Crushed Walnut and Raisin Cookies

Hello everyone, I hope your week has been well. Today I have another quick baking recipe featuring raisins and walnuts.

These cookies taste so good!! Plus, they are light and airy. I feel like these would be perfect for gifting a friend or family member and even great for yourself if you want a little treat that’s not too sweet. I don’t usually bake with walnuts but they work really well in cookies because of how soft they are after being baked. Walnuts provide an essential fat that we need in the body, often known as a mood booster because they aid in the function and development of the central nervous system.

Walnuts also contain vitamin E, biotin and manganese. They can be added to most cakes, cookies and brownies or sprinkled over your porridge.

Recipe: Crushed walnut and raisin cookies (makes 8)

Ingredients

40g butter

30g demerara sugar

1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey

90g self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

20g raisins

20g walnuts, crushed

2 tbsp coconut milk

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Mix the butter and sugar together, then add the syrup, flour and salt.
  • Stir in the raisins and walnuts, pour in the milk and use your hands to form a dough.
  • Make a log shape with the dough and slice into 8 equal sized pieces, roll into a ball and flatten out onto the tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until just golden and leave to cool down before eating.

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Mini Oat Raisin Biscuits

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

I have previously mentioned about reducing sugar in the things I bake and these biscuits only contain maple syrup and raisins for sweetness. They are quite plain but this make me realise how much added sugar is in processed products. These biscuits are quite dry so they would be perfect for dipping into your tea!!

Recipe: Mini Oat raisin Biscuits (makes 12)

Ingredients

50g oats

50g plain flour

1/2 baking powder

Pinch of cinnamon

20g raisins

20g butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp milk or milk alternative

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Melt the butter, syrup and 3 tablespoons of milk together, pour into the bowl and mix together until a dough forms.
  • The dough might be a little stiff so you could add a little more milk, otherwise roll out onto a lightly floured surface and use a cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes.
  • Place on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes and leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe feature oats and raisins which are both tasty and popular baking ingredients. Oats are very healthy, gluten free and full of nutrients. Raisins are beneficial to the body when eaten in moderation as they are sweet and high in sugar, raisins are also high in vitamins, minerals and fibre.

These cookies are so delicious, I like to keep them in the oven long enough so that they have a little crispiness to the bite. They are perfect to eat at anytime of the day and make a great snack.

Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (makes 34)

Ingredients

175g butter

250g demerara sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp water

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g oats

140g plain flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

50g raisins

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6 and line to trays with baking paper.
  • In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together, then add the egg, water and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and raisins together. Slowly add to the egg mixture mixing until smooth.
  • Use a tablespoon to spoon the mixture onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.

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An Easy Salad

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s recipe is a nice and easy salad, perfect for a light lunch or as a side with your dinner. In the photo you can see that I ate the salad with Potato and Kale Fritters (another recipe I will be posting soon). I like this salad because it is random and uses a basic range of ingredients that aren’t too expensive. I think the taste would suit most people but feel free to play around with the ingredients and use orange juice and zest, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds or shallots.

A’s Salad – you can decide how much of each ingredient you want to use depending on how many people are eating it. I made this as one portion.

Ingredients

Small handful of raisins – soaked in orange juice

50g brown rice

1 tbsp pine nuts – toasted

Handful of lettuce – shredded

Few slices of red onion

Zest of 1/2 an orange

1 tbsp orange juice

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

  • Put the raisins to soak in orange juice overnight.
  • Rinse and cook the rice, I like to use salt, thyme and butter but you can make it plain if preferred.
  • Toast the pine nuts and set aside. Wash the lettuce, shred it finely and leave to fully dry. Finely slice the onion and set aside.
  • Zest the orange and put in a bowl with the pine nuts, lettuce and onion.
  • Make a super basic vinaigrette using 1 tbsp of orange juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Once the rice is cooked, mix in the with salad, add the raisins and drizzle the vinaigrette over the top.

Let me know if you make this salad or what your favourite salad recipes are!

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Fruit, Nut & Chocolate Biscuits

I feel like it’s been really quite on my blog recently, regardless of that 😛 I still have great posts to share with the WordPress world.

These biscuits are mini circles of goodness, which everyone will enjoy 😉 it’s one of those random recipes where I just throw lots of my favourite things together and it turned out pretty well, kind of like a shortbread texture but with chocolate, flaked almonds and raisins.

Makes: 24
*you will need small 4cm biscuit cutters and a rolling pin*

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INGREDIENTS
30g toasted, flaked almonds
115g plain flour (extra for rolling out the dough)
30g cornflour
Pinch of salt
35g castor sugar
105g butter
50g raisins
50g milk chocolate, broken in chunks

METHOD

1. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

2. Weigh out the ingredients into a large bowl first using a wooden spoon to combine, then use your hands to form a dough.

3. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. In the meantime preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and sprinkle some flour over the surface and on the rolling pin.

4. Take the dough from the fridge and roll out to 1cm thick then using your cutter press through the dough (it might be slightly difficult pressing through the chocolate and raisins) space the dough circles onto each tray.

5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until golden at the edges. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 mins before placing on a cooling rack to fully cool down.

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       Sprinkle with icing sugar!!