14 Apr 2017

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.

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6 Apr 2017

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.

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31 Mar 2017

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. 

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12 Mar 2017

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.

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25 Feb 2017

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? 

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12 Feb 2017

Easy Pizza Waffles (the cheats way)

With just a few simple ingredients you can make the easiest pizza in minutes. Doughy and oozing with cheese, these pizza waffles are the perfect treat!

Easy Pizza Waffles (the cheats way) | Hungry Little Bear

Well January went by pretty quickly. I was struck down with food poisoning and the flu for nearly all of it and am only just starting to bake again. Mega. Sad. Face.

Not being able to whip up a batch of cookies or chocolate banana loaf has pretty much crushed me. But I don't think anyone really wants a side of my cold mixed in. Nah, didn't think so.

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20 Jan 2017

Chocolate Chunk Chickpea Blondies (GF)

Soft and squidgy, these chickpea blondies are sure to cure any sweet tooth cravings. Sprinkled with chocolate chunks, it's time you tried out this simple one bowl treat. 

Chocolate Chunk Chickpea Blondies - Gluten Free & Vegan - Hungry Little Bear

Happy New Year everyone! It feels like 2016 went by in a blink of an eye. Now the back to work blues have set in and I'm kind of missing shorter working weeks.

The struggle is real. 

This year, I made no resolutions. Instead, I'm just making goals as I go. The difference is that I want my goals to be more realistic, not resolutions that feel a million light years away and that I’ll probably forget by February.

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