Baking, Edible gifts, Something sweet

Double choc & beetroot cookies

cookies

These are inspired by the healthy chocolate beetroot and cake so I guess that they are healthy too. I used coconut oil rather than olive oil in the cookies. They make a really rich, soft cookie. This will make about a dozen large cookies.

So what do you need?

  • 120ml coconut oil
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 120-150g soft brown sugar (depending on how sweet your tooth is)
  • 150g raw beetroot
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 150g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4tsp. sea salt
  • 50g dark chocolate chips

So what do you do?

Start by heating your oven to 175 degrees C (350 F). First peel and grate the beetroot. Then in a bowl, or a food mixer, mix together the oil egg and sugar, add the beetroot and mix it in then add all the dry ingredients. Finally, mix in the chocolate chips. This will make a thick sticky dough.

Then line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and use a spoon to form balls of the dough and place them on the baking sheet leaving a space between them. Slightly press the balls down with the back of the spoon. Put them in the oven for 12 -15 minutes until they have set. It’s okay if they are still a bit soft in the middle. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet then move onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

 

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Baking, Brunch, The Basics

Granola

Granola

I’m trying to eat more fruit and healthier breakfasts so have started making batches of granola to eat with fresh fruit and homemade yoghurt in the mornings. Granola isn’t as healthy as muesli as it has some oil and sweetener in it but I do like the crunch and if you make your own you can control how sweet it is and add whatever healthy extras you like.

I start by preheating the oven to about 175 degrees C or 350F. Then I put 500g rolled oats and 200g – 250g of mixed nuts and seeds into a large roasting tin, here I used cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. I start these off first in the oven and bake them for about 10 minutes. Then to this I add about 50ml of coconut oil, 120ml of honey (if you want a sweeter version add some a bit more honey) a pinch of salt and a few grating of nutmeg (you can use cinnamon if you prefer) and mix everything together and put it back in the oven. After about 10 mins. I take it out and stir it and add about 150g of dried fruit, here I used dried mango and sultanas. I put it back for about 10 minutes checking and stirring it after 5 mins. The oats should be golden brown. Take it out of the oven and allow to cool and then store in an airtight container.

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Baking, Veggie mains

Chestnut, pumpkin and leek stuffing

stuffing

This is a festive stuffing that can easily be made vegan a great option for veggies at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Just make sure the meat eaters don’t eat it all before you get a look in! This will make 1 large baking dish approximately 30 x 20 cms.

So what do you need?

  • 1 baguette (a day old one is great)
  • 400g pre-cooked chestnuts
  • 400g pumpkin fesh
  • 200g leeks
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • about 6 tbsp. olive oil
  • 250-300 ml veggie stock
  • 1 tsp marmite
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • a few springs of thyme
  • a few sage leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • butter (optional)

So what do you do?

Start by heating your oven to 175 degrees C / 350F. Peel and deseed your pumpkin and chop 400g of the flesh into cubes about 2 cms in size. crush a couple of cloves of garlic and then put the pumpkin, garlic a tbsp. of olive oil an a pinch of salt an a good grind of pepper into a baking and give it a mix and roast the pumpkin for about 15 mins in the oven until it starts to soften. Meanwhile chop the bread into cubes about 2cms and put in a large mixing bowl. Slice the leek and lightly steam it for a few minutes then add to the bowl. Break the chestnuts roughly into halves and add to the bowl. Crush the remaining garlic with about 1/2 tsp. salt and add this to the bowl with some ground pepper and a good grating of nutmeg, about a third of a nut, and the chopped herbs then add in the roasted pumpkin and pour over a good amount of olive oil and mix everything together. The add the stock, with the marmite dissolved in it, which will be absorbed by the break and make the stuffing soft. Then spread the stuffing in a greased baking dish and grate a little more nutmeg on the top and either drizzle over a bit more olive oil or put small bits of butter over the top. Put back in the oven and bake for about half an hour until the top turn crisp and golden.

 

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Baking, Something fruity, Something sweet, Uncategorized

Dundee inspired fruit cake

When I was young my Nana always has a fruit cake in a tin which we’d enjoy a slice of when we went to see her. I guess she made one every week. My mum also used to sometimes make fruit cakes at home too. This is my take on Dundee fruit cake with the addition of some spices and some Turrón, which I had left from Christmas, it’s like a marzipan so you could easily substitute it. I guess this makes it a bit of a Dundee / Simnel hybrid. The dried fruit is soaked in scotch so it’s a good option for Burns light.

So what do you need.

  • 300g dried fruit (sultanas & raisins)
  • 50g naked (uncrystallised) ginger
  • 3 or 4 caps of whisky (optional)
  • 150g softened butter
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • Grating of nutmeg (about 1/2 tsp)
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 250g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 100g grated Turrón Yuma tostada (or marzipan)
  • 50g flaked almonds (or whole blanched almonds)

So what do you do?

First weigh out the dried fruit and place in a bowl and pour over the whisky and mix so the fruit absorb the whisky. Pre-heat your oven to 170 F / 325 C. Grease and line a 18-20cm round cake tin. Then cream together the butter and sugar and then add the lemon zest and eggs and mix together. Next add the flour, spices and baking powder and mix into a thick batter. Then add the fruit, ginger and Turrón and mix everything together. Spoon into the prepared baking tin and sprinkle over the flaked almonds.

Cook in the centre of the oven and check after an hour and if it’s beginning to brown cover with tin foil to prevent the top burning. Cook for another 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean. The lemon zest and spices give off a delicious aroma as the cake cooks. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 mins then cool completely on a wire rack. It will keep well in an airtight container. Enjoy with a cup of tea or a dram of whisky!

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Baking, Something sweet

Double choc biscuits 


These are really easy and delicious if you like chocolate. This will make about 15 biscuits or 8 larger cookies.

So what do you need?

  • 100g butter
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 100g plain (all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. cocao powder
  • 50g chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. plain yoghurt or milk

So what do you do?

Start by pre- heating your oven to 175 degrees C / 350 F. Then cream together the butter and sugar and mix in the vanilla essence. Next add in the the flour, baking powder, cocao powder and choc chips and mix them in. Then add just enough plain yoghurt or milk to bring the mixture together into a dough.

On a lined baking sheet put dessert spoons balls of the mixture leaving some space between them and then press them down with the back of a fork. Put them in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the begin to crisper at the edges. Allow to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Baking, Snacks, The Basics

Oatcakes 

If you live somewhere that they are readily available in the shops then you probably  wouldn’t bother making them but if you don’t and you get a craving for them they’re not ask to make and you can make them smaller than shop bought ones for a more delicate biscuit to go with cheese after dinner. They’re also very economical to make. This recipe makes about 40 biscuits.

So what do you need?

  • 250g porridge oats
  • 50g whole meal flour
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds (optional)

So what do you do?

First preheat your oven to about 190 degrees C / 375F. If you have a baking stone then put it in the oven to heat up. Then put the oats in a food processor and grind them until they become like a rough flour still with about a third still in oat pieces. Then heat about 80ml of water and add a tsp. of sea salt and the butter until it melts. Mix the flour in with the oats and then pour in the water and butter. Mix everything together with a spoon until it comes together  in a ball. If necessary add a little more hot water to bring everything together. Put the mixture on a floured work surface and roll it out until it’s as thin as you want the oatcakes I made mine slightly thinner than shop bought ones. The with a cookie cutter of your desired size, I used one 4cms and one 5 cms in diameter. Cut out the oatcakes and the reroll any extra mixture and repeat. Then put the oatcakes on a baking stine or baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes and then turn them over for about 10 minutes on the other side so they dry out completely. Then put them on wire racks to cool. Enjoy with your favourite cheese!

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Baking, Brunch

Classic cheese scones

scones

I’ve previously posted a recipe for cheese and herb soda bread scones. These are classic cheese scones based on Felicity Cloake’s How to make the perfect cheese scones recipe. They are very moreish served warm split open and buttered. This will make two dozen scones.

So what do you need?

  • 600g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 4tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp. bicarbonate of soda (or 3tsp more baking powder)
  • 120g butter
  • 300g mature cheddar
  • a small bunch of spring onions
  • 2 tbsp. natural yoghurt
  • 2 tsp. wholegrain mustard
  • 140ml milk
  • 140ml water
  • 1 free-range egg

So what do you do?

Start by preheating your oven to 220 degrees C / 425F. I cook my scones on a pizza stone so I put this in the oven to heat up too. Then sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Chop in the cold butter in small bits then rub it into the flour with your fingertips. It will become like breadcrumbs. Add the spring onions finely chopped and most of the cheese, prated. Mix these in. In a measuring jug mix together the yoghurt, milk. mustard and water and then pour it into the mixing bowl. Stir everything together to make a soft ball of dough. Lift it onto a floured work surface and then roll it out to about 3cms thick. Use a 6cm cookie cutter to cut out the scones. Roll together any offcuts of dough to make more scones. Put the scones on a pizza stone / floured baking sheet and glaze the top with some egg wash (egg beaten with a little milk) then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the scones and bake for about 12 minutes until golden brown. Allow to partly cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

 

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