If you are looking for some weekend baking inspiration, try these easy recipes with added spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg which instantly creates warming and comforting treats.

Pear cake

1. Begin by greasing a round loose base tin with butter and preheat the oven to 180c. Then peel and remove the seeds of two large pears.

2. Using a food mixer, mix 150g of soft unsalted butter with one cup of soft brown sugar, add in two cups of rye and spelt flour and one tsp of baking powder and mix everything together.

3. Next beat in four eggs, one at a time and then add two tsp of cinnamon, two pieces of stem ginger chopped and two tsp of the ginger syrup. Finally, stir through the chopped pieces of pear and transfer the cake mixture into the tin and top with slices of a third pear and sprinkle with brown sugar.

4. Bake in the oven at 180c for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

Cranberry, orange and peanut butter flapjacks

1. Begin by greasing an oven proof baking tray with butter and pre heat the oven to 180 C.

2. Into a pot add 200g of fresh cranberries, the zest of one orange and two tbsp of brown sugar. On a low heat gently soften the cranberries. This is helped if you pop the lid on the pan and should take no more than 5-8 minutes. Leave to the side once ready.

3. Next add two generous tbsp of coconut oil, four tbsp honey, four tbsp maple syrup and four tbsp peanut butter into another pot and gently melt the ingredients together. Add four cups of oats to the mixture and fold everything together.

4. Add the softened cranberries to the oat mixture and spoon into your tray, spreading the mixture out evenly and pressing it down into all the corners. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool before slicing into generous squares.

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