Homemade Tangerine Sponge Cream Cake

Coconut and Almond biscuits

These are super easy to make and will definitely go well with your favourite beverage. Make a batch and pop into your lunch box.

 

Ingredients

Ground Almonds

Desiccated coconut

Brown sugar (1tbs)

Butter (softened)

Strong white flour

Salt (pinch)

 

Method

Pre heat oven, 180 degrees.

In a bowl mix brown sugar, salt, equal amount of desiccated coconut and ground almonds, then half of strong white flour and butter. The mixture should resemble moist bread crumbs.

Pat the mixture down on a lined baking tray to desired thickness. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Remove tray and cut into squares. Enjoy!

Almond Scones

I have recently gone into a phase of increasing the protein content in all my meals; almond/eggs are my preferred choice.

Be warned! These almond scones are not only light and fluffy, but tasty.

 

Ingredients

Ground Almond

Self-raising flour

Butter

1 tbs honey

1 egg

1 tsp salt

Flaked almond

Milk

 

Directions

Pre heat oven, 180 degrees

Lightly sprinkle baking tray with flour

Measure the quantity of ground almonds you want and add half the amount of self raising flour. With finger tips, rub in butter; then add flaked almonds, honey, salt, egg and milk, enough to make a soft (but not wet or stiff ) dough.

Pat dough on a floured surface and cut to desired thickness. Place on baking tray and brush with egg wash. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out and leave to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

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Gooody Bread

There are so many different types of breads available in supermarkets, bakery’s and even farmers market. But most of the time, it can be a struggle to find a healthier bread with high protein content.

The bread recipe below incorporates a lot of protein and seeds. A bread machine makes this very easy. In just three hours, what you get is a tasty and healthy bread that goes with every meal.

Ingredients

2 cups ground Almond

1 cup strong brown flour

1 egg

1 tablespoon honey

I packet fast action yeast

1 teaspoon salt

2 tbs Chia seeds

2 teaspoon ground Chia and cranberry

1 teaspoon melted butter or olive oil

3/4 cup milk

Sprinkles of strong white flour if you have a wet dough

Tip: Activate the yeast with warm water and sugar, stir and wait till it starts to foam at the top before adding to the mixture.

 

Directions

Put all the ingredients inside the bread machine, except Chia seeds (starting with the wet ingredients) and select the “basic” option on the bread maker. After first proving, add Chia seeds. All done. Enjoy!

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Easy chicken and goats cheese bake

We have all had times when cooking from scratch seems such hard work. Especially coming back home from a hard day’s work, or doing school run’s, helping out with homework and all other unbelievable amount of house chores (lol), the last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen. You just want to put your feet up, relax and be handed a plate of food.

I am all about easy cooking and using everyday ingredients you can find in the kitchen, including left overs or those frozen and canned foods that have not gotten a chance to shine in your pot (because you keep topping up on shopping and not using older stock) or casserole dish.

The chicken and goats cheese recipe below can not be faulted for simplicity and ease of cooking. It is one of those foods you would probably rather have than a “take away”. If you love goats cheese and chicken, then this recipe is yours (you are welcome, haha!)

Ingredients

Chicken

Goats cheese (lots)

Fresh tomatoes or sun-dried

Milk  (tablespoons)

Shortcrust pastry (Thawed)

Seasoning (salt, pepper)

Method

Pre heat oven. If you are lucky to have pastry stashed away in your freezer (leave out to thaw while you enjoy a glass of wine) or an already defrosted pastry (great), roll out and line in a casserole dish. Bake blind.

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Cut chicken and tomatoes (fresh or sun-dried) into small chunks. Pan fry chicken in olive oil and stir in tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and leave to simmer for a few minutes (You can also cook the chicken and tomatoes in the oven).

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Pour the chicken and tomato mix into the pastry, if there is not enough juice from the tomatoes, sprinkle a few spoons of milk. Then layer as many goats cheese as possible on the top. Bake in a hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy hot or cold!

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