Spiced Orange Slice Decorations

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetDid you know that a Christmas tree was traditionally decorated with fruits, nuts, and other edibles? I quite like that idea. I especially love the look and thought of having orange slices hanging from the Christmas tree: either spiked with Cloves or twined with cinnamon sticks. I just love the thought of having something natural to look at on my Christmas tree that looks pretty and smells divine.  Continue reading “Spiced Orange Slice Decorations”

Smokey Bbq Sauce

img_9529I know I posted a BBQ sauce recipe with my shredded BBQ Slaw sliders, the other day. But, I feel that a separate post dedicated to this delicious condiment was necessary. Plus, it has taken me over a year or longer, to create a BBQ sauce that actually tastes like BBQ sauce and not a spiced version of tomato sauce. So, I will stress that the molasses and all spice are essential in this recipe, and while the liquid smoke is optional, I still highly recommend it.

I’m also not one to toot my own horn when it comes to my own recipes,  but this BBQ sauce is bloody good and I’m so pleased with myself for making it – too much horn tooting? Anyway, make it and thank me later. Continue reading “Smokey Bbq Sauce”

Mexican-Style Nacho Burgers

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Do you often find yourself debating whether or not to pick up those frozen veggie burgers, whenever you come to the frozen aisle in a supermarket? I’m a sucker for it. I love veggie burgers and after 10 years of eating only veggie burgers (no meat), you’d think I’d be sick of them by now, but I’m not. They hold a special place in my ice cold heart and they probably always will.

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Creamy Bounty Bars

IMG_9692.JPGI’ve been craving a bounty bar all week, but as we all know, they aren’t that healthy for us. I always feel bounty bars are a waste of calories too because they are always so bland and dont even   remotely taste like coconut in my opinion – plus they’re not vegan!

So, I made some myself and boy were they good.

The bounty bars were a bit fiddly to mould, but after freezing the coconut filling for a few minutes it became more manageable to sculpt the bars into a shape that was reminiscent of a bounty bar.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dessicated Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 4 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1.5 tsp Coconut Extract
  • 50ml Coconut Milk ( I used Koko Dairy)
  • 100g Vegan Dark Chocolate

Directions 

This next part is as easy as throwing all of the ingredients into a bowl or food processor and combining them thoroughly.

Place the filling into the freezer for 5 minutes and then remove and form into small bars.

Now, place the bounty bars back in to the freezer for a further 5 minutes to harden up.

Next, chop up the dark chocolate and add half of it to a microwaveable bowl; cook for 30 seconds in the microwave, remove, stir and add it back to the microwave for a further 30 minutes. Continue this method until all of the chocolate has melted, before adding in the other half of dark chocolate (do not reheat) and stir until all of the room temp chocolate has melted into the hot chocolate – this is called seeding.

Remove your bounty bars from the freezer and coat evenly in the dark chocolate before popping them back into the freezer for 10 minutes to set.

NB: This recipe makes around 10 small bounty bars. Although, you may need more chocolate to coat them all.  They will also store in the fridge or freezer well and won’t turn hard. Also, if you find the filling too difficult to manage, then you can add more coconut oil, but I personally, was trying not to add unnecessary fat to them.

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Mince Pies for Santa

dsc_0607We all know Santa loves a mince pie or two, but we also know that sometimes mince pies contain alcohol and drinking and driving is strictly prohibited – even for the elves – which is why these mince pies are alcohol free. I haven’t had a mince pie all year, so I was anxiously anticipating for the day to arrive when I could make my own and that day just so happened to be Friday – a week away from Christmas day – and they were worth the wait. I used the marmalade which I had left over from my St Clemente tartlets in my own variation of mince meat and I was impressed; I also added some Irish cream flavouring from the Skinny Syrups range too.

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For the pie cases I used the same recipe that I made for the St Clemente tartlets, but doubled it so I would have enough pastry for the lids too. I would recommend making the mince meat a few days to a week prior to when you plan to make these mince pies as the longer it has to soak the better the end result, especially if you decide to use alcohol. I made my mince meat two weeks ahead and the flavour was delicious.

I also have a more up to date mince pie recipe here.

Ingredients: Mince Meat

  • 100g Dried Figs
  • 100g Soft Dates
  • 100g Sultanas
  • 50g Walnuts
  • 60g Chunky Apple Puree
  • 60g St Clemente Marmalade
  • 45ml Orange Juice
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice/Pumpkin Spice
  • 45ml Irish Cream Flavouring or Irish Whiskey
  • 1/3 cup Sweetener

Ingredients: Pastry

  • 100g Rolled Oats
  • 50g Sukrin Coconut Flour
  • 60g Grass-Fed Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 1 Free Range Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/5 Cup Sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Ice-Cold Water

Directions

  • Pre-heat an oven to 170c
  • Add the rolled oats to a food processor and blend into a flour, before adding the eggs, baking powder, sweetener and coconut flour and proceed to blend the ingredients together.
  • Cube the butter and add it to the mixture and pulse the food processor so that the butter isn’t blended up completely, but chunked through the flour. Continue to add the ice cold water to bring the ingredients into a ball of dough. Cover and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Sterilise a countertop and dust with some flour, before rolling the pastry flat and cutting 8 round shapes from it. Press the pastry into a greased muffin tin and fill with the mince meat. Follow the same process to make the lids, place over the top of the cases, press gently around the sides and pop into the oven for 20 minutes.

NB: You should have about half the mince meat left after you have made these mince pies, you can double the pastry recipe and make more mince pies, or save it and make the mini Christmas cakes I have coming up over the next week.

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