It’s always nice to preserve some of the summer flavours for future days that perhaps aren’t so sunny and jam is a great way to use up a glut of fruit (or when you’ve found a special offer that you just couldn’t resist!) If I’m […]
Nine times out of ten if I bake something vegan it’s because I’ve run out of eggs. These muffins are so nice though that I would make them this way whether I had eggs in my fridge or not. They’re incredibly fluffy and full of flavour, I promise you won’t even notice that they’re vegan!
I make my apple sauce by finely chopping a couple of Bramley apples and cooking them in a small pan with a tablespoon or two of water until they are soft and pulpy.
makes 6 (multiplies easily)
200g apple sauce
50ml non-dairy milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
130g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
50g light soft brown sugar
Pre-heat your oven to 190°c and line a six hole muffin tin with paper cases. Whisk together the apple sauce, milk substitute and oil in a jug. Sift the flour, raising agents and spices into a mixing bowl before whisking in the salt and sugar. Make a well in the centre and pour in the wet mixture. Briefly stir, just enough to combine everything.If you over mix it then the muffins will become heavy and dense instead of light and fluffy. Divide the batter evenly between the paper cases and bake the muffins for 20 minutes, until they are well risen and golden brown. Enjoy whilst still warm or leave to cool, as they’ll keep for a couple of days.
There are pancakes and then there are souffle pancakes! These aren’t the enormous Japanese style souffle pancakes (I’m not together enough in the mornings to make them) but they are gorgeously fluffy, pillow-like pancakes made by whipping the egg whites into a meringue before folding […]
I might have mentioned this before but my family doesn’t eat Christmas dinner (we have it on Christmas Eve instead) but we do enjoy a Christmas day brunch before the present opening begins. And this is the perfect recipe to kick off the big day. It’s rich and crunchy and full of classic gingerbread flavours – absolutely delicious served with thick creamy Greek yoghurt and fruit.
The beauty of homemade granola is that it’s so easy to adapt it to you own tastes. Potty for pumpkin seeds? Pile them in. Fan of figs? Go ahead! Crazy about cashews? Well you get the idea. Use whatever dried fruit, nuts and seeds you like (I’ve opted for sultanas, hazelnuts and pecans) but try to keep to a ratio of 2/3 fruit to 1/3 nuts and seeds. I also think that it’s better not to bake the fruit as it tends to make it a bit too chewy, I think it’s better to add it at the end.
150g nuts, dried fruit and seeds (see note above)
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp crystalised ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp sea salt
Preheat your oven to 170°c and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or baking parchment.
Toss together the oats with the nuts, seeds and crystalised ginger (keep back any fruit that you’re using) in a large mixing bowl.
Gently warm the maple syrup, sugar, oil, spices and salt so that they are all nicely melted together but not too hot (or the sugar will burn). Pour this mixture over the oaty blend and stir well, so that everything is nicely coated.
Spread this out on the prepared baking sheet, pressing it down slightly. Bake the granola for 20 minutes, turning it half way through.
Once the granola is baked scatter the fruit over it and then leave it to cool completely before breaking up the clusters a little and storing in an air-tight container.
You could put this in a pretty jar and give it as a lovely edible Christmas gift!
I am pretty certain that I could eat my body weight in nut butters (sometimes straight from the jar). The problem is that so many of them are made with palm oil. I do try really, really hard not to buy products that use palm oil, which means that a lot of them are off the market to me, including Nutella (sob!). I do sort of miss the days when we lived in the US and I could just pick up a jar of peanut butter from Trader Joes confident in the fact that it was made with just one ingredient – nuts.
There really isn’t anything else you need to put in peanut butter unless you want to twiddle with the flavours a bit. Which is exactly what I’ve done here, adding a dash of cinnamon to the almond butter and some cocoa to the hazelnuts.
You may want to turn off your food processor intermittently whilst you make the nut butters to prevent it from getting too warm.
makes 1 jar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
Toast the nuts for 10 minutes at 180°c, keeping them separate. Place the hazelnuts in a clean tea towel and rub them to loosen and remove some of the skin but don’t worry if some of it is a bit stubborn.
When the nuts have cooled a bit place the almonds into the bowl of a food processor and blitz them at full speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl at regular intervals and keep blitzing until the nuts release their oil and transform into a thick smooth paste. Add the cinnamon and blend it in. That’s the almond butter done, set it aside and clean out the food processor so that you can start the hazelnut butter.
Do the same thing with the hazelnuts as you did with the almonds, blitzing them in the food processor until they are reduced to a thick smooth paste. Add the sugar and the cocoa powder and blend them with the hazelnut paste.
Transfer the two spreads to a clean jar, swirling or layering them as you like.