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Savoury Sweet Potato Crumble

Published February 4, 2017 by Storm

Cooked this yesterday to share with a friend; mentioned it to another friend and had to promise to share the recipe, so here it is.

I cooked mine in my Dutch oven, so it could go straight from the hob to the oven, but you could start the filling off in a good size saucepan and then transfer it to a casserole dish to bake.

For the filling

1-2 tablespoons sunflower oil

2 smallish or 1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

150g chestnut mushrooms, quartered (or cut into six segments if large)

2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

500ml veg’ stock

400g tin chickpeas, drained

For the topping

250g barley flour

125g butter

50g porridge oats

Optional – A couple of handfuls of grated cheese (I used goats’ Gouda)

Method

Heat over to 200ºC

While the oven is coming to temperature, heat the oil over a low to medium heat and sweat the onions and garlic until softened, stirring regularly.

Add the mushrooms and cook for about five minutes, until softening.

Add the sweet potatoes, caraway seeds, and stock; stir well and bring to the boil. Then simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile combine the topping ingredients and work between your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Stir the chickpeas into the filling.

Drain of any excess liquid (I think I poured about 2 tablespoons away).

Add the crumble topping and bake for around 30 minutes.

If topping with cheese sprinkle it over the top about 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

 

Easy to do a vegan version by replacing the butter with dairy free spread (I like Suma Sunflower Spread for baking) and skipping the cheese.

For a gluten free version I would probably use buckwheat flour.

 

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Almost Everything Free Brownies

Published July 3, 2016 by Storm

I was baking brownies to share this weekend and, because we all have different dietary requirements, they needed to be everything free. Well, not everything free, but dairy, gluten, and soya free, and ideally palm oil free as well.
The gluten free need was easily met; if I don’t have time to risk an experiment not being good enough to share or if I just want a quick and easy substitute flour for a recipe that would usually use wheat I fall back on a gluten free flour blend I know I can rely on. Avoiding dairy, soya, and palm with fat that would behave a lot like butter was a more interesting challenge. I decided to try coconut oil. You don’t have to buy expensive virgin coconut oil for these though, there’s no way you’d be making my brownies as part of a health food kick, I used the cheapest I could find and it worked just fine.

I may experiment more with different flours and maybe adding walnuts or chocolate chips but given that these were squidgy yet slightly crumbly, with a thin, crisp top I’m happy with how they turned out, and given how rapidly the pile on the plate went down I think others were happy too.

The recipe

Makes 12-16 brownies

  • 5 oz Dark Chocolate (a bar and a half of the 71% one I like, leaving me some to eat while brownies bake)
  • 3.5 fl oz coconut oil
  • 7 oz granulated sugar
  • 4 oz gluten free plain white flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 medium eggs

Pre-heat oven to 170ºC fan oven (I think that’s about 190ºC without fan or Gas Mark 5).

Grease and line an 8″ square baking dish or tin.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler.

Mix the sugar, flour, and baking powder together in a large bowl.

Beat the eggs and whisk thoroughly into the dry ingredients.

Stir in the chocolate and coconut oil.

(Add any extras you fancy like chopped walnuts or dried cherries at this stage).

Transfer the mix to your baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes (it should be crisp on top but still slightly soft.

Allow to cool in the baking dish for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Mixed Seed Loaf with Honey

Published November 4, 2015 by Storm

Darker days see me wanting more comforting food. Nothing beats good bread for comfort food; whether it’s still warm from baking alongside a bowl of soup or a thickly buttered doorstep topped with home-made jam, it’s food for the soul as well as the stomach. This loaf isn’t quite as rich as my Honey and Walnut Loaf but it’s still good autumn fare.

As usual the instructions are for a bread machine, my hands and kneading bread don’t mix well. 

For a medium loaf

  • ¾ teaspoon dried yeast
  • 4 oz barley flour
  • 10 oz strong wholewheat flour
  • ½ oz butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon heather honey (it really is worth using heather honey if you can get it)
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 300ml water
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Put all the ingredients except the sunflower and pumpkin seeds in your bread pan, in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

Select the Whole Wheat Raisin setting.

Add the sunflower and pumpkin seeds at the raisin beep.

Bread machine honey and walnut loaf

Published October 25, 2015 by Storm

I haven’t baked quite as much this year as last but I have tried to stick to my goal of a different loaf each time I bake. This loaf was an experiment which turned out so nicely I may find myself having to repeat it before the year is out. With a warm, rich flavour from the heather honey I used, this is a comforting loaf for cold, damp days.

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To make a medium loaf

  • ¾ teaspoon dried yeast
  • 10oz strong wholemeal flour
  • 4oz strong white flour
  • ½oz butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 280ml water
  • 3oz walnut pieces

Add all the ingredients except the walnuts to the bread pan of your bread machine, in the order specified by the manufacturer.

Select the Whole Wheat Raisin setting.

Add the walnuts at the raisin beep.

Enjoy the aroma that fills your kitchen as the bread bakes, try not to eat it all in one go!

Stuffed Marrow Part 2: The Subtly Spiced One

Published October 17, 2015 by Storm

The second marrow I had to stuff this autumn was enormous; about 18″ long and with much of it’s diameter 6.5″, I knew I was going to need a lot of stuffing.

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I made double quantity of my cheesy, nutty stuffing but it wasn’t enough; about a third of my marrow was still unstuffed. In desperation I trawled my cupboards to see what else I could make a stuffing with, the result was more successful than I had dared to hope. The recipe should give enough stuffing mix for most store bought marrows.

Ingredients

  • 4oz/115g wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 6oz/170g ground almonds
  • 2 chunky carrots, grated
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or frozen parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or frozen coriander leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed

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Technique

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Mix all the stuffing ingredients together and set aside.

Slice marrow into 1.5″ to 2″ rounds, scoop out seeds and pith.

Place marrow rounds on a lipped baking tray or in a roasting dish, stuff, bake for about 1 hour.

Stuffed Marrow Part 1: The Cheesy, Nutty One

Published October 16, 2015 by Storm

Marrows seem to be a much neglected vegetable. When I mentioned to people recently that friends had given me two beautiful, and in one case giant, marrows from their garden the typical response was “that’s nice, but what will you do with them?”. I did consider making marrow rum but in the end both got stuffed.

This is the first stuffing I came up with, this was enough for the 7 rounds I got from the first marrow and would be plenty for any of the marrows I’ve seen on sale in supermarkets and greengrocers. I almost forgot to photograph it so the picture shows a leftover slice a little bit squashed to fit in a tub ready to put in the fridge…

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Ingredients

  • 1 average size marrow
  • 8oz/225g mature hard goat cheese, grated 
  • 4oz/115g wholemeal or spelt breadcrumbs
  • 3.5oz/100g chopped roast hazelnuts
  • 4 tablespoons/60ml milk or milk alternative
  • 3 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the cheese I use St Helen’s but there are goats’ cheddars and goudas which would work.

Breadcrumbs; don’t buy dried! Use fresh or do what I do and make a batch in one go when you get a nice stale loaf and freeze them in useful portions.

Milk; personally I’d use a nut milk, macadamia or unsweetened almond for preference.

Technique

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Mix all ingredients except the marrow together in a large mixing bowl, it’s easiest just to get your hands into the mix than try to stir it all together with a spoon.

Leaving the stuffing to stand, cut the marrow into 1.5″ to 2″ rounds and scoop out the seeds and pith.

Place the marrow rounds on a lipped baking tray or in a roasting dish, fill with stuffing, bake for about an hour.

Any spare stuffing can be baked in a small pie dish or ramekins.

Apple and pear crumble with almond and star anise

Published September 13, 2015 by Storm

I’m used to the idea of foraging for autumn berries, foraging for orchard fruits is a new one to me! A recent trip on the local canal saw my Dad and I picking pears that were overhanging the water; small, crisp and slightly tart, these were an unexpected bonus to a pleasant day out.

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When a neighbour gave me a bagful of very sweet windfall apples I felt I had the perfect combination for an autumnal crumble. I used my smallest diameter casserole dish, which is 6.5 inches, for an 8 inch casserole dish increase the quantities by 50%.

For the topping:

  • 2 ounces ground almonds
  • 2 ounces plain flour (white or wholemeal)
  • 2 ounces granulated sugar
  • 3 ounces butter (or dairy free spread suitable for baking), cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon flaked almonds

For the filling

  • 3 eating apples
  • 6 small, firm pears
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 star anise

Preheat oven to 160ºC fan or 180ºC conventional.

Make the topping by all the ingredients except the flaked almonds together between your fingers until you achieve your preferred crumble consistency. Set aside.

Core the fruit and chop into roughly ½ inch cubes.

Toss the fruit in the orange juice in your casserole dish. 

Add the star anise, evenly spaced.

Cover the fruit with the crumble topping and sprinkle flaked almonds over the top.

Bake for approx’ 1 hour.

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