Cardamom Loaf

A simple, tasty treat that will go perfectly with a cup of chai. This is a very easy to make bake, my 11 year old daughter made the one pictured!


  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 200 granulated sugar
  • 10 cardamom seeds, peeled and crushed
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
Cardamom Loaf

Cardamom Loaf


Pre heat oven to 170C.

Grease and flour a loaf tin and set aside till needed.

Mix the butter, sugar and cardamom well until it is light and creamy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate soda and salt together and add it to the batter carefully and mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Lastly add the vanilla extract and mix it in.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for around 55 minutes or longer if needed.

Vegan Cupcakes

Thought I’d share this adapted recipe for vegan cupcakes that will satisfy any sweet cravings for vegans and non vegans alike! If you follow me on Instagram (@Rahema_m) you may have seen in my insta stories that we went a whole day eating just vegan foods yesterday! It was such an eye opener for us. I found it a challenge but it was enjoyable. I don’t think we will be going vegan full time any time soon but we would love to incorporate more vegan days in our diets.


  • 275g self raising flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 200ml Alpro chocolate soya milk
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g dark chocolate chips (optional)


Vegan Cupcakes Ingredients

Vegan Cupcakes Ingredients


Pre heat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.

Mix the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and sugar together.

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add in the oil, milk and vanilla and whisk until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Spoon each muffin case with the batter 3/4 of the way up and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the cupcakes are well risen and cooked all the way.

Vegan Cupcakes

Vegan Cupcakes

Mary Berry’s Cornflake Cookies

My daughter made these cookies over the weekend following one of Mary Berry’s recipe (all credit to Mary Berry for this amazing recipe). The recipe stated you could get 34 cookies but she made them slightly bigger and only got 18 cookies out of the mixture. The whole recipe is 135 syns (using light margarine, more syns if you use regular margarine), if you make more or less cookies then you can adjust the syns accordingly (divide the total syns value by the amount of cookies made to find out individual syn value).

These cookies were absolutely delicious – crunchy on the outside and a soft cake like texture in the middle. I am so glad I took the time to work out the syns, I honestly thought these would work out at much higher syn value! And the size she made them were just perfect and one was enough, even for me who has the worst sweet tooth ever! Not sure if I would have eaten more if I had not been fasting that day but I think if they were smaller I could have easily had a few more in one sitting.

If you do make these and make 34 out of the mixture then each cookie is only 4 syns which is not bad at all for homemade cookies.

Someone on Instagram suggested using Crunchy Nut Cornflakes instead of regular, which sounds absolutely divine and I thought the syns would be higher but it is not! So if you replace cornflakes with crunchy nut cornflakes let me know how they turn out please. I haven’t bought crunchy nut cornflakes in years, it used to be one of my fave cereals. I could easily just eat bowlfuls of them pre SW.

These cookies will be a fab addition to our Eid bakes this year, they’re perfect to give as gifts to friends and neighbours too. Everyone loves home baked goodies and these are super easy to make.

Feel free to let me know how your cookies turn out and tag me on your bakes. Happy baking!

Mary Berry's Cornflakes Cookies

Mary Berry’s Cornflakes Cookies



  • 225g light margarine
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 275g self raising flour
  • 50g cornflakes, lightly crushed


Pre heat the oven to gas mark 4 and grease or line a baking sheet.

Beat the margarine and sugar together with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy then add the egg.

Slowly mix in the flour until combined. If the mixture is too soft to handle, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

Wet your hands lightly and roll the mixture into balls. Coat with cornflakes. Arrange on the baking sheet with enough space to flatten slightly with your hand (the cookies will slightly spread during baking).

Bake for around 20 minutes until browned around the edges. Cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. The cookies will get crunchier as they cool.

Baked Oats

Whoever came up with this is a star! I love baked oats, and the possibilities are endless as to the flavours you can have.

Serves: 1

Syns: 1 syn plus Healthy Extra A and B choices, count syns for any fillings accordingly

Time Taken: 15-20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


  • 40g porridge oats
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener
  • 50ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Mix together all the ingredients and place them in silicone muffin cases to be baked for around 15 minutes at gas mark 6.

To make the bakes oats a bit more exciting, you can add fruit, nuts, chocolate chips etc before baking but just remember to syn accordingly. The ones pictured have chocolate chips and were baked in mini silicone cake cases.  I also love making the basic recipe and cook them in waffle shaped silicone mold. I then top them with fresh fruit and a little drizzle of Sweet Freedom Chocolate Shot sauce (1 tsp is only 0.5 syn).