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31 Dec 2020

Gluten-Free shortbread biscuits

For the Gluten-Free sweet tooth


150 grams white rice flour

70 grams sweet rice flour

55 grams cornflour

1 teaspoon salt

.25 teaspoon baking powder

.25 teaspoon xanthan gum

200 grams of butter

150 grams of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Whisk together both rice flours, cornflour, salt, baking powder and xanthan gum. Separately cream butter, sugar and vanilla, add dry ingredients and mix slowly until a dough forms.

Turn dough onto a floured surface (rice flour), roll out to quarter-inch thick and cut cookies, place on a baking sheet and chill for ten minutes.

Bake in a preheated oven at approximately 150 Celsius for 25 to 30 minutes.

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31 Dec 2020

Spicy Pumpkin Bread


220g flour

340g pumpkin puree

100g castor sugar

50g brown sugar

120ml sunflower oil

60ml buttermilk or orange juice

2tsp baking powder

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp ground nutmeg

1tsp ginger

2 free-range eggs



Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl.

Whisk eggs and sugar in a separate bowl then add the pumpkin, oil and buttermilk.

Fold the wet mix into the flour mix, pour the mixture into a baking tray and bake at 175 degrees Celsius for approximately 60 to 65 min.

*You can also add nuts such as pecan and walnut or chocolate chips or serve with full cream Irish butter straight from the oven.


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31 Dec 2020

Mince Pie Recipe

Ingredients for the mincemeat filling:

250g raisins

375g currants

100ml brandy

Zest 1 lemon

Juice half lemon

300g suet

250g brown sugar

85g mixed peel

1tsp nutmeg

1 grated Bramley apple

Method for the mincemeat filling:

Soak the raisins and currants in brandy and lemon juice for one hour, then drain the juice and set aside. Mix all ingredients together in order listed and bring together, lastly add back in the juices. Pack mincemeat into sterilised jar and store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.


Ingredients for the pastry:

375g plain flour

260g unsalted butter

125g castor sugar

1 egg for pastry and 1 egg for glazing

Rub the flour and softened butter together in a bowl, add the castor sugar and mix well. Add 1 egg and bring the pastry together, do not to over-knead. Wrap pastry and cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes to rest.

Remove pastry from the fridge, place it on a floured surface and roll out to 3mm thick. Cut out bases using 10cm cutter and 7cm for lids, place bases into greased muffin tin fill with mincemeat and cover with lids gently pressing down around edges. Glaze with a beaten egg, dust with castor sugar and cut a small hole on top. Cook in a preheated oven at 220c for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from muffin tin when cooled and enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine.

31 Dec 2020

Lasagne Recipe

Lasagne for one

As easy comfort food recipe to impress.

150g Beef mince
½ Clove garlic
20g White onion
5g Mixed herbs
15g Tomato pesto
60g Chopped tomato
30g Mushroom
Pasta leaves
1g Pepper 
3g Salt
Béchamel White Sauce ingredients: 
70ml Milk
20g Cornflour 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Lightly fry garlic and onion in olive oil, add mushroom and mince and cook till brown. Add tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, season the mince and add mixed herbs. Cook on a low heat for a few minutes.
Layer the mince and pasta in a small pie dish, top with a white sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven for 25 mins at 160 degrees Celcius.

For the best results, enjoy it warm.

30 Jan 2021

Mulled Wine Recipe