Iced Lemon Polenta Mini Cakes

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A very delicious gluten and wheat free recipe full of gorgeous lemon flavor and topped with a fabulous lemon icing. These Iced Lemon Polenta Cakes look so dainty and lovely. Topped with an edible viola each, you will have a perfect Afternoon Tea treat for you and your guests.

They do have a more crunchy texture due to the polenta and some people find this different but it’s a good different šŸ™‚

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Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes

When I read this recipe from Baking Heaven, I was really happy to see that you don’t need yeast to make them so you still get all that lovely Hot Cross Buns flavour but aĀ much lighter resultĀ and if you have issues with yeast like I do, then you don’t miss out either šŸ™‚

I used baking cups but you can also use cupcake cases and you will need a piping bag and plain nozzle to get the cross effect on the finished cupcake. If you don’t have them, use a sandwich bag and cut a small piece off the end.

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Gluten Free Fruit Scones

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I’ve tried a couple of gluten free scone recipes and although they have turned out okay, okay is not what you want when you eat a scone. You wantĀ the “Mmmm” effect, the light and delicate taste that all scones have and this recipe delivers! I’ve made them a traditional fruit scone but of course you can leave out the mixed fruit and have a plainĀ scone or add herbs for a savoury one.

Adding almond flour gives these scones a lovely texture and flavour and just that something extra šŸ™‚

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Iced Lemon Fairy Cakes

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I found this recipe inĀ a magazine and as our house is full of lemon fans, I knewĀ they would go down a big hit! These are fairy cakes, not muffins so remember to use the smaller paper cases.

They are very cute and very deliciousĀ and would look just as good at a childrenā€™s party as they would for an elegant afternoon tea. You can make the cakes ahead of time and store in an airtight container until you are ready to ice them.

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Best Scone Recipe

I’ve tried a few scone recipes and found this one and this methodĀ to be the most successful for meĀ every time. Great big high scones are a pleasure to eat and this recipe is so easy to adapt so you can make different types of scones to suit your occasion.

Scones are really best eaten on the day they are made unless you freeze them and then you can pop them in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes to have lovely, fluffy perfect scones again. I’ve made the ones in the pictures here a Lemon flavoured scone with a Lemon Glaze but will give alternative flavour options for you to choose.

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Hidden Heart Cake – Standard and Gluten Free Options

Soooo I’ve been looking at this cake for over a year now and really wanted to make it. The problem I had is the person I wanted to make it for is coeliac so I had to find a recipe that was gluten free and would work in holding up the style of cake. After a couple of attempts, I found a good one and it worked! I was so pleased with how it turned out that I sort of glowed happily for a while šŸ˜‰

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Low Fat Banana & Blueberry Muffins

A great recipe for a low in fat muffin that tastes great with the bursts of fresh blueberries in each bite and the sweetness of very ripe bananas.

You can use regular self raising flour but for a higher fibre, more healthy option, you can completely replace with self raising wholemeal flour (or wholemeal spelt as I did) or go half and half. I replaced the muscovado sugar with a sugar substitute and instead of buttermilk, I used 0% fat free yoghurt.

The original recipe called for olive oil but living in Ireland we have fantastic Rapeseed oil grown here and readily availableĀ and it’s a healthier option.

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