Naan Bread

Easy & delicious naan bread to go with your curry

These were easy to make & delicious. The recipe said it would make 6 naan, but I split it into 5 to avoid arguments about who would get the extra one. Perfect for me, DH & the 3 kids (6, 9, 11)

Naan Bread

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 x 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 300g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 150g plain yogurt
  • 25g butter or ghee, melted, plus extra 2-3 tbsp for greasing and brushing
  • garlic (optional)
  • nigella seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put 125ml warm water into a bowl and sprinkle over the yeast and 1 tsp of the sugar. Leave for 10-15 mins or until frothy
  2. While you are waiting, put the flour, remaining sugar, 0.5 tsp salt and baking powder in a large bowl & mix together.
  3. Once the yeast mixture is ready, make a well in the flour mix & pour in the melted butter, yogurt, nigella seeds and yeast mixture.
  4. Stir well, then start to bring the mixture together with your hands until it makes a nice soft dough. If it’s too wet add flour. If it’s too dry, add a splash of water.
  5. Kneed for about 10 mins on a floured surface
  6. Grease the bowl with melted butter, pop the dough in the bowl & cover with a damp towel. Leave for about an hour or until it’s twice it’s original size.
  7. If you want to keep the naan warm in the oven while you cook them all, put the oven on to a low heat now.
  8. Heat a frying pan up.
  9. Split the dough into however many pieces you want (I did 5) & roll into balls. Put them on a floured surface & cover with the damp tea towel.
  10. Roll a piece out into the shape of a naan bread, when the frying pan is hot, lay the naan in the pan & dry for for 2-3 mins, then turn over & cook for another 2-3 mins.
  11. Once cooked, brush with a little butter (add some garlic if you want)
  12. If you want to keep it warm while you cook the rest, put it on a baking tray, cover with some foil & pop in the oven. Alternatively, put straight on the table & let the fastest child win.
  13. Repeat with the other naan, piling them up on the baking tray as you go.

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Yogurt Bread

Q: What do you do when you have no bread flour, no self-raising flour, no yeast & no baking powder, but want to make some bread? A: Make this Yogurt bread! #lockdown2020

Yogurt Bread

It did look a bit like cake, but it was easy to make (no kneading or proving!), tasted really nice & went perfectly with some Quick Tomato Soup!

The original recipe says to let it cool in the tin before turing out & slicing, but we were all to hungry to wait that long.

Yogurt Bread

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 500g plain flour, plus extra
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 350-400g plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a bit extra for oiling the bowl

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put a flat baking sheet in the oven so it can get really hot.
  2. Line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.
  3. Mix the flour, bicarb, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and tip in the yogurt. Bring together to make a slightly sticky dough.
  4. Lightly dust the dough with extra flour and form into a fat log, around the same size as the tin.
  5. Put in the tin. Dip a wooden spoon in flour and make a line along the centre.
  6. Bake on the hot baking sheet for 40-45 mins or until golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into slices

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Pitta Bread

I remember seeing a recipe for pitta bread ages ago, which claimed that once you had made your own, you would NEVER buy it from the supermarket again…. Then a few days ago this recipe popped up in my Facebook Feed, so I thought I’d better give it a go!

Pitta Bread

It was really easy to make & I managed to schedule the making of the dough & the leaving to rise bit around my work calls #lockdown2020. The recipe makes 4 pitta breads, but I split the dough into 5 so we could have one each. Everyone loved them & have demanded that we have them again very soon.

Pitta Bread

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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The original recipe says this makes 4 pitta bread, but as there are 5 of us, I split it into 5..

Ingredients

  • 250g strong white bread flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp dried fast-action yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 150ml tepid water (50ml boiling + 100ml cold)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a bit extra for oiling the bowl

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, yeast, sugar and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir.
  2. Pour in the tepid water and olive oil to the mixing bowl & stir again
  3. Once it’s a dough, kneed for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Lightly oil the inside of the mixing bowl, then put the dough in the bowl & cover the bowl with a damp tea towel. Leave the dough to prove in a warm place for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  5. Turn the oven on as hot as it will go & put a large baking tray in there to heat up.
  6. Lightly flour your work surface & turn the dough out once it is ready.
  7. Cut into 4 or 5 pieces, roll them into balls & leave them to proove again under a damp tea-towel for 10 minutes
  8. When the 10 minutes are up, roll the pieces of dough out into ovals about 5m thick
  9. Take the baking tray out of the oven & quickly put as many pittas on it as you can.
  10. Quickly put back in the oven for between 4-8 minutes (mine just took 4)
  11. Take them out of the oven & leave them to cool under a tea towel.
  12. Repeat if necessary of any remaining pittas you couldn’t fit in the oven.

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Flatbread

We *love* flatbread & for years we have been buying it pre-made from the supermarket. However, in my quest to reduce the amount of plastic waste we generate I looked into making it ourselves & it is SO very easy to make, we haven’t looked back & I get the kids (5, 8 & 11) to make it whenever possible! ūüôā

Here’s a link to the original recipe – we slightly reduce the salt & omit the herbs because the children prefer it plain. The recipe makes three flatbreads which is perfect for us (2 adults, 3 kids). I did get greedy once & made more, but it was just too much for us. I did then discover that if I baked it in the oven again for a few minutes, it made tasty nacho chips for snacking on the following day.

If you don’t have any self-raising flour in the cupboard, then you can sub it with:

  • 1.75 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp salt

Flatbread

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Flatbread

Easy to make & tastes delicious

Ingredients

  • 1.75 cups Self-Raising Flour
  • 0.5 cup olive oil
  • 0.5 cup water

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 230 C
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder & salt together in a bowl
  3. Stir in the water & 1/3 cup of the oil *** not all of the oil!! ***
  4. Kneed until it makes a nice soft dough
  5. Cut some parchment paper to fit your big baking tray (a pizza tray is perfect)
  6. Split the dough into thirds & shape into balls
  7. Roll each ball into a 10″ circle on the parchment paper
  8. Put onto the baking tray, lightly brush with oil & bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough

Flatbread

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Flatbread

Easy to make & tastes delicious

Ingredients

  • 1.75 cups Self-Raising Flour
  • OR
  • 1.75 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.5 cup olive oil
  • 0.5 cup water

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 230 C
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder & salt together in a bowl
  3. Stir in the water & 1/3 cup of the oil *** not all of the oil!! ***
  4. Kneed until it makes a nice soft dough
  5. Cut some parchment paper to fit your big baking tray (a pizza tray is perfect)
  6. Split the dough into thirds & shape into balls
  7. Roll each ball into a 10″ circle on the parchment paper
  8. Put onto the baking tray, lightly brush with oil & bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough

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Mini Mouse Birthday Cake

Mini Mouse Birthday Cake
Mini Mouse Birthday Cake

I just realised that I forgot to¬†post a piccy of DC2’s birthday cake (it was ^only^ 5 months ago!)

DC2 adores Mini Mouse, so it seemed the obvious choice. DH did his usual thing of googling for an apropriate image, and making a couple of easy chocolate cakes.

After forming the right shape from the cakes, he cut out a piece of greaseproof paper the same size & shape as the cake, and copied the picture of Mini¬†onto it. ¬†Using this as a guide, he rolled out and cut up the various coloured packs of ready-made icing he’d bought and then decorated the cake with them.

It always sounds so simple, but I seriously doubt I could do such a good job. Why not check out his efforts from previous years?

Cherry Cake

A couple of years ago, DC1 asked if they could make a cherry & raisin cake. ¬†We both enjoyed making it & it tased lovely, but they proceded to pick all the raisins out of their slice of cake – it turns out they like raisins, just not ^in^ things….

Cherry Cake
Cherry Cake

So, as the grandparents were visiting, I thought we would try making a plain cherry cake, and found this recipe.  DC1 thought that washing the cherries was hilarious & as always we set a few aside to eat after we had finished cooking (this seems to stop the temptation of eating them out of the mixture).

The cake was very easy to make (I just halved the cherries as I was too lazy to quarter them), and everyone agreed it tasted absolutely delicious!    The original recipe claims this tastes even better after a few days, but we didn’t leave any to see if this was true!

Cherry Cake

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 115g butter
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 large organic, free-range eggs
  • 130g plain flour
  • 0.25 tsp baking powder
  • 40g ground almonds
  • 230g glace cherries, halved

Instructions

  1. Halve the glace cherries then wash them well in warm water. Dry well with kitchen paper and set aside for a few minutes to dry more.
  2. 2.Pre-heat the oven to 140C
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, flour and baking powder, fold together gently until well combined.
  5. Toss the dry glace cherries in the ground almonds then fold this into the cake mixture by hand, stirring gently to avoid bashing the cherries too much.
  6. Spoon the mixture into a lined tin and bake at 140C for 1 – 1.5 hours, until the cake is light golden on top and springs back when lightly pressed in the centre.


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Raa Raa birthday cake

Raa Raa Birthday cake
Raa Raa Birthday cake

After months of debate, DD1 finally decided that she wanted a Raa Raa cake for her birthday. ¬†So DH got to work making the same¬†easy chocolate cake he made for DD2’s birthday earlier in the year.

He then cut out a piece of greaseproof paper the same size & shape as the cake, and copied¬†a picture of Raa Raa onto it. ¬†Using this as a guide, he rolled out and cut up the various coloured packs of ready-made icing he’d bought and then decorated the cake with them.

Looks good doesn’t it? ūüôā

Why not check out his efforts from previous years!

banana & apple bread

Banana & Apple Bread
Banana & Apple Bread

Sorry, I’ve been a bit rubbish at posting stuff lately. ¬†To be honest, I’m struggling to find time to do everything, and what with DD1 starting school and changing my working pattern, everything’s a bit crazy at the moment!

I’m sure things will settle down soon, but right now I need to sort out some more take-to-work-breakfast ideas as I need them four days a week now! ¬†(All suggestions appreciated!)

Unfortunately, I have chosen this exact time to get a bit bored of my two staples, refrigerator oats and  overnight oats so I needed to come up with some new ideas, and fast or I will be eating Breakfast Cookies every day! <yum>

I saw this recipe for Clean Eating Banana Apple Bread by @SkinnyMsMag and thought it fitted the bill perfectly. Healthy, tasty, and a way to use up those manky bananas which always get left in the fruit bowl!

As always, I had to make a few changes to the ingredients…… there were a couple of ingredients we didn’t have in the cupboard, so I tasked DH with getting the Almond Meal & Oat Bran from a health food shop near his work. ¬†Unfortunately, he forgot didn’t get chance, so I thought I’d just sub in some regular Plain flour. ¬†Then I realised I didn’t have any baking powder, so I used Self-raising flour. ¬†MIL had brought us round some little apples from her tree the day before, so I used 3 of those instead of the Granny Smiths in the fruit bowl. ¬†I’ve never used Stevia¬†before, and was about to sub in some sugar when I realised this recipe has 3 bananas & 2 apples in – surely it’s going to be sweet enough? ¬†So I just missed it out. ¬†I also used regular (full fat) Olive Oil instead of anything extra-light, and (full fat) cow’s milk instead of almond milk.

So, I made it & crossed my fingers while cursing the fact that it was so late & this took almost an hour to cook! ¬†As soon as it was cooked I just took it out of the oven & left it on the side too cool down overnight. ¬†When I tried it in the morning I was very pleased – it was a really nice banana bread with deliciously moist apple chunks in – so glad I didn’t add that extra sugar! ¬† DH & DD2(2.5) also liked it. ¬†DD1(5) wasn’t keen, but as this is for MY breakfast, for once I don’t care what she thinks! ūüėģ

Ingredients

Apples

  • 2 Granny Smiths apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp water

Banana Bread

  • 2 cups SR Flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 very ripe bananas-mashed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Line the loaf tin with baking parchment
  3. Put diced apples in a small pot on medium heat.
  4. Add the water, cinnamon & vanilla and cook until soft – about 5 mins and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl mix the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. In another bowl mix the olive oil, eggs, milk and vanilla.
  7. Add the wet mixture to the dry meal mixture, and mix slowly.
  8. Once combined, stir in the mashed bananas and fold in the apples.
  9. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for approx. 50 mins, or when a skewer comes out clean.
  10. Once ready, let cool inside the tin & then remove & serve

mini fruit cakes

Mini Fruit Cakes
Mini Fruit Cakes

DD1(4.5) announced one afternoon that she wanted to cook something. ¬†A quick scout around the kitchen confirmed my fear that we didn’t have much in the cupboards, so after much looking through recipes we eventually decided upon these mini fruit cakes

As with all of mamacook’s recipes, they were really easy to make, and I really liked them…. Unfortunately, DD1 decided to wait until we sat down to eat them to tell me that she didn’t like sultanas ^in^ things <sigh>

Ingredients

  • 110g Self Raising Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 55g Butter
  • 110g sultanas
  • 100ml apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • A few gratings of nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4.
  2. Heat the apple juice, butter and fruit in a saucepan until the butter melts.
  3. Pour the fruit mixture into a bowl and allow to cool a bit.
  4. Add the egg, flour, vanilla, spices and stir it all together.
  5. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for approx 12 minutes or until cooked and springing back when pressed.

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chocolate chip muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Chocolate Chip Muffins

DD1 (4.5) wanted to make DH chocolate muffins for Father’s Day, so I found¬†this recipe¬†for us to try. ¬† I had planned to make 12 of them, but we didn’t have enough cocoa for that so we only made 6, and then made another 6 with chocolate chips in.

I have no idea what we did wrong, but the chocolate ones were awful! ¬†They didn’t rise & didn’t taste good (picture hidden at the bottom of the page). Luckily the chocolate chip ones were lovely, so DH did get to enjoy a few cakes on Father’s Day.

Ingredients

In a Bowl

  • 150g Plain Flour, sieved
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • chocolate chips

In a Jug

  • 1 egg
  • 60g sugar
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 100ml milk

Instructions

  1. preheat the oven to 160C put the bowl ingredients into the bowl
  2. mix the egg,milk, oil and sugar together in the jug
  3. pour the egg mixture into the bowl and mix until combined but still lumpy
  4. spoon mixture into cake cases and put the tray in the oven at 160C for 20 until set and cracked at the top if not quite set put back in for a further 10 mins
Chocolate Muffins
Chocolate Muffins