Pumpkin Chai Spice Loaf

Chai Loaf

I’ve got a massive confession to make. I have really messed up. Seriously it’s not even funny.

I forgot to renew my domain name. Yup, www.eggscreamandhoney.com (don’t even click that it will make you cry) was up for renewal last month and with one thing and another *cough, cough* I forgot to hit the yes button to my renewal notification.

What’s worse? This is the part that makes it a big boo-boo. Somebody, or should I say some company, bought it from right under my nose. Well it wasn’t under my nose literally as I was away on holiday and not thinking about my blog at all. Still it was plan mean. Nasty. Deliberate. Can I say worse? Not sure, this blog is a peaceful, happy place where people get together to chat over tea and cake. But really. It’s just not on.

To get my domain name back I have to offer them money. Possibly thousands.

I won’t do it!!! *lots of stomping of feet*

Why should I??? *pounding of fists*

Who do they think they are?!?! *much pouting of lips*

Instead I changed my domain name. Simple. I am now called www.eggscreamhoney.com.

Did you see that? The little change. No more AND. Goodbye. It’s been real but we have to move on. That’s life. It’s not fair. I tell it to my children over and over. They hate it. I hate it. But it’s true.

AND now that it’s gone I might just have a little tinker here and there. Do some things I’ve always wanted to do like use hipstamatic instead of proper photos. Post things that don’t include recipes. Can’t say for definite, it’s all a mish-mash in my head at the moment.

One thing is for sure this is my last SRC post. Let’s face it schedules and rules, well, they aren’t my thing. I’ve hung on for a while there but the itchy scratchy feeling is getting stronger and stronger. So I am bound to completely mess it up sooner or later. That’s me out but thanks for the ride! Good luck to everyone else.

So please come and join me on this new adventure. And while you are at it could you spread the word? Oh and don’t forget the change of address.

Ta very much x

Chai loaf

Pumpkin Chai Spice Loaf

This recipe was very much inspired by the blog The Jey of Cooking. Jey made a Chai Tea Bread and I made it exactly as her recipe specifies first time around. I then played with it a bit (see below). I can promise you both were yummy and the spicy aroma was pure heaven. Perfect with everything and anything. Just like good cake should be.

Ingredients
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup light oil (I used rice bran)
3/4 cup Sucanat
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 cup brewed black tea (cooled)
1/3 cup almond milk
1 cup plain flour
1 cup wholemean flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350f. Grease the bottom of a loaf tin.

In a large bowl ombine the following ingredients: pumkin, oil, sugar, vanilla, eggs, tea, milk until well mixed together.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the dry ingredients including all the spices.

Add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir until just combined.

Pour into the prepared loaf tin. Bake for 50 minutes. Cool for 10 and then empty on to wire rack. Eat warm plain or with butter if you dare!

Oat Bran & Raisin Muffins

A few of my favourite things….

1.
Ben Affleck
2.
Sarasota

Let freezing cold temps be a thing of the past and my days be filled with sun, sand and sea.

3.
Crazy stupid love

Saw this movie today. You know sometimes they say “laugh out loud funny” while it applies here. Cheesy hollywood ending aside, a very watchable movie. Not something you can say very often these days.

4.
Clean

Manage to stick to this detox diet for a whooping 21 days. Quite an accomplishment for me. Suddenly I felt light again and less reliant on caffiene and sugar to lift my moods. It’s brought about a lot of change on how I see food and it’s influence over me.

5.

Polka dot fabrics

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for polka dots and no one does them better than my friend Sarah Hardaker. Dressed up as bags and cushions, they make the perfect gift or indulgence for yourself.

6.

Schools Out

It’s February half-term. No early mornings, no schedule, no school uniforms to wash or pack lunches to make. No grumpy kids! What’s not to love?

7.

Mad Men

Season 5 is back next month. About bloody time.

Oat Bran & Raisin Muffins

This blog post was inspired by the very lovely A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Jo-Anna produces a regular post called “What I love Today” as well as blogging about recipes and crafts. When I first checked out her home page I stumbled across these but for some reason decided to make these:

Oat Bran Muffins

Although served warm these muffins were not dry and heavy like a lot of bran/whole-wheat baking goods. They were soft and crumbly with just a little bit of crunch from the pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top. Coupled with a fruit smoothie they make a great start to your day or with a cup of tea the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients
1.5 cups bran (I used oat bran)
1.5 cups buttermilk
.5 cup oil (I used rapeseed)
2 eggs
.5 cup of white sugar*
.5 cup of brown sugar*
.5 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
.5 cup of raisins
1.5 cups of plain or wholewheat flour (I used wholewheat)
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds

* I wanted to slightly reduce the calorie intake on these so I used a quarter cup of splenda instead of white sugar. Also I have been using coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar. Apparently it has a lower GI level (although this is being hotly debated on the Internet!).

Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tin with 12 cases.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the buttermilk and bran and let it sit for 10 mins.

In a separate bowl beat together the eggs, oil and sugars. Then add the vanilla, baking soda, salt and raisins.

Add the bran mixture and combine.

In another bowl combine flour and baking powder. Add this to the muffin mixture and gently combine just until mixed.

Pour the mixture in the muffin cases. Sprinkle 4-5 pumpkin seeds on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool once done.

Bran muffins

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