ISO 160, 70mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Today’s craving came in the form of Microwave Salted Caramel Fudge…I saw the recipe, I can’t even remember where, and couldn’t get it out of my head, so I popped to Tesco for the ingredients. Perhaps it was that it only takes 8 minutes in the microwave that attracted me to it so much!

I’ve only ever made tablet and the process for making that is long and precise (and can result in fudge if not done correctly), so the idea of fudgey goodness in 10 minutes was highly appealing to my sweet tooth! I’m sometimes a bit hesitant when salt is a main flavour in a sweet recipe, but I knew Matthew and his Dad would enjoy it, being more inclined to savoury foods than sweet, and I don’t always enjoy things cooked in a microwave! However, I am pleased to say it was a great success and it’s absolutely delicious!

I’ve lost track of how many pieces I’ve had…I better stop if this baby is to have any chance of having less fillings than me when it grows up!

Day 236|365

Day 236
Settings – ISO 400, 35mm, f2.8, 1/80sec

I thought yesterday was my last baking session before we move out of our lovely first home, but today I ended up making cookies. One final messy bake! One minute I was laying on the sofa, not feeling overly spiffing, and the next my mind was overrun with thoughts of cookies (and we still had ingredients left for them too!) so I hopped up (HA! More like slowly rolled off the sofa…) and headed for the kitchen.

Always remember to chill your cookie dough before you bake it! Usually I pop it in the fridge overnight, but today I just left it in for a couple hours.

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Day 235
Settings – ISO 200, 50mm, f2.8, 1/125sec

I had a craving for coffee cake after seeing a photo of one on Instagram, and we have plenty baking ingredients to use up before we go on Saturday, so I made Mary Berry’s Cappuccino Cake, with chocolate icing instead of coffee for more of a mocha taste. Could definitely have done with more butter icing…but that’s just cause I loooooove butter icing!

What’s amazing is that I only ate two slices of it; I gave a few slices to our neighbours and then Matthew took half to work for his final day. You should be impressed at my sharing skills.

Day 210|365

Day 210
Settings – ISO 1250, 50mm, f2.0, 1/200sec

Happy 8th Birthday, Finlay! Please stop growing up. But if you must continue to grow, please don’t ever stop accepting my hugs.

We were all quite tired after all the partying at Sarah and Ollie’s Engagement party last night so we had a chilled party at Mum’s for Fin’s birthday. Sarah made us a delicious lasagne and baked the birthday cake. Fin had just been outside playing football in the rain with his Dad, hence the crazy hair. Darcy was quite mesmerised by the candle…thankfully she didn’t try to lick the cake! Jasper was no doubt hiding behind a chair because my brother Ali was there and he’s still terrified of him…one year on.

Day 208|365

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Settings – ISO 1250, 24mm, f2.8, 1/250sec

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, indeed! Who doesn’t love licking the spoon when you’re making brownies?! Mmm mmmm mm! We made brownies for 60 people this afternoon in preparation for our beautiful cousin’s engagement party tomorrow. We may have cut off some of the edges and kept them for ourselves…quality over quantity!

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Settings – ISO 400, 50mm, f2.0, 1/160sec

When you’ve got four very black bananas in your fruit bowl, you make banana loaf! Mmm mm. When you’re trying to get rid of the stragglers from the Christmas Celebration box, you add chunks of galaxy chocolate in there too. Yuuuum! Matthew took one in to work, as there was no way we’d eat them both, and I’m very pleased to hear it was very well received. Should’ve taken the other one too, as we haven’t even finished it!

This is the recipe I use –

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2249656/brilliant-banana-loaf

I never bother with the icing or dried bananas on top…maybe next time!

Day 82|365

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Settings – ISO 320, 50mm, f1.2, 1/250sec

Yet another hectic day (there’s been a theme this week)! I had a wonderful breakfast catch up with my friend Cassia who’s finally back in the country after 5 months in the States, then ran some more errands, then headed home to quickly throw together some chocolate crispy easter nests for our Teens event in the evening. My wonderful Mother and Aunt Anne came to pick up Jasper to look after him while Matthew and I are in Edinburgh for the day, then when Matthew got home from work we headed off to Church to set up the Easter Hunt for our Teens (and eat Dominoes) with John! We hid 60 tiny chicks all over our Church and set the Teens the task of hunting down 10 of their colour…I thought it would take them 10/15 minutes, but it took over an hour! Turns out we’re pretty good at hiding things, and Teens aren’t very observant…heh heh heh.

Day 74|365

Day 74
Settings – ISO 250, 50mm, f1.2, 1/125sec

I made sticky toffee pudding for the first time today, to send off to the Free Church Youth Conference. Super easy to make! Kind of tempted to do it more often now…but I’m not overly obsessed with sticky toffee pudding. That’s usually because it can be too dry, and I need an equal amount of ice cream to get through it, but homemade baking is always better so perhaps I’ll add it to my repertoire.

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Day 68
Settings – ISO 1000, 50mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Friday night was Bon Accord Teens Bake Off Round Two! A few months back we split them in to two teams and set them the task of creating the perfect Mary Berry Victoria Sponge…it went surprisingly well, apart from one team forgetting to add butter to their mix. This time they were split in to three teams and challenged to make a swiss roll, and what a hilarious time it was! They all did a really good job. Sadly team one were at a disadvantage as we were using our Church kitchen and the oven took longer to heat up than anticipated, so their swiss roll was definitely the flattest of the bunch…sorry guys! Apart from that it was all a great success! And what’s better, we got them to do all the tidying up afterwards too! Woohoo!