1 x 400g tin chickpeas 240g chocolate 10ml sesame seeds
Preheat your oven to 180℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Rinse the chickpeas under running water and spread them out on a kitchen towel. Place another towel on top and dry the chickpeas. Spread them out on the prepared baking sheet and spray them with cooking spray. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, giving them a shake every now and then so that they bake evenly. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Break up the chocolate and add it to a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan with barely simmering water. Allow to melt. Pour the chocolate over the chickpeas and scatter the sesame seeds over. Refrigerate until set, about an hour. Break into shards.
200g chorizo, casing removed and sliced 45ml butter 2 leeks, cleaned and sliced in discs 2 onions, sliced 1 x 400g frozen puff pastry 4 eggs 125g sour cream 50g parmesan cheese, grated 15ml flour 5ml smoked paprika
Preheat your oven to 200℃ and spray a 22cm diameter loose-bottom pie tin with baking spray. Place a pan on medium-high heat and add the butter. Add the chorizo, leeks and onion and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll the pastry into a 25cm diameter disc. Line the prepared pie tin (base and sides) with the pastry and prick the base all over with the tines of a fork. Line the pastry case with baking paper and dry beans/rice and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and paper and bake the shell for another 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 180℃. Add the eggs, sour cream, parmesan, flour and paprika to a mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth. Spoon the chorizo mixture into the pastry shell and spread it evenly over the base. Pour the egg mixture over and bake the quiche for 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
This recipe makes 12 muffins but can easily be doubled. You may also keep the batter in the refrigerator for a week. Be sure to take the batter out and leave it at room temperature for 40 minutes BEFORE baking. They store really well in a sealed container.
50ml + 200ml buttermilk 6ml bicarbonate of soda
375ml bran 125ml boiling water 60ml butter, melted 190ml brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 160ml flour 160ml wholewheat flour 2ml salt 125ml grated carrot 125ml pecan nuts, roughly chopped
Preheat your oven to 220℃ and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cups. Pour the 50ml buttermilk into a small bowl, sprinkle in the bicarbonate of soda and stir to dissolve. Set aside. Add the bran to a large mixing bowl and pour over the boiling water. Stir through. Drizzle over the melted butter and stir together. Now add the brown sugar, egg and 200ml buttermilk. Pour the buttermilk and bicarb into the mixture and stir through.|Add the flour, wholewheat flour, salt, grated carrot and nuts and mix together. Divide the mixture between the paper cups and bake for 20 minutes. Cool the muffins on a wire rack and keep stored in an airtight container.
1 x 400g Today Puff Pastry 2 large apples egg-wash: egg yolk + 15ml water whisked together
Preheat your oven to 200℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Unroll your pastry and divide and cut it into 8 equal squares. Place 4 squares on the prepared baking tray and set aside. Make 0,5cm incisions in a vertical line on the other pastry squares. Fill the squares with these incisions following a “brick-laying” pattern. Peel, halve and core the apples. Place half an apple on a square on the baking sheet and cover with a square with incisions. Press down to seal and trim off the excess pastry. Brush with egg-wash and repeat with the rest of the squares and apple. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and serve with custard.
30ml + 30ml butter 1 clove garlic, minced 6 onions, halved horizontally 100ml sugar 60ml water 30ml balsamic vinegar 5ml thyme leaves 5ml salt 1 x 400g roll Today puff pastry
Preheat your oven to 200℃. Put a wide-bottomed pan on medium-high heat and add 30ml butter to melt. Add the garlic and onion halves cut-side down. Cook the onions until they have caramelised and softened slightly (about 10 minutes). Gently remove the onions from the pan and set aside. Add the sugar and water to an ovenproof pan over medium heat. Cook, swirling constantly, until the sugar dissolves – DO NOT stir! Turn the heat up to high and cook undisturbed (no stirring!) for 5 minutes or until it turns to a golden caramel – this happens instantly!! Remove from the heat and add the balsamic, thyme, salt and 30ml butter. Return to the boil and swirl to combine. Arrange the onions cut-side down, trying to fit in as many halves as you can. Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface and roll it slightly wider. Now cut a circle that is 1cm larger than the diameter of your pan. Place the pastry circle on top of the onions and tuck in the edges so that it forms a “basket” for the onions. Cut a very small hole in the centre of the pastry and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover with aluminium foil to prevent burning. Return to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes until the pastry is cooked through. Remove the tart from the oven and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Place a flat plate/wooden board over the pan and carefully invert the tart. Season with salt and pepper to serve.
4 bananas 1 x 380g tin of caramel treat 4 x 250ml Rice Krispies
Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cups. Add 3 bananas to a mixing bowl and mash until smooth. Add 190ml of the caramel and mix through. Now add the Rice Krispies and mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture evenly amongst the paper cups, pressing in the cup with the bottom of a shot glass to create a hollow centre. Now add a teaspoon caramel to each Rice Krispie cup. Slice the last banana into 12 slices and place a slice on top of each Rice Krispie cup. Refrigerate the cups for 1 hour.
2 x 400g puff pastry rolls, thawed 400ml tomato sauce for pizza 400g sandwich ham, sliced into squares 200g salami, sliced 200g green olives, halved a handful of basil leaves 500g mozzarella cheese, grated egg-wash: 1 egg yolk + 15ml water, whisked together
Preheat your oven to 200℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Unroll both the puff pastry rolls and place one horizontally in front of you on a work surface. Brush a 2cm wide strip at the top of the pastry with water and overlay the other pastry roll so that the two overlap. Press the overlapping sections together. Spread the tomato sauce over the entire pastry. Scatter the ham, salami and olives evenly over the tomato sauce. Arrange the basil leaves across the surface and top the entire pizza with the grated cheese. Now lift the edge of the pastry closest to you and start rolling it up into a roll. Work lightly as you do not want to tear the pastry. Slice the roll into 4cm thick slices and then lay the slices flat (cut-side down) on the baking sheet. Brush the top and sides of the rolls with the egg-wash. Bake the pizza rolls for 25 minutes until oozy and golden. Serve immediately.
1 roll butter puff pastry egg wash: 1 egg and 15ml water beaten together 3 large tomatoes 3 ripe plums 15 thyme leaves 15ml honey 250g flavoured cream cheese (I used chive flavour)
Preheat your oven to 200℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Lay the pastry on the baking paper and cut a 1,5cm strip off each side. Brush the pastry with some egg wash and lay the strips onto the pastry border. Prick the inside of the pastry with a fork and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut the tomatoes and plums into wedges and place in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the honey, season with salt and pepper and scatter the thyme leaves over. Brush the entire pastry sheet with the rest of the egg wash. Now spread the cream cheese onto the inside block of the pastry, using the back of a spoon. Arrange half the tomato and plum mix onto the cream cheese. Bake the tart in the oven for 30 minutes. Top the warm tart with the remaining tomato and plums and season once more. Serve slightly warm.
3 potatoes, cooked (about 250 – 350ml cooked potato) 60ml butter 250ml cheese, grated (I use parmesan and cheddar) 5ml salt 5ml garlic salt 15ml chives, chopped 250ml yoghurt 375ml self-raising flour butter
Mash the cooked potato while it is still warm and mix in the butter, cheese, salt, garlic salt and chives. Set aside to cool. Add the yoghurt and flour to a bowl and combine. Knead until you have a smooth ball of dough – add a small amount of flour if the dough is too sticky. Divide the dough in two balls. Roll out into a circle of 1cm thickness. Add half the potato mixture, flatten into a smaller circle and gather the edges of the dough around the filling. Pinch together the dough to seal the potato filling. Flip the filled dough and gently roll it out to a disk shape that will fit your pan. Pan-fry on both sides on medium heat, until golden, brushing with melted butter. Serve the bread warm.