Carrot and Gogi Berry Loaf Cake

I’ve been wanting to make a carrot cake for a little while now and I wanted to give it a bit of a twist, something to make it stand out from the crowd. Well I have done just that! Adding Gogi Berries to it has given it a lift and a flash of colour, I love it!

I’ve used Gogi berries before and was looking for other recipes I could adapt so that I could make even more use of this yummy fruit.

Carrot and Gogi Berry Loaf Cake
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Carrot and Gogi Berry Loaf Cake.
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Carrot and Gogi Berry Loaf Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Add a twist of something special to this lovely Carrot cake with these super cool Gogi Berries

Course: Dessert
Servings: 10
Ingredients
  • 50 g Dark brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 125 ml Rapeseed Oil
  • 3 large Carrots
  • 50 g Gogi Berries
  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • half teaspoon Baking Powder
  • half teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice
  • 30 ml Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Grate the carrots (these will be part of your wet ingredients)

  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together apart from the Gogi Berries in one bowl then set aside.

  3. In a food mixer put all of the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

  4. Combine together and add the Gogi Berries.

  5. Pour into a medium loaf tin

  6. Bake for 35 mins on 170oc

This is great to use up some of those extra ingredients you might have around the store cupboard. Another easy recipe which big results is my Cheese Scones which are super quick. If you fancy a sweet treat try my Ultimate Chocolate Brownies!

Quick tip!

If you want to rehydrate dried Gogi berries then pop them in a bowl or cup, pour over boiling water and leave for 10 minutes. Drain well and then they are plump and juicy, ready to use.

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Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Who fancies a brownie? If you are nodding away because you love them or if you are searching for that perfect ultimate chocolate brownie recipe then well done, you’ve just found it!

This Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe produces brownies which are firm on the top and soft and almost chewy in the centre. Perfection itself!

They are also on the easy scale of baking so they can be whipped up very easily.

I use any excuse to get out my food mixer but these can very easily be made with a good old-fashioned wooden spoon.

When you have combined all the ingredients using the recipe below you spoon it into a baking tin up to around an inch high.

Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe
This is the brownie mix when it has just gone into the oven.

 

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Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe
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Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The most amazing firm on the outside and moist in the middle chocolate brownies

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 200 g Dark Chocolate
  • 100 g Soft Butter
  • 250 g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 60 g Plain Flour
  • 60 g Cocoa Powder
Instructions
  1. Break Chocolate into chunks.

  2. Put into a heatproof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. When melted then leave to cool until needed.

  3. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat together.

    Ultimate chocolate brownie recipe
  4. Add the eggs and beat in.

    Ultimate chocolate brownie recipe
  5. Add the vanilla essence.

  6. Spoon in the melted chocolate .

  7. Sift in the flour and the cocoa powder and gently stir in. When it is fully combined spoon it into a 15cm baking tin.

  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes

    Ultimate chocolate brownie recipe
Recipe Notes

These are lovely and rich so a jenga stick sized portion is plenty.

When it comes out of the oven you are faced with this wonderful slab of chocolate brownie. You then cut into pieces with a sharp knife and stack them up like jenga pieces for some fun.

 

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The Best Butternut Squash Recipe

I like to try all the different vegetables on offer and this week I had an organic box delivery which had a great Butternut Squash nestled inside.

I wanted to make the most of what I could do with it so I have devised the best butternut squash supper recipe I can imagine which is great for all the family.

Luckily my boys and OH love their food and will try all the different dishes that I come up with. My eldest son loves sweet potatoes and I think that the butternut squash looks very similar. They have had it before but not like this, being made the star of the show!

The Best Butternut Squash Recipe
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The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
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The Best Butternut Squash Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

The Best Butternut Squash Recipe. Great for all the family to enjoy.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper To personal taste
  • 200 g Quinoa
  • 50 g Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Slice the Butternut Squash into 4 or 6 slices depending on how large it is.

    Place on a baking tray with lining paper

    Sprinkle on the olive oil

    Add salt and pepper to taste


    The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
  2. Roast in the over for 40 minutes

  3. Cook the Quinoa for the required time depending on pre cooked or part cooked.

  4. Take the Butternut Squash out of the oven and immediately grate over the parmesan cheese. 

  5. Serve straight away with the cooked Quinoa.

    The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
Recipe Notes

Tastes great with shredded cabbage!

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I’d love to know that you think of this supper dish and if you are a fan of butternut squash.

the best butternut squash recipe

If you like easy, delicious recipes then I think you will love my Easy Focaccia Bread. Try these two together and wow your friends and family.

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Chocolate and Cherry Tiffin – Guest Post Recipe

Guest Posting for me today is Ruth, a 36 year old, mum of two from the West Midlands. Ruth’s a Lifestyle blogger, High school teacher and full time tea drinker.

Ruth blogs at www.craftwithcartwright.co.uk where she writes about recipes, reviews, parenting and crafts. Pop along when you’ve seen this yummy recipe and see her on her blog.

Chocolate and Cherry Tiffin Recipe.

Tiffin is a cold set hard pressed chocolate and biscuit combo. You’ll have to go far to find anything more deliciously chocolatey, sweet and crumbly. It is moreish beyond belief. In an attempt to make it slightly healthier I’ve added dried cherries, you could also try sultanas, cranberries or even figs. But be warned this is a calorific treat and should not be consumed in one sitting.

I also included in brackets how to make it gluten free, which is pretty simple with some ingredient substitutions.

You will need:

  • 225g digestive biscuits, (gluten free version) crushed
  • 100g dried cherries
  • 100g butter
  • 25g sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (check gluten free)
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 225g plain chocolate (check gluten free, I use green and Blacks)

 

  1. First crush the biscuits in a food processor or a sealed food bag with a rolling pin.
  2. Then tip the crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl and add the dried cherries.
  3. Melt the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and golden syrup over a low heat in a heavy based saucepan.
  4. Once melted, combine the butter mixture with the biscuits in the mixing bowl.
  5. Press the mixture into an 8” square tin and leave to cool.
  6. Once cool, melt the chocolate in a bowl sat over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave.
  7. Then spread it over the top of the biscuit mixture whilst still in the tin.
  8. When set, remove the tiffin from the tin and cut into squares using a sharp knife.

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Chocolate and Cherry Tiffin
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

You’ll have to go far to find anything more deliciously chocolatey, sweet and crumbly. It is moreish beyond belief. 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Ingredients
  • 225 g digestive biscuits gluten free version
  • 100 g dried cherries
  • 100 g butter
  • 25 g sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder check for gluten free
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 225 g plain chocolate check for gluten free
Instructions
  1. First crush the biscuits in a food processor or a sealed food bag with a rolling pin.

  2. Then tip the crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl and add the dried cherries.

  3. Melt the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and golden syrup over a low heat in a heavy based saucepan. 

  4. Once melted, combine the butter mixture with the biscuits in the mixing bowl.

  5. Press the mixture into an 8'' square tin and leave to cool.

  6. Once cool, melt the chocolate in a bowl sat over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave. 

  7. Then spread it over the top of the biscuit mixture whilst still in the tin.

  8. When set, remove the tiffin from the tin and cut into squares using a sharp knife.

 

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Easy Granola Recipe

This Easy Granola Recipe can be made with or without the seeds and berries depending on your preference.

What you will need is:

3 cups of Porridge Oats

1 Tablespoon of honey or fruit syrup

A sprinkle of:

Dried Goji berries

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Jumbo flame raisins

Here’s what you need to do using the photos and some very easy steps…

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Mix the honey or syrup into the oats in a large bowl so that they are covered.

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Line a baking tray with parchment. Spread the oats in a thin layer. Bake on a medium heat for 10 minutes stirring once after 5 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them as they can go from bronze to burnt very quickly.

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Mix in your choice of dried fruits and nuts and place back in the oven for 2 minutes. Take out of the oven and mix well.

Leave to cool before placing in an airtight container.

 

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Easy Granola Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 7
Author: www.myrealfairy.com
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Porridge Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Honey or Fruit Syrup
  • Sprinkle Dried Goji Berries
  • Sprinkle Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sprinkle Jumbo Flame Raisins
Instructions
  1. Mix the honey or syrup into the oats so that they are covered.

  2. Line a baking tray with parchment.

  3. Spread the oats in a thin layer. Bake on a medium heat for 10 minutes stirring once after 5 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them as they can go from bronze to burnt very quickly.

  4. Mix in your choice of dried fruits and nuts and place back in the oven for 2 minutes. 

  5.  Take out of the oven and mix well.

  6. Leave to cool before placing in an airtight container.

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Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

This Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe is not only super delicious but super easy to make. I find layering up bakes relaxing and what’s great is that you can get this ready in advance and then pop it in the oven when you are nearly ready to have your meal. It only takes 40 minutes in the oven.

What you will need is:

1 garlic clove

5 mushrooms

2 small or 1 large aubergine

1 ball of mozzarella cheese

8 pasta sheets

1 can tinned tomatoes or passata

A couple of sprigs of basil

Grated cheddar cheese

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Crush the garlic clove and mix with the tinned tomatoes. Spread this as the first layer across your oven dish. Then place the pasta sheets, trying to close all the gaps as good as possible.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Tear the mozarella into chunks and place over the pasta sheets.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Place a layer of roughly 1cm thick slices of aubergine on top of the mozarella.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Next put another layer of the pasta and cover with the remaining tinned tomatoes. Spread evenly over the pasta.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Place the sliced mushrooms ontop of the tomatoes and cover with the second half of the mozzarella then sprinkle over the grated cheese. Season well with salt and pepper.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Cook in the middle of a pre heated oven on a medium heat for 40 minutes.

My top tip for this recipe is to get your ingredients prepared so that you Easy Aubergine Bake Recipecan layer the dish together a bit easier. Crush the garlic, cut the mushrooms and aubergines and unwrap your mozzarella. Place all of these in individual bowls and then relax and enjoy building up this tasty bake.

 

 

I’d love to hear how yours turned out and if you have any variations you’d like to share.

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