A Cornish girl's food adventures

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Pistachio and chocolate cheesecake

Pistachio and chocolate cheesecake

It wasn’t until I travelled to Sicily last year and happened upon the pistachio festival in Bronte that it occurred to me that something as decadent as pistachio paste could exist. But it does! Either as a thick nut butter or (even more gloriously) the […]

Plum & pecan crostata

Plum & pecan crostata

This is such a wonderful bake, part cake, part tart – I love the crumbly, buttery pecan pastry on this, wrapped around the fluffy filling and sticky fruit. This is a lovely autumnal bake and you can easily adapt it to use different fruits and […]

Maple pecan shortbread

Maple pecan shortbread

Crumbly, buttery shortbread, rich with toasty pecan and maple flavours. Who doesn’t want that with their morning coffee? Did I mention that I’ve dipped them in chocolate for good measure? If these don’t perk up your day I’m not sure what will!

Ingredients
makes 20ish (depending on size)
50g pecans
30g cornflour
100g plain flour
1 tbsp sugar
pinch salt
115g cold butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
100g chocolate

Preheat your oven to 150°c and spread the pecans out on a baking sheet. Toast them in the oven for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Allow them to cool a little before transferring them to a food processor. Pulse them until they have the texture of ground almonds.

Add the remaining ingredients apart from the maple syrup and blitz everything together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. With the food processor running, drizzle in the syrup to bring it all together to form a soft dough. You can also do this by hand by rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients and then stirring in the syrup. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes but you can leave it for as long as you need to.
Line the baking sheet with baking parchment or a silicone sheet. Roll the dough out between a couple of sheets of parchment until it is about 5mm thick. Stamp out your biscuits and arrange them on the prepared tray, spacing them apart a little. Bake them for around 20 minutes, until they are lightly golden and then leave them to cool on a wire rack.
Melt the chocolate,either in a double boiler or using short blasts in a microwave, and dip the underside of the biscuits into it. Create a pattern in the chocolate with fork and leave to set. Store in an air-tight container.

I’ve also shared this recipe via the #bakingcrumbs linky run by joskitchenlarder.com and applytofaceblog.com

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 […]