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Let's go on a Egg Hunt...


Like I mentioned in my last post Easter for my little man is about the Easter bunny and lots of chocolate! So how could I not do a little egg hut for him in the garden!

Here are a few pics of this mornings fun and chocolately giggles...





What did you get up to this Easter? Do you like to do an Easter Egg hunt for your little ones?

Easter - Orange and Marmalade Hot Cross buns...


Happy Easter my fabulous readers! Easter is a very celebrated day in my household not only on this day, Christian Easter Sunday but also in May for Greek Orthodox Easter.

Today however we will celebrate Christian Easter, which is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And for my little man it means the Easter bunny and LOTS of chocolate he he...

Last year I celebrated by baking a delicious Easter Loaf but this year I thought id stick to something more traditional but still giving it my own twist, Orange and Marmalade Hotcross buns are based on a traditional recipe but have added orange zest and a glaze of marmalade and honey which gives them a lovely citrus flavour with a bitter sweet glaze.

Ingredients

for buns
625g strong white flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp mixed spice
50g cold butter, cubed
85g sugar
zest of 1 large orange
1 1/2 tsp fast action yeast
1 egg, beaten
275ml room temp milk
125g mixed dried fruit.

for glaze
1 tsp marmalade
1tsp honey
heated slightly

for cross
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp water

Method


1. For the buns, sieve the flour, salt and ground mixed spice into a large mixing bowl, then rub in the butter using your fingertips. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, then add the sugar and orange zest and yeast.


2. Add the beaten egg to the flour with the milk. Mix together to a form a soft dough.

3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Carefully work the mixed dried fruit into the dough until well combined. Knead lightly for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.


4. Butter a large mixing bowl then shape the dough into a ball and place it into the prepared bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for one hour to prove.

5. After an hour turn out the proved dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knock back the dough. Shape it into a ball again and return it to the bowl, then cover again with the tea towel and set aside for a further 30 minutes to rise. I didn't say this was a quick process ;)

6. After the 30 min turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then flatten slightly into a bun shape using the palms of your hands. Cover the buns again with the tea towel and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes. Mine were slightly irregular as I had little hands helping...

7. Grease a baking tray with butter and transfer the buns to the tray. I used a large cheesecake tin to get the round shape. Wrap the tray with the buns on it loosely in greaseproof paper, then place inside a large polythene bag. Tie the end of the bag tightly so that no air can get in and set aside in a warm place for a further 40 minutes to rise and treat yourself to a tea or coffee while you wait...again!


8. Preheat the oven to 240C.

9. For the cross, mix the in flour into to a smooth paste with 2 tablespoons of cold water.

10. When the buns have risen, remove the polythene bag and the greaseproof paper. Spoon the flour mixture into a piping bag and pipe a cross on each bun.

11. Put the buns into the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. As soon as you remove the buns from the oven, brush them with the heated marmalade and honey mixture, then set aside to cool on a wire rack.


Serve as they are or toasted with a good dollop of softened butter.


These are super tasty and are a great treat on this special day!

recipe - my own
syns - 10+ per serving

St Patricks Day brunch - Boxty...


'top of the morning to ya'...well evening :) I would of liked to post this earlier but as usual time got away from me!
Last year I posted a sweet recipe, so this year I thought id go for a savoury one and one that all my SW lovelies can enjoy too :)

Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake, usually made with both mashed and grated potato. It comes from the Irish word 'bacstai'.
My version however is more like a rosti to help make it syn free but I will post the other recipe for the non SW lovelies.


Ingredients

Large potato, grated
1 spring onion. sliced into rounds
1 eggs, beaten
freshly ground salt and pepper

Method

1. Put your grated potato into a clean tea towel or muslin. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
2. Place your grated potato into a bowl with half the spring onion, the beaten egg and seasoning. You could also add some mashed potato at this point, it would bulk it up. Mix to combine.
3. In a non stick pan, I added a little butter Fry Light for flavour, place three spoonful's of the potato mixture and flatten slightly. Cook them on a medium heat for a few minutes on either side. You want them to brown nicely but cook through. You can also cover for a short time to steam, but don't do it for to long as you don't want them to be soggy!
4. Serve hot with crispy smoked bacon and a sprinkling of fresh spring onion. Or even with some delicious Irish stew.



The traditional way to make them is with mashed and grated potato, flour, bicarb and buttermilk. They resemble an American style pancake once cooked.


I like to eat mine folded in half with a piece of bacon inside along with some fresh spring onion. And of course a pint of Guinness to get you in the St Patricks Day mood!


Have these scrummy potato pancakes for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. They are super quick, easy and versatile.


What did you get up to today for St Patricks?

recipe - mine
syns - pancakes free
          Guinness 6-9

Mother's Day Truffles...

 

Mother's Day, a day to celebrate mummy's everywhere (well in the UK today). And what do mummy's like... chocolate! And what do mummy's want...chocolate! And with these little beauties you can treat mum and still keep her on plan, ok more on plan then you would with most treats ;)


These 3 ingredient truffles are so easy to make and take no time at all! Eaten straight away or piled into a jar ready for mum to dip into when ever the craving possesses her, these little bites of goodness will make any mum smile!


Ingredients

200g Dark Chocolate
50g Milk Chocolate
1 tub fat free quark. (room temperature)
cocoa powder/crushed walnuts

Method

1. Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Once melted leave to cool slightly.
2. Fold in your quark. Important it must be room temp other wise the chocolate will seize up. If it does just add a little skimmed milk heated in the microwave. Stir until smooth and then place in the fridge to set.
3. After and hour or so remove from the fridge and using a spoon scoop out a little bit of the chocolate and then using slightly wet hands mould into a bite sized ball.
4. Place on a plate dusted with cocoa powder or chopped walnuts and coat the balls and then set aside. Continue this process until you have used up all the chocolate.

Store in a dry cool place and try not to eat them all ;)


Truffles so rich and delicious you wouldn't believe they are low fat! But they are...just 2 syns each!

To all my mummy readers, even if not in the UK, know you are amazing and well done for all you do!!

recipe - my own
syns - 2 syns each