Tag: snack

Easy Focaccia Style Bread Recipe

This Italian, focaccia inspired bread recipe is versatile and adaptable whilst at the same time easy to prepare and bake, a treat especially for those who enjoy Italian flavours. There are many regional Italian recipes and styles of focaccia bread, including garlic, chilli, herb and sweet variants. Truly a recipe to adapt to taste and occasion, use as a side dish with a meal, serve it with a light salad and cheeses or top with your choice of ingredients to serve pizza style. When you have some left over, focaccia makes amazing croutons when cut into small squares and toasted in the oven till crispy and served with a rich tomato soup. I’ve used...

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Almond Bites “Pastini di Mandorle”

These sweet, crisp, crumbly biscuits are enhanced by a topping of homemade jam and slivered almonds, and are an irresistible treat with your favourite beverage. I like them with an aromatic tea served in fine bone china. Ingredients makes about 40 115g softened butter 200g caster sugar 115g almond meal 1 egg, beaten almond essence 115g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 3 tsp plum or berry jam 40g slivered almonds Method Preheat the oven to 200C. Line two or three baking sheets with baking paper. Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Beat until pale and well combined....

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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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Way to your Heart Cookies

What better way to say “I love you” than with some home baked, heart shaped cookies – with chocolate chips and chocolate ganache filling- a sure way to melt any heart …. You will need: One large heart cutter and one small heart cutter Ingredients: 10oz Plain Flour 1tsp Baking Powder 3 oz Caster Sugar 3.5 oz Butter 1 egg 1.5 – 2 tbsp Golden Syrup 50g chocolate chips ( plain,milk or white) For the filling: 250g Dark or Milk Chocolate 1/2 pint Double Cream Icing sugar to roll out and to decorate Method: Pre heat your oven to...

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Chestnut & Cheddar Wafers

Summer’s end brought a very special basket into the kitchen: a harvest of fresh chestnuts from the trees surrounding our netted vegetable garden! Here in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, the cool climate is ideal for growing these large shiny nuts, provided the trees receive enough water. After a very wet summer, the yield was better than average. Boiled, roasted, candied, pureed: we tried many ways to enjoy these versatile gems. I discovered that with a little encouragement they make a delicate wafer! Do try this recipe at your place, and if they’re out of season you can...

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