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Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Bundt Cake {Gluten Free}

This Gluten Free Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Bundt Cake is packed full of pecans and toffee bits, with a moist and tender crumb, smothered in thick, gooey caramel, topped with butter toasted pecans! It’s a gluten free adaptation of my amazing Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Cake – and it’s perhaps even more delicious in gluten free form! 

Gluten Free Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Bundt Cake - This Gluten Free Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Bundt Cake is packed full of pecans and toffee bits, with a moist and tender crumb, smothered in thick, gooey caramel, topped with butter toasted pecans!

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This cake, y’all. You need it in your life, trust me! I first made this over two years ago and it’s still one of my all time favourite cakes, it’s just so full of flavour, so easy to make and that thick, gooey caramel topping is just heavenly. It’s really easy to make too, which means this Gluten Free Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Bundt Cake basically perfect! You can see the original recipe here, it’s not gluten free of course and the photos, well, they leave a lot to be desired! I was still a baby blogger back then, so you’ll have to cut me some slack. I do hope to update those photos too one day, but for now just know this is how beautiful this delicious cake can be!

Gluten Free Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Bundt Cake - This Gluten Free Brown Sugar and Pecan Caramel Bundt Cake is packed full of pecans and toffee bits, with a moist and tender crumb, smothered in thick, gooey caramel, topped with butter toasted pecans!

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Pecan Pie Cheesecake {Gluten Free}

This Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the perfect way to shake up Thanksgiving dessert! It’s has a gluten free pecan and walnut crust with creamy baked vanilla cheesecake, a bourbon pecan pie topping and bourbon brown sugar whipped cream. So delicious, so easy and make ahead! 

Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake - This Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the perfect way to shake up Thanksgiving dessert! It's has a gluten free pecan and walnut crust with creamy baked vanilla cheesecake, a bourbon pecan pie topping and bourbon brown sugar whipped cream. So delicious, so easy and make ahead!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays, and we don’t even have it in the UK! But any holiday that is primarily about eating a lot of delicious food and being thankful for all the good in your life is my kind of holiday! There are so many yummy traditional Thanksgiving foods that I love, but the dessert course is always my favourite, shocking I know! Pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie… all the pies! I think that’s why it’s so easy to overeat on Thanksgiving, everything is too good, you just have to try a bit of everything! Or is that just me?! 

Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake - This Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the perfect way to shake up Thanksgiving dessert! It's has a gluten free pecan and walnut crust with creamy baked vanilla cheesecake, a bourbon pecan pie topping and bourbon brown sugar whipped cream. So delicious, so easy and make ahead!

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Sweet Potato Pie Bars

Sweet Potato Pie Bars

In my last post I talked about coming up with Thanksgiving recipe ideas and how there are so many yummy dessert recipes out there and so I didn’t need to come up with my own. Well, need and want are very different things – we may not need another Thanksgiving dessert recipe idea, but I wanted one! 

Sweet Potato Pie Bars

Sweet potato is one of my all time favourite foods, I’ve yet to find a way I don’t like to eat it! But I’d never eaten sweet potato pie before, so naturally I decided I needed to make it! I somehow don’t own a pie plate, I don’t know how this happened but here we are – the need to make a pie but no pie dish to make it in. But who says pie needs to be round anyway? These sweet potato pie bars are the perfect solution to the lack of pie dish conundrum – and I would totally make it this way again even after I’ve acquired my own pie dish. There’s just something about slicing it up into little bars that makes it so much more appealing to me – maybe it’s because I could add a streusel topping and a marshmallow glaze without ruining the clean look of a pie! Making them in bars is a great way to serve them up for Thanksgiving too – no fiddly too thin pieces to make sure everybody gets a piece, a fork isn’t even needed if you want to mingle around the the table. I definitely think they have a more rustic, family feel to them, don’t you?

Sweet Potato Pie Bars

Since I’d never even eaten sweet potato pie before, I decided to start from an established recipe. I chose this one by Joy the Baker because I love her recipes and the ingredients list on this had me drooling! I thought to myself – I can make her one and then make any changes to suit my tastes. Silly me, I should have known I wouldn’t want to change anything about one of her recipes. I used her crust recipe and filling recipe, then just made it in bar form and added a streusel and glaze. I thought about topping this pie with a lattice crust, but my weakness for streusel beat that idea out. And I’m glad it did, it gives an extra yummy layer of texture, and is a great vehicle for the marshmallow glaze. Marshmallow is a go to pairing with sweet potato dishes and there’s a good reason for that, it just plain works! it’s simple to put together too, it’s just butter, marshmallows and sugar. I melted marshmallows to add to the mix, but in a pinch marshmallow fluff would probably do the trick too. It’s a nice, thick glaze too so it holds its own against the streusel! 

Sweet Potato Pie Bars

Coriander isn’t something I would have thought to put in myself, but it really does make this pie shine! You’ll want to buy coriander seeds and grind them yourself too, coriander is one of those spices that tends to lose it’s flavour quickly once ground. There’s a lot of yummy, warming spices in this pie of course – as well as the coriander we have nutmeg and cinnamon. You cook the filling through before adding it to the pie, so you awaken all those delicious spices that bring so much fall flavour. It’s a good idea to blend the filling first too to make sure the whole thing is smooth, I used an immersion stick blender but you could add it to your blender and give it a whirl too.  

There’s a fair bit of work in putting this pie together, with cooking the potatoes, cooking the filling, making the crust, making the streusel and the glaze. But it really isn’t very daunting, you can do stages simultaneously and each part is pretty easy. In bar form as well it’s very forgiving – you don’t have to worry about the top of your pie or breaking the crust! 

Sweet Potato Pie Bars

I hope you give this one a go, it’s a great recipe (with most of it coming from Joy the Baker, you can trust me on that) and your family will love it! 

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Sweet Potato Pie Bars

 

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Chocolate Walnut French Toast Two Ways

Walnut French Toast

I’m English. I live in England. Yet here I am, posting a Thanksgiving recipe! But here’s the thing, I love holiday baking. Especially if that holiday is in the autumn, because it’s my favourite time of year with all my favourite flavours (I know, I’m such a revolutionary). So while I came up with this yummy French Toast recipe with Thanksgiving breakfast in mind, you can totally enjoy it on any day, anywhere in the world. My total Englishness can attest to that, because enjoy it is something I did with great enthusiasm! 

Walnut French Toast

I set out to make a yummy breakfast for Thanksgiving because I figured there’s enough amazing Thanksgiving dessert recipes out there already, my input isn’t need. And you need a fabulous breakfast on Thanksgiving morning before all that food you’re going to eat – call it stretching! I knew I was going to make French toast because I’d just made a Sourdough loaf (I may have made the bread with the sole intention of using it for french toast) and I of course wanted it to be Thanksgivingy, so I was trying to think of desserts I could use for inspiration. Pumpkin Pie was obviously one of my first thoughts, which lead to pecan pie – pecan pie french toast! Perfect! But then I couldn’t find any pecans (what kind of dystopian world am I even living in?!) so I landed on walnuts instead. 

Walnut French Toast

Last year I actually celebrated Thanksgiving with my best friend’s family in Atlanta. Her mum made an amaaaazing pecan pie, the thing that tipped it over the edge for me was the chocolate chips – so I knew I had to include chocolate chips in my pecan walnut pie french toast. Why two ways? There’s a couple of reasons actually – I initially made stuffed french toast but I couldn’t eat it myself because the issues I have with my jaw means I’m limited in what I can eat. Plus baked french toast has been on my list of things to bake for a while now, so after I fell in love with the stuffing for this french toast I knew I had to make it in baked form. So Chocolate Walnut French Toast Two Ways was born! Those two ways being Chocolate Walnut Stuffed French Toast and Chocolate Walnut Baked French Toast with a Streusel Topping.

Walnut French Toast

Whichever way you make it, you’re going to love it. The chocolate and walnut filling is sticky and sweet just like pecan pie, you can of course make it with pecans but honestly I loved the walnuts. It made it feel more festive for me! The baked version would probably be your best option for Thanksgiving (or Christmas!) breakfast since you’ll prepare it the night before, no fussing about in the morning when you have 1001 other things to do, you can just wake up, pop it in the oven and serve a delicious breakfast that your family will think you’ve been up since the rooster’s crow slaving away for them! Don’t worry, I won’t tell them 😉 

Walnut French Toast

 

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 “I thought our story was epic, you know. You and me. Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed. Epic” No, I’m not talking about this smoothie! It is very, very good but I can’t say it’ll ruin any lives. I’m just trying to softly introduce you to my tendency for getting way too involved in the lives of fictional characters, that quote is from an episode of Veronica Mars I am watching as I write this. Now, I don’t know if you ever watched Veronica Mars – but if you have, you might understand why I’m a bit misty right now (their story was epic, just FYI). 

Now, that was your soft introduction – now I’m just going to through you into the deep end! Today was a big day for Marvel fans, a lot of their upcoming movies were officially announced and let’s just say it’s been a bit of a roller coaster of emotions – from their first female lead movie being announced, to their first black superhero lead movie being announced to the confirmation of a specific storyline they’re going to be delving into that will most likely kill off my favourite Marvel character. I’m going to leave it at that or you’ll all run away before you get to know more about this yummy, seasonal smoothie.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

So, I will actually start talking about this recipe now and stop crying about Steve Rogers! This pumpkin pie smoothie made a bit of a mess in my kitchen this morning – and by that I mean I discovered my blender was leaking when I picked it up and smoothie started pouring out of the bottom! Luckily, I managed to save enough to savour the yummy autumn flavours and have a good breakfast! 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

It’s basically like drinking pumpkin pie and it’s good for your tummy. It not only contains pumpkin puree and the spices, but it also has kefir milk. Kefir milk is something I recently discovered after it was recommended to me by a friend, and now I put it in all my smoothies! I normally like to keep dairy out of my smoothies, but this is a fermented milk using kefir grains (not really grains, it’s a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter) making the milk full of tummy loving probiotics! It’s also packed full of protein and also low in lactose for those of you who are sensitive to high amounts. It doesn’t just improve the health factor of the smoothies either, it’s super yummy -it’s got a similar taste to greek yogurt, so why not replace the yogurt in your smoothies with kefir for that same tang, but extra goodness! 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 

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