How To… make some quick Christmas treats.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone is a bit pressed for time this season. So what’s worse than remembering you have no goodies to give guests or passersby? Of course, we can always buy a few, but if you want to stand out and cut costs in a relatively stress-free manner, here are some super quick treats to make.

1: Shaped Flapjacks.

Simple, quick, can add as much or as little as you like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • an equal balance of wet and dry fillers

Recipe:

  1. Mash all the wet ingredients together.
  2. Fold in the dry and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour out into a flat baking tray.
  4. Bake until firm but springy.

Then, just use a cookie cutter to cut them into adorable shapes!

2: Cocoa Dusted Meringues.

Meringues are actually really easy to make and the cocoa dusting makes them extra luxurious.

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 175 caster sugar
  • 2tsp sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder

Recipe:

  1. Heat the oven to 140C.
  2. Whisk the egg whites until peaks form, but its still smooth.
  3. Slowly whisk in the sugar.
  4. Place dollops on baking paper on a baking tray. Put in the until pale and dry.
  5. Air cool. Lightly sieve cocoa over the top.

To mix and match, try making cocoa or caramel meringues and dusting with white chocolate.

3: Woven Biscuit Baskets.

More of an arts and crafts than a culinary crafts person? Make some simple sugar cookies and cutesy them up by handing them out in these adorable baskets!

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4: Cute Biscuit Jar.

Or you could also look up some cute ways of decorating mason jars and candle jars to become snack-containers to give to friends and family.

5: Snowman Ice-Cream.

An adorable pudding you don’t need to make on the day!

Instructions:

  1. Roll out two or three differently sized ice cream balls per snowman. Pick a pale ice cream!
  2. Stack them up.
  3. Use raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons, maybe the mouth.
  4. Use strips of candy and fruit for a scarf and the mouth if you didn’t do it in raisins or chocolate chips.
  5. Use a round slice of chocolate wafer and a round chocolate (like a peanut butter cup) for a hat.
  6. Use thin slices of wafer for arms.
  7. Put back in the freezer until needed!

6: Festive Fruit And Cheese.

For something simple and adorable, make a festive cheese board.

Instructions:

  1. Lay out crackers and sliced hard cheeses in triangles until you’ve formed a tree.
  2. Sprinkle crumbly cheese for snow on the ground.
  3. Make a snowy log of goat’s cheese.
  4. Decorate your tree with half grapes (baubles) and ribbons of apple and pear (streamers).

And those are a few quick snacks to hand guests at parties and passing friends these holidays! Cute, cheap, festive, simple.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. THREE Banana Recipes and Chicken-Stuffed Veg.

Three? Yes, three! I found around 2kg of bananas for 80p, but they were already brown and we all know that brown bananas means baking!

Also, due to time and work issues, we’re returning to the “tradition” of a simple roast dinner on a Tuesday, improved upon for Wednesday.

Without further ado, here are my three banana recipes, all quickly mixed and easily baked!

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Recipe 1: Chunky Banana Bread.

I’ve been getting a little bored of my more smooth breads and tried making one that, rather than having much added to it, was simply chock full of banana chunks. It’s heavenly.

Ingredients:

-4 soft bananas

-350g flour and raising agents

-water as needed

-pinch of salt

Utensils:

-mixing bowl, spoon and fork

-greased or nonstick loaf tin

Recipe:

1: Mash the bananas.

2: Mash in the flour.

3: Stir in the water until the mix is pourable.

4: Pour into the tray and bake at 200C for 45min.

Recipe 2: Peanut Butter Banana Biscuits.

Four ingredients. Vegan. Delicious.

Ingredients:

-3 soft bananas

-300-400g peanut butter

-100g almond butter

-2tbsp plain flour

Utensils:

-mixing bowl, fork

-greased or nonstick baking tray

-spoon

Recipe:

1: Mash the bananas.

2: Mix in the butters.

3: Stir in the flour until stiff.

4: Spoon onto the tray.

5: Bake at 200C for 40min.

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Recipe 3: Banana Cream Puff Tart.

Ingredients:

-3 soft bananas

-3 whole eggs

-400ml double cream

-2tbsp flour

Utensils:

-mixing bowl, fork

-greased baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mash the bananas.

2: Mix in the eggs.

3: Add the cream and flour, stir until smooth.

4: Pour into the tray.

5: Bake until it rises. Leave in the oven for a further 15min.

6: Remove and cool.

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And finally our lunch. Chicken-Stuffed Vegetables with Gravy.

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Recipe 1: Gravy.

Ingredients:

-100-150g chicken scraps

-200ml chicken jelly and fat

-2tsp paprika

-2tsp pepper

-hot water

-flour as needed (I recommend rice flour)

Utensils:

-jug

-blender

Recipe:

1: Tear up the chicken scraps. Place them in the jug with the jelly and fat.

2: Pour boiling water to cover. Add pepper and paprika.

3: Blend all together.

4: Slowly incorporate flour whilst blending until it’s thick.

Recipe 2: Stuffed Vegetables.

Ingredients:

-2 peppers

-bottom of a marrow

-1 cooked chicken breast and 1 leg, or 2 breasts

-roast potatoes

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Halve the peppers and the marrow bottom. Clean out the seeds.

2: Fill with roast potatoes and chicken.

3: Bake at 180C until the chicken and potatoes are crisp and the marrow and peppers are soft.

4: Sprinkle with salt and serve with gravy.

Welcome Home With Tomato Bread and Ginger Butterbiscuits.

It also included a stewed chicken, however whilst tasty, the recipe for that was less interesting.

Jon needed a nice veggie, chicken and sweets boost after working night shifts the past four days, so I made him this. 🙂

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Recipe 1: Tomato Bread.

Ingredients:

-400-500g chopped tomatoes, fresh or carton

-300-400g self-raising flour or flour with agents

-2tsp salt

-2tsp pepper

-2tbsp paprika

-2tbsp olive oil

-water

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-rolling pin

-cookie cutters

-greased or non-stick deep baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour, salt, pepper and paprika.

2: Add the oil and raising agents.

3: Add tomatoes and make up with water until pourable.

4: Pour into the tray.

5: Bake at 160C for 2h or until a fork comes out clean.

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Recipe 2: Ginger Butterbiscuits.

Ingredients:

-400g plain flour

-200g lightly salted butter

-200ml double cream

-2tbsp sugar

-2tbsp powdered ginger

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-flat greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the dry ingredients.

2: Mash in the butter and cream and knead until consistently firm.

3: Roll out on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters.

4: Place on baking tray and bake at 200C for 10-20min or until golden brown.

5: Leave to cool before serving.

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WWW as usual tomorrow. Looking forward to cooking it already! 😀

And I will soon sort the C/F and g/oz balances again soon, promise!