Oaty Blueberry Muffins with Ginger and Pear Frosting

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Serves 16*
*depending on the size of your muffin cases
This is a great recipe to impress when the girls are coming around for an afternoon chat. That said, my children love to bake these with me too. The blueberries give them the added extra goodness. 

Ingredients:

  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 170ml sunflower oil
  • 100ml milk
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 100g Flahavan’s Progress Oatlets
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150g blueberries
  • 1 large pear, peeled and finely diced
For the Topping
  • 150g cream cheese
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 2 pieces stemmed ginger, very finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger syrup
  • 350g icing sugar
  • 2 poached pears, thinly sliced for decorating
  • Edible flowers to decorate (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan 150°C/Gas 3.
  2. Place muffin cases in a muffin tray.
  3. Whisk the sugar, eggs, milk and oil together until thick and pale.
  4. Fold in the flour, oatlets, ginger and salt.
  5. Stir in the blueberries and diced pear.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
  7. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Place on a cooling rack.
  9. Cream the butter in a large bowl, then add some icing sugar, followed by the cream cheese and the rest of the icing sugar.  Spoon in the ginger syrup.
  10. Pipe or spread over the cool muffins, decorate with chopped ginger and place slices of pear and a pretty edible flower on the top.
Tip: 
If using soft fruit like raspberries, just place fruit in freezer for about ½ hour and they will stay fairly whole when baked.
 http://www.flahavans.ie/recipes/oaty-blueberry-muffins-with-ginger-and-pear-frosting-/247

Organic Smoked Salmon on Potato Cakes with Natural Yoghurt

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  Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 450g cooked, mashed potatoes
  • 75g flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablesp. scallions, finely chopped
  • Salt, pepper and nutmeg
  • 50g butter, melted
  • Smoked Salmon
  • 125 ml natural yogurt
  • 1 tablesp. dill, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper

To Cook

Mix the potatoes, flour, eggs, scallions, salt, pepper, nutmeg and half the butter. Mix well together and shape into 12 small potato cakes. Heat the remaining butter in a non-stick pan and then cook the potato cakes until browned on each side. The cakes can be served immediately or kept overnight in the fridge.

15 minutes before serving reheat in a hot oven.

Serving Suggestions

Mix the yoghurt, dill and seasoning. Place a slice of smoked salmon on each potato cake and top with the yogurt mixture.

http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/recipes/

Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

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This recipe from the Sur La Table kitchen will become your new Fall favorite. The sweetness of the pumpkin filling complements the richness of the brown butter sauce. You can substitute butternut squash for the pumpkin if you prefer. You can also make a double batch of ravioli and freeze them in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Odlums Chocolate Christmas Pudding

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Ingredients:

For the Pudding:

125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour

125g/4oz  Butter (softened)

125g/4oz Caster Sugar

2 large Eggs (beaten)

1 tbsp Cocoa Powder

125g /4oz Plain Chocolate (melted)

50g Shamrock Pecan Nuts (chopped)

15ml/1tbsp Milk

 For the sauce:

125g/4oz Plain Chocolate, broken into pieces

25g/1oz Butter

30ml/2 tbsp Golden Syrup

 Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2. Butter and line the base of a 900ml / 1 ½ pint pudding bowl with a circle of greaseproof paper or butter wrapper.
  2.  Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time (add a spoonful of flour if the mixture begins to curdle).
  3.  Sift together the flour and cocoa powder and fold into the mixture with the melted chocolate, chopped pecans and milk.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the bowl and cover with a round of greased and pleated greaseproof paper tied securely with fine string. Cover with pleated foil.
  5. Steam for 1 ½ hours (see directions below) until the pudding is risen and firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the sponge comes out clean.
  6. For the chocolate sauce, place all the ingredients in a heat-proof bowl, set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Remove from the heat and stir to make a smooth sauce.
  7. Turn the pudding out on to a plate, while warm. Pour over some of the chocolate sauce and serve the remaining sauce on the side. Enjoy!

http://odlums.ie/recipes/chocolate-christmas-pudding-2/

 

Odlums Blackberry & Apple Crumble

odlums blackberry crumble

http://odlums.ie/recipes/blackberry-apple-crumble/

Rachel’s Celeriac soup with roasted hazelnuts

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A lovely way to start Christmas dinner. Celeriac soup with soda scones