Baking made simple

Monday morning feeling…..go healthy, organic…. But first Coffee

Ever had that problem on a Monday morning!!!! “I need to get back into healthy mode after the weekend!!!” Last night I decided to bake homemade granola. My husband asked me….. “Why?? When we can buy it?” I don’t know about you, but I am constantly having that problem of finding a granola, that’s healthy and not too sweet and not too much oil. I have tried so many brands and still not found the right one for me.

So I finally tried to bake my own….. and OMG it’s amazing!! I just grabbed all the things I love, from my kitchen cabinets. To me granola is like making your own cocktail ๐Ÿ˜‹ minus the alcohol. In this recipe I don’t use any sugar. has less sugar. Instead I use honey or maple syrup, and raisins or cranberries to naturally sweeten it. Depending on how crumbly or chunky you want your granola; will determine the quantity of olive oil. I don’t use too much just enough to give my granola a golden colour and help bind it a little.

Kid friendly! You can add whatever your little one can eat. Mine is less than 1 Years so no honey, salt or nuts for him! So I just add raisins and a touch of maple syrup to his. I love it, we can enjoy the same breakfast together ๐Ÿ˜

This recipe is your chance to throw in your favourite organic ingredients….. mix it!…… Bake it!…. sprinkle it on Greek yoghurt! And throw in a few fresh berries! Monday morning gone from “oh noooo” to “yes to Monday’s”.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rolled organic oats

1 cup Desiccated coconut

1/4 cup Pecans & or Pistachios

2-3 tbsp Honey or maple syrup

2-3 tbsp Olive oil

1/4 cup Raisins or cranberries

1/4 cup pumpkin & or sunflower seeds

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

METHOD

1. Oven on to 160 degrees celsius.

2. Combine all your ingredients and mix very well. squeeze the oats together so you get clumps.

3. Layout on a baking tray.

4. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Baking made simple

Creating a last minute surprise

 

I’ve always loved baking for my loved ones and people at work.
When I think of baked things it reminds me of joyous times like celebrating occasions to simply hanging out with friends. Bringing out a cake always brings an exciting thrill through the air and smiles all round. Wouldn’t it be great to achieve this without having to do much work ๐Ÿ˜

Whenever I bake I always mix up extra mixture so that I can get enough mixture to make an extra cake. Once cooled wrap the cake well in foil and a plastic bag. And pop it in the freezer. If you have a last minute event or friends popping over. Defrost it the night before. Mix up my favourite chocolate and coffee mascarpone frosting. Ice it with with a beautiful lined effect, you don’t even need a spatula if you don’t have one. I use the handle of my grater. If you have some fruit in the garden or house. Place it on as decoration. ๐Ÿค— you have a wonderful cake without lots of extra work.

The extra layer I had was from the coffee cake mixture I was making for a tiramisu layer cake.

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Be creative and have some fun, teasing your friends that you’ve been at it all morning!

 

 

Baking made simple

Bestemor Bread!!! #Quick & easy to make #Great for the kids!

img_5001-1My husband’s Bestemor (Grandma) from Norway. Has never bought bread from a store. She only knew what’s best for her…..to make homemade bread. This recipe had never been written down. It had just always been in her head. The bread is just delicious. Nothing like what you buy in a store. It’s like that warm nostalgic bread, you get at the start of dinner, in an amazing restaurant.

A few years ago, I asked her to show me how she makes it. With the help of my mother-in-law, we wrote it down in Norwegian.

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Unfortunately she was in hospital, for a period of time. So Besterfa (her husband) was at home on his own. His version of cooking is putting a frozen pizza on a frying pan ๐Ÿ˜ซ. So my mother-in-law and I, attempted to bake the bread for him. The feedback we got, was it didn’t taste the same, as it didn’t have enough salt ๐Ÿ˜….

The other day my sister-in-law and I were trying to work out, what bread we could give our 8 month old babies. I remembered I had this recipe in the cupboard. We found it, luckily still readable. And tested the recipe out. With half the mixture, we didn’t add any salt and used unsalted butter (for the boys). I recommend if you do this, make a different decoration on top, so you know which one is which. My sister-in-law came up with, an extra sprinkle of sesame seeds on ours!! What a great idea ๐Ÿ’ก

So while my parents entertained the boys. We made the bread. We couldn’t believe how quick it was to mix up. Its perfect, because we didn’t have to wait for it to prove. You just put it straight into a cold oven and turn the heat up ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. One hour later, that glorious smell of baking. Had the boys drooling over the bread. All of us stood round the bread in the kitchen, testing it out ๐Ÿ˜‹.

This bread also tastes great once stored in the freezer. Just pack it in a clear food bag, and put that in a carrier bag. Take it out the night before you need it, to let it defrost…… delicious for breakfast or lunch.

INGREDIENTS

1kg of plain flour

2 cups (256g) of wholemeal bread flour

1 cup (128g) of oats

4 teaspoons of sesame seeds (remove from kids bread if allergic)

2 teaspoons of salt

700ml milk

100g yeast live (Norwegian) or if dry ย yeast use quantity required for 1.4kg of flour on the packet

500ml water

METHOD

1. Mix together all the dry ingredients.

2. Heat 400ml milk with 500ml water to about 37 degrees.

3. In 300ml warm milk add the yeast and mix well.

4. Mix the milk and yeast into the dry ingredients. Then pour in the rest of the wet ingredients.

5. Mix till you get a dough that’s not too dry and not too sticky. If too sticky add a little more plain flour. If too dry add a little more warm water.

6. Divide the mixture into 3, and make them into bread like loaves. Place onto baking parchment on a tray. Sprinkle more sesame seeds on top. And make a few dents on the top.

7. Use salted butter to put blobs on tops and on the sides. To give them a nice golden look.

8. Place the tray in a cold oven. Turn the oven up to 180 degrees for 30 minutes. After this time turn the oven up to 200 degrees for 25 minutes.

9. Take out of the oven once you can tap it. It should give a hollow sound.

Be creative, by adding extra seeds or dried cranberries!! Enjoy!! ๐Ÿค— for breakfast, lunch or dinner!!