Chocolate, Almond and Poppy Seed Cake
Oct28

Chocolate, Almond and Poppy Seed Cake

Add a little something extra to the run of the mill chocolate cake recipe by including the wonderful nutty flavour of poppy seeds. This one is simple to make and is sure to impress. Serves 8 Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes, plus cooling Ingredients: 2 tbsp poppy seeds 2 tbsp hot milk 175g unsalted butter, softened 175g caster sugar 3 medium eggs, beaten 175g self-raising flour 2 tbsp cocoa powder 75g ground almonds Icing sugar, to dust...

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Sesame Chicken and Crunchy Veg Stir Fry
Oct28

Sesame Chicken and Crunchy Veg Stir Fry

A mid-week stir fry is a great way to use up any leftover veggies in the fridge – this one has added crunch with red cabbage and a nutty sprinkling of sesame seeds too. Serves 4 Ready in 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp grated root ginger 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced 350g chicken breast fillet, cut into thin strips 2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated 225g...

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Leek, Aubergine and Tomato Gratins
Sep25

Leek, Aubergine and Tomato Gratins

This dish is simpler to make than a vegetarian lasagne, but just as tasty. Serves 4 Ready in 55 minutes Ingredients: 1 large aubergine, trimmed and thinly sliced 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large leek, trimmed and halved widthways then cut into strips 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 600g bottle passata (sieved tomatoes) 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 tsp dried oregano Pinch of sugar Salt and freshly ground black pepper 200g...

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Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake
Sep25

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rich, creamy and spiced with cinnamon, this autumnal cheesecake is delicious and looks the part – making it great for a Halloween party. Serves 8 Ready in 2 hours, plus cooling and chilling Ingredients: 200g digestive biscuits, finely crushed 85g unsalted butter, melted 500g full-fat soft cheese, at room temperature 100g caster sugar 75g light soft brown sugar 3 large eggs, beaten 425g can pumpkin puree 2 tsp vanilla extract 1½ tsp...

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Pepper-stuffed Mushrooms
Aug21

Pepper-stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms make for a filling and tasty vegetarian meal served with a mixed green salad or coleslaw and some crusty bread. Serves 4 Ready in 35 minutes Ingredients: 8 Portabello mushrooms, wiped 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and finely chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp freshly chopped...

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Cinnamon Apple Slices
Aug21

Cinnamon Apple Slices

Try this quick and easy tray-bake style cake that is delicious hot or cold. Makes 10-12 slices Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes, plus cooling time Ingredients: 350g cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced 1 tbsp lemon juice 50g granulated sugar 225g butter, softened 225g caster sugar 250g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp ground cinnamon 4 medium eggs Icing sugar, to dust Place the cooking apples, lemon juice and granulated sugar...

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