Pear Recipe: Simple Pear Muffins

As you may be aware, we have been FORAGING recently! We love going out and finding things that we can collect and eat. Learning about nature, our environment and the seasons as we go along. We even came together made a little video (see below) to share all our best Foraging Tips & Trick. Truly inspired. We now have a handful of pears to use up and were looking around for what pear recipes to try, when of course  I thought – our Foragers Cake. Foragers cake is perfect, as you can make as little or as much as you like – depending on what fruit you have. Also you can add different fruit to different corners of your cake. Meaning you can make the most of what you have. As we had four small pears, I decided to make Pear Muffins using this recipe and as always, this is a great recipe for Cooking With Kids!

Pear RecipesThe Foragers Cakes works on the principle, that you weigh your eggs in their shell and use that weight for your flour, butter and eggs. We used:

  • 2 eggs = 120g
  • 120 g self raising flour
  • 120g butter at room temp
  • 120g of sugar

Pear Recipe Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Mix it all together until you have  smooth dough. Add a splash of milk if necessary (we rarely do).
  • Meanwhile and slice your fruit.
  • Spoon your mixture into your cupcake cases (we made 11 in the end).
  • Add all the sliced fruit on top. Place it close together, it will sink into your cake a little and also add to the moistness
  • Pop into the oven until golden, usually 20-25 min for cupakes


Now to our Foraging Tips & Tricks


Have an ABUNDANCE of Blackberries? Check out this lovely round up of Blackberry recipes to really get your mouth watering!

Author: Maggy Woodley

Autumn Blog Hop

fall activities for kidsWell.. by now you MUST know how much I love Autumn. I love the coziness of winter coming our way. I am always looking for new ideas and activities to do with my kids, in comes the wonderful Autumn Blog Hop! A great way to share lots of Autumn activities across a number of blogs.

I would like to share our favourite Autumn Activities:

1) Blackberry picking (check out our tips on foraging with kids)

2) Baking by forager’s cake

3) Parks – and going on an “Autumn Treasure Hunt” – aka collecting acorns, sticks and pine cones – then making Autumn Mobiles

4) Acorn Crafts and Chestnut crafts

5) Planning for Halloween

6) Carving Pumpkins

What are your favourite activities for Autumn? Come link up and join the blog hop!!!

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Pumpkin Recipes

As you may know, I do like to cook with the children  – or at least try to! I also like to try out new recipes. This October we have a “date” with “Uncle” for some pumpkin carving. And being a “non wasteful” so and so, I thought it would be a good idea to check out what yummy recipes are out there for us try out!

The recipes below are a mixture of “canned pumpkin” and fresh pumpkin recipes (I have always marked which it is). You can usually replace the canned with freshly cooked fresh pumpkin without too much problems, just cook it, drain it and be sure to adjust any fluids you add (add a bit less…).

I can’t vouch for any of recipes (we haven’t tried them YET), but the majority come recommended by other bloggers and they all look great! Will you be inspired to get pumpkin carving AND cooking this October?


pumpkinPumpkin Puree

I am starting with this recipe, so that you can make your own Pumpkin Puree to replace and Canned Pumpkins in some of the recipes below. This is thanks to The Pioneer Woman.

Fresh Pumpkin

Curried Pumpkin Soup

We do love making soup – it is easy and it something that the kids can help with (in fact we have a very similar Carrot Soup on Life At The Zoo). I think The Boy would enjoy making this! This recipe is from All You.

pumpkinSausage Pumpking and Sage Casserole

From the BBC Food website (usually a safe bet). My kids love sausages. They also like chopping things. Casseroles TEND to not need to be chopped to neatly. So maybe this is something for us? Hope so! Might also be something for those of you who like slow cookers!

Fresh Pumpkin

pumpkin recipesSpicy Pumpkin Chowder (Diary Free)

This recipe has the added benefit that it is Diary Free. I can’t wait to try this one out, as I know that Aly from Plus.2.4. knows her cooking “stuff” and I love chowders!

Fresh Pumpkin

Hubble Bubble Pumpkin Pot

A rice based dish that sounds wonderful (looks like pumpkins really do go well with rice!). This one is from BBC Good Food and was recommend by Alice Ready.


pumpkin recipesPumpkin & Rice Slow Cooker Casserole

Another recipe from Aly at Point 2.4. She uses a slow cooker to make this. I am so keen to get a slow cooker – the food is meant to taste delicious and it reduces your time in the kitchen.

Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto is another firm favourite of mine. Seems like you can add almost anything and make it tasty. Fantastic. This recipe is via BBC Good Food! Recommended by A Bavarian Sojourn.

Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Curry

We Brits do love a good curry – so this Pumpkin Curry sounds hugely promising! Here Come The Girls shares her recipe!

Fresh or Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin & Chicken Meatball Curry

And then there is THIS curry. Also makes my mouth water with pumpkin delight anticipation. From Family Fresh Cooking.

Canned Pumpkin

pumkin recipesPumpkin Pasta and Bacon

A little different from all of the other recipes is this pumpkin pasta and bacon shared by Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice.

 Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Bread

Not sure if this counts as savoury or sweet. I guess it is a bit of both? From The Food Network and comes highly recommended by

Fresh Pumpkin


Pumpkin Pancakes

These look mouth watering-ly delicious! Sweet Pea’s Kitchen shares this great pancake recipe.

Canned Pumpkin

Sweet Chilly Raising Pumpkin Bread

And did you know you can make BREAD in a slow cooker? Aly is a genius. Go check out yet another mouth watering recipe.

Fresh Pumpkin

pumpkin recipesPumpkin Spice Donuts

Oh my goodness, how delicious do these look? Blue Eyed Bakers shares this delicious treats. I really want to try these!

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Cake

Well you get carrot cake and beetroot cake, so why not pumpkin cake indeed! Dormouse and The Teapot share this fabulous sound recipe!

Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Scone Recipe

Yummy idea to make scones. Love the whole “pumpkin day” over at Adventures in Motherhood and you can find the Scone Recipe on I Blame My Mother.

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Bar Pumpkins

My goodness, how cute and tasty do these little treats look? Well they sure are Toddler Approved. Go check them out.

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yum, what isn’t to like about anything with chocolate chip in it. I think these may be top of my pumpkin baking list this year. Thanks to Dana Made It.


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Yet another mouth watering recipe. This time we have pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a caramel icing. This just smacks of “Fall” food. Wonderful. From Recipe Girl.


pumpkin recipesPumpkin Walnut Squares

I do love walnuts, deliciously tasty, healthy and crunchy. Love the sound of these walnut squares by Bake Your Day!


Marshmallow and Pumpkin Bake

Perfect for any Halloween party a “Marshmallow and Pumpkin bake” by Chez Maximka. Fun!


Anyway! Hope you are inspired to get Pumpkin Cooking this Halloween! We are!

And if you want some pumpkin crafts, check out: