Monday, 21 August 2017

Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Bites

After discovering The Anna Edit I started listening to her podcast, At Home With. After listening to the episodes with guests I knew, I decided to listen to the ones with women I'd never heard of. It was fascinating! One episode that I really enjoyed was with food blogger, author and nutritional health coach Madeleine Shaw. I have since investigated her blog and cookbook. I made her Immune Boosting Chicken Broth for my family this week as we've all been struck down with varying degrees of cold over the past few weeks. So I thought I'd carry on and try her raw Hazelnut and Chocolate Bites...

100g hazelnuts
200g dates
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 tbsp oats
1 pinch of salt
100g dark chocolate

1. Put all the ingredients, except the chocolate into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
2. Place on a lined baking tray in a rectangle about 2cm thick and freeze for an hour.
3. Melt the chocolate. Cut into small squares and dip in the chocolate.
4. Freeze again and chill until needed.

And there you go! I may have tried a couple already and they are very yummy! Hopefully satisfying enough to tide me over on my tea breaks at work, which is when I get my most snack-ish! X Bo

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday Scones

I said I was back! This much baking is practically unheard of! But we had a really chilled out Sunday, had a lazy morning, went for lunch at The Strawberry Fields (a local PYO and farm shop with a lovely cafe) and then came home without having pudding. I am loving baking in our new kitchen, although finding where everything is is always a bit of a struggle! Either way, I managed to find everything I needed to whip up some scones!

Sultana Scones
450g self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
100g butter
100g caster sugar
125g sultanas
284ml buttermilk

1. Put the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
2. Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour until it resembles sand.
3. Add sugar and sultanas and mix. Add the buttermilk and use a palette knife to combine.
4. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead until it comes together.
5. Roll out (or pat out as I did cos I couldn't find the bloomin' rolling pin) to about 2cm thick and cut out using a round cookie cutter.
6. Place on a lined baking tray, brush with milk and bake for 10 minutes at 210 fan.

And there you go! Easy as! X Bo

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

I'm back!

Where to begin... Firstly, an apology! I have no real reason as to why I have neglected the blog for so long. All I can say is that life got in the way. I'll write a little update at the end of this post for anyone who wants to read so you can see what I've been up to while I've been away... For the last year... and five months. I am very sorry it's taken me so long to get back into baking BUT I have a gorgeous new kitchen, a rediscovered loving for baking and my little blog so... I'm back! Sorry it took me so long.

Anyway! I thought I'd post this cookie recipe to ease myself back in to baking and blogging. I've made these a lot recently as they are the perfect snack for me to have on my tea break at work.

Anzac Cookies
1 cup oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut 
125g butter
2tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tbsp boiling water

1. Put the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl and combine.
2. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a pan on a medium heat.
3. Add the bicarbonate of soda to the water and let it fizz for a minute.
4. Add this to the melted butter, then add it all to the dry ingredients and stir.
5. Once combined, form into balls and place on a lined baking tray.
6. Bake for 15 minutes at 160, until completely flat and golden brown.

Ta da! And now for a little life update...
I changed job towards the end of last year, one of my best friends got married, I dyed my hair for the first time ever, the theatre company I'm a part of staged three plays (and we're not deciding on our next one!) My boyfriend and I went to Venice, had our anniversary in Bath and have been lucky enough to have afternoon tea at some very fancy hotels. My best friend and I took up yoga, we went to see Adele (twice) and he became a vegan. That's the tip of the iceberg really but it gives you a snippet of why I've been so busy! Last year was amazing, this year has been amazing so far, so I hope it continues this way, just with a little more time for blogging! X Bo