Raspberry Buns

Some people think I’m crazy when I say that I find baking very relaxing! So after a rather long and tiring day I did a spot of relaxing baking with my daughter..

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This isn’t what we were originally going to bake but I went to get the eggs out of the fridge and they’d all gone! So this was an alternative recipe that fortunately doesn’t need an egg!

First off the margarine is rubbed into the flour and salt, I use stork for all my baking..

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Next the sugar is stirred in and then finally the milk. I added the 3 tbsps first and then maybe only another teaspoon before I felt it was a stiff enough dough..

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Next it’s rolled out into a long sausage shape..

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Then cut into rounds..

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They did need a bit of reshaping into circles before putting onto the baking tray..

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Next we made a hollow in each one and then filled with jam..

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Next we brushed them with milk and then they were sprinkled/drenched in sugar..

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After 15 minutes they were cooked and have spread out quite a bit..

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After our tea we had to do a good bit of taste testing and they are good, although I wouldn’t describe these as a bun, more like a biscuit! I asked my daughter if these are better than jammie dodgers and after she’d tried three she decided they were!

Would I make these again? Yes..

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Apricot Jam

We had three apricots that were possibly the wrong side of ripe and probably not going to get eaten to I decided to turn them into jam..

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So the recipe says 4lb of apricots and I only had 3 which actually worked out as an 18th of 4lb!!

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After halving them I cracked the stones to remove the kernels..

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I only blanched one kernel and added that to a pan with the apricots and only 23ml of water and just a few drops of lemon juice!

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That was left to simmer until soft and then I added the sugar..

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So obviously I didn’t have very much of a mixture but I left it to simmer for 15 minutes and then was looking very reduced and very sticky..

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So normally I’d sterilise jars and pot but because I had such a little amount of jam I just poured into a ramekin..

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This was left to cool then had to test with a wholemeal scone..

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I was pretty pleased with this jam! It’s delicious but maybe a bit too sticky! I think because I was using such a significantly smaller amount of ingredients I maybe should’ve boiled for slightly shorter length of time!

Would I make this again? Yes..

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Salmon Loaf

So this is another of the recipes that looks pretty awful! Who can resist pink food garnished with a boiled egg…

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I have decided that I do not like cans of salmon, we do often have tins of tuna and mackerel but I just find something a bit off about tins of salmon. There’s lots of slimy bits and hard white bits! I’m not normally put off by bones in fish but I do just find this tinned salmon stuff a tad unappealing..

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By the time I had picked out all the horrible bits I’m pretty sure I had much less than the 7oz! Anyway I beat in the butter until it was light and smooth as I could get it..

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Then I added the grated onion and celery..

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I don’t actually know if my tin really is a 1lb one but it’s the smallest I have and rather than butter it I placed some cling film inside. Then half the salmon mix is spread in and topped with a boiled egg..

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I think my egg was a still a bit too warm to get nice clean slices, so just as well it’s getting topped with more lovely salmon mix..

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Then I folded over the cling film and put it into the fridge for a few hours..

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It did actually turn out quite well, I managed to transfer it to a plate quite easily. I was wishing I had watercress to garnish, but all I had was even more egg..

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So looks good doesn’t it? This is one of those dishes that when I put it down on the table there was a stunned silence! Considering that we all tried this and surprisingly tastes quite nice!! Even my daughter wasn’t put off by how it looks! The texture is ok but the flavour is way way better than expected, but we could only manage a small slice!!

Would I make this again? Maybe, if I was having a 1970s garden party then definitely!!

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Parisienne Potatoes

I know I say this quite often as well but I am always looking for different ways to serve potatoes, I’ll do anything to avoid plain boiled spuds! So this was looking like an interesting recipe!

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So I actually went out and bought a melon baller specifically for this recipe! May seem a bit extravagant but my kitchen has been lacking in the melon baller department and am sure I’ll get plenty of use out of it in the future!!

Not sure how old my potatoes are, possibly a week but does that matter? Guess it might make them easier to shape. I did find it quite tricky to get nice proper round shapes..

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I put these on to boil for 5 minutes, and I also put the remaining potato on to boil in another pan. I hate wasting food so plan to make some mash with the leftover bits and use them for another meal.

They were pretty soft after only 5 minutes..

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Then it was into the pan with butter and oil..

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I did start off shaking the pan to keep them moving but they started to breakdown slighty…

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I was a little more gentle with them for the last few minutes in the pan until they were starting to brown..

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We were having these with sausages and sweetcorn! Well I loved these! They had turned out like I expected, I had imagined perfectly round, smooth balls of fried potato. They are softer and I need to work on my balling technique but as a way to serve potatoes it’s great!

Would I make this again? Yes, definitely!

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Cheese Grilled Fish

I don’t often grill fish, I usually fry, poach or bake in the oven. I really like the sound of this recipe and not something I’d ever have thought to do with a fillet of fish!!

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I was using haddock for this and had bought 2 fillets so halved everything else, which meant having to grate only a quarter of an onion!!

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The mixture is all a bit dry so doesn’t blend together very well..

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Maybe I should’ve melted the butter a bit or used made up mustard to help it mix together better. I grilled the fish for 5 minutes on one side and then another couple on the other..

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Then I had to kind of sprinkle over the cheese mix as it was far too dry to spread over..

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Then I topped with slices of tomato..

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After another few minutes under the grill the cheese was bubbling and the tomatoes were cooked..

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We were having this with some peas and homemade oven chips, a slighty alternative fish and chips!! Well this was great! The fish perhaps didn’t need quite so long under the grill but combined with the cheesy topping it’s great! The mustard just adds a nice heat to it, and even my daughter loved this, said it was like a fish pizza!

Would I make this again? Yes definitely..

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