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Peanut butter and chocolate energy bites

Peanut butter and chocolate energy bites

Sometimes your day needs a little pick-me-up but you don’t always want to rely on sugary snacks and chocolate bars (even if they are delicious). These are a really good alternative, quick and easy to make, full of fibre and pretty tasty to boot. I’m […]

Chocolate and hazelnut flapjack bites

Chocolate and hazelnut flapjack bites

Who doesn’t love a good flapjack? Soft and chewy and gooey with all sorts of delicious treasures hidden amongst the sticky, syrup drenched oats. These are especially indulgent with their combination of hazelnuts and rich chocolate. You can use any chocolate you like but I […]

Gingerbread granola

Gingerbread granola

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.

Ingredients

300g oats
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!

Gruyere, pecan & cranberry scones

Gruyere, pecan & cranberry scones

Something about the onset of the cold grey weather makes me want to eat cheese. ALL THE TIME! Toasty, golden, melted cheese is my favourite and these scones, warm from the oven, fit the bill perfectly. They have a lovely combination of flavours. The rich […]

Hazelnut chocolate cookies

Hazelnut chocolate cookies

Delicious, rich, chocolatey, light biscuits – crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, these are a pretty heavenly partner to your morning coffee. The wonderful delicate texture of these makes them so addictive, I bet you can’t eat just one! You can’t really […]

Nut Butter duo

Nut Butter duo

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.

Ingredients
makes 1 jar
200g almonds
200g hazelnuts
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.

Apricot & pistachio Dutch baby

Apricot & pistachio Dutch baby

In our house we always try to make weekend breakfasts a little bit special. I think that it stems from years and years of working in retail and never really being able to spend the weekend together. I often try to make something a little […]

Rhubarb & custard shortcakes

Rhubarb & custard shortcakes

I don’t actually think I can get enough of rhubarb. I bloomin’ love the stuff! The ancient plant in my garden is much happier this year than last year which means I have a small but steady supply of it too. This is a lovely […]

Chocolate, hazelnut & coriander shortbread

Chocolate, hazelnut & coriander shortbread

Since I changed the name of this blog I’ve been thinking about how it’s maybe a bit strange that there aren’t actually that many recipes on here that use coriander. It’s my name so I feel a little bit like it should be my trademark.
I wanted to do something a bit different so I thought I would try pairing coriander seeds with dark chocolate. It might not be the first thing that you think of putting together but it actually goes really well. Throw in some crunchy hazelnuts and wrap the whole lot up in buttery shortbread and you’re onto a winner.
I baked a batch of these at lunchtime on Saturday. By 3.30pm 70% of them had been devoured. By bedtime they were all gone. Admittedly my brother may have been involved with the consumption but I’d still mark that down as a highly successful recipe.

Ingredients
makes 24
115g butter, room temperature
50g sugar
120g plain flour
20g cornflour
30g semolina
pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
50g blanched hazelnuts, roughly chopped
50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Toast the coriander seeds for 1 minute in a dry pan before coarsely grinding them in a pestle and mortar. Set aside.
Beat the butter, salt and sugar together, until they are quite soft and fluffy. Combine the flour, cornflour, semolina and coriander so that they are well mixed and then add them to the butter. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture to give you a soft dough. Mix the chocolate and hazelnuts through the dough and then bring everything together. Shape the dough into a long sausage and wrap it in some clingfilm, pop it in the fridge to chill for about an hour.


Pre-heat your oven to 150°c and lightly grease a baking tray or line it with a silicone mat. (If you own something as frivolous as a macaron tin then this does a really good job of keeping the shape of the biscuits as they bake. And before you ask – I own two of these, and I don’t even really like macarons!)
Once the dough has chilled, unwrap it and use a sharp knife to cut it into 24 discs, slightly less than 1cm thick. Place them on the prepared tray, spaced a little apart to allow for spreading. Bake the biscuits for 20-25 minutes, until they are just starting to turn golden. Leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely and become crisp. Then you might want to think about fitting a padlock to your biscuit tin.

I’ve also added this post to the May 2018 #BakingCrumbs linky with joskitchenlarder.com.

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Peanut butter millionaires shortbread

Peanut butter millionaires shortbread

Soft tender peanut butter shortbread topped with crunchy peanuts, rich caramel and smooth creamy chocolate. What’s not to love? I can pretty much guarantee that I will never turn down a piece of caramel shortbread when it’s on offer and these are certainly no exception. […]