Apple pear cake (Honey instead of sugar!)

A delicious apple pear cake, sweetened with honey instead of sugar. Less guilty but still super tasty, comforting and satisfying!

A delicious apple pear cake, sweetened with honey instead of sugar. Less guilty but still super tasty, comforting and satisfying!

Woohoo, all people with a sweet tooth unite! Dessert is my favourite part of the meal, and I will never turn down a piece of pie or cake 😉 Who’s with me? Today I share one of my baking experiments, namely an apple pear cake!

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Chai sugar syrup

A super simple Chai sugar syrup made with spices, water and sugar. Can be used to flavour cake, pie, oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, drinks and so much more!

Chai sugar syrup to flavour cake, oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, drinks and so much more! @VivianSAAC

If there’s anything Chai spices remind me of, it’s the weather getting colder. When I drink a cup of Chai tea (Chai latte!) I find myself dreaming of leaves turning bright yellow, orange, brown or red. My mind wanders off to the last time we had snow here in the Netherlands, and I get the sudden urge to light some candles and snuggle up with a blanket 😉 Because I don’t always have time to brew some Chai tea from scratch, I’ve decided to make a batch of Chai sugar syrup.

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Matcha-vanilla swirl cookies

Matcha powder and vanilla extract give the perfect flavour to these bite sized swirl cookies. And they’re so much fun! | Stay Alive and Cooking

Matcha powder and vanilla extract give the perfect flavour to these bite sized swirl cookies. And they're so much fun! | Stay Alive and Cooking

I received a package from Mr & Mrs Tea, which contained one of the best tea products there is: matcha powder. This bright green powder can be used to make tea and matcha latte, but can also be used in various baked goods and desserts. I wanted to bring out that beautiful green, which is how I came up with the idea for these swirl cookies!

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Rosemary and garlic focaccia

Rosemary and garlic focaccia: delicious home baked bread! It’s easy, customizable, and extremely tasty. | Stay Alive and Cooking

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Being a foodie, one of my goals is to learn how to bake breads at home. From scratch! This can be rather tricky, which is why I’ve started with the easier varieties. Such as this delicious focaccia bread! It wasn’t at all as hard as I thought, and the smell that will fill your house is worth the 3 hour wait. Plus: freshly baked bread will beat store bought any day of the week!

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Peanut butter quinoa granola

Granola is one of my favourite ways to start the day, and this version with peanut butter and quinoa makes breakfast even better! | Stay Alive and Cooking

Granola is one of my favourite ways to start the day, and this version with peanut butter and quinoa makes breakfast even better! | Stay Alive and Cooking

Yes yes yes, I’ve said this a million times: I love breakfast. I bake some fresh granola almost every week, as it’s my boyfriends favourite breakfast with some yoghurt! His second favourite breakfast is bread with peanut butter, which inspired me to play around with the flavours and create this yummy granola variety.

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