Cranberry & Oat Muffins

Cranberry & Oat Muffins

Another attempt at making a delicious muffin while keeping the calories a little lower I tried these as a follow up to the very successful Apple & Oatmeal Cookies. Myself and the children really liked them but my husband isn’t a fan of cranberries so wouldn’t even try them, oh dear that means we get 4 each not 3 😀

Ingredients:

 

140g Rolled Oats (Porridge Oats)

85g Plain Flour

85g Plain Wholemeal Flour

50g Caster Sugar tsp

2 ½ tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

½ tsp Nutmeg

½ tsp Salt

250ml Water

125ml Sunflower Oil

125ml Apple Sauce

2 Eggs

40g Cranberries (I had a packet of the ready to eat ones in the house)

Method:

Preheat oven to Gas mark 4 and either spray a 12 hole muffin tin with a cooking spray or use muffin cases (so much easier).

Put oats, flours, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt in a bowl.

Then in a separate bowl whisk water, oil, apple sauce, and eggs until well mixed.

Next add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and add cranberries and mix well.

Place the mixture into muffin cases, (mine made 12 decent sized muffins). Bake for approximately  30-35 minutes until the tops are lightly browned and a skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cranberry & Oat Muffins

Apple and Oatmeal Cookies!

As my Nan’s on a diet and refuses to eat anything sweet so I decided to make these healthier option, Apple and Oatmeal cookies! Everyone was surprised at these, we weren’t expecting them to be so nice! This is the easiest cookie recipe I’ve found so don’t worry!

You will need:

  • 1 apple, cored and chopped into small bits.
  • 175g oats
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (BoS)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 115g soft unsalted butter
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

1. Mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, BoS and salt in a bowl.

2. In another bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat well. Pre-heat oven the gas mark 4. Line the base of a baking tray with grease proof paper.

3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg one and mix just until they have been mix together, add in the apple and oats and mix well. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Roll the mixture into small balls (about 1 tbsp worth of dough) and squash down on the baking tray. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Apple & Oatmeal Cookies
So moist with all the apple chunks

Coffee And Walnut Squares

This is the other thing I did yesterday, along with the Chocolate Orange Loaf. But this one will get you jumping of the walls :D! This recipe is much much harder, as there are 3 layers you must do. But don’t let it put you off!

You will need:

For the base:

  • 100g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g self raising flour

For the filling:

  • 400g condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 25g butter
  • 3 tsp coffee granules
  • 80g chopped walnuts

For the topping:

  • 150 plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coffee powder
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 100g butter

Method:

1. The base: cream the butter and sugar in a bowl. Grease a swiss roll tray. Preheat the oven to gs mark 4/ 180*C/ 350*F.

2. Add the flours to make a firm dough (don’t worry if it seem a bit crumbly, its suppose to seem that way), press into the bottom of the tray evenly and firmly. Bake for 10 minutes.

3. Take it out and leave to cool.

 

1. The filling: In a non-stick saucepan (this is important, it HAS to be non-sick), mix together the butter, condensed milk and golden syrup.

2. Add the coffee granules and heat until boiling swiftly mix until it thickens noticeably, do not allow to burn. Add in the walnuts and continue to mix.

3. Spread the filling onto the base evenly.

1. For the topping: Mix together the flour, cinnamon, Coffee powder and brown sugar. Rub in the butter with your fingers to make a firm dough. Pop into the fridge and leave until even firmer.

2. When it’s firm enough, grate and spread over the top of the filling evenly. DO NOT PRESS DOWN, it’s supposed to be crumbly.

4. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!!!

Walnut & Coffee Squares

Chocolate Orange Marble Loaf!

Yesterday I went on a little baking spree, one of the things I made was a Chocolate Orange Marble Cake! It turned out perfectly! This recipe is relatively easy, BUT I did get a minor scald so be careful :(.

You will need:

  • 50g Plain or milk chocolate broken
  • 125g butter softened
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 1/2tsp orange extract
  • 2tsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

1. Put the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, stir until melted. When melted, Leave to cool but make sure it doesn’t start to set. If it does heat is up slightly again.

2. Cream together the sugar, butter and orange extract until pale and fluffy. Slowly add he eggs, beat really well after each addition.

3. Fold in the flour and orange juice, then separate the mixture in 2 halves in separate bowls.

4. In one part, add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder and gently fold in.

5. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180*C/350*F and grease a loaf tin.

6. Spoon the mixtures into the tin, alternating between chocolate and normal. Take a knife and do 1 wiggly line down the middle, DO NOT MIX.

7. Put in the oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer/ small knife come out clean!

 

Chocolate Brownie Cake!

I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!! Yesterday I made a Chocolate Brownie Cake, It worked perfectly! I just wanted to make something, so I found this recipe for a Chocolate Brownie Cake and was like “YES”. We’ve all been on this new diet that consists of no preserved food, down to milk and bread which we can’t do anything about, so having the occasional treat like this is really nice!! This is a somewhat easy recipe but there are quite a few places you could go wrong, I made a stupid mistake and put 100 more grams of brown sugar so was stuck for 5 minutes getting 100 gram out…

You will need:

  • 125g Milk chocolate
  • 100g Butter
  • 1 tbsp Golden syrup
  • 175g Caster sugar
  • 75g Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 100g Plain flour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Put the chocolate, all sugars, golden syrup and butter in a pan on a low heat. Stir continuously until there are no lumps.
  2. Take off the heat, keep stirring so it doesn’t burn. Add the flour, baking powder, eggs, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture and fold in well.
  3. Grease a 7in tin, preheat the oven to gas mark 4/ 350*C/ 350*F.
  4. Put it in the oven and bake for half an hour, don’t check on it too much as will collapse a bit in the middle and make the bottom a little bit soggy

Rocky Road!

I have been wanting to make rocky road for a while and yesterday I finally got ’round to doing it. It was simple and if you don’t burn the butter and have to wait for it to cool then you could probably prepare it in about 10 minutes or less! 😛 This is very simple but you DO used a saucepan most of way through with burni- I mean melting the butter, chocolate and mixing in everything else! This is pretty easy unless you are me then it is the hardest thing ever…

You will need:

  • 200g Digestive Biscuits SMASHED INTO CHUNKS (avoid powder but it doesnt matter if there is some, I had loads)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200g milk chocolate SMASHED INTO CHUNKS
  • 130g butter
  • 100g mini marhmallows

Method:

1. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup into a saucepan and melt on a low heat.

2. Once melted, turn off the heat and  add the crushed biscuits and marshmallows and gently fold them in. Tip: Let the chocolate mixture cool SLIGHTLY before adding the biscuits and marshmallows, this way the marshmallows wont melt completely like mine did.

3. Line a large dish with baking paper and put the mixture into it. Let it stand for a bit so that wen you put it in the fridge it wont heat up everything else.

4.Put it in the fridge for about 2 hours. NOM NOM NOM!!!

Fudge & Chocolate Cookies

Today I made some Fudge & Chocolate cookies, as we had some left over fudge from when my grandad last made fudge for us. We found this recipe and thought it looked good, so we gave it a go! This isn’t a hard recipe but it isn’t the easiest either.

You will need:

  • 130g unsalted butter
  • 50g maple syrup (You can used golden syrup or honey if you want)
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 240g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g white chocolate + 50g milk chocolate chopped/chips
  • 75g fudge

Method:

1. Mix together the butter, syrup of choice and sugar until soft and creamy. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/ 180*c.

2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Then add the flour and Baking powder.

3. Mix in the chocolate and fudge until it looks like there is chocolate and fudge spread evenly through out the mixture.

4. Line a baking tray or 2 with grease proof paper. Roll the mixture into balls just bigger than a walnut and flatten out of the baking tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

For us this worked out really nice and grandad even gave me a 12/10! 😄

Cookie Dough

 

York Ginger-Bread another Way 1764

York Ginger-Bread another Way published in English Housewifery, 1764

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds of stale bread grated fine (but not dry’d)
  • 2 pounds of fine powder sugar
  • 1 ounce of cinnamon
  • 1/2 ounce of mace
  • 1/2 ounce of ginger
  • 1/4 ounce of saunders (seems to be red sandalwood which was used as a food colouring – I would use a red food colouring if making this recipe 🙂 )
  • 1/4 pound of almonds
  • 1/2 pint of red wine
  • 3 spoonfuls of brandy
  • 1/4 ounce of cloves

Instructions:

boil the sugar, saunders (see ingredients), ginger, and mace in half a pint of red wine; then put in three spoonfuls of brandy, cinnamon, and a quarter of an ounce of cloves; stir in half the bread on the fire, but do not let it boil; pour it out, and work in the rest of the bread with the almonds; then smother it close half an hour; print it with cinnamon and sugar search’d, and keep it dry.

Banana Loaf

This is taken from Abbie’s blog. This is one of the families favorite recipes as it uses up the leftover bananas and also tastes delicious.

Over to Abbie.

You can’t get much more simple than this recipe, it’s one of the first things I did. It doesn’t look like the easiest thing, but it really is as easy as 1 2 3! And is also a very nice way to use old bananas.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 225g of plain flour
  • 175g of caster sugar
  • 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 50g of walnut & almond kernels (chopped)
  • 3 mushed bananas
  • 2 eggs

What to do now:

  1. Mix together the flour, sugar and Bicarbonate of soda.
  2. Add the salt.
  3. Then add the kernels.
  4. Make sure it’s mixed well. Mush the bananas and then mix them in too.
  5. Beat the eggs in a cup and add that to the mixture so far. Mix until quite smooth.
  6. Butter a loaf tin and preheat the oven to gas mark 3. Stick it it.
  7. Leave it for aprox 1 hour or until a skewer comes out dry.
This is what it should look like.
This is what it should look like once sliced.