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Fruity French Toast | Vagabond Baking

Lightly Spiced and Fruity French Toast

This is the breakfast I dream of. Soft, fruited bread soaked in an eggy batter lightly fragranced with mixed spice, vanilla and freshly grated nutmeg, fried in butter, dusted in icing sugar and then drenched in luscious maple syrup. Served warm this makes a perfect...


Blueberry, Coconut and White Chocolate Muffins

These are one of my favourite muffin flavour combinations, blueberry and white chocolate are always a match made in heaven but the addition of desiccated coconut raises these muffins up another delicious level. Not only does it add a tasty coconut flavour, it also gives...

Scottish Shortbread | Vagabond Baking

Scottish Shortbread {two ways}

Shortbread, the king of biscuits as far as I’m concerned. Just four simple ingredients: butter, sugar, flour, salt, its beauty is in its simplicity. Shortbread is a celebration of butter and a most Scottish of bakes, I’m pretty sure its Scotland’s biggest food export. I...

Gorgeous, playful Polar Bear at the Highland Wildlife Park

A Snowy Week In The Cairngorms

Ever vagabonding, we found ourselves camping in the Cairngorms last week, seven days of snow, mountains and wildlife. Fortunately it coincided with some friends of ours who also made the trip up from Yorkshire because snow had been forecast, they are wildlife photographers and wanted...

Rose Scented Cupcakes

Scented Rose Cupcakes

These delightful cupcakes were completely inspired by my travels through the middle east a couple of years ago. Eating turkish delight in Istanbul while musing over the domes and minarets, glinting in the late winter sun it a delicious memory. It is one incredible city...

Almond and Lemon Curd Madeleines

Almond and Lemon Curd Madeleines

Bite into these moist almond madeleines and they will burst with sharp lemon curd, hidden within. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. It has been a while since I made madeleines, well since Paris in July really! I wanted to take some cakey...

farmers market, Knaresborough

A January Morning in Knaresborough

Last weekend we drove over to Knaresborough to visit some friends who have just moved there. It’s one of those places that I just wasn’t aware of, I had actually heard of one of it’s best sights, I just didn’t know it was in Knaresborough!...

caramel shortbread | Vagabond Baking

Caramel Shortbread

Caramel Shortbread, or Millionaires Shortbread as it is also known, is one of the tastiest, moreish and naughtiest of bars. It never fails to be popular with it’s buttery shortbread base, thick caramel layer and chocolate coating. I mean, you can just see the calories!...

Banoffee pie cupcakes

Banoffee Pie Cupcakes

Here is a delicious bake for the new year! Everyone’s favourite, Banoffee Pie, as a cupcake. Take some toffee banana sponge, cover it with toffee creme patissiere, a slice of fresh banana, sprinkle over some cookie crumbs then top it off with a crown of...

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

A final post of 2012, and wishing you all a very happy new year! I’m ending this first year of blogging with three of my favourite things in cupcake form, the three c’s: cake, custard and chocolate. Normally a cake, Boston Cream Pie is two...

Festive white chocolates on ribbon

Festive White Chocolates

A festive post all the way from very festive Switzerland! I made these cute little Christmas chocolates over the weekend, they are extremely easy, just melted white chocolate and a little mix in of what ever you fancy! Simple, in fact so simple I’m almost...

chocolate Banana oaty bites

Chocolate Banana Oaty Bites

All this wandering around winter wonderland makes one peckish! I wanted to bake something that would nourish, satisfy and be, most importantly, portable and easy to eat with gloves on. I raided the cupboard and found oats, first thought was flapjack. A couple of bananas...

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