Marshmallow Halloween faces 

I quite like Halloween, not as much as Christmas but there’s something extremely childish about it.  I think it’s the chance to dress up and eat some cake?  That may have something to do with it. 
Today after dinner I was cleaning up the kitchen and noticed I still had half a jar of big white marshmallows left.  Instead of just snaffling them very quickly I had an idea. 

I took out my edible inks and realised that I could paint little faces onto them. So I shouted my little monkey to see if she wanted to do something fun. 

Me and my little girl painted silly faces onto them and I think they look pretty good for what they are!  I might use them at the weekend as cupcake toppers. 
If you need some kid friendly Halloween ideas then definitely try it. A little food colouring, a paintbrush and a bag of marshmallows (only a few were eaten) and it gives an hour of entertainment. 

Earl Grey Tea Bread 

Surprisingly for someone who loves tea as much as I do, it took me until my 32nd birthday to try tea bread. 
I don’t know why I never had this before its lovely!  And as you’d expect from the name it goes perfect with my copious amounts of tea. 

My boyfriend bought me my first ever one as a birthday present and it came from an expensive artisan shop so when I tried it it was beautiful.  The next one I tried was from Aldi as I never noticed it in there before but now I suddenly saw it. Now had I tried the Aldi one first I’d have loved it but as I had the Buxton tea bread it just didn’t taste anywhere near as good. 

As usual this prompted me to try and make my own version. 

Good to know – Tea Loaf

This is the recipe I have used for my base but instead of Roobios I have used a lovely loose Earl Grey tea to infuse my fruit. I left it for about 5 hours to soak and I also added some extra mixed spice and some cinnamon. To top the cake off, for the last 20 minutes I have sprinkled the cake with a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon. 
Now unfortunately I can’t tell you how this has come out yet because although the cake looks and smells amazing, it says to wait at least two days! 

Now I’m stuck looking at a lovely hot cake which I can’t eat. I really hope it’s worth it because I don’t have much restraint for resisting cake but if it makes it special then it’ll be worth it.