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Hot out the oven... Spiced pumpkin muffins with pecan streusel topping

Hot out the oven...
Spiced pumpkin muffins with pecan streusel topping

Soft spiced pumpkin muffins topped with crunchy pecan streusel, and they wouldn't be complete without a salted caramel sauce 

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Hello there, you sexy squash. You pretty pumpkins. I've been waiting for you. 

It always take me by surprise, but I really love this time of year. I thought I was a Spring person, but I tell you, Autumn is amazing. There's a crispness to the air, the trees are shades of red, orange and yellow, the roads and grass beneath them too. The sun sets earlier so the evenings are longer. But, I find it really invigorating. This is the lead up to Christmas, my most favourite time of the year.

I also love all the different pumpkins and squash that only appear in these few months. You have to make the most of them 'cause they're gone before you know it! I've been having spiced pumpkin smoothies and pumpkin protein pancakes, and these more devilish treats. Soft pumpkin muffins infused with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove. They're topped with a crunchy pecan streusel, and finally, served with a salted caramel sauce. These muffins are Autumn in a neat little paper wrapper. And if you're a pumpkin latte kinda person, you need to try one of these.

So get your pumpkin on and happy baking!

Follow the link for the full recipe post.


It's Official...

I am now an international award winning food video producer. Say whaaaat?! Yes, you heard me. My carrot cake video won its section at the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards. I have a shiny trophy to prove it! (I also have a video on my phone of me swearing in happy delight as I arrive back at my spot in the audience after collecting my award ;) )

I'll be writing up a post about the event, with a suitable recipe, so keep your eyes peeled! But for now, you can see my award winning video -ahem- over here. Just click the link!

Happy baking!


Pictures Speak Louder Than Words...

I have a new video up! A very simple technique for filling cupcakes with delicious things like ganache or curds or jams or mousse or other lovely delicious things. Mmmm... Really, it's so easy, so have a look at this video, makes some cupcake, fill those cupcakes and then finish them off with a lovely buttercream swirl!

Speaking of buttercream swirls, want to know how to do those lovely bakery looking frosting finishes on a cupcake? I've got another video for you! And not just buttercream swirls, also what I like to call a "kiss of frosting."

So have a lookie in this post which includes a recipe for basic or simple buttercream, or on my video page

Happy frosting!


Let me introduce you to my better half...

And by better, I mean, less calorific. Actually, that's not even right. Erm. More personal trainer approved! That's it!

My site has gone through a Jekyll and Hyde transformation. The Decadent, this side, is for the bad side of me who loves frosting and cake and puddings and desserts and luscious meals. 

The Disciplined side, however, is me trying to get my eating habits in line. I've been with a personal trainer for a while now, but there are only so many squats, rows, bench presses and burpees you can do, the rest is down to diet! So, in an attempt to get back to a healthier size, I've decided I need my blogging to help me out with my food choices. 

Not to say that the recipes over on the Disciplined side will be bland and boring, on the contrary. They're still going to be full of flavour, but just a little more concious of what goes into them. So, no refined sugars, lots of whole ingredients, plenty of protein and healthy fats. If you're starting your own fitness regime that has you lifting weights and whatnot, check it out, you might find a few recipes that fit in with your eating plan!

Happy baking!

- MandyM


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