Wholewheat Muesli & Coconut Muffins

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Wholewheat Muesli & Coconut Muffins

Our recent smoothie bowl craze has led us to think of ways to make our other breakfast favourites healthier too. These guilt-free muffins are made with wholewheat flour, applesause instead of eggs, olive oil instead of butter and honey instead of sugar. If it wasn’t for the yoghurt, we could have called these Vegan too!

Makes 15 regular muffins

Prep time : 15 mins  Bake time : 25 mins

Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil

2 cups wholewheat flour

200g applesauce (we used babyfood jars)

1/2 cup greek yoghurt

1 cup milk

1 cup muesli

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

2 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp honey

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius

Butter and flour muffin trays or cups

In a bowl, whisk oil, applesauce, milk , honey and yoghurt until well combined

In another bowl, mix the  flour & baking powder

With a spatula, mix the wet ingredients slowly into the dry and gently stir until just combined. Don’t overmix, it’s ok if you still see a few small lumps of flour. 

Next stir in the muesli & dessicated coconut. 

Spoon the batter into the cups, filling them almost to the top. Bake until toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean about 20 minutes.

Once baked, remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. 

x Anu & Suba

 

 

Beetroot and Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

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We think it’s safe to say, we’ve become fans of the smoothie bowl. They are perfect for breakfast – packed with good energy foods and lots of vitamins from fruit and vegetables, these smoothie bowls are an easy way to get a whole lot of good stuff into your system first thing! And they keep you feeling full, so great if you’re trying to stay away from midday snacking!

Makes 2 bowls

Ingredients

120g pre-cooked beetroots (we used a ready cooked pack from the supermarket)

1 cup raspberries

2  weetabix biscuits

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tbsp sifted cocoa

1 cup almond milk

Method

To pre-cook the beetroot, cook it in boiling water till it’s soft enough to poke a fork through. You can do this the night before and leave the beetroot in the fridge overnight so you can get the smoothie done quickly in the morning. 

Add all the ingredients, except the milk into a blender. Pour in half the milk and start the blender. As the ingredients are blending, pour the rest of the milk in bit by bit until you get the consistency you want. You may find you prefer it thicker and so may not use the whole cup of milk. 

Pour into a bowl and if you like it chilled, cover with cling film and pop it in the fridge, or use frozen raspberries instead!

x Anu & Suba

Beetroot & Apple Bread & Butter Pudding 

Here’s a healthy twist on your regular Bread and butter pudding – it’s also a great way to get your little ones to eat beetroot (we know how difficult that can be !)

Bread & butter is a traditional , comforting pudding and this one uses less sugar and more fruit. 

Ingredients

8 slices of bread , lightly buttered ( crusts on or off , we like them on ) 

6 slices of bread cut into triangles , lightly buttered and with a thin layer of any jam ( strawberry , apricot , raspberry …)

6 small pre-cooked beetroots grated 

2 small apples grated 

2 cups of milk 

1 full egg + 1 egg yolk 

3 tbsps of sugar 

1 tsp Vanilla extract 

2 tbsps Creme fraiche ( optional) 

Method 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius 

Lightly grease an oven proof dish 

Place the 8 slices of bread in the dish, covering the base

Evenly sprinkle over the grated beetroot & apple

In a seperate bowl make the custard by whipping the milk , eggs , sugar , Creme fraiche & vanilla until combined 

Pout the custard over the bread and leave for 10 minutes to allow the bread to soak up the custard 

Use the back of a fork to press down on the soaking bread

Place the triangular slices of bread over the top. You may need to cut the slices to fit or just push down around the corners of the dish 

Bake for 30-40 minutes. 

x Anu & Suba 


Superfood Smoothie Bowl 

We have another smoothie bowl for you today , packed with the superfoods Tofu, Kale & Avocado. We’ve also sweetened it with peaches and Manuka honey. It doesn’t get more guilt-free than this. 

Makes 2 substantial bowls 

Ingredients 

200g Tofu chopped 

2 cups chopped Kale 

2 medium pitted , skinned & sliced peaches 

1/2 avocado

1 tsp Manuka honey 

1 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Splash of juice / almond milk or beverage of your choice ( just to help with blending)

Figs , Bluberries & Pistachiosfor decorating ( or any fruit& nut you like) 

Method 

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Pour into a bowl and decorate. 

X Anu & Suba 

Oat, Banana & Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

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If you haven’t caught on to the rage, it’s not too late to start – we just have! Trade in a glass of smoothie in the morning for a bowl of it and use it as a canvas for fruits, nuts, seeds and herbs – excellent fun! This may be our first, but it’s certainly not going to be our last!

Ingredients

1/2 cup oats (cooked according to packet instructions)

2 ripe bananas

1 cup blueberries (we used frozen ones as we wanted a cold smoothie)

1/2 cup almond milk (you can use regular milk too)

1 tbsp greek yoghurt

Grated rind of a medium orange (optional)

Method

Cook the oats according to packet instructions – we used almond milk for the oats.

Break up the bananas and put them in a blender. Add the blueberries and the almond milk and blitz it on medium till everything is blended together.

Next, add the cooked oats, the yoghurt and rind. Blitz again on medium till combined. Empty it all out into a bowl and unleash your creativity!

x Anu & Suba

Stone Fruit Season: Oven Caramelised Nectarines with Mascarpone, Ricotta & Honey

 

roasted nectarines

Tis’ the season for stone fruits and we pay tribute to them this week, starting with this very quick and easy recipe featuring nectarines. Serve it up as dessert on a warm Summer afternoon or pile it on toast or pancakes for a fast and fancy brunch treat.

Most nectarines are sold slightly underripe because, like most stone fruits, they bruise very easily. So after buying nectarines, let them ripen for a couple of days at room temperature before eating or using them in cooking. If you can’t find nectarines, you can replace them with apricots for this recipe.

caramelised nectarines

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10-15 mins

Ingredients

6 nectarines

2 tbsps melted butter

4 heaped tbsps brown sugar

125 g mascarpone

125g ricotta

1 vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds (or a tsp of vanilla extract)

Honey, for drizzling

Method

Turn the oven to 180 deg c. Line a baking or roasting tray. 

Cut around the nectarines and twist open. Remove the stone from the middle by carefully cutting it out. If it’s quite ripe, the stone may easily be pulled out. Slice each half of the nectarine into 4 slices. Place these on the baking tray.

Melt the butter and set to the side. Sprinkle the sugar as evenly as possible over the nectarine slices and carefully pour the melted butter over  the slices so that all the nectarines are coated. Place this in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until the sugar caramelises and the nectarines are lightly browned. They don’t have to brown evenly, all we want is for the nectarines to be coated with the delicious, sticky brown caramel.

While the nectarines are roasting, mix the mascarpone with the ricotta and add the vanilla – either the scraped out seeds or the extract and mix well.

Once the nectarines are done, leave them to cool down and then transfer them to little bowls or plates, dollop the mascarpone and ricotta mix on top and drizzle a teaspoon or tablespoon of honey over  them (depending how sweet you like it!). Alternatively, smear the cheese on a slice of toast or some pancakes or dollop on waffles and arrange the nectarine slices on top and then drizzle with honey. We also sprinkled the tops with lightly toasted poppy seeds but almonds could work really well too!

x Anu & Suba

 

The Perfect Picnic : Fig, Lemon and Ricotta Focaccia

Fig Lemon Focaccia 2Lemon Fig Focaccia

Focaccia is surprisingly easy to make and these will make a lovely addition to your picnic basket. We’ve had tons of disasters with dough and still do, but we find the best way to work with it’s sticky character is just to keep it simple & not overthink it.During the fermentation (rest) period , it helps to place the dough near a warm oven so it rises well. We got this and some other great tips on bread making from a book called Artisan breads by Eric Kastel, which is sort of our encyclopaedia on all things bread.

We decided to do away with the regular tomato and rosemary topped focaccia and try something a little different. This flavour is all summer- light and sweet and lemony .Cut these into bite sized squares.

Prep time : 30 mins   Rest time : 2.5 hrs   Cook time : 40 mins

Makes 1 large or 2 small loafs

Ingredients

The Dough:

550g Bread Flour 

7g Dry Yeast

12g salt

16 g sugar

250 ml water

115 ml milk

45ml olive oil

The Salamoia:

65ml water

65ml olive oil

25g salt flakes

The Toppings:

1 lemon, outer yellow skin peeled and very thinly sliced crosswise 

3 figs sliced lengthwise

2-3 Tbsps of fresh ricotta

I spring of mint leaves, chopped

Method

Mix the ingredients for the salamoia in a small bowl and whisk together until well emulsified.This is going to go on top of the focaccia as a last step.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, then add the olive oil, water & milk – all a little at a time, stirring with a fork as you add. Stir until you get a rough dough. Knead the dough in the bowl, it will be wet & sticky at first , but keep going & it will come together.

When you are able to collect all the dough into a ball, transfer it to your kneading surface (we use a silicone baking mat) and knead well for about 10 mins until you get a  smooth ball of dough. We push the dough down with the heel of palm, fold it over and repeat. There are great kneading techniques here or you could just give the dough a good bashing & throw down like Subas’ mom-in law does!

Transfer the dough to a well-oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let it rest in a warm place for 2 hours.

While waiting, prepare your baking sheet by oiling it generously with olive oil , you can really use any size or shape pan you like and shape your dough to fit it.

When the rest time is over, knead the dough again for 5 mins on your kneading surface and then pull the ball of dough on both ends to get an oblong shape and place it on your baking tray. Spread it out with your fingers on the top , bottom & sides to get a longer oblong shape.

You could spread it out to a rectangle shape or  really any shape you choose depending on your baking sheet. You could also split the dough into two make two loafs. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it will expand  a little again in the next step.

Leave it to rest for 30 mins.While waiting , prep the toppings and preheat your oven to 180c

When the rest time is up, reshape your dough fixing any areas that are messy. Using your fingers , poke holes all over the dough(this is the fun part!).

Arrange the lemon & fig slices on the focaccia and press them into the dough. Dot with the ricotta.

Pour the prepared salamoia evenly over the dough.Bake for 30-40 mins until crusts are golden. Top with the fresh mint. 

If you like this, try our Berries , Lavender & Pimms Jam or Amaretti & Tahini Cookies to go in your picnic basket.

x Anu & Suba