Carrot Soup

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Hello and thanks for popping by. Autumn is most definitely here and with it the very changeable weather. While one minute there are blue skies and warming sunshine only to vanish, in a flash of lightening, to deep grey clouds, swirling winds and cold, drenching rain. In fact, autumnal weather has all the consistency of a teenager’s mood swings! Yet, one thing that is guareented to brighten the dreariest day is this vibrant orange, Carrot Soup by my very talented and beautiful friend Liz.

Pinterest sized image of carrot soup with descriptive graphics.
Carrot Soup with a hint of ginger.

Liz and I ‘met’ over on Twitter. Because we are both newbies to the blogging and Tweeting world, I guess we found a kindred spirit in each other. While Liz no longer blogs on her site Teta Lizza, she can be found on Instagram as @teta_lizza. Rather than blogging on her site, she now shares plant based recipes on her Instagram account.

Carrot Soup with some crumbled Stilton cheese.

 

I will be forever thankful to Liz for allowing me to create and post this Carrot Soup. While the subtle hint of ginger gently warms you through as you consume this delicious soup. Also the beautiful sweetness of the carrots contrasts with the sharp, salty, Stilton, crumbled into the middle. Alternatively, Liz uses Parsley to garnish her soup and that too would be delicious, as would a swirl of cream, dollop of creme fraiche…. the garnishing possibilities are endless. And it’s important to mention that without garnish, this soup is entirely delicious on it’s own. Especially if it is accompanied by nothing more than a good, thick, slice of bread, for dunking and mopping!

Carrot Soup

 

Recipe : Serves four portions of Carrot Soup

1tbsp Olive Oil – I use Filippo Berio

1 Medium Onion diced

450g/1lb Carrots – peeled and medium diced

1 Large Potato – baking sized, peeled and medium diced

1tsp Fresh Grated Ginger

1 litre/Approx 2pints Water

1 Vegetable Stock Cube – if not making vegetarian version, a chicken stock cube is fine

Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to season

Stilton Cheese to garnish – optional

Method :

Making The Soup

  • First of all, pour the Olive Oil into a heavy based pan, over a medium heat.
  • Add the diced onions and a small sprinkle (1/4tsp) of salt.
  • Sauté the onions until soft and translucent – adding the salt will help stop them browning.
Add the carrots and potatoes to the softened onions.
Add the carrots and potatoes to the softened onions.
  • Stir the vegetables over a medium/low heat for a minute.
Grate 1tsp of fresh ginger and add to the pan.
Grate 1tsp of fresh ginger and add to the pan.
  • Add the freshly grated ginger to the saucepan.
Add the water and stock cube to the vegetables.
Add the water and stock cube to the vegetables.
  • Finally pour the water over the vegetables.
  • Add a good grinding of black pepper.
  • I wouldn’t add any additional salt at this stage as the stock cube contains salt.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow the soup, covered with a lid, to simmer for half an hour.
  • As soon as the soup has finished cooking move the pan off of the heat.
Purée using a hand held blender.
Purée using a hand held blender.
  • Purée the soup using a hand blender. Alternatively, cool the soup and purée in a blender.
Carrot Soup have a final taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Carrot Soup have a final taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Finally serve the Carrot Soup ladled into warmed bowls and garnished with some crumbled Stilton Cheese (unless you are making the soup for vegans) and thick slices of homemade bread.

Pinterest sized image of carrot soup served in a green rimmed soup bowl.

This Carrot Soup warms you right through. Also it is perfect for lunch after a long walk, admiring the changing colours of the season and kicking through the fallen leaves.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Carrot Soup you may also like these:

Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Soup 

Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Soup in a green rimmed bowl.
Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Soup.

Warming Winter Vegetable Soup 

Winter Warming Vegetable Soup served in a bowl
Winter Warming Vegetable Soup – also vegan

Creamy Low Fat Mushroom Soup 

Creamy Low Fat Mushroom Soup
Creamy Low Fat Mushroom Soup

I am such a fan of soup. While it can be a quick, warming, light lunch, it can also serve as a substantial meal. Adding tasty, rustic, homemade bread such as my  Crunchy Seeded Bread and also some tasty cheese, turns this simple bowl into a heart warming feast. And it’s easy to double up on ingredients if you are feeding a crowd.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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Hello, I have an incredibly delicious treat for you today, these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes. I know, I hardly ever post cupcake recipes, except today, I had this big punnet of beautiful, juicy, blueberries sitting in the fridge, waiting to be eaten. And then I noticed the lemons. I love lemon, the flavour, the scent and these lemons are super special – they are called Eureka lemons. What a cool name. So I had a little think to myself (mostly a dangerous pursuit!) and decided it was time to make me some cupcakes.

FF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Actually, when I say me I mean our family. Because all of us enjoy a cupcake and as I don’t make them very often they really are a treat. Although I must confess that two of these cupcakes didn’t make it throught to the frosting stage, because my daughter and I snaffled one each whilst they were still warm. Mmm. Totally worth it. Jammy pods of sweet, warm blueberry in a moist lemon crumb, yep no guilt felt at all. In fact you could make these and skip the frosting stage completely and they’d still be knockout delicious!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Warning, the frosting on these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes totally sends them over the top. Since using fresh lemon juice ensures the frosting is the perfect balance to an already wonderful cupcake. And it adds another dimension of sweet/tart creaminess that simply makes these cupcakes awesome.

I actually had to resist adding some sparkles to these cupcakes, because sparkles?? I held back as the blueberry, polka dot studded frosting looked so pure and, well, perfect. However, If you want to add sprinkles or sparkles, just know I’m good with that.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Recipe : Makes 12 Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

For The Cupcakes

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

1/4tsp Salt

3 Large Free Range Eggs

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

1 1/2tsp Baking Powder – I use Waitrose 

300g/11oz Fresh Blueberries

1 Lemon zest

For The Frosting 

400g/14oz Icing Sugar (Confectioners sugar)

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

3-4tbsp Lemon Juice (from the lemon above)

Method : Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Making the cupcakes

  • First of all add the sugar, salt and butter to a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together until pale and creamy.

Add the sugar and butter to a bowl.

Whisk together until light and fluffy.

 

  • Add the vanilla extract and 2 eggs and whisk thoroughly.
  • Remove 1 tablespoon of flour, for dusting the blueberries later.
  • Sift in half the flour/baking powder and mix until just combined. I usually do this by hand, or use a low setting on a stand mixer.
  • Add the remaining egg. Stir briefly before adding the remaining sifted, dry ingredients. Mix until everything is just incorporated.

This cake batter is ready for its fruit!

 

  • Keep back enough blueberries to decorate the cupcakes with. Now toss the remaining blueberries in the tablespoon of flour. This will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cupcake whilst baking.
  • Zest the lemon using a grater or, as I have, a lemon zester. Add to the bowl.
  • Stir the batter carefully by hand to avoid breaking up the blueberries.

Add the blueberries and lemon zest.

 

Stir the batter carefully by hand to avoid bursting the blueberries.

 

  • Line a muffin/cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases.
  • Using an ice cream scoop fill the cases evenly with batter.
Using an ice cream scoop fill each case with cake batter.
Ready for the oven.

 

  • Place the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes in the middle of the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. The cupcakes are baked when they are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed.
  • I don’t suggest using a toothpick or skewer to check these particular cupcakes, as they are full of jammy blueberries, the skewer is likely to come out unclean.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
Remove the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes from the oven.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10 minutes in their tin, before removing them.
  • Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before icing.
Place the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes onto a cooling rack.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Making the buttercream and icing the cupcakes

  • Place the icing sugar, soft butter and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice into a bowl.
  • Whisk thoroughly adding more lemon juice if the frosting is too thick.

Whisk the butter, icing sugar and lemon juice together until light and fluffy.

The whipped buttercream

  • Fit a nozzle of your choice (I used a large star tip) to a piping bag. I then turn over the outside edges and use a large glass or jug to put my piping bag in whilst I fill it with the frosting. I created a swirl pattern with my frosting.

Starting at the outside edge, frost the cupcake using a circular motion.

  • Start at the outside edge and keeping an even pressure on the piping bag ice the cupcake in a circular motion.
  • Repeat until all of the cupcakes are frosted.
Beautifully frosted Lemon Blueberry Cupcake.
Beautifully frosted Lemon Blueberry Cupcake.

 

  • Now it’s time to adorn the beautiful, creamy, frosting with the deep, dark, blue, berries that you reserved.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

If not served immediately store in an airtight container. During hot weather refrigerate. Eat within 3 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes you may also like these:

Black Forest Cupcakes 

FF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Black Forest Cupcakes

Caramac Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes 

FF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Caramac Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes

Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes 

FF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

While enjoying these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes it is important to me to share. Seeing the pleasure on neighbours and friends faces when you pop round with one of these beauties makes me go all warm and fuzzy inside. Most importantly, it isn’t because of my actions, rather the reaction of seeing the recipient grinning. And, I honestly believe that all food tastes better when shared.

So whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchen, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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Easy Crusty Baguettes

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Hi, so I’ve now had feastingisfun.com for a year! Thank you to everyone who has taken time to read and comment on my blog. I appreciate you more than you could ever know. If I could bake each and everyone of you a cake I would. Instead I have a bread recipe for you!!! I know, I’m all heart – but this is a recipe you will, hopefully, thank me for. Easy Crusty Baguettes.

Easy Baguettes
Easy Crusty Baguettes

 

You may be thinking – “why bake my own baguettes when I can pick them up from the grocery store?”

Well, not everyone can get to a shop, they can be out of stock – but mostly I’m the kinda girl who is inquisitive. If I can buy something, I want to know if I can make it! Personally I get a real kick out of making something that’s so easy to buy – knowing exactly what’s gone into my creation! Easy Crusty Baguettes are so easy to make (if you have a stand mixer with dough hook or a bread maker they are easier still!) and taste so good.

The only ‘special’ piece of equipment I use is a French Baguette Tray.

French Baguette Trays
French Baguette Trays

 

I purchased my baguette from Amazon UK

Swift Faringdon Collection Bakers Pride Non-Stick French Bread Pan Carbon Steel 39 cm x 16 cm x 2.5 cm

by Faringdon Collection

 

I have made baguettes on a baking sheet, they were ok but tended to spread a little. I decided to buy one French Baguette Tray, used it, was thrilled with the results and quickly purchased a second tray. The advantages of using the baguette tray are that they really do hold the shape of the baguette, whilst it’s proving and baking and they are longer than most baking trays so you can put them in your oven at an angle – giving you longer baguettes. These Easy Crusty Baguettes are made using these trays.

Gorgeous imprint on the underside of the baguette from the tray.
Gorgeous imprint on the underside of the baguette from the tray.

 

Recipe : makes 3 x 16″ (40cm) Easy Crusty Baguettes

500g/1lb 2oz Strong White Bread Flour

1 x 7g Sachet Fast Action Dried Yeast

1tsp Sugar or honey

300ml/10floz Lukewarm Water

25g/1oz Unsalted Butter

1tsp Salt

Method :

I use a bread maker to mix, prove and knock back the dough, instructions will also be given for a stand mixer using a dough hook.

Place the water into the bowl. Add the yeast and sugar. Swirl with clean fingers to mix.

Add the flour so that it covers the water/yeast mixture. On top of the flour add the salt and butter.

If using a bread maker set the program to mix and prove.

If using a stand mixer slowly start to mix the ingredients. Once combined increase the speed to medium and mix for 10 minutes. Once mixing is complete form the dough into a ball, place back into the stand mixer bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a draft free place until doubled in size.

When the bread mixer has finished proving, or the dough in the stand mixer is doubled in size it is time to knock back the dough.

Using the bread maker mix and prover cycle, start again and allow to knead for the mix part of the cycle then stop the machine and remove the dough.

Using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment as before, remove the towel and start the mixer on low increasing to medium to knock back and knead the proved dough. If the dough doesn’t all pull together, stop the mixer. Using clean hands pull the dough into a ball shape. Knead the dough on a medium speed for a further 10 minutes. Stop the mixer and remove the dough from the bowl/dough hook.

Place the dough on a floured surface.
Place the dough on a floured surface.
Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces - unlike mine!!!
Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces – unlike mine!!!
Roll each piece of dough out to just under the length of your baguette tray.
Roll each piece of dough out to just under the length of your baguette tray.
Place the baguette roll in the tray and using a very sharp knife slash lightly through the dough as in the photo.
Place the baguette roll in the tray and using a very sharp knife slash lightly through the dough as in the photo.

 

I could have recombined my dough to create three equal sized baguettes. What I did instead was to place the smaller baguette in a separate tray, knowing it would cook a little quicker than the other two! Very lazy I know!!

Place the trays in a draught free place and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave to prove until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to it’s hottest setting and place a tray of hot water in the bottom of the oven. The steam produced will help give your Easy Crusty Baguettes the super crusty, crunchy exterior that is required in a baguette!

Removing the towel place the baguette trays into the oven diagonally. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the baguettes are golden, with a hard crust. They should sound hollow when rapped on the base with your knuckle.

Easy Baguettes - golden, crunchy, crust.
Easy Crusty Baguettes – golden, crunchy, crust.

 

Remove from the oven and place the baguettes on a cooling rack.

We ate one baguette the day they were made. The other two were stored in our bread tin. 2 days later I sprinkled them with a little water and placed in a preheated, hot oven for 5-8 minutes. Below is the baguette I refreshed in the oven. It tasted as good as the day it was made. Absolutely delicious with a really crunchy crust.

Easy Baguettes - perfect with cheese and chutney.
Easy Crusty Baguettes – perfect with cheese and chutney.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Easy Crusty Baguettes then you may also like these:

Garlic Rosemary Focaccia Bread

FF Easy Crusty Baguettes
Garlic Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Oat Bran White Bread

FF Easy Crusty Baguettes
Oat Bran White Bread

Cheddar Cheese Thyme Soft Breadsticks 

FF Easy Crusty Baguettes
Cheddar Cheese Thyme Soft Breadsticks

Of course there are times when we all buy baguettes – because, LIFE! If I lived near an artisan bakery I may never have made these. Really I am so glad I tried. For minimal effort, delicious bread is on hand. Easy Crusty Baguettes so worth the few minutes prep time.

Have you ever made baguettes?

I love reading your comments and appreciate you taking the time to write them.

You may also like Crusty White Bread                                                                 Wholemeal Cob Loaf

Sammie x

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Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hi, I’m here to help put a smile on faces today. My Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for anyone who is feeling a little unwell, down or just needs a hug.

Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies - perfect with a glass of milk.
Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies – perfect with a glass of milk.

 

Our family had a BBQ over the weekend. All the cousins got together with Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents. Unfortunately I was unable to go, due to still having daily seizures. Although the children went and as always, had the best of times. Everyone had to make their own kebabs, from ingredients laid out before them and then remember which kebab was theirs once on the grill! Our children came home happy, tired and full.

The next day revealed that our eldest had been bitten 30 times by Mosquitos and our other two had a fair few bites between them as well. All in all they were feeling pretty sorry for themselves. Because they were all tired and itchy and apart from administering antihistamines/cream etc. I decided to bake them these Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Mmm these Cookies certainly did cheer the children up and although chocolate isn’t my go-to flavour, I have to say they are delicious. Hubby snaffled one after work and also agreed they were yummy, while reaching for a second one!!

Easy to make, quick to bake, if you need cheer up food fast, these cookies are the way to go.

Recipe : Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies makes approx. 24

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temp.

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

1 Large Egg Yolk

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

350g/10oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz each –

Plain Chocolate Chips

Milk Chocolate Chips

White Chocolate Chips

Optional – extra chocolate chips for topping the cookies.

Method : Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan oven. gas mark 4, 350F

Making And Shaping The Cookie Dough

  • First of all line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place the butter, sugar and salt into a bowl. Whisk until creamed together.
Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Beat until light and fluffy.
Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Beat until light and fluffy.
Next add the flour...
Next add the flour…
On top of the flour add the three different chocolate chips.
On top of the flour add the three different chocolate chips.
Mix until all the ingredients are just combined.
Mix until all the ingredients are just combined.
I used a 2" ice cream scoop to measure out identical scoops of cookie dough.
I used a 2″ ice cream scoop to measure out identical scoops of cookie dough.
Identical mounds of Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookie dough.
Identical mounds of Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookie dough.
Lightly press on each mound of dough to flatten it.
Lightly press on each mound of dough to flatten it.
For extra cheer I pressed a few extra milk chocolate chips into the top of the unbaked cookies.
For extra cheer I pressed a few extra milk chocolate chips into the top of the unbaked cookies.

Baking The Cookies

  • Place the baking trays into the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • As soon as they are lightly golden remove from the oven.
  • While they will still feel soft if overcooked they will be hard.
Allow the Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies to cool and firm up on the baking sheet for 10 mins.
Allow the Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies to cool and firm up on the baking sheet for 10 mins.

 

  • Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • As soon as they were just cooled the children tucked into the cookies.
Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Since I only baked half of the cookie dough the rest was wrapped up in cling film to form a dough log. This can sit happily in the fridge for up to a week, or double wrap and pop in the freezer. Allow to defrost and then slice and bake your cookies as above. Finally, with the refrigerated dough log I find it’s best to leave it out of the fridge for 15 minutes before slicing.

Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookie dough log.
Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookie dough log.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies you may also like these:

Extreme Chocolate Cookies

FF Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies
Extreme Chocolate Cookies

Caramac Caramel Cookies 

FF Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies
Caramac Caramel Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Heart Cookies 

FF Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Heart Cookies

While watching the children munch on their cookie big smiles appeared. Although the itching didn’t disappear their focus was on eating. A distraction that did indeed cheer them up.

Do you have a way of cheering people up?

Sammie xx

 

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Blackberry Nectarine Tart

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Hi, I’m celebrating. Because today is the first day I’ve woken up without a migraine for too long. So when I get a fairly good day I smile and give thanks, harder to do on the other days, more like clinging on by my fingertips. AND I made the easiest tart ever! This Blackberry Nectarine Tart is made with shop bought, all butter, puff pastry, a tub of blackberries (mine were frozen) and a punnet of nectarines. Alternatively you could easily use peaches.

Blackberry Nectarine Tart

 

So if you imagine roasting vegetables intensifies their flavour, then think what 30 minutes in a hot oven does to the fruit in this tart. Even with the addition of a sprinkle of vanilla sugar the intense fruit flavours in this Blackberry Nectarine Tart are a delight on the taste buds. While this is not a sweet tart. For me it’s a perfect balance of fruity flavour and flaky, buttery pastry.

Blackberry Nectarine Tart - beautiful and delicious.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart 

Create An Easy Dessert Using Store Cupboard Staples

I really can’t emphasise how easy this tart is to make. Since the pastry and blackberries were in the freezer, the nectarines, ridiculously cheap and in season, ripening at an increasingly rapid pace, needed using. Also, given how well this tart turned out I would happily make this during the colder months using, shock, horror, tinned peaches! Yup I would, with custard poured over. I am shameless!!!

Blackberry Nectarine Tart - a perfect summer dessert, even in the winter.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart – a perfect summer dessert, even in the winter.

 

I hope I’ve convinced you to give this tart a try? Because as they say “The proof of the pudding, is in the eating!”

Recipe : Blackberry Nectarine Tart Serves 6

375g/13oz All Butter Puff Pastry – defrosted, if frozen

300g/11oz Blackberries – if frozen don’t defrost – I buy frozen punnets from Waitrose

7-8 Nectarines – peaches are a good substitute

1tbsp Vanilla Sugar

Method : Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan, 425F, gas mark 7

Grease or line with parchment paper a baking tray with shallow sides, the fruit give off juices when baked, 26cm x 39cm (10.5″ x 15.5″).

Assembling The Puff Pastry Tart

First of all, on a clean, dry, lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry so that it will just fit in the baking tray – I haven’t given dimensions, as if your baking tray size differs from mine a few centimetres either way, it won’t matter.

Using your rolling pin transfer the pastry to the baking tray.
Using your rolling pin transfer the pastry to the baking tray.

 

I lightly scored the pastry approx. 1cm in from the edge with a sharp knife. This will ensure that a nice, even, crust, borders the tart.

Next slice each nectarine into 6 equal(ish) portions. If they are still firm this should be fairly easy. Because mine were very ripe so I cut out the slices, against the stone, while holding the nectarine, over a bowl to catch the juices.

Blackberry Nectarine Tart - arrange the nectarine slices in rows.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart – arrange the nectarine slices in rows.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart - sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart – sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar.

 

Either buy Vanilla Sugar, or alternatively you can make your own.

Vanilla Sugar - I have a Kilner jar filled with caster sugar and a few vanilla pods. Leave for one month and the vanilla will have infused the sugar with it's delicious flavour and scent.
Vanilla Sugar – I have a Kilner jar filled with caster sugar and a few vanilla pods. Leave for one month and the vanilla will have infused the sugar with it’s delicious flavour and scent.

 

Tip : A light (little goes a long way) sprinkling of Vanilla Sugar over homemade popcorn is delish!!

Next arrange the blackberries on the tart, however you choose. I chose to go with the lines of the tart.

Blackberry Nectarine Tart - using frozen blackberries I think helped them retain their shape during baking.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart – using frozen blackberries I think helped them retain their shape during baking.

Baking The Fruit Tart

Place the tart in the oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. While some juice from the fruit leaks, I found, once the 30 minutes baking time was up, it had concentrated and did not make that part of the tart soggy.

The tart is cooked when the outside crust is golden brown and the base, when gently lifted, is golden brown too.

As soon as the tart is baked remove from the oven.

Blackberry Nectarine Tart - once baked remove from the oven.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart – once baked remove from the oven.

 

Transfer the Blackberry Nectarine Tart on to a cooling rack. This keeps the tart bottom and crust nice and flaky.

Blackberry Nectarine Tart - if you like a bit more sweetness a dusting of icing sugar would be perfect.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart – if you like a bit more sweetness a dusting of icing sugar would be perfect.

 

Serve warm or cold. This tart was perfectly complimented by a scoop a good, vanilla ice cream.

Blackberry Nectarine Tart - utter deliciousness.
Blackberry Nectarine Tart – utter deliciousness.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Blackberry Nectarine Tart you may also like these:

Very Vanilla Ice Cream

FF Blackberry Nectarine Tart
Very Vanilla Ice Cream

Lemon Lime Meringue Pie 

FF Blackberry Nectarine Tart
Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake 

FF Blackberry Nectarine Tart
No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

If you keep pastry and fruit in the freezer regularly, I’d say this is the perfect, pull together, easy dessert.  Especially perfect for eating while snuggling on the sofa watching a film, or entertaining last minute, or even planned dinner guests!!

Because I used nectarines their tender skin doesn’t need to be removed.

What go-to freezer staples do you keep on hand. As well as ice cream!

So whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Walnut Fig Oat Cookies

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Hello, I’ve got a question for you; do you like Figs? Because in our house opinion is divided – so I, being a massive lover of Figs, fresh or dried, was sneaky – I made these Walnut Fig Oat Cookies and I kinda forgot to tell everyone what was in them! I’m very naughty, I know. Guess what happened?

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - unbelievably good!
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – unbelievably good!

 

Everyone liked them! Now there are distinct Fig haters in our home, I mean they are very vocal when I bite into a perfectly ripe fresh Fig, or snack on a pack of dried Figs. I totally get that Figs have more of a distinct texture maybe than taste ( the inside of a fresh Fig described to me, as looking like raw flesh, very vocal ). So, loving them as I do – both Figs and our children – I thought I’d see if I could unite them, if only once AND I did!

Our children, like most I suspect, love cookies – with chocolate in or on them. Preferably both!! I’m more your fruit and nut (case!) girl. So when I’m baking it’s nice to branch out with flavour combinations. In doing so, I’m also, hopefully, educating taste buds. Am I alone in this quest?

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - perfect with a cold glass of milk.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – perfect with a cold glass of milk.

 

I’ve always cooked our children the same food as for hubby and me. When they we’re little I would ‘water-down’ with added veg – carrots in Spag Bol. etc. With the odd exception they have grown up eating Wholemeal bread, curries,  salads (with all manner of ingredients), in fact all of the foods we eat. Also we all sit at the table and eat and enjoy the same meal together.

Anyway, I knew Figs would be pushing it. Because, not knowing they were eating chopped, dried Figs, allowed them to taste without prejudice. I’m not silly, I realise the chocolate option would win, hands down, every time, given the choice – I also know that Walnut Fig Oat Cookies would be munched, if there was no choice! Balance is everything!!!

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - would you like one?
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – would you like one?

 

Recipe : makes approx 20 Cookies

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temp.

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

1 Large Egg Yolk – pref free range

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

75g/3oz Plain Rolled Oats

100g/4oz Chopped Walnuts

100g/4oz Dried Figs – approx 6

Method : Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan

In a large bowl whisk the butter, sugar and salt until pale and creamy.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
Add the oats.
Add the oats.
Add the flour.
Add the flour.

 

Chop the Walnuts and Figs to approx. the same size – 1cm.

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - add the chopped walnuts and figs.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – add the chopped walnuts and figs.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - stir until all the ingredients are just mixed.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – stir until all the ingredients are just mixed.

 

Grease or line baking trays with parchment paper. Using a medium ice cream scoop or your hands, place balls – approx 4cm – onto the baking tray.

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - leave some space between each dough ball.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – leave some space between each dough ball.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - using clean, wet fingers, press down on each dough ball to flatten the cookie.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – using clean, wet fingers, press down on each dough ball to flatten the cookie.

 

Place the baking trays into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cookies are baked when they have turned a lovely golden colour on top. As soon as the cookies are baked remove the trays from the oven.

Note : Depending on the thickness, I had to carefully remove some cookies from the tray and return the others back to the oven for a few minutes – note to self, ensure all cookies are an even thickness before baking.

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - allow to firm up and cool on the tray for 10 minutes.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – allow to firm up and cool on the tray for 10 minutes.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - remove the cookies and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – remove the cookies and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

Enjoy the smell of toasted Walnuts pervading through your kitchen. Mmm delicious. Once cooled see who you can fool into eating one of these delicious Walnut Fig Oat Cookies!! The oats, whilst also being good for you, add to the rustic charm of these yummy Cookies.

I really do urge you to try these delicious, crunchy, fudgey cookies. They come personally recommended!

Walnut Fig Oat Cookies - the proof of how good they are, is in the baking and tasting!
Walnut Fig Oat Cookies – the proof of how good they are, is in the baking and tasting!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Walnut Fig Oat Cookies you may also like these:

Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies 

FF Walnut Fig Oat Cookies
Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies

Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies 

FF Walnut Fig Oat Cookies
Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies

 

Have you ever cheekily sneaked ingredients into a recipe?

Sammie x

 

 

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Tangy Lemon Potato Salad

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When the sun is shining and the temperature gauge keeps going up, cool, refreshing food is what we need. So my Tangy Lemon Potato Salad is perfect, cool and refreshing with a hint of crunch. Also this is the perfect side dish to, well, just about anything! We’re having this with fish tonight.

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While my Tangy Lemon Potato Salad does have mayonnaise in the sauce, you can easily substitute a light/lower fat mayo. The mayonnaise is thinned down with the juice of a whole lemon. And it’s this zesty juice that permeates the warm potatoes so that once chilled they take on a tongue tingling tang. Also at the same time it stops the mayonnaise from becoming gloopy.

Overhead image of freshly made potato salad with lemon slices and chopped chives.
Tangy Lemon Potato Salad

If, like me you’re organised, cooking the potatoes and getting this salad made first thing in the morning, or even the night before, not only allows all the flavours to merge together, but you are also guaranteed a cold salad. Resulting in a side dish that works well with hot fish, quiche and any number of dishes including barbecues. Also it is ideal as part of a cold meal, buffet and picnic.

Close up of the pretty bowl, which has flowers around the outside rim.
Tangy Lemon Potato Salad

So I can guarantee that once you have made this Tangy Lemon Potato Salad you will want to keep making it. Especially if you take it to friends and family to share. Easy to make and perfectly portable!

Recipe : Tangy Lemon Potato Salad, serves 6 as a side dish.

1kg/2.2lb Baby New Potatoes I like Charlotte as they are available all year roundfrom most supermarkets including Waitrose and Sainsbury’s

Juice of 1 Whole Lemon

1 Lemon – for slicing

4 Heaped Tablespoons Mayonnaise

1/2tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon, halve the quantity if using free flowing

1/2tsp Ground Black Pepper

2 Celery Sticks

3 Spring Onions

2 tbsp Chives

Making The Potato Salad

First of all, scub the potatoes to remove any dirt. Cut any larger potatoes in half so that all the potatoes are roughly the same size.

Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil.
Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil.

Simmer the potatoes until just tender, drain, return to the pan and leave with the lid on, to finish steaming for 20-30mins.

In a bowl add the juice of one lemon, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

Stir until thoroughly combined.
Stir until thoroughly combined.

Drain the potatoes and leave to steam dry in a colander for 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes to the bowl.
Add the potatoes to the bowl.

Chop the spring onions and celery into small dice.

Add the chopped celery and spring onions to the bowl.
Add the chopped celery and spring onions to the bowl.
Give everything a gentle mix.
Give everything a gentle mix.
Snip the fresh chives over the top of your Tangy Potato Salad.
Snip the fresh chives over the top, taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Finally, if you prefer you can serve the Tangy Lemon Potato Salad as it is. Although I like to jazz it up with a few, very finely sliced lemon halves. Because they are perfectly edible (although if you just want to use them for garnish that’s fine) and taste delicious. Also the sliced lemon let’s people know that there is lemon juice in the potato salad.

Salad bowl from Emilie OConnor Home Store.

Make this Tangy Lemon Potato Salad up to a day ahead. Store in a bowl wrapped in cling film and keep refrigerated. Eat within 3 days.

If you like the bowl featured in this post, it is available from Emilie OConnor  home store. It is made using bamboo fibre and comes with a fitted chopping board lid and inset salad servers. I was very fortunate to win this eco-friendly bowl in a competition on Instagram. Check out her website, as her items are practical, beautiful and kind to the environment.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Tangy Lemon Potato Salad then you may also like these:

Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

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Crunchy Homemade Coleslaw

Lime Couscous

FF Tangy Lemon Potato Salad
Lime Couscous

Lemons give a fresh, zesty, citrus burst to any dish they are used in, whether sweet or savoury. And a particular favourite of ours, here at home is Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken followed by Lemon Ripple Ice Cream for dessert. Sharing a feast around the table as a family is an important part of our lives.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

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So Wimbledon starts today here in the UK and that can only mean one, two, oh well maybe a few things. First of all it means Strawberries, beautiful, British, luscious, red, ripe berries. While strawberries are available year round in the supermarkets, eating local, seasonal berries cannot be beaten. And to celebrate these gorgeous fruits I have created this White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake.

FF No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

Which brings me onto my second point; many afternoons will be spent over the next fortnight watching copious amounts of tennis. I kid you not. Because Wimbledon is a national pastime. Will Murray make it through to the final? Will the Williams sisters reign supreme? Second to our preoccupation with the weather (which is actually my third point!), Wimbledon lovingly becomes THE subject of conversation. And taking precedence over my third point. Will the weather hold? Will the roof be closed. So much speculation, umming and aahing takes place during Wimbledon AND it’s FUN!!

Smiling at British eccentricities

I love the way we British, while watching a well known player blast their way through three sets against a relative unknown ALWAYS pull for the underdog. It’s one of the Great British traits I really admire. Yet for two weeks computers, iPhones, TV’s are all tuned to the BBC, for a glimpse of the All England Tennis Club’s freshly prepared, lawn courts, get thoroughly annihilated by some of the worlds top athletes.

FF No Bake Cheesecake
No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

And Wimbledon is one of the highlights of my year. Can you tell? Since I  had the opportunity to go, back in the day when John McEnroe reigned supreme, I’ve been sold on it ever since. In fact, should you get the opportunity to visit SW19 it’s a wonderful, Wimbledon, experience!

White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake - the perfect dessert for Summer.
White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake – the perfect dessert for Summer.

Recipe : White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Serves 8-10

275g/10oz Digestive Biscuits – or Graham Crackers

125g/5oz Unsalted Butter

750g/Approx 1.5lb Mascarpone Cheese

2tbsp Icing Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – or 2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

50ml/Splash of Whole Milk

200g/7oz Good Quality White Chocolate

250g/9oz Fresh Ripe Strawberries

Method : White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

You will need a 25cm/10″ Springform Cake Tin for this recipe.

Since it can be quite difficult to remove the cheesecake from the base of the pan, I cover the base with aluminium foil and click into place.

Covering the base of the pan with foil protects it from knife marks!
Cover the base of the pan with foil to protect it from knife marks

Making the cheesecake base:

  • First of all, place the biscuits into a thick, sealed freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin, until they are broken and look like sand.

Place the digestive biscuits into a sealed freezer bag.

  • Bash the biscuits with a rolling pin until they are completely broken up and resemble sand.

Bash the biscuits with a rolling pin, until they are broken up and resemble dry sand.

  • Put the butter into a small saucepan and melt over a low heat. As soon as it is melted turn off the heat. Tip in the biscuit crumbs and mix thoroughly. The mixture should resemble damp sand.
  • Press the biscuit base into the tin using the back of a spoon to create a compact, even layer.
  • Refrigerate for an hour.
Tip the damp sand mixture into the springform pan.
Tip the damp sand mixture into the springform pan.
Press the mixture down evenly with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for an hour to set.
Press the mixture down evenly with the back of a spoon. And refrigerate for an hour to set.

Making the cheesecake filling:

  • Next for the cheesecake filling – melt 75g/3oz white chocolate in the microwave, remove before completely melted and stir. The residual heat will ensure all the chocolate melts. So be careful, white chocolate is the easiest chocolate to overheat.
  • Into a large bowl add the mascarpone cheese, icing sugar, vanilla bean paste and a splash – 1tbsp of milk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.

Into a large bowl add the Mascarpone, icing sugar, vanilla bean paste and a splash of milk. Whisk to thoroughly incorporate all the ingredients.

  • Pour the cooled, melted white chocolate into the mascarpone mix and whisk until silky smooth.

Pour in the cooled, melted white chocolate. Whisk until the cheesecake mixture is silkily combined.

Resist the urge to sit in the kitchen floor and eat the contents of this bowl with a spatula!!

  • Spoon the cheesecake mixture on top of the biscuit base and smooth the top.

Add the cheesecake mixture to the top of the biscuit crust and smooth.

  • Pop the cheesecake in the fridge while you sit on the kitchen floor and lick the bowl and spatula clean. Mmmm not too shabby!

Decorating the cheesecake:

  • Melt the rest of the white chocolate, as before and set aside to cool a little.
  • Also pick two strawberries for the centre of the cheesecake. Hull and halve the rest of the strawberries.
Arrange your strawberries in a pretty pattern, or just tumble them on top - it's your cheesecake!!
Arrange your strawberries in a pretty pattern, or just tumble them on top – it’s your cheesecake!!
Using a fork drizzle the melted white chocolate from side to side.
Using a fork drizzle the melted white chocolate from side to side.
Continue drizzling until your White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake is complete.
Continue drizzling until your White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake is complete.
  • Finally place the cheesecake in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set (overnight would be better – but who are we kidding?).
  • Run a palette knife around the edge of the cheesecake and release from the tin.
  • Finally place the cheesecake onto a plate or cake stand.
FF White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Crunch base with a soft, light, vanilla topping.
Crunch base with a soft, light, vanilla topping.

Slice the cheesecake using a sharp knife. And serve on dessert plates with an accompanying fork.

Cover with cling film and keep refrigerated. Eat within 3 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake then you may also like these:

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FF White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

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FF White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake 

FF White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

While Wimbledon certainly is a highlight of my year, gathering with family to watch the final together is the biggest thrill. Because sharing time together is what matters most. Also, making memories and creating experiences that our children will tell their children about, is absolutely the heart of who I am as a parent. And I firmly believe that all food tastes better when shared. So getting together with friends and family turns simple food into a feast!

So whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies

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Hello lovely people, thank you for stopping by to read my blog. I really do appreciate each and everyone of you. So I thought I’d share my latest Summer cool down drink with you, my Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies. A fabulously tasty way of cooling and recharging your system.

Four glasses filled with ice cream and fruit based cooling, purple drink.

 

So, why Superfoods? Because blueberries are full of antioxidants and are known to be good for your nervous system and brain. While bananas are also high in Vitamin C, fibre and can help regulate blood sugar levels. And together they can also help with mood enhancement. Also, these fruits have many other positive affects on the body, especially when eaten raw, which is how they are in the Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies.

Four glasses filled with purple Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies.
Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies

 

If you’re craving something sweet, as I was and don’t want to dive into a tub of chocolate ice cream, then these refreshing drinks will fix that craving and do your body good at the same time. And yes, there is ice cream and whole milk in this recipe, you can totally switch this recipe up and use frozen low fat yoghurt and skimmed milk. While the bananas will still give the smoothie a creamy taste.

Three glasses filled with naturally coloured vivid purple blueberry banana superfood smoothies.
Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies

Keeping Things Sweet!

I was actually really surprised that these smoothies didn’t need extra sweetening, considering the amount of blueberries added. Sometimes blueberries can be a bit tart, but the sweetness of the bananas offsets this, creating the perfect balance. Although I have used frozen blueberries,  fresh are also good. Also, to keep the cold in the smoothie just break the bananas up, pop in a bag and freeze.

Using bought frozen fruits keeps the cost down and gives them a longer use-by date. Yet, I have raspberries growing in our garden and if we have loads I would definitely put them in smoothies. You do whatever works for you! We’re pretty chilled about things like that, bit like the smoothies!

Recipe : Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies

400g/14oz Frozen Blueberries – I buy mine from Waitrose most supermarkets sell frozen fruit.

3 Large Ripe Bananas

250ml Whole Milk

4 Large Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream – approx 1/2pint – 300ml

Method :

Making The Purple Smoothies

First of all, peel the bananas, break into pieces and add to the jug of a blender. Add the frozen blueberries, ice cream and milk.

Ingredients for a frozen fruit drink in a blender.
Time to whizz up all the Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies ingredients ina blender.

With the lid on securely pulse the blender until the liquid is a unified colour and no lumps remain.

Vivid purple blended cold drink in a blender.
Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies

And look at THAT colour! If the mixture is still too thick add more milk. Finally whizz up and then pour into tall glasses.

Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies ready to drink.

For the best flavour and nutrition make and drink this smoothie on the same day. Relax, chill out and know those Blueberries and Bananas are doing you good on the inside. And if you switch up the fruit combo be sure to let me know.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothies then you may also like these:

Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrup

Tumbler filled with ice fizzy water and strawberry syrup, plus one strawberry.
Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrupo

Blueberry Bloom Ice Cream

Scoops of vivid purple blueberry and gin ice Cream in a martini glass.
Blueberry Bloom Ice Cream

Raspberry Banana Ice Cream Smoothies 

Tall glasses filled with candy pink raspberry and banana ice cream smoothies.
Raspberry Banana Ice Cream Smoothies

Since homemade smoothies are so refreshing and you can also adapt the ingredients to what you have on hand. While a stash of frozen fruits will add even more variety to this delicious drink. And then add in ice cream for super hot days when everyone is struggling in the heat and you will have smiley faces all round!

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Super Light Scones

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Hi there, I hope wherever you are the sun is shining on you today. Here in Kent it is beautifully sunny, with a light breeze. Perfect Summer weather. So much so it inspired me to bake Super Light Scones for breakfast this morning.

FF Super Light Scones

Since I don’t make a habit of making scones every morning – in fact, as a general rule I don’t like scones! Well at least the heavy, dense prepackaged ones from the supermarket. I don’t know why, they’re just not my thing. However, it’s Summer and scones with clotted cream and jam are a MUST! And especially the clotted cream has to be Rodda’s from Cornwall!

Super Light Scones, super easy to make and even easier to eat with a dollop of Rodda's clotted cream!
Super Light Scones, super easy to make and even easier to eat with a dollop of Rodda’s clotted cream!

Coming Up With A Great Scone Recipe

This probably sounds crazy, but I trawled through at least 8 cookbooks this morning, as well as looking online, but I just couldn’t find a recipe I was happy with. So I came up with my own! And it worked! I watch enough Food Network UK to have picked up some tips along the way and the Green Goddess (my friend, but unbiased taste tester) gave them the thumbs up – although she would have preferred them a little sweeter. Just trying to keep it honest round here.

Super Light Scones - the quintessential British cream tea.
Super Light Scones – the quintessential British cream tea.

 

I had these Super Light Scones for my breakfast. They are so light with soft flaky layers inside. I didn’t even use a knife to cut them open, they pulled beautifully apart. I now like scones – these ones!

 

Super Light Scones - so light they just pull apart. Delicious!
Super Light Scones – so light they just pull apart. Delicious!

 

If you are not in the UK and wish to have the British cream tea experience, but can’t get hold of clotted cream, Mascarpone cheese would make a good substitute. Alternatively book  a holiday to the UK and stay in Dorset, Devon or Cornwall – cream tea’s are readily available. Although, I admit, it’s a long way to come for a cup of English tea and a cream scone – or maybe not??

Super Light Scones - a very proper English Cream Tea - delish!
Super Light Scones – a very proper English Cream Tea – delish!

Recipe : Makes Approx 20 Super Light Scones

450g/1lb Plain White Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

50g/2oz Cold Unsalted Butter

25g/1oz Vegetable Shortening

2tbsp Caster Sugar

250mls/9fl oz Cold Whole Milk

3tbsp Milk – for brushing on top of scones

Method : Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan

Making The Scone Dough

First of all, in a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the butter and shortening, use a pastry cutter, or your fingers to work the fat into the flour.
Add the butter and shortening, use a pastry cutter, or your fingers to work the fat into the flour.
Small pea sized lumps of fat should be present in the mixture.
Small pea sized lumps of fat should be present in the mixture.

 

Add the sugar and stir through to mix. Make a well in the middle of the mixture, pour in the milk and stir together using a butter knife (ordinary eating knife).

Stir until the mixture just comes together.
Stir until the mixture just comes together.
Tip the scone dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Tip the scone dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Bring the dough together with your hands. Gently pat the dough out to approx 2.5cm thickness. The less you handle the dough the lighter the scones will be.
Bring the dough together with your hands. Gently pat the dough out to approx 2.5cm thickness. The less you handle the dough the lighter the scones will be.

Cutting Out The Individual Scones

Using a straight sided, floured, 2 inch deep cutter, press straight down through the scone dough. Do not twist the cookie cutter as you press down as this will affect the rise on your scones. Cut out as many scones as possible then collect the pieces of dough together, pat out and cut out more scones until the dough is used up.

Place the cut out scones onto a non stick baking sheet, or line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Place the cut out scones onto a non stick baking sheet, or line a baking tray with parchment paper.

 

Lightly brush the top of each scone with milk. Try to avoid the milk dripping down the side of the scone - as this affects the rise of the scone.
Lightly brush the top of each scone with milk. Try to avoid the milk dripping down the side of the scone – as this affects the rise of the scone.

Baking The Super Light Scones

Place your scones into the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes. The scones are baked when well risen and lightly golden in colour. As soon as they are baked remove from the oven and transfer the scones to a baking rack to cool.

Delicious Super Light Scones - cooling!
Delicious Super Light Scones – cooling!

 

Once cooled, split in half and slather on your favourite jam. For added indulgence add a dollop of clotted cream and some sliced fruit. Enjoy with a refreshing cup of tea.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Super Light Scones you may also enjoy these:

Cheese Bacon Breakfast Muffins 

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Spicy Sausage Rolls 

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Super Easy Shortbread Cookies

FF Super Light Scones
Super Easy Shortbread Cookies

These are a great treat and perfect for Fathers Day – you could use a larger cutter, just add a couple of minutes onto the baking time.

Most Dads just want to know they are loved. Making or baking them a gift is such a personal way to say I LOVE YOU.

What jam and fruit combo do you like with your scones?

Sammie x

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