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Peach Spelt and Almond Breakfast Muffins

Must lower sugar than the usual fair and no melted butter or oil this time, just some delicious butter milk. I love these paired with a bowl of my favourite Greek Style yoghurt.

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Peach Spelt and Almond Muffins

3 peaches stoned and sliced
3 tbsp water (optional see below)
1tbsp brown sugar (Optional see below)
If the peaches are not ripe, then toss with the water and sugar and roast at 180C for 10-15 minutes until tender.
If the peaches are ripe omit the water and sugar and set aside until needed

1 cup self raising flour
1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
½ cup almond flour / ground almonds/ almond meal
80g coconut palm sugar or light brown sugar
3tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp baking powder
25g sliced almonds
2 eggs topped up to 320ml with buttermilk

Put all the dry ingredients except for the sliced almonds into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the egg milk mixture.
Mix well until you have a smooth batter.
Add in 2/3’s of the peaches and mix well.
Pour into a well greased bun tin or paper muffin liners (makes about 10)
Cover with the rest of the sliced peaches
Bake for about 15 minutes if in the bun tin or about 20 mins if in muffin liners until a skewer comes out clean
Serve as is or with a delicious pot of yogurt of choice.

Pain D’Epice with Autumn Apples

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Apples Spices and Honey – a match made in heaven. The days are closing in and there is the hint of autumn on the way which makes these a perfect weekend dessert.

Oven at 170C
Makes 12

150ml water
100g honey
70g butter
1tsp ginger syrup (Optional)

220g flour
40g coconut sugar or brown sugar
11/2 tsp mixed spice
zest of an orange
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bread soda
pinch of salt

2 Apples washed sliced and cored so that you have rings of apple
Cut the rings in half

Melt the honey syrup and butter gently
Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine
Add the melted butter mix and the water to the dry ingredients and mix to a smooth batter
Add the batter to 12 muffin cups or silicon molds greased if needed
Press 1-2 slices of apple into the middle of the mix with the skin side up
Bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
Serve warm

Blackberry Bakewell Tart

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The lanes and fields are lined with blackberries and this is a perfect tart to showcase their beauty. I have picked loads and open froze them before popping into bags in the freezer to keep over the next few months. I love them in smoothies and they are great for enhancing  the taste of the more robust tasting green vegetables which are good to include but can be a challenge to get down. Best though to save the nice big ones for dessert like this delicious tart. It’s a a real winner, looks gorgeous, tastes great and is easy to make and if you are really not into making pastry, there are plenty of options in the supermarket – just buy the shortcrust type. So how is this conducive to a fit and healthy lifestyle…. to be honest, I love to bake but we really don’t eat dessert in our house any more than once a week and when we do, it is home made so we know the quality of the ingredients and where they came from. Baking gives me joy and I always think when you have put the effort into baking something and the family is sitting down together to enjoy it then it is a time for joy and happiness and not for guilt about eating something sweet.

Shortcrust pastry

6oz plain flour
pinch of salt
3ozoz chilled butter, cubed
60-70ml approx cold water

Tip flour butter and salt into a food processor and pulse gently until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the water and gently pulse again until it comes together
Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Once rested, roll it out on a lighlty flour dusted surface to a 3mm thickness.
Line a 200mm tart ring or tart tin with removable bottom.
Trim any excess, line with parchment and baking beans and bake at 170C for approximately 10 minutes.
Remove the beans and cool.

Almond Filling
140gr butter
zest of a lemon
140gr icing sugar
140gr eggs (approx 3 but beat them together gently and weigh)
140gr almond flour (almond meal)
50gr plain flour – you can use gluten free if you wish

Beat the butter lemon zest and sugar together.
Add the eggs then the almond meal and flour and beat together until smooth and incorporated fully.
This keeps if you want to make a few days in advance – store in the fridge.

To complete the tart
300gr blackberries
3 tbsp blackberry jam
2 handfuls of almonds

Spoon 3 tbsp blackberry jam into the base of the partially cooked tart.
Spoon or pipe over the almond cream and arrange the blackberries on top of the cream pushing them in slightly. Sprinkle over the almonds then, bake at 170C for 20 minutes then reduce heat to 160C and bake for about 10 more minutes.
The tart is cooked when the tart is a light golden brown.
Enjoy warm with some cream and savour the taste of autumn.

Banana Loaves with chocolate chips

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Gluten Free baking can be a challenge at times – sometimes the end result is a bit dry. The banana in these makes sure that doesn’t happen, just make sure they are really ripe before using. This is a super easy recipe and versatile, throw into a loaf tin or muffin cases if you are in a real hurry. They are beautiful just out of the oven but equally delicious when cool with a coffee or a cup of tea and actually it is a great recipe for little bakers to make on their own.  In our case, they are the perfect sweet treat after  Eva has bounced on the trampoline for the afternoon….. I just try and make sure I’ve done my time in the gym before having some as I want to make sure I have earned the extra calories which will come from these delicious but sadly not calorie free sweet treat.

Makes 1 large loaf or 12 large muffins

Oven at 180C

100gr light brown sugar
8oz almond meal
6oz rice flour
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp polenta (omit if you dont have it, not essential)
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

4 eggs
6 ripe bananas mashed
2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
t tbsp nutella
2 oz dark chocolate chips 70% preferably

Combine the dry ingredients and give them a good stir to combine.
Mash the bananas and add the oil ,nutella and eggs and mix well.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet and mix well to combined to a smooth batter.
Pour into greased loaf tin or into muffin cases, sprinkle over the chocolate chips and bake until a skewer comes out clean – 20-25 minutes for the muffins, 1 hour for the loaf tin.
Turn out of the tin after a few minutes to cool.

 

A Cauliflower bake for the winter weather..


So it’s winter here, the rain is lashing down, there are storm warnings and flood warnings in place. If it was February I would understand, but it’s June….. And by the way we are out of the soccer. If it’s one thing we Irish have in droves, it’s our optimism about our ability to punch above our weight when it comes to soccer. Sadly that dream ended last night. BUT no matter, there are always delicious meals to prepare to chase away the rain. I love cauliflower and especially I have always loved it roasted in the oven – sliced thinly, seasoned and oiled and roasted nutty brown… yum. This concept takes the idea of a good old chicken bake and adds cauliflower for the top instead of breadcrumbs. Try it – I think you will love it, it will definitely chase away the cold – bad sports results are another matter.

Feeds 6
6 chicken breasts or 3 each of thigh and breast fillets trimmed and cut into large bite size pieces
2 tbsp plain or gluten free flour
1 large sweet potato peeled and thinly sliced on a mandolin
200ml pouring cream mixed with 200ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 medium head of cauliflower trimmed and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic peeled chopped and mashed
1 medium shallot peeled and finely chopped
100gr grated Parmesan
1 heaped tsp herbs de Provence
olive or rape seed oil for browning the chicken

Oven at 180
Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
Dust the chicken in the flour, season and cook in batches for a few minutes until golden brown – set aside
Add the shallot to the pan and cook for a minute or two until softening. add the garlic and further cook for a minute or 2.
Add the sweet potato slices and cook for about 5 minutes until softening
Add cream and stock mix, half the cheese and season
Spoon the chicken and vegetables into a baking dish. Top with the cauliflower and sprinkle with the remaining cheese
Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
This needs nothing – enjoy!

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