The Best of April

It feels great to be back in the swing of baking and blogging on a weekly basis. I’m trying to blog twice a week now, starting with a bake at the beginning of the week to get over the Monday blues, and ending the week with a bake for the weekend! With this new ambition to blog regularly, April has been a busy month, showcasing a range of easy, yet delicious bakes for you to try at home.

The month started with this Quick Quiche, which I think will become a favourite over the summer months. They are so quick and easy, and you can also prep the casing in advance, which makes it even easier the following day. It’s not a neat recipe, it’s a “throw it all together” type dish, but tastes great! There are so many other flavourings to experiment with, no dish will ever have to be the same!

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The month also began with some serious Holiday Blue’s, so I reverted back to memories of our time in Australia and the delicious Banana Bread we came across in many cafes, and enjoyed plenty of slices over freshly brewed coffee. Not only is Banana Bread incredibly scrummy, fluffy, moist, and infused with sweet banana flavour, it’s a perfect mid morning snack to fill that little gap of hunger and incredibly easy to make.

With Easter over, but still craving that chocolate goodness, next came these scrumptious Raspberry and White Chocolate Chunk Brownies.  This recipe really is so simple to make, and the brownies themselves are delicious. The added raspberries are a really nice touch, and add a different texture to the brownies. I just love the taste of the sweetness of the chocolate against the almost sour taste of the raspberries. And when you get a big chunk of white chocolate, what a treat! As chocolate brownies go, these now have to be one of my favourites!

Another “Throwback Thursday” post brought us these scrummy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cookies which are just perfect any time of the year. I just love them, and could eat them all day, every day! The best part about cookies, is that the dough is always the same, but you can add so many different ingredients to come up with a number of different flavours.

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To end the month, and with the feeling of spring, I finally had a chance to make my own homemade Caramel and Pecan Ice Cream. Making ice cream like this can take time, but is totally worth it! Don’t be put off by the waiting game. This ice cream is incredibly smooth and creamy, and I have to say it’s probably one of the nicest ice creams I have had in a long time. The flavour of the caramel is strong throughout, and the added pecans give a new dimension to flavour and texture. I’m excited to try other ice creams over the summer, I’m thinking may be Mint Chocolate Chip next!

Not only that, but I enjoyed my very first slice of Funfetti Cake! All I have to say is “wow” – I’m going to have to find out how to make this sweet delight from home, as the sugar shakes have already kicked in and I am in need of another slice! My American followers, if you have a recipe please let me know! Luke told me the craving would come …

How was your April?

Are you looking forward to the change in weather and the hope for Spring? What plans do you have for May?

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