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Simple Pancake Batter Recipe

Simple Pancake Batter Recipe 

It won’t be long before Pancake Day.

My kids love to have pancakes and are requested quite often, especially as a Birthday breakfast.

Here is the most simple Pancake batter recipe that I’ve been using for years which can’t really go wrong.

My simple Pancake Batter Recipe is easy to make for the perfect pancakes
Simple Pancake Batter Recipe

What you need:

  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg (large)
  • 300mls of Milk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Butter for frying.

How to:

Crack the egg into a bowl and add milk and whisk. Gradually sift in the flour stirring as you go along. Add in a pinch of salt and mix.

I always at this point put the batter mixture in the fridge for about half an hour which I was told to do by my mum but not sure why.

Melt butter in a frying pan and put on hob until hot.

Depending on size of pan add just enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan.

Flip or use a flipper (fish slice) until golden on both sides.

To make a batch I have the oven on low and keep adding them to the oven until the whole batch is cooked and then serve.

Toppings

You can’t beat just sugar and lemon in my opinion but of course the possibilities are endless. Here are a few to get you going, but please feel free to add suggestions in the comments.

  • Maple Syrup
  • Golden Syrup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Cream of any sort
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Ice cream
  • Nutella
  • Honey
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cinnamon

If you fancy something more than the simple pancake batter recipe then make sure you have a look at our Pancake Kebab Recipe or why not give American Pancakes a go topped with Maple Syrup and Bacon.

For more Pancake Recipes and Breakfast ideas pop over to my Breakfast Recipes board on Pinterest.

 

Handmade Chocolate Treats

Scrummy Easy to Make Handmade Chocolate Treats

Isabelle loves to get a bit crafty and Christmas gives you the perfect excuse. Both of these are really easy to make and can be done with the kids. 

Chocolate Orange Christmas Puddings

I pinched this idea off a work colleague as I thought they looked really great and who doesn’t like a Chocolate Orange.

Here’s what you need:

  • Chocolate Oranges (as many for the number of people you want to make for)
  • A big bar of white chocolate for the topping. Again the amount will depend on how many you are making. We made 5 and used a large bar of milky bar
  • Either ready made holly cake toppers or red and green icing to make your own.
  • Cellophane wrapping/bags to put them in
  • Ribbon for tying

We unwrapped the chocolate oranges and put them in a bun tin so that they didn’t roll away.

If making the holly and berry toppers yourself, cut these out and set to the side for later.

Melt the white chocolate and put a spoonful on the top of the chocolate orange allowing it to drip down the sides.

Add the holly and berry toppers and put into the fridge until set.

Wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon.

Perfect and simple to make.

Christmas Chocolate Block

I’ve seen these many times on pinterest so we decided to make our own version.

What you will need:

  • A square shaped tin lined with greaseproof paper. We lined ours with foil as we found the empty greaseproof paper box in the cupboard.
  • Lots and lots of chocolate – We opted for three large sized bars of Galaxy, one had rice crispy bits in and the two other were milk chocolate.
  • White chocolate for a bit of swirling on the top
  • Toppings – We opted for Cadbury’s Snow Balls, Maltezers reindeers, sprinkles, silver balls, pink sugar crystals and red edible flakey glittery type cake toppings

Melt the milk chocolate and pot into the tin making sure that it covers the bottom.

We then melted the white chocolate chocolate and swirled it through the milk chocolate.

Bash up the Chocolate snowballs and sprinkly willy nilly on top.

All other toppings just get added to the top – perfect for the kids to do.

Pop into the fridge and wait to set.

Once set you can break into pieces and add to a cellophane bag as a lovely chocolate gift, or you could do what we did and sit in front of the telly and scoff the lot!

Enjoy x

Sticky Maple Pork Loin with Apples Recipe

Sticky Maple Pork Loin with Apples Recipe

Sticky Maple Pork Loin with Apples Recipe – I think this is going to be a firm family favourite meal since trying it. It only takes about 20 minutes to make and all the ingredients are store cupboard staples apart from the pork loins. Isabelle who has been fussing with her food recently even asked for a second helping!

Sticky Maple Pork Loin With Apples

What you will need:

  • 500g Pack of Pork Loin boneless chops
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Apples cut into pieces
  • 1 Garlic clove crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons wholegrain mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

How to make:

Trim all excess fat off the boneless pork loins and cut into bite sized pieces.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the pork, cooking for around five minutes.

Remove the meat from the pan and add in the apples and cook for around 5 minutes so these start to soften.

Add in the garlic, maple syrup and vinegar. Add in a few tablespoons of water at this point, pop the lid on your pan and cook for a few minutes to allow this to soften further.

Add the pork back in as well as the wholegrain mustard and cook further until the meat and apples take on a sticky glazed look and the pork is cooked through.

We served this with buttered new potatoes and broccoli which went down very well with all.

This got a huge thumbs up from Isabelle so will definitely be repeated.

If you like this Recipe then take a look at our Family Recipes Category for more inspiration.

Lisa x

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Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast.

I think everyone gets bored of the usual breakfast offering of cereal, toast, fruit and yoghurt so I’ve been having a little search around for some great brekkie ideas which are quick but tasty.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

What you will need:

  • Crusty White Loaf
  • Grated cheese (enough to top as many slices of bread you want to make)
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper (optional)
  • Eggs

How to do it:

Slice the bread into nice thickish slices.

Using a spoon or knife press the middle of the bread down to form a square that will hold the egg.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Season the bread to your liking (lots for Daddy).

Butter the non-flattened edges of the bread and add the grated cheese to the edges.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Season the top.

Bake in the oven at gas mark 5 for about 15 – 20 mins.

Breakfast is ready!!

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Enjoy

Lisa

Ps – I have to confess that my earlier attempts at this were a major fail as I put them in the pan which resulted in the bottom of the bread burning and the egg not cooking so I flipped them over and this is what I got!

For more Scrummy Breakfast Ideas pop over to our Yummy Breakfast Ideas Pinterest board.

Slow Cooker – Easy Chicken stew

Slow Cooker – Easy Chicken Stew

Nothing beats a chunky soup or stew on a cold day, especially if its cooking in the slow cooker which makes it zero effort.

Easy Chicken Stew

 

What you will need:

Chorizo cut into small pieces (approx 7cm piece)
4 chicken breasts
400g tin green lentils
500g carton passata
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 good teaspoons smoked paprika
1 veg stock cube
Small teaspoon English Mustard
New potatoes and carrot chunks – as many as you can fit into your slow cooker/pan Salt and pepper
Fresh Parsley

If using a slow cooker, make sure that you put this on in the morning (just before school run is a good time). You can prepare everything the night before so that in the morning you can just pop it all in and leave all day long.

Cut the Chorizo into small chunks and add to slow cooker.

Cut the chicken breasts into large chunks (you can use skinless/boneless chicken thighs as well).

Add the lentils, passata, two cloves of garlic crushed, and two generous teaspoons of smoked paprika.

Add in a small teaspoon of English Mustard.

Peel approximately 4 carrots and cut into small batons.

Cut new potatoes into quarters (I find that 6yo Isabelle prefers quarters).

Once all of this is added to the slow cooker, add the vegetable stock cube and add water to fill the slow cooker.

Towards the end, add a generous amount of chopped fresh parsley, and if needed add a bit of flour to thicken it up. Add salt and pepper to taste.

We also like to add butterbeans, but unfortunately Isabelle isn’t a fan but I would usually have them.

This is a really tasty but filling family favourite and because it’s made in the slow cooker it’s perfect for busy family life. Ryan can grab a bowl full before going off to football training, Isabelle can eat as soon as she is hungry and we can eat when Isabelle is in bed in peace and quiet. That is if we’re not having it together as a family meal.

Lisa

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Christmas Tree Pizza Recipe

Christmas Tree Pizza

No excuse needed for making Pizza for dinner, but a Christmas Tree shaped Pizza is guarnteed to give you extra Mum points. To make these pizza’s you could cheat and use a ready made pizza base but we prefer to make our own. Here is the recipe for traditional dough base.

Christmas Tree Pizza Recipe

What you need:

  • 3 cups of strong plain flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of fast action dried yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and cover. Leave for half an hour to give the yeast a chance to work.

Christmas Tree Pizza Recipe - Making the dough
Making the Pizza dough

After this time, divide the dough into 4 pieces and flatten with your hands. I then hand cut christmas tree shapes and put onto a greased baking tray.

Christmas Tree Pizza - Cutting the dough into tree shapes
Making Christmas Tree shapes

Using a jar of pizza sauce (can be found in most supermarkets) or use tomato puree mixed with some dried oregano.

Adding the tomato sauce to the Christmas Tree Pizza
Adding the sauce!

Then comes the fun bit of adding the toppings of your choice. I used a selction of peppers, sausage, chicken, salami, tomatoes and cheese. I let both of my kids decide what they wanted on their pizza. Put in the oven on gas mark 6 for approximately 20 minutes and they had them for dinner.

All the topping choices for your Christmas Tree Pizza
Pick your Pizza Toppings

The Christmas Tree Pizza's are ready to go in the oven
Ready to pop in the oven!

The cooked Christmas Tree Pizza's are ready to eat
Ready to eat!

If you’re feeling extra crafty then why not give making Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper or make some Christmas Tree Bunting.

 

 

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

This is the first time that I’ve ever made anything sweet in my slow cooker, and we have definitely used it far more this year with lots of lovely soups, stews and casseroles.

So here goes!

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

What you need:

  • 6 Cups of Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Double Cream
  • 1 Tin Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 12oz Milk  Chocolate (chopped small of chocolate chips)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Marshmallows

Pop all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and set on a low heat for approximately two hours.

Stir every ten minutes or so and once ready top with a few marshmallows and serve.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate is not for the faint hearted. It is really sweet and choc0latey!!

We made this whilst we put up the Christmas Tree and decorations and then watched the Polar Express in preparation for our Polar Express Train Ride next Sunday.

Lisa

Check your Meat and Veg – Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Check your Meat and Veg – Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign – As a woman I think we get great support and coverage for female cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer, but there is still a long way to go where all cancers are concerned.

Men (most men) are ridiculous when it comes to going to the doctor when it comes to genuine medical concerns. They’re all ready to claim near death when it comes to a bout of man flu, but in general they tend to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to genuine concerns.

We’ve all heard of Movember where men grow all kinds of moustaches in support of Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Mental Health in men.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

The Check Campaign

Heck Sausages have changed their name to Check for the duration of November to support men who are affected with Testicular Cancer encouraging them to Check for lumps in their testicles, and for women to Check their partners too.

The Heck family have a personal story for their support, and want to break the silence of the men of this earth.

Jamie Keeble says, “I found a small lump, immediately went to my GP and received my diagnosis. Even though a lot of stigma surrounds going to the doctor for such an intimate area, it is key to be proactive if you find a lump.

“Our research shows that too many men would ignore it if they found something and that many are unsure how to correctly check themselves.”

“Too many men are dying young from ignorance and lack of quick action. This disease needs to be openly discussed so that more guys will check themselves and feel they can talk to someone if something doesn’t feel right.

“60% don’t even know what a cancerous lump would feel like. In this day and age this has to stop! People need to be educated so that we can start making a difference.”

Check Sausages are available to buy in ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose at £2.99 for a pack of six.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

The Facts

  • Did you know more than three quarters (76%) of women admitted they wouldn’t know what a cancerous lump would feel like on their partner’s testicles. Whereas almost half of men (46.6%) said they would know what a lump on their partner’s breast would feel like!
  • Hecks research revealed 82% of blokes are unwilling to talk to their doctor about any issues with their genitals.It seems that our men are too embarrassed to discuss their testicles with their GP, alarming new research has revealed.
  • A survey of 2,000 people has discovered the true extent of the taboo subject, with 82% of blokes unwilling to talk to their doctor about any issues with their genitals.The worrying results were commissioned by HECK – a Yorkshire-based sausage brand which is working alongside the world-leading men’s health charity The Movember Foundation.

Commenting on the poll findings, a spokesperson for The Movember Foundation said:

“Unfortunately this latest polling from HECK is accurate.
Too many men are not checking themselves, not knowing what to look for and being too embarrassed to discuss the subject.
Tackling these taboos head on, getting more men educated on the health risks they face, taking action when needed and talking when things get tough, is exactly why The Movember Foundation exists.”

The survey also showed that almost one in 10 (9.8%) of men between the ages of 18 and 24 would do nothing if they felt a lump on their testicle.

Testicular cancer is often described as a small pea-like lump on one testicle, but many men are unaware of this. Two thirds of men had no idea this was a sign of the deadly cancer.
One in five blokes (18.4%) of men incorrectly assumed that a cancerous lump feels ‘like a flat coin’.

The research also found that three-quarters of women (76%) would have no idea what a cancerous lump would feel like on their partner’s testicles.
In contrast, slightly less than half of men (46.6%) said they’d know when to be concerned about a lump on their partner’s breast.

The research was carried out by the brands founder, Jamie Keeble, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago. He said, “If men don’t know what testicular cancer might feel like, how can they possibly check themselves? Testicular cancer is on the rise and men can reduce their chances of dying simply by knowing what to feel for.”

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Other results from the research include:

• The three UK cities where men are most likely to know what a cancerous lump feels like are: Warrington at 71%, Portsmouth at 61% and Sunderland at 57%

• More than one-quarter of men (26.7%) in Scotland say they’d wait a few days before doing anything if they discovered a lump on their testicle, compared to just 12% of men in the South-West

• Almost one in 10 (9.8%) of 18-24-year-old men say they’d do nothing if they felt a lump on a testicle; by contrast just 3% of women would do nothing if they felt a lump on a breast.

The facts speak for themselves really.

Come on Fella’s GET CHECKED! Better safe than sorry.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

About HECK

HECK is a family run business making farmers market quality sausages for Britain’s supermarkets. They have since increased their range to include burgers, meatballs, gluten-free and vegetarian sausages. All their products are made using ethical meat and ingredient choices to achieve award winning quality at affordable every day prices.

We were asked by HECK to produce a Meat and Two Veg Recipe in support of the Check Campaign.

Sausage, Bacon & Bean One Pot

Ingredients:

  • 2 Packs of Check Sausages (12 sausages)
  • 1 Packet smoked Bacon
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 400g tin Butter Beans
  • 200g tinned tomatoes (half a tin)
  • 700g Jar passata
  • 400g ton of beans
  • 2 Teaspoons English Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons Barvarian Sweet mustard (can use wholegrain mustard)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • A couple of sprigs of rosemary
  • A handful of parsley
  • A squirt of barbeque sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Roughly chop the bacon and fry in a little bit of oil and set to one side.

Brown off the sausages and add in the rosemary.

Put in the beans and add the bacon back in.

Add all the remaining ingredients and leave on the hob on a low heat for 30 – 40 minutes.

Towards the end add in the fresh parsley.

We had ours with buttery mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Our Comments

We’re big fans of one pot meals, and both of our kids are fans of sausages. We were really impressed by the quality of the sausages with very little fat coming out during cooking. They stayed in tact as well which not all sausages do when added into a saucy one pot. The meal went down very well with all of us enjoying it, and as an added bonus there are plenty of leftovers to make another meal.

SO COME ON FELLA’S – CHECK YOUR MEAT AND VEG!

For more sausage recipes head on over to HECK where they have loads of suggestions. You can also check out the rest of our Family Recipes on our Family Recipes Page.

Our family has recently been hit by the reality of male cancer so we were more than happy to help promote the CHECK Campaign. We were sent two packets of sausages for the purpose of this post but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

 

 

Simple Cookie Dough Recipe

Simple Cookie Dough Recipe

Simple Cookie Dough Recipe. We love to bake and aside from cupcakes, cookies are the easiest thing to make and keep the children entertained as they can help to make them and then decorating them afterwards is really fun and a great chance for mum to grab a cuppa.

Here’s the recipe that we use which can be frozen if you don’t use it all for another day.

Ingredients

  • 10oz/300g plain flour
  • 5oz/150g caster sugar
  • 8oz/250g butter, diced and at room temp
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (if wanting chocolate biccies)

Put the sugar and butter in a bowl. We tend to put our butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make it easier for Isabelle to mix with the sugar.

How To

Separate the egg yolk and add to the bowl with the vanilla essence, mixing until smooth.

Adding the flour, cocoa powder (if making choccie biscuits) and pinch of salt, mix everything together. May require little hands to get stuck in.

Once the mixture is formed into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for about half an hour.

Simple Cookie Dough Recipe

Sprinkle flour on an even surface and roll out so that it’s about 1/2cm in thickness and cut using whatever cutters or shapes you have.

Put them onto a non-stick baking tray and bake at gas mark 4/180 degrees for approximately 12 minutes.

Simple Cookie Dough Recipe

Once cooled these can be decorated with icing, sprinkles, chocolate buttons or whatever cake toppings you may have.

As you can see, ours received a thorough makeover with lots of edible glitter to make them extra special.

Enjoy x

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe – Today the weather was so weird. One minute it was bright blue sky and the sun was shining so I put out the washing and was due to head out for a walk with the dog. I turned my back and the next thing it was bucketing down and I had to run like a crazy person to get all the washing back in. This occurred three times so I gave up and put the washing on the airer and we made the decision to bake. So here the recipe which is really easy to make.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

What you need:

For the dough

  • 300g/10oz Plain Flour
  • 150g/5oz Caster Sugar
  • 250g/8oz Butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

For the filling

  • 60g/2oz Butter
  • 90g/3oz Icing Sugar
  • Jam
  • A couple of drops of Vanilla Essence
  • 1 tsp Water

How to make the dough:

Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together.

Add in the egg yolk and vanilla essence and mix until smooth.

Sift in the flour and salt and mix everything together to form a dough.

Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for around 30 minutes.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

To make the biscuits:

Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 4 (180ºC/350ºF)

Sprinkle the work surface with flour so that it doesn’t stick and then roll out the dough so that it is about 1/2cm thick.

Grease your baking trays (we used two).

Get your cookie cutter of choice (we went for a heart shape with a circle in the middle) and cut out your biscuits.

Once you have cut out the biscuits, count them. Put one half of the biscuits to the side and the other, cut out a smaller circle in the middle. These will be the tops.

Bake the cookies in the oven for approximately 12 minutes or until golden.

Whilst these are cooling you can prepare your filling.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

For the filling:

Put the butter in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds. This makes it so much easier to make butter icing.

Sift in the icing sugar and add the water and vanilla essence.

Mix together until you have a smooth consistency.

Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread a small amount on the bottom biscuits (without the hole) and then add a small blob of jam before popping the lid on.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

Eat!

This is the first time that we’ve made these, and we’ll definitely make them again. For all your Baking Equipment needs head to the Village Bakery.

Lisa x

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe