I do love Bruschetta, in fact anything Italian, it has to be my 2nd favourite cuisine, next to Scottish Cooking, of course!
This is a classic recipe that never fails to satisfy the taste buds. Bruschetta is an antipasto starter consisting of toasted bread with oil and garlic, topped with tomatoes & basil. It’s light & refreshing, a perfect snack, starter or party food dish.
1 Baguette or any crusty bread- sliced diagonally (try Tiger bread, its delicious too)
250g Cherry Tomatoes – sliced into quarters
1-2 Garlic Cloves – crushed
Fresh Basil leaves – chopped or 2 tsp dried basil
30ml Balsamic Vinegar (use a good quality one – you’ll taste the difference)
60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (use a good quality one)
1/2 Small red onion – chopped finely
1 Tsp Sea salt
1 Tsp Cracked Rainbow Pepper
Place the diced tomatoes, red onion, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar & olive oil into a bowl & mix through. Season with salt & pepper. Cover & refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavours to infuse.
When ready to serve, brush the bread with a little olive oil & garlic, grill lightly under a medium grill heat until lightly toasted.
Spoon mixture onto the bread, sprinkle a little basil & serve. Enjoy!
In Scotland, before the 19th century, bannocks were cooked on a bannock stane (Scots for stone), a large, flat, rounded piece of sandstone, placed directly onto a fire, used as a cooking surface. Most modern bannocks are cooked in a pan or skillet and made with baking powder as a leavening agent, giving them a light and airy texture. Bannocks were known as flat cakes or bread baked from grains, although if you visit the town of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders their Bannocks are more like fruit loaves.
120g of Scottish Oats – I blitz Scottish Porridge Oats into a fine flour.
80g Plain Flour
2 tsps Baking Powder
In a bowl or mixer combine the flour, oats, salt and baking powder
Slowly mix in the Buttermilk, little at a time until the flour has combined, lay on a floured surface and shape the dough to about 1″ thick and about the same circular diameter as your pan. Indent the dough about 0.5 – 1cm in, as if you were cutting a pizza shape.
Heat a little oil in a pan or skillet on medium heat (you don’t want it too hot or it won’t cook through properly), place dough into pan and cook gently for about 15 minutes on 1 side then flip over and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
Remove and place on a bread board, allow to cool for a few minutes then serve.
I usually have this bread with Soup but you could also spread a little butter or Jam and would be just as nice.
This little recipe was from Hotpoints Website , a great little find, these were super tasty & I do love Italian flavours so was a perfect little lunch today.
I made the dough yesterday and left in fridge overnight so it was ready to use today.
For the Dough:-
400g Bread Flour
7g Dried Yeast
300ml Luke warm water (approx 35-40 deg C)
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp salt
Pour the yeast and sugar into the luke warm water and allow to activate, approx 10 minutes or until you see it frothing.
Sift flour into a mixer bowl with the salt and make a well in the middle. Pour the yeast into the flour and on a low speed start to bring together the dough. Knead in the mixer on low speed for approx 10-15 minutes until it becomes elastic.
Put into a slightly oiled bowl and place in the oven on rising programme for 2-3 hours. (or leave at room temperature for a few hours or until doubled in size)
Remove from oven and knock back, separate into 2 or 3 batches if not making the full 6. I only made 3 and used 250g of dough which I put back into the oven to prove again for 1 hour. I put the other 2 amounts (approx 200g each) into an airtight bag and froze. You can freeze this dough for up to 3 months and use as pizza dough later.
For the Filling:-
8-10 cherry tomatoes – halved or quarted
Edam cheese – cut into cubes
2 tsps of Mixed Italian Herbs
2 tsps of olive oil
Salt & pepper
Place the tomatoes, oil, S&P & herbs into a bag (or bowl) and coat.
Spray a tin with spray oil and roll out the dough, not too thin, and press dough into the tin, allowing enough for the lid.
Spoon the mixture into the dough case and top with the Edam cheese, pull the lid over and seal.
Brush with a little milk and if you have any left over tomatoes press 2 into the top of the dough.
Bake in a preheated oven at 185 deg for approx 25-30 minutes.
Monday morning breakfast was a case of trying to use up leftovers. I had some fresh bread and spinach that needed to be used, so decided on some easy breakfast cups. Quick and easy to make. There are so many flavours you can use for these too.
Made 3 with left overs
1 piece of bread per cup – crustless
Cheddar Cheese (low fat – optional)
Salt & pepper to season
chilli flakes – optional
1 tsp paprika – optional
1 tbsp butter – melted
Firstly preheat your oven to 180 deg.
Brush your bread with the melted butter both sides and cut diagonally, place the bread into the muffin tin overlapping and making sure the bottom is covered.
Bake the bread in the oven for 5 minutes and remove
Place the spinach & cheese with seasoning and chilli into the cups and then crack the egg into them. Sprinkle with paprika and bake for a further 15 minutes. A bit less if you like your eggs really running.
Oh WOW! That’s all I’m going to say, well apart from, you have to try this. I am always looking for something different and this little recipe came from Kitchen Aid . Usually, I follow a recipe then on my second attempt change it up a little and experiment, but not on this one, it simply is delicious. Especially with some vintage cheddar…Mmmmmm.
450g plain flour
50g Rye flour – I used wholemeal
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
45g melted salted butter
1 tbsp treacle
200g walnut pieces
Pre heat oven to 180 deg. I used the convection bake setting.
Place the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl and stir together. Make a large hole in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the melted butter and treacle, walnut pieces plus enough of the buttermilk to make a loose sticky dough.
Tip the dough onto a lightly dusted work surface. The dough will be quite sticky. Shape it into a large ball with a taut top. Place the dough on a floured baking tray and flatten it a bit. Using a knife, score the bread
Dust with flour then bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and has risen.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve with some lovely cheddar or simply butter.
I just love my relaxing Sunday mornings, today the sun was out and I felt great, the sun beaming into my kitchen through my living room. It’s amazing how a little bit of sun makes you feel, especially after our really bad and long winter.
Feeling good I decided to experiment, I was sent an idea recently….omelette in bread….brilliant, easy, tasteful, quick and simple cooking. Loved this.
There are so many combinations you can do, I went with cheese and tomato.
2 Slice of Bread – Thick slice is best
2 large eggs – whisked
2 tomatoes – sliced
Gouda cheese – small handful grated
Heat a little oil in a fry pan and gently cook your filling ingredients, in this case I gently fried the tomatoes.
Cut out the centre of the bread and set aside.
Arrange the filling in the pan to the shape of the centre of the bread, then place the outside of the bread in the pan.
Gently pour some of the egg mixture into the centre of the bread covering your filling. Do this slowly so it sets. Then sprinkle the cheese on top
Allow to set slightly, then place the centre of the bread on top and flatten down. Then flip over and cook for 2 minutes.
This week we have had nearly 2 foot of snow fall, so not able to get out for a couple of days, there was no other option than to make some bread as we had just about ran out of food in the house. I have to say this was my best for a while, flavour and structure was perfect.
Makes 2 small (250g) loaves
250g Strong White Flour
250g Strong Wholemeal Flour
1 packet 7g yeast
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
300ml warm water (not boiling)
Sift flours into mixer bowl, add in the salt and sugar to one side and the yeast to the other. Make a well in the middle.
Pour in the honey and oil and gently start to bring together. (If using a mixer, use the dough hook and mix on level 2)
Gently add in the warm water, little at a time until you get a smooth dough.
If you having a rising setting on your oven, select and prove for 2 hours. Alternatively, place a damp tea towel over bowl and leave in a warm place to prove or until double in size.
Punch down the dough a couple of times, empty onto a floured surface and shape into you bread. I cut dough in half and made 2 small loaves, 1 round and 1 oblong. Trick is when shaping, make sure dough is tight, place hands facing up at the bottom of dough and bring together underneath.
Place onto a well floured tray or bread tin and prove for a further 1 hour.
Preheat your oven to 200 deg, place a tray with cold water on the top shelf (this prevents the crust for over crisping), then bake your bread on 1st or second level of oven for about 30 minutes or until the bottom sounds hollow.
Allow to cool. Serve with plenty butter……….ot whatever you like. Yummy!
Saturday lunch in my house today was Focaccia, although it turned out to much more like a pizza….lol…..I couldn’t decide on my toppings so just put it all in. Was absolutely delicious. (although note to self…….less toppings next time!)
I decided to try it using my crisper tray and it didn’t fail me, results were amazing in just 15 mins.
400g White bread flour
300ml warm milk
1 sachet 7g yeast
1 tsp of dried Italian herbs (or you can use a mix of garlic, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper)
1 tbsp olive oil
Toppings of your choice………I used Mixed Piccolo tomatoes (halved), sliced roasted peppers, sauteed red onion, black olives, fresh basil leaves.
Salt & pepper to season
Mix the yeast with the warm milk and leave for about 10 mins until it starts to froth.
Mix the Flour, salt & herbs in a large mixing bowl
Pour the milk into the flour and mix well. Knead dough for about 10 mins by hand or using a mixer for a few minutes until blended together into a dough.
Let dough rise for about 1 hour. Use rising setting on Hotpoint oven.
Preheat crisper plate for 2 minutes on Dynamic Crisp setting.
Once dough has risen, place directly onto crisper plate and spread it out evenly to cover crisper plate.
Place your toppings into the dough evenly and drizzle with a little oil
Cook on dynamic crisp setting for 15 mins. (Or oven at 220deg for 20 mins)
I had seen loads of recipes for this and keen to try it, so today was that day. It turned out really well and so delicious. I am a fan of Maple Syrup so anything with this ingredient I know I’m going to enjoy.
Makes about 4 portions
4 Slices of bread (you can use anything you like) – I used wholemeal.
4 eggs – beaten
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
For the topping:-
1 tbsp cinnamon
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tbsp butter
First oil a casserole dish.
Lay bread in casserole dish, layering up. I broke my bread into chunks.
Mix together egg, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and pour over bread in dish
Leave overnight in fridge to soak or for at least 3 hours.
Next morning………..preheat oven to 180 deg.
To make the topping mix together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and 1 tbsp butter in a pan until melted together then pour over bread mixture.
Bake in oven for 40 minutes. It will rise slightly.