ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts · Snacks and nibbles

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

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Oh we do love a good cupcake for afternoon coffee break. We bought some new coffee beans to try but then realised we didn’t have any cake to go with it…..so off I went to the kitchen to see what I had. Bananas from last week that were perfect for cake making, so that made my decision, banana cake it was. So yummy!

Makes 6

80g self raising flour

120g light brown sugar (or you can use caster sugar)

20g cocoa powder

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp salt

30ml milk

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 medium ripe banana – mashed

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg. Put all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder) into a mixing bowl and mix through.                                                                                                                                                                                                      20170319_142942
  2. Then put all the wet ingredients (egg, milk, vanilla, banana) into a separate bowl and whisk together.                                                                                        20170319_142946
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk together. It should be runny but not too runny.
  4. Put some cases into a muffin tin and pour the mixture into each, only 1/2 to 3/4 way, leave room for rising. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins or until a knife comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool on a rack and then decorate to your own tastes. I just used some icing as I didn’t have any frosting.                  20170319_15134920170319_161845

I made some plain chocolate ones too, follow everything above but just take out the banana.

 

 

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Spinach Pesto

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I had some Garlic Bread left over from dinner last night, so I wanted to try something different with it rather than just heating it up. I just love spinach, so why not? It turned out absolutely delicious….if I do say so myself. lol!

Makes 1 small pot – about 1 cup

2 cups of fresh spinach leaves or 6 rounds of frozen spinach

1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley. (you could use basil also)

1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese – freshly grated

2 garlic cloves

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Put everything into a food processor and blitz until blended together.

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Serve up. I had mine on bread but you could use this as a base for pizza, in salads, so much more. Will keep in fridge covered for up to 3 days.

 

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Afternoon Tea Empire Biscuits

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I just love my Empire Biscuits, I do have to say they are rather tasty. Having the afternoon to myself I fancied getting my creativity on this afternoon and trying some new techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed my creating and so glad they turned out…..I don’t have the steadiest of hands…lol. Although my love hearts could do with more practise…lol!

 

For the Empire Biscuits:-

Makes approx 10 – Empire Biscuits

Designs:-

I used 1 spoonful of the icing in each tub and added food colouring. 20170311_144514

I used a skewer that I had in my kitchen drawer, but anything with a pen like nib would do.

Once you have put your white icing onto your biscuit you then choose your design colours. 20170311_144852

I started off with roses. Put the nib of the skewer into the red colouring and place a small dot onto the icing and start to rock and circle the skewer to make your design. Clean nib then dip into the yellow and add a dot in the middle. Clean nib then dip into the green and draw small leaf shapes at the bottom. Finish design with small dots of colour randomly.

I done the same thing but on a bigger scale for me single rose.

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Then using each colour draw lines on your biscuit.

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Then drag the tip of your skewer firstly down the way then up the way to create the design.

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Happy Baking!

ALL · Bread · breakfast · Snacks and nibbles

French Toast Stack with Maple Syrup

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I’ve seen posts about Baked French Toast and always wondered how it tastes, so today was that day that I would give it a go. I normally fry my eggy bread so I was intrigued. It tasted amazing with the Maple Syrup and a great Sunday Brunch recipe.

 

Serves 4-6

6 slices of thick white bread (it has to be white, I’ve tried wholemeal in the past and it just doesn’t work)

5 eggs

1 cup Milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 tbsp sugar (brown or white, your choice)

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp butter – melted

Maple Syrup to serve

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg
  2. Cut bread into long slices. Mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. Whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla
  4. Soak the bread in the egg mixture and let excess drip off
  5. Place some greaseproof or parchment paper on a baking tray and lay the bread strips on top, leaving a small space in between                                      20170122_104240
  6. Using the melted butter, brush the tops of the slices then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon
  7. Bake in oven for 15 minutes
  8. Remove and turn over the slices, repeat with the butter and sugar and bake for a further 15 mins.                                                                                 20170122_112502
  9. Allow to cool slightly, plate up and drizzle with Maple Syrup…..Yummy!!

 

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Homemade Chapti’s

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I do amaze myself sometimes, first try at chapti’s and they turned out perfect first time! Again as I have said in a previous post this year, I’m going to try all those things I said I would and didn’t in 2016 and this is one of them.

Makes 6

300g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)

1 tsp salt

50g butter melted

180ml milk

oil for cooking

  1. First melt the butter with the milk either in a pan on a hob or in a microwave for about 1 minute
  2. Sift flour into a bowl add salt then add the milk and butter, mix until you get a soft smooth dough, if its too sticky just add more flour.
  3. Roll into a ball and wrap in cling film for about 1 hour at room temperature.20170111_155547
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  5. Flour your work surface and roll out each ball into a circle or best you can circle shape about 2-3mm thick.
  6. Preheat some oil in a fry pan to a medium to high heat then drop in the bread.
  7. Cook on each side for about 1 minute, you shouldn’t need more than that if you have the right temperature.

    Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving.

If you want more of a wrap just turn the temperature down so it cooks slowly and softly, same time on each side.

So much more healthier than shop bought ones or ones from your local take out and I personally think tastier too. Was definitely a hit with my partner.

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ALL · breakfast · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · Snacks and nibbles · superfoods

Avocado and Spinach Breakfast Muffins

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A great way to start your day, or a fab brunch recipe. Nice and healthy and full of superfoods, what could be better?

Makes 4

4 eggs

Handful of Spinach

Handful of smoked pancetta cubes

2 tbsp of sweetcorn

1/2 avocado – chopped

Grated cheese – Handful

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Grease your muffin tin and preheat oven to 180 deg.
  2. Roughly fry your pancetta cubes in a little oil and pat dry
  3. Lay the spinach leaves at the bottom of your muffin tin                               20161015_105315
  4. Then add in the pancetta, avocado and sweetcorn                                     20161015_105424
  5. Whisk the eggs and season with salt & pepper
  6. Pour into the muffin tin then top with some cheese and chopped spinach.
  7. Bake for approx 20 mins. Yummy!                                                                 20161015_114605
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Churros with Chocolate dipping sauce

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I have seen various different versions of this recipe and always wanted to try, so today was the day that I would have a go at these delicious little Churros. A Churro is a fried-dough pastry snack. Churros are popular in Spain, Portugal, France, the Philippines, Ibero-America and the Southwestern United States. In Spain, churros can either be thin or long and thick, basically you can have them anyway you choose.

As you can see I didn’t have the iconic star shape nozzle for my piping bag, so mine are smooth unlike most images you see online, such as below.  Yes I know…..they do look better…..I will definitely be going to get one.

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This recipe makes approx 8

150g Plain Flour

1 tbsp Baking powder

1 tbsp olive oil

pinch salt

1 cup of boiling water

Oil for frying  I love crisp n dry.

100g chocolate chips

120ml double cream

1/2 cup of caster sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

 

  1. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt then add in the olive oil and water, mix together until combined, it should be like a very thick batter, it should not be runny and thin as this won’t work (trust me..my first batch was to watery and didn’t turn out at all) see my wrong batch below.                                          20160904_141413 wrong batch                          20160904_134248 very thick batter
  2. Heat in a wok some frying oil to 170 deg. If you don’t have a thermometer , drop a piece of bread in about 1cm and if it goes golden brown you know its ready.                                                                                               20160904_135034
  3. Empty the batter into a piping bag. Slowly squeeze out the mixture into the oil making a long shape about 15cm long. You may find it easier to cut with a pair of sissors.                                                                         20160904_134502
  4. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until a golden brown colour. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto some kitchen towel to absorb the fat.
  5. Place caster sugar and cinnamon in a bowl then roll each churro in until covered in sugar.         20160904_142919
  6. Place chocolate chips and cream into a microwavable bowl, micro for 30 secs then stir, then another 30 secs and mix together well. (800w should be o.k.)
  7. Pour sauce into a serving dish and dip…Yummy!

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