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Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins


Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins
These jam doughnut muffins are made with sweet strawberry jam and are perfect for charity bake sales and children's birthday parties. The kids love playing the 'who can eat the whole doughnut muffin without licking their lips' game, which my husband is also partial to joining in with too.

The jam doughnut muffins are made with natural yogurt which gives them a lovely lightness but all of the other ingredients are standard pantry staples so the muffins are really easy and quick to make. You can use whatever jam you like but lemon curd is also really nice!

I love the muffins that have jam oozing out of the top...but be careful not to burn your mouth. You've got to let them cool before eating!

Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE JAM DOUGHNUT MUFFINS

  • Try raspberry or blackcurrant jam for a change, or even lemon curd.
  • If you don't have natural yogurt you can substitute with creme fraiche.
  • The recipe can be easily doubled if you are catering for a large number of people.
  • The jam doughnut muffins are best eaten within 2 days of making them.
  • The muffins aren't suitable for freezing.

OTHER MUFFIN RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

STRAWBERRY JAM DOUGHNUT MUFFINS


Jam Doughnut Muffins
Baking, Muffins
Baking
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Jam Doughnut Muffins

An easy jam doughnut muffin recipe made with strawberry jam.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 18 minstotal time: 28 mins

ingredients:


  • 140g Caster Sugar
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100ml Natural Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 140g Butter, melted
  • 12 TSP Strawberry Jam
  • 200g Caster Sugar for the topping

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°c (170°fan) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Put the caster sugar, plain flour, bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a jug whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5.  half fill each muffin case with the muffin mix , place 1 TSP jam in the centre of the muffin then top with more muffin mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes then roll the tops of the muffins in the caster sugar and leave to cool.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition is for 1 muffin
calories
272
fat (grams)
10.4
sat. fat (grams)
6.3
carbs (grams)
43.1
protein (grams)
3.3
sugar (grams)
28.4



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Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

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Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese


Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

Who doesn't love Macaroni Cheese? I clearly do judging by the amount of macaroni cheese recipes I have on my blog! This sweet potato, feta and smoked paprika macaroni cheese is my current favourite though, not least because of its vibrant colour! It's comforting, filling and most importantly very yummy and we all love it here, especially on cold autumnal nights.

I tend to make the macaroni cheese the night before, so when we get in from work and school all I need to do is bung it in the oven to bake. I sometimes serve macaroni cheese with salad and garlic bread but more often in the cooler months I'll serve it with some fresh veggies like broccoli and cabbage.

The sweetness of the sweet potato contrasts so well with the saltiness of the feta and don't worry if you have any veg phobic children, they wont even notice the sweet potato as its mashed into the smooth cheese sauce.

Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

 TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE SWEET POTATO MACARONI CHEESE

  • Up the vegetables by adding sweetcorn and peas to the cheese sauce.
  • If you have any leftover chicken or pork from your Sunday roast, add that in too.
  • If you like a bit of heat add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the cheese sauce.
  • The macaroni cheese can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost fully before baking in the oven.


OTHER PASTA RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

 SWEET POTATO, FETA & SMOKED PAPRIKA MACARONI CHEESE


Sweet Potato and Feta Macaroni Cheese
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Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

This sweet potato macaroni cheese combines mashed sweet potato, salty feta and smoky paprika into this decadent macaroni cheese recipe.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 40 mins

ingredients:


  • 500g Sweet Potato, peeled and cubed into 2cm chunks
  • 300g Macaroni
  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 600ml Milk
  • 200g Extra Mature Cheddar, grated
  • 150g Feta, crumbled
  • 1 TSP Dijon Mistard
  • 1/2 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 TBSP Cider Vinegar
  • Oregano to garnish

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180°fan). Put a pan of water onto the hob and bring to the boil
  2. Add the sweet potato to the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes until soft. Remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl and lash. Set aside.
  3. In the same boiling water cook the macaroni according to packet instructions, drain when cooked.
  4. Whilst the pasta is cooking in a large pan melt the butter then stir in the flour. Add in the milk then stir continuously over a high heat until the sauce thickens. Take off the heat then add in all of the cheddar, half of the feta (reserving the rest for the top), dijon mustard, smoked paprika and cider vinegar.
  5. Combine the cheese sauce with the pasta and mashed sweet potato then spoon into individual oven proof dishes or one larger dish. Sprinkle with the remaining feta and bake for 20 minutes until bubbling. Garnish with fresh oregano if using.

NOTES:

Calories and nutritional info is for 1 serving.
calories
787
fat (grams)
27.7
sat. fat (grams)
17.2
carbs (grams)
98.1
protein (grams)
35.9
sugar (grams)
18.9


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Sweet Potato and Feta Macaroni Cheese

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Build a Burger BBQ With Regina Blitz #TheStressofMess

Build a Burger BBQ With Regina Blitz #TheStressofMess


Regina Blitz
Summer is almost over (boo!) but what a summer we've had. There have been BBQ's aplenty here and while the weather is still nice we'll hopefully squeeze in a few more.

The kids went back to school on Wednesday and to celebrate their first day back, we decided to have a 'Build a Burger' BBQ night. Build a Burger nights are legendary in this house (you only need to look at my weekly meal plans on Facebook to realise that) and the kids REALLY enjoy them.

Child eating burger

BBQ'S CAN BE MESSY

Although I do love a BBQ, the one issue I have with them is that they can get quite messy! I have a bit of an aversion to messy things, for example, as a child I hated painting because I didn't like getting my hands messy and now when I'm cooking I have to clean up as I go along! It's a good thing that BBQ's are held outside (usually!) but the kid's sticky fingers, ketchup splodges over my nice table and chairs, dripping burger grease....it all makes for a stressed Beth. My absolute saviour for these sorts of situations though are Regina Blitz kitchen rolls.

BBQ

ABOUT REGINA BLITZ KITCHEN ROLLS

Regina is one of the leading kitchen roll brands, with an ethos around helping Mum, Dad and the family enjoy moments together, happy and confident, without the worry of mess.

Let's be honest, if you have kids things are going to get messy from time to time, but from cooking to cleaning to crafting, Regina Blitz deals with these everyday messy situations with ease.

I love the tripled layer sheets of Regina Blitz. They are over 70% bigger than standard kitchen roll and specially designed to use inside and outside the home....or on your children's face/fingers. They seem to mop up so much more than ordinary kitchen towels and at £2.50 (RRP) are well worth the money in my opinion.

Child wiping face with Regina Blitz

They are also really strong as demonstrated by my three year old who tried her hardest to try and tear a sheet in half.....and couldn't. More importantly the sheets don't disintegrate when they get a bit soggy leaving those horrible mushy clumps everywhere like some kitchen towels do.

Child with kitchen roll

#THESTRESSOFMESS IN NUMBERS

Regina recently commissioned a survey of British families to uncover 'the stress of mess' and the impacts it has on family moments. The results revealed:

  • 84% of clean conscious UK parents think that BBQ's are messy.
  • Over a third of British parents have put off hosting a BBQ because of the fear of the mess.
  • The average UK parent spends 40 minutes clearing up after a BBQ.
BBQ mess

TOP FOODS PARENTS AVOID AT BBQ'S

The survey also revealed the following foods as the most likely to be avoided at BBQ's:
  1. Ribs - I definitely agree with this, sticky fingers are no no in this house!
  2. Chicken wings - as above!
  3. Burgers - yes they are messy but you can't have a BBQ without a burger can you? I often get the kids to wrap a piece of kitchen roll around the bottom of them to stop their fingers getting messy.
  4. Hot Dogs - especially when the mustard or ketchup drips on your clothes 😨
  5. Ice Cream Cones - I only let my children eat ice cream outside...even in winter! 
My comments above clearly demonstrate my dislike of mess and the fact I find it all a bit stressful. In my defence I've become A LOT more relaxed in recent years and I cope quite well with feeding not only my own kids, but in the holidays, half of the village's too (they seem to gravitate towards my house - maybe it's the constant smell of cooking?). Before I let them eat though I give them each a sheet of Regina Blitz for them to clean their hands and wipe their faces with. It makes cleaning up at the end of the meal so much easier!


BUILD A BURGER BBQ NIGHT

Getting back to our end of summer 'build a burger' BBQ night and what essentially happens is that I put out  lots of different toppings in dishes, as well as different sauces and let everyone build a burger to suit their own tastes. The kids love it because it gives them choice.

Regina Blitz

OUR TOP BURGER COMBO'S

My husband likes a classic BLT Burger which has a slice of grilled bacon, lettuce and tomato on top of a big juicy steak burger.

The kids keep things plain and simple with a cheese slice and plenty of the dreaded ketchup.

I really like crumbled feta and Moroccon hummus with lots of salad on mine and quite often I enjoy a veggie burger instead of beef.

It goes without saying I always plonk a roll of Regina Blitz on my outside dining table so it's ready and waiting to mop up the inevitable spillages and splodges!


Regina Blitz


BBQ SIDE DISHES

We like a variety of side dishes with our BBQ  - some messy and some not so much! Two of our favourites are these yummy Barbecued New Potatoes and a light and tasty Fruity Rice Salad, both which we had at our recent build a burger night.

BARBECUED NEW POTATOES

To make this dish just take some baby new potatoes and place them on some kitchen foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season, wrap up tightly in the foil and place on the BBQ for about 40 minutes. You can jazz these up by adding herbs like thyme or rosemary or if you like it hot a chopped red chili. Some feta crumbled over the top once cooked is lovely too.

FRUITY RICE SALAD

Fruity Rice Salad
This is my favourite rice salad recipe of all time and combines apple and dried cranberries with toasted cashew nuts and chopped peppers. The dressing is made with curry powder and mango chutney and is utterly divine. Everyone always asks for the recipe!

MOPPING UP WITH REGINA

At the end of any BBQ I make the kids clear the table so I can give it a quick wipe down with the Regina Blitz kitchen rolls. They really do get things sparkly again with minimal effort. In my opinion it's definitely worth having a roll of this in your cleaning armoury. I guarantee it will save your sanity at some point...especially if you're a clean freak like me!

Clean Table after BBQ


Disclosure: This post was developed in collaboration with Regina. All thoughts are my own.
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Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake

Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake


Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Traybake

I recently talked about my mission to eat less but better quality meat and to try and introduce more meat free recipes into my weekly meal plans. My meat loving hubby and kids are hard nuts to crack on this front, but I'm happy to report this seasonal Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake was a winner and will be featuring on my weekly meal plan again soon! You can get this vegetarian tray bake prepared, cooked and on the table in about 45 minutes so it's perfect for busy weeknights now the kids have gone back to school.

Sticky Quorn™ Sausage and Squash Traybake


ENJOYING HEALTHY MEAT FREE MEALS WITH QUORN

The Quorn Sausages have quite a meaty texture and are very well seasoned so no-one felt like they were missing out on their usual pork sausages. I'm definitely going to be keeping a packet of Quorn sausages in my freezer from now on for a quick meat free meal. Sticky Quorn Sausage wraps are on the menu next week and we're looking forward to them already!

Quorn recently partnered with Rachel Stevens, Celebrity Masterchef contestant and mum of two, and in the You Tube video below she chats to Ben Fogle about her own family food choices and how cutting down on their meat intake has helped her family feel healthier (most Quorn products are low in fat and high in protein), with the added benefit of reducing their impact on the environment. In the clip, Rachel shows Ben how to cook one of her children's favourite meat free meals, Sweet and Sour Sticky Quorn Nuggets with stir fried vegetables and rice. You can read more about the partnership here.


It looks really tasty doesn't it? Meat free doesn't mean boring when you can rustle up such delicious, family friendly meals like this. With such a large range of meat free alternatives available in supermarkets nowadays, you are guaranteed to find something to suit all tastes with Quorn. I'm really keen to try the Quorn Mince in my next Bolognese sauce and see how it compares to my classic beef ragu.

Quorn Sausages

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE QUORN SAUSAGE AND SQUASH TRAY BAKE

  • Up the veggies by adding chopped red and yellow peppers, courgette or aubergine to the tray bake.
  • I served this Quorn Sausage tray bake with sweet potato chunks and peas but why not try corn on the cob and wholegrain rice.
  • If your kids don't mind a bit of heat, add 1 chopped red chilli to the Quorn Sausage tray bake and serve with some extra chilli sauce.
  • Any leftovers can be chopped into smaller pieces and stirred into some cooked pasta for lunch the next day.

OTHER MEAT FREE BACK TO SCHOOL DINNER RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Traybake

STICKY QUORN SAUSAGE & BUTTERNUT SQUASH TRAY BAKE


Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Traybake
Vegetarian, Quorn
Vegetarian
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Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake

A sticky balsamic, mustard and honey Quorn sausage tray bake with sweet butternut squash, red onion, apple and crumbled feta
prep time: 10 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:


  • 8 Quorn™ Sausages
  • 300g Butternut Squash, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 Red Onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, skin on
  • 4 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 2 TBSP Rapeseed Oil
  • 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TSP Honey
  • 1 TSP Wholegrain Mustard
  • 100g Feta, crumbled

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180° fan).
  2. In a large roasting tin place the squash, apple, onion, garlic and thyme.
  3. Mix together the oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and mustard and pour over the squash, onion and apples. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Add in the quorn sausages and bake for a further 15 minutes until sausages are browned.
  5. Sprinkle with feta and serve with your favourite veggies

NOTES:

Calories and nutritional info are for 1 serving
calories
402
fat (grams)
13.9
sat. fat (grams)
6
carbs (grams)
29.9
protein (grams)
20.1
sugar (grams)
10.2



Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Traybake

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So Glow DIY Magic Jar Kit Review

So Glow DIY Magic Jar Kit Review


So Glow DIY Magic Jar Kit
We were lucky enough to be sent a selection of So Glow DIY Magic Jar kits to review recently. They couldn't have arrived at a better time! We were nearing the end of the summer holidays and the kids were 'bored' so these relatively mess free (always a plus in my book) Magic Jar kits filled a couple of hours one morning. Even better there was no fighting or arguing as they all had their own jars to decorate. The kits enable children to create and customise their own Light Up Magic Glow Jars. Each set in the range is simple to use (with very clear instructions) and comes with everything you need to create your masterpiece.

Kids decorating So Glow DIY Magic Jars


The kits are suitable for ages 6+ although my 3 year old also had a go at making one with the help and supervision of her big sister and brother. The concept is really simple. You just fill the jars with water, add a sprinkle of glitter and dusting of confetti, the Magic So Glow powder, a cute surprise and then mix. You then customise the jars using the stickers provided. Once your done you just shake your jar and watch it shimmer and sparkle and light up through a whole spectrum of different colours.

Magic Jar kit

So Glow DIY sets offer a range of colourful themed jars to customise and decorate. There are several colours to choose from. The cooler colours of blue dream, purple cosmic and turquoise chill as well as warmer colours like yellow happy, green harmony and pink love. They're a great way of adding a magical glow to your kids bedrooms at night!

Magic Jar Vanity Case

The So Glow DIY Magic Jar tool case (above) retails at £16.99 and has enough glitter, confetti, collectables, stickers and magic powder to make 3 Mini Jars, and would make a great birthday present for crafty kids.

So Glow DIY Magic Jars


The smaller individual Magic Jars Mini Kits (£4.99) would make ideal stocking fillers or if the kids want to spend their pocket money on something creative.

So Glow DIY Magic Jars

Look how amazing they look in the dark!

So Glow Magic Jar in the dark



Disclosure: I was sent some So Glow DIY Magic Jars to review. All thoughts are my own.
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Chocolate Courgette Cake

Chocolate Courgette Cake


Chocolate Courgette Cake
Wow this was one of the most chocolatey chocolate cakes I've ever made. No-one had a clue there were courgettes in it so if you were worried it might put some people off you don't need to - just don't tell them! This chocolate courgette cake is such an easy cake to make too. You just bung all the cake ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined, it really is that easy. The finished cake was really moist and dense and kept for 5 days in an airtight container.

USING UP A GLUT OF COURGETTES

The cake is a great way of using up a glut of courgettes from the allotment at this time of year (we've had loads) and is also a good way of getting kids involved in the kitchen. My three all helped make the cake- one of them grated the courgettes, one made the frosting and one did the mixing! In fact they really didn't need any help from me at all.

Chocolate Courgette Cake

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE CHOCOLATE COURGETTE CAKE

  • Make the cake extra chocolatey by adding 100g of dark chocolate chips to the mixture.
  • Serve the cake warm with the frosting for a yummy pudding  - the frosting will act more like a sauce whilst it is still warm. Once the frosting has cooled it will become more a fudgy consistency.
  • The cake can be frozen (without the frosting) for up to 3 months. Just wrap the cake tightly in foil so it doesn't get freezer burn.

OTHER SWEET TREATS WITH HIDDEN VEGETABLES YOU MIGHT LIKE


Chocolate Courgette Cake


CHOCOLATE COURGETTE CAKE


Chocolate Courgette Cake
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Chocolate Courgette Cake

A moist and dense chocolate courgette cake made with grated courgette. The courgette cake can be served as a warm pudding with a chocolate frosting or eaten as it is. A great cake for picnics and afternoon tea.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 10 mins

ingredients:


  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 300g Caster Sugar
  • 65g Cocoa Powder
  • 2 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 200ml Vegetable Oil
  • 300g Grated Courgette (about 2 medium courgettes)
  • 100g Chocolate Chips
  • For the frosting:
  • 250g Dark Chocolate
  • 100g Butter
  • 2 TBSP Syrup
  • 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c (160° fan) and line a 20x30cm tin with baking paper.
  2. Put all of the cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly until combined. Spoon in the baking tin and bake for 50-60 minutes (test with a skewer after 50 minutes).
  3. Whilst the cake is cooling make the frosting. In a microwaveable bowl melt together the chocolate, butter and syrup in 30 second bursts. The frosting is quite runny at the beginning but will become fudgy as it cools. 
  4. Turn the courgette cake out of the tin and place carefully on a serving plate. Spoon over the frosting and cut into squares once the frosting has cooled.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition is for 1 piece of cake
calories
447
fat (grams)
27
sat. fat (grams)
10
carbs (grams)
49.8
protein (grams)
6
sugar (grams)
30


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Chocolate Courgette Cake

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