French Toast with Caramelised Plums

French Toast with Caramelised Plums

Serves 4

 Great dessert or brunch dish

Cooking time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 125 ml milk
  • 8 slices bread (brioche if possible)
  • A little butter for cooking

 

To serve

  • 8 ripe plums, halves and stoned
  • 2 tablesp. sugar
  • Maple Syrup

To Cook

Mix the eggs and milk together then pour the mixture in to a shallow dish. Soak the bread in the mixture for a few minutes. Heat a large pan , add a little butter and cook the French toast until golden on both sides. Heat another pan , dip the plums into the sugar then place cut side down on the hot pan and allow the sugar to caramelize but don’t let it burn! When all the plums are ready serve with the French toast and maple syrup.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 14 g 

Carbohydrates: 80 g 

Fat: 11 g  

Iron: 2.5 mg 

Energy: 473 kcal  

Marmalade Muffins

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 The trick to fluffy muffins is to fold the wet and dry ingredients together as briefly as possible until just combined; don’t worry if the mixture still looks a little lumpy. These muffins are best served on the day they are made.

 Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 75g butter
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ teasp. bread soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g stone-ground wholemeal flour
  • 120ml milk
  • 5 tablesp. natural yoghurt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Finely grated rind of 1 orange
  • 100g marmalade

To Cook

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180ºC (350ºF). Line a muffin tin with deep paper cases. Melt the butter in a small pan or in the microwave. Remove from the heat.

Sift the plain flour, baking powder, bread soda and salt into a bowl. Stir in the wholemeal flour. Beat together the milk, yoghurt, eggs, warm melted butter and orange rind. Make a well in the dried ingredients and stir in this mixture along with the marmalade.

Spoon the mixture equally into the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Leave to cool for five minutes, then serve warm with a pot of hot coffee.

Cook’s Note:

If you don’t fancy using marmalade try making them with lemon curd instead.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 6g per muffin  

Carbohydrates: 28g per muffin 

Fat: 8g per muffin 

Iron: .9mg per muffin 

Energy: 195kcal per muffin 

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The Classic French Omelette

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 Everybody, 9-90, should know how to make an omelette, then dinner is only 3 minutes away. Here it is step by step.

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 teasp. water
  • ½ tablesp. fresh herbs, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Knob of butter

Filling

  • A little butter
  • 25g Oyster or button mushrooms, chopped
  • 25g Farmhouse Cheese, grated

Alternative Filling:

  • Chopped tomatoes, basil, scallions

To Cook

Prepare the Filling

A non-stick omelette pan is essential. Beat the eggs, water, herbs and seasoning together. Heat the pan well, add the butter, pour in the egg mixture. Work quickly, drawing the egg to the centre of the pan as it begins to set. This allows the uncooked mixture to reach the base of the pan. Continue until you have the omelette cooked to your liking.

Place the filling along the centre of the omelette. Starting at the handle, fold over the omelette by 1/3.Slide the omelette down the pan.

Then, with your hand under the handle, tip the omelette onto a warm plate, making the third fold. Sprinkle with finely grated cheese (optional) and serve with mixed salad leaves.

 

 

Apple and Yoghurt Pancakes with Blackberry and Honey Sauce

apple & yoghurt pancakes

Serves 6

Cooking time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 50g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 150ml natural yoghurt
  • 2 eating apples, peeled and chopped
  • Milk Butter to cook the pancakes
  • Blackberry and honey sauce
  • 200g blackberries (or blueberries)
  • 2-3 tablesps. Honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon

To Cook

Place all the batter ingredients in the processor. Whizz until well blended. Heat a non–stick pan & add a touch of butter. Add 4 large spoonfuls of batter, spaced well apart and cook for 2 minutes until bubbles appear, flip and cook for another minute. Transfer to a plate and keep warm while you cook the rest
(makes about 16.)

To make the sauce

Heat the fruit, honey and lemon juice until you have a nice thick fruity sauce. Serve warm with the pancakes and extra Yoghurt if you wish.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 11g 

Carbohydrates: 68g 

Fat: 9g 

Iron: 2mg 

Energy: 386kcal 

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Neven Maguire’s Pan-fried Hake with Lemon and Herb Butter Sauce

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 Of course this recipe is great with just parsley but experiment with a combination of soft fragrant herbs sauce as parsley, chives, tarragon or chervil depending on what’s available.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 x 175g hake fillets, skin on and boned
  • 1 tablesp. olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 50g butter
  • ½ lemon, pips removed
  • 1 tablesp. chopped mixed herbs (parsley, chives and tarragon)

To Cook

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the seasoned hake fillets, skin side down. Cook for a couple of minutes until the skin is just beginning to crisp, then add little knobs of butter to the pan around each hake fillet and cook for another couple of minutes until the skin is crisp.

Turn the hake fillets over and cook for another 3-4 minutes until cooked through. This will depend on the thickness of the fillets. Transfer to warmed plates while you make the sauce.

Add the rest of the butter to the frying pan and allow it to gently melt over a moderate heat. When it has melted, add a squeeze of lemon juice and the herbs, swirling to combine. Season to taste. Spoon this sauce over the hake fillets and serve with steamed broccoli and some sautéed new potatoes.

Serving Suggestions

Steamed broccoli and sauté new potatoes

Tips

Above all be careful not to overcook the fish.  To check, gently prod the thickest part of the fish with a small knife.  If it is cooked, the flesh will look opaque and the flakes will separate easily.  If it isn’t done yet, it will still have the translucent look for raw fish.

Other fish you could use: Whiting, haddock or trout fillets

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 39g 

Carbohydrates: 52g 

Fat: 26g 

Iron: 2.4mg 

Energy: 644kcal 

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