Bark is such a versatile treat. It can be any flavor, any color and have anything stuck to it. Simple as a,b,c and after all that “hard” work you end up with a sumptuous treat that is completely addicting (Just a warning!). The measurements for the toppings of this recipe are quite rough and you can of course leave things out or add things in. I try to go for a range of colors when deciding on toppings but it’s completely up to you.
400g white chocolate
5-6 oreos, roughly chopped
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped
1/3 cup yellow, orange and brown m&m’s or reeses pieces
1-2tbsp mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup pretzel sticks, roughly broken
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30sec bursts, mixing between each burst until melted and smooth. You could also use a double boiler if you prefer.
- Spread the chocolate out on the lined baking sheet. The thickness is also up to you, I generally make it fairly thing so I can fit as many toppings on as possible.
- Scatter the toppings over making sure each one has contact with the chocolate so it will stick. Try not to overload the chocolate.
- Leave to one side and allow to set, about 2-3hrs.
- Break into pieces and dive in!
This baked oatmeal is so unbelievably good that words can’t even justify it! It tastes like a cross between the most heart warming apple crumble and a hot, gooey cinnabon. It’s like eating dessert at seven in the morning and knowing that every bit of it is oh so healthy for you. Also a huge bonus in my opinion is that it doesn’t call for an egg. I don’t know about you guys but having to add an egg or especially an egg white (What did the poor yolk do wrong?!) to my baked oatmeal is just a big nuisance. I’m always running out of eggs and to be honest I much prefer it without the egg. I don’t actually add any sweetener what so ever to this oatmeal because I don’t have a big sweet tooth for breakfast and the raisins and apple add enough sweetness for me but feel free to add a sweetener or your choice. I would recommend dark brown sugar.
Healthy ‘Apple Crumble’ Baked Oatmeal (Serves 1)
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2tsp baking powder
1tbsp flaked almonds
sweetener of choice, to taste (E.g. brown sugar, honey, agave nectar)
1/3 cup skimmed milk
1/2tsp vanilla extract
1/2 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
2tbsp raisins or sultanas
- Preheat the oven to 180ºc/350ºf.
- In a bowl mix together the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, flaked almonds and sweetener if its dry such as sugar.
- In another bowl mix together the milk, vanilla, diced apple, raisins and sweetener if wet such as honey.
- I do step 1 and 2 the night before and then mix both together in the morning. This allows the raisins to plump up in the milk but it is fine if you prepare it in the morning.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet and transfer mixture to an oven proof ramekin/dish. You can add up to a tbsp more milk if it looks a bit dry.
- Bake in the oven for 20mins and enjoy, but don’t burn yourself!
This cake is just wow and it literally is the easiest cake I have ever made, like ever! As anyone with taste buds knows, lemon and poppyseed is a taste sensation between the zesty sweet lemon and the crunchy texture of the poppyseeds. Usually the glaze for a lemon cake is made out of icing sugar but here I made it out of caster sugar, heated to make a basic syrup with the lemon juice. This makes it thick and glossy giving the cake a delicious moist top layer.
Lemon cake is a great dessert or tea time treat if your looking for something light and refreshing. I do love chocolate but sometimes a zesty treat is more appropriate and equally delicious. I haven’t attempted it but you could also probably bake this in two small round tins and sandwich them together with some lemon curd and softly whipped cream. You get a decadent, homemade dessert for minimal effort! Always a bonus
Lemon Poppyseed Drizzle Squares
255g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
225g caster sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
225g butter, softened
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Zest of 2 lemons
For the lemon syrup glaze:
175g caster sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
- Preheat the oven to 180c/350f and grease and line a 9 x 13inch baking tray with baking parchment.
- Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
- Add in the vanilla, butter, eggs, milk, lemon zest and poppyseeds. (Yes you really are just supposed to put everything in one bowl!)
- With an electric mixer beat everything together until smooth and fully combined, about 2mins.
- Transfer to the baking tray and bake for 30-40mins until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let cook for 5-10mins. Meanwhile make the lemon syrup.
- Place the lemon juice and caster sugar in a small saucepan and heat over a medium heat and whisk continuously until the sugar is dissolved.
- Prick holes all over the cake with a skewer and slowly pour over half the syrup. Leave for 2-3mins to allow that to soak in then pour the rest of the syrup over. Making more holes with the skewer if the syrup is pooling.
- Allow to fully soak in them remove from the tray and cut into squares. Enjoy!
First of all I’m so sorry I haven’t posted anything in so long, I have been extremely busy. Also Happy belated Halloween! I hope everyone had a suitably frightening and indulgent night, while I was tucking into these heavenly muffins. These muffins are insane! Nutella isn’t really my thing but baked into a muffin and I could eat it all day. These muffins are light and moist from the yogurt and once you reach the chocolaty centre, your brain will just explode from the awesomeness!
Make sure you don’t leave out the coarse sugar sprinkled on top as this adds an amazing crunchy texture to contrast the delicate muffin.These muffins rise really well and create a perfect dome shape making them really impressive looking. They are robust enough to be good when traveling as a lunch dessert or just whenever, you really don’t need an excuse to make these other then to experience their crazy deliciousness! I really can’t put the superbness of these muffins into words so I’ll leave you guys with this simple advise… Go, run and make these muffins as fast as possible!
Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 small jar of nutella, approximately
3 cups plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1/2tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
145g butter, softened
1 1/4cup caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup white and milk chocolate chips
2-3tbsp mini chocolate chips, for sprinkling
2tbsp coarse brown sugar
- Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and drop roughly 16 spoonfuls of the nutella onto the tray. Pop in the freezer until the nutella is frozen solid, about 2-3hours.
- Preheat the oven to 180°c/350°f and line about 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla and vanilla yogurt.
- Mix in the dry mixture and chocolate chips alternately in batches until fully combined.
- Divide the mixture between the muffin cups leaving about 4tbsp for the top.
- Push the frozen nutella discs into the muffin mixture and top with the remaining batter to cover where the nutella went in. sprinkle each one with mini chocolate chips and coarse sugar. Bake in the oven for 20-25mins until golden brown.
- These are best when served slightly warm but really they’re just delicious all round! Enjoy
This has to be one of the most exciting yet simple dishes I have whipped up in a long time. It uses basic ingredients in a clever way that will just dazzle your taste buds to leave you wanting more. Now I will be the first to admit that butternut squash is not my favorite vegetable because most often it is too sweet and sickly for my liking but in this recipe it is the absolute star of the show.
Its overly sweet flavor is balanced by a couple of things in this recipe, the spinach, the passata and the feta. The passata works particularly well as its acidic flavor counteracts the squash to perfection. This is a fantastic recipe for vegetarians who are looking for new and exciting recipes or just for anyone who likes getting their socks knocked off by amazing food!
I use dried lasagna sheets that have to be pre-cooked in this dish but I’m sure fresh lasagna would also work perfectly. The thought of having to roll up lasagna sheets may seem daunting but don’t be put off. It is super easy after the first two or so, everyone is allowed a few disasters! So what are you waiting for, go make it!
Roast Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Lasagna Roll Ups (Serves 2 generously)
1 medium butternut squash
5 lasagna sheets
2tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
3-4 thyme sprigs, stalks removed
250g frozen spinach
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
salt and pepper
15g grated parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 180°c/350ºf and roast the whole butternut squash on the bottom shelf of the oven for 1 1/2hrs.
- When there is about 30mins left on the squash you can start getting everything else ready. Cook the lasagna sheets according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and thyme and fry over a medium heat for 2-3mins until soft add the frozen spinach and cook for a further 10-15mins over a medium/low heat with a lid until the spinach has broken down and excess liquid has evaporated.
- Heat the remaining 1tbsp olive oil in a small frying pan and add the sliced garlic. Fry for 2-3mins until lightly golden. Add the passata and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 3-4mins.
- Cut the squash in half and scoop out the soft flesh from one half. You don’t need the other half for this recipe but it makes an unbelievably delicious soup! Mash the flesh and season with salt, pepper and a generous grating of nutmeg.
- Also season the spinach with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
- To assemble,place the lasagna sheets vertically in front of you. Divide the mashed squash between the 5 cooked lasagna sheets spreading it out evenly. Then layer on the spinach and crumble the feta on top.
- Roll the lasagna sheets away from you into fairly tight cylinders and slice in half or even thirds if you want. Place the lasagna roll ups, standing up, in the frying pan with the passata.
- Sprinkle with parmesan and bake in the oven for 20mins until golden and beginning to crisp.
- Serve with a fresh green salad and extra parmesan if desired.
I love all sorts of fish but it can become difficult to find new things to do with it all the time. Now I love a classic lemon, herb and fish combo but sometime I just need a new zing to my fish. This dressing is perfect for that and really revives any piece of fish while not over being over powering. It would also be delicious as a dipping sauce or on chicken or vegetables. This is a great dish for a week night without sacrificing on flavor or fanciness! This makes a lot of dressing so make sure to seal extra in a sterilized jar for a speedy supper another night.
Sun Dried Tomato Dressed Hake with Root Vegetable Mash (Serves 2)
1tbsp olive oil
2 portions of hake, boned and skin on
For the Sun Dried Tomato Dressing:
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/3 cup oil from the sun dried tomato jar or olive oil
3-4 garlic cloves
1/2 small onion
2tbsp balsamic vinegar
1tsp caster sugar
1tsp dried oregano
3-4 basil leaves
3/4 cup water, or just enough to thin to your preferred consistency
salt and pepper
For the Root Vegetable Mash:
3 mesium carrots
2 large parsnips
salt and pepper
- Start by peeling and roughly chopping the carrots and parsnips. Add them to a pot of salted water and cook for 10-15mins until the veggies are tender and mashable
- Meanwhile to make the sun dried tomato dressing, blitz all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and season with salt and pepper. Add enough water to thin it.
- Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and add the fish fillets, skin side down. Cook for 3-4mins. Pour half the dressing over the fillets then flip and cook for a further 3-4mins on that side. Pour over the rest of the dressing.
- Mash the carrots and parsnips adding butter if you want. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spoon the mash onto two plates to serve and top with each fish fillet and some basil leaves.