chocolate, Sweet Bread

Nutella Bagels

Happy World Nutella Day! No real reason for this day other than an American blogger called Sara Rosso in 2007 who loved Nutella so much she thought it deserved a holiday and we do too! For this day, I wanted to make something a little different that was maybe more challenging than just Nutella brownies or cupcakes. It was then when I went downstairs to make breakfast when I realised I had no bagels left to eat that the idea came to mind.

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Cakes, GBBO

Lemon and Elderflower Traybake

It’s the second week of The Great British Bake Off! Who is loving it so far? My favourites at the moment are Manon (no not just because she looks like me haha) as well as Kim-Joy, Jon and it’s a choice between Rahul or Briony! Either way, they are all great personalities this year and I’m enjoying watching them all so much!

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The signature challenge this week was tray-bakes so I decided to make my own creation and as the sun is still out and the UK is looking like it’s going to get an Indian summer, I thought I’d stick with the summer flavours and play around with lemon and elderflower!

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Savoury

Gigantes Plaki – Giant Greek Beans (Vegan)

Gigantes plaki is a classic Greek dish, consisting of ‘giant’ white beans cooked in a tomato sauce with lots of fresh herbs. This recipe packs a punch on the flavour side and whilst traditionally can take a long time to make, my speedy recipe will have you eating these as a quick, easy weekday meal!

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Fruit, Sugar

Passion Fruit Macarons

If you follow me on social media you will know that I posted these at the beginning of Spring, around Easter time. There’s something about the sun coming out for the first few days since winter that makes me want to make something light and special!

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These macarons are one of the easiest recipes out there, which for macarons is usually difficult to find! Filled with a tangy passionfruit curd, these are perfect for spring/summer BBQ’s or a gift for a loved one and is the perfect base recipe for you to add different flavourings and colours so get creative!

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Doughnuts, Sweet Bread

Raspberry Jam filled Doughnuts

The best doughnuts in the world and no I’m not kidding! If you have ever felt like you can’t make doughnuts, follow this recipe and you will succeed. The most important thing you need is time!

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cupcakes

Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Cupcakes

Happy St. Patricks Day! A day I personally do not celebrate, but always seem to end up in a pub (that’s normal, right?). This year though I opted for a less alcoholic way to celebrate by creating some St. Paddy’s Day chocolate cupcakes!

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40 Day Meat Free Challenge, Updates

40 Days Meat Free Challenge – First 7 Days

For anyone who doesn’t follow my social media, I have decided to give up meat for Lent. I wouldn’t call myself a huge meat lover, but most of my midweek meals always include chicken and I rarely think of ordering a vegetarian (or fish) meal when I go out to a restaurant.

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Every week, I will be posting about how I’m getting on and what kind of new meals I’m eating. The best way to stay up to date is through my instagram: merakibaking. Follow along if you like and let me know if you have any recipes or inspiration on things I could try! This post is about the first 7 days being meat free.

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