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Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Having some pumpkin leftover from my pumpkin soup tonight, I thought I’d try my hand at some pumpkin cupcakes. I so love a little but of pumpkin spices and flavours. The buttercream topping was a hit too with orange colouring.

 

Makes 12

160g Plain Flour

250g Grated Pumpkin

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

100g light brown sugar

60g Caster sugar

75ml olive oil

2 large eggs

For the Buttercream

100g softened butter

250g icing sugar

2 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

orange food colouring

 

  1. Preheat your oven on convection bake to 190 deg and line a muffin tin with cupcake holders.
  2. Combine the flour, allspice, baking powder, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl set aside
  3. In another bowl whisk the grated pumpkin, sugar, olive oil and eggs until combined                                                                                        20191021_193025
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and fold in to combine together, spoon the mixture into the cupcakes (about 1.5 dessert spoons in each case)                      20191021_193622
  5. Bake for 18 minutes, remove and allow to cool
  6. In a separate bowl whisk the softened butter until creamy, add in half the icing sugar and mix, then add the other half with the vanilla essence until combined, add about 1 tbsp of milk and mix until smooth (you may need another tbsp of milk if still to thick. Add the food colouring until you reach your desired colour.
  7. Put buttercream into a piping bag and pipe on top of cooled cupcakes. Devour!

 

ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Royal Icing

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I am always trying to improve my recipes and my icing for my Empire Biscuits just wasn’t right, so I decided it needed to be a bit harder and went for Royal Icing. Turned out this is much better as it goes hard pretty quick. Good if you want to decorate them.

 

Makes enough for a 20cm Cake or 12 biscuits.

400g Icing Sugar

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp water

 

  1. Using a whisk, bring the egg whites to a frothy consistency
  2. A little at a time spoon in the icing sugar (& yes it WILL go everywhere, this was my kitchen worktop after….lol)    20200125_143514
  3. Add the little water and whisk until you get stiff peaks.                                        20200125_140707
  4. Now you are ready to use. At this point you can use food colouring and colour to decorate your biscuits of cake.

I made some Scottish Empire Biscuits using my trusty Recipe.

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ALL · Bread · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · One Pot Wonders

Cheesy Tomato Italian Mini Breads

This little recipe was from Hotpoints Website , a great little find, these were super tasty & I do love Italian flavours so was a perfect little lunch today.

I made the dough yesterday and left in fridge overnight so it was ready to use today.

 

Makes 6

For the Dough:-

400g Bread Flour

7g Dried Yeast

300ml Luke warm water (approx 35-40 deg C)

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tsp salt

 

  1. Pour the yeast and sugar into the luke warm water and allow to activate, approx 10 minutes or until you see it frothing.                                                                              20200124_165138
  2. Sift flour into a mixer bowl with the salt and make a well in the middle. Pour the yeast into the flour and on a low speed start to bring together the dough. Knead in the mixer on low speed for approx 10-15 minutes until it becomes elastic.
  3. Put into a slightly oiled bowl and place in the oven on rising programme for 2-3 hours. (or leave at room temperature for a few hours or until doubled in size)
  4. Remove from oven and knock back, separate into 2 or 3 batches if not making the full 6. I only made 3 and used 250g of dough which I put back into the oven to prove again for 1 hour. I put the other 2 amounts (approx 200g each) into an airtight bag and froze. You can freeze this dough for up to 3 months and use as pizza dough later.

 

For the Filling:-

8-10 cherry tomatoes – halved or quarted

Edam cheese – cut into cubes

2 tsps of Mixed Italian Herbs

2 tsps of olive oil

Salt & pepper

  1. Place the tomatoes, oil, S&P & herbs into a bag (or bowl) and coat.                          20200125_120841
  2. Spray a tin with spray oil and roll out the dough, not too thin, and press dough into the tin, allowing enough for the lid.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the dough case and top with the Edam cheese, pull the lid over and seal.
  4. Brush with a little milk and if you have any left over tomatoes press 2 into the top of the dough.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 185 deg for approx 25-30 minutes.
ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Chicken Dopiaza (lower calorie option)

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I recently purchased a new cookbook by Pinch of Nom, I loved their last one so had to get their new one. This is a recipe from their Fakeaway options and at under 400 calories per serving it is definitely my new takeaway at home. Super tasty no compromise on flavour at all. I served with a little Basmati and Wild Rice along with my homemade Sweet Potato Roti, a perfect Saturday night home takeaway.

 

Makes 2 Servings

2 Chicken Breasts – cut into small chunks

1 red onion – diced

1 garlic clove – grated

1 cm piece of ginger – grated

1 tsp chilli flakes or 1 red chilli- diced

1 tsp curry powder**

1 tsp mixed spice**

**(I used this as an alternative to gram masala as I didn’t have any)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 x 400g tin tomatoes

100ml chicken stock – 1 stock cube

1 red pepper – diced

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander to serve.

 

  1. Heat a little low fat spray oil in a fry pan on medium heat
  2. Brown the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger together for a few minutes
  3. Add the chicken and brown all over.
  4. Next add in the curry powder, cumin, mixed spice, ground coriander and mix through until coated.
  5. Add in the tin tomatoes, red pepper and stock and bring to the boil then reduce and cook on a low heat for about 15 minutes lid on, then 15 minutes with lid off to help thicken the sauce slightly.
  6. Serve a sprinkle with some fresh coriander…..YUM!
ALL · Bread · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders

Sweet Potato Roti

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Looking for something a bit more tastier and a healthier more nutritious option to go with my healthier option curry tonight, having a sweet potato left over from last weeks shopping I decided to try this……and well, it turned out amazing, super tasty and the structure held very well too.

 

Makes 6

1 large Sweet Potato

1 cup of plain flour

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

1/2 tsp cumin

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Start by steam cooking the sweet potato (I used my steam pot and steamed for 6 minutes by slicing into 1-2cm thick slices), do not roast as this will not give you the same flavour.
  2. Allow potato to cool in a bowl then mash and add the spices and flour. With your hands bring to a dough.
  3. Flour a surface a cut the dough into 6 pieces. Roll out each piece as thin as you can.
  4. Heat a little oil (not too much or it will burn too quickly) in a fry pan on a very high heat and cook until you see the dough start to bubble, then turn over and cook for a further minute, remove & continue with the rest.
  5. If you have any leftovers simply vacuum pack and store either in the fridge for later of you can freeze.
  6. Yum!

 

 

 

 

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ALL · Bread · breakfast · Scottish Cuisine

Scottish Oats Crusted French Toast

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Oh yum, this might seem a bit odd but the toasted oats give this eggy bread a bit of a crunch that tastes so good. A Good protein breakfast too.

 

Makes 2 Slices

1 tbsp milk

2 large eggs

30g Scottish Oats

2 thick slices of bread (of your choice, but Brioche & Tiger Bread give extra flavour)

Maple Syrup to serve

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Beat the eggs and milk together and decant into a large dish, season.
  2. Place the bread into the egg mix and allow bread to soak up the egg, turn over so both sides are soaked.
  3. Then place into the Scottish oats and coat.
  4. Heat some spray oil or butter in a large fry pan and heat on a medium to high heat.
  5. Place the bread into the pan and leave to cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side until slighty toasted.
  6. Finally, remove and drizzle Maple Syrup over….Devour! Yummy!

 

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders · Soups and Stews · superfoods

Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash & Chorizo Chowder

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It was Blowin’ a Hoolie here today (very windy) & that just calls for something warm and home comforting.  This was a tasty quick option in my kitchen tonight and certainly hit the spot.

 

Makes 2 portions

150g Butternut Squash – chopped into cubes

150g Sweet Potato – chopped into cubes

1 onion – chopped finely

60g Chorizo – sliced

1 garlic clove – minced

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp dried sage

Salt & pepper to taste

Handful of chopped carrots, sweetcorn and peas (I used frozen)

300ml chicken stock

50ml cream

150g Spinach

 

  1. Heat some low fat spray oil in a pan and fry the chorizo for a few minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a kitchen towel.
  2. Add to the pot the onion, garlic, sage & nutmeg and fry until onions are softened.
  3. Add the sweet potato, butternut squash and vegetables and stir until coated.
  4. Add the chicken stock with seasoning and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until squash and potato are cooked.
  5. Remove lid, add back to the pan the chorizo and spinach and stir in the cream allow spinach to wilt for a few minutes, stir through. Serve.

You could also sprinkle some nuts over for a more nutritious serving.

 

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