Another LOTR style bake – lembas!

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This Lord of the Rings  style bake started as a bit of a joke, but everyone loved them!

For those who don’t know much about LOTR (if those people exist at all) lembas was a bread made by the elves and it helped keep Frodo going on his journey.

Unfortunately, I dont have the special elf corn to make the real stuff – this is just some really scrummy chocolate chip shortbread!

Ingredients:

100 g of chocolate chips (optional)

125 g of butter

55 g of caster sugar

180 g of plain flour

Method:

Step One: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees or gas mark 5

Step Two: Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth

Step Three: Sift and stir in the flour, then add the chocolate chips if using. It should be smooth but firm enough to roll out onto a work surface. It should be about 1 cm thick

Step Four: Cut into shapes – I went for squares as it was easier to wrap them in the leaves. Circles and fingers work just as well

Step Five: Cool in the fridge for half an hour. This helps them to hold their shape

Step Six: Bake! About 15 – 20 minutes, they should be a nice golden colour. Then cool on a wire rack

Done! I made the leaves from green paper and cut out leave shapes and drew on a few details. An added touch would be to tie them up with string. Enjoy! 🙂

Beans!

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These were always a side whenever we had a family BBQ and we always made them on Bonfire Night. Now I’ve moved out I have them much more regularly – definitely a comfort food!

Ingredients:

  • two apples
  • two red onions
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 tins of baked beans
  • curry powder (how much is up to you!)
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar

Step by step:
Not too many steps, this is pretty simple. Dice up the apple, onion and celery into little cubes. Cook on a slow heat with a little oil. Add 2 tbsp of sugar and stir until everything is soft and the onions almost caramelized.  Add the two tins of baked beans and stir. Now add the curry powder. The amount is purely up to your taste, I normally do 2 tbsp. Mix in and cook until combined and deep brown in colour. Yum!
Perfect as a side or as something different on top of a baked potato!

Easy and delicious BBQ pulled pork!

I have become slightly addicted to pulled pork and its seems to be everywhere at the moment. I love serving it in fluffy white rolls with loads of BBQ sauce.

I’ve had a few attempts at home and this has to be one of the tastiest and easiest recipes ever!

Ingredients:

  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 red onions
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder and smoke paprika
  • 140 g tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 – 2 kg pork shoulder, leave it tied and the rind should still be attached

Steps: 

  • Heat oven to 140C (160 fan)
  • Get a large roasting tin and scatter in the roughly chopped onion and bay leaves
  • Mix the mustard powder, paprika and a pinch of salt together and rub all over the pork – making sure to get in to all the nooks and crannies. Place on top of the onions in the roasting tin. Add 250 ml of water to the onions in the bottom on the roasting tin, but don’t let the water take off the rub!
  • Cover with foil and bake for four hours
  • In a bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients – you should have a BBQ looking sauce
  • Get the pork roasting tin out of the oven. Cover with two thirds of the BBQ sauce
  • Change you oven to the grill setting, put the pork back in for 10 minutes until sauce bubbling and meat slightly charred
  • pulled apart with a fork, place on buns and spoon on the rest of the BBQ sauce. Utterly delicious!

Alternatively you could always do it properly and finish off the pork not in a grill but on top of a BBQ. Tasty!

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Tasty Mango Salsa!

I love condiments but they’re normally full of sugar and rubbish so I have started making fresh salsas as a nice extra to a meal.

I’ve already put up a lovely pineapple salsa and this mango one is definitely worth a try!

I love this because it’s so tasty, fresh and clean!

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, in chunks (or a tin of mango chunks if you prefer, just make sure it’s in juice and not syrup)
  • 1 small red onion, 
  • 1 red chili
  • fresh coriander, mint leaves or both!
  • 1 lime juice

No steps, just chop mix and serve! 

Enjoy!

Homemade mini doughnuts!

I love the fact you can make doughnuts from home!

Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t frying these bad boys, but they still are mini bites of doughnutty deliciousness.

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One of the best baking buys I ever made was a doughnut pan for the oven. They are perfect for parties and little presents, and I’ve got plenty more recipes for making all sorts of little gourmet doughnuts. This is the one I’ve got that works perfectly! I’m sure you’ll be able to find them all over the place by now. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wilton-Cavity-Mini-Donut-Pan/dp/B004CYELQ4/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389351958&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=dougnnut+pan

Ingredients (for 12):

  • 75g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 55ml milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • dash of vanilla essence

Step One: Preheat oven to 160 degrees, and lightly brush pan with cooking oil

Step Two: Add all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure its all mixed thoroughly

Step Three: Whisk all the liquid ingredients together and then add it to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly, you should have a moderately runny batter

Step Four: The fiddly bit. Using a teaspoon fill up each of the doughnut cups 3/4 up to top. Bake for 9 minutes, wait to cool and pop them out!

Step Five: Decorate however you want! i just smothered them in melted chocolate….sifting of sugar, runny icing & sprinkles would all suffice as well!

Healthy porridge bites

Really easy way to use up bananas, super healthy & tasty too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of porridge oats
  • teaspoon on cinnamon

There are no steps needed for this quick recipe. Mash up two bananas with a fork, mix in the oats and sprinkle in the cinnamon.

Then roll into little bite-size balls & bake in oven on 220 degrees for 20 minutes.

ALSO: You can easily jazz this up however you like; chocolate chips, honey, maple syrup whatever 🙂

 

enjoy!