Homemade Bagels

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I decided to make these bagels because I fancied something a little different for my breakfast, that would be tasty but still filling. It was quite a long process but the end result is totally worth it. The good thing about bagels is that they are so versatile and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Filling options include; avocado, cream cheese, eggs, salmon, butter, bananas and peanut butter and so much more.

Recipe: Homemade Bagels (makes 6)

Ingredients

4g dried yeast

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

230g bread flour

Method

  • Put the yeast and half of the sugar into a bowl and pour in 50ml of warm water. Leave for 7 minutes, until the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Pour an extra 100ml of warm water into the same bowl and stir in the salt and flour slowly, stirring until it forms a soft dough.
  • Knead for 10 minutes and once the dough is smooth, leave in a bowl covered with cling film in a warm place for an hour.
  • Bring water to the boil and preheat the oven to gas mark 7. In the meantime divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and make into bagel shapes. Once boiling, cook the bagel in the water for 2 minutes on each side and place on a tray.
  • Place the tray in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool and eat with your preferred fillings, or on its own.

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Carrot, Apple and Chia Seed Muffins

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For me, breakfast is the meal I tend to struggle with the most because when I eat in the morning, I want to feel full and ready to start the day without the need to snack before lunch. I do enjoy toast, cereal or a croissant on the odd occasion but sometimes it just feels a little repetitive. I’ve made a couple of breakfast muffins in the past which I have shared on my blog and it’s something I enjoy eating because they are often packed full of nutritious foods and can be so versatile.

Although there is sugar in the recipe, it also contains chia seeds and grated apple and carrots. The finish is quite a moist, soft cake which is nice and tasty even more hearty when warm. Click here for the original recipe.

Recipe: Carrot, apple and chia seed muffins (makes 4)

Ingredients

1/2 carrot, grated

1 apple, peeled and grated

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Zest 1 lemon

1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

60g brown sugar

30ml oil

1 egg

60g self-raising flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda

Sprinkle of oats

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a tine with 4 muffin cases.
  • In a large bowl, mix the grated carrot, apple, cinnamon, lemon zest, chia seeds, sugar, oil and eggs. Leave for 5 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb some of liquid.
  • In the meantime mix the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate soda in a separate bowl.
  • Gently stir the flour mixture into the carrot mix until well combined.
  • Spoon evenly into the muffin cases, sprinkle with oats and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for at least 5 minutes before eating.

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Mini Scotch Pancakes (drop scones)

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Today’s recipe is pancakes, I’ve made the chocolate and peanut butter pancakes recently but I thought it was time for something a little healthier that can still be indulgent depending on the toppings. As I am writing this I can still remember the fluffy, light taste of the pancake that was so delicious. You could eat these Scotch Pancakes for breakfast or dessert with a variety of toppings like fruit, maple syrup, jam or even peanut butter.

*A little trick i learned a while back when frying pancakes is to oil the frying pan with kitchen paper, after frying each pancake you can use the paper to keep oiling the pan each time.

Recipe: Mini Scotch Pancakes (makes 12)

Ingredients

110g self raising flour

Pinch of salt

25g caster sugar

1 egg

140ml milk

1 tsp oil

Method

  • Sift the flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
  • In a cup or jug, whisk the egg and milk together and slowly whisk the liquid into the flour mix.
  • Keep whisking the batter until it is a runny, smooth mixture and pour in the oil.
  • Leave the mixture to rest for 5-10 minutes and in the meantime heat a little oil in a pan.
  • When the pan is hot, use a tablespoon to add the batter to the pan. I made them small so I had 3 in the pan at once.
  • Flip the pancakes over after about 3 minutes and continue cooking on the other side for a couple of minutes.
  • Enjoy the pancakes warm alone or with any toppings of your choice.

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Chocolate Crêpe

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A crêpe is a thin pancake with its origin in France. Ingredients include flour, milk and eggs, and is usually eaten at any temperature. Of all the pancakes I’ve made, I never thought about making chocolate pancakes. I usually go for the simple crepe with lemon and sugar. These pancakes are super simple to make and they taste so good. The mixture was quite runny so be careful not to make them too thin because they will be crispy. These chocolate crepes are not too sweet and can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. Also, you can add a variety of toppings such as maple syrup, cream or fresh berries.

Recipe: Chocolate Pancakes (serves 2)

Ingredients

50g plain flour

10g cocoa powder

25g caster sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

140ml milk

1 egg

Method

  • Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Whisk the milk and egg together and gradually pour into the flour mixture, whisk well until it forms a runny, smooth batter.
  • leave this to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, use a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  • Whisk the crêpe batter again and pour an even layer into the hot frying pan.
  • Cook on both sides for a few minutes until cooked right through.
  • Serve warm with your favourite toppings.

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Peanut Butter Pancakes

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I hope your day has been well, today’s recipe is peanut butter pancakes. If you didn’t know I’m actually quite a fan of peanut butter but I haven’t really experimented with it in other foods. I found this recipe from here and the book is called Peanut Butter: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Midnight by Tim Lannan and James Annabel if you are interested in peanut butter recipes.

The peanut butter taste is quite subtle and I even tried them with a drizzle of maple syrup the next day which was just as tasty. This recipe is great and the pancakes can be kept in the fridge for at least 2 days.

Recipe: Peanut Butter Pancakes (makes 12)

Ingredients

185g plain flour

1 tbsp baking powder

3 tbsp caster sugar

1/4 tsp salt

250ml milk

1 egg

60g peanut butter

100g chocolate chips (I added about 50g)

Oil for frying

Method

  • Sift the plain flour and baking powder into a bowl and add the sugar and salt.
  • Whisk in the milk and egg.
  • Stir in the peanut butter and chocolate chips
  • Heat oil in a pan, once hot put 2 tbsps of the mixture into the pan cooking until golden brown on both sides, roughly 5 minutes in total.
  • Repeat until the whole mixture is used.
  • Add a dollop of peanut butter on top and a few chocolate chips to serve.

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