Pear Sponge Pudding

I enjoyed making this more than I did eating it. The best part about it is the yummy pear juice! Quite easy, not many places you can go wrong.

You will need:

  • 2 410g (undrained weight) cans of pears
  • 150g butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 375g  plain flour
  • 75g cornflour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • large pinch of sat
  • 1 – 2 tsp lemon juice
  • A litte bit of milk

Method:

1. Drain the pears and put the liquid in a few cups to drink (I love pear juice), and place neat and evenly in a greased baking dish. Set aside.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in on egg at a time adding a tablespoon and a half of the flour with each one.

3. Add the rest of the flour along with the cornflour, baking powder and salt and fold in. Preheat oven to gas mark 4/ 180*C/ 350*F.

4. Stir in to lemon juice and enough milk so that the batter will easily drop of the spoon.

5. Spoon the mixture into the dish and smooth the top. Bake for 40 minutes or until top is slightly browned. Enjoy!

 

 

Simple Conversions (Grams, Cups, Ounces: Gas mark, Fahrenheit, Celsius)

As this is a British website we use grams and rarely ounces. So here i’m going to give you a maths lesson on conversions… YAY! Symbols for each measurement are Grams = g, Ounce = Oz and cups are just cups.

1 Gram = 0.035274 ounces… OK so lets not do that. 340 Grams = 12 ounces, so if we try and get a nicer number we get 85 Grams = 3 Ounces.

 

Cups are confusing without the proper equipment, so i’m converting with basic ingredients (flour, butter, sugar).

  • 1 Cup of butter = 8 Ounces = 255 Grams.
  • 1 Cup flour = 4.2 Ounces = 120 Grams.
  • 1 Cup sugar = 7.1 Ounces = 200 Grams.

Gas Mark               Fahrenheit            Celsius

2                               300*F                     150*C

3                               325*F                     165*C

4                               350*F                     177*C

5                               375*F                     190*C

6                               400*F                   200*C

 

Porridge

You will need:

  • 40g porridge oats
  • 1/2 pint cold water

Method:

1. In a saucepan mix the oats with the water. Bring to the boil and then stir continuously for 1 minute.

2. Remove from the heat and stand for 1 minute.

3. Add some golden syrup or sugar if wanted.

Another way of making this recipe stated below:

1. In a saucepan mix the oats with half water half milk (1/4 pint milk 1/4 pint water). Bring to the boil and then stir continuously for 1 minute

2. Remove from the heat and stand for 1 minute.

4. Add some golden syrup or sugar if wanted.

Porridge

Banana Oat Cookies

Yes, more cookies. These are similar to the Apple Oat Cookies, but I think these are easier.

You will need:

  • 2 mashed banana’s
  • 140g brown sugar
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100g softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 160g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 275g porridge oats

Method:

1. Put the banana’s, both sugars, egg, butter and vanilla in a bowl a mix well. My mixture looked very lumpy, some of it being butter, but mine still worked well. Preheat oven the 350*F/180*C/Gas mark 4, line a baking tray with baking paper .

2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, adding the oats after everything’s been mixed together. Roll a table spoon of the mixture and place it on the sheet, flatten it slightly onto the tray into a thick disc. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy.!

Banana Oat Cookies
Banana Oat Cookies, we got 23 cookies ‘oat’ of this. 😀

 

Have a look at our Banana Loaf recipe here

Chocolate UFO’S

Recently got this recipe off Facebook and I wanted to try it! They looked simple and fun to make so I’m trying them! They’re supposed to be truffles but they looked like UFO’S in the end

 

You will need:

  • 340g  milk chocolate
  • 55g butter
  • 14 oz (1 can) condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  •  250g plain flour
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • about 3 bars of white chocolate, chopped in bits
  • A small amount of sugar.

Method:

1. Put the chocolate and butter in a bowl and microwave until melted.

2. Add the condensed milk and vanilla and mix in.

3. Fold in the flour and walnuts, line a baking tray with grease proof paper and preheat oven the gas mark 4/ 350*F/ 180 *F.

4. Scoop up a small amount of dough, press a piece of white chocolate into in and roll into a ball so that the chocolate’s in the middle and cant be seen. Do this to all of it. Place on baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes, I recommend 9 at a time in rows of three.

P.S. If you would like them to be more like truffles I suggest cool them in a fridge or something.

 

Bakewell Tray Bake

The first time I made it it was a sloppy mess, but the second time it was quite nice. This seems to be a hard recipe, but that’s just me.

You will need:

(Pastry)

  • You can use 500g of ready-made sweet shortcrust pastry
  • 120g soft butter
  • 85g sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 265g plain flour

Method (Pastry):

1. Cream together the butter and sugar, add the yolks one at a time beating well after each addition.

2. Add the flour and stir well.

3. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to the size of the baking tin (30cm x 20cm). Cut of and extra and add small amounts if there are holes or tears. Set aside.

You will need:

(the rest)

  • 5 tbsp strawberry jam
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 3 1/2 – 4 tsp water
  • glace cherries

Method (the rest)

1. Spread the jam over the pastry base. Set aside (again).

2. Cream together  the butter and sugar until soft. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. (Mine looked horrible and lumpy, if yours does too don’t worry mine turned out really nice (the second time)).

3. Mix in the flour, after add the almond extract and mix well. Preheat oven the gas mark 5/ 375*F/190*C.

4. Spoon the mixture over the jam and smooth the surface. Put in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown on top.

5. When you take it out you’ll likely notice that it moves like its liquid… and that’s cos it is. Its REALLY REALLY REEEAAALLY IMPORTANT TO LEAVE IT UNTIL IT’S COLD. You can refrigerate when its cooled if you want, we did.

6. While it’s cooling, make the icing. Put the icing sugar in a bowl along with the water, stir well. It needs to be a thick icing.

7. When cold, pour the icing evenly over the top of the whatever-it’s-called and leave to set for a few minutes, put the cherries on top in the places you want them. Leave to set for a bit. Enjoy!

Tip: Test the icing to see if it’s runny. If it is, leave for up the 12 hours to set. You can also add flaked almonds with the cherries.

Bakewell Tray Bake
You can see how thick the layers should be. Especially the jam.

 

Corn Bread

I’ve made this a couple times and both times its been liked, its also great bird food as well!! Pretty simple recipe, but the first time I somehow mixed up the cornmeal with cornstarch and if it wasn’t for my nan coming in at the right time it wouldn’t have turned out well.

 

You will need:

  • 55g butter
  • 240ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 180g cornmeal
  • 120g plain flour
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

1. In a pan, melt the butter.

2. In a separate bowl, beat together the milk, egg and butter with a fork until well beaten. Preheat oven gas mark 6/ 400*F/ 200*C. Grease a 9 inch square cake pan.

3. all at once, add the rest of the ingredients and stir just until combined, it should be VERY lumpy.

4. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until skewer comes out clean and golden brown. Enjoy!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not been baking much recently, partially due to our new puppy. But here’s one for some Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies! This is an easy and quick recipe.

You will need:

  • 150g Soft butter
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 80g stoft, brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 200g chocolate chips  ( We used 1 bar of milk chocolate chopped up and another 1 bar of dark chocolate)

Method:

1. In a large-ish bowl, mix together the butter and sugars until well combined.

2. Add in the vanilla and egg and mix.

3. All at once, add the flour, Bicarb. Soda and salt.  Mix with a large spoon. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 5/ 375*F/ 190*C. Grease a baking tray with butter.

4. Add the chocolate chips and mix as evenly as possible. Take a teaspoon and scoop up a small amount of mixture and roll it into a ball just smaller than a walnut, flatten it slightly and place about 6 at a time on the tray.

5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are browned slightly and is still quite soft in the middle. Enjoy!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

Country Style Apple Slice Cake

This is a slightly healthier option of cake compared to others, not as easy though. Its not a hard recipe but its not easy either. So here’s the recipe, good luck!

You will need:

  • 175g block butter, diced
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 1 apple (Cored, peeled, sliced (12 slices in preferable))
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Method:

1. In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs one at a time, beat well after each.

3. Fold in the flour and salt lightly using a large spoon. Preheat oven at gas mark 4/ 180*C/ 350*F. Grease a 8 inch spring form cake tin. Dust with flour and tap out excesses.

4. In a separate bowl mix together the milk and vanilla extract, stir into the mixture. Spoon into cake tin and smooth the top, arrange the apple slices on top and press down very lightly. Brush with the lemon juice, I just brushed the apples because I don’t trust lemon juice not to ruin the cake.

5. Bake for 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean. You can sprinkle it with icing sugar if you want, we did. Enjoy!!

This is how I arranged the apple slices.

Vanilla Fork Biscuits

Yesterday I made vanilla fork biscuits as a quick and easy thing to do. It only has 4 ingredients and is made it a few simple steps. This is the easiest biscuit recipe I have seen so far and bakes very fast.

You will need:

  • 115g soft butter
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 14og self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract/essence

Method:

1. cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

2. Add the flour and vanilla, combine together (this is pretty much the hardest bit). Preheat oven to gas mark 6/ 400*C/ 200*F. Grease a baking tray.

3. Roll mixture into Walnut sized balls and place on the baking tray. Press down slightly with a fork and bake for 7-8 minutes (told you it was fast). Enjooooooy.

Vanilla Fork Biscuits