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Sultana scones recipe

Sultana scones are so tasty especially when freshly made and teamed with Jam and cream. They are great to make as they use limited ingredients and are quick and easy.

The hardest thing when making scones is then deciding if the Jam or Cream goes first! 

For me it has to be Jam first as I feel I need to spread the jam but I dollop on the cream.

Ingredients

350g self-rasing flour

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

85g butter

30g caster sugar

175ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

35g sultanas 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220c fan or 200c gas
  2. Add the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and mix together
  3. Add in the butter and with your fingers rub together until it looks like breadcrumbs
  4. Stir in the sugar and sultanas to the mixture
  5. Make a well and add in 175ml of milk and a tsp of vanilla extract to the mixture and stir quickly to combine. 
  6. When the mixture is combined, scatter some flour over a board and tip the mixture out on to it. Sprinkle a bit more flour over the dough and your hands and then start to give the dough a quick knead until it is smoother.
  7. Flatten out your mixture till it is about 4 cm deep then use a 5cm cutter to cut out your scones. The first time we made these I didn’t have a cutter so I just ripped some balls of dough from the mixture and then flattened them down. 
  8. Place your scones on a baking tray and then brush the tops of the scones with a bit of milk
  9. Bake for 10 – 15 mins until they are golden and have risen
  10. Let them cool and then add in your Jam and Cream making the big decision of what goes in first.

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Healthy Chocolate Bounty Bars.

I was a bit apprehensive about making these healthy chocolate coconut bars as I thought they would be complicated to make and we would just end up with mushy coconut and chocolate everywhere. 

I was shocked at just how easy and quick these are to make and best of all they are healthy. They were delicious! The coconut was so fluffy and with the chocolate on top they set my taste buds tingling.

We started off by putting dessicated coconut, coconut milk and a small dash of maple syrup in to a food processor.  Then blend until all the mixture is moist. (full recipe below)

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I covered one of our big square dining plates in foil to make the chocolate coconut bars on but you can use a baking tray/dish if you don’t have a square plate. Once your tray is set up spoon the mixture on to it and level with a spatula.

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Once the coconut base is ready, break up a bar of dark chocolate into a heat proof bowl and melt either in the microwave or over a bowl of hot water on the hob. Making sure you keep stirring the chocolate all the time through heating.

When the chocolate is completely melted and there are no lumps, drizzle it over the coconut base and then gently level out with the spatula until the base is totally covered.

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The last step is to put the chocolate coconut bars into the fridge for 1 hour to set. After an hour take out and cut into sections and enjoy.

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Ingredients

200g dessicated coconut

3/4 Coconut Milk

2 tablespoons of Maple syrup

100g dark or milk chocolate (if you want these to be health dark chocolate is best.

Recipe

1. Add the dessicated coconut, coconut milk and maple syrup into the food processor and blend until moist. 

2. Spoon the mixture onto a plate or baking tray covered in foil and smooth over with the spatula.

3. Melt the chocolate and drizzle it over the coconut base

4. Use the spatula to smooth the chocolate until the whole base is covered

5. Put in the fridge for 1 hour to set

6. Enjoy

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Blackberry Picking and Blackberry and Apple Crumble Recipe

Blackberry picking is one of our favourite past times. My children are normally the first to notice the ripened blackberries on the bushes and start asking when we can go blackberry picking.

We grab empty carrier bags or sandwich bags and head off in search of blackberry bushes. Living in Somerset we are lucky that there are lots of wild blackberry bushes around. Even if you live in the city I am sure you won’t have to look too far to find some blackberry bushes.

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The children get so excited when they spot the nice ones and when the bags start to fill up they feel proud of how many they have picked. We have learnt from experience that the best blackberries are nearly always hidden so it is worth moving the leaves and brambles around to try and find the ones hiding out of sight. Be really careful to avoid the thorns I found the best way was to use my foot on the lower branches and gently move the brambles down to expose the blackberries behind. 

You should always look for the blackberries that are completely black and look squishy. When you pick them they should come easily away from the stalk. If you have to struggle to pull them off then they are not quite ready and will taste a bit sour. The plumper the blackberry looks the sweeter it will be.

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After a while when we have half filled a carrier bag we head off back home, so we could get stuck into our blackberries.

For us the best way to do this and to get to really enjoy all the hard work we put into picking them is by making a crumble. There is nothing better than a good old fashioned homemade crumble our favourite is blackberry and apple which goes down a treat with a little vanilla ice cream.

My children love to cook and help out in the kitchen whenever possible they can bake quite a few dishes now with minimal help from me so they took over making the crumble with me just keeping a watchful eye.

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Once ready we all sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labour and it was well worth it. Not only was it a delicious crumble but it was made all the greater by the fact that we had handpicked the blackberries and made the whole thing from scratch. I know from the picture it is not the best looking crumble as the blackberry juice bubbled over but we are no Mary Berry. It tasted amazing and that is what counts, hopefully with more days like these our crumble will turn out perfect with the practice.

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 Recipe 

Ingredients;

A cup full of blackberries

One large Bramley cooking apple

tablespoon of cinnamon

2 tablespoons of honey

120g plain flour

60g butter

60g of demerara sugar + extra for sprinkling on top

Recipe;

Put the oven on to 180c

Wash the blackberries and apple then place the blackberries into a saucepan

Cut the bramley apple into small pieces and put in the saucepan with the blackberries

Add in 2 tablespoons of honey and a tablespoon of cinnamon

Add the pan to the heat and stir constantly for 5 minutes until the blackberries have released some of their juices and the apples have softened

Pour mixture into a large oven proof ramekins.

In a separate mixing bowl add the flour, sugar and butter and using your hands rub together until it looks like bread crumbs

Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the fruit filling, ensuring you give it an even cover

Lightly sprinkle some demerara sugar over the top to help the crumble brown up

Place in the oven for 30 minutes

Take out and enjoy. 

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