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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Quick Shortbread

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

So this shortbread recipe is a little different for a shortbread because it uses icing sugar as opposed to caster sugar. This makes the dough even more smooth as it dissolves much quicker into the butter and the end result has softer texture in the mouth when eating. It’s super simple and quick to make, not sweet at all and would be perfect for a mini snack.

Recipe: Quick shortbread (makes 16)

Ingredients

113g butter

25g icing sugar

136g plain flour

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together, add the flour until it forms a smooth dough using your hands.
  • Roll out the dough until just under 1cm thick, use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes and repeat until all of the dough is used up.
  • Place each shortbread on the tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Potato Croquettes

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today’s recipe came about as I was trying to find something I could make using up one egg yolk that I had left over and I found these potato croquettes by the Hairy Bikers on the BBC food website. They are really simple to make and also a great recipe if you have lots of potatoes that need to be used up. The breadcrumbs give it a golden, crunchy outer layer whilst the inside is smooth potato. The taste is quite plain so you’ll definitely want a sauce for dipping or you could add some herbs for more flavour.

These croquettes would make a great side dish for most meals or could be served as part of a starter with a light salad. I really like the fact that these croquettes are baked rather than fried which automatically makes them healthier. Potatoes are a well known carbohydrate source, accessible to most and have a high water content.

Recipe: Potato croquettes (makes 8)

Ingredients

350g potatoes, peeled and chopped

15g butter

1 egg yolk

25g cheddar cheese, grated

Sprinkle of salt and peper

1 egg, gently whisked

25g plain flour

50g breadcrumbs

Spray oil

Method

  • Put the potatoes to boil on a low heat for 15 minutes, drain and mash. Then mix in the butter, egg yolk, cheese and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Leave the potato mixture to cool down before shaping into the croquette shapes.
  • In the meantime, put the flour, egg and breadcrumbs out into separate bowls.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and get a tray ready. Then put each croquette into the flour, egg and breadcrumbs one at a time before placing on the tray.
  • Spray the croquettes 3-4 times before putting in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for about 5 minutes before eating as they can be quite hot.

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Sweet Zesty Chicken

Hello everyone, I hope your week has been well.

I’m not sure if anybody reading this watches Sundai Love on YouTube but she is often cooking such tasty looking meals and I’m always inspired. A while back she cooked chicken and it looked delicious I had to try the recipe for myself. I did tweek the ingredients slightly but it’s close enough, very similar to a sweet and sour style chicken. I feel like this recipe is quite indulgent and something to be enjoyed every now and then because of the strong flavoured ingredients. The skinless chicken breast is a great source of protein, protein rich foods are known to make a person feel fuller which would reduce feelings of hunger after eating.

Recipe: Sweet Zesty chicken (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 portion of rice

1 chicken breast, diced

1 tbsp oil for frying

1/2 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 tsp lemon juice

Pinch of flaked chilli

Method

  • First put the rice to cook according to the packets instructions. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and dice the chicken.
  • Gently fry the chicken on each side for 1 minute.
  • In the meantime mix the sugar, garlic, soy sauce, ketchup and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • Once the chicken is done put each piece into the bowl and coat in the sauce.
  • Pour away any excess oil if any.
  • Return the chicken back to the pan and heat for 3 minutes before placing on a baking tray in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, serve along with the rice.

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*nutritional information sourced through Google*

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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