Category: Food & Drink

Fat Free Yorkshire Tea Loaf

An easy recipe and unlike conventional bread recipes it contains no yeast or fuss. Moist and fruity whilst remaining surprising light. If you prepare ahead it’s a lovely addition to an afternoon cup of Yorkshire tea, or if like me you enjoy a tasty and aromatic coffee, a slice of Yorkshire Tea Loaf goes perfectly well with your cup of Joe! I like to use this loaf as a picnic food, a breakfast slice on the go or packed as a hiking snack. Tasty, fat free and if you choose can also be sugar free, a handy recipe to...

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Scrummy Homemade Granola Bars

These tasty granola bars make good and easy picnic/snack food. The beauty of this recipe is you can use pretty much any combination of dried fruits/nuts and seeds to suit your tastes. You will need: 14 x 8 inch approx deep tray Ingredients: 350g oats A handful of crunchy cerial. ie branflakes 2 tsp cinnamon 140g butter 160g honey 100g light brown soft sugar 50g sesame seeds 50g dried cranberries 50g mixed nuts, chopped 30g pumpkin seeds Method: Grease and line the baking tray and heat the oven to 180c (350F) Heat the butter, honey and sugar in saucepan...

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Zingy Lemon Cheesecake

This recipe makes a beautifully light and refreshing cheesecake, perfect for Summer get-togethers. You will need: 20 cm (8 inch) cake tin For the base: 200g (7oz) digestive biscuits, crushed 90g (3.5 oz) butter, melted Filling: Finely grated rind and juice of 3 lemons 15ml (1tbsp) powdered gelatine 225g (8oz) low fat soft cheese 150ml (1/4 pt) natural yoghurt 60ml (4tbsp) clear honey 2 egg whites Method Grease and line your cake tin with butter and grease-proof paper on the base. Crush the biscuits, the best way of doing this is to put them in a plastic bag and...

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Pesto Cheesy Chicken with Roast Tomatoes

There was to be lots of us around the table, it was also my son’s 39th birthday, so something ‘chickeny’, something tasty, something a bit Italian. The Italians do family meals so well, chatty and noisy – celebratory. Something I could prepare, freeze beforehand, defrost and pop in the oven on the day. Something chickeny with pesto, garlic, Italian blue cheese (if I could source it) and tomatoey too! For 6 People: Ingredients: 6 chicken breast portions 100g Fontina cheese (or Gorgonzola) 75g strong cheddar 3 tbsp pesto (fresh is best) 2 tbsp chopped basil 3 tbsp cream cheese...

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Decadent Chocolate Tower Cake

As I bake a lot of wedding and celebration cakes I have found this cake recipe to be the most versatile, easy to bake and by far the tastiest, packed full of decadent chocolate flavour. It can be used to create a birthday cake or simply something nice for the weekend. The beauty of it is you can choose whatever chocolates you like to go on top, such as M&Ms, fudge, honeycomb chocolate, basically whatever you like. You can also melt a little white chocolate and drizzle over the top for effect. A small warning – if you are...

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Pecan & Prosecco Apple Crumble

The trees in our orchard row are groaning under the weight of a bountiful harvest of Granny Smith apples: tart, firm fruit suitable for cooking pies, sauces and of course, apple crumble. This satisfying sweet dish resembles a flan without the crust and is enhanced by the addition of prosecco and pecan nuts. Especially delicious after dinner on a cool evening, this dessert will have your guests and family clamouring for seconds. For a larger gathering, double the quantities shown below and use a larger pan. INGREDIENTS Serves 4-6 4 large Granny Smith apples 100g butter 50g caster sugar...

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