Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Bun Loaf

Sweet and zesty, this chocolate and orange hot cross bun loaf is a tasty spin a classic Easter treat.

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Bun Loaf | Hungry Little Bear

Happy Good Friday! Hope you're all enjoying a bank holiday in the sun and making the most of lazy mornings. I know I am!

Let’s start this by saying that I’ve never had a successful bread/dough bake. Ever. They’ve all been fails and it’s been something I’ve wanted to work on this year.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oat Bars with Raw Date Caramel

Soft chocolate chip, gluten free oat base, with a thick layer of raw date caramel spread on top and drizzled with melted chocolate to finish.

Raw Date Caramel Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oat Bars | Hungry Little Bear

Gluten free baking is always a challenge. But I think I’ve cracked it. The magic ingredient? Oats. For me, gluten free flour always has a gritty texture to it and oats seem to be that something special that disguises that grittiness.

The result is a soft vanilla oat base with chocolate chips mixed through. The oats make these bars more filling and the raw date caramel is the little sweet touch on top they need.

Oh and the smell of these little bars baking away in the oven is just delicious.

Hot Cross Bun Shortbread Cookies

Packed with dried fruit, these buttery, spicy shortbread cookies are a twist on the classic hot cross bun. 

Hot Cross Bun Shortbread Cookies | Hungry Little Bear

It's finally starting to feel a bit more like Spring. I mean, there are still days when I wake up and see grey, foggy mornings, but the light evenings are just bloomin' marvellous, there are mini eggs everywhere and hot cross buns in every flavour you could want. 

Marks and Spencer's Chocolate and Orange, I'm looking at you. 

DIY Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile

DIY Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile Tutorial | Hungry Little Bear

At the end of last year, I was busy making a few Christmas presents, one a supersize scrapbook of my nephew and the other, a baby mobile for my other sister who has just had her first child. He was born in January and after seeing my DIY Dinosaur baby mobile, they had requested one of their own for their little man.

After making one baby mobile, it’s fair to say I’m still a novice with sewing and I’m still learning. On this DIY project, I learnt that you should always, always buy more thread than you think you might need. I seriously underestimated the amount of embroidery thread needed for this hot air balloon design, and that 12 meters wasn’t nearly enough. Whereas for the dinosaur one, I completed it in less than that.

I kept the design as simple as possible, scouring Pinterest for ideas and tips, and I reckon anyone could tackle this. It’s simple, cute and will be a feature in any nursery.

Gooey Chocolate Lava Cakes

Decadent and gooey, these Chocolate Lava Cakes are oozing with a soft chocolate centre and are the perfect sweet dessert for that special occasion. 

Chocolate Lava Cakes | Hungry Little Bear

I don't think I've ever made chocolate lava cakes before. Sure, I've eaten a fair few (plenty at Christmas!) and know what they're all about but never once have I taken on the challenge of making them before. 

When Sally began her Monthly Baking Challenge, these chocolate lave cakes for first on the list and I'm surprised just how easy they were to make! Just a few simple ingredient that you probably already have in your cupboards and you can whip up this sweet dessert.

Boom. You sold yet?