The Lockdown Larder Easter Baking Ideas

Want to make some treats over the weekend but can’t leave the house as you’re on Lockdown and keeping those supermarket trips to a minimum? Then I have some ideas for the long weekend to keep you going.

What about Nan’s Jam Tart for starters? I used to love making this with my own Nan as a child and still make it with my daughter.

Who knew homemade pastry was so easy!

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Nan’s Jam Tart

Serves: 6

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30mins chill time/20 mins in the oven

Ingredients: 100g salted or unsalted butter, 200g self raising flour, 1 egg,

For the filling: jar of jam (your choice but I used one from the St. Dalfour range, as it has less sugar).

Method:

  1. Mix the butter and flour into a breadcrumb like consistency, then add one egg to combine the mixture, make into a ball and leave in the fridge for 30mins
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 180F
  3. Roll out your pastry to the thickness of a pound coin
  4. Grease a cake tin ( I used one with W20cm), place the pastry on top, gently pushing down, cutting off any excess which you can use for decoration,
  5. Make a few fork marks across the base and now spread your jam all over
  6. Bake in the oven for 20mins…
  7. Eat hot or cold, served with custard, ice cream or just a nice cuppa!

Cookies are always good right? Try these easy recipes below and adapt additional ingredients to suit what you have in, don’t have dried apple then use other dried fruits such as raisins and dates, don’t have peanuts then use some other nuts instead as long as the quantities are right all will be well.

For recipes go to:

Easy Oaty, (with a little bit of dark chocolate), and Dried Apple Cookies

Inspired by Nigeria: Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies

Back to School Lunch Box/After School Treat Ideas

And not forgetting the more recent Lockdown Larder Chocolate Flapjacks – just click the link  The Lockdown Larder – Chocolate Flapjacks

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Got some packets of jelly in the cupboard and some frozen berries in the freezer? Then make up a batch of fruit jelly for your inner child, just make up the jelly as per packet instructions and drop about a cup of frozen fruit in before popping in the fridge to set yummy!

 

 

 

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Finally, want to do some savoury baking instead and finding it hard to get fresh bread, then my Chorizo Loaf could be the recipe for you: Inspired by Portugal – Chorizo Loaf

 

I hope some of these recipes help make Easter a little sweeter this weekend, please get in touch if you have any other suggestions or have had a go at making some of these recipes.

Stay Safe, Stay Home 

x

Say Happy Valentines with Austrian Butter Biscuits – Iced with Love

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Showing someone you love them shouldn’t cost the earth, so why not make a batch of these lovely little biscuits and get creative with your icing and sprinkles.  

These are made using a recipe given to me at Christmas by my friend Maya, for full easy, cheap recipe please click the link and adapt the recipe by using lots of heart cookie cutters instead and dashings of red icing! Fun to make with little ones too…

Inspired by Austria – Maya’s Butter Biscuits

Happy Valentines

x

Easy Oaty, (with a little bit of dark chocolate), and Dried Apple Cookies

wp-1580495804314.jpgMy daughter came home from school today feeling tired, a bit run down and in need of some comfort and asked ‘Mummy can you make me some cookies’, I raided the cupboards and these were the results – yummy! 

Makes: 10 -15 Cookies

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 10mins

Ingredients: 75g of flour, 75g of oats, 50g of caster sugar, 40g of dried apple rings, (broken into pieces), 25g of dark chocolate, 1 tsp. of baking powder, (broken into small pieces), 75g low fat spread or vegan substitute, 1 tbsp. of agave syrup, 2 tbsp. of milk or vegan substitute.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180′ degrees
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together
  3. Melt the wet ingredients
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well, until all combined
  5. Make 10 – 15 dollops on a lined baking tray, making sure you leave plenty of space in between each cookie
  6. Cook for 10mins
  7. Allow to cool
  8. ENJOY!

Cheats Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

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These are so easy to make and great as part of a little dessert tray or just with a cuppa!

Makes: 14 Mini Tarts

Ingredients: 100g salted or unsalted butter, 200g self raising flour, 1 egg, 1 jar of Lemon Curd, 8 mini meringues

Prep: 15 – 20 mins
Cook: 30mins chill time/14 mins in the oven

Method:

  1. Mix the butter and flour into a breadcrumb like consistency, then add one egg to combine the mixture, make into a ball and leave in the fridge for 30mins
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 180F
  3. Roll out your pastry to the thickness of a pound coin
  4. Cut out 14 disc, using cake cutter or top of a cup
  5. Press these down into a muffin/cupcake tray prepared with cases
  6. Add cases on top of the pastry and add your blind baking beans, (I actually just used out of date lentils for this)
  7. Cook in the oven for 10-12 mins
  8. Take off the blind baking beans and cases and prick the pastry all over with a fork and pop back into the oven for 2 mins
  9. Take out of the oven and allow to cool
  10. Fill each pastry case with 2 tsp. of lemon curd and top with crumbled mini meringues
  11. Eat hot or cold, served with custard, ice cream or just a nice cuppa
  12. Enjoy!

This recipes uses the pastry from my previous recipe: Nan’s Jam Tart which can be found by clicking the link. 

 

That’s a Wrap!

So that’s it!

All 52 recipes from the World for the World complete, with a few extras thrown in along the way… uploaded, prepped and eaten…Bringing you new ideas from places like Syria, (for which there were two recipes), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and even Yemen.

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I hope you have enjoyed our culinary trip this year and have got to try a few of the recipes too, it’s been a real journey for me and I have learnt a lot about other places I wouldn’t have had I not started this project -researching ingredients, cuisines, methods of cooking, and traditions from around the World.

 

Through our shared love of food, I also hope FeastforFamine has helped raise awareness of the struggles children face day to day around the World.

Together we have raised £1,182.34, which has already started to help provide a better future for children in the UK and overseas and with the monies raised we have helped support the work needed to improve the education, health and rights of children everywhere, so a huge thank you to everyone who has shown their support to my year of fundraising.

If you would like to find out more about the amazing work of Save The Children, please visit their website for more details:

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk

FeastforFamine will be back next year but not yet sure when, so to keep you going I have put together a list of all of the recipes covered this year below.

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to cooking with you in 2020!

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Happy New Year

Cheers!

Rosalyn x

Recipe Index

Inspired by the Ukraine: Beetroot Soup with Shredded Chicken, Garlic Breadcrumbs and Dill infused Yogurt

Inspired by Bangladesh: Carrot Bhajis with Raita (also included extra recipes for homemade Lime Pickle and Spicy Tomato Chutney)

Spicy Oven Cooked Aubergines with my Bangladeshi Inspired Spicy Tomato Chutney!

Inspired by Nigeria: Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies

Super Easy Gluten Free Nutella Cookies

Inspired by Indonesia: Slow Cooked Beef Noodles, with Spinach, Fried Egg and Peanut Sambal

Inspired by Zimbabwe: Tomato Chicken Stew with Peanut Butter Rice

Inspired by Mozambique – Rich Chocolate, Cashew Nut and Sweet Potato Mousse

Inspired by Yemen – Scrambled Eggs with Green Beans and Hot Spiced Yogurt, Served with Clove and Cardamon Black Tea

Inspired by Haiti – Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters

Inspired by Haiti – Banana and Mango Mock Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Cashew Nut Shards

Inspired by the Lebanon – Whole Roast Lebanese Chicken with A Cauliflower, Bulgar Wheat Tabbouleh

Inspired by Brazil Piri Piri Style Turkey Breast, Black Beans, Orange and Tomato Rice, Smashed Avocado and a Simple Salsa

Syrian Inspired Fruit Salad

Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios

Inspired by Greece – Oregano and Garlic Roasted Tomatoes with Lemon, Feta and Olive Topped Jacket Potatoes

Inspired by Peru – Chicken, Black Rice, Green Sauce and Avocado Salad

Indian Inspired – Chickpea Dahl with Eggs and Homemade Raiti

Inspired by Afghanistan: Spiced Slow Cooked Lamb, Carrot, Almond, Tumeric and Sultana Rice with Carrot Yogurt

Inspired by Spain – Smokey Bean Stew with Paprika Mayo

Inspired by Columbia – Tuna Steak Stew with Lime and Oregano

Inspired by England – Egg and Bacon Oven Baked Muffins

Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

Inspired by the Philippines: Tapioca and Mango Jelly Pots

Inspired By Ecuador – Slow Cooked Pork and Bean Stew with Cheesy Potato Cakes

Inspired by Japan: Omelette with Yellow Sauce and Pickles

Inspired by Iraq – Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup

Inspired by Nepal – Fried Tumeric Fish with Fresh Mint Sauce

Inspired by The Ivory Coast – Coconut and Salty Peanut Truffles

Inspired by South Africa – Mild Beef Curry with Banana

Inspired by Mexico – Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho

Inspired by Vietnam – Aubergine Buns with Veggie Pickles and Spiced Mayo

Inspired by New Zealand – Orange, Honey and Macadamia Nut Pavlova

Inspired by Libya – Spiced Orange Chicken with Coriander and Pinenut Pasta

Inspired by Myanmar: Pork and Mango, Coconut Noodles

Inspired by the USA – Key Lime Pots

Inspired by Australia – Beer soaked Chicken Wings with Apple and Cucumber Salad

Inspired by Portugal – Chorizo Loaf

Inspired by India – Potato and Sweetcorn Samosas with Pea Raita

Inspired by Egypt – Courgette and Chickpea Salad with Dukkah

Inspired by Korea – Vegan Asparagus and Ginger Pancakes

Inspired by Guatemala – Coffee, Banana and Chocolate Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Inspired by Jordan – Oven Baked Fragrant Rice with Crispy Chickpeas and a Parsley Lemon and Cucumber Sauce

Inspired by Kenya – Ginger Drizzle Sponge Cake

Inspired by Sri Lanka – Prawn and Yellow Lentil Curry with Cheats Pol Sambola

Inspired by Hungary – Orange Pepper and Paprika Soup

Inspired by France – Healthier Baked French Toast with Pears, Walnuts and Honey

Inspired by Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples

Inspired by Ethiopia – Berber Style Peas and Broad Beans on Toast with Feta

Inspired by Madagascar – Vanilla, Banana and Tumeric Muffins with Sea Salt and Vanilla Glaze

Inspired by Romania – Horseraddish and Dill Roasted Salmon with White Beans, Beetroot and Kale

Inspired by Italy – A Kinda Osso Buco Ragu with Smashed Rosemary Potatoes

Inspired by Venezuela – Pan Coated Pork with Avocado Green Sauce

Inspired by China – Prawn Party Puffs

Inspired by Austria – Maya’s Christmas Butter Biscuits

Inspired by Russia – Winter Potato Salad

Christmas Time with FeastforFamine Friends

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Not many other times of year compare to Christmas when thinking of food, from the cooking to the eating to the gifting to the preparing, so as part of Feastforfamines’ philosophy to celebrate food from all corners of the world, I’d like to share with you some of the lovely foodie traditions that have been passed on to me – ENJOY!

So let’s start with Portugal, and more specifically the traditions of the Portuguese island Madeira, where the cooking of pork is essential for many typical Christmas dishes, as well as being preserved or smoked for other uses throughout the year.

A very popular pork dish at this time is ‘Carne Vinha D’Alhos’, which translate to pork marinated in wine and garlic, and if you would like to have a go at making this I would probably recommend using a pork shoulder joint.

Carne Vinha D’Alhos

Ingredients:

1 kg pork with some fat, Garlic cloves (as many as you dare!), 1 bay leaf, Bouquet garnet, 2 litres of white wine, 1 litre of vinegar, food sprinkle of coarse sea salt, good sprinkle of ground pepper.

Method:
1. Dice the meat and marinate for two to three days with wine, vinegar, garlic cloves, bay leaves, bouquet garni, salt and pepper.

2. Fry the meat in the marinade until tender and add some lard (optional, but traditional).

3.Hold onto the meat cooking liquid to add as sauce to slices of homemade bread, best served with potatos or in sandwiches.

In the build up to Christmas, many people like to prepare or buy the traditional honey cake and give as gifts to friends and family. Honey Cake is the oldest and most widely know of all the Madeiran sweets, and as a special treat I have the recipe right here:

‘Honey Cake’

Ingredients:

1 kg sugar cane honey, 1.5 kg flour, 400g butter, 250g lard, 750g sugar, 150g chopped almonds, 100g chopped apple, 25g baking soda, 10g Ground Cloves, 10g Ground Cinnamon, 10g Ground Sweet Fennel, 1 Ground Nutmeg, 250g Bread (leaven), 1 glass of Madeira Wine, 1 Oranges juice and zest, 1 Lemon juice and zest, cup of Raisins, cup of walnuts for decoration.

Method:

1.Add the lard, butter, sugar cane honey and sugar in a saucepan and melt all the ingredients together.

2. Let it cool.

3. Add this to a bowl with the remaining ingredients mix well for around 10 minutes to make sure everything is combined.

4. Cover with a towel and let stand for 24 to 48 hours.

5. Pour the bater into, greased and lined cake tins and pour, garnish with whole walnuts and bake at 200º C for 25 minutes.

These cakes can be kept for a whole year. To eat break the cake with your hands, it is tradition!

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From Austria, I have two lovely recipes, the first was my last recipe – Maya’s Christmas Butter Biscuits, known as ‘Butterkekse’ in Austria, a recipe that Maya has made every Christmas with her mum and grandma, they make them together, decorate them and then hang them on the tree. I think I will be doing this with my daughter every year now too. The other recipe from Austria is for ‘Lebkuchen’, dark little cookies with loads of spice, please see recipe below:

‘Lebkuchen’

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Ingredients:
280g rye flour, 180g icing sugar, 80g honey, 2 eggs, 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate, 1 tsp. Lebkuchen spice, zest of an orange.

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200º

2. Combine all the dry ingredients together well

3. Add the egg and work to a dough

4. Roll out and cut to about 1-2cm thick

5. Place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 10mins

6. Allow to cool and can be eaten as they are, or covered with chocolate glaze or basic sugar icing.

A friend of mine who grew up in Germany has shared with me a recipe that was given to her, handwritten when she was 18, ‘Zimtsterne’ or ‘Cinnamon Stars’. These are a well known and loved recipe in Germany, along with other Christmas specialities such as Stollen (fruitcake with a marzipan centre), Spekulatius biscuits (spiced biscuits) and Dominosteine (domino stones – a little chocolate covered cube of ginger bread with marzipan and jelly).

So here it is the recipe for Cinnamon Stars, but I have been warned this can get a little sticky, so best to roll it out between two sheets of greaseproof paper.
‘Zimtsterne’ or ‘Cinnamon Stars’
Ingredients:
500g ground almonds, 5 egg whites, 450g icing sugar, sieved, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 dessertspoon Kirschwasser (cherry schnapps)
Method:
1.Whisk the egg whites into stiff peaks and fold in the sieved icing sugar.
2.Put one cup of this mixture aside to use as a glaze for the finished biscuits.
3.Add in the ground almonds, ground cinammon and the Kirschwasser to the remaining mixture and knead together quickly into a dough.

4.Cover the dough with clingfilm and allow to cool in the fridge for an hour.

5.Sprinkle a biscuit tray with icing sugar, and roll the dough out onto the tray until it is 1 cm thick. (it is a good idea to do this between two sheets of greaseproof paper, so sprinkle the icing sugar onto the bottom sheet and more onto the top of the dough before putting the top sheet on, (Do not have your rolling pin in direct contact with the dough or disaster will ensue!!!!)

6.Cut out star shapes using the star-shaped cookie cutter.

7.Cover the stars evenly with the glaze you set aside earlier.
8.Place the biscuit tray inside a larger tray or tin, and allow the biscuits to dry out at room temperature overnight.

8.The next day, heat the oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180C and bake the biscuits for 8-9 minutes. The finished biscuits should still be pale and the glaze should remain white.

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Now to Spain, where I am told that marzipan alongside Turron, (a type of nougat), is the star of Christmas sweets, and it’s not surprising with Toledo producing 80% of all the marzipan in Spain each year. The marzipan recipe is very simple and is used throughout Christmas time to make little figures and Christmas like shapes, making them an ideal gift for many…so if you would like to have a go at ‘food gifting’ Spanish style, then take a look at the recipe given to me below:

‘Mazapan’

Ingredients:

200g Ground Almonds, 200g Icing sugar, 1 egg

Method:
1. Mix all dry ingredients together well making sure there aren’t any lumps, (you may want to sift the icing sugar’

2. Separate the egg white from the egg yolk

3. Keep the yolk in a sealed container in the fridge for later

4. Beat the egg white a little and add to the dry ingredients

5. Mix well until you have formed a dough, if it feels too wet add some more almonds and icing sugar

6. If the dough starts to crack then add a little water

7. With slightly wet hands, mould into a ball, cover with cling film or bees wax and pop in the fridge for one hour

8. Pre-heat oven to 200ºc

9. Take the marzipan out of the fridge and start to make into little little figures, (those based on more rounded shapes are best, snowman etc), your dough should give your around 12 figures

10. Place on a lined baking tray, beat the egg yolk and lightly brush over the little figures

11. Once your oven has reached 200º turn the oven off and put the grill on place the baking tray underneath for around 3 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown

12. Take them out of the oven and allow to completely cool before handling them or they will break!

13. You can now add details with food colouring pens if you wish

14. ENJOY!

In Poland, gingerbread is a big Christmas tradition, families get together to make the biscuits, and as with Maya’s Biscuits, are often used to decorate the tree. There are many varieties but they are often made with honey not sugar and are then covered in chocolate, some varieties are made weeks in advance and gingerbread cake is often filled with plum jam and butter. The city of Torun has been making gingerbread since the 13th Century capitalising on the exotic spices coming over from India and the Middle East, there is even a gingerbread festival and a gingerbread museum here. I have been given some links for good gingerbread recipes which you can find below:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/piernik-polish-gingerbread

http://www.polskafoods.com/polish-recipes/honey-spice-cookies-pierniki

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We never got this adventurous in my house when I was growing up, although I did make a chocolate ‘Christmas Log’, with my father every year on Christmas Eve, which consisted of covering a shop bought large chocolate swiss roll in melted chocolate, allowing to cool and then smothering it in icing sugar, then adding little figurines, I loved it!! But I have already started to recreate some of the lovely recipes shared here by FeastforFamine friends with my family, some of which I hope will become our traditions too.

Thank you, to all of you who have contributed to this post and whatever your traditions at Christmas time, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

x

Inspired by Madagascar – Vanilla, Banana and Tumeric Muffins with Sea Salt and Vanilla Glaze

Serves: Makes 10 muffins

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 20-25 mins

Ingredients: 200g self raising flour, 2 ripe bananas (mashed), 125ml of milk, 125g caster sugar, 1 egg, 60ml of olive oil, 1 tsp. vanilla essence, 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the glaze: 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar, 1 tsp. of vanilla essence, small amount of sea salt.

Method: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180F
  2. Mix all of your wet ingredients together for the muffin mix until light and blended well
  3. Now start folding in the flour and other dry ingredients
  4. When all combined add the mashed banana and mix well
  5. Divide equally between 10 greased muffin trays and pop into the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until nice and golden
  6. Allow to cool before adding your glaze
  7. For the vanilla glaze, mix 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar with 1 tsp of vanilla essence and 1 tsp of water
  8. Brush the glaze over the top of the muffins and sprinkle with a little sea salt
  9. Enjoy!

Even though 80% of all vanilla comes from Madagascar, 3 out of 4 people live in poverty, with children suffering from stunted growth and many out of school, with Madagascar ranking fifth in the world for the number of out-of-school children.  Save The Children have been working to provide a better future for these children and future generations by collaborating with vanilla suppliers to improve the livelihoods of farming communities…to find out more please visit:

 https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/africa/madagascar

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

Thanks x

October Recipe Review – From Canada to Hungary

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Hi All,

So it really feels like autumn now, brighter mornings and darker nights, a slight chill in the air and the autumnal colours starting to show.  I love autumn and look forward to embracing the changes at this time of year and I hope my recipes for have reflected this, so let’s look back over Feastforfamines’ October recipes…

First stop and a place very close to my heart was Sri Lanka for the Inspired by Sri Lanka – Prawn and Yellow Lentil Curry with Cheats Pol Sambola, I really loved the earthiness the roasted spice mix added to this curry along with the freshness of the Pol Sambal, you could keep even omit the prawns in this recipe and make it vegan and I think it would still taste just as good.

Next stop was a burst of colour with the Inspired by Hungary – Orange Pepper and Paprika Soup, perfect for warming you up on a cold day, whilst making sure you get a good dose of much needed vitamin C.

Long walks and lazy brunches are some of the things I like to do in autumn, as well as looking out for seasonal produce and pears always make me think of autumn so created this: Inspired by France – Healthier Baked French Toast with Pears, Walnuts and Honey, a healthier alternative on a French classic, you could also use other fruits such as apples, plums etc and add a dollop of creme fraiche for extra deliciousness.

Last stop in October was to Canada for the Inspired by Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples, a twist on the classic Halloween/Bonfire Night treat!

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles countries around the World face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

So where will we go next? Come back on Monday to find out!

See you soon!

Thanks

Rosalyn x

Inspired by Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples

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I love autumn and all things autumnal especially Halloween and Bonfire Night, makes me think of big pots of chilli, chunky tomato soup and of course toffee apples. But if you want to try something different with even more crunch, try these Inspired by Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples – yummy!

Makes: 8 Candy Apples

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 15 – 30mins (including coating time), plus at least two hours cooling time.

Ingredients: 8 Granny Smith apples, 400g golden caster sugar, 4 tbsp. maple syrup, 100g Pecan Nuts Crushed, 100ml of water, 1 tsp. vinegar.

Method:

  1. Blanch your apples in boiling water to remove any waxy coating, dry throughly and pop  a wooden skewer firmly into the top of each apple and leave to one side
  2. Now make your coating by placing the sugar in a pan with 100ml of water, cook for 5 – 10mins on a medium heat stirring continuosly until all the sugar has dissolved and there are no lumps or grains of sugar left
  3. Add the vinegar and maple syrup and turn the heat up so it starts to boil and at ‘hard crack stage’, this should only take a few minutes but to test your mixture is ready try testing a little in some cold water, if it sets hard straight away it’s ready, if not leave on the heat for a few more minutes more, then when ready turn off the heat and work quickly to coat the apples
  4. This can be quite a messy job so place your apples on some parchment paper so that this catches any drips, (as the mixture and pan is very hot I would not recommend doing this part with little ones), now start coating your apples by using the skewer to turn the apples in the pan, tipping the pan when needed and making sure you coat the whole apple, continue to do this with all eight apples
  5. Sprinkle the crushed Pecans over the top of the apples and leave to cool for at least two hours or overnight
  6. Enjoy!

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

Thanks x

To find out what Save The Children in Canada are doing to help children around the World, please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.ca

Inspired by France – Healthier Baked French Toast with Pears, Walnuts and Honey

Looking for an easy no fuss brunch recipe, then try this…all cooked in the oven together so that everything is ready at the same time. I used honey for my drizzle but can use any syrup you prefer, can also add ice cream, creme fraiche or yogurt for extra deliciousness!

Serves: 4

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 20mins

Ingredients: 4 slices of brioche bread, 2 pears, 1 egg, 100ml of semi skimmed or full fat milk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. brown sugar, 2 pears, (such as Cornice or William), squeeze of lemon juice, sprinkling of brown sugar.

To Serve: 6 crushed walnut halves, good drizzle of honey.

Method:

  1. If making right away, pre-heat your oven to 200F
  2. Cut the brioche slices in half and put into a baking dish, flat side to side
  3. Beat the egg, milk, vanilla extract and sugar and pour over the top of the bread, ensuring that it is all coated in the mixture, set aside until ready to pop in the oven with the pears or even overnight in the fridge
  4. Peel and slice the pears removing the core and any seeds
  5. Pop into a baking tray and sprinkle with a little sugar and good squeeze of lemon juice
  6. Pop the pears and the brioche bread in the oven for 20mins or until golden brown on top
  7. Serve by topping the bread
  8. with the pears, drizzling over the honey and sprinkling over the crushed walnuts
  9. Enjoy!

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

Thanks x