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Incredibly yummy and easy to make…
Cut a banana into 4 pieces and place in a bowl, cover and freeze for 2 hours. Pulse the frozen banana pieces in a blender until smooth. Serve with your favourite topping! I used a mixture of berries and Greek yoghurt.
Heavenly Coconut Custard with Caramelised Bananas
The perfect winter dessert…
Ingredients for caramelised bananas:
-1 tablespoon butter
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-4 bananas, sliced
Ingredients for custard:
-1 cup milk
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 teaspoon -vanilla essence
-6 egg yolks
-4 tablespoons cornflour
-3-4 tablespoons of set honey (it may work with other types of honey, but I’m not too sure)
-Cinnamon to top (optional)
For the caramelised bananas, melt the butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cook for about 1 minute (or until it dissolves). Add the sliced bananas, and cook for 3 minutes.
In a saucepan, pour the coconut milk, milk and vanilla over medium heat. Cook while stirring for 5 minutes (but do not allow to boil) and then remove from heat. Whisk the eggs and cornflour in a heat proof bowl and gradually add the honey. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture over the yellow egg mixture and whisk constantly. Return mixture to the saucepan over a low heat. Cook and stir constantly for 8 minutes (or until the custard thickens) but do not allow to boil. Serve in a pretty bowl and top with the caramelised bananas and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoyyyy!
Rice Pudding with Middle Eastern Twist
Guaranteed to be the best rice pudding of your life!
– 1 cup pudding rice, washed and soaked in water for 15 minutes
– 3/4 cup caster sugar
– 5 mastic gum, grinded in a mortar (this is not arabica gum and can be found in Greek and Middle Eastern stores)
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 cup water
-2 cups of milk (I used Jersey milk, which is a rich, creamy milk from Jersey cows)
– 1 cup double cream
– 4 tbsp of butter
– 1 tsp vanilla essence
– 1/4 cup sultanas
– 1 stick of cinnamon
– A heat resistant bowl with lid
Pour the milk, cream, water, sugar, butter, salt, and mastic in a heat resistant bowl. Drain the rice and add to the mixture, mixing together with a spoon. Add sultanas to the and drop in the cinnamon stick. Place in oven at around 140-150 degrees for one hour. Remove the lid and mix it lightly with a spoon to ensure that all of the ingredients are mixed. Finally, cover with lid and leave for another hour. Ensure that the rice is cooked before serving. You can eat this hot, or cold! Delicious!
Blueberry Banana Oat Cake
– 1.5 cups oat flour (blend oats until fine)
– 1tsp baking powder
– tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
– 45g butter
-5 tbsp milk
-5 tbsp honey
– 2 small handfuls of blueberries
– 2 eggs
-1 mashed banana
-sprinkle of cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla essence
– Cream/Greek yoghurt/custard to serve
Sift the flour in a large bowl along with the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and add salt. In another bowl, crack the eggs and add milk, butter, banana, honey, vanilla essence and beat until smooth. Add to the flour mixture along with the blueberries and a hint of cinnamon. Finally, mix together and pour in a buttered loaf pan/tin . Bake for 25-30 minutes, at 180 degrees. Test to see if it’s cooked using a fork. Serve with cream, Greek yoghurt, or custard.
Super Yummy Dark Chocolate Mousse
This is a healthy desert as dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, and the spices help your digestive system. It is gorgeous, even if you are not a fan of dark chocolate! It tastes intense, creamy and luxurious…
85 g of dark chocolate
2 tbsps green tea
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
A grating of nutmeg
1 egg yolk
90 ml of boiling milk
Put the chocolate, green tea, and spices in a food processor and blend till it has a bread-crumb like texture. Add the yolk and milk to the food processor bowl and blend. Pour into 3 shot glasses or espresso cups and refrigerate for about 2 hours for the mousse to set. Add raspberries on top for fruitiness?
A serving of Greek Yoghurt mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (I use Green & Blacks Organic), topped with grated milk/white/dark chocolate and berries.
Best Sponge Cake Recipe Ever!
Makes 1 large cake
For the sponge:
225g unsalted butter, softened
225g caster sugar
4 large free-range eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
1 tablespoon milk, at room temperature
For the filling:
6 rounded tablespoons good raspberry jam
Caster or icing sugar, for dusting
2 x 20.5cm sandwich tins, greased and base-lined
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Put the soft butter into a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon, an electric mixer or your hand for a minute until very smooth and creamy.
2. Gradually beat in the sugar, then keep on beating for 3 to 4 minutes or until the mixture turns almost white and becomes very fluffy in texture; scrape down the bowl from time to time. Break the eggs into a small bowl, add the vanilla and beat lightly with a fork just to break them up. Slowly add to the creamed mixture, a tablespoon at a time, giving the mixture a good beating after each addition and frequently scraping down the bowl. This will take about 5 minutes. If the mixture looks as if it is about to curdle add a tablespoon of the sifted flour and then continue adding the last portions of egg.
3. Sift the flour again, this time onto the mixture, and add the milk. Gently but thoroughly fold the flour into the egg mixture using a large metal spoon. Do this as lightly as possible so you don’t knock out the air you have beaten in.
4. Stop folding when there are no streaks of flour visible in the mixture.
5. Spoon the mixture into the 2 tins so they are equally filled – you can do this by eye or by weighing the tins as you fill them.
6. Spread the mixture evenly in the tins, right to the edges.
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a good golden brown and the sponges are springy when gently pressed with your fingertip. They should almost double in size during baking.
8. Remove the tins from the oven and leave for a minute – the sponges will contract slightly. Run a round-bladed knife around the inside of each tin to loosen the sponge, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.
9. Set one sponge upside down on a serving platter and spread over the jam. Gently set the other sponge, golden crust up, on top. Dust with sugar. Store in an airtight container and eat within 5 days.