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Soul Cakes

31 Oct

These are really tasty treats which are traditional Halloween cakes. They were originally from the Celtic festival of Samhain where they were baked and left on the doorstep with milk or wine for the departed! The next day the children and poor would dance and beg for the treats, this then because trick or treat!!

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Ingredients:
375g Plain flour
2tsp Ground nutmeg
2tsp Mixed spice
185g Butter
180g Sultanas
1 Egg
125ml Milk

300g White chocolate
400-500ml Double cream

Estimated time: 50 minutes

Directions:

Weigh all of your dry ingredients into a bowl with the butter. Rub this together until the mix resembles bread crumbs πŸ™‚

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Once crumbs have been reached stir in your sultanas before making a well in the middle of the bowl.

Pour your milk and egg into the well and carefully mix together. Mix this until firm dough forms, this not be too stick and you’ll find that it won’t stick to your fingers!

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Spoon this dough onto lined trays using tablespoons, make sure you leave them spaced apart. Once all the mix is spooned onto the trays you can shape them into rough ghost shapes, don’t worry if they don’t look too much like ghosts as they will spread a bit while cooking!

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Bake these in the oven at 220c for 10-15 minutes until kind of puffed up and golden brown. Allow them to cool down on a rack.

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Meanwhile the ganache. Weigh your white chocolate into a bowl. Pour half of the cream into another microwaveable bowl and heat it until boiling hot. Once hot enough pour the cream on top of your chocolate and stir in, the chocolate should all melt, if not then simply heat up more cream and stir it in until you’re left with a nice smooth paste.

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Now spoon your ganache over all of your ghosts, the ganache will get thicker as it cools down! Once covered you can decorate your ghosts giving them fun spooky faces!

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And now enjoy!! These are such tasty things, a mix between biscuits and scones a treat to be enjoyed by everyone on this spooky day! Hope you all love these and have a spooky Halloween!!!

Granola Bars

21 Sep

These bars are delicious, just the right amount of seeds to fruit to tasty oats and honey. Quick and easy to make they are extremely popular in my family! These are also a brilliant snack for kids that are tasty but give a Little bit of health as well :p

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Ingredients:
175g Butter
150g Muscovado sugar
125g Honey
1 Lemon zest
240g Oats
100g Sultanas
100g Dried cranberries
250g Chopped dried apricots
50g Pumpkin seeds
50g Sunflower seeds
1tsp Ground cinnamon

Estimated time: 60 minutes

Directions:

Firstly weigh your butter, sugar and honey into a saucepan. Zest your lemon into the pan before putting the whole thing on the hob to gently warm through and melt.

While everything is melting, weigh all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl. If you haven’t got pre-cut apricots then I would simply cut them with a pair of scissors into your bowl. This way is much quicker and a lot less sticky then using a knife πŸ™‚

Once the cinnamon is added give the dry stuff a good stir so that everything is evenly mixed and you won’t end up with any lumps of cinnamon!

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By this time your butter should have melted with the sugar. Take this off the heat and pour onto the oats. Using a wooden spoon stir this in carefully as it will go everywhere!

Make sure everything is well mixed before you spoon the mix into a lined baking tray. Try to smooth out the top as much as possible, but don’t stress over it!

Once finished to your preference bake in the oven at 160c for 30-40 minutes. You want to cook it until it is golden brown around the edges and in the middle as it will firm up while it cools πŸ™‚

Now cooked allow to cool in the tray before cutting it up, the warmer it is the harder to cut! Room temperature is probably the easiest to cut it at.

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And enjoy! This is a brilliant partner to have with a nice big mug of tea, especially now that the weather keeps getting iffy and rainy. Tea, biscuits and cake are becoming more and more necessary again! I hope you all love this recipe as much as we do!!!

Garlic Crackers

14 Sep

Crazy sounding? I think not!! These are a much loved thing at my house, healthier than crisps but just as tasty, brilliant to watch films with, almost as good as popcorn πŸ™‚ these are such an easy thing to make and brilliant to set your kids on making :p

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Ingredients:
125g Plain flour
1/2tsp Baking powder
1tsp Garlic granules
15ml Olive oil
200ml Cold water
1/4tsp salt

Estimated time: 40 minutes

Directions:

Firstly weigh all of your dry ingredients into a bowl. I’ve used garlic granules in this recipe because they give a nice flavour and don’t have to be cooked. You can use fresh garlic if you want but I would suggest finely dicing one clove and cooking it in oil first just so you don’t over garlic everyone!!

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To this add the olive oil, mix this in before slowly adding the water. If doing this by hand add a bit at a time until the dough forms, don’t be afraid to add more water if it looks and feels dry!

Cover the dough with cling film and place it in the fridge for about 10 minutes so that it becomes more workable and slightly less sticky!!

Once chilled roll the dough into small hazelnut sized (roughly :p) balls, you want them to be quite small or they will be thick later on.

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Now take each ball and roll it out flat on a floured surface so you get the shape of a squished coin! Once they’re all rolled out place them on lined trays and paint each one with olive oil before sprinkling with a tiny bit of salt.

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Bake these all at 220c in the oven for 6-8 minutes. When they are done they will be a nice light golden colour and crisp to touch. Allow these to cool before you eat them!!

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And there you have it, a healthy alternative to crisps that are brilliant for parties or just as a snack in the evening πŸ™‚ I really hope you enjoy these!!

Mars Roads

27 Jul

Now who can honestly say they don’t like krispie cakes? I don’t believe that anyone can:p these aren’t just ordinary krispie cakes, these are mars bar rocky road krispie cakes!!! They’re a whole different league to your oral rocky roads! When I was younger I used to think these were the best cakes ever, me and my brothers used to make them all the time. As I got older they kind of disappeared until I made rocky roads at work! My word have I missed these crazy cakes, I love refunding a childhood cakes and adding new flavours to them!

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Ingredients:
10 Mars bars
250g Butter
260g Rice Krispies (1 box)
150g Sultanas
150g Fresh chopped cherries
500g Amaretti biscuits
500g Marshmallows

Estimated time: 120 minutes

Directions:

Weigh your butter into a heat proof bowl along with your ten mars bars, place this bowl over a pan of boiling water and start to melt them together. This will take quite a long time!

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While these are slowly melting together, empty your Rice Krispies into a large bowl with your sultanas.

Chop your cherries in half and then quarters, making it easier to get the pips out. Mix these into the Rice Krispies before crumbling the amaretti biscuits on top. You don’t have to use amaretti biscuits, I just feel it adds another depth of flavour, slightly more sophisticated than your average biscuits :p

Now check your mars bars, by now the butter should have melted and most of the chocolate leaving you with lumpy bits of nougat. Take this off the heat and pour the water away. Scrape the melted chocolatey goodness into the saucepan and place back on to the heat. Make sure you keep stirring this as the nougat will try its hardest to stick to the pan. Doing it this way means that the nougat will melt faster than in the Bain Marie, but is less likely to burn than just using a saucepan from the off!

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Once this has all melted in to gooey goodness pour over the Rice Krispies and carefully stir/fold this all together. As soon as its half mixed add the cherries. The moisture from these will help the chocolate coat everything and also help to cool it down enough to stir in marshmallows πŸ™‚

Line two deep trays with grease proof paper before finally mixing the marshmallows through the mix. Now spoon the mix equally ingot he two trays and press/smooth out to the edges. Place these in the fridge until set, depending on the thickness of the rocky roads, this can take from 20 mins to and hour!

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Now cut them and get fat!! These are so more ish and everyone will love them, if you let them have any πŸ™‚ I really hope you like these, my family love them and they are a great pick me up when ever you need one πŸ™‚

Cheesy Square Puffs

26 Jun

Having a party anyone? Then these are an awesome snack for it! Everyone remembers the little cheesy squares that you got at parties, crisps but not! These are a much healthier version and so similar it’s unreal πŸ™‚

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Ingredients:

 

100g grated cheddar
55g butter
160g Plain flour
1tsp Salt
1-2tbsp of water if needed

Estimated time: 30 minutes

Directions:

 

Now these can either be made by hand or using any sort of mixer. Whichever way you choose to make these weigh your butter and flour into a large bowl and rub together until fine crumbs have formed. In a machine this will take a few minutes, but hand roughly 5 minutes. So to be honest there’s not much time difference between the two!

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Once your flour looks like bread crumbs mix in the grated cheese, making sure it’s completely covered by the mix. Using a mixer you will to ice the cheese starts to form small balls, this shows it’s ready. By hand you will be ale to squeeze the mix in your palm and itΒ will stay in that shape. This means that you can now knead the dough in the bowl. Simply squash all of the mix together using your hands, after a few squishes the dough will start to stick together and form. If this doesn’t happen then you can add a tablespoon of water to help it all stick together, but be careful not to add too much or it will go very sticky and need more flour!

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Once the dough had come together wrap it in cling film and leave for 10 minutes, just on the side to rest is fine.

Now that the 10 minutes is up roll out your dough onto a lightly floured surface to about 3mm thick all over, try to get a rough rectangle, but it doesn’t make much difference if not it will just change the shapes!

Once the desired thickness is reached cut it into rough strips length ways and the width ways so you end up with some small square bits of cheesy goodness!

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Finally place these squares on a lined tray and bake in the oven at 180c for 10-12 minutes, if you want you can sprinkle with salt and pepper before going in the oven to give extra flavour!

When these are cooked they will be a lovely golden colour and will feel slightly crispy round the edges, the bottom will also be slightly golden. Don’t worry if they seem soft, these crisp up while they cool πŸ™‚

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And there you have it an incredibly addictive snack for all the family to enjoy, if they’re fast enough!! These are a real money savour for parties, they’re so quick and simple to make!! Home you enjoy these as much as we do!!!

Cheese and Mustard Straws

15 May

These are always the best things at the start of a party, everyone likes cheese straws. They are so tasty and light for what they are; the perfect snack for any occasion!!! They are a favourite of my families and are always found around Christmas and any special occasion, sadly though they don’t seem to last long :/ sometimes barely 5 minutes!!

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Ingredients:
300g Plain flour
150g Butter
150g Cheddar cheese grated
2tsp Wholegrain mustard
3-4 egg yolks
Milk for glazing.

Estimated time: 30 minutes

Directions:

These are surprisingly easy and quick. Start off by weighing your flour and butter into a bowl and rub together until it resembles bread crumbs. If using a standing mixer be careful not to mix for too long otherwise it will form a dough!!

Once the mix resembles crumbs stir in the grated cheese and the 2tsp of mustard. Try to mix this as evenly as possible, simply because it will make the next part easier πŸ™‚

Now I said 3-4 egg yolks, helpful I know! Start off with 3 egg yolks and stir it into the mix, you want the mix to come together and form a dough. If that happens with the 3 yolks then don’t worry about the 4th. If it doesn’t come together even with the 4th then add a tiny bit of water until the dough does form.

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Turn the dough out onto a floured table and knead it together, this shouldn’t take long but will help you to roll it out without it cracking! Once you have kneaded the dough together carefully start rolling it out to about 5mm thick. If you want them a bit thicker be my guest it won’t make any difference πŸ™‚

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Once rolled out cut the cheese straws into what ever shape you want…me being boring and at this point in time slightly ill 😦 I have chosen to make simple rectangles, if you roll it thin enough you can even carefully plait it!!!!

Once all the shapes are cut place them on a lined tray with some space in between them. Now pour a small amount of milk into a bowl and using a pastry brush glaze each straw with the milk, this will help to make them shiny once cooked. To finish these off cover each straw with some more grated cheese. This cheese can either be normal cheddar, or if you’re feeling really fancy you can use Parmesan or any other cheese of your choice!!

Bake these in the oven at 180c for roughly 10-15 minutes. When they re done they will be a lovely golden colour and will have risen slightly. They will be firm to touch and smell amazing!!!! Be careful not to over cook them as they get slightly firmer as they cool πŸ™‚

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There you have it, nice and easy but super tasty!!!! And now that theses are baked you just need the rest of the party and away you go :p of course you don’t need to have a party! Enjoy guys, hope you like them πŸ™‚

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