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Easy Mini Banoffee Pies

11 Jun


Banoffee is one of these desserts, everyone loves that gorgeously crumbly pastry, ripe bananas and the trickle of warm toffee oozing it’s way into every part of this dish. Here’s a quick and easy recipie that will make this treat a staple in your household…here goes:

What you need:
225g hob nobs
120g melted butter
397g tin Nestlé Carnation caramel
300ml pot double cream
3 ripe bananas , finely sliced

What you do:
1) Crumble the biscuits in a sandwich bag with a rolling pin, some people like a fine crumble but I love a little nutty crunch with the bananas.
2) Place the crumble into a mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter until fully combined.
3) Spoon the mixture evenly between 8 individual fluted, loose-bottomed tart tins (9cm). (Or make one big Banoffee pie, using a 20cm fluted, loose-bottomed tart tin.) Press the mixture in firmly – you can use the back of a teaspoon for this…pop into the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
4)Spread the caramel over the base of the tarts not quite to the edges. (If you are feeling adventurous make your own caramel, but as a quick bish,bash,bosh job this caramel is perfect). Arrange a layer of bananas on top of the caramel.
5) Whip the cream until is has just reached soft peaks. Dollop onto the tarts to give a pillowy effect.
Remove the tarts from the tins and serve.
6) I like chocolate sauce with my Banoffee too, so perhaps a drizzle of the good stuff for extra deliciousness. And finally finish with finely shaved dark chocolate shavings…

One word…Nom! Not only is it delicious for adults its an amazing way to get your kids eating fruit!! As it only takes a few minutes it’s perfect for any occasion!!

Keep it delicious!

Peanut-butter, Dark Choc-Chip Cookies

26 Jan


This isn’t one to miss…healthy and delicious in more ways then one! Peanut-butter – sure, it’s high in calories, but that’s because it’s packed with the same healthy monounsaturated fats as olive oil, so don’t worry it’s still a healthy dessert option! Dark chocolate, a great source of antioxidants to keep your body beautiful! Not only good for you, but also the perfect cookie, crunchy on the outside, chewy and gooey on the inside…delicious! Here’s how:

What you need:
110g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
100g soft light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
120g crunchy peanut butter
180g plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
40g dpgood quality dark chocolate(chopped)

What you do:
1) preheat the oven to 170C
2) whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy, add in the egg. Make sure the mixture is properly incorporated.
3) add in the peanut-butter and vanilla extract.
4) sieve in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, mis until it becomes doughy.
5) stir in the chocolate evenly.
6) using and ice scream scoop place 6 balls of dough onto a baking tray.
7) bake for 10 minutes…it will be perfectly crunchy on the outside…gooey on the inside, just how they are supposed to be! Perfect every time!

Let us know how you got on! I know you are all going to love it! Happy baking…

Keep it delicious! 🙂

Apricot Tarts

17 Jan


Flaky puff pastry with the poached apricots and a drizzle of cold single cream…perfection!! Trust me these tarts will have all your guests impressed!

What you need:
18 apricots (halved and stoned)
150g granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.2kg puff pastry
2 tbsp caster sugar
50g smooth apricot jam

What you do:
1) Put the granulated sugar in a pan big enough to hold the apricots in a single layer, add 350ml water and bring to the boil, stirring to help the sugar dissolve. Add the vanilla. Turn down to a very gentle simmer. Put the apricots into the liquid and poach gently until they are only just tender. 2) 2) Once ready, I stand with a slotted spoon and pull each one out as soon as it is ready. Lay the apricots in a broad, flat bowl so they don’t have to sit on top of each other.
3) preheat the oven to 220°C
4) Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 3mm(or use the ready rolled) and cut out six circles, each 16cm in diameter. Lay them on baking-sheets and, using a smaller circle cutter mark a 1cm border.
5) Put six apricot halves on each pastry circle, leaving the border uncovered.
6) sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for 12 minutes
7) Put the jam in a pan with 1 tbsp water and heat until it has melted. Brush over the surface of each tart then leave to set a little.
8) Serve warm or at room temperature with a drizzle of single cream/whipped cream.

Obviously this is the cheating way, you can make your own puff pastry. However you make it, enjoy it 😉 this will soon become a family favourite!

Keep it delicious!

Soda Bread

16 Jan


The perfect crusty bread for a deliciously hearty soup, easy to make, no yeast so no proving time, just mix it up, pop it in the oven and enjoy a home-made loaf of yumminess!

What you need:
250g plain flour
250g wholemeal flour
1tsp salt
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp scream or tartar
1tsp caster sugar
25g unsalted butter
280ml buttermilk
160ml semi skimmed milk

What you do:
1) preheat the oven to 190 C
2) add all dry ingredients into a big bowl, add in the butter and rub with fingers until it reaches a crumbly texture.
3) create a well and add in the buttermilk and 100ml of the milk, knead the dough very lightly and shape into a ball, if the consistency is not shaping into a ball slowly add more milk.
4) place the dough on a lightly surfaced baking tray, and cut a 1inch deep cross on the top. Bake on the middle shelf for 25/30 minutes or until golden brown. Take it out the oven and wrap in a clean, wet tea towel to cool.
5) enjoy bread on the same day or toast the day after 🙂

How easy was that? No need for an expensive bread maker or to drive to the shops to grab a not so fresh loaf…there is nothing better then freshly baked bread, with a smidgen of butter. Yum!

Keep it delicious!

Jamie’s 1minute Frozen yogurt

5 Jan


Probably…in fact definitely the quickest healthy desert recipe I’ve ever come across!

What you need:
500g mixed frozen berries
150g fresh blueberries(to serve with the frozen yogurt)
4 tbsp runny honey
500g natural yogurt
Sprigs of mint

What you do:
Using 4 serving bowls or ice-cream glasses divide the fresh blueberries evenly. Add all other ingredients together in a food processor and blend. Scoop to serve and done!

Be creative, change it up, mix and match the fruit. Just like that you’ll have a perfect mouthful of yummiest every time!! Simples.

Keep it delicious!