Sweet & Spiced Hot Cross Scones

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Easter is so close you can almost smell it – well, you can at our house thanks to a bundle of hot cross buns! I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for Easter to arrive, bringing with it a long weekend, mountains of chocolate and plenty of time to relax.

Even though Easter is so close, there’s still enough time to get some Easter baking done before the holiday truly arrives. But rather than spending hours working away at detailed recipes, you might prefer to go for something a little quicker… that’s where this recipe comes in.

While you may not have time to make hot cross buns before Good Friday rolls around, you can definitely find time to make hot cross scones – yip, scones!

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Burrowing Bunny Truffles

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Bunnies are as much a part of Easter as eggs, chocolate and hot cross buns, so it only seemed right that they would feature in some of this year’s Easter baking. The trick? Deciding how!

Last year I made these adorable mint chocolate Easter bunnies, featuring puffy little mini-marshmallow tails. And I loved them – there’s just something about rabbit’s tails that gets me every time.

Those bunny-themed treats were super simple, so I wanted to make something a little more interesting this year – you know, jazz it up a bit. With this in mind I decided to make another ‘bunny bum’ treat – Burrowing bunny Oreo truffles!

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A (Creme) Egg-cellent Cheesecake

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Creme Eggs are without a doubt one of my favourite parts of Easter – they rival marshmallow eggs for the coveted spot as my most loved Easter egg. While marshmallow eggs narrowly win out on that front, nothing beats baking with Creme Eggs come Easter – anything with Creme Eggs in it is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

Last Easter I created some rather indulgent Creme Egg cupcakes that are decadent enough to make any Creme Egg lover weak at the knees – and judging from the response it got after I posted it, you definitely seemed to love the recipe!

With such a success under my belt, the pressure was on to come up with something equally delicious this time around… but I’m pleased to say I have just the recipe. Crème Egg cheesecake. Yip – this year we’re taking Creme Eggs up a level and incorporating them into an already delicious dessert.

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Saying Goodbye with Chocolate & Peanut Butter

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We’ve had a bit of heartbreak in our house this weekend – our wonderful little Norman passed away.

Norm was an integral part of our little family, so we’re feeling a little miserable at the moment – for such a tiny critter, she made a huge impact on our lives and her absence has left our house feeling pretty empty. There’s a lot of silence – no snuffling, clinking of her water bottle, or thumping as she has a scratch. It’s too quiet for our liking.

As a four year-old rat she was a bit of a marvel. Not only is four rat years around 200 human years, she also conquered everything from colds to tumours! We had a few scares with her over the years resulting in several late-night sprints to the emergency vets, but in the end it was age that took her – she was her usual snugly self on Thursday night, then when I went to wake her up for a play in the morning she was gone.

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Five Favourite: Easter Treats

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While the stores have been stacked with Easter eggs for a good couple of weeks now, I’ve done my best to refrain from buying them – and other than a mini crème egg finding its way into my shopping basket I succeeded!

But now it’s April it’s totally appropriate to get well and truly into Easter – that means buying dozens of Easter eggs, planning activities for the break and (of course) getting into lots of Easter baking! If you’re anything like me, the last thing on that list will make you pretty excited – there are just so many cute Easter themed things you can bake!

I’ve been busily trawling Pinterest for inspiration for a few weeks now, and have a few ideas bubbling away that I can’t wait to bring to life and share with you – expect High Tea with Dragons to be absolutely packed with Easter baking over the coming weeks!

But while I finish planning and baking, I figured you would want to get some Easter baking of your own underway. So here’s a round-up of some of my favourite Easter treats from last year…

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

What an absolutely beautiful weekend – it was such a treat to be able to spend much of the weekend out and about, enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Our weekend was filled with relaxation and life planning – not things you usually think of going together – and we’ve come out of it feeling pretty excited about the adventures on the horizon… can’t wait to share them with you!

Hope you had an equally wonderful weekend! Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Buttercream & Birthdays

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Earlier this month we celebrated my wonderful Mum’s birthday – and it wouldn’t be a birthday without a cake!

For the last couple of years I’ve been charged with baking Mum’s birthday cake and it’s always something I look forward to – who doesn’t love the chance to bake and decorate a pretty, feminine cake?

Having baked her ruffle cakes and rose swirl cakes in previous years, I wanted this year’s cake to be a little different – something she (and you!) wouldn’t have seen before; or at least not on this blog! So I dug around in my stash of decorating tips until I found one that caught my eye – a brilliantly swirled, rather intricate 109 Wilton tip.

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

Wow, what a weekend. You wouldn’t believe it was autumn with this beautiful weather we’ve been having – fingers crossed it hangs around until Easter! I hope you managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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