ALL · Pastries and Pies · Scottish Cuisine

Square Sausage Puffs

So having made my square sausages, which were so tasty, I now wanted to try more than just putting it on a morning roll or using in a breakfast. Having some puff pastry in the fridge, little square sausage puffs it was. Super tasty and proper comfort food.

 

Makes 3

1 packet of pre rolled puff pastry

3 square sausages,  Get my recipe here :- Square Sausage

Tomato Ketchup or Brown Sauce (whichever is your favourite)

1 egg – whisked for wash

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
  2. Roll our pastry and cut into 3 sections
  3. Egg wash edges of each section of pastry and place 1 tbsp of choosen sauce in centre.
  4. Place 1 square sausage onto pastry and then fold over and seal edges with a fork.
  5. Place onto a pre-heated baking tray and brush with the egg wash for a good glaze finish.                                                                                                                  20180916_183511
  6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes of until golden brown all over.                                  20180916_190442
  7. Remove and serve. I love baked beans with sausages.

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ALL · beef · Facts and info on Scotland · Meat Dishes · Pork · sausages · Scottish Cuisine

Scottish Square Sausage

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I’ve lived in Scotland most of my years now, I’ve always ate square sausage without actually thinking about what I was eating. Square sausage or (Lorne sausage) is a much loved and favourite breakfast item of the Scots.  The most popular way to eat it is in a good Scottish morning roll:-                                                                           20180916_144243

In the past, Scottish ­emigrants have taken Lorne ­sausage with them wherever they go, with Australia’s ‘steakette’ and the North American ‘sausage pattie’ both ­bearing an uncanny resemblance to the original.

Here is the recipe below which I tried from Maw Broons Cookbook:-

Makes 15 sausages:-

500g at least 20% Fat Scottish Beef Mince

500g at least 20% Fat Pork Mince

1 egg – whisked

100g Rusk (ideally), I didn’t have this so I used twice baked bread (method below)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp white pepper (make sure its a level tsp)

1 tsp dried coriander seed

 

  1. First mix together the pork & beef mince in a bowl, then add the egg and bind together.
  2. Add in the rusk (twice baked bread) and combine together with the white pepper, salt, coriander and nutmeg. It should be slightly firm, if too firm add a little water.
  3. Using your hands make into an oblounge shape and square off. Place on an oiled tray/tin and place in the freezer for about 1/2 hr to slightly firm up (this makes it easier to slice). Do not freeze.
  4. Slice into at least 1cm thickness and place a bit of greaseproof paper in between, then re-freeze if storing or cook if eating…..Yummy!                                       20180916_153707

 

TWICE BAKED BREAD

Take slices of bread (brown or white its up to you), place in an oven at 90 deg for 1 hour, then turn oven up to 120 deg and bake for a further 30 minutes. Remove and crush up.

 

ALL · breakfast · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · One Pot Wonders

Fluffiest Omelette

 

I saw this idea on the KitchenAid Recipe FB site and decided to give it a try. Oh my…..it is by far the fluffiest and lightest omelette I’ve ever had. Great idea of using the Mixer and separating the eggs.

 

Makes 1 omelette

3 eggs

1 tbsp milk

Salt & pepper to taste

Dill or chives (your preference)

Choice of fillings (again your choice) I used sweet peppers and spring onions.

Handful of cherry tomatoes to serve – grown in my own garden.

 

  1. Seperate the eggs and whisk until fluffy with. Pour the milk into the yolk mixture. I whisked on power 6 for 3 mins, the 4 for 2 mins.

 

2. Gently fold the yolks into the whites and season.

3. Heat 1 know of butter in a non stick pan. Gently fry off the peppers and spring onions. 20180902_124142

4. Once browned pour the egg mixture into the pan and gently cook for a few minutes on eash side.

5. Remove onto a plate, cut in half the tomatoes and gently brown in the pan for a few minutes and serve.

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Black Forest Brownies

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These were lovely, it was a recipe I was testing, now I’m not much of a chocolate or brownie fan but I have to say I did have more than 1…..lol!

 

Makes 18

375g cubed unsalted butter

300g Dark Chocolate, I used 70%

375g Caster Sugar

75g cocoa powder

6 large eggs

100 g plain flour

200g cherries in kirsch, drained, chopped

Cherry Syrup from jar (8-10 tbsps)

Icing sugar to decorate and finish

 

  1. Preheat oven to fan 160 deg. Line a baking tin with baking sheet and grease. Approx 33 x 23 x 2cm tin
  2. In a large pan, melt the butter and chocolate over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 2 minutes. If you have Induction hob, put on at level 1.                                                                                           20180824_103257
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar together until pale.                                                             20180824_103305
  4. Slowly pour the melted butter & chocolate into the egg mixture, stiring all the time.   20180824_111918
  5. Fold in the flour & cocoa, then add the cherries and 5 tbsps of the cherry syrup.
  6. Pour the mixture into your baking tin and bake for about 35 minutes or until you get a light wobble in the middle.                                                                           20180824_113042 20180824_120812
  7. Remove from oven and drizzle remaining syrup over the brownie and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then place in a freezer for 1/2 hour to allow to set.
  8. Slice up into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar to finish, then just devour! Yummy!

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ALL · Bread

Walnut Bread

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Oh WOW! That’s all I’m going to say, well apart from, you have to try this. I am always looking for something different and this little recipe came from Kitchen Aid . Usually, I follow a recipe then on my second attempt change it up a little and experiment, but not on this one, it simply is delicious. Especially with some vintage cheddar…Mmmmmm.

 

450g plain flour

50g Rye flour – I used wholemeal

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp salt

45g melted salted butter

1 tbsp treacle

325ml buttermilk

200g walnut pieces

 

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 deg. I used the convection bake setting.
  2. Place the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl and stir together. Make a large hole in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the melted butter and treacle, walnut pieces plus enough of the buttermilk to make a loose sticky dough.
  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly dusted work surface. The dough will be quite sticky. Shape it into a large ball with a taut top. Place the dough on a floured baking tray and flatten it a bit. Using a knife, score the bread

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  4.  Dust with flour then bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and has risen.                                                                      20180824_101705
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve with some lovely cheddar or simply butter.

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ALL · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Pastries and Pies

Bacon & Vegetable Quiche

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Sometimes you want home cooked food without the hassle of trying to decided how to cook it and what temperatures etc to use, this was one of those days for me. Sundays are generally my lazy days, a day for recharging the batteries so to speak. I wanted a good home cooked quiche and decided to let my oven do the rest of the work and thinking. Hotpoint have designed a range of ovens with Automatic Recipe settings, the settings are already pre-programmed to control temperature, function and browning control……amazing, I know….right? Oven Range

I used the quiche setting and it was cooked and evenly browned perfectly due to the Multiflow Technology

I also used the Combination Oven with the Crisperplate to cook crispy potato wedges in just 12 minutes, perfect with a tasty quiche.

 

Makes 1 quiche

1 ready roll puff pastry

200g smoked bacon – diced

1 leek – sliced

handful of asparagus – chopped

200ml milk

200ml single cream

150g grated Gouda cheese

4 eggs

Salt, Pepper & Paprika to season

 

  1. Grease a quiche tin and lay pastry in covering base and edges.                                  20180819_171101
  2. Gently fry the smoked bacon until slightly browned, remove from pan. Add to the pan the leek and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile blanch the asparagus in a pan of salted boiling water.
  4. In a bowl whisk the eggs with the milk and cream.
  5. Start to layer up the bacon and vegetables on pastry, then some of the cheese                   20180819_171204
  6. Then pour in the egg/milk mixture and rest of the cheese to top, generously season with salt, pepper and paprika                                                                 20180819_171534
  7. Place on shelf 3 in oven and select auto recipes, quiche setting. The oven comes up 43 minutes but will sense temerature and auto adjust if necessary.

    8. Serve….Yum!

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts · Snacks and nibbles

Doughnuts!

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O.M.G! What can I say…..super tasty and fluffy!

I attended a Doughnut Master class recently and thoroughly enjoyed it, so this weekend was the time to put my new found skills to the test and it was a success. I was so pleased with myself, although I am a perfectionist so I’ll give these 9/10, always room for improvement…..lol!

The flavour ideas going through my head just now are buzzing, so look forward to experimenting in the future.

 

Makes 18

For the Doughnuts:-

500g Strong White Flour

60g Caster Sugar (plus 60g for finish)

10g dried yeast

10g salt

4 Whole eggs

180g cold water

125g unsalted butter

 

  1. Add all the dry ingredients to a mixer the add the eggs and water. Mix on low setting for 30 seconds then on high for 5-7 minutes until the dough comes together.
  2. Let the dough rest for a minute, then cut up the butter into cubes and add to the dough. Mix on high for about 5 minutes.
  3. Once mixed transfer the dough to a large bowl and allow to rise/prove until double in size. If you have a setting on your oven great, if not cover with cling film and leave in a warm place.
  4. Once doubled, knock the dough back and allow to rise again in the fridge for a couple of hourse, ideally overnight though. (doing this in the fridge gives a stronger flavour)
  5. Remove dough from fridge, knock back and roll into 55g balls then cover with flour. Lay onto a baking tray, making sure you cover the tray generously with flour or the balls will stick. Allow space in between for them to double in size. Prove the balls until doubled in size.
  6. Preheat some rapessed oil in a pan to between 175-180 deg. Gently place the balls in the oil and fry for about 2 minutes each side. Remove, allow to cool slighty and roll in the sugar. Set aside.

 

For the Creme de patisserie:-

6 egg yolks

80g strong bread flour or plain

125g caster sugar

 

  1. Whisk together egg yolks in a bowl then add in flour & sugar, whisk together
  2. Gently heat 500ml milk – do not boil. Warm enough to touch. (60-70deg)
  3. Slowly add the milk to the egg mixture, ensuring you whisk at all times to prevent curdling.
  4. Then add mixture back to the pan and whisk continually on a medium heat until the mixture thickens up (this will take about 10 minutes)                           20180818_120844
  5. Remove from heat and put into a dish, cover with cling film ensuring film is touching crem pat. This is to prevent a hard crust forming. Allow to cool then chill in fridge for around 2 hours.
  6. Remove and add in your choosen flavours. I used Lemon Curd in 1 and Nutella in the other. Transfer crem pat mixture into a piping bag.                                      20180818_154110
  7. Take the doughnuts and gently push your finger into the side where it is white making space for the filling. Gently push the piping bag in a fill.                                 20180818_154346
  8. Nothing else to do then get the kettle on and devour! Oh so Yummy!

 

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