Chocolate Chip MuffinsšŸ§

This recipe by Odlums is easy to follow and the muffins turned out delicious. It makes 12 muffins if using bun cases or 8-10 with muffin cases.

Ingredients

  • 250g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • 12g/Ā¼oz Cocoa
  • 50g/2oz Shamrock Chocolate Chips
  • 1 level teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 large Egg
  • 150ml/Ā¼pt Milk
  • Ā½ teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Essence
  • 125g/4oz Butter or Margarine

Method

  • Preheat oven to 175Ā°C/325Ā°F/Gas 3.
  • Melt butter/margarine and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  • Mix the egg, milk and vanilla essence into the cooled butter/margarine.
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix to make a very soft mixture.
  • Spoon into bun cases, making each case about two thirds full.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Jo

https://www.odlums.ie/recipes/chocolate-chip-muffins/

American Style Pancakes RecipešŸ„ž

With over two weeks to go until Pancake Tuesday (February 16th), I have decided to practice my pancake-making skills. I enjoyed these American Style pancakes for breakfast served with yoghurt and strawberries, however they can be served with whatever toppings you like. This is an easy recipe and it didn’t take long to make these yummy thick and fluffy pancakes.

You will need:
  • 125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar (optional)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 150ml/Ā¼ pint Milk
  • Oil for frying

Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, stir in the sugar (if using)

Add the egg and beat while adding the milk. Mix until mixture becomes smooth.

Heat a little oil on a pan and drop spoonfuls of batter onto pan. When mixture is puffed and bubbling on top, turn and cook on other side.

Serve warm with your favourite toppings and enjoyšŸ“

Jo

https://www.odlums.ie/recipes/american-style-pancakes/

Coffee Cake Recipeā˜•

This recipe is by bbcgoodfood and turned out great- I would definitely make it again. This coffee cake is a lovely dessert that would go well with your favourite beverageā˜•

ingredients

  • 170gĀ butterĀ or margarine, plus extra for the tins
  • 170gĀ caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 170g self-raising flourĀ 
  • 1 Ā½ tsp baking powderĀ 
  • 1 tbspĀ instant coffee,Ā dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water (add more if you like it stronger)
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 1Ā½ tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
  • strawberry jam (optional)
  • walnuts or cherries, to decorate (optional)

method

  • Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line and butter two 18cm sandwich tins. Add the sugar and butter to a bowl andĀ whiskĀ until very fluffy and pale.
  • Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork,Ā then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp of flour each time. (Make sure you don’t use all the flour.)Ā 
  • When the eggs have been fully combined into the mix,Ā add the rest of the flour and the baking powderĀ and fold it in gently.
  • Add theĀ dissolved coffee to the mixture, still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 25-30 min until risen and firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.Ā Can be frozen at this stage.
  • Meanwhile, make the icing by beating the icing sugar with the butter until light and fluffy, then add the dissolved coffee. Whisk, then cover and set aside until ready to ice the cake.
  • Spread half the icing on the bottom of one sponge and spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the other, if using. Sandwich together, then spread the remaining icing on top. Decorate with walnuts or cherries, if you like.


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Rich chocolate tart with salt flakesšŸ„§

This recipe by Jamie Oliver serves 12 and and turned out delicious. The combination of sweet and salty flavours work well.

ingredients

  • 375 g shortcrust pastry
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1 pinch of fine sea salt
  • 50 g unsalted butter , (at room temperature)
  • 200 g dark chocolate , (70%)
  • 50 ml whole milk
  • sea salt flakes
  • creme fraĆ®che or ice cream

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180Ā°C/350Ā°F/gas 4. Roll out the pastry and use it to line a 23cm greased tart tin.
  • Pastry: Sift 225g plain flour into a largeĀ bowl, add 100g diced butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in a pinch of salt, then add 2-3 tbsp water andĀ mixĀ to a firm dough
  • Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface.
  • Cover with baking paper, fill with dried beans and bake blind for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the beans and bake again for 15 minutes, or until golden.
  • Put the cream, sugar and fine sea salt in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove as soon as the mixture boils up. Off the heat, add the butter and snap in the chocolate. Stir until blended.
  • Take a couple of minutes for a breather, then stir in the milk. Keep stirring till shiny.
  • our into the tart shell and leave at room temperature for 2 hours to set.
  • Pour into the tart shell and leave at room temperature for 2 hours to set.
  • Sprinkle sea salt flakes lightly all over, then serve with creme fraĆ®che or ice cream.


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https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/rich-chocolate-tart-with-salt-flakes/

Avocado Pasta RecipešŸ„‘

I came across this recipe on Instagram and thought it looked delicious and easy to make. Avocados have many health benefits, they are a good source of vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids . Avocados can be used in a variety of dishes. This meal was quick and easy to make and I look forward to having this for lunch again soon.

ingredients

  • 100g pasta per person
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • small handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 75g peas

method

  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Destone the avocado, then put the avocado flesh, garlic, olive oil, salt, lemon juice, zest and mint leaves into a blender with 4 tablespoons of water.
  • Blend until you get a smooth paste. If you find the mixture is struggling to move, add another tablespoon of water and try again. Put the pasta into a serving bowl and pour over the sauce. Add the peas and mix until all the pasta is coated.

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Porridge toppingsšŸ„£

Porridge is my go-to breakfast and I have it almost every morning. It keeps me going until lunchtime and is particularly nourishing during the winter months when the weather is cold. My favourite brand of porridge is Flahavan’s. There are many possible porridge toppings which I have listed below. This list may be useful when you are shopping for groceries next.šŸŒ…

  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mixed berries
  • Banana
  • Apple slices
  • Pear slices
  • Orange
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Pomegrante seeds
  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Dessicated Coconut
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Chai spice
  • Ground ginger
  • Cocoa powder
  • Honey/Maple syrup
  • Peanut butter/Almond Butter
  • Strawberry/Raspberry/Apricot Jam
  • Natural/Greek/Flavoured Yoghurt

Porridge can be made using water and/or a variety of milksšŸ„›

  • Full-fat milk/Semi-skimmed milk/Almond milk/Soya milk/

Comment below what you like on porridge and if you have any other suggestionsāœØ


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Chocolate Chip Cake Bars RecipešŸŖ

This recipe is by McVitie’s and serves 6.

ingredients

  • 18 McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 chocolate chips (60g)

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180ĀŗC/350ĀŗF. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and dust with flour.
  • Put the McVitie’s Digestives in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Combine the McVitie’s Digestives, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar, ideally using an electric mixer, until fluffy and light.Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla to the butter and sugar with the mixer on low.
  • Beat until combined, then add a third of the flour mixture along with half of the milk. Beat until combined again, then add another third of the flour and the remaining milk. Beat again. Add the rest of the flour and the chocolate chips. Stir in thoroughly.
  • Spoon the batter into the cake tin and spread out evenly. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely and cut into bars before serving.


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Coconut Milk Smoothie RecipešŸ„„

This recipe is by myrecipes and serves 4. This smoothie has a thick consistency due to the yoghurt and I prefer this recipe to the Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie Recipe I made recently.

ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen berries
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey

method

  • In a blender, puree the berries, bananas, yoghurt, coconut milk and honey. Serve.
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Sticky Toffee Pudding RecipešŸ®

This recipe is by The Happy Pear and serves 4-6.

šŸ„¦Suitable for vegans

Ingredients

  • 200g pitted dates chopped
  • 200ml of boiling water
  • 75g sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp molasses or treacle/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 150g white flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Chop the dates into small pieces ensuring there are no hidden stones in the middle.
  • In a bowl, pour the boiling water over the dates and leave to sit.
  • Make 2 flax eggs by mixing the ground flax seeds and the water in a mug, mix well and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  • In another bowl add the sunflower oil, vanilla extract and treacle and mix until homogeneous.
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • In a food processor blend the dates and water till you reach a smooth caramel like texture.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and mix in the flax eggs, date mixture and sunflower and treacle mix until well combined.
  • Line a baking tray approx 34cm (13 inches) x 34cm (inches) with baking parchment and pour in the cake batter.
  • Level out and put in the oven to bake at 180 for 30 minutes.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and allow to cool. Cut into brownie shaped pieces and serve with vanilla icecream and/or toffee poured on top


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Sweet Potato Fries RecipešŸ 

This recipe is by Supervalu. I recently bought Achill Island Sea Salt and was looking forward to using it in this recipe. The recipe can be slightly adjusted depending on how many servings you want and the size of the potatoes. I used 3 sweet potatoes today.

šŸ„›Dairy freešŸŒ¾Suitable for Vegetarians

Ingredients

  • 5 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (I used Achill Island Sea Salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil

method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 3 large sliced potatoes are usually too crowded on 1 sheet, but it depends on their size. You may need an additional sheet. Set aside.
  • Place cut sweet potato fries in a large bowl or ziplock bag and toss with cornstarch. You want a nice thin coating.
  • Pour the potatoes into a strainer and shake off extra cornstarch. Discard the extra cornstarch out of the mixing bowl too. Place potatoes back into the bowl and add add the garlic, seasoned salt, chilli powder, black pepper and oil.
  • Line the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet. Try not to crowd them or else they won’t bake, they’ll just steam. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and flip. Place them back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to rotate the pan to avoid uneven browning.
  • Turn the oven off and keep the fries inside as as the oven cools down for about 30 minutes. This step will help the fries get crispier. Enjoy šŸ™‚

These were very tasty and reminded me of shop-bought spicy wedges (šŸ¤¤)

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