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Christmas Stollen Bites

With Christmas fast approaching the sweet treats and cakes make their way to the table, it is hard to avoid them but I think there are times when we need to relax and enjoy the festive season and all it brings foodwise!  

I’ve been making a Stollen for the past few years now, I love it, reminds me of my grandmother who was very special and who Miss ND is named after. She would bake many Stollen before  Christmas each year and send one to all her family no matter where in the world they lived. I do miss her Stollen and more especially her.  I bake in remembrance of a wonderful lady.

Christmas Stollen Bites

 

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Allinsons Dough Tree Campaign

It was lovely to receive this hamper packed with Allinson Baking Products from Baking Mad to promote Allinson’s Dough Tree Campaign.

bread hamper

The challenge was to bake one of their Dough Tree bread recipes from the ingredients.  There was so much to choose from, the Cranberry and Pumpkin Cob  is appealing because of the fruit content and Pumpkin seeds (Pumpkin seeds are rich in Manganese Phosphorus, Magnesium and Copper plus a source of Zinc and iron).  Slathered in butter, Miss ND wolfed a couple of slices down after school, I was very impressed.

Dough Collage cranberry pumpkin Collage

bread and butter

I’m not a huge bread eater myself, I have a mild allergy to yeast, but I couldn’t resist baking the Bacon and Cheddar Scrolls as well, I love cheeses in bread and the combination of bacon, cheese. wholegrain mustard and onion is delicious encased in the bread.

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Flour

Bread freshly baked from the oven is a delight and what better aroma wafting around the kitchen too.  I have 2 tips for baking bread, use a dough hook on your mixer, it saves time and aching wrists plus it kneads dough beautifully.   Make sure your yeast is within date, you may not get the best results with yeast you bought months ago that’s been lurking in the cupboard, ask me how I know!

 

Disclosure:  We were sent a hamper of products from Baking Mad to make some delicious breads.

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After School Seedy Fruity Cookies

like to bake and we love cookies, baking your own is not only quick and easy but also you know what’s in them, no additives or preservatives,  long words or strange numbers!

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These seedy, fruity cookies are low in sugar but also have a natural sweetness from the dried fruits. Light and buttery they are a perfect blend of soft and chewy textures.  Miss ND loves them, they are perfect to add to her after school snack box (which she hoovers up at great speed, she is a child with a healthy appetite and high energy levels!).

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After School Seedy Fruity Cookies                                            Makes 12 large Cookies

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Baking Time:  12-15 minutes

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4

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Ingredients
90g unsalted butter
50g soft light brown sugar or coconut sugar
70g porridge oats
25g wholemeal self-raising flour
25g plain flour
25g sunflower seeds
50g cranberry, dried apricot, raisin mix
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten

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cookie mix

Method
Cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.

Add all the dry ingredients and stir together into the butter and sugar.

Then finally add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly until everything is completely combined.

Shape into walnut-sized balls (the batter will be sticky which is fine) and flatten them onto a lined baking tray.  I use my macaron tin which keeps them evenly shaped.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.  Eat!

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Almond and Flaxseed Cookies

I have had the busiest week, something in the diary every day made the week whizz past quicker than it usually does!   I have also started a foodie photography course with Lyndsey James and am learning so much about the technical side of my camera, buttons I had never visited and techniques I will be practising to improve my food photo’s .  

Cookies are something I make regularly, different ones each week, we all like our cakes and cookies here so having some control over the ingredients to make them a little healthier is always a good thing!

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Almond and Flaxseed Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking TIme:  15 minutes
Makes around 30

Pre-heat your oven to 180C/400F Gas 5

Lightly grease a couple of baking trays

Ingredients

100g unsalted butter, softened
185g self-raising flour
70g golden caster sugar
100g flaked almonds
35g golden flaxseeds
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1tsp vanilla extract

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Method

Rub the softened butter into the flour until you have fine breadcrumbs, stir in the caster sugar, flaked almonds and golden flaxseeds.

Combine the egg and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients then shape into small balls and flatten slightly.

Bake for around 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.  Place on a wire rack immediately after baking and leave to cool… if you can!  

That’s it!

Crunchy on the outside but cushion soft in the middle, I make these in my mini macaron pan (yes I have a multitude of baking pans!) to try to keep their shape but these cookies aren’t ones that spread all that much due to the self-raising flour.  As with all my recipes I keep the sugar content down, I used 70g today but I would use 50g if I were adding fruit.

almond flax cookies

These are brilliant for kiddie snacks and lunchboxes and also because they are mini cookies, a small, sweet fix when I need one!

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Coconut Almond Fruit Loaf

I am slightly obsessed with coconut oil, I’ve been using it in cooking and baking , in place of butter on my toast and the little girl loves it straight from the spoon!  

Coconuts contain trace amounts of some micronutrients, vitamins E & K plus a little iron.  Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, a saturated fat that enhances the immune system through its antiviral and antibacterial effects.  It is mostly made up of  MCFA’s (medium chain fatty acids) and is said to speed up metabolism and be good for your joints.  It is a stable oil when used at high temperatures and easily digested.  There are studies that show that lauric acid can increase your HDL (healthy) cholesterol and lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.

I’ve been experimenting a little with adding coconut oil into my baking, it really is a great addition.  I made some muffins the other day using only coconut oil for the fat but although they were all scoffed down quickly by the family it made the muffins a little dense and heavy.  My Coconut Almond Fruit Loaf has butter and coconut oil and it is a great combination as the loaf turned out superbly and along with the buttermilk content, made a wonderfully moist cake.  I wanted to use coconut sugar instead of regular caster sugar but couldn’t find it, the 3 year old has probably relocated it to her kiddy kitchen!

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Coconut Almond Fruit Loaf

Makes: 8-10 slices (plus 2 end wedges!)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 1 hour

Pre-heat your oven to 160C, gas 4 & grease and line a large loaf tin

Ingredients

75g unsalted butter, softened
20g organic virgin coconut oil, softened
zest of 1 lemon
1tsp vanilla extract
85g golden caster sugar
2 large organic eggs, lightly beaten
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
70g shredded/dessicated coconut
50g ground almonds
200ml buttermilk
150g raisins, apricots, sultanas
(or whatever your favourite mix is)

Method

Beat the butter and coconut oil with the sugar until creamy.  Add the lemon zest and vanilla extract with the eggs and gradually beat in.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and lightly fold into the butter/coconut/egg mixture.

Add the coconut, ground almonds, buttermilk and dried fruit and fold in until well combined.

Pour into the prepared loaf tin and bake for around 1 hour or until baked through (check with a piece of dried spaghetti, it should come out clean when ready) and golden brown.

Enjoy with a hot, steaming cup of tea.

I’ll be tweaking this one a little more to perfect the bake but pretty pleased with it so far!

 

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Sea Salt and Pepper Oatcakes

I made these Sea Salt and Pepper Oatcakes for our Christmas Eve evening cheeseboard and beyond, not that they ever last that long.  You can add any herbs of your choice or chilli flakes and such like, delicious plain or packed with flavour,  these are relatively plain as they will be served with an assortment of very wonderful but quite strong smelly cheeses!

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A batch of Oatcakes can be knocked up in under an hour, usually I just produce the classic round shape but as it’s Christmas I’ve busted out the star and heart cutters!  You can also make these up to a week before you need them if kept in an airtight box.  They make great little foodie gifts when paired up with some home-made chutney and small cheeses.   

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Sea Salt and Pepper Oatcakes

Yields:  around 25-30
Making time:  20 minutes
Baking time:  30 minutes

Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C fan, gas 4 and lightly grease 2 baking trays with butter or olive oil.

Ingredients

220g oats
50g plain wholemeal flour
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp golden caster sugar
60g unsalted butter, melted
175ml hot water

Method

Mix the oats, wholemeal flour, sea salt, black pepper and golden caster sugar together in a large bowl.

Pour the melted butter into the hot water and mix, then pour into the dry ingredients and combine thoroughly to form a soft dough.  

Dust your worksurface with flour and roll out the dough to your desired thickness, mine are around 5mm.  

Cut out shapes using pastry cutters and carefully arrange on the baking trays and bake for around 30 minutes until golden.

Allow to cool.

Think I should leave some out for Santa Claus tonight?…….

santas oatcakes

Nutritional Info:

Oats:   good source of soluble dietary fibre, vitamin B1, phosphorus, selenium, manganese, iron and magnesium.

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Seeded Wreath Bread with Camembert

This Seeded Wreath Bread with Camembert is great for sharing at lunch, the bread was made yesterday evening and the Camembert added today into the middle of the bread and warmed for around 10 minutes. Home-made warm bread and oozing melted soft cheese, perfect for a light pre-Christmas lunch!

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Seeded Wreath Bread with Camembert

Prep Time:  25 minutes plus 1 hour 15 minutes for proving
Baking Time:  25 minutes
Serves 4-6 generously (but you may need more cheese!)

50ml warm water
10g dried yeast
500g strong white bread flour
10g salt
35g unsalted butter, melted
1 Camembert round – 250g size
1 medium organic egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

This recipe is inspired by and adapted from Woman and Home you can find the full recipe and method here. I used the seeds I had in the pantry and doubled the volume as we love seeds on our breads and left out the wine and honey at the end (see recipe for details).  It.was.delicious!

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Mini Panettone for Christmas

I’ve not attempted to make a Panettone before but after my bread making course my confidence with all things bread and yeast has definitely increased.

Mini Panettone make lovely little gifts for Christmas, after wrapping in baking parchment paper pop them in cellophane wrap and tie with a bow.  These were for Miss ND’s pre-school gifts along with some homemade iced Christmas biscuits.  I shall be making my Stollen next and some Stollen bites for our usual Christmas Eve breakfast.

panettone

This recipe comes from the Baking Mad website, so many lovely baking recipes there. for once I stuck to the sugar allocation and the Panettone did not taste overly sweet even with the sultanas and mixed peel.  I would definitely add more dried fruit and mixed peel next time though and maybe some dark chocolate chips!

This is another recipe I will definitely be baking again and again as apart from the 3 provings (don’t let the 6 hour prep time put you off, you can start in the morning and have it all done by tea time) the Panettone were very easy to make and came out beautifully.  

 

Thanks to Tesco for providing the flour for the Panettone.

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Seeded Spelt Loaves

Since I went on the bread making workshop  I’ve been wanting to try out some breads using non-traditional flours.  I’ve had some Wholegrain Spelt Flour in the cupboard for a while now and was wondering what to bake with it.   Spelt is an ancient grain, a cousin to wheat although  it contains a broader range of nutrients and is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, folic acid, E, manganese,  copper, and magnesium.   It also contains a wide range of minerals and is a good source of fibre .

I used this recipe from Dove’s Farm  except that I made 4 mini loaves, omitted the nuts and added a mix of sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and flaxseeds to the top as well as the dough.  Before adding the seeds on top I egg washed the dough to give a nice sheen.

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The dough was a little harder to work with and didn’t rise with as much aplomb as my usual wheat-based flour doughs but nevertheless the resulting Spelt bread rose well enough and was delicious.

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We’ve enjoyed these loaves with a numbers of toppings and fillings, from cheeses to honey and even my jam!  It was also delicious toasted the next morning.  Even the tiddler enjoyed a slice  or two, although I think she’s a little confused about why I would put seeds in her bread when we usually put them in the garden!   

I popped one of the loaves into the freezer, the great frozen abyss that is my old chest freezer, I cannot wait till I have an upright one with drawers!

If you want to try using non-traditional flours, Spelt is a great one to start with,  it has a lovely nutty flavour and with the addition of seeds a very healthy alternative to traditional wheat.

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Mixed Berry Oatmeal Yoghurt Bars

We love yoghurt, I love the way that Miss ND gets the giant tub out of the fridge each morning and spoons some into a bowl and just eats it, no sweeteners, just plain yoghurt, it’s like an appetiser before her main breakfast.  I am so pleased I have managed (so far) to keep her taste buds on the less sweet side, she is used to my baking with less sugar!

I usually have around a quarter of a tub left when I feel I need a fresh tub so have been looking at recipes to include yoghurt and have been compiling a folder of things to try.  We use Total Greek Yoghurt, it’s so thick and lush, we like the full fat kind, but you could use the 0% or 2% in any of the recipes.   I find a lot of recipes that use yoghurt only use a small amount, this recipe uses a good dollop!

Total Greek Yoghurt have a challenge going on Twitter at the moment, I’m not on Twitter nearly enough so have just found it, so today I am making their Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars which I am hoping will be a healthy lunchbox favourite with Miss ND and maybe a little treat with my tea.  You can find the recipe on their extensive recipe site here where they have a week’s worth of recipes using yoghurt, I shall be cherry picking my way through them!

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The oats in the recipe provide fibre and if using raisins, a good source of iron.  I’ve only made a couple of  tweaks, one to reduce the sugar and the other to substitute the sunflower oil for coconut oil, our oil (along with olive oil) of choice.  Pleased to see an egg white in the recipe too, always have an egg white or 6 hanging about in the fridge or freezer (I freeze them labelling the amount on the bag, makes it easy to whip however many I need for a recipe), this also adds to the protein content of the bars along with the yoghurt content.

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Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars were very easy to pull together and really delicious and filling too, I think the little girl is going to like these!

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