If you know me then you’ll know I have a real sweet tooth. Consequently, I love desserts almost as much as I like breakfast meals.

However, this new recipe I have stumbled upon can be used for both breakfast and dessert, hot or cold.

Similar to the old bread and butter pudding favourite, (but much yummier, I believe) this creamy, fruity pudding is one to try for sure!

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YOU WILL NEED:

1. About 8 small or 3 large croissants, cut up (about 6 cups)

2. 1 cup fresh blueberries

3. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

4. ⅔ cup sugar

5. 2 eggs

6. 1 teaspoon vanilla

7. 1 cup milk

METHOD:

Firstly, preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place the cut up croissant pieces in a 9 inch circular (or square) pan then sprinkle with blueberries.

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Beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla together in a separate bowl, until blended, adding the milk as you go. Pour evenly over the croissant pieces and then either leave to set for 20 minutes or so, over even overnight.

 

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Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 to 40 minutes or until set slightly in the centre and golden on top. You may want to cover it with foil for the last 10 minutes, I wish I had done this myself as unfortunately mine had slightly burnt parts on top! Best served warm.

 

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Just outside of London, around about an hour or so away is my home county, Kent.

Whilst living in Kent as a child, I couldn’t wait to get away from the place – I always found it boring, with nothing to do. I simply craved the city life.

However, as I became older and finally made that big move to the busy city of London, I started to really appreciate my trips home to the countryside. Now, although this was somewhat to do with seeing my family, it was also because it was quite relaxing to return on a weekend and go for a countryside walk, and it helped me really appreciate how beautiful Kent is.

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Dover Cliffs are probably one of the most beautiful sights in Kent, and if you have never heard of them before then I recommend paying it a visit sometime soon if you are nearby!

Part of the National Trust, the cliffs were used as defence in both of the World Wars and look out across the English channel towards the French Coast. We arrived, paid only the £3.50 parking charge, and off we hiked into the wind…

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It doesn’t take too long to walk to the other side of the cliffs, and along the walk you can see boats drifting along the channel from France (so close that our phone networks thought we weren’t in England anymore!) and little Shetland horses nibbling at the grass around you on your way.

 

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I particularly find it beautiful not just because of the stunningly huge, chalky cliffs, but also because of the rolling hills you are walking through.

On the other side of the walk is a lighthouse, and you can enter it for a coffee which is supposed to be nice, although we didn’t do this as it was quite busy that day.

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So if you are visiting England, perhaps don’t dismiss Kent and the Dover Cliffs as a possible visit.

 

Bethany xxx

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Anyone who knows me will know that I am a massive pancake lover. I often crave a visit to The Breakfast Club restaurants just to eat their pancakes, even for dinner.

Their “Pancakes and Berries” menu item comes out topped with berries, syrup and whipped cream on top. Mmm. Another personal favourite of mine is the pancakes you can buy at Bills. With strawberries, blueberries and tons of maple syrup, I am surely in heaven.

However, rather than spending a good £7-£10 on a few pancakes, why not try making them at home yourself?

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With just a few ingredients and some practice, you could be having yummy pancakes whenever you wish! (Although, maybe not advised for health issues…) I do however, try to make my pancakes quite healthy usually, because I tend to eat them whenever I can! This recipe I am about to provide has lots of fruit, however there is some sugar within the actual pancake too – so I’d advise sharing the recipe and maybe not using this recipe all the time; although its still probably better than those sugary box cereals you can buy.

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Now, for the pancake ingredients:

1. 135 grams of plain flour

2. 1 teaspoon of baking powder

3. Half a teaspoon of salt (Not always necessary)

4. 2 Tablespoons sugar

5. 130 ml milk

6. 1 egg

7. 2 tablespoons of melted butter or olive oil

To serve with the pancakes, I added:

Homemade raspberry sauce; raspberries; blueberries; strawberries. You can also add some maple syrup if you wish.

METHOD:

  1. Mix and sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk, then whisk in your melted butter.
  2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork or a whisk, beat until the batter is smooth. Now let the batter stand for a few minutes.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a dash of oil or butter – I used some Frylight 1 Cal Spray to make it a little healthier (and it tastes the same!). Now add a ladle of batter slowly, trying to ensure the thick batter is a small circle. When the top of the pancake begins to bubble, turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown.

For my raspberry sauce to serve, I simply crushed some raspberries in a bowl and then heated the result over a saucepan until a sauce. Some people like to siv it first to get rid of raspberry bits; but I like those!

Pour the sauce (or maple syrup) over the stacked pancakes, then scatter your fruit at random. Voila! Delish.

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Oh Fiscardo. Even the name of the place itself sounds luxurious. Almost as though it should be stated in a Greek accent at all times. “Fiscardo!”

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And what a luxurious place it seems! Fiscardo is another place I recommend visiting within Greece, and is a place that attracts every kind of person. From people like myself, who although loves a little bit of luxury, has to often settle more within my own budget – and then those who own a yacht… and Fiscardo is certainly one of those places.

 

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Trotting down the small, cobbled steps towards the harbour, the first thing you will probably spot here are the boats. There are boats of every size and style imaginable, from dinky fishing boats to cruising boats and fabulous yachts; Fiscardo is not short of sights that is for sure!

 

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However, do not be disillusioned and led towards believing that this place is only for those who dine with gold cutlery. I found Fiscardo beautiful, but that Greek friendly charm is still present here and the prices here to eat and drink are not extortionate.

Take a walk along the front watching the boats go by, have a wander around shops within the quirky streets or dip your feet into the clear blue water full of bright coloured fish.

We were so hot when we arrived that we stopped first for a drink and snacks at a pretty little place called La Passage. A perfect place for people watching and the prices here are still pretty cheap.

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Although Fiscardo seems pretty small, there are many cobbled streets hidden around by the shops and there was plenty to do and see after our drink. Around one of the corners towards the end of the harbour there are boats that can be rented out, which now looking back I wish we had done so.

As you walk around all you can see is beautifully Greek buildings, all different colours and covered in blankets of luminous bright tropical flowers. From hidden independent shops to waterside restaurants, all of them have their own individual look, making for a both stylish and quirky little place.

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After a long walk around the quaint town we were sweltering hot again, and so couldn’t resist a cool down in one of Fiscardos amazing ice cream parlours.

 

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What a gem Fiscardo is, with tranquil, turquoise waters and still so much to do on foot.

 

Bethany xxx

 

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Last week I saw one of the most stunning natural wonders.

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Whilst in Greece, we drove into Sami through the mountains on our quad bike, the heat was burning on my back – in a good way of course – and made our way to a Melissani Cave.

Otherwise known as the underground Melissani Lake, or ‘The Cave of the Nympths’, it is a deep lake surrounded with forest and rock, and is located east of the mountains of Evmorfia and Agia Dynati.

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It was not too difficult to get to, however if you had not heard about it before you could well drive or travel past it without even knowing this little treasure existed.

It was 7 euros to enter the cave and lake, and I heard a couple behind us complain of the price since you are not in the cave for much more than twenty minutes. However, I find this price completely acceptable since it is something that will truly take your breath away. (also, considering the economic state of Greece at the moment we could hardly ask for less.)

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There was no queuing involved or any hustle and bustles of tourists, and as we furthered underground I spotted the bright turquoise water before anything else, and the air completely cooled down the further I went.

A few rowing boats dot the cool blue water, waiting to take you for your ride around the peaceful lake, and a bright ray of sun shoots down from the giant hole from above. It felt like I was walking through Pinterest.

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On the ride, the man rowing sang Greek songs on the way round which kind of added to the scene, and although it did not last more than twenty minutes everyone was really taken aback by the beauty of the cave and I definitely recommend it if you’re into seeing natural wonders!

I have plenty more travel tips coming up for Greece that I have saved so keep an eye out for further posts or subscribe via email on this page/follow me on bloglovin! I will also be travelling to other places this summer so there is much, much more to come!

Lots of love,

Bethany xxx

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