Muesli rusks

sugar and spice rusks

Ingredients

4 cups flour, cake or brown bread flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups muesli
2 cups full cream milk
2 tablespoons vinegar
200 g margarine
Pinch of salt
¾ cup brown sugar

*The ingredients can be doubled to bake a bigger batch of muesli rusks.

Method
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Add the vinegar to the milk. Then mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. Put the mixture in a rusk/ bread tin or in a greased ceramic bowl. Bake 35-40 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Take out the bread like rusks. Let it cool down for about 5 minutes. Take out the bread-like rusks and put it on a cutting board to cut. Take a big chef’s knife and cut into strips and squares, according to the size you prefer.

Pack the pieces on an oven rack/ oven tin, spreading the pieces out a little bit. Bake again for 2 hours on 110 degrees Celsius to dry out.

Serve with coffee or tea, dunking it to soak up the tea or coffee!

Enjoy this widely loved South African snack!

Banana pancakes

banana pancake
banana pancake

Bali’s banana pancakes are the best!
This was my second attempt and it came out very nice indeed.
If you haven’t been so lucky to have eaten Bali’s signature banana pancakes yet you should give this recipe a try!

Makes 2 big pancakes.

Ingredients
2 medium – ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons sugar
20 ml milk
2 eggs
a pinch of salt
butter to fry

To serve
Bali blossom honey/ regular honey/ syrup
fresh limes
some cheese (I took white cheddar) or cream cheese, whichever you prefer

Method
In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a whisk.
Add 1 tablespoon butter to a hot frying pan. Then add half of the mixture to the pan. Keep it hot to make it nice and crispy but take care not to burn the pancake to dark.
Use a spatula to lift up the edges of the pancake. When the pancake has a nice colour underneath, flip the pancake and put it on medium to fry the other side. Be sure to put more butter in the pan.

Serve hot with juice of half a lime, some honey and cheese!

Homemade Bread

It is true what they say – a fresh loaf of bread with butter is all you need. Well, maybe not only with butter, whether you like your bread with jam or Bovril (not Marmite),a fresh loaf of bread is really special.

Enjoy it while it’s still hot!

home made bread
homemade bread
sliced home made bread
sliced homemade bread

Ingredients
2 cups Granoro Farina “00” flour
“the preferred Italian flour for bread”
a sachet instant yeast
some salt
a tablespoon of olive oil

Method
Place salt, flour and yeast into a bowl, add a cup of lukewarm water and the olive oil. Knead for a bout 5 minutes until the dough is smooth.
Let the dough rest in an oiled bowl covered with a damp cloth – a hot place in your kitchen or home works best.
Let rest for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Bake the bread on a greased oven tin, I used olive oil and the tin was hot.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Enjoy warm with butter, then avocado, then cheese…until the bread is finished.

Spinach, Feta & Mushroom Quiche

Meat-free Mondays or just don’t know what to cook?

Here’s a nice veggie recipe for you to try out!

This is a no hassle, no crust recipe.

spinach and feta quiche
spinach and feta quiche

Ingredients
a cup or more cooked spinach
a cup mozzarella or Edam cheese
200 g mushrooms
150 g black pepper feta
4 eggs
a cup of milk
some salt and pepper
one garlic clove
a bit of olive oil

Method
Whisk the eggs and the milk together. In a pan, fry the thinly sliced mushrooms, salt, pepper and some garlic together in a bit of olive oil. Add the cooked spinach and fried mushrooms to the bottom of an oven proof bowl. Sprinkle some cheese over the spinach and mushrooms. Then cover with the milk and egg mixture. Lastly crumble the feta over everything and sprinkle over a bit of salt and pepper. Bake for about 35 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius.

Enjoy while it’s still hot!

Sun-dried tomatoes, vienna sausages, caramelised onions and cheddar cheese quiche

easy quiche
Easy yummy quiche with sun-dried tomatoes, caramelised onions, vienna sausages and cheddar cheese.

A yummy, any time of day quiche which is super easy to make and very tasty. With a variety of flavours, sweet, sour and savoury. Sun dried tomatoes, vienna sausages, caramelised onions and of course some cheddar cheese on top to make the quiche extra yummy. I even included some herbs in the crust to enhance the saltiness of the quiche.

Ingredients
For the crust:
1 to 1 and a half cups flour
half a cup butter
a pinch of salt
a teaspoon of mixed dried herbs
3-4 tbs cold water

For the filling:
3 eggs
half a cup of full cream milk
a pinch of salt
some pepper to taste
4-5 sun-dried tomatoes
one onion – caramelised
2-3 vienna sausages, cut into small pieces
half a cup grated cheddar cheese

Method
To prepare the crust, add the flour, butter, salt and dried herbs to a bowl and mix and rub the butter with your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the cold water and form a ball with the dough. Wrap the dough with cling film/glad wrap and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.

When the dough is ready, add to a round quiche dish, pressing the dough down in the bowl to cover the bottom and the sides of the dish.

In a new bowl whisk the eggs with the milk. Add some salt and pepper.

Add the onions to the unbaked crust, then the sun-dried onions and pieces of sausage. Then pour the milk and eggs mixture over the ingredients. Lastly, sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Enjoy for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

Healthy Flapjacks

healthy oats flapjacks
Healthy oats flapjacks

Wheat free flapjacks!

A healthy take on flapjacks – still delicious and oh so easy!

Ingredients
one large banana
one cup oatso easy or quick cooking oats
2 small eggs
some honey to serve

Method
Put the contents of one sachet oatso easy into a mug and add boiling water to make a cup of oats (I took strawberry flavoured oats). If you only have the original flavour add a tablespoon of strawberry jam.

Mash the banana in a bowl as fine as possible not to leave any chucks, beat the eggs together and add them to the banana and blend well. Then add the oats and stir until just blended.

Add spoonfuls of oats-mix into a greased frying pan. Turn the flapjack once you can see some air bubbles forming. The colour of the flapjack should be nice and golden brown on each side.

Serve with honey.

Bacon & Egg baskets

bacon and egg baskets

It’s brunch time!
Here’s how to make easy breakfast baskets…

Ingredients
4 – 6 eggs
1 spring onion, sliced
4 – 6 slices or rye/ wholewheat bread
200 / 250 g fried bacon strips
half a cup cheddar cheese
1 – 2 tomatoes, sliced
salt and pepper
fresh rocket leaves

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a muffin tin. Place a slice of bread in each cup – fill the sides and the bottom completely to form a basket.
Break one egg into each cup. Add bacon, onion, tomato and cheese to each cup. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve with fresh rocket leaves for a bit of green colour.

Enjoy your breakfast baskets!

Bacon & Cheese muffins

Bacon & cheese muffins

Yummy crispy bacon and cheddar cheese muffins!
This is the easiest recipe I have on my blog – by far!

Let’s get started!

Ingredients
250 g bacon, fried and cut into small  pieces
250 g Cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup milk
pinch of salt
some garlic and herb spice
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, whisked

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a muffin tin. Quickly mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Do not over mix!

Put spoons-fulls (3/4 full) in each muffin tin. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

Enjoy warm with some butter if you prefer. And then have another one.