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Spiced pumpkin loaf

Last year I bought a tin of 100% canned pumpkin from the supermarket, mainly because I was excited to see it as its not as common here as in America. I had no idea at all what to do with it so I googled some ideas as I saw pumpkin loaf. I liked the simplicity of it and decided to play around with the recipe a little and see how it came out.

Spiced pumpkin loaf

80g butter or margarine
Half tin of pumpkin puree
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup self raising flour
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon bicarb
One teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180c

In a bowl put the dry ingredients – flour, spices, bicarb and sugar in then give them a little mix together

Next add the butter or margarine and stir till combined.

Add the egg and pumpkin and stir till you have a nice smooth mixture.

Line a rectangular loaf tin and put your mix in.

Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes. You may need longer depending on how well your loaf tin cooks so have a look and see if a toothpick comes out clean.

Cupcake, Sweet

Winter cupcakes

After yesterdays disastrous baking attempt which was going to be my Christmas cake, I wanted to bake something – anything!  I wanted to feel that I can still bake so I decided on cupcakes, simple, easy and you can’t go wrong.

I wanted to make a nice winter warming cupcake so I chose the ingredients which make me feel warm and snuggly – rum favouring, cinnamon and nutmeg.
I use rum flavour as I don’t actually like the taste of rum the drink.  I’ve tried both dark and white rum and neither of them taste how the rum in rum truffles does. I was very disappointed when I realised.

Although these flavours also remind me of Christmas, they can’t be Christmas cupcakes yet because I haven’t put my tree up!
The countdown is on till it goes up though – 4 days to go.

As I write this I’m eating one of the cupcakes and I deem it to be a light, fluffy, baking success. Hurray!

Winter cupcakes

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes (uk use fairy cake wrappers for correct size)

4oz Sugar
4oz Margarine
5.5oz Self Raising Flour
2 large eggs
75oz Dried Mixed Fruit
1tsp Cinnamon
1/2tsp Nutmeg
1tsp rum flavour

Pre-heat the oven to 160c Gas Mark 4

In a bowl cream together the margarine and sugar till light and fluffy then add the rum flavour.
Mix together the flour with the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of flour into the creamed mix and stir till just combined.
Do the same with the 2nd egg with 1 tablespoon of flour then add the leftover flour and stir till smooth.
Mix in the fruit.
Separate the mix into 12 pretty cases and bake in the oven for at least 20 mins.

When they have cooled then decorate however you like. I used fondant icing, blue glitter and some snowflake sugar shapes.