Homemade apple crumble

Online shopping is so handy, especially since I’ve only just got back from a fortnight at home for Easter. But when my Asda shop arrived yesterday all my apples were either bruised or holey and there’s nothing worse than eating a bruised apple.  I didn’t want to waste them so I decided to make a crumble. It doesn’t take long to make and tastes great!

Preparation time: 10 minsIMG_3043

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves 4

Great when served with ice cream, single cream or custard.

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Venison and pork sausage casserole with red wine

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Whilst I was visiting a friend in Oxford a few weeks ago her mum made the best sausage casserole I’ve ever had. I decided to try it for myself with a mixture of venison and pork sausages. It’s quick to prepare and ideal for a family meal or a dinner party, and can be done in the oven or in a slow cooker.

Serves 5-8 depending on portion size. I served it with mash and broccoli and cauliflower cheese.

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Nut-free Carrot Cupcakes with cream cheese icing

IMG_2748Thought I’d give carrot cake a go for my Sunday afternoon baking. This really works as an alternative if you don’t like nuts. Could also sprinkle candied lemon or orange, raisins or chocolate instead of fudge like I did.

Takes less than an hour from start to finish and makes 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 150g dark muscovado sugar
  • 175g grated carrot
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten

For the icing

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 180g cream cheese
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 100g mini fudge chunks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainy Sunday baking: Scones and Lancashire Eccles cakes

There’s nothing better than baking on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Scones only take about 30 minutes from start to finish and I haven’t made them in a long time so thought I’d give them a go. I usually alter recipes I find quite a lot, but Mary Berry’s Devon scone recipe (DK Complete cookbook) is pretty faultless.  Perfect when served with clotted cream and raspberry jam.

I’ve never made Lancashire Eccles cakes before so thought I’d have a bit of an experiment today. I adapted a recipe by Delia Smith and experimented with seasoning, pastry thickness and overall size. I made the pastry in this recipe but for Eccles cakes in under 30 minutes use ready made puff pastry instead.

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Hearty beef and red wine casserole

IMG_2712Perfect hearty meal at this time of year and really quick to prepare for cooking.This recipe is really flexible- if I’ve got anything in the fridge to use up I’ll put that in too.

Also try this recipe with lamb, just substitute half the beef stock for chicken stock. Serve with potato or sweet potato mash, roast potatoes or rice.

Serves 4-6 depending on portion size.

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Pancake day: Easy peasy pancake recipe

pancakeA  cheap and fool proof recipe for making pancakes yourself, with lots of topping ideas.

Makes  7 or 8 pancakes depending on thickness.

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp. oil (plus extra for frying)
  • a pinch of salt

Toppings

  • lemon and caster sugar (obviously!)
  • strawberries, banana and nutella
  • blueberries and syrup
  • mango, greek yoghurt and honey
  • ham and cheese (savoury but great!)

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