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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Mini Scotch Pancakes (drop scones)

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

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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Mac and Cheese

Hi everyone, as I’m writing this post the weather is pretty gloomy and I’ve just eaten my dinner so I thought I would type up the recipe. When the weather is dull I always enjoy something warm and filling and this mac and cheese was just perfect. This recipe was inspired by Carbs by Laura Goodman but I’ve made many adaptations and put my own spin on it. I opted to use rice milk as a substitute and to cut out some of the dairy, also the drop of chilli has the slightest spicy taste which I love. This recipe goes really well with kale and peas, which is how I ate it.

Recipe: Mac and Cheese (serves 2)

Ingredients

170g macaroni

30g butter

25g plain flour

400ml milk

90g mature cheese

drop of chilli sauce

20g breadcrumbs

Pinch of salt and pepper

(Topping: 1 tsp butter, 20g breadcrumbs, 20g cheese)

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6, and place a pan of water on to boil for the macaroni.
  • Cook the macaroni for 5 minutes and drain off most of the water, leaving a few tablespoons in the pot.
  • In the meantime, melt the butter and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the milk bit by thick allowing it to thicken up each time. Add the macaroni, cheese and chilli to the pan, mixing well and pour into the an oven dish.
  • Melt the butter and mix into the breadcrumb and cheese, then sprinkle over the macaroni.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top.

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Sprinkle Cookies

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Interestingly, sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) are also know as nonpariels in French, and are made up of sugar and starch, they were traditionally white but now come in many colours. Sprinkle cookies and cakes are actually quite a popular baked treat probably because of the bright colours, mine are a little less covered in the sugar but taste great all the same.

Recipe: Sprinkle Cookies (makes 20)

Ingredients

175g plain flour

115g butter

45g caster sugar

10g hundreds and thousands plus extra for sprinkling on top

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter.
  • Next, add the sugar and hundreds and thousands and knead until it forms a dough.
  • Roll out onto a floured surface to the thickness of 5mm and use a 68mm cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
  • Place them on the tray and bake in the oven for 20m minutes until fully cooked.
  • Leave to cool down completely on a wire rack before eating

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Broccoli and Onion Pizza

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Today’s post is all about pizza and this recipe feature’s broccoli and onion. Broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables because it is quite versatile and can be eaten with most things. It tasted so good on this pizza and had a slight bite. Pizza is such a great meal to make because once you’ve made the base you can customize the toppings depending on everybody’s taste.

Recipe: Broccoli and Onion Pizza (makes 2 trays)

Ingredients for pizza base

500ml strong bread flour

Pinch of salt

7g dried yeast

3g dried oregano

3g dried basil

2 tbsp oil

285ml warm water

Toppings

Tomato sauce

Tuna

Sweetcorn

Broccoli

Onion

Spring Onion

Mature cheese

Method

  • First thing is to make the base, add the flour, herbs, salt and yeast to a large bowl and gently pour in the warm water and oil mixing with the other hands.
  • Bring together to form a soft dough and knead for 5-10 minutes.
  • Leave to rise in a bowl for at least an hour.
  • Once risen, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil 2 oven trays.

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