Apple and Cinnamon bun recipe.

The gentle art of perfecting my cinnamon bun recipe has become a bit of an obsession in our house. I think I’m almost there with the addition of apple chunks it’s gotten serious and I feel I have upped my game. Josh also obliged by taking some lovely photos of the result and then of course he got to eat them.


To make 12 buns you will need:

  • 500g of bread flour
  • 1tbsp of instant dried yeast
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 2tbsp of sugar (extra sugar for filling)
  • 4tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • powdered cinnamon
  • 2 sweet apples peeled and chopped in small chunks.
  • icing sugar to dust

Dough (I used a bread maker if your making dough by hand follow a basic bread dough recipe)

  • Combine the yeast, flour, egg, salt, sugar, 2tbsp butter, vanilla extract, 2tsp of cinnamon and milk in the dough pan.
  • Set for a standard bread dough setting around 2hr 40min.

The rest…

  • Roll out dough into a rectangle about 1.5cm thick.
  • Spread butter over the surface like your buttering a slice of bread.
  • Sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over the buttered dough evenly.
  • Dot the dough with the small chunks of apple and add an extra sprinkling of sugar.
  • Roll the dough up like a magic carpet.
  • Slice your magic carpet up into 12 equal rounds.
  • Butter or line a baking tray and place the rounds on it, bake for 20mins or until slightly golden at 200c.
  • Remove from oven, cool and sprinkle with icing sugar.

These buns are not overly sweet but if you like a more decadent bun make a gooey frosting from cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract to smear on the top of the buns, it amazing!



Friday oh yeah!

Yes it’s the end of another week! A hard fought and won week which saw me visit hospital twice, nearly lose my house and spend most of it feeling crappity crap.

However today I am going to make cinnamon buns, finish sewing my next batch of toys for Flo & Stan and you can kick back and enjoy the video my boyfriend made for Southsea Coffee Co.



Image and recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Makes 18 buns. Note I did not say “servings”. That’s between you and your buns.

1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast (from 1 envelope yeast)
1 teaspoon salt
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Pinch of salt

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For full instructions go over to Smitten Kitchen


Im also loving these beautiful toys from Adantine on etsy.


goose bunnybrooch greywhale

Cookies for Autumn.

Today is the first day of the kids half term holiday and between trips into the gallery its all about my brood.

Today I thought its perfect weather to stay indoors and do some baking. Its cold and rainy outside but the kitchen is warm and cosy. I love searching for recipes on the net, so hard to decide what to bake!


1, Fork vs Spoon Chocolate Shortbread

2. Kirbie Cravings Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

3.Smitten Kitchen Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies.

A rainy day.

Woah, where did that come form? Autumn is well and truly here! The rain has not stopped pouring today, the wind is rattling the windows and a the low rumble of thunder can be heard in the distance.

Its days like this I wished I owned a cozy cabin that looked like this (via cabinporn)

With an interior like this…

I would while away the hours making these flannel crochet edged blankets…

Oh and I would bake this beautiful Swedish cardamon buns (via honeymoon child)

Alas thats enough fantasising for now. Back to washing dishes, vacuuming and chasing after children.

Making biscuits that look like foxes and other things.

These are truly my finest moment and Josh and I had a ton of fun decorating them and the kids enjoyed eating them, oh and so did we.


3 mugs of plain flower

3 tablespoons of butter

3 tablespoons of icing sugar


1.Rub the flour and butter together till it resembles wet sand.

2.Stir in the icing sugar.

3. Add enough cold water to bring the dough together into a nice ball, not too wet though!

4.Roll out till its about 1cm thick on a floured surface and cut into shapes.

5. Place on a buttered baking tray and bake for 15mins at 200c or until golden.

6. Leave to cool and ice (i used icing sugar mixed with yellow and red colouring to achieve the orange)






Totally kick ass rad stuff to do this week!

Whoopee doo da its Monday! That means you have a whole freakin week ahead of you. My week consists of:

  • Monday – computer stuff, kids, cooking
  • Tuesday – Gallery, sorting out Sugarcubes Party and makin stuff
  • Wednesday- Gallery, Strong Island dinner and frivolity
  • Thursday – Work from home, prepping for Bored x Strong Island Christmas Social (hot cider ahoy) enjoying said social.
  • Friday – hangover? Then visiting Girl Guides in the evening to talk about ‘Ooh la Lapin’ and make stuff with them. Hopefully inspire some young ladies to pursue an arty life (oh and hide hangover of course).
  • Saturday – teach mini makers sesh at Aspex, assist artist in the p.m, go home eat pizza
  • Sunday – rest

Doing all this whilst the usual, cooking, cleaning and being an awesome Mum.

hide me please?

So if you have time this week why not try…

Making chocolate cake from the recipe by ‘like a strawberry milk’ a lovely young French lady and pastry chef in London, her blog is bloody gorgeous!

Absolutely amazing DIY giant candy lights on Oh Happy Day!

I love Scandinavian blogs, I cant read a word but the pictures alone make me melt so take time out to look at Sukkertoy.

Get ready for the cold by buying vintage knitwear, some awesome UK sellers on etsy, I just bought this gem from Elsiecaney in London.

Another seller I adore is Second Fiddle  who has this fairisle cardi.

Also stay warm and dry, I feel a bit coldy and hope I shall survive this week without my body giving in on me! I shall be making some Candy Cane Martinis for the dinner party on Wednesday and they are bound to sort me out!