Can you believe that it’s nearly October – where did the summer go? I must admit that I’m pretty excited because I love this time of year. I love Autumn clothes, hot chocolates and of course, Halloween, but more on that later on in the month.
For now, I’m going to write about my September Favourites. I always love reading monthly favourite posts but have never written one myself so I’ve decided to make this a monthly feature on my blog that will include lots of things I am loving from makeup and fashion to food.
I can’t believe how impressed I was when I went into H&M the other week, I literally wanted to buy the whole store. I did buy quite a few things so be sure to look out for my H&M Haul on Wednesday. I love the fact everything is affordable (all students will agree with me here) but you don’t compromise on the quality. I will definitely be returning when my student loan hits my bank account.
After a summer of drinking too many cocktails and eating far too many BBQ’s, I decided to a bit of research into juicing. Juicing is popular trend (especially amongst celebrities) where you live off different types of fruit/vegetable juices for a week or so in a bid to loose weight quickly and cleanse your body. But after reading up on juice diets, I realised this was unsustainable and probably not good for your body anyway. I then came across Gwyneth Paltrow’s juice recipes and became intrigued by the good reviews. I didn’t want to live off juices for a week but I wanted to try one of her recipes as I replacement for my toast or Shreddies in the morning. This juice is called ‘The Green Juice’ and although it may not be the nicest drink you will ever taste, it also isn’t the worst and is full of good nutrients that your body needs. I try to have this juice atleast once a week for my breakfast and it definitely gives you a wake up boost so you can ditch that morning coffee you so desperately need.
Since my Jammy Coconut Traybake was a massive hit, I decided to bake another family favourite this weekend. This delicious recipe from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible (which I highly recommend you buy) makes a whopping 30 slices so is perfect to bring into work or uni to share with your friends!
Lemon Drizzle Traybake
To make this zesty treat you will need:
225g softened butter
275g self-raising flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons milk
finely grated rind of 2 lemons
For the crunchy topping:
175g granulated sugar
juice of 2 lemons
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees and grease a 30 x 23 cm tin, then line with baking parchment.
Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until well blended. Turn the mixture into the tin and level the top with the back of a spatula.
Bake for about 35 minutes then leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes. Turn out the cake and peel off the parchment paper to finish cooling on a wire rack.
To make the crunchy topping, mix the granulated sugar and the lemon juice in a small bowl to give a runny consistency. Spoon the mixture evenly over the traybake while it is still a little warm.