I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve never been a lover of strawberries. In fact, I struggle to love most fruit, tomatoes being the very large exception. I know, I’m weird that way. Vegetables? I could eat ten servings a day and never ever get bored. Salads? Oh yes. Roasted vegetables? Give me more. The vegetable plate at Cracker Barrel? One of the highlights of my childhood.
What I’m actually trying to say is, fruit must be perfect for me to really enjoy it. It’s got to be as local as possible, in season and perfectly ripe. I eat it because I know it’s good for me. I obviously have no problem baking it into a dessert, but I admit my expectations are high and I’m easily disappointed.
Luckily, it’s strawberry season and I’m pleased to say I’ve not been let down yet. The arrival of these ruby beauties marks the beginning of the British summer. My mind is immediately drawn to strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, pavlova, Wimbeldon and Royal Ascot. They’re only in season until August, so I’ve got to make the most of it.
I’ve packed nearly a pound of perfectly ripe strawberries into these 12 fresh strawberry cupcakes, so it’s safe to say they are thoroughly infused! A perfect treat to celebrate summer and easily transported to barbecues and picnics. Anyone need a 4th of July dessert?
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I had such good intentions of posting this gem of a recipe before we left for an extended trip to the states, um, a month ago. I know, it’s embarrassing. We had an amazing trip visiting family in Tennessee and California, but it was one of those trips where you get home and feel like you need one more week of vacation to recover. Seven flights with a toddler will do that to you, trust me. Life can be so cheeky, sometimes it just grips you and takes you down a different road for a little bit. Thankfully I managed to find the road back to my blog and I’m so happy to FINALLY share this recipe!
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Gingerbread. Why do we only make this at Christmas? It’s the perfect winter cake to console post-holiday blues. The twinkly lights and decorations have gone into hibernation, the sun still sets way too early for my liking, but I will not be defeated by January gloominess. It seems entirely appropriate to share a recipe full of warmth and comfort. And this is by far the best gingerbread I have ever tasted.
It’s dark, spicy, soft and squidgy with a lovely snowfall of icing sugar on top. The perfect anecdote to help you through the dark, cold nights that follow the holiday season. And wow, does it make the house smell good! The gingery aroma emanating from the oven pulls me out of my post-Christmas slumber and gives me a boost of motivation that is desperately needed this time of year. And even better, the recipe couldn’t be easier. One bowl, mix, bake and eat.
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