For last-minute Mother’s Day inspiration, try Annabel Karmel’s teatime treats

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NOTHING can beat homemade food, and what better way is there to show your mum you love her than to cook up a meal she’ll love?

Annabel Karmel’s teatime treats are light, tasty and even good for the waist-band – guaranteed to impress you mother.

Blueberry, lemon and yoghurt loaf

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 1 hr 15 mins

Cals: 514/Sat fat: 12g

Sit down and enjoy a blueberry, lemon and yogurt loaf as a teatime snack - it's light, low-fat and looks a treat
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Sit down and enjoy a blueberry, lemon and yogurt loaf as a teatime snack – it’s light, low-fat and looks a treat[/caption]

Ingredients: 

  • 175g butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 150g plain yoghurt
  • Zest 2 lemons
  • 200g blueberries, halved

For the topping:

  • 100g icing sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon rind
  • Mint leaves

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas mark 3. Line a 2lb loaf tin with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Measure the ingredients except the blueberries into a bowl. Whisk until light and fluffy, then stir in the blueberries. Spoon the mix into the loaf tin.
  3. Bake the loaf for 1 1/4 hours until golden, well-risen and cooked through in the middle (test with a skewer to make sure). Leave to cool in the tin, then remove from the paper.
  4. Mix the icing sugar and lemon juice together to form a thick paste. Drizzle over the top of the cake.
  5. Decorate with blueberries, lemon rind and mint leaves.

Blue cheese,red onion and gruyère loaf

Serves 8

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 1 hr 20 mins

Cals: 510/Sat fat: 8g

For a savoury loaf, try blue cheese, red onion and gruyÈre, served great with cream cheese
Maja Smend

For a savoury loaf, try blue cheese, red onion and gruyère, served great with cream cheese[/caption]

Ingredients: 

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 5 small red onions, sliced
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 100g gruyère, grate
  • 100g blue cheese, cubed
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 284ml buttermilk
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 8 cherry tomatoes on the vine

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Line a 2lb loaf tin with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onions and fry for 10 minutes until soft. Add the vinegar and sugar, stir until caramelised then leave to cool.
  3. Place the flour, cheese, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, buttermilk and sunflower oil together. Add this to the dry mixture, along with three-quarters of the cold onions.
  4. Stir gently,then spoon into the tin. Add the remaining onions on top then press in the tomatoes.
  5. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes until well-risen and golden brown – test with a skewer to make sure the loaf is cooked through.
  6. Slice and serve spread with cream cheese.
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Drink me!

Cupsmith Calm Days Tea is only £4.25 and is the perfect refreshing drink to pair with fresh cake this Mother's Day
Cupsmith Calm Days Tea is only £4.25 and is the perfect soothing drink to pair with a fresh slice of cake this Mother’s Day
  • Food styling: Maud Eden  
  • Prop styling: Katie de Toney  
  • Stockist: Cupsmith (Ocado.com)

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