Quick and easy cooking is very important to me. I am a busy mum of two who also wants to start getting the kids involved in cooking with me, so the quicker and easier the better.
FAQ Instead of baguettes you can use slices of toast or any other bread you have. You can even use puff pastry! If you really, really have to you can use the microwave to melt the cheese but your base will not be crisp and maybe even soggy Not a fan of savoury? replace the toppings with chocolate, marshmallow, oreo, chocolate chips etc Experiment with shapes, cut out shapes with cookie cutters if using toast. you can replace the bread with gluten free bread and cheese with dairy free for those with intolerance's.
Jam on toast is just so, well boring sometimes, especially for my kids so today for breakfast I decided to liven it up a little by turning it into something a bit different. It's a mix between toast and bread pudding, there's not lots of liquid like with a bread pudding so it's half pudding, half toast really.
you can use fresh bread but dry bread works a little better. you can use leftover cake or croissants instead of bread instead of jam you can use marmalade or nutella.
Such a quick and easy yet tasty dish, great for using up leftovers and for when you don't have the time or just can't be bothered to cook up a meal from scratch.
FAQ I used veg vegetable gravy as my liquid, went very well with this. I also used Cheddar cheese for the topping. A three topping would look awesome. To make it look extra pretty after baking you could sprinkle a little more cheese on top or some herbs. Handle with care, the ramekins are really hot and retain a lot of heat after cooking so the veggies will be roasting hot too. Meat lover? Add some leftover meat too!
No your eyes do not deceive you! This is a savoury dish by me!
Christmas maybe over but with it comes a lot of leftovers. For us this year those leftovers mainly consist of loads of cooked vegetables so for lunch today this is what i made my girls. Carrot, pea, cauliflower, sprout and broccoli pots with vegetable gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and finally sprinkled with grated cheese. Quick and easy, just what is needed today after a busy day of cooking yesterday.
Still using up Christmas leftovers so today with the help of my two kids made these tiny pizza fingers using small baguettes topped with ketchup, cheese, tomato, sweetcorn and grated carrot.
I wasn't sure my youngest would like these, she doesn't like normal pizza, not a big fan of bread or cheese either but she certainly gobbled these up in typical Sasha fashion, by that i mean, when she eats and really enjoys what she eats makes "mmmm" noises, she has always done it, it is so cute but i have to go in the other room if i am on the phone as she is so loud! At least i know she enjoys her food. Here is a making of photo on facebook of Sasha making her pizzas [link]
Chunky banana slices wrapped in pancake on skewers served with a chocolate ganache dip. I also had a maple syrup dip and some lemons so the family had a choice of toppings for breakfast on this day, Pancake Day here in the UK.
I was wondering all yesterday what pancakes to make today but then I remembered the crepes I made and how much the family loved those so thought I would go for a similar flavour combo but served in more of a fun and interesting way.
That's it from me this week, no more baking, or food photography as my eldest has chickenpox. Also tomorrow is my Birthday and I don't fancy baking, not even a cake for myself, funny as I am always making other people birthday cakes, I just don;t have the same enthusiasm for baking for myself.
Flaky puff pastry sprinkled with sugar, sweet and juicy strawberries and smooth chocolaty nutella makes for some tasty turnovers.
I don't always have time to spend hours in the kitchen so having some puff pastry sheets in the freezer for when I am in a hurry is always handy. Today I had some local strawberries that needed using up but I didn't fancy making a cake so decided on turnovers, then when I was putting them together spotted a jar of Nutella and it just had to be done! It's just a shame they are not gluten free and I can't try them but the kids and husband had seconds!
There are a few ways to make turnovers, many like to but the strawberries in the pastry before baking but these were lovely fresh strawberries so there was no way I was going to ruin them by cooking them, if they were starting to go a little over however they would be perfect for baking.
RECIPE: 1 puff pastry sheet 1 punnet of strawberries Nutella Sugar Optional Jam Honemade Whipped cream (Highly recommended! I was all out of double/heavy cream when I made these)
1. Defrost/prepare/make puff pastry as directed. 2. Preheat oven to 200oC. 3. Cut the pastry into triangles of your choosing (I made both small for the kids and large for adults) 4. Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar and bake for around 15 minutes or until light-golden brown. 5. Chop up the strawberries and mix with some jam for extra sweetness if using. 6. Once the puff pastry is cool cut in half but not all the way through, leave the longest side intact, this keeps the turnovers together and makes them look nicer. 7. Heat a little Nutella (as much as you want to use) to make it easier to spread. 8. Fill the turnovers with the nutella, strawberries and homemade whipped cream if using. 9. Best served straight away but can be refrigerated for a couple of days.
Peppermint Creams coated in dark chocolate! Tasty, quick and easy treats that are just perfect for making as Christmas gifts which is exactly what I'm going to be doing this year.
This was so much fun and making the peppermint creams, rolling it out into a sausage shape and slicing it only took me about 10-15 minutes! That simple and no baking involved! Brilliant! Obviously it took a little longer to coat in chocolate but you don't even have to coat them at all if you don't want to. Either way make sure you leave them out over night on some greaseproof paper before bagging them else they will stick together. As you can see by the photo i will be wrapping handfuls of the peppermint creams in small cellophane bags tied with ribbon which along with coating the peppermint creams in chocolate and using water instead of cream as the wet ingredient should help keep them nice and fresh for a week or so.
FAQ Icing Sugar=Confectioners Sugar 250g = 2 cups i believe (correct me if i'm wrong) Don't like peppermint? Then simply replace it with other flavours/essences such as orange, lemon, strawberry etc, etc and just change the colour to match. If your chocolate over cooks and goes a little gritty and lumpy add a touch of vegtable oil to help loosen and bring the chocolate back to a usable consistency. How many peppermint creams you make depends on how big you make them, I make tiny ones therefore make loads.
Another idea of how to present them
Apologies for the double watermarking! Lots of problems with art thieves these days.
Sometimes you just can't beat the simple things in life. There's nothing quite like some quick homemade rustic goodness served fresh from the oven, all warm and comforting just waiting for a nice helping of butter to slightly melt and ooze with the added sweetness of some jam to satisfy a slight hunger in the afternoon or any other time of the day for that matter.
I used the recipe from a cookbook I have but I know I can find better so will be using this one next time from the BBC if anyone is interested in having a go [link] if you are gluten or lactose intolerant just swap the ingredients for the flour or milk you normally use.
It has been a long time since seeing scones presented this way, a very common thing in old tradtional bakeries when i was a child now replaced by the cut out version.