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Date and Coconut Squares

(This recipe makes about 25 squares) Ingredients: 115g butter ½ cup sugar 1 packet of dates without pips – chopped small (250g) 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 packet of Marie biscuits ½ cup of grated coconut to cover squares  
Method: Prepare a baking tin / tray (about 4cm deep, 30 cm long and 20cm wide) line with foil and spray with spray and cook and sprinkle with some of the grated coconut Melt the butter and sugar over a medium heat Add the chopped dates and boil until soft – take off heat and allow to cool a little bit Break the egg into a small cup and add vanilla essence and mix lightly Add to the date mixture Break the Marie Biscuits into small pieces – not powder Mix all together and press into the dish tightly Sprinkle a little coconut on the top of the biscuits Put in the fridge to set properly – leave for at least 1 hour Cut into little squares – best kept in the fridge  … Read the rest

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Mexican Bean filling

(This recipe serves 8) Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes 1 Tablespoon oil 1 onion – finely chopped 2 cloves garlic – crushed 2 red chillies – deseeded and chopped finely 2 tablespoon vinegar (red wine preferably) Pinch sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 600g canned tomatoes – mash 1 can mixed beans – kidney / borlotti etc.… Read the rest

Autumn Apple Pie

(This recipe makes 1 Pie of 8 portions) Ingredients 1 (375g) packet ready rolled shortcrust pastry sheets 750g thinly tinned apples 1 lemon, juiced 110g light brown soft sugar 100g caster sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 3 tablespoons plain flour 50g unsalted butter, chilled and diced 9 toffees, unwrapped and quartered or 2 tablespoons hot fudge sauce 1 tablespoon caster sugar   Preparation method Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 40 mins In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, sugars, spices, flour, butter and toffees/hot fudge sauce.… Read the rest

Winter fruit filo cups with cinnamon and honey Greek yoghurt

(This recipe serves 6 people) Ingredients 4 sheets filo pastry 60g butter, melted 1 pomegranate 6 ripe persimmons (Sharon fruits), peeled and quartered 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste 400g Greek yoghurt  
Preparation method Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Extra time: 10 mins, cooling Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.… Read the rest

Hot Mixed Nuts

Ingredients: 1 kg mixed nuts ½ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ cup rosemary sprigs 2 tablespoons  cider vinegar ⅓ cup olive oil 6 tablespoons honey salt to taste  
Method: Mix all the ingredients and place in a baking tray Roast at 120˚c for about an hour or until toasted Please watch the nuts as they roast, checking every so often as it could burn easily because of the honey in the mix Once out the oven shake and check not sticking to the bottom of the pan Once cool store in an air tight container in the dry store… Read the rest
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