Category: Recipes

Spiced Applesauce with Brown Sugar Pancakes

This weekend is the official start of Autumn. The Autumn equinox. Where the day is exactly as long as the night. And soon the nights will be much longer. Nights curled up in cosy slippers, wrapped in knitted cardigans and snuggled under a soft blanket.

What more could you need on nights like that than an easy but delicious seasonal treat? Actually, why wait until the night? These are just as delicious scoffed at breakfast too!



4 heaped tbsp self raising flour

2 level tsp brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 pint milk

Butter for frying

Spiced Apple Sauce

2 eating apples chopped into 1cm chunks (peeled or not, depending on your preference)

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

  • Stir the flour and sugar together in a large bowl
  • Pour in some of the milk (you made not need it all so as slowly!) until the batter is very thick and doesn’t fall off the spoon easily
  • Beat in the egg
  • Add in a little more milk until the batter is a little thinner. Still thick, but more pourable than before. As I said, oh may not need all of the 1/2 pint so add it a bit at a time
  • In a hot frying pan, melt a tsp of butter until bubbling and fry tablespoons of batter, 3 or 4 pancakes will usually fit at the same time but depending on the size of your pan of course
  • Once the little puddles of batter start bubbling on the top they’re ready to flip. Should take 1-2 mins on the fest side and a minute once flipped
  • Pile them onto a plate lined with a piece of kitchen roll

  • To make the applesauce put the chopped apples and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Turn the heat down and let it simmer gently until the apples have softened
  • Stir in the brown sugar and let it come back to a simmer
  • Sprinkle over the cinnamon and ginger and stir to evenly distribute
  • Let simmer until the juice has begun to thicken and the apples are really soft
  • The sauce is now ready. You can use a potato masher or even pop it in a blender to make it a smoother sauce, but I like to leave mine a little chunkier

This recipe can be easily doubled or even tripled, but these measurements as they are should serve 2 adults and 2 small children as a snack…..depending on how hungry the kids are, they may just demolish the lot if you’re not quick enough to grab some!

What autumnal recipes are you looking forward to this season? Let me know if you try these!

Mrs H xxx

Meal Planning Monday – Getting Started

I’ve threatened to meal plan for so long. I know that it would be good for our budget, and it would stop the daily (and I mean every. Single. Day.) “What do we want for tea?” questions, that usually results in a starved raid of the freezer…or a takeaway! Neither of which are healthy or cheap options.
With Baby Herniman 2 due in a matter of weeks, organisation of food prep and cooking times is going to get even more difficult. So I’m going to try (again) to get into the meal planning habit and try and get some batch cooking done so that we can switch it up if needed, but still have healthy and delicious options to heat up whenever we want.
Instead of jumping in head first and deciding today would be Bolognese, tomorrow tacos etc, I thought I’d take a more useful first step and think first, not start panic buying ingredients.
This week we are going to try and eat out of the freezer as much as possible, to use up whatever is hiding in there, and make space for meals that we want. And also get rid of whatever is past its best. I won’t lie, it’s going to hurt to just throw things out, really wasteful. But if they’re questionable or beyond saving then they’re no more use just living in limbo in our freezer!
So as a start I’ve come up with some ‘theme’ ideas that will help us choose meals for the week, and hopefully make meal planning a bit more interesting for us…maybe we’ll do better at sticking with it!

  • Soup and Sandwiches
  • Chinese  
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Pasta
  • Mexican
  • Slow cooker stew
  • Indian
  • Autumn classic
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • Focus on dessert
  • Meatless
  • Indian
  • Lamb/Chicken/Beef/Pork
  • Freezer surprise

A good few of these can be combined of course, but it’s just a few ideas to get started.
Are there any others you would add? What are your favourite meals to plan and make?
Mrs H xxx

Welsh cakes, Toast and Wyke Farm Butter

One of our favourite baked treats here at The Herniman house (though we do have lots of favourites!) is Welsh cakes. Baked mostly around St David’s Day, this doesn’t stop us making several batches throughout the year. They’re so simple and tasty, and a really easy recipe that kids of all ages can get involved with.


I’ve been using the same recipe for years, although most Welsh cake recipes are similar, this is my favourite, because it was given to me by a very special family friend, who we call our adopted family. ‘Mam’ even made a LOT of these delicious welsh cakes (heart shaped) for our wedding 4 years ago and they were a big hit! One of her genius ideas was to split the welsh cakes in half and fill with jam (lovely) lemon curd (lovelier) and Nutella (amazing!) but the base recipe always remains the same.

When we were sent 2 blocks of the newly branded Wyke farm butter a few weeks ago, one salted and one unsalted. Welsh cakes were the first things I thought to make with the unsalted block. The cakes are so lovely and buttery in flavour that a good quality butter is always a must when making them, and the Wyke farm butter certainly enhanced that!


My original plan for the salted butter was to make a savoury dish I’d not tried making before, a delicious butter chicken Indian dish. However there was a slight snag in that plan. We had toast. It was supposed to be a piece of toast to try the butter ‘naturally’ and not ‘in’ something. The butter was so delicious we soon decided to keep it in the dish…for now! As you can imagine, a few days later and there wasn’t enough to make any recipe with. Ah well we just had to finish it on toast! The salty taste was strong enough but didn’t leave you gasping for a glass of water straight away.
I’d still like to try the butter chicken dish so maybe that’ll appear one day soon. But I have just bought a bread maker (another eBay bargain!) so fresh bread will be making a regular appearance in our house…so I can’t see the butter going further than that for now!

We were also sent a lovely purple cool bag with the butter, so plans for the summer now include lots of sandwiches with fresh bread and lots of butter followed by Welsh cakes…and whatever other cakes we can whip up!
Welsh cakes:
8oz self raising flour

4oz butter

3oz sugar

1 egg


Cinnamon or mixed spice
It’s so easy, you just combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. I’ve been even made it in the mixer or food processor before, though I knees the sultanas in by hand to stop them getting too chopped up.

Once it’s come together as a dough, wrap in cling film and put in fridge for 1/2hr or so before rolling out, and cutting into discs (or heart shapes!)

Cook on a cast iron griddle to be really authentic, but a good non stick frying pan will do the trick just fine. 

They only need about a minute on both sides, until they’re a golden brown.

Toss in sugar whilst still warm and it’ll stick better.



Have you tried Wyke farm butter? What are your favourite summer picnic snacks?
Mrs H xxx
Disclosure: we were sent Wyke farm butter for the purpose of a review, all opinions are honest and my own