Scones

A cup of tea is never the same without scones – served with freshly whipped cream, grated cheese and jam, of course.

Last year I had a challenge to bake perfect scones for my sister’s birthday. I tried 3 different recipes and was still not really 100% satisfied with the results.. So  this is yet another recipe I had to try!! 🙂

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Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour

10 ml castor sugar

20 ml baking powder

2 ml salt

200 ml (180 g) butter, cut into small pieces

100 ml milk, plus extra for brushing

1 large egg

Preheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with     parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened.

Turn out onto a lightly floured  work  surface to complete bringing it together with your  hands. Roll the dough out into a rectangle.

Cut into rounds and place on the prepared baking           sheet. Bake for minutes in the preheated oven, or  until golden brown.IMG_2757

Gluten free Chocolate cupcakes

I found this recipe for chocolate hot cross buns on this blog and decided try it.

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns (sweet) 

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 17-20 mins
Makes: 8

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
1/4 orange juice 
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda 
1/4 cup sultanas (golden raisins)

For crosses: 2 egg whites 1+1/2 Tablespoons coconut flour
 Instructions: 

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (340F)
  • Grease 8 muffin tins with coconut oil
  • Beat the eggs with an electric beater for 1 minute.
  • Add the coconut milk, orange juice and honey and beat again.
  • Add the coconut flour, bicarb soda and cacao powder and mix with the electric beaters for another minute.
  • Stir through sultanas.
  • Scoop batter into muffin tins.
  • Make crosses by beating the egg whites with electric beaters.  Add the coconut flour and beat again.
  • Scoop egg mixture into a plastic bag, snip off the corner and pipe onto the top of buns.
  • Bake buns for 17-20 minutes.
     (I sometimes turn the oven off at 17 minutes and leave buns in the oven for a couple of minutes to finish cooking.)

I changed the recipe a bit and decided to turn them into cupcakes!:-)

Ingredients:

4 eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda 
1/4 cup dates, chopped

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
  • Grease 8 muffin tins
  • Beat the eggs with an electric beater for 1 minute.IMG_2316
  • Add the coconut milk and honey and beat again.
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  • Add the coconut flour, bicarb soda and cacao powder and mix with the electric beaters for another minute.IMG_2318
  • Stir through the dates.
  • Scoop batter into muffin tins.IMG_2319
  • Bake buns for 17-20 minutes.
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Crustless Asparagus Tart

1 can asparagus tips, drained – reserve the liquid

1 small onion or 4 spring onions finely chopped

3 large eggs

125 ml cream

125 ml reserved liquid from asparagus 

chopped parsley

½ t salt

½ t black pepper

2 ml mustard powder

250 ml grated cheese

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.IMG_2281

 

In a  bowl, add the parsley, Dijon mustard, eggs, heavy cream , reserved liquid, a large pinch salt and a large pinch black pepper. Whisk together until well combined.IMG_2283

Put the asparagus into the pie dish,  top with the Cheddar cheese and the spring onions. Pour the egg mixture over the asparagus mixture.IMG_2285

Bake  until the eggs are set, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, cut into slices.IMG_2291

 

Muffins

1.

2 cups (500ml)  flour

1tsp (5 ml) bi-carb

1 tsp ( 5ml ) baking powder

pinch of salt

1tsp (5ml) mixed spice

3/4 cup (180ml) brown sugar

2.
1/2 slab of dates

1 cup raisins

1tbl (15ml) butter

1 beaten egg

1 cup boiling water

muffins add any of these:
coconut
grated carrots
nuts
bananas
cherries
cranberries
cake mix (fruit)
Mix 1
Mix 2
Combine 1 and 2

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Bake in preheated oven (180 degree C) for 15 – 20 mins.

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Almond Crackers

1 ¾ cups blanched ground almonds

1-2 tablespoons Italian or any other  Seasoning

1/2 tsp Salt

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 egg
In a large bowl, combine ground almonds, salt and seasoning.
In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and egg.

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Stir wet ingredients into almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined.DSC06604
Roll the dough into a ball and press between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1 mm thickness.
Remove top piece of parchment paper.
Transfer the bottom piece with rolled out dough onto baking sheet.
Cut dough into 2-inch squares with a knife or pizza cutter.almond crisps
Bake at 170C for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden
Let crackers cool on baking sheet for 30 minutes, then serve.

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Cupcakes

My husband loves cake and asked me to bake a butter cake.  I decided to use my trusted recipe and make some cupcakes instead.

IMG_1903Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) Sifted Cake Flour
  • 3 teaspoon(s) Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) Salt
  • 45 ml Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup(s )whole Milk

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a muffin pan with butter and dust with all-purpose flour. ( I did not use paper cups) Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2.  Beat  eggs and sugar till light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla  beat on medium-high, just until blended.  Add the dry ingredients to this mixture. Mix well.
  3. Bring butter and milk to the boil and add it the the mixture. Mix well.
  4. Pour into the prepared muffin pans and bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean —15 minutes. Cool cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  5. Un-mold and cool completely. Ice with any icing you like.

Savoury Mince Spiral Scone Roll

Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour

10 ml castor sugar

20 ml baking powder

2 ml salt

200 ml (180 g) butter, cut into small pieces

100 ml milk, plus extra for brushing

1 large egg

1. Reheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with      parchment paper.

2.  Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a             large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture is                 rough and crumbly.

3. In a separate bowl, milk and egg together.IMG_1483

Add this to the flour mixture and stir to just bring the dough  together, turning out onto a lightly floured work  surface to complete bringing it together with your hands. Roll the dough out into a rectangle.IMG_1484

 

Savoury Mince

15 ml olive oil

1  onion, finely chopped

500 g  lean beef mince

10 ml dried Italian herb mixture

salt and freshly-milled black pepper  to taste

45 ml parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce

Hint: This is subjective cooking at its best! You can add (or omit) any seasoning, herb or spice. You can add chili, garlic, curry and even vegetables such as diced potato and/or diced carrot, sliced mushrooms or peas. Enjoy being inventive!

Heat the oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Add the mince and brown lightly. Add the rest of the ingredients. Lower the heat and simmer with a lid on for  about 20 to 30 minutes.

Beat 2 eggs and add it to the mixture whilst stirring. Stir fry until it becomes thick.  Cool down .

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Spread the cooled mince on the dough.IMG_1486

Roll the dough up and form a circle.

Use a pair of kitchen scissors and cut into slices.

Brush the dough with some milk and bake for 20 to 30 minutes  until lightly browned.

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Fruit squares

Fruit squares 
145 grams butter/margarine
145 grams sugar
1 tablespoon syrup or marmalade
Melt the above in a pot over a very low heat. Allow to cool.
Beat 1 egg and add slowly to the above — stirring vigorously.
Add the following to the mixture:
250 grams flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup currants, or raisins or sultanas
Fruit squaresSpread in a well greased Swiss roll tin and bake at 190 °C for 15 mins.
Cut into squares while still hot and dribble the following icing over them.
Icing:
1 cup icing sugar
1 dessert spoon vanilla essence
Boiling water to mix to desired consistency—thick but slightly runny. 

 

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