This Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Cake is very easy to make and your slow cooker/crock pot does all the hard work for you, therefore, giving you time to get on with other important non-cake stuff!
In all the years that I have owned and been using slow cooker, I have never made a sweet recipe with it. This seems hard to believe, however, it is true! I guess being a baker, I am happy to make my cakes in an oven, and have not felt the need to cook them slowly. Therefore, I have only cooked savoury dishes in my slow cooker. Until now!
I love baking and creating cakes for friends, my family and for my boys on their birthdays. I am by no means a cake making expert, and often my cakes are a little wonky and are full of little imperfections, but they taste good and, as corny as it sounds, they are made with love and my enjoyment of baking.
This Roast Turkey with Paprika and Chorizo would make a great alternative to more traditional roast turkey flavours used on Christmas Day.
With Christmas Day looming, I am sure many of you have already bought or ordered your turkeys now ready for serving on the big day. I like to ensure that my turkey is packed full of flavour because, after all, it is the star of the meal and something we only tend to roast once a year.
How to make the perfect Christmas dinner with Crisp ‘n Dry (a collaboration)
Making Christmas Dinner can be very daunting. I remember very clearly the first time I made one and I was scared. Having always had my Mum’s delicious Christmas dinners on Christmas Day, which quite honestly is the best one, I probably put too much pressure on myself. I was worried that I would not cook the turkey properly and I was concerned that I would not get everything ready at the same time. I attempted my first Christmas dinner in my first (bought) house which I shared with an ex boyfriend so we are talking about 15 years ago probably. I think I did it twice over two consecutive years and then I did not cook another one until I was pregnant with Burton in 2008. That Christmas dinner was a vast improvement on my earlier attempts and I did not feel quite so nervous about it. I think watching lots of Nigella and Jamie Oliver Christmas cooking shows, and owning some festive cookbooks in the years in-between helped me, and gave me some confidence to really push the boat out and enjoy cooking Christmas dinner instead of dreading it!
Autumn Crafts & Recipes for all the family – ideas to inspire you.
I love autumn and as I have stated many, many times on my blog it is my favourite season. I love the colours associated with it all around me in the trees and landscapes, the conkers and acorns that fall from the trees, along with the multi coloured leaves. I love the sound of sticks and leaves crunching under my feet, and the rays of golden sun that shine through on a lovely warm autumn day.