The kids are at it again – showing us how easy it is to get busy in the Kitchen! Today the boy makes some delicious Jam Tarts and they are SO SO EASY!!!!!!! Really.. take a look.To make these Jam Tarts you will need:
Sorry! No photo this time. What a shame too, as the muffins did look rather scrummy, if I say so myself – even if the icing was a bit runny! No photos as they ALL got scoffed before I remembered to take one. And I tell you, that is quite an achievement, I made 12 + a cake (the original ingredients were for far too many, the recipe below is adjusted for about 12 muffins!!!). Much to the dismay of The Englishman and Red Ted, half he cake went to neighbours (saying thanks for all the fab hand me downs we get) and 10 muffins to a tea party in Ham!
Enough. Here is he recipe:
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt (unless you have used salted butter)
60g coco powder
200g icing sugar
handful of raspberries
Mix sugar and butter. Add eggs & vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients, then add alternating with the milk. Bake in 180 C approx 25min – but check. Also used these ingredients in a cake tin and it worked!!
Now my icing went all wrong. So the above is guess work. Not v helpful, eh? But it was yummy and the yummy bit where the raspberries. So. Advice from icing queen: use lots of butter. Whisk for AGES until it is nice and soft. Add some liquidised/ blended raspberries and then icing sugar. Don’t add all the raspberries (like i did) as they are v liquidy. Once you have a nice consistency, add remaining quartered raspberries for flavour and texture.
As Autumn hurtles our way, I wanted to share my father’s favourite “healthy” treat for the season – Apple & Carrot Juice! It is quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. Be sure to drink it up quickly.
Peel and slice everything. Bung in juicer. Drink as freshly as possible! Doesn’t matter about proportions, just use what you have in! (You may prefer to sieve it, as there will be a little bit of brown “sludge”, but there is nothing bad about this and sometimes, you can let it all settle and then just pour the yummy bit). Very healthy. Very good. Very tasty.
My kids LOVE ice lollies and come the Summer season, they are always asking for some. Though I do believe the kids should have treats, I also believe in healthy treats. Yes, chocolate and gummi bears are fine once in a while, but not on a daily basis. Ditto ice cream. When on holiday, maybe, when at home no. So I decided to make them some fruit ice lollies. And I have to say, they are DELICIOUS. My mouth is watering just thinking about them now. They are healthy AND relatively inexpensive to make, as we used frozen fruit! Though you can experiment and use whatever fruit you fancy. We made Elderberry, Blueberry and Raspberry lollies. Delicious.
Ice Lolly Recipe Ingredients:
* small portion of frozen berries per lollie – frozen fruit are a lot cheaper to buy and also means we “always have some” to hand
Elderflower Cordial fills me of memories of Summer Country Fairs and lazy Summer afternoons, sipping cooled bubbly water with a dash of Elderflower Cordial. When we made our own Elderflower Cordial, my son said “Oh Mummy, it smells like Grandpa’s garden”.. I love how smell and memories go together hand in hand. And if you are enjoying a “classic British Summer”, Eldercordial is a must. It is so incredibly easy to make and tastes so good..
The only thing to remember, is that you need to make the Elderflower Cordial pretty much the same day as picking your Elderflowers -as they are a delicate flower and don’t keep well. Be ready!
Have enough screw top bottles ready for storage – make sure they are sterilised. *
*we ended up having to improvise and added a milk bottle with clingfilm to the mix. Ha! To be honest, the cordial will be drunk in no time, so it isn’t really a problem. You just don’t want to store all your cordial like this!
To be honest the above are approximates.. you can scour the web for other Elderflower recipes and you will come up with variations of the above. The above worked for us very well and was delicious.
Elderflower Cordial How:
1) Gently rinse your Elderflowers and put them to one side.
2) Put the sugar into a large pan (a bowl SHOULD be ok, but you MAY need to heat it).
3) Add the boiling water. In our instance the sugar disolved immediately. But you MAY need to heat it a little to make sure it is all disolved.
4) Let cool – we let it cool until it was warm (rather than cold). And the proceeded (we are impatient to make our Elderflower Cordial!!)
5) Grate your lemons and add.
6) Slice your lemons and add.
7) Add your rinsed Elderflowers
8) Add your Citric acid.
9) Cover with a cloth and leave for 48hours (or so).
10) Strain through a CLEARN muslin to get all the little bits out and fill into sterilised bottles.
We enjoy Edlerflower cordial diluted with cold bubbly water. You can also use it for cooking and puddings.