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Winter Warmers 2: Apple Spice Muffins

For this second recipe in this series, I wanted to post something sweet that reminds me of the Autumn and Winter seasons. Apple Spice Muffins bring together the fallen apples in Autumn along with warming Christmas spices and your house will smell heavenly when you bake these! I really hope you give these a go so you get what I mean 🙂

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This was one of my first muffins I made and it was adapted from a recipe by Susan Reimer. But unlike the original recipe I wanted to find out a way to make these without eggs without losing out on the moisture. These muffins are great for so many different occasions: breakfast, brunch, picnic, tea time snack etc. I have also measured the wet and dry ingredients in advance, so when I want to make them I just need to mix the wet and dry ingredients together and it becomes even simpler and hassle free!

NOTES:

If you don’t have the individual spice powders below you can just use 1.5 teaspoons of Mixed Spice.

I prefer to use Granny Smith apples in this recipe but you can use any really.

My favourite nuts to use in this recipe are Pecan nuts, but walnuts or hazelnuts are also fine.

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Apple Spice Muffins

Makes 12 standard size muffins or 8 large muffins

What you need:

  • Self raising Flour – 225g
  • Baking Powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1tsp
  • Ground ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg – 1/4 tsp
  • white granulated sugar – 100g
  • Apple – 170g (approx) – peeled and chopped finely
  • Raisins/sultana’s – 30g
  • Chopped nuts – 30g
  • Milk – 150ml (I used Almond milk to keep this recipe vegan but you can use any milk) You may need to add more to get a thick dropping consistency. I end up using between 150ml – 180ml.
  • Vegetable oil – 100ml

For the topping:

  • 60g chopped nuts
  • 3 tablespoons (apporx) of brown (demerera) sugar

How to make it:

  1. Prepare your muffin tin by greasing them or lining them with cases. Pre-heat your oven to 190 deg C (375 F).
  2. Keep the apple, raisins and nuts aside.
  3. Put in all your other dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, spices) together in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Then measure out your milk and oil and then add these wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and work swiftly to combine them well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the apple, raisins and chopped nuts and mix well so that are evenly distributed in the mixture. The batter should have a thick dropping consistency.
  6. Spoon the mixture into your tin and sprinkle with the sugar & nut topping. Bake for about 20 – 25mins until the the tops of the muffins are browned and spring back when pressed lightly.
  7. Cool on a rack. I like to eat these warm from the oven but if you are not eating these straight away then you can just put them into the microwave for 10 seconds.

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Baked (Punjabi Style) Samosa’s

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On damp and dreary days, you can’t beat the comfort of some delicious Samosa’s and Chai! Here’s my way of getting that yummy taste of spiced potatoes and peas encrusted in a delicious buttery, crumbly pastry – without deep frying.

These Punjabi-style samosa’s are made with a hot crust pastry recipe which is so lovely and crumbly and is perfect to eat at home fresh from the oven or as a takeaway snack on a day out! You can reduce the spices to make it more child friendly and as they are baked they will be healthier than the usual deep fried samosa’s. I have no issues with treating yourself once in a while with deep fried stuff, but at least this recipe gives one the option of perhaps indulging in this delicious snack more often without worrying about cholesterol 🙂

I hope you give these a try and do let me know if you try any different fillings. These would be great with alternative fillings like paneer, chickpeas or cauliflower. Enjoy!

S x

Baked Samosa’s

(Makes about 20)

What you need:

For the hot crust pastry:

  • Plain flour – 225g
  • Strong white bread flour – 50g
  • Butter – cold and chopped into small cubes – 40g
  • Ajwain/Carom seeds – 1.5 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Hot water – 120ml
  • Vegetarian Lard (I used the Cookeen brand but you can use any others e.g. Trex) – 50g

For the filling:

  • Butter- 3 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / jeera- 1 tsp
  • Potatoes – approx 700g
  • Green peas –  100g
  • Red chili powder-½ tsp
  • Ginger, 2 inch, chopped or grated finely
  • Dried mango powder / amchur -½ tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Roasted and crushed coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste

How to make it:

1.Peel the potatoes, cut them into small cubes and cook in a saucepan of boiling water. Take care not to overcook them as otherwise they will be too mushy when filling the Samosa’s. They need to be a little firm or ‘al dente’ in texture’ after cooking.

2. In a large frying pan heat some oil then add the cumin seeds. As soon as they start to splutter add chopped ginger and saute for few seconds.

3. Lightly mash the potatoes with your hand and add to the pan and then add all the other spices. Mix well so the spices and potatoes are combined.

4. Add the peas and cook the filling mixture for a further 2 – 3 minutes and then keep the mixture aside.

5.Make the pastry by combining both flours and salt into a large bowl. Then add the cubed butter and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour so the whole mixture eventually looks like breadcrumbs.

6. In a small saucepan add the water, salt and the lard and gently heat until the lard is dissolved. Then pour all the liquid into the flour&butter mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine the wet and dry ingredients into a dough.

7. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently using your hands for about 3 minutes. It does not have to be well kneaded like if you were making bread, it’s just so that it’s all well combined.

8. Roll out a portion of the dough in oval shape. Now cut it horizontally using a knife, diving into 2 equal portions. Lightly dampen the edges of the rolled out dough with water and make cone.

9. Stuff a tbsp of prepared potato & peas filling into the cone. Pull back and fold the cone and seal tightly by pressing the edges firmly together (you can crimp it if you like)

10. Once you have repeated this to finish all the dough and filling, place in the oven for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the samosa’s are browned.  Keep an eye on them as not all ovens are the same and you may have to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Serve these with a refreshing coriander chutney, or a tangy tamarind chutney – or both. And don’t forget your coffee of chai with this! YUMMMM!

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GBBO Week 3 – Bread week

It’s the day of the forth week’s episode and I know I am so late with keeping up with the GBBO bake along, but better late than never?!  I was planning to make such exciting things for Bread week but this week was particularly busy and I had a rubbish bake with a Cinnamon Couronne – those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter will know all about this already! 🙂 So I only really had time to make these bread rolls, which in fact was the best thing I could have done from Bread week.

On top of all of that, the shocking news that the GBBO production team will be moving to Channel 4 for the next series! Whaaaaaat!!!!! And the presenters Mel & Sue are also making an exit! Disaster. I am not sure how the show is going to keep it’s ratings as it is a Household name now and I feel the success is due to no advert breaks and brilliant presenters. Oh well, I hope this doesn’t put off any budding bakers out there and hope these easy 50/50 bread rolls gives some inspiration 🙂

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These are one of the first things I baked when I was learning to make bread, and it’s always been a favourite. I have just tweaked it slightly using Spelt flour and milk which gives it a tastier flavour (in my opinion)  and hence the name ’50/50 bread rolls’ . They have the lovely texture and nuttiness from both white and brown flour and are perfect just by themselves with butter or margarine or with some yummy soup or you can even stuff them with your favourite sandwich ingredients!

Makes approx 10 small rolls

What you need:

  • strong white organic bread flour, plus extra for dusting – 250g
  • Spelt flour – 250g
  •  Salt – 1 tsp
  • dried Yeast – 2 tsp
  • Warm milk – approx 75ml (you can use Almond or Soya milk if you are vegan)
  • Warm water – approx 225ml
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, for greasing
  • Rice flour, for dusting

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How to make it:

  1. Add the warm milk, warm water  & sugar to a bowl and then add the dried yeast.Mix well and cover and leave aside for about 15 mins to wake up the yeast 🙂 Ensure water and milk are not too hot and can be touched with your finger comfortably. If it’s too hot then it may kill the yeast – I have done this before and ended up with dough that never rose and tasted horrible! 

  2. In another large bowl, mix the white & spelt flour with the salt so they are combined.

  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix together with your hands until the dough is well combined. Bring the dough together into a ball.

  4. Knead the dough on a clean surface for 20-25 minutes, or until the dough is elastic and smooth. You can add a little more warm water to loosen the dough if needed.

  5. Return the dough to a bowl, lined with olive oil, and cover with a clean damp tea towel or cling film. Set aside for 1-1½ hours in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

  6. When the dough has risen, return it to a floured work surface and knock it back.

  7. Separate the mixture into 10 parts and roll each into a ball. Flatten each slightly with the palm of your hand and transfer the rolls to a baking tray, placing them close together. At this point you can add different toppings to your rolls e.g. sesame seeds, poppy seeds, oats, herbs, chilli flakes etc.

  8. Cover the tray with cling film and set aside for another hour, or until the rolls have doubled in size again.

  9. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C

  10. When the rolls have expanded, dust them with the rice flour and transfer them to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through.

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September 14, 2016 · 3:56 pm

GBBO is back! It’s CAKE WEEK!

Many of you UK peeps who love baking or love watching baking programmes, must be excited that The Great British Bake Off is back!  Yipppeeee!! I am definitely one of those people who have set the whole series on record and has told the whole household that Wednesdays from 8.00 – 9.00pm are booked out for GBBO excitement! 🙂

All the contestants this year look very interesting but I am liking Rav Bansal already how likes Vegan Baking. Yeyyy!

Well the first week’s theme is just simply cakes and this year I thought I would try and bake along and also contribute to the themes with my own versions.  So to start here is my recipe for eggless Lemon Drizzle cakes/muffins. I love this recipe, especially during these summer months as they are light and refreshing and easy to take on days out and picnics.  

Love Suji x

#CookEatInspire #sujiskitchen

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Sometimes it’s just easier making smaller portions to ensure everyone has a piece or if you are short on time (the latter is usually what happens with me!). So muffins are an easy way to make your favourite cake in a cute package and this lemon drizzle flavour is a really simple one!

These can be Vegan if you are using Soya Milk, but you need to keep these in an air tight container to keep them soft and moist.

Makes 10 – 12 standard size muffins

What you need:

  • Plain Flour – 280g  / 2.5 cups (you can use Self raising flour but leave out the baking powder)
  • Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Bicarb of soda – 1/2 teaspoons
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Caster sugar – 110g /1 cup
  • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
  • Soya milk (or any other milk you prefer) – 150ml / 3/4 cup
  • Water – 90ml / 1/2 cup water
  • Vegetable oil – 90ml / 1/2 cup

For the drizzle:

  • Icing sugar – 60g / 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice – 3 teaspoons
  • Grated lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Optional: poppy seeds/chocolate chips

How to make it:

  1. Line your muffin tin with cases or oil & pre-heat oven to 180 C.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl and add the poppy seeds or chocolate chips if using
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together all the wet ingredients adding the lemon juice & zest at the end.
  4. Pour all of the wet ingredients in with the dry and combine well with wooden spoon. The batter should have a loose dropping consistency and you can add more milk if needed and don’t worry about any lumps in the batter.
  5. Fill the muffin cups 3/4’s full and bake for about 20 minutes or until the tops are slightly brown and spring back when pressed gently. Stir glaze ingredients together and drizzle over the hot muffins.

I’m drooling as I type out this recipe…..no joke!

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Next week’s theme is Biscuits, so happy baking until then!

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Artisan Bread baking at Ann’s Smart School of Cookery

I am very lucky indeed to have foodie friends and even luckier to be gifted a cooking class for my birthday this year! The lovely Dharani and I went on a baking class at Ann’s Smart school of Cookery and this class was held at their branch in St Katherine’s Docks in London. It was a dreary day in London so it was nice to walk into a cookery class which starts with the enticing smell of yeast! It’s a small venue but just enough to fit in the 20 people who signed up and a great long industrial kitchen tables for us to sit around.

The class started off with an introduction with our Tutor, Stuart, who was very charming and explained the plan for the day. It was interesting to learn a different type of making a standard dough which involves adding the flour to the liquid and not the other way around. It was a revelation for me and I am looking forward to trying it out for myself at home! We started off with the Brioche and the dough was given to a pair of participants who very ably used this ‘introverted technique’ of bread kneading and the ingredients put into this enriched dough had such an amazing aroma! YUM! Surprisingly the same basic dough was used to make all of the breads, with adjustments only made for any added ingredients e.g. herbs, spices and olives for the Foccacia.

Some of the different breads made by various participants on the class.

Some of the different breads made by various participants on the class.

Myself and Dharani had the awkward task of making 30 identical crostini’s. It was arduous work and mine were so untidy compared to the lovely ones Dharani made! However it was worth it in the end and they were so yummy with the different dips we had to sample them with.

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Crostini’s in progress!

Me being silly with the Hippo face oven glove :-) (I need to get me some!)

Me being silly with the Hippo face oven glove 🙂 (I need to get me some!)

Dharani's perfectly shaped Crostini's <3

Dharani’s perfectly shaped Crostini’s ❤

The other participants on the class that day had other types of bread to make; pizza, cob, foccacia and seeded rolls.  It was amazing to see such soft bakes turn out so well with very little time for proving. But I guess that’s what happens when you have a bread making class for only 2.5 hours!

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Check out the air bubbles in this soft and pillowy Foccacia!

Check out the air bubbles in this soft and pillowy Foccacia!

Tear n Share rolls. I want to try out those saffron rolls - beautiful colour!

Tear n Share rolls. I want to try out those saffron rolls – beautiful colour!

What the course details do not explain on the website is how much of the baking we will be doing ourselves and I think that it something that I would have liked to know beforehand. In my opinion this class is for beginners to baking or for those who would like to be inspired. If you bake often and are seeking specialty bakes, then perhaps this is not the class for you. However, the school has many different types of classes and you can book here. 

This pizza was DELISH!

This pizza was DELISH!

Thank you to Stuart and the school for our bread-tastic day! It has definitely inspired me to experiment with different types of bread to provide much needed comfort during this cold season.  Dharani, I couldn’t have experienced this class without you, so a huge thanks and for taking some of these photos:-)

I have yet to experiment with the techniques that I learnt on the class, so watch this space for new bread recipes! But click HERE for my classic white loaf recipe that I use very often and can be adapted with different ingredients.

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Is it Feb already?!

Wow. It is February. In the New Year. 2015. Whaaaaaaat?! A little freak out here!! I had so many plans (as usual) and so many things I wanted to have completed by now. Usually I would heave a big sigh and start moaning how I need to be more organised and moan about how little time there is to do everything….blah…blah…blah. But this year, unlike the “usual me”, I have brushed off the list of things I still haven’t done and can happily say ” oh well” and that I will definitely get around to it. It’s ok if I haven’t done it. For those of you who are like me – a control FREAK! – then you’ll understand how the aforementioned actions can be tough. A REAL challenge in fact!

Ok, so before you send me to see a psychiatrist, haa haa, here’s my first blog for the new year. Yeyyyy!  In addition, this month also commemorates a year since I started this blog and for me it’s proof that time does fly when you’re having fun 🙂

My inspiration for the latest set of recipes, come from the need of comfort food. No matter where you are in the world, you always need that feeling that your food is like a huge hug in your mouth and makes Life feel better again. Oh yeah…you know that feeling. So my first recipe comes to you from the Far East country of Thailand which brings heat and spice to warm up even the most Icy of Queens. My Thai Green curry is just my take on a big comfort food that my family and I love and I think the only difference really is the quantity of veg. Usually the Veg Thai curry that I eat at restaurants are yummy, but lack veg and I normally fight over the last pieces of veg with the person I am sharing it with. So my Thai curry does have a few vegetables that are not traditionally found in a Thai Green Curry, but I think nevertheless absorb the flavours and go together well. I am not going to preach about making your own Thai curry paste either, as the shop bought ones are not bad at all. However like most things, homemade makes a better and fresh taste and you can make it according to your liking. Either way, I hope you enjoy it!

Thai Green Curry with Lotus Root Fry and Quinoa

I have also had requests for a couple of traditional recipes and I have written ones from one half of my family, Sri Lanka. Pittu is a great alternative to having rice with curries and is also healthier as it uses red rice which has more nutrients and is less processed than white rice apparently. Most of the time it’s steamed with grated coconut, but is equally yummy with greens and other grated or finely cut vegetables like carrots and cabbage.  My family and I love Pittu with Aubergine in a tamarind gravy (Kathrikkai Kuzhambu) and Soya & Beans curry. My recipes are slightly different to the traditional ones as they don’t involve frying the veg in a lot of oil and use baking and steaming instead to retain maximum flavour, nutrients and most of all that all important comforting feeling. 🙂 I’d really like to know your thoughts on these if you try it out, or what your favourite dishes are to go with Pittu.

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Last, but not least is a sweet and satisfying dessert. I was saddened to hear that the King of Chocolate, Mr Michele Ferrero passed away a few days ago. His chocolate were the only ones that were favourites in our household and I can’t remember a Christmas without Ferrero Rocher. Good times indeed and I know his chocolate will be remembered for many more years to come as they are timeless flavours. I myself am not a chocaholic in the slightest, but Ferrero Rocher and Nutella I do love when the craving arises. So in tribute to the late Mr Ferrero, I have written my version of Nigella’s Chocolate cheesecake using Nutella. A big hug of chocolate to start a great year ahead I feel :-). Click here for the recipe and I hope you like it!

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Savoury & Sweethearts

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Enjoy this with any of your loved ones!

Get the recipe here!

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