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Summer Berries and Banana Smoothie March 3, 2015

Summer Berries & Banana Smoothie

Just to prove I can do healthy as well 😉

 

Ingredients

 

1 frozen ripe banana, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

1 cup frozen berries of your choice

1/2 cup low fat plain yoghurt

1/2 cup pomegranate juice, plus more if needed

4 tsp honey

 

Method

 

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. Depending on the type of blender you have, you may need to stop and stir occasionally to help it along. If the mixture is too thick, add 2 tablespoons more pomegranate juice and blend again. Pour into glass and serve cold.

This amount of ingredients made just under 400mls of smoothie.

Make life easier by peeling and slicing the banana then freezing it rather than freezing a whole banana then trying to cut it 😉

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Spiced Honey Cake January 14, 2013

Spiced Honey Cake 3

With its warming flavour, this cake is delicious with or without the icing.

 

Ingredients

 

225g plain flour

1 level tsp baking powder

1 level tsp mixed spice

1 level tsp ground ginger

1 level tsp cinnamon

75g caster sugar

175g Orange Blossom Honey

75ml good olive oil

2 large eggs

finely grated zest of 1 orange

1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda

100ml orange juice, plus 1 Tbsp for the icing

50g icing sugar, sieved

 

Method

 

Line a 21cm square baking tin with parchment paper. Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4.

Sift the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, ginger and cinnamon together in a bowl. Stir in the caster sugar.

In another bowl, beat the honey, oil, eggs and zest. Stir into the flour mixture.

Stir the bicorbonate of soda into the orange juice – it will start to fizz up. Immediately stir it into the cake mixture until evenly mixed. Pour into the prepared tin – its a very runny mixture but will firm up when cooked.

Bake for 55 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on a wire rack.

Mix the icing sugar with the extra orange juice, then drizzle on top of the cake.

Make yourself a cuppa and enjoy.:-)

 

Honey and Chocolate Biscuits April 29, 2012

Try different types of honey to vary the flavour of the biscuits.

 

Ingredients

 

60g/2 1/2 oz caster sugar

15g/1/2 oz butter

125g/4oz honey

1 egg, beaten

pinch of salt

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

225g/8oz plain flour, sifted

1/2 tsp baking powder

75g/3 oz milk chocolate

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7, 10 minutes before baking.

Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.

Heat the sugar and honey together in a small saucepan until everything has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Remove from the heat and stir until slightly cooled, then add the beaten egg with the salt and beat well.

Stir in the ginger, cinnamon, cloves and the flour with the baking powder and mix well until a dough is formed.

Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 45 minutes.

Place the chilled dough on a floured surface, roll out to about 5 mm/1/4 ins thickness and cut out small shapes.

Place onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly, before moving onto a cooling rack.

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Alternatively, melt the chocolate in the microwave, carefully, until smooth.

Either spread the melted chocolate over the biscuits or dip them in it, leave on baking parchment until completely set.

 

 
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