Apricot & Walnut, and Sultana & Apple Muffins

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Apricot and walnut with coconut… which were a smidge more crumbly than the others

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Sultana and Apple with mixed spice…. really moist and sweet

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Bright casings to trick the kids into thinking they’re treats haha

Low: GI, Sugar, Butter Recipe.

Basic mix

50g butter at room temp

1/2 c raw brown sugar

1 large organic free range egg

3/4 c wholemeal flour

3/4 c plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 3/4 c of warm milk

this makes 12 muffins.  I made two batches of it and did one for each flavor

Method:

Cream butter and sugar with two forks held back to front (who has time to wash egg beaters etc on a Sunday night!) or an egg beater, add the egg and beat a bit more.  Add the remainder of dry ingredients and the milk with soda in it.

You want a cake batter like consistency so depending on what you add to this you can just add a little more milk, which is what I did to the apricot ones since they had coconut in them.

Cook for 13 minutes at 200’c regular or 190’c fanforced/fanbake/3D hotair

Flavors:

skys the limit! these are half wholemeal, low in sugar and butter and now you have the choice to make them sweet or savory.

My Apricot and Walnut had the below added

1/4 to 1/3 cup dessicated coconut

6 large apricots chopped up using my poultry scissors into squares

a good handful of walnuts chopped into roughly the same sizes as the apricots

plus a little extra milk to get a good thick cake like consistency

My Sultana and Apple had the below added:

1 tsp of mixed spice

1 medium granny smith apple, peeled cored and diced into little pieces (using my apple tool) then placed on a dish and cooked for 1 minute on high in the microwave to stew it.

1/3 cup of sultanas or raisins soaked in boiling water (so they dont dry out your muffins) while I pottered around with the basic batch part

So there you go.

Easy. Cheap. And healthier than Cupcakes

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Apple pie toastie wraps and bread crumble

I had heaps of apples all freshly washed and drying on my bench, I needed to fill the baking tins and also wanted to do a double batch of dessert to save doing one tomorrow and see how my genesis graph changed without using the oven for a night tomorrow.

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Bread apple crumble – it worked!!

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Apple pie wraps.

My sister post a link to an apple pie wrap on facebook so the idea was a tweak here and there of that.

10 slices of bread with crusts off and rolled thin using a rolling pin

blanch some apples (like 10 and green ones, we call them granny smiths in NZ)

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The red thingy peels, cores and slices the apples, then I get a kitchen knife and quarter the sphere so that the apples are little pieces. God bless the person who invented this kitchen gadget.  They’re really cheap to buy too.

Especially when you pinch dad’s one.

Hmmm. Borrow? *cough cough*

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Just a quick blanch like no longer than 2 mins in the boiling water.  Stops it going brown but doesn’t cook too much otherwise the puddings will be apple mush once out of the oven.

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I got sugar all over myself, the bench and the floor lol

I’m now thinking that my friend Selena’s idea to make these in the toastie machine could be more fun 🙂

Oh and if you want your apples coated in syrup just make some in a frypan 1/2c sugar 1/2 c water and simmer until thickens then toss the apples in before wrapping them in the bread.  I didn’t bother.

MY HOUSE NOW SMELLS LIKE A MC’D APPLE PIE

Oh….. my, Oh…. my, Oh… my my house smells like apple pie

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next onto the apple crumble… hey lets use breadcrumbs?? like lasange with sugar/spice!

this used up around half the crusts from the apple wraps bread, the other half I blitz’d and put into the freezer in a snaplock baggie.

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into the freezer this baggie of bread crumbs goes…. waste not want not and all that.

Method to the madness:

put apples in a pot of boiling water to stop them going brown (they’ll finish cooking in the oven)

mix 1/2 tsp cinnimon, 1/2 tsp mixed spice and 1/2 cup of raw sugar together

melt 40grams of butter in the microwave and use a pastry brush to brush this onto one side of each piece of rolled bread, you will get sugar, butter and mess everywhere just go with it lol I used my bare hands to hold the bread, paint it in butter, turn it over fill it with blanched chunks of apple, sprinkle some sugar/spice mix in there, roll it up, sprinkle more sugar/spice mix over it and place onto foil in a roasting dish.

Bake 20 mins at 180’c

Next….

I put the remainder of the blanched apples in a buttered casserole dish, and blitz’d the crusts of 5 pieces of that bread in my chop’n’whiz.  layer sugar/spice then breadcrumbs in two or three layers on top of the apples, then shave off paper thin pieces of butter and put a piece 2cm apart

Bake 15 mins in the oven.

Phew!

All done 🙂

Time for a cuppa then onto some prep for my day tomorrow.

Chickpea brownies!!?? OMG!!

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OMG!

Seriously OH MY GOODNESS you have to make this recipe before you bother putting those sugar, butter and crap laden brownies I used to make in your body. Lordy lordy I’ve been living under a rock!

So these chickpea brownies have No flour, sugar or dairy.  I wondered anxiously how these would bake into the same texture as a traditional brownie?  I put a 1/4 teaspoon of the raw cacao into my mouth to testdrive and thought oh no…. that does NOT taste like chocolate…. more like a walnut shell crushed up with a hint of banana and something bitter at the end…. like coffee bitter.

I thought what the hell lets proceed… Blender out and onto those chickpeas, dates in water soaking and the oven preheating.

I sat on my stool watching with fascination as the weird concoction started to resemble a normal baked good.

Here’s the recipe:

8 dates ( I used 10, dont use 10… they’re way too sweet, lesson learnt)

4 tbsp of the water from soaking the dates

3 1/2 tbsp coconut oil (I measured it out solid at a guess instead of using metric)

5 tbsp raw cacao (seriously don’t alternate this for cocoa – its NOT the same and when you read the health benefits of cacao you will want to bathe your body in the stuff, too bad it’s so darn expensive but ahem all good things are 😉

3 tbsp raw honey or agave ( I used manuka but will try something blander next time, these turned out way too sweet)

pinch of cinnimon or cardamon ( I found cardamon rolling around in the pantry so tossed a bit of BOTH in haha)

2 eggs

200g chickpeas (now I got a 400g tin, rinsed them good and well then put them on my scales. LUCKILY! as once the liquid is gone from the tin they actually only weigh in at 200 grams! so the label saying 400g of chickpeas is definitely something that could have caught me out, luckily I hadn’t doubled the recipe like I was contemplating)

1 good teaspoon of baking powder

a good handful of walnuts roughly chopped up

METHOD:

1. preheat oven to 180′ and put dates in hot water for 10 mins then drain and reserve 4 tbsp of the liquid

2. blend the dates and the reserved 4 tbsp water to a paste then add the honey, spices, and coconut oil and blend some more

3. blend the eggs and chickpeas together to make a smooth liquidy paste then add the cacao, baking powder, and the date paste, throw in the chopped walnuts

4. spread into a lined baking tin 20×20 and bake 30-40 mins watching carefully as mine were overcooked by 40 mins but the oven’s a bit flash and I’m still learning 😉

Credit to staying healthy and fit blog and this is the direct link to the recipe: Healthy Brownies.

Bacon, Leek & Potato Quiche

Before I truck on with the recipe I just want to mention to check your bacon packaging when you’re next in the supermarket.

Heller’s and one other brand are the only two I could find that are cruelty-free farming.

Recipe:

250g Hellers Streaky Bacon panfried and diced into hearty large chunks

50g Feta broken into wee pea sized pieces, this makes it really creamy(optional)

3x leeks chopped up chunky like the bacon

1x medium potato diced into 1x1cm squares

1/2 packet of pams flaky puff pastry (use both pieces of it if you want to top your quiche, then brush with egg yolk)

4 Tbs flour

1/2 c grated regular cheese

4 eggs

2 c milk

Method:

Preheat oven to 200′ C (I used the 3D hot air, which I think is fanbake more or less)

Roll out pastry and put into a buttered ceramic 20×20 dish, prick the base of it with a fork then put in oven for around 5 mins to precook a little.

Fry bacon then chop up into chunky pieces and set aside.

Dice all your leeks, potato and set aside.

Grate the cheese and set aside.

Take the flour in a bowl and add a little of the milk to make a paste, once its smooth … keep adding the rest of your milk, then the eggs and get them whisked well and good with that fork.

Add the meat and veg’s then transfer the lot into the pastry lined dish.

Sprinkle with fresh pepper and salt and the grated cheese and bake for 30 mins on fanbake, or maybe 40 mins if you are using regular bake.