Baked Cinnamon Pumpkin Doughnuts – Halloween Bake

Happy Halloween everyone. Baked cinnamon pumpkin doughnuts are just the thing to make for Halloween day.

Yesterday I roasted a whole pumpkin to make ginger pumpkin soup, but I didn’t anticipate the amount of puree I would get from just 1 pumpkin. So after making enough soup to feed an army I also had some left over to make these gorgeous baked doughnuts.

baked cinnamon pumpkin doughnut

These doughnuts are light, really moist and full of seasonal spice. Great for an autumn brunch or Halloween party.

baked cinnamon pumpkin doughnuts

This recipe will make 6 doughnuts so I suggest doubling the mixture if you plan on having guests over, they wont last long. Don’t feel too guilty about eating them either, after all they are baked ;)

baked cinnamon pumpkin doughnuts

For the doughnuts
  • 100g (1 cup) self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 55g (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) pumpkin puree
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the sugar coating
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 50g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Equipment needed
  • Doughnut pan
  • 2 Mixing bowls

Preheat the oven to 200ºC

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

In another bowl mix together the egg, pumpkin puree, yogurt and vanilla extract and then add this to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.

Lightly grease the doughnut pan by brushing with coconut oil or spraying with oil and fill the wells 3/4 full with the mixture. For best results, pipe the mixture into the wells or carefully spoon in the mixture making sure the depth is even around the whole doughnut.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

While the doughnuts cool, mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Lighted brush the top of each doughnut with maple syrup and then dip into the cinnamon sugar until each doughnut has a light even coating of the mix.

This recipe will make 6 baked cinnamon pumpkin doughnuts.

Mr Men Birthday Party – Eli’s Colourful First Birthday

I find it hard to believe that Eli has just turned 1. It was honestly the fastest, most exciting and happiest year of our lives. We celebrated with a Mr Men birthday party with family and close friends. It was colourful, fun and full of food:)

The hardest part of organising Eli’s party was coming up with a theme.  I wanted his first birthday to be something very special and memorable for all the family. As soon as Darran suggested Mr Men I knew it was perfect.

Iv organised a few parties only this year so I created a party planning template which has been a great help to keep organised. Here is a copy of my Party Planner for you to download. I hope you find it as helpful as I have.

Of course the first thing I thought of was the food.  I ordered the cake from my very talented aunt and as always she amazed me. (photographic evidence of how amazing it was below). Mr Men Birthday Party - cake

Jelly and ice cream is a kids birthday party staple, as well as party rings, tayto snacks and rice crispy buns.

To keep thinks a little healthy I also served rainbow fruit skewers on lollypop sticks. These are really easy for little hands to manage and the adults loved them too.

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

The party was held during lunch time so I made huge platters of super tasty sandwiches for all the guests to enjoy.

  • For the Veggies I had egg mayonnaise, chive and rocket pita breads.
  • Tuna, sweetcorn, mayonnaise and lettuce wraps.
  • Ham, brie and rocket rolls. 

Next on my list to organise was the invitations, decorations and party games. I found these colourful Mr Men invites on E-bay.

Mr Men Birthday Party - invitation

I made a really simple Mr. Gumpy ball game for the day. This was so easy to make and Eli got so much joy out of it all day long. (He is still mad about it). I simple cut a circle in the middle of a shallow box, cut a larger rectangular hole in the back for the balls to come out and covered the whole thing with a blue plastic table cloth. Using a sharpie I drew on Mr Grumpy’s face and it was done. They say kids get more enjoyment out of the boxes from toys and this was definitely the case for Eli with this box.

Mr Men Birthday Party - Mr Grumpy Ball Game

Mr Men Birthday Party - Mr Grumpy Ball Game The decorations in the room were all about Eli. We have 4 walls full of family photos in our dining room so I covered every single photo with all of Eli’s milestones and firsts from throughout the year. Adding a little caption to most of them on a Mr Men inspired cloud.

Mr Men Birthday Party - Photos Mr Men Birthday Party - photos As well as photos I hung a colourful banner and of course a big 1 balloon.

Mr Men Birthday Party - Decorations Mr Men Birthday Party - Decorations

Another bit of crafting on the day was his birthday t-shirt. Using Microsoft Word I created the image I wanted on Eli’s top and then mirrored it to print onto iron on transfer paper. I cut off as much excess paper as I could from the transfer and then followed the instructions with the paper to iron onto his top. Here is a PDF of the Image so you can make your own :)

Mr Men Birthday Party

I also found these amazing party loot bags on amazon. I filled them with Mr Men and Little Miss Books, really cool magnetic bookmarks from Easons, Mr Men jigsaws and a small bag of jellies.

Mr Men Birthday Party - loot bags

Eli’s cousin’s had loads of fun with the jigsaws when they got home :)

Mr Men Birthday Party - jigsaw

I hope you enjoyed my ideas and photos and get lots of inspiration for your own Mr Men birthday party.

Banana and Maple Pecan Ice Cream

This banana and maple pecan ice cream is so simple to make and really delicious. There are only 3 ingredients to this recipe and the option to add a whole lot more if you desire.

The trick to a sweeter ice cream is to use riper bananas, so ones that are spotty will work really well.

Banana and maple pecan ice cream

With summer just here and the weather getting warmer it’s hard to resist the temptation of ice cream but this simple recipe is totally guilt free. In fact it’s good for you :)

Banana and maple pecan ice cream

  • 3 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 80g pecans
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Mix the pecans with 2 tbsp of syrup and scatter on a baking tray. Roast for 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Reserve a few whole pecans to serve and add the remaining nuts to a food processor. Pulse a few times until roughly chopped.

Add the bananas to the pecans in the food processor and blend until smooth.

Transfer to bowls and serve with a scattering of whole maple pecans and chopped banana.

This banana and maple pecan ice cream is best enjoyed immediately. Will serve 2 people.

Chicken Fajita Pizza

If you love fajitas and love pizza then this recipe is for you. It has all the bold flavours of a chicken fajita married perfectly under melted cheese on a crisp pizza base.

Chicken Fajita Pizza

This chicken fajita pizza was an accidental dinner recently. I was making fajitas when I realised half way through cooking that I didn’t have any wraps. What I did find where 2 pizza bases in the fridge and so my Mexican spiced chicken fajita pizza was created :)

I think I prefer fajita pizzas over wraps, but then I do love a good pizza.

Chicken Fajita Pizza

  • 2 Pizza bases (Pizza Dough Recipe)
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili flakes
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 red chili, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 6 tbsp tomato salsa
  • 150g buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander

Preheat the oven to 190ºC.

In a large bowl, add the spices and mix together well. Add the chicken and onions and mix until coated evenly in the spices.

Heat a large pan on medium heat and add the coconut oil. Add the chicken, onion, red chili and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the peppers to the pan and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes.

Spread the salsa on both pizza bases.

Arrange the cooked chicken, onions and peppers evenly on the bases and top with slices of mozzarella.

Bake in the oven for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the base is crisp and the cheese is melting.

Garnish with a scattering of fresh coriander leaves and spoonfuls of mashed avocado or sour cream.

This recipe for chicken fajita pizza with serve 2 to 3 people.