Chocolate & Peppermint Traybake

Chocolate & Peppermint Traybake

chocolate and peppermint traybake

I love the fact that now we are at the end of November, I can start making and posting Christmas related recipes. Last week I made a chocolate traybake cake and seeing as I had some peppermint candy canes left in my cupboard, from making a peppermint cake a few weeks ago, I decided to add them to the topping for a Christmassy flavour. Not only do the candy canes taste nice mixed with chocolate on a cake, but it looks pretty too with the pink, red and white minty shards scattered across the top of a chocolate covered and flavoured cake – yum!

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After Eights & Peppermint Double Chocolate Cake

After Eights & Peppermint Double Chocolate Cake

after eights & peppermint double chocolate cake

With the Great British Bake Off and my bloggers bake along now finished for another year, *sobs* , you would think it would be a chance to wind down and relax and maybe even take a little cake making break? Ha! As if! I am still baking as much as I was during the series,  just with less direction as I have no baking themes to follow now!

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Strawberry & Peppermint Smoothie

Strawberry & Peppermint Smoothie

I do love smoothies and I remember several years ago I had my own smoothie maker, and I used to make one each day for breakfast or to take into work to drink at my desk, if I had to be in early that day. Burton and Jenson also like drinking smoothies and I do try to include it for breakfast most days during the school week. I use to make my own, but my trusted smoothie maker stopped working about 18 months ago, so since then the boys drink ready made smoothies which I buy in the supermarket (usually when they are on special!).

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