Fresh strawberry donuts

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Phew – it’s been awhile, but we’re officially back in action! And I promise this recipe was worth the wait…

Even though the weather’s still a bit up and down, it’s beginning to feel like summer is just around the corner thanks to one little thing… our local strawberry farm has officially opened! That means our fridge is once again fully stocked with beautiful, juicy fresh strawberries, which let’s be honest, are pretty much one of the most delicious things ever – right?

Now that fresh strawberries are no longer carefully rationed, I thought it was about time I used a few to flavour a bit of a weekend treat – and donuts were the first thing that sprang to mind!

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Blueberry & lemon baked doughnuts

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Berries are without a doubt one of my favourite things about this time of year – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries… whatever the berry, I’m all over it! Luckily for a berry-beast like me they’re also super affordable at this time of year – so much so that our veggie drawer is absolutely packed with punnets of them at this very moment.

While berries are great as a grab-and-go snack, they’re equally as wonderful incorporated into your favourite baking – and when you use them in homemade doughnuts? Well that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

That’s where these blueberry and lemon baked doughnuts come in – they are absolutely delicious. Seriously, it took all my willpower not to eat every single one! The combination of tangy lemon with delicious bursts of sweet blueberries is a match made in heaven – and one that’s super easy to pull together at this time of year.

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

Who else is SUPER excited that Christmas and the summer holidays are just three sleeps away? It feels like Christmas has just popped out of nowhere this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Fingers crossed the weather stays beautiful and sunny, and that we finally get the beautiful Kiwi summer we’ve all been hoping for.

Whether you’re at work or at home, here are five things to help get your week off to a great start…

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

What a wild, windy, wet and yet sunny weekend it was. We had a very busy (but lovely) weekend – think voting, brunching, baking, DIY-ing, kitten cuddling and hosting a private decorating class. Phew!

I hope you all braved the elements and made your vote count on Saturday and enjoyed the rest of your weekend, whatever you were doing. Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Chocolate & Espresso Doughnuts

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Despite being an avid tea drinker for the majority of my life, since I entered the working world a few years ago coffee has firmly cemented itself as a ‘must have’ item to get my day off to a good start. It’s not just the caffeine (though that certainly helps!), there’s something about that silky coffee flavour that makes the world seem just that little bit better.

There are two things in the world that go incredibly with coffee – chocolate and doughnuts. Not only does coffee go beautifully with a freshly baked doughnut, but it helps bring out all that beautiful chocolate flavour. So when I dreamed up these rather delicious chocolate and espresso doughnuts this weekend, I was left wondering why I hadn’t thought of the idea sooner. It just makes sense.

I am so unbelievably in love with these doughnuts. As baked doughnuts not only are they a little healthier than their fried counterparts, but they’re much quicker and easier to make – no thermometer or heated oil required! And then there’s the flavour…

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25 Years and Counting

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Now Kevin and I are nicely settled in our new home with the kittens we love any excuse to have people over – after all, if you bought a house you should spend as much time there as possible, right?

And what better excuse than a birthday! My 25th birthday is just around the corner (only two sleeps to go!) so we decided to have a few friends over to celebrate with dessert and drinks. I’m sure you know what that means – I got busy in the kitchen and did a lot of baking!

I decided to go with a pink and gold theme for the dessert table, with splashes of white to balance things out, so came up with a menu to suit – think cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies and (of course) cake!

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