Raisin Bran Muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

 

A classic raisin bran muffin that just crumbles with goodness. Delicious served warm with a knob of butter.

 

Raisin Bran Muffins
Prepares: 12 muffins
 
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 18–20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 85g (3 oz) bran (2 cups)
  • 85g (3 oz) plain flour/cake and pastry flour (½ cup + 2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.)
  • 115g (4 oz) soft brown sugar (½ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 55ml (2 fl oz) flavourless oil (e.g. groundnut, peanut, not olive oil) (¼ cup)
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) buttermilk* (1 cup)
  • 2 tbsp treacle/unsulphured molasses
  • 85g (3 oz) raisins (⅔ cup)

  • *If you haven’t any buttermilk, stir 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into 225ml (8 fl oz) (1 cup) full fat/whole milk and leave for 15 minutes to thicken up.

  • You will also need a 12-hole muffin tray lined with paper baking cups.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 190° (375°F) (gas 5)

  3. Mix together the bran, flour, soda, and baking powder in a large bowl.

  4. In a separate bowl, using a ballon whisk, mix the egg and sugar together. Then whisk in the oil, buttermilk, and treacle one at a time. The mixture needs to be thoroughly combined and whisking the ingredients in separately makes this easier.

  5. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to mix.

  6. Stir through the raisins until evenly distributed.

  7. Now fill the paper baking cups using an ice cream scoop. Bake for 18–20 minutes until the tops feel firm to the touch and a fingertip will not leave an indentation. Transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool.

  8. Delicious served warm, cut in half, with a knob of butter.

Updated: November 8, 2018

Raspberry Creamy Parcels

 

Raspberry Creamy Parcels

 

Another summer favourite. These little parcels are delightful. Raspberries are folded in a creamy blend of mascarpone and cream cheese and then chilled. They are topped with a mixed berry compote and decorated with raspberries.

 

Raspberry Creamy Parcels
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Freezing time: 45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the parcels
  • 170g (6 oz) cream cheese (¾ cup)
  • 170g (6 oz) mascarpone cheese (¾ cup)
  • 55g (2 oz) butter, softened (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 40g (1½ oz) caster/superfine sugar (3 tbsp)
  • 115g (4 oz) fresh raspberries (1 cup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • For the fruit compote
  • 225g (8 oz) mixed frozen berries, thawed (1⅓ cups)
  • 28g (1 oz) caster/superfine sugar (2 tbsp)

  • You will also need 4 x 8cm (3 inch) ramekin dishes.


  1. Method
  2. For the parcels
  3. Line the four ramekin dishes with cling film/food wrap, overlapping the edges, and put to one side.

  4. Beat together the cream cheese and mascarpone in a large bowl until smooth. (A food mixer or hand-held whisk does this easily.)

  5. Now in a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then stir in the vanilla extract. Add to the cheeses and beat well to combine.

  6. Reserve 12 raspberries for decoration and gently fold the rest into the cheese mixture.

  7. Divide the mixture amongst the ramekins, tapping them a few times on the work surface to remove any air pockets. Fold excess film/wrap over the top and place in the freezer to become firm, about 45 minutes.

  8. For the fruit compote
  9. Meanwhile prepare the fruit compote. Place the fruit in a small pan and sprinkle over the sugar. Now cook the fruit over a medium heat until it starts bubbling. Then reduce the heat to a medium–low setting and, using a wooden spoon, break up any larger fruit pieces, mashing the fruit slightly. Gently cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  10. To serve
  11. Unfold the cling film/food wrap from the top of the ramekins and invert each one onto a plate. Then peel off the rest of the film/wrap.

  12. Spoon the fruit compote over the parcels and place 3 raspberries on each to decorate.

Updated: November 4, 2018

Toasted Ham Cheesies

Toasted Ham Cheesies

 

A really quick tasty snack. Toast is topped with ham and a mixture of grated Cheddar flavoured with mustard and Worcestershire sauce then grilled/broiled until the cheese is golden.

 

Toasted Ham Cheesies
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 4 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp, or ⅜ stick)
  • 170g (6 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated (1½ cups)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp English mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices ham
  • 4 slices toast
  • 2 tomatoes, halved


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the grill/broiler.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, cheese, milk, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and seasoning.

  4. Lay a piece of ham on each slice of toast, then divide the cheesy mixture amongst the four slices.

  5. Grill/broil until golden brown on top, about 4 minutes.

  6. Serve garnished with a tomato half.

Updated: November 4, 2018