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Easy Mini Banoffee Pies

11 Jun

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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!

Easy Dark Chocolate Tart

23 Feb

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We all know dark chocolate is the healthiest option plus its so much more chocolaty, that melting in your mouth sensation followed by a sip of your coffee is always a winning combinations. Here’s how to make an easy chocolate tart, no baking, not cooking…only 10 minutes and you’ll have yourself a pool of chocolate resting in a heavenly ginger crust, it is almost impossible to keep yourself from cutting a cheeky slice before your guests arrive 😉

What you need:
200g good quality ginger biscuits
100g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
200g good quality dark chocolate (green and blacks!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar
200ml whipping cream

What you do:
1) Crush up the ginger biscuits using a refrigerator bag and a rolling pin, do not over crush. Melt the butter and the syrup in the microwave for 1 minute.
2) In a bowl mix together the butter and biscuits. Press onto the base and up the sides of a 8″ tart tin.
3) Break up the dark chocolate and put in a large bowl. Melt in the microwave for 2-3 min, stirring halfway through. One melted stir in the vanilla extract, then sift in the icing sugar.
4) Whip the cream until it just holds its shape, then fold into the melted chocolate. Pour into the prepared tin, shake until the top is smooth.
5) Refrigerate for at least 2hours
6) enjoy with freshly ground coffee!

One of the most perfect deserts, if dark chocolate is too much for you then use half milk chocolate and half dark :), if serving then dusting with icing sugar and raspberries!

Keep it delicious!

Soda Bread

16 Jan

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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

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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!