Rachel Allen’s strawberry muesli

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This recipe comes from the original Swiss Bircher muesli, where porridge oats are soaked in a little water, then sweetened with delicious seasonal or dried fruit, and sometimes nuts and seeds too. Strawberries and raspberries work particularly well in this muesli recipe, as does grated apple, to which you could also add a smidgen of ground cinnamon.

The recipe was created in the early 1900s by the Swiss physician Dr Maximillian Bircher-Benner, who knew that a diet rich in nutrients was essential for the recuperation of the patients in his hospital.

Place the porridge oats in a bowl with the water. Allow the oats to sit for 10 minutes, then add in the strawberries. Mash with a fork before adding enough light agave syrup or honey, whichever you’re using, to sweeten the mixture.

Serve the muesli on its own, or with cream and brown sugar; or topped with natural yoghurt and toasted, chopped hazelnuts or almonds.

Porridge Pancakes with Grilled Honey & Orange Figs

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Just because we can’t go out for brunch, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a stack of mouth-watering pancakes this weekend! Our recipe for Porridge Pancakes with Grilled Honey & Orange Figs is a guaranteed way to put a smile on your face! So follow the recipe below and whip up something tasty for breakfast this morning – after all, we deserve a treat! #FlahavansOats #IrelandsOatExperts #OatyPancakeStack

Serves 4 | Takes 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

50g Flahavan’s Oats
250 ml milk
OR 275g leftover porridge and a splash of milk
1 egg
50g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 black figs
Knob of butter
Juice and zest of half an orange
1 tbsp honey
Greek yoghurt

METHOD:

Place the Flahavan’s Oats in a small pan over a medium heat with 250ml milk and bring to the boil and reduce the temperature to a low heat and continue cooking for around 10-12 minutes until thick and creamy. Leave the porridge overnight covered with some clingfilm.

Whisk the overnight porridge together with a splash of milk and the egg until well combined. Alternatively, you can add the splash of milk and egg to any leftover porridge you may have.

Sift in the flour and baking powder to the porridge and whisk to combine.

Halve the figs and place cut side facing up on a baking tray. Drizzle with the honey and the orange zest and juice. Place under a hot grill and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the figs start to release their juices and collapse.

Melt a knob of butter in a non-stick frying pan and cook spoonfuls of the batter in batches until golden brown on each side. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

Serve the pancakes with the grilled figs and Greek yogurt

Saffron, Honey and Ricotta ice cream .@HaughtonHoney

 

 

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This Saffron, Honey and Ricotta ice cream isn’t too sweet – perfect for after a big meal

Ricotta adds an interesting texture here, and the saffron makes it wonderfully fragrant.

Serves 6

500ml/17 fl oz whole milk

1 tsp of saffron threads

5 egg yolks

200g/7oz sugar

250ml/8½ fl oz double cream

500g/1lb 2oz ricotta

2 tbsp honey, plus extra to serve

2 handfuls of toasted pine nuts, to serve

Bring the milk and saffron to a simmer and keep warm.

In a large bowl, combine the yolks and sugar and beat until pale.

Add half the warm milk to the egg mixture and whisk again until combined. Pour the mix into the saucepan along with the remaining warm milk. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens into a custard and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and whisk in the double cream, followed by the ricotta and the honey, until blended.

Churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve sprinkled with toasted pine nuts and a little extra honey.