Strawberry Scones

Hi everyone, I hope you enjoy today’s post.

Today I’m baking with fruits, based on a recipe I saw on the British Heart Foundation website. I’m not a massive fan of cooked fruit to be honest, so this was a little different for me but something I still liked to bake. I do enjoy apple crumble and that’s about it when it comes to fresh fruit in baking, but when I do have a crumble I’m one of those who prefers more crumble than apple. For a healthier version you could use wholemeal flour which I didn’t have at the time.

Traditionally scones are eaten with jam and clotted cream, a perfect British treat alongside a cup of tea. This recipe is great because they are nicely spiced from the cinnamon and you get a slight sweetness from the strawberries. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin K and C, helping the body to heal and keeping the cells healthy, also a great fruit to add towards your 5 a day.

If you do like fruit in your bakes I have recently made Apple Crumble Muffins and Carrot, Apple and Chia Seed Muffins so do check them out 🙂

Recipe: Strawberry scones (makes 2)

Ingredients

67g self raising flour

1/3 tsp baking powder

1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

13g butter

8g caster sugar

40g fresh strawberries, sliced

2 tbsp milk, plus extra for glazing the top.

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 7 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl, rub in the butter with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Next stir in the sugar, strawberries and milk until it forms a soft, sticky dough.
  • You may want to add a little more flour at this point, but on a lightly floured surface knead out the dough for a couple of minutes and divide into 2 portions.
  • Shape into a circle, place on the baking tray and brush with milk.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and place on a wire rack to cool down before eating.

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This recipe was inspired from https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living/healthy-eating/recipe-finder/fresh-strawberry-scones

Healthy Oats Bars

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great day.

I’m still on a journey of making baking treats that don’t contain as much sugar and this recipe was a combination of oat muffin recipes which I found online. As you can see, the mixture was very flapjack like so rather than adding more liquid I just put it into a flat baking tray to make these delicious oat bars. This recipe was a bit of an experiment for me and it turned out okay, not too sweet but very filling.

My top nutritional ingredient from these bars are the oats, a staple in most households and fairly cheap in the supermarket depending on the brand. Studies show that oats have many health benefits and are known to be one of the healthiest grains on earth. In the UK, many people do not consume enough fibre and oats are a great source of fibre which helps to keep the gut healthy and possibly reducing issues such as constipation.

Recipe: Healthy oat bars (makes 16)

Ingredients

220g oats, extra to sprinkle on top

120ml milk

1 tbsp maple syrup

80ml oil

60g soft brown sugar

1 egg

140g wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp mixed spice

Method

  • Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a baking tin with parchment paper.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk the wet ingredients separately.
  • Gently combine together, stirring well and pour into the prepared baking tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.

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*Nutritional information sourced through the British Nutrition Website.

Homemade Bagels

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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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Homemade Pizza Base

Hello everyone! I hope your day is going well. Today’s recipe is a pizza base, I recently upload a cauliflower pizza base recipe but I much prefer this one. I enjoy eating pizza and it is definitely one of my favourite foods to make for dinner. I haven’t really focused on the toppings for this recipe so you can add whatever you like.

Pizza Base recipe (makes 2 trays)

Ingredients

500g plain flour

7g dried yeast

1/2 tsp salt

300ml warm water

2 tbsp oil

Tomato sauce

Cheddar cheese – grated

Sweetcorn

Kale

Spring onion

Cauliflower – cut into small chunks

Method

  • First to make the pizza base, put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Then add the oil to the water and pour into the flour mix, using your fingers to make the dough.
  • Once you have made a dough knead it for 5-10 minutes on a clean surface, rub with a little oil and put back into the bowl covered with clingfilm or a tea cloth. Leave until it doubles in size (roughly 1 hour).
  • Just before the hour is up preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil to baking trays to prevent the pizza from sticking.
  • Next, separate the dough in two and roll out to fit the shape and size of your baking tray.
  • Add the sauce and your chosen toppings to the pizza base place in the oven and bake for roughly 20-25 minutes until the dough is cooked.

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Healthy Pasta Salad

Hi guys, I’ve recently been working on healthy, nutritious meals which are also fillings and the first one is a pasta salad, I know the ingredients are quite random but I promise it tastes delicious 😋 
Serves 1

Ingredients 
75g wholemeal pasta
1 small sweet potato peeled and cut into cubes
5 Brussels sprouts cut in half
1 small carrot grated
1 spring onion sliced
1/2 yellow pepper sliced
3 tbsp oil
20g ricotta cheese

Method

1. Prepare the vegetables first then put on a pan of water for the pasta. In a bowl mix the sprouts, potato and yellow peppers with 3 tbsp of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Next, place on a tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until soft.

2. Once the pan starts to boil, cook the pasta then drain off the liquid and place in a bowl, mix in the carrot and spring onion.

3. Take the tray from the oven and add to the pasta mixture, gently stirring.

4. Lastly sprinkle on the ricotta cheese and enjoy!!

I know there isn’t any sauce with this but it honestly tastes great alone, the sweet potato and brussel sprouts really complement each other and overall the dish is a WINNER!! I love how basic but tasty this meal is and the ingredients are minimal. It’s easy to prepare and you can just double the ingredients if you are cooking for more people.

Let me know if you try this recipe ☺