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Cranberry & Walnut Scones

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Oh yum. I’ve not had a scone in a while, so looking in my cupboards I had some Walnuts & Cranberries to use up and decided to give it a try. These were absolutely delicious, served with a good quality butter they were perfect with a cuppa. Lovely little afternoon tea scone.

 

Makes 6

100g Light Brown Sugar (or white caster sugar) (plus 1 tbsp)

2 tbsp lemon juice

300g Plain Flour

1 tbsp baking powder

Freshly grated lemon zest – 1 lemon

1 tsp salt

75g unsalted butter

50g dried cranberries

50g chopped walnuts

50ml Milk

50ml Double cream

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 190 deg. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix 1 tbsp sugar & 1 tbsp lemon juice together in a dish and set aside, this will be for the glaze.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, lemon zest, salt, and sugar in large bowl. Add chilled butter & using fingertips, rub in until you get breadcrumb like mixture.        20190710_141425
  4.  Mix in cranberries and walnuts. Then add in the milk & cream and mix through 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Toss with fork or hands until dough comes together in moist clumps.
  5. Floured a work surface and roll out till about 1 inch thick. Using a cutter (about 7-8cm diameter) cut out 6 servings and place onto your baking sheet. Using the glaze brush lightly over the scones. Bake for about 18 minutes. Or until a knife comes out clean and slightly browned                                                                              20190713_145835
  6. Serve with some butter. Yummy!

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Easy Sweet Pastry

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This was my first attempt at sweet pastry, it was actually quite simple and tasted amazing.  I was making a bakewell tart. (recipe to follow)

 

250g plain flour

50g icing sugar

125g unsalted butter, cool

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 large egg

Splash of milk

 

  1. Sieve the flour and icing sugar into a bowl
  2. Chop the butter into cubes and gently work it through the four mixture so that it resembles breadcrumbs                                                                  20190710_141425
  3. Beat the egg with the milk and vanilla essence, add to the flour mixture and bring together to create a ball of pastry. Do not over work.
  4. Sprinkle a little flour onto a work surface and flatten pastry to about 2.5cm thick, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.                                20190710_142015
  5. Using a 25cm spring form tart tin, lightly oil all over.
  6. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the pastry to about 1/2 cm thick. Using the rolling pin  wrap pastry around and unroll over the tart tin. Ease the pastry into the tin pushing to the sides. Trim of any excess pastry.
  7. Prick the base with a fork and put in freezer for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove and line baking paper over the pastry, fill with baking beans and blind bake for 10 minutes at 180 deg. Remove the paper and beans and continue to bake for a further 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to fully cool.

 

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White Chocolate Blondies

OMG…..I saw this recipe from PON and just had to try as it was lower in calories. (I’m always curious how the flavour will be without all the sugar etc…lol). I have to say these were delicious. I did change the recipe slightly, but still low in calories. Just 70 calories a slice.

 

Makes 15 slices.

100g Self Raising Flour

50g low fat butter (I used lurpak lighter)

4 medium eggs

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tsp clear honey

50g White chocolate chips (20g to melt for topping)

4 tbsp light brown sugar (or use sweetener for lower calories)

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 deg and line a square 8″ tin with greaseproof paper
  2. Place all of the ingredients, except 25g of the white chocolate chips.                                                  20190623_150805
  3. Pour into the baking tin and sprinkle about 10g of white chocolate chips over the top, bake for about 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile melt about 15g of chocolate chips in a microwave dish for about 1 minute.
  5. Allow the cake to cool at room temperature, once cooled drizzle the melted chocolate over the top and cut into slices.
  6. Serve with a lovely cuppa. Enjoy.

 

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Baklava

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I’ve been dying to try this recipe for a long time & it was just as dreamy as I thought. I love peanut butter, so any recipe with it in I simply have to try.

This was so easy and quick to make, just 3 ingredients.

 

1 packet of Filo Pastry (I only used 8 sheets)

3 tbsp Peanut Butter (I used crunchy but you could use smooth if preferred)

3 tbsp Nutella (got to be Nutella…lol)

 

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and preheat oven to 220 deg
  2. Place 4 filo sheets onto tray and gently spread nutella chocolate over the sheet, lay another 4 sheets of filo over the chocolate spread and then gently spread the peanut butter over.
  3. Gently roll up the filo (not too tight) and bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.

Slice up and serve.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

 

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Well what can I say apart from sweet, luxurious and low calorie count! Yes, you heard right, LOW CALORIE Count, this little pudding is just 233 Kcal. Trust me too, you won’t believe it is a slimming version, the taste is so delicious. Another great little find from PON, I adapted slightly to my own tastes.

 

Makes 4

75g Self Raising Flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp black treacle

3 tbsp light soft brown sugar

50g reduced fat butter

2 large eggs

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp maple syrup

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a bowl (except the honey & maple Syrup) and whisk them together until combined. Do not over whisk you want to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.                                                                                20190616_175014-1
  3. Evenly distribute the clear honey and maple syrup into ramekins and then top with the cake mixture (about half way, leave room for the cakes to rise)
  4. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, remove and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Turn out on serving dishes and serve. I served with some low fat custard. Yum!

 

 

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Smarties Easter Tray Bake

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Happy Easter Sunday Everyone!

I wanted to bake something nice for my mother in law as she’s had a bit of a rough time recently, and as her favourite sweet is Smarties and it’s Easter Weekend, this is what was produced.  Think slightly caramel sponge flavour with a super crunchy smartie frosting. Yummy!

Perfect with a lovely cuppa.

 

Makes 12 large slices (or 24 smaller ones)

60g Butter, softened

250g Brown Sugar

1 tbsp vanilla essence

3 eggs, 1 egg yolk

250g Self Raising Flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Frosting

60g butter, softened

200g icing sugar

1 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp milk

1 bag of Smarties eggs

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 deg. Line a 9 x 9 baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Add the butter to a large bowl and add in the brown sugar, mix together until light & Creamy.  Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix through. Add in the flour, salt & baking powder, gently fold in until everything is combined. Spread into your baking tin. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile to make the frosting, cream the butter in a bowl and add the icing sugar (beware your worktops and everything around will be covered with icing sugar…lol!)                                                                                                    20190419_105924
  4. Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Using a rolling pin gently break down the smartie eggs until you have small pieces then add to the frosting mix and mix through. Refrigerate until needed, this helps thicken the frosting up.                                                                                        20190419_110510
  6. Once your cake has COMPLETELY cooled, top with frosting spreading evenly.    20190419_134337
  7. Cut up into squares and serve. Yummy!

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Crunchy Rocky Road Bites

 

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I’m not a fan of marshmallows but I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers and came across a bag (not sure why they were in there…lol!), they had to be used up, so Rocky Road was the only thing I could think of where I had all the other ingredients and it was quick and easy to put together. My partner was absolutely delighted, he has a very sweet tooth.

 

Makes 6

100g milk chocolate chips – melted

30g butter – melted

1 tbsp Maple Syrup

40g mini marshmallows

80g Crunchy Weetabix bran (you can of course use digestive biscuits or other biscuits of your choosing)

 

  1. Put the crunchy bran or biscuits into a food bag and using a rolling pin, crush till you have a good mix of crumbs and smaller pieces.                                      20190323_152239 20190323_152251
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwaveable bowl for about 50 secs at power 900w. Mix in the crunchy bran biscuits, marshmallows and maple syrup until coated.                                                                                                                   20190323_152510
  3. Pour into a small tin or a muffin tin and press down.  Chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.                                                                                                                   20190323_155439
  4. These need to be kept in the fridge after as they will melt at room temperature, allow to sit at room temperature for about 1 minute before eating. These will keep for about 1 week in an airtight container.

 

 

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