Monday, 30 June 2008
Perfect accompaniment to a cold glass of milk!
Thursday, 19 June 2008
I feel like I haven’t baked anything in weeks but I did bake my favourite Chocolate-Lime cheesecake by Nigella Lawson on Sunday for Father’s day but naughty me didn’t take pics! My parents are over from Spain and have been staying with my sister and helping out with the baby but this weekend they are coming to stay with us, as it’s my son’s 16th birthday (still can’t believe my son is going to be 16). So I decided to bake this Apple and Blueberry Cake, a simple but yummy cake to have for when they arrive, plus my dad adores apple cakes so I can’t let down mi papa! ! I am sure this cake will go down a treat.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Banana White Chocolate Muffins
3 very ripe bananas
125ml vegetable oil
250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
150g white chocolate (or butterscotch or dark chocolate morsels)
Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6 and line a 12-bun muffin tin with muffin papers.
Mash the bananas and set aside for a moment.Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs.
Put the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl and mix in the beaten-egg-and-oil mixture, followed by the mashed bananas.
Fold in the white chocolate morsels, then place equal quantities in the prepared muffin tin and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomato, and Cheese
1 (1-pound) package uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage links (I used pork Italian Sausages)
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Cooking spray (I used butter)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.
3. (I added 1 tbsp of olive oil to the pan.) Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil.
4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes (I simmered my sauce for 25 minutes), stirring occasionally.
5. Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil. Place half of the pasta mixture in a 4-quart casserole coated with cooking spray or butter. Top with half of mozzarella and half of Parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Apple & Cinnamon Muffins
275g (10oz) plain flour
4 level tsps Baking Powder
75g (3oz) caster sugar
2 medium sized eggs
225ml (8floz) milk
110g (4oz) butter (melted)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
75g (3oz) cooking apples (peeled and grated)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp Demerara sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon.
Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas Mark 6 and place 12 Muffin Cases in a muffin / deep cupcake tin.
Sieve the flour and Baking Powder together in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, milk, butter and Vanilla Extract.
Fold flour etc. into the egg mixture; add the apple and cinnamon and mix gently to form a lumpy batter.
Divide the mixture between the muffin cases, sprinkle on the topping and bake at the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until well risen and golden brown.
Remove muffins from tin and cool on a wire rack.
Monday, 2 June 2008
The lovely Ruth from Ruth's Kitchen Experiments has a wonderful blog event which she hosts every Monday called BookMarked Recipes, where you bake or cook a book marked recipe from magazines, cookbooks, online recipes etc. I love the concept of an event that encourages you to try out recipes that you've had your eye on. So I am submitting my Apricot Seed Bars!
Apricot Seed Bars
Makes 20 Bars
¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
¾ finely chopped dried apricots
¾ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ flax seeds
¼ sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 350oF/180oC
13- by 9-inch cake pan, greased
In a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth and creamy. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir into creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in rolled oats, apricots, cranberries, sesame seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven until top is set and golden, 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into bars.
Recipe source: Bars & Squares..more than 200 recipes by Jill Snider