Sticky Toffee Pudding

The things we do for the people we love! My husband loves a sticky toffee pudding because it is as it claims with the addition of Super Sweet at the beginning!

A dip in the temperature has prompted warm comforting food at home. Serve your sticky pudding warm with cold ice cream on top and drizzle over the warm toffee sauce.

This recipe makes 8 portions so I decided to divide the batter and make 2 puddings. One for November and one for December. Something to look forward to.

Lou 🙂

Ingredients – makes 1 large pudding to serve 8 or 2 smaller puddings serving 4 each

For the toffee sauce

  • 250ml double cream
  • 100g butter
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black treacle

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven 170C. To make one big pudding grease a 1.2 litre ovenproof dish if making 2 puddings grease two 1 litre ovenproof dishes.
  2. Chop the dates and put them into a mixing bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and cover with the boiling water. Set to one side for 15 minutes while you make the batter.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl add the butter and sugar, use an electric mixer or wooden spoon to mix until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the black treacle.
  4. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the batter. Then mix through the milk.
  5. Check on the dates, mash them with a fork then pour the dates and liquid into the cake batter, stir in to combine. Spoon into the prepared dish or dishes.
  6. The big pudding will cook for approximately 45-50 minutes. The smaller puddings will cook in 25-30 minutes.
  7. While the pudding cooks make the toffee sauce. Put the sugar, butter and half the cream in on a low heat in a heavy bottom pot. Stir to dissolve the sugar, this will take about 5 minutes.
  8. When the sugar has dissolved add in the black treacle and turn up the heat to a bubble. Let it bubble for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Take off the heat and stir in the rest of the cream. You should have a nice brown toffee sauce. Transfer into a pouring jug.
  10. When the pudding comes out of the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes then poke it with a skewer and pour over some of the toffee sauce (half the sauce if making a big pudding and quarter each if making 2 smaller puddings)
  11. Serve the pudding warm with ice cream and warm toffee sauce.
  12. You can cover and freeze the second pudding. Just defrost in the fridge overnight, warm through in the oven and serve as above.

PB Fudge

Sometimes you need that quick fix to get you through the mid morning or afternoon slump!! This peanut butter fudge is the fix you need. No bake, 5 ingredients and flavours that were made for each other.

They keep perfectly in the fridge or freezer. Keep them in bite sized pieces for easy eating. The best part is that all the fabulous ingredients are available in groceries #organicingredients

Let us know if you try them,

Lou 🙂

Ingredients

Method

  1. The method could not be easier. 
  2. Make some space in your freezer- or you can let it set in the fridge.
  3. Line a small square baking tin with parchment paper 8x8inc or similar.
  4. Melt the coconut in the microwave or in a small pot. 
  5. Mix in the peanut butter, desiccated coconut, honey and half the dark chocolate. 
  6. Pour the mix into the tin and shake it lightly to get into the corners. 
  7. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top. 
  8. Carefully place in the freezer to set- or the fridge. 
  9. When completely set chop into bite sized pieces. 

Pumpkin Brownie

These pumpkin brownies are incredible….I even surprised myself with this one! The bitterness from the chocolate works so well with the earthy sweetness of the pumpkin and the warming spices too. Make sure to have a nice warm drink, tea or coffee or a spiced latte, if thats your preference, and get cosy with this sweet autumn treat!

Liz on a previous post laid the foundations for this recipe and gave instructions on how to make your Autumn Flavour Kit with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice mix, check it out and come back here to make these brownies. I’m a little bit obsessed with the pumpkin (aka Kuri squash) at the moment, I’ll be cooking them for all things sweet and savoury over the next few months.

Once you have your pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice at hand, there is an endless amount of autumn baking recipes to sift through and experiment with. My first thoughts were cake, cookies, bread and then this brownie. I did extend my research to the US where many bakers have a whole catalogue of spiced pumpkin recipes. I did a bit of tweaking with this recipe and the result was much better that I could have hoped for!

I really hope you make them and enjoy them,

Lou

Ingredients – makes 16 squares

For the brownie batter

For the pumpkin batter

  • 225g granulated sugar
  • 180g pumpkin puree 
  • 170g butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice** (follow the link Autumn Flavour Kit to make your own or add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon mixed spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and butter and line with parchment a 9×13-inch (23×33- cm) baking tray.

For the brownie batter

  1. In a mixing bowl beat (with an electric mixer) or whisk together the melted butter and sugar. 
  2. Then crack in the eggs and beat for a few minutes until pale in colour.
  3. Using a sieve, sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Gently mix with a spatula to combine. 
  4. Finally, fold in the chopped chocolate and spread evenly in the prepared pan.

For the pumpkin batter

  1. In a mixing bowl beat or whisk together the melted butter and sugar. 
  2. Then crack in the eggs and beat for a few minutes until pale in colour. 
  3. Gently stir in the pumpkin puree. 
  4. Using a sieve, sift in the flour, baking powder and pumpkin spice. Gently mix with a spatula to combine. 
  5. Pour the pumpkin batter on top of the brownie batter.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. You want the brownie to be a bit gooey so don’t over bake.

Halloween – Flapjack Mummies!

Halloween is creeping closer so its time to start thinking of some tasty treats to share! We are adding plenty of wholesome ingredients to balance the sugar overload at this trick or treating time of year! Make your own eyeballs too for that startled spooky MUMMY look!! I reckon these can even go into the school lunch boxes too! #nutfree

To make the task of decorating these flapjacks more enjoyable, I recommend making and baking them the day before and add the melted chocolate the next day along with the eyeballs. Adding the finishing touches is a nice job for kids. #kidsinthekitchen

Make them this Halloween and let us know what you think in the comments.

Lou 🙂

Ingredients – makes 12

To decorate: 100g white chocolate melted

Homemade eyeballs – white fondant ready to roll icing and chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180℃. Line a square or rectangle brownie baking tin (8inc x 8inc) with parchment paper.
  2. Begin by chopping or blending the dates.
  3. Add the butter, brown sugar and chopped dates to a pot.
  4. Put onto the hob and heat slowly to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar, , stir with a wooden spoon.
  5. In the meantime measure the oats, seeds, coconut and cinnamon into a mixing bowl, give it a stir.
  6. Check on the pot. Bring to a gently boil, mix well and take off the heat. The mix should be soft and sticky.
  7. Tip the sticky mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients, mix well with a spatula or spoon or use your clean hands to coat all the oats and seeds.
  8. Spoon it into the baking tin and push and smooth down. TIP: get a square piece of piece of parchment paper to and lay it on top and use your hands to smooth it out. Discard the paper.
  9. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, the top should be nice and golden.
  10. Set aside to cool completely.
  11. Slice into 12 even bars, a bread knife works best for these!
  12. To decorate: Make some homemade eyeballs using some white fondant and chocolate chips. Roll the fondant into small balls and push in a chocolate chip for the pupil. Made 24.
  13. Melt the white chocolate either in the microwave, check it every 30 seconds and give it a good stir to loosen or in a bowl over a pot of boiling water (baine marie) don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl . You need the chocolate to be fluid so its easy to spoon over the flapjacks. If it seems stiff melt it for a further 30 seconds and mix really well with a spoon again.
  14. Line the flapjacks up on a chopping board lined with parchment paper and drizzle over the chocolate, add the eyeballs.
  15. Allow the chocolate to set for 1 hour then devour!!!!

Happy Halloween, enjoy!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake w/ Granola Streusel

Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast! 

This cake has wholesome organic oats, eggs, fruit, yoghurt topped with more oats, seeds and coconut – there’s a bit of sugar for good measure but perfect for a breakfast treat! 

Its an easy one to put together, no fancy equipment needed just a mixing bowl, a jug and a couple of baking trays. You could bake the streusel on top of the cake but we prefer it separate and sprinkled on top of the yoghurt.

You can pick up most of the gorgeous organic ingredients in eco packaging in our online shop, see links below.

It makes 9 generous portions, make cake for breakfast.

Lou 🙂

  • For the granola streusel
  • 20g rolled oats
  • 20g mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame)
  • 10g desiccated coconut 
  • 25g plain flour
  • 85g demerara sugar 
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 70g cold butter 
  • For the blueberry cake
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g sugar (cane or white)
  • 110ml vegetable oil (like sunflower or light olive oil)
  • 110g plain yoghurt we like Mossfield from Co. Offaly 
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 125g organic blueberries lightly coated in flour (fresh or frozen)
  • Optional – topping 2 medium bananas sliced lengthways (Warning they will go brown in time, if you’re not keen on brown bananas leave them off.)

Method:

-Preheat your oven to 180°C.

For the granola streusel:

  1. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and work the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers. Make sure there are no big lumps of butter.
  3. Layer onto the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. The streusel will look like a giant cookie, let it cool and then break up into pieces and put it into a bowl for later. 

For the cake: 

  1. Line a 9×9 inch square tin with parchment paper. 
  2. Measure all the dry ingredients.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda, cinnamon and sugar into a large mixing bowl. 
  4. Add in the oats and give everything a good mix.
  5. Add a small bit of flour to the blueberries and toss to coat. 
  6. Add the blueberries to the mixing bowl and gently fold in. 
  7. Add all the wet ingredients to a jug, the oil, yoghurt and eggs, mix well with a fork.
  8. Pour the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix until the flour is worked in, don’t over mix, some lumps are ok. 
  9. Pour into the square baking tray, top with sliced banana if using. 
  10. Bake for 25-30 mins. Check it’s cooked with a cocktail stick, if it comes out clean it’s done.
  11. Allow to cool completely, then slice into 9 squares.

To seve: 

Top a nice square slice of cake with organic yoghurt and top with a generous sprinkle of granola streusel.