On my website I have changed the recipe of the week to my favourite Peanut Butter Cookies. These are really easy to make and I make them with crunchy peanut butter as I feel they give an extra crunchiness to the cookie. I am adding this recipe to my blog and website and it will also be available on Yummly. I was inspired to try and make these cookies from a recipe I found on Pinterest by “the semisweetsisters.com”. At the time I was looking for Valentine bakes and inspirations.

[lt_recipe name=”Peanut Butter Cookies” servings=”12″ prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”15M” total_time=”25M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” summary=”Nutritionally, one cookie contains 215 calories, 11.6g total fat (15% daily total fat), 24.9g total carbohydrate (9% daily total carbohydrate), 1g fibre (4% daily fibre) (based on a 2000 calorie diet).” image=”https://www.love-to-bake.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/peanutcookies2.jpeg” ingredients=”3oz granulated sugar;2oz soft brown sugar;3oz butter;4.5oz peanut butter;1 egg;6oz plain flour;1 tsp baking powder” ]Preheat the oven to gas 4.;Line a baking tray.;Weigh out the ingredients and mix them together to form a dough.;Roll out 12 even sized balls and transfer them to the tray.;Flatten the balls with hand/fork.;Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.;;[/lt_recipe]

Dementia is a terrible debilitating disease which affects millions of people a year in the UK. Diet has been shown to help combat the effects of Dementia, in particular the memory loss and forgetfulness. [amazon_textlink asin=’B00B23407I’ text=’Peanuts’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwlovetobake-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’33190862-fe86-11e6-bc07-0bd2fd568e39′] as well as other nuts if included in the diet can help the side effects of Dementia. Apart from the fact that [amazon_textlink asin=’B002YE3UHK’ text=’peanut butter ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwlovetobake-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’6a703541-fe86-11e6-a1d7-4362391ba209′]cookies are my favourite cookie, if included in the diet of a Dementia sufferer they can help to reduce the effects. Also another added bonus to these cookies is if the person with Dementia is included and allowed to help in the baking of these cookies then they are getting the benefit of a social activity. There are many other activities which can be included to help Dementia sufferers such as [amazon_textlink asin=’B004RON2A0′ text=’art and crafts’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwlovetobake-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’b0133404-fe86-11e6-b725-c333ed180ac9′].

Other foods which can be included in the diet to prevent dementia are leafy greens, whole grains, beans and legumes, berries and cherries, tomatoes, carrots, beets, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, almonds, pecans etc. So much choice and by the end of this week I will make a quiche, and a Cherry and Almond Tart of some description. I regularly make Berry Muffins for my children as a weekend treat.

Yesterday I made a Banana Loaf  but used a muffin recipe and added some caramel essence. I made the loaf in a loaf tin. I sprinkled the with some crumble mix and the resultant bake was delicious. Very moist and delicate. Soft and springy to the touch.

Next week there are a couple of special things going on in the food calendar. There is “Spam Appreciation Week” and “British Pie Week”. I have some recipes in mind for pies which I can make for the family to enjoy and I will be sharing them on my blog and website. Maybe one of them will be a spam pie. Hahaha. 🙂