Best Banana Cupcakes + Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

 Prep Time : 15 + 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! I was in a cupcake mood. It’s been getting greyer and greyer lately. Autumn is definitely here. Cake fixes everything. I am also now at my parent’s place and wanted to leave something nice at home for my snug-bug. Now I wish I had the cupcakes with me. With their fluffy banana sweetness and soft silky frosting. These are comforting stuff-in-your-face cupcakes with indulgent frosting that will stick to your fingers and the tip of your nose. No sculpted artifice here today. Just a finger-licking treat! Sour cream frosting is perfect here because it’s not too sweet tanginess balances with the banana.

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The WB Larder: Smoky Plum Sauce

 Prep Time : 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 1 Hour | Total Time : 90 Minutes | Difficulty : Moderate

Hello my lovelies! It’s time to move past tomato sauce. Until I post a recipe for one. But for now we are talking plums. I love to cook with plums. They have a depth of red fruit flavour that is versatile and rich. Sweet juicy plums made into a tangy, smoky sauce that goes on everything. It adds a burst of bright fruity tang and smoky heat. Perfect for burgers. This sauce will take a bit longer to make than the jams we have been talking about the last couple of weeks. But it’s gentle supervision of a bubbling pot. No heavy lifting. We are even going to use the food processor to do the chopping for us. This recipe is adapted from one of my favourite books, The Modern Preserver, written by a Kiwi living in London. It started life as a distinctly asian sauce. By changing up the seasonings it becomes altogether different.

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Brown Sugar + Pecan Biscotti

 Prep Time : 15 + 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 + 10 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! My experience of biscotti has always been one of disappointment. The name has so much elegant promise. The result has always been flavourless and hard. Well no more! This recipe is adapted from Dorie Greenspan who I would say ‘knows her shit’ when it comes to cookies. I swapped out her cornmeal for ground almonds because I am still not a big fan of the deliberately gritty texture it gives. Sorry Dorie. Then I went off in search of flavour combinations. Natch. These have the best texture – crisp and crunchy without being hard and unwelcoming. It will be my go-to biscotti base recipe forever.

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The WB Larder: Strawberry + Basil Jam

 Prep Time : 15 + 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 30 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Moderate

Hello my lovelies! It’s the end of summer here so it’s time to hold onto the sweet flavour of strawberries for a bit longer. With a twist of course. Basil is a great partner for strawberries. We just have to be careful not to go overboard. I have a trick for that. Natch. This jam uses sugar that has pectin added to it to make life easier. Because this is our first proper jam together there will be a little bit of jam science here and there to get us going. I really hope you try this recipe. It’s a small batch and a tasty way to have a go at making some jam of your own. I have only given weight measurements because the proportion of sugar is important to preserving the jam and preventing nasties. It’s the ideal time to get that scale I keep banging on about… Even if you don’t eat as much toast as I do (it’s probably not recommended) homemade jams are great to have on hand to give your baking an extra lift. I know there are a lot of instructions today but it’s worth reading them all so you feel confident and get the best results!

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Matcha + Rose Shortbread

 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! I’ve had shortbread on the brain lately. After seeing a post in my Instagram feed I just couldn’t get it out of my head. I worked on a few flavour variations. Some worked. Some didn’t. One recipe has been filed away for my book. The other delicious combination is this one. I like the flavours in shortbread to be subtle so that the toasted butter flavour still come through. This hint of matcha is just enough to give a background note that blends with the buttery goodness. The rose petals are beautiful and give a little pop of flavour here and there. Shortbread is one of my favourites. Because butter. It’s so simple and quick to prepare. Every mouthful is melting buttery heaven. Use good fresh butter to get the best results.

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