Tuesday, 25 May 2010

New craft bits!

The local craft shop had a sale on today so I got 3 skeins of embroidery thread and one of tapestry wool all for £2.
The thread is in lovely colours, 1 sort of candy corn like, 1 pumpkin-y and 1 lovely mixed green:

The photos don't show quite how vibrant the colours are, but they are pretty strong.
The tapestry wool is a nice antique red. I'll find something to use it in, I suspect.

I also just got given these charm bags from Japan, which will be great for sending jewelry off in.

Healthy apple muffins + recipe

Recently I decided that I wanted to make some muffins. This would be great, but generally muffins are loaded with calories and fat and I'm trying to eat well.
I found this recipe on LJ's bakebakebake community. It's a pretty healthy and quite cheap apple muffin recipe which I ended up modifying slightly.
One thing to note, is that if you are using a silicone muffin tray, this recipe only just yields 5 nice sized muffins. It may yield more in a metal pan. Or maybe it's just that the apple I used was rather small. I don't know. The muffins came out great though. Heavy and not too sweet. Perfect for breakfast.

Easy apple muffins

  • 1 apple (peeled and grated)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2.5 tablespoons demerera sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 9 tablespoons plain flour (approx)
preheat oven to 170c/325f/GM3

Sift baking powder and flour
Mix apple, egg, sugar and cinnamon. Do not use an electric hand whisk/mixer, a wooden spoon is fine.
Add wet to dry and mix until incorporated. Try not to beat or over mix, it makes the muffins the wrong texture.
Spoon mixture into muffin cups 3/4 full to full depending on the size muffin you want. I filled the cups and ended up with medium muffins.
If using a metal muffin pan, don't forget to oil/grease it before adding the mixture. Silicon ones, remember to fill any spare cups with water and stand on a baking tray in the oven.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Insert a skewer into the tops. If it comes out clean they're done! With my old gas oven it took 25 minutes.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then take out and cool on a wire rack.

These would probably be pretty easy to make with kids, and they would be a great not too sugary treat!

Monday, 24 May 2010

What this blog will be about.

I've decided that this blog will have general details about the projects I do. These include music photography , baking, jewelery making and general crafts.
I'll be putting up pictures, tutorials, recipes and notes. Check back for further content in future.