Apple and Raisin Breakfast Crumble

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well.

I have recently been eating stewed apples in the morning for a light breakfast as it’s quick and simple to prepare and also quite nourishing for the body, early in the morning. It is nice and all but not the most filling so I decided to add a crumble mixture on top to give it a bit more body and help me to feel fuller for longer. This is a great recipe that is fairly quick and can be eaten for breakfast, dessert or even a snack between meals. It’s really tasty as you get the sweetness from the apples and delicious mixture of soft oats and coconut on top.

Recipe: Apple and raisin breakfast cookies (serves 2)

Ingredients

2 apples, peeled and finely sliced

20g raisins

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cornflour

25g oats

20g plain flour

20g desiccated coconut

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted

Method

  • Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and take out a small baking dish (I used a loaf tin as I didn’t have anything smaller).
  • Prepare the apples and place at the bottom of the oven dish mixing in the raisins, lemon juice and cornflour.
  • Melt the butter and in the meantime in a small bowl, mix together the oats, plain flour, desiccated coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. The pour the butter in stirring until is slightly clumps together.
  • Add the crumble mixture to the apples evenly and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until slightly golden on top.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes before eating.

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Upgraded French Toast

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well.

So, usually whenever I make french toast I would whisk the egg, soak the bread, fry and drizzle with maple syrup. It never occurred to me to add cinnamon or vanilla extract for an upgrade of flavours. Cinnamon is such a warming, sweet spice and really compliments the taste of French Toast. Cinnamon is not an ingredient I use often but works really well in tea, baking and breakfast foods. Vanilla extract on the other hand is an essential baking ingredient that I use all the time, perfect in cakes, cookies, brownies, biscuits and ice cream. Even though it’s something small, experimenting with new ingredients and trying new foods is a great way to expand the palette and get used to a range of flavours.

Recipe: Upgraded French toast (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil, for frying

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 tsp cinnamon

2 slices of bread

Drizzle of maple syrup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • In a bowl, crack 2 eggs and whisk together along with the vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  • Cut the bread in half and soak each piece in the egg mixture before adding to the pan.
  • Fry on each side for 3-4 minutes, depending on how golden you want it to be.
  • Take out once fully cooked and drizzle with a little maple syrup. I added a strawberry for decoration.

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday

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It’s early in the UK this morning so I’ll wish you all a wonderful day!

I’ve been off WordPress for the last week, for no particular reason but as I’ve not long finished my breakfast I thought I’d write a quick post. Firstly, it’s a Bank Holiday so I have the day off work and I’m so grateful. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning at a slow pace and really be present and enjoy the moments rather than rushing to leave out on time. This morning, the weather is already bright and we have nice, sunny warm weather for a change, it’s supposed to reach 23 degree’s today which is good for this time of the year.

So far I’ve done my usual morning routine and I just need to make time to read my current book. Yesterday, I went for a light jog in the morning and it was so lovely. I don’t always make time to do fitness outside of the house but afterwards I felt amazing and it’s always good to spend time in nature and see the ducks in the water. Today I did Pilates, which is always very challenging but I love pushing myself and trying new things, also I always feel really strong the next day even with achy muscles. I might bake some peanut butter flapjacks but apart from that I’m going to be chilling and maybe a little online shopping if there’s any good offers.

Anyway, as it’s the first day of the week, it’s a great day to set the tone for the rest of the week. Any goals you would like to achieve or things you wish to work on? Start today and hopefully you’ll follow it through.

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Tiger Bloomer French Toast

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Today’s post is all about breakfast. I’ve made French toast using the most tasty tiger bread, thickly sliced with a seasoned crunchy crust. I love eating tiger bread for the flavour and it really makes the french toast. If ever you fancy something sweet for breakfast, this French toast will certainly hit the spot. It is served with a light sprinkling of sugar and a drizzle of syrup however, fresh berries would go down just as well.

This is not the most healthiest of breakfasts, its a little indulgent for most of us because of the icing sugar and maple syrup but the hope is that the protein from the eggs will keep us fuller for longer reducing the amount of unhealthy snacks consumed before the next meal.

Recipe: French Toast (serves 1)

Ingredients

2 slices of tiger bloomer

2 eggs

2 tbsp oil for frying

Sprinkle of icing sugar

Drizzle of maple syrup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • Slice the bread in half and whisk the eggs together,
  • Place a slice of bread into the whisked egg one at a time and once the oil is hot put them into the frying pan.
  • Fry on a low to medium for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the edges.
  • Place the bread on a plate, sieve over a little icing sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • Serve and eat whilst hot.

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Classic French Crêpes

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve had a great start to the week.

Today I’m posting a classic recipe usually eaten on Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) worldwide. This recipe is pretty simple and doesn’t require a lot of time to make as the batter doesn’t have to be left to rest. I had 3 of these crepes when I made them because they are quite thin but it was a nice light breakfast that didn’t leave me feeling to full. Pancakes are great to make because the ingredients are usually in your kitchen cupboards or fridge and you only have to worry about the toppings. Popular sweet toppings include lemon juice and sugar, chocolate spread, jam or maple syrup.

Crêpes overall are quite plain but the toppings can make them an indulgent treat to be enjoyed every now and then. Although I’ve been making fluffy, thick pancakes a lot recently I think I’ll always prefer them thin and crispy on the edges, with a little spread of strawberry jam and a splash of lemon juice.

Recipe: Classic French Crêpes (makes 5)

Ingredients

62g plain flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tbsp caster sugar

1 egg

12g butter, melted (extra for frying)

125ml milk

Icing sugar, for dusting

Strawberry jam, to serve

Method

  • Put the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl.
  • In a jug, whisk the egg, butter and milk.
  • Gently whisk the liquids into the flour mixture until it forms a runny batter similar to the consistency of single cream.
  • Heat some butter in a pan and use kitchen paper to rub it around.
  • Once hot, use a ladle to pour some of the batter into the pan and swirl it around until it is evenly coated.
  • Cook for 3 minutes on one side and turn it over once golden, cooking for a further minute.
  • Once done, remove from the pan, grease the pan with the kitchen paper and repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • Keep the crepes on a plate in the oven on a low heat until ready to serve.
  • Serve with your favourite toppings.

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*recipe adjusted from Bonne Maman here.