Veggie Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins

Veggie Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins

If you’ve not tried a savoury muffin before then you are missing out! I’ve made Cheese & Red Pepper Muffins before that are absolutely yummy and these Veggie Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins are an adaptation of that recipe. These muffins would be great for breakfast, for a picnic, in lunch boxes or eaten warm on Bonfire Night. They are filling and delicious, and a great savoury snack anytime of year! I think sausages particularly lend themselves to Autumn time as they are so associated with cosy meals, and this is a great way to get that feeling but in a portable muffin!

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I started by frying the onion and sausages until the onion was soft and the sausages had browned.

In a bowl I whisked together the eggs, milk and vegetable oil.

In another bowl I stirred both flours, the herbs, salt and raising agents together.

I chopped up the cooled sausages into slices.

I mixed the dry and wet ingredients together, then added the onion and cheese.

Then I divided the mixture between paper cases, and pushed in slices of sausage.

The muffins baked for around 25 minutes until they were risen and golden.

Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins

The best way to serve the Veggie Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins is definitely dipped in tomato ketchup!

Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins

Of course you can dip them in your favourite dip, maybe it’s BBQ sauce or brown sauce, either way it’s a yummy way to eat them!

Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins

These Veggie Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins are such a moreish snack especially on a cold evening!

   

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie, Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching For Spice, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Cooking With Aunt Juju and Turks Who Eat.


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Veggie Sausage, Cheese & Onion Muffins

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 4 Vegetarian sausages I used Quorn
  • 1 White onion diced
  • 225 g Plain flour
  • 100 g Wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Rosemary dried or fresh
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 160 ml Vegetable oil
  • 170 ml Milk Cow's or plant milk will both work
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 100 g Mature cheddar grated
  • Tomato ketchup to serve

Instructions

  1. Fry the onion till soft and the sausages till browned, set aside to cool

  2. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a cupcake tin with paper cases

  3. Stir together the plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, rosemary and salt in a bowl

  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, milk and eggs

  5. Add the wet ingredient to the dry ingredients and mix in. Then mix in the onion and mature cheddar until combined

  6. Chop up the sausages into slices

  7. Divide the batter between the cases

  8. Add two or three slices of sausage to each muffin, pushing them into the batter

  9. Bake the muffins for 25-30 minutes until they are risen and golden

  10. Serve dipped in tomato ketchup! Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 2 days

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Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

I really love puff pastry sheets, they’re so versatile and incredibly handy for rustling up a quick and tasty weeknight meal. My Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart is still a favourite in our house, but it has had to make way for this Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart now that the temperatures outside are rising! The asparagus looks so lovely and elegant arranged on top of this tart, and who can resist golden pastry?! So if you’re looking for a quick summer meal that’s fresh and tasty, plus vegetarian friendly too, then you’re in the right place.

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To start I mixed the ricotta, egg, parmesan, thyme and lemon together until smooth.

I spread it over the puff pastry sheet, leaving a 1 cm border around the edge.

Then I arrange the asparagus neatly on top, and sprinkled over some frozen peas.

I baked the tart for around 20-25 minutes, until the pastry was golden and risen. I chopped up some mint and sprinkled it over the top.

Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

You can serve the Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart immediately if you want to eat it warm, or let it cool then store in the fridge and serve cold at another time. It’s great for making one night, then it’s an easy dinner the next night as it’s already prepared!

Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

This is such a yummy and fresh meal to enjoy over summer, and it’s so quick and simple to make too. Even my boyfriend, who doesn’t like asparagus, ate up a couple of slices! And my mum has already made the recipe herself at home too.

 

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Apply To Face, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Of Goats And Greens.

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Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Puff Pastry sheet
  • 250 g Ricotta
  • 1 Egg large
  • 25 g Vegetarian friendly parmesan
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 175 g Asparagus
  • 25 g Frozen 'petit pois' peas
  • 5 leaves Fresh mint chopped
  • A little milk for glazing
  • Olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Take the pastry out of the fridge, un-package it but don't unroll it yet as it will need to come to room temperature before being rolled out otherwise it can crack

  2. Mix the ricotta, egg, parmesan, thyme and lemon together until they form a smooth paste

  3. Roll the pastry out onto a baking tray, if it doesn't come with baking paper make sure the tray is lined with it

  4. Spread the ricotta mixture over the puff pastry sheet, leaving a 1 cm border around the edge

  5. Arrange the asparagus neatly on top, trimming the ends if needed, and sprinkle over some frozen peas. Drizzle a little olive oil over the asparagus


  6. Use a pastry brush dipped in milk to glaze the 1cm border

  7. Bake the tart for around 20-25 minutes, until the pastry is golden and risen

  8. Chop up the mint leaves and sprinkle them over the tart

  9. Serve hot, or allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for up to 2 days. You can re-heat the tart or serve it cold

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Popcorn Recipes for Movie Night

Popcorn Recipes for Movie Night

One of my main hobbies after baking is watching movies, I actually did Film & Media at university and I love going to the cinema as well as watching movies at home. Of course, a trip to the cinema or a movie night at home would not be complete without some delicious popcorn to snack on! I love munching away at a warm crispy bag of popcorn when I’m in the cinema, but sometimes the sweet or salty options can get a bit boring. Thankfully, when I’m at home I can get creative and make the popcorn any flavour I want. I’m sharing three of my favourite popcorn recipes for movie night with you in this post, and there is something to suit everyone’s tastes!

To make the popcorn recipes for movie night, I used the Russell Hobbs Popcorn Maker which I was sent by JD Williams. I’ve always thought of them as a clothing and sportswear shop, but they also sell a great variety of small kitchen appliances too! Usually I make popcorn in a pan with a bit of oil, and the wait while it heats up can be quite boring. I’m stood there watching it like a hawk and waiting for it to start popping for what seems like an eternity when all I want to do is get my popcorn and put my movie on!

Well, the Russell Hobbs Popcorn Maker impressed me so much with how quickly and easily I had a warm freshly popped snack ready to eat. All I did was scoop up some popcorn kernels with the provided measuring spoon, pour them into the popcorn maker, place the lid on and flick the switch. In under one minute I had a bowl full of popcorn! I couldn’t believe how fast it was! You could literally do this in an advert break. If you want to flavour the popcorn, you’ll need a bit more time, but it’s still a really quick process and you’re saving time in the long run. It’s also better for you as you don’t need any oil, the corn is air popped, so if you’re watching calories you have control over this as you only need to count the flavours and topping you add afterwards.

Cheesy Nacho Popcorn

Cheesy Nacho Popcorn

 

To make the Cheesy Nacho Popcorn I used my food processor to whizz up the nacho crisps until they were crumbs. I poured the butter onto the fresh popcorn and stirred it in, then added the crumbs and stirred so they stuck to the popcorn. I tipped the popcorn out on a lined baking tray and sprinkled cheese all over the top. It went into the over for 10-15 minutes until the cheese was melted. I served it with classic nacho dips – guacamole, sour cream and salsa.

My boyfriend absolutely loves this savoury option and wolfs it down every time. It’s a fantastic salty and cheesy choice for savoury lovers, plus it’s fun and tasty to get to dip your popcorn!

Cheesy Nacho Popcorn

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Cheesy Nacho Popcorn

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 50 g Popcorn kernels
  • 80 g Cheese flavour nacho crisps
  • 50 g Butter melted
  • 25 g Cheddar cheese grated
  • Dips (sour cream, guacamole, salsa) To serve

Instructions

  1. Use your popcorn maker to pop the popcorn kernels

  2. Use a food processor to turn the nacho crisps into crumbs, or bash them up in a bowl with  a rolling pin

  3. Stir the melted butter into the fresh popcorn until fully coated

  4. Add the nacho crumbs and stir in, the butter will make the crumbs stick to the popcorn

  5. Arrange the popcorn on a lined baking tray and top with the cheese

  6. Bake on 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 5 until the cheese has melted (check after 10 minutes)

  7. Serve immediately with dips

Eton Mess Popcorn

Eton Mess Popcorn

To make the Eton Mess Popcorn I placed the fresh popcorn into a large bowl, I added all of the ingredients and mixed it together. Super easy!

Eton Mess Popcorn

This is a great option for summer time and I love coming across the chunks of meringue or white chocolate amongst handfuls of this sweet popcorn.

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Eton Mess Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 50 g Popcorn kernels
  • 6 Meringue Nests Broken up
  • 200 g White chocolate chips or chunks
  • 180 g Dried Strawberries optional
  • 20 g Freeze dried strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Icing sugar or more if desired

Instructions

  1. Use your popcorn maker to pop the popcorn kernels

  2. Sieve the icing sugar over the popcorn and stir in

  3. Add the meringue, white chocolate and both dried strawberries, mix them in until you have an even distribution

  4. Serve immediately. Leftovers can be stored in an air tight container

Nutelle Popcorn

Nutella Popcorn

To make the Nutella Popcorn I put the ingredients in a pan on low heat until they melted together and the sugar dissolved. Then I brought it to the boil for 5 minutes. I stirred it into the fresh popcorn until it was fully coated.

I spread the popcorn out onto a lined baking tray and put it in the oven for 20 minutes until it was dry and crispy.

Nutelle Popcorn

To serve, I topped the popcorn with a drizzle of warm Nutella – divine!

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Nutella Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 50 g Popcorn kernels
  • 95 g Light brown sugar
  • 100 g Butter
  • 140 g Nutella
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Nutella warmed, for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Use your popcorn maker to pop the popcorn kernels

  2. Put the Nutella, butter and sugar in a pan on low heat until they melted together and the sugar dissolved. Then bring to the boil for 5 minutes, keep stirring as it boils

  3. Take off the heat, add the vanilla, then stir the mixture into the fresh popcorn until it is fully coated

  4. Bake on 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes until the popcorn has dried out and gone crispy 

  5. Drizzle over the warm Nutella right before serving. Store leftovers in an air tight container

    

I’m linking this post up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, Got to be Gluten Free hosted by Glutarama and Fiesta Fridays hosted by The Not So Creative Cook.

NB. This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own

   

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Baked Margherita Risotto

Baked Margherita Risotto

You may have heard of the meal subscription box HelloFresh, but the company actually offers more than meals by post. They also have a wealth of recipes available for free online that you can make yourself at home by following their clear instructions. After browsing through the extensive selection I decided to make this Baked Margherita Risotto because it looked super fresh and summery, and totally easy to make! Even though I was just looking at the vegetarian options, I was spoilt for choice! There are a large handful of recipes I now have on my list to try another time. Like the Aubergine Tagliatelle, Roasted Butternut Tagine and the Cajun Halloumi Burgers to name just a few. As a vegetarian, I’m always impressed when there are a vast variety of fresh, colourful and appetising meals that I can actually eat!

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Every recipe includes step by step instructions with photos, nutritional information, and a handy tool so you can select the serving size and the ingredient amounts automatically change for you. This really appealed to me as I only cook for myself and my partner the majority of the time and many of the meals I find online serve 4 people. I can just click a button and change it to 2 servings rather than figuring out all the quantities myself. The nutritional info is detailed, and there’s information on what equipment you’ll need to make the recipe. For your sweet tooth, head over to their blog for lots of yummy recipes like Carrot Cake and Vegan Chocolate Brownies. There’s also a plethora of recipe ideas, seasonal food and cocktails!

To make the risotto I started by sauteeing a finely chopped white onion in a casserole dish with some vegetable oil.

I added crushed garlic and finely chopped basil stalks. I’ve never thought of eating the stalks of basil before, but it’s such a good idea. They infuse the dish with flavour and it saves them from going to waste.

I added the arborio rice and stirred everything together.

Then I added the stock and cherry tomatoes. I popped the lid on the casserole dish and put it in my pre-heated oven for 25 minutes. While it was cooking I made a salad to accompany the Baked Margherita Risotto.

When it was done I sliced up the mozzarella and placed it on top.

I popped it under the grill so the cheese could melt and turn golden.

Baked Margherita Risotto

The Baked Margherita Risotto was absolutely delicious and so filling. I also loved the crunchy cucumber salad and the salad dressing was so simple but so yummy. I’m definitely going to make this meal again and use the dressing with other salads. This recipe will serve 4 hungry people, or 6 if you add some garlic bread or other sides.

    

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Everyday Healthy Recipes, Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching For Spice, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Three Cats & A Girl.


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Baked Margherita Risotto

Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

For the risotto

  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 White onion finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed or chopped
  • Basil stalks finely chopped
  • 350 g Arborio rice
  • 2 Vegetable stock cubes
  • 800 ml Boiling water
  • 20 Cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 200 g Mozzarella sliced

For the crunchy cucumber salad

  • 1 Cucumber diced
  • 2 bags salad leaves
  • Handful of torn up basil leaves

For the salad dressing

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup or Honey
  • Juice of half a lemon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F/Gas Mark 6

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in your casserole dish on the hob, on a low-medium heat

  3. Add the onion and sautee for 5 mins or until soft

  4. Add the garlic and basil stalks and cook for a couple of minutes

  5. Add the rice and cook for another couple of minutes

  6. Add the stock, water and cherry tomatoes and stir in

  7. Put the lid on the dish and place in the oven for 25 minutes. Take out after 15 mins to stir and check if you need to add more water or not

  8. While the risotto is baking, put the salad leaves, basil and cucumber into a salad bowl

  9. Make the dressing by mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside until ready to serve

  10. When the risotto is done, sliced up the mozzarella and arrange it on top

  11. Put the casserole dish, with the lid removed, under the grill until the cheese melts and is golden

  12. Add the dressing to the salad and serve with the risotto

  13. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge and reheated

NB. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup with Wholemeal Bread Rolls

Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup with Wholemeal Bread Rolls

When it’s cold outside, snowing or raining, there is nothing better than a warm bowl of delicious and filling soup to comfort you from the inside out. I’m not overly adventurous with my soup choices, I tend to opt for tomato based soups most of the time, or butternut squash is also a regular choice. However, this Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup is definitely my favourite soup! It’s creamy, filling and full of cheese flavour. It is everything I’m looking for in a soup! I like it chunky, with the pieces of potato and leek intact, but you could also blitz this Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup into a puree. It’s a great vegetarian soup choice, and I’ve made it successfully with both cow’s milk and almond milk – as well as a half and half mix. I have also included a recipe for wholemeal rolls which go perfectly with soup and are great for dipping!

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To start, I made the bread rolls as they take longer than the soup. In a large bowl I stirred both flours, the yeast and salt together.

I added the luke warm water and oil and mixed to form a dough.

Then I put it in my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment and let it knead for 8 minutes.

Once it was done I placed it into an oiled bowl, covered it with cling film and put it in a warm place for 1 hour to rise.

After it was risen I knocked the air out of it on a floured mat, then using scales I divided the dough into 12 equal pieces. They weighed about 77g each.

I rolled each piece into a ball and place them onto lined baking trays. Then I covered them loosely with cling film and a tea towel, and again left them for 1 hour to rise. Before baking I sprinkled some oats over the top.

They baked for 20 minutes in a hot oven and came out lovely and golden.

Meanwhile, while waiting for the bread to prove, I had been making the Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup. I sauteed the leeks and onion in a large pan using the oil and butter.

I added the flour and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Then I added the milk slowly, stirring to make sure no lumps of flour remained. Then followed the water, stock cubes and potato.

I let the Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the potato pieces were soft. Making sure to stir it often so it didn’t catch on the bottom of the pan. When it was done I turned the heat off and stirred in the cheese. I then added salt to taste. My preference is to add 3 tsp, but you may like less depending on your preference.

Potato & Leek Soup

You can serve the Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup straight away, or once it is cooled down fully you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge and heat up either on the hob or in the microwave. Apart from the cheese, if you use a low fat or plant based milk, this Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup is also pretty healthy without compromising on flavour.

Potato & Leek Soup

We absolutely love this Cheesy Potato & Leek Soup in my house, and it never lasts more than a couple of days. I’ve even eaten it for breakfast in the past! Whenever I have the time to make it it’s a real treat and it really is perfectly paired with the wholemeal bread rolls. They are so easy to make too, and I even snuck some seeds in there too without my partner noticing!

  

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Everyday Healthy Recipes, Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching For Spice, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Indfused.

 

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Cheesy Leek & Potato Soup

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Knob of butter
  • 3 Leeks sliced
  • 1 Medium onion diced
  • 75 g Plain flour
  • 4 Large jacket size potatoes (about 700g) peeled and diced
  • 1.2 litres Cow's milk or dairy free milk warmed in a pan
  • 1.2 litres Boiling water
  • 2 Vegetable stock cubes
  • 200 g Mature cheddar grated
  • 2-3 tsp Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the oil and butter to a large pan (I use a jam making pan) and warm on a medium heat for a few minutes

  2. Add the sliced leeks and diced onion to the pan, and cook them for approx 8 minutes until soft

  3. Add the flour, stir it in and cook for 2 minutes

  4. Add the milk slowly, and stir between each addition to make sure no lumps of flour remain

  5. Add the boiling water, stock cubes and diced potato. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it bubble for 15-20 minutes, until the potato pieces are soft. Make sure to stir it often so it doesn't catch on the bottom of the pan

  6. When it is done, turn the heat off and stir in the cheese. It will melt into the soup

  7. Then added salt to taste. I like to add 3 tsp, but you may like less depending on your preference

  8. Serve immediately, or allow to cool fully and store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days

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Wholemeal Bread Rolls

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 250 g Strong white bread flour
  • 250 g Plain wholemeal flour
  • 7 g Sachet of fast action yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 50 ml Olive oil
  • 320 ml Luke warm water
  • 20 g Sunflower seeds optional
  • 15 g Linseeds optional
  • 10 g Oats optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir the strong white bread flour, wholemeal flour, yeast and salt together. Make sure not to pour the salt directly over the yeast, add them on separate sides of the bowl

  2. Mix the oil with the luke warm water in a jug and pour into the flour mixture. Stir together until a dough forms

  3. Knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes on a floured surface, or put in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment and leave it to knead for 8 minutes on a medium speed

  4. Place the kneaded dough into a large bowl that has been brushed all over on the inside with a light coating of olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly with cling film and put it in a warm place for 1 hour for the dough to rise

  5. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead very briefly, just to knock the air out of it

  6. Using scales, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. They should weigh approx 77g each

  7. Roll each piece into a ball and place them onto lined baking trays. Cover them loosely with cling film and a tea towel and leave them for 1 hour to prove

  8. Pre-heat your oven to 200C Fan/220C/425F/Gas Mark 7

  9. Sprinkle some oats over the top of each roll, then bake for 20 minutes until golden. You know they are done when you tap them on the bottom and they sound hollow

  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days

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Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

It’s my first Christmas being fully vegetarian and a recent shopping trip taught me that vegetarian party food is not that easy to find. After wading through the meat and fish options, you’re pretty much left with only mozzarella sticks and vegetable spring rolls. If you want something a bit more interesting, but also super easy to make, these Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers are a perfect canape option. Using ready made pastry and pre-prepared chestnut make this a quick and simple snack to prepare. They’re extremely moreish and I can assure you that meat eaters will love them too, plus they look really pretty!

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To make the filling I mashed together the chestnut puree, sage, parmesan and salt.

I rolled out the pastry and spread the filling evenly all over it.

Then I rolled the pastry up from either side until it met in the middle.

I wrapped it up tightly and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

I sliced it up and laid the pieces out onto a baking tray.

Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

They baked for 15 minutes until they were golden.

Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

The Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers were absolutely yummy, the cheesy flavour and fragrant sage really come through and make you want more and more of these crispy treats!

   

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijakced By Twins, Bake of the Week hosted by Mummy Mishaps, Simple & In Season hosted by Feeding Boys & A Firefighter, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Cooking With Aunt JuJu and Life Diet Health.

 

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Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

Servings 18

Ingredients

  • 320 g Puff Pastry Sheet
  • 200 g Chestnut Puree
  • 50 g Parmesan
  • 2 tsp Dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions

  1. Take the pastry out of the fridge, remove it from the packaging and leave it to come to room temperature for 15 minutes

  2. To make the filling, mash together the chestnut puree, sage, parmesan and salt

  3. Roll out the pastry and spread the filling evenly all over it

  4. Roll the pastry up from either longest side until it meets in the middle

  5. Wrap it up tightly in baking paper and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes, meanwhile pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/375F/Gas Mark 6

  6. Take the pastry out of the freezer and slice it into pieces about 1cm thick, lay the pieces onto baking paper lined baking trays

  7. Bake them for 15 minutes until they are golden

  8. Serve warm. They can be eaten cold but the pastry won't be as crispy. They can be re-heated on the same temperature for 5 minutes

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Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

When it comes to Marmite, I am a certified ‘lover’! I’m pretty sure I’ve loved it from birth as I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy this salty spread. I once even took a jar on holiday with me as I was worried it wouldn’t be available abroad! With the nights drawing in and the air getting distinctly colder I’m craving hot, carb heavy food this month. These cheese, marmite & potato pasties certainly fit the bill. They are packed with comforting potato, sweet onion, tasty cheese and of course salty Marmite. All wrapped together in a crispy pastry shell! I’ve used homemade pastry, which is easy and quick to make, but of course you can use shop bought to save time. (And if you happen to be a ‘hater’ then you can leave out the Marmite too…!)

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To make the pastry I rubbed the butter into the flour, then added the eggs and mixed it together until a dough formed. I wrapped it in cling film and chilled it for 30 minutes.

To make the filling I chopped up the onion and fried it for 5 minutes in a pan with some oil until it was soft. I diced up the potato into cubes no bigger than 1cm, then added them to the onion.

I poured in the grated cheese and the Marmite, and mixed everything together until the cheese and Marmite coated the vegetables. Then I took the mixture off the heat and left it to cool.

Using a rolling pin, I rolled out the pastry onto a mat dusted with flour, and I used an 8″ side plate to cut out rounds.

I spooned a generous amount of filling onto half of the circle, brushed the edge with beaten egg, then folded it over and crimped the edges with a fork. Using a silicone pastry brush, I brushed beaten egg all over the whole pasty, and cut two slits in the middle with a sharp knife.

I baked them on 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes until the pastry was golden all over.

Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

Wow, I absolutely loved these cheese, marmite & potato pasties, I have to admit, I ate more than my fair share! I just can’t resist cracking through the crispy golden pastry to get to that savoury filling. Personally, I would add more Marmite, so if you like it strong like I do, whack a bit more in there!

Cheese & Marmite Pinwheel Biscuits

Cheese & Marmite Scones

If you liked these cheese, marmite & potato pasties, try some of my other yummy Marmite recipes!

 

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching For Spice, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Cooking with Aunt Juju and Spades, Spatulas & Spoons.

 

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Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

This recipe make four large pasties, if you cut the rounds smaller you'll get more pasties but they'll be smaller. Or double the recipe for 8 large pasties!

Servings 4

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 350 g Plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 170 g Butter or baking spread
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 1 Beaten egg for glazing

For the filling

  • 2 Medium white potatoes diced into cubes no bigger than 1cm
  • 1 White onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Vegetable oil for frying
  • 120 g Mature cheddar grated
  • 1 heaped tbsp Marmite

Instructions

  1. To make the pastry rub the butter into the flour in a large mixing bowl until it resembles breadcrumbs

  2. Add the eggs and mix it together until a dough forms. Wrap the ball of pastry in cling film and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes

  3. Pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6

  4. To make the filling, fry the chopped onion in the vegetable oil for 5 minutes in a pan

  5. Add the potato, Marmite and cheese, and stir everything together until it's all coated with the Marmite, take the mixture off the heat and leave it to cool

  6. Roll out the pastry onto a mat or work surface dusted with flour, for large pasties use an 8" side plate or cookie cutter to cut out rounds

  7. Spoon a generous amount of filling onto half of the circle, brush the edges with the beaten egg, then fold it over and crimp the edges with a fork

  8. Place the pasty onto a lined baking tray and brush more beaten egg all over the whole pasty, then cut two small slits in the middle with a sharp knife

  9. Bake them for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden all over, you can lift them up gently to check the pastry underneath is cooked through

  10. Serve hot, or allow to cool and re-heat

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Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart

Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart

I’m a huge fan of an easy and tasty meal that can be rustled up quickly after a long day at work. This butternut squash, leek and stilton tart is a healthy and delicious option for a weeknight meal. I’ve used ready made pastry and frozen pre-prepared butternut squash to make this tart even more simple to put together. You can also be safe in the knowledge that you’re feeding your family a nutritious meal. Both leeks and butternut squash are great sources of vitamins and minerals.  I like to serve this savoury tart with salad and potato wedges, but there are lots of other options too such as extra veggies or sweet potato fries. It’s a great way to use up leftover stilton! If you’re not a stilton fan you can use regular mature cheddar, or any cheese that melts well.

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I started by chopping the onion, garlic and leeks, I added them into a pan with the warmed oil and butter inside. I cooked them on a low heat until they were soft, then set them aside.

To save time, I used pre-chopped frozen butternut squash, but you can also use fresh. I mixed the cubes of squash with a drizzle of vegetable oil and 1 tsp sage in a bowl.

I’d left the pastry at room temperature so I rolled it out onto a baking tray. I covered it with the leek mixture, leaving a 1-2cm border all around the edges.

Then I added the butternut squash, and crumbled the stilton all over. I brushed the milk around the edges.

I baked the tart for 25 minutes until it was golden and bubbling.

butternut squash, leek and stilton tart

It looked so attractive with the orange hue of the squash scattered all over the tart, and the cheese lusciously melted into the leeks. I do love a good bit of crispy pastry too, the golden edges on the tart are calling my name! It’s positively packed with flavour, from the strong cheese and the earthy sage, to the delicate leeks and sweet squash.

butternut squash, leek and stilton tart

You can store the butternut squash, leek and stilton tart in the fridge and re-heat it the next day so it can cover multiple meals. That is, as long as your family aren’t demanding seconds like mine were!

       

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Recipes Made Easy, Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Eat Your Greens hosted by Allotment 2 Kitchen and The Veg Hog, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Food Eat Love and Curry & Vanilla.

 

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Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 375 g Pre-made puff pastry sheet
  • 3 Leeks Chopped
  • Half a Large white onion Chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 250 g Butternut squash (fresh or frozen) Cubed
  • 1 tsp Dried sage
  • 150 g Stilton
  • 1 tbsp Milk

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Take the pastry out of the fridge, un-package it but don't unroll it yet

  2. Warm the oil and butter in a pan on a low heat then add the onion, garlic and leeks. Cook them on a low heat until they are soft, then set them aside

  3. Mix the cubes of squash in a bowl with a drizzle of vegetable oil and the sage until they are fully coated

  4. Roll the pastry out onto a baking tray, if it doesn't come with baking paper make sure the tray is lined with it

  5. Pour the leek mixture onto the pastry, leaving a 1-2cm border all around the edges

  6. Add the butternut squash, and crumble the stilton all over

  7. Brush the milk in the empty border of the pastry all around the edges

  8. Bake the tart for 25 minutes until it is golden and bubbling

  9. Serve hot, or allow to cool, refrigerate and re-heat as desired

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Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread

Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread

I am a cheese addict, I probably eat it every day in one form or another. One of my favourite ways to enjoy cheese is in a sandwich with pickle; the creamy cheese against the sour pickle creates an explosion of flavour that I just can’t resist! A friend of mine gifted me some homemade onion chutney at Christmas and I’ve had the idea to combine it with cheese in a bread for ages, and I finally found the time to make this Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread. Of course you can use shop bought chutney, but if you would like to make your own the recipe she used is this red onion chutney.

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To make the dough I stirred together the flour, yeast and salt. Then I added the water and oil and brought it together into a dough, then I kneaded it for 5 minutes in my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.

I left it to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

I rolled the dough out onto a floured surface into a rectangle shape.

Then I spread the whole jar of onion chutney out all over the dough.

Then I sprinkled over the cheese – I used mature cheddar.

I rolled the doll up into a sausage shape, then sliced it into rolls and arranged them in a lined traybake tin.

I left them to rise again in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Then I brushed them with olive oil and sprinkled over the remaining cheese.

I baked them for 25 minutes until golden all over. As the chutney has sugar in it, it did darken quite a lot, but it didn’t affect the taste at all.

Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread

This Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread was so delicious! The tangyness of the onion chutney comes out strongly and every bite is packed with flavour. The bread baked beautifully and was really soft and springy.

Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread

We really enjoyed eating this Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread with soup, and also as a cheeky snack!

      

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie, Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching For Spice, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Cooking With Aunt Juju and Herbs, Spices & Traditions.

 


 

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Onion Chutney & Cheese Swirl Bread

Ingredients

  • 500 g Strong white flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 7 g Sachet fast action yeast
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil plus more for glazing
  • 300 ml Luke warm water
  • 200 g Jar of onion chutney
  • 100 g Mature cheddar grated

Instructions

  1. To make the dough put the flour, yeast and salt into a mixing bowl - make sure to put the salt and yeast on seperate sides of the bowl

  2. Add the water and oil and bring it together into a dough, then knead it for 5 minutes in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, or for 10 minutes by hand

  3. Put the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it to rise for 1 hour in a warm place

  4. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface into a rectangle shape approx 40cm long by 30cm wide

  5. Spread the whole jar of onion chutney out all over the dough

  6. Sprinkled over the cheese - leave about a quarter in the bowl for later

  7. Roll the doll up into a sausage shape, then sliced it into rolls and arrange them in a lined 12" x 9" traybake tin

  8. Leave them to rise again in a warm place for 30 minutes, meanwhile pre-heat your oven to 200C Fan/220C/425F/Gas Mark 7

  9. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle over the remaining cheese

  10. Bake them for 25 minutes until golden all over. As the chutney has sugar in it, it will darken, but don't worry it's not burnt!

  11. Enjoy warm from the oven, or leave to cool. Serve with salad or soup

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Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones
We had a bit of sunshine in Manchester last week. As we don’t get it very often I always feel a social pressure to get out there and spend time in the sun, sit in a beer garden, enjoy it while it lasts etc. Well folks, I don’t like being out in the sun. That’s right! I’m ginger and pale, and sunshine is not my friend. Don’t get me wrong, sunshine is beautiful! It makes the world look so pretty, and I’ll quite happily gaze at the beautiful sunlit world… (through sunglasses while sitting in the shade). I always feel like a minority when I dare to voice this opinion, and I probably am, but I enjoy sunny days in my own way and I’m happy with that. Sometimes you just have to go with how you feel and what makes you comfortable, no matter what everyone else is doing. Making these Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones and drinking cold cider in my flat with the windows open is how I chose to enjoy a sunny day recently. They are a combination of some of my favourite savoury flavours and to me they scream summer. They would be great at a picnic out in the sunshine…if you enjoy that kind of thing!

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In a bowl I whisked together 100ml milk, 70g pesto and 1 egg.

In a second bowl I mixed together 250g self raising flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.

I added 150g grated mature cheddar and 60g sundried tomatoes. Then I used kitchen towel to soak the oil from the tomatoes first then cut them up using scissors.

I poured the pesto mixture into the flour and made a dough. I patted it down to about 1 inch thick, then cut 7cm rounds out of it. Reshape the dough and cut out more rounds until it’s all used up.

Then I placed the rounds onto a lined baking tray and brushed them on top with beaten egg.

I baked them on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes and until they were golden brown.

The scones are extremely moreish and perfect warm with butter! They also pack up great for on the move, lunches and picnics. The pesto really comes through and is a perfect match for the cheese, and the sundried tomatoes add extra fruity flavour. I’d love to try these with chutney on and even more cheese!

Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Pesto Scones

Ingredients

  • 100 ml Milk
  • 70 ml Pesto
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 150 g Mature cheddar grated
  • 60 g Sundried tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Pr-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4

  2. In a bowl whisk together the milk, pesto and 1 of the eggs
  3. In a second bowl mix together the self raising flour, baking powder and salt
  4. Use kitchen towel to soak the oil from the tomatoes then cut them up using scissors. Add them along with the mature cheddar to the flour and mix
  5. Pour the pesto mixture into the flour and make a quick dough. Pat it down to about 1 inch thick, then cut 7cm rounds out of it. Reshape the dough and cut out more rounds until it's all used up
  6. Place the rounds onto a lined baking tray and brush them on top with beaten egg
  7. Bake them for 20 minutes and until they are golden brown

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