Almost easy-mix, spicy-topped apple cake

Our almost-easy-mix spicy-topped apple cake (egg-free)

If you’re looking for an easy-mix cake, then this would be it if you use eggs. Pureed apple, used instead of egg, makes the baking a bit fiddlier, but it also cuts down on the amount of refined sugar needed in the cake mix. A sprinkle of sugar and spices across the top give a tasty, crusty substitute for icing. It’s always been well received, and no one has ever thought they were missing out.

Cinnamon honey cake

Cinnamon honey cake (egg-free)

The combination of honey and cinnamon in this cake fools a lot of people into looking for the ginger. There is no ginger, but they still all love it anyway. The egg-free version opens it up to a wider audience, especially in settings where you might have children with egg allergies running around.

The other good thing about this cake is that it takes about 10 minutes to mix and half an hour to bake, making it useful for those “Oh no, I need a cake for today!” moments.

Spiced green tea: a perfect uncaffeinated tea to share with friends

Spiced green tea to warm up your day

Take a few minutes to breathe: a clear blue-sky day, a snow-chilled breeze, warm sun. Find a friend and chat about the weather, your jobs, your children – some still at home, some with children of their own. Your back soaks up the last of the autumn warmth. A pot of tea sits to one side, brewing for those last few, important minutes.…