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Breakfast Squares

I have been looking for an easy way to get my teenagers to have a healthy, filling, easy (for them and for me!) breakfast even when they are dashing out of the door after lying in bed for as long as possible!! This recipe in a recent Sainsbury’s magazine seemed to fit the bill so I have adapted it for my store cupboard and Stoneware collection.  Not only is it really tasty (so they aren’t bothered that it is healthy!) but it is also supremely easy to make – just throw everything in the food processor, whizz and bung it in the stoneware and into the oven.  Perfect!

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As always, I like to make the mistakes so you don’t have to.  The first time I made this everyone loved except me, the flavour is good but I wanted it to have more of a flapjack texture.  So the 2nd time I made it I tried it in a bigger piece of stoneware (medium bar pan) which made for a thinner mixture.  The result – disaster!!  Really dried out, bad textured pap.  DON’T DO IT!!!  Oh, and it still didn’t get anywhere near to the flapjack texture I wanted!!

Ingredients

250g pitted dates (original recipe: medjool dates)
2 ripe bananas, peeled and broken into 3 or 4 pieces
200g porridge oats
60g plain flour (original recipe: wholemeal)
30g desiccated coconut
120ml olive oil
2tbsp milk (original recipe: almond or soya milk)
3tbsp golden syrup (original recipe: maple syrup)
2tbsp mixed seeds, plus a pinch
1/2 tsp salt (original recipe: fine sea salt)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160C Fan/ Gas Mark 4.  Original recipe recommend lining 20cm square tin with baking paper.  I recommend using a Small Baker (Blue and Square) if you have one, or a square baker.  I do sometimes line it just to make it easier to take it out later!
  2. Put all the ingredients in the food processor except for the seeds.  Whiz until rough but well combined.  Then add the seeds and give a final blitz.
  3. Spread into the baker and sprinkle over the extra seeds.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to touch and slightly golden on top.  Leave in the tray for 5-8 minutes to cool.  Use the baking paper as handles, if used.  Cut into 16 squares and leave to cool.

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My return to blogging with a simple Pancake recipe

It feels like ages since I have shared any recipes and blogged.  Christmas has been planned for, cooked through, enjoyed and is now a dim memory!  The new year is well and truly under way and I have been taking photos of my food but never getting round to sharing them.

This morning, after being blessed with a lie-in, I came downstairs to find my eldest daughter had made pancakes.  However, the only recipe she could find here was a more complicated Choc Chip version which needed ingredients we didn’t have.  So, here it is; my first recipe of 2014 and it is dedicated to my fabulous daughter Cerys.

These ingredients will make quite a few pancakes – depending on size it usually makes 12-15.  Obviously, if you need less then divide the ingredients as you wish.  I used to use a recipe which needing weighing but when someone reminded me that pancake mix is the same as a Yorkshire Pudding mix, a lightbulb went off!  So now I just use a Pampered Chef Prep Bowl as a cup measurement and it’s very very easy.

Ingredients:

1 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
3 eggs
Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Using a whisk mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. (I thoroughly recommend a Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl, its the perfect size and has a spout to pour the mix into the saucepan).  You are looking for a batter with the consistency of  double cream.  If necessary add a bit more milk.
  • Heat a small sauté pan/ frying pan (the Pampered Chef Executive is the best option, you can even make your pancakes fat free with one of these!) with a small amount of sunflower oil.
  • When smoking hot pour a ladleful of batter into pan, swirl it about to fill the bottom of the pan.
  • Put onto the heat and wait until bubbles appear on the top and the edges of the pancake pull away from the pan.
  • Flip the pancake, either by tossing it or using a slice under the pancake to help it along.
  • The second side takes less time than the first.  As soon as the pancake moves around in the pan when you swirl it its ready.  Slide onto a plate and serve as you wish.  (Our family favourite is squeezed lemon and sugar, or maple syrup)

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