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Summer Fruit Oat And Nut Crumble

A Summer Fruit Oaty Nutty Crumble
A Summer Fruit Oaty Nutty Crumble

Last week I mentioned that I’m having an awful time with my psoriasis and eczema recently. I’m getting flair ups almost every day, even water against my hands is causing sensitivity. I’m trying everything from acupuncture to homeopathy after finding only temporary relief from traditional treatments. In a bid to try and rid, or at least reduce, the flair ups I’m making a big effort to clean up my diet a bit more.  I’m usually a healthy eater anyway, but I recently read a few articles stating that anti-inflammatory diets can give relief to skin complaints, so I decided to give it a go.

Anti-inflammatory diet, eh?  Sounds about as appealing as cabbage soup and mouldy toast at first, I know, but in fact it all seems pretty straight forward. From what I’ve read, it just advocates eating more fresh fruit, veg, whole grains, fish, anti inflammatory spices (like ginger and turmeric), nuts and healthy fats while cutting down on processed foods, sugar, red meat, eggs and dairy. The key take away point of it though seems to be the more fresh fruit and veg in your diet, the merrier! Apparently it helps people with the symptoms of a whole host of inflammatory diseases including arthritis and psoriasis. I decided to give it a go because, well, what the heck. It’s nothing outlandish anyway, it just really touts knowledge and food principles we’ve already heard a thousand times… More veg, fish, nuts and less biscuits, burgers and cheese on toast. Got it.

How Could You Resist This Mouthwatering Fruit Crumble?!
How Could You Resist This Mouthwatering Fruit Crumble?!

I have a massive sweet tooth, and thought that would be the aspect of the diet upon which I would crumble (pun 100% intended), so was delighted when I successfully whizzed up this recipe and it was received by my guinea pigs with thumbs up. The fruit mix has an incredible flavour thanks to the ginger, orange zest and vanilla, while the crumble topping has a far more wholesome and nutty crunch than the usual flour and butter mix. Despite cutting out eggs, wheat and dairy, this is still at least, if not more, delicious than the average crumble. Hopefully you’ll whizz this up for yourself and be pleasantly surprised that something so good for you can taste so heavenly!

Every Bite Of This Fruit Cumble Is Pure Heaven
Every Bite Of This Fruit Cumble Is Pure Heaven

Ingredients (Serves 4-6):

3 Large Pears

1 Orange (remove zest and set aside before peeling)

1 Cup Mixed Berries (I used frozen… Cheap and cheerful)

1 Inch Fresh Ginger, Grated

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Powder/Extract (I like Nua Naturals)

1 Cup Oats

1 Cup Almonds

1/2 Cup Walnuts

6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (rapeseed works too)

Coconut Yoghurt, to serve

  1. Chop the pears and add to a pot with the grated ginger, orange zest and a splash of water. Put a lid on and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the pear pieces are softened.
  2. Chop the orange and mix into the pot of pears along with the mixed berries.  Stir in the vanilla powder. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes so they’re all mixed together nicely.
  3. Spread the fruit mix into a small/medium baking dish.
  4. Pop the nuts in a food processor and blitz until they’re roughly chopped (or you can just chop them by hand). Mix in a bowl with the oats and melted coconut oil until all is well mixed.
  5. Spread the oat and nut crumble mix over the fruit mix.
  6. Pop the crumble into an oven preheated to 180C for 35 minutes.
  7. Serve with a dollop of coconut or greek yoghurt and enjoy!
Chop Up Your Pears And Throw Into A Pot With A Little Water
Chop Up Your Pears And Throw Into A Pot With A Little Water
Add Your Fresh Ginger And Orange Zest And Let Simmer Away
Add Your Fresh Ginger And Orange Zest And Let Simmer Away
Add In Your Berries, Orange And Vanilla Powder
Add In Your Berries, Orange And Vanilla Powder
Stew For Another 5 Minutes To Allow Everything Mix Together Nicely
Stew For Another 5 Minutes To Allow Everything Mix Together Nicely
Blitz Your Nuts Until They're Roughly Chopped
Blitz Your Nuts Until They’re Roughly Chopped
Mix Together Your Oats, Nuts And Melted Coconut Oil Until Combined
Mix Together Your Oats, Nuts And Melted Coconut Oil Until Combined
Spread Your Delicious Fruit Mix Into Your Dish
Spread Your Delicious Fruit Mix Into Your Dish
Top With Oat And Nut Crumble And Whack Into The Oven
Top With Oat And Nut Crumble And Whack Into The Oven
Dig Straight Into This Virtuous Fruit Crumble!
Dig Straight Into This Virtuous Fruit Crumble!

Chocolate Orange Nutty Brownies

Chocolate Orange Nutty Brownies
Chocolate Orange Nutty Brownies
Nutty Rich Orange Chocolate Brownies
Nutty Rich Orange Chocolate Brownies
Perfect Served Up With Creme Fraiche
Perfect Served Up With Creme Fraiche

It’s the time of year again when the Great British Bake Off starts again on TV and people around the world are gripped to their tellies, not quite sure why their worry over whether or not their favourite contestant’s choux pastry has them on the edge of their seats, or why indeed they laugh derisively at the poor contestant whose creme patissiere ends up a mess despite having never made it themselves (yes I am guilty of this).

If I have learnt one thing from watching GBBO last year, is that this is not a show to watch without a cake to eat whilst watching it. Last year trying to satisfy my cake craving with a measly biscuit didn’t cut the mustard, so this year I was more prepared when it started again. I made a batch of rich and indulgent chocolate brownies to munch away for the occasion.

This fudgy, squidgy, moist brownie recipe I first stumbled upon while watching Rachen Allen make a batch of her White Chocolate and Raspberry brownies on TV. I have stuck to the general fudge chocolate brownie recipe she used but omitted the raspberries and white chocolate, and instead used orange, hazelnuts and cocoa nibs for an entirely different flavour. I also used quite dark chocolate making these really rich which works well with the orange. The hazelnuts and cocoa nibs give a nice bit of crunch too. These are the easiest and best brownies I’ve ever made, which is quite a statement, I know, but you have to give them a try yourself.

These are to be enjoyed while laughing condescendingly at the far more talented bakers on GBBO, from the safety of your couch.

Rich Orange Chocolate Nutty Brownies
Rich Orange Chocolate Nutty Brownies

Ingredients:

100g dark chocolate (85% cocoa)

100g orange flavoured dark chocolate (not milk chocolate unless you want a much sweeter brownie)

150g butter

225g sugar

3 eggs

150g self-raising flour

100g chopped hazelnuts

2 tbsp cocoa nibs

Zest of 2 oranges (and extra for decorating if you wish)

Cocoa powder (optional- for decorating)

Creme fraiche to serve

1. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt with the butter in a bain marie. This is a bowl sat over a pot with some hot water in it simmering away, this gently and slowly melts the chocolate and ensures it won’t separate.

2. When melted take the bowl off the pot and stir the sugar into the chocolate mix with a wooden spoon. Then stir in the eggs one by one.  Gradually stir in the flour and then finally stir in the grated orange zest, hazelnuts and cocoa nibs.

3. Grease and line a brownie tin and pour the mixture in. Pop the brownie mix into an oven pre-heated to 180C for 35- 45 minutes. They will be done when they are slightly firm on top.

4. To decorate dust with a little cocoa powder sieved on top and grate a little extra orange zest over that. Serve with a spoon of creme fraiche.

Grate In The All Important Orange Zest
Grate In The All Important Orange Zest
Stir In The Goodies
Stir In The Goodies
Slice Up When Cooled
Slice Up When Cooled
Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Easy and Delicious Chocolate Brownies
Easy and Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Creme de Marron Pancakes

Creme de Marron Pancakes
Creme de Marron Pancakes
Creamy and Chestnutty
Creamy and Chestnutty

Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday, and so people all over Ireland are preparing to furiously flip pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all of the above)! I started flipping pancakes on Saturday morning for brunch and was quite pleased with the results. I had a tube of Creme de Marron that I bought in The English Market a while back that I wanted to use. I decided to make Creme de Marron Pancakes with Creme Fraiche, Toastsed Almond, and a little Orange Syrup. Don’t have a tube of Creme de Marron handy? Try nutella instead, it will go really well with the creme fraiche, almonds and orange.

I made mine a bit thick, I blame my carb lust as I decided to make these after coming home from the gym on Saturday morning, but they’re probably best a little thinner (I used a cup of milk to a cup of flour, but try using a cup and a half of milk to a cup of flour). It’s best to make the batter the night before and let it set in the fridge.

These are easy to make, and a nice change from the norm on Pancake Tuesday, give them a whirl and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (whatever flour, white is the norm, but I used spelt)

1 1/2 cup milk (For a thinner crepe style pancake, I used 1 cup flour for a thicker pancake)

1 egg

1 tube Creme de Marron (or Nutella)

1 tub creme fraiche (about 2 tbsps per pancake)

Handful flaked almonds

1 large orange

1. Whisk together your milk, flour and egg until all are well combined and you reach your desired consistency. It should be a little bit runny for a thin pancake.

2. Heat a pan on a medium flame with a little oil or butter. Spoon a ladle of mixture onto the hot pan and flip when golden underneath. When cooked, transfer to a plate an pop in an oven preheated at 100C to keep your pancakes warm. Place your serving plates in the oven too, cold plates make cold pancakes!

3. Toast your flaked almonds on a dry hot pan until golden, be careful to watch them as they can burn easily.

4. Grate the zest of your orange and set aside. Then juice the orange and heat the juice lightly in a pan.

5. When all pancakes are cooked, prepare them by smearing a spoon of creme de marron (or nutella) and two spoons of creme fraiche in the centre of the pancake and roll it up. Serve with a few spoons of heated orange juice over the pancakes, a sprinkling of flaked almonds and a sprinkling of orange zest.

Whisk Until You Get Your Desired Consistency
Whisk Until You Get Your Desired Consistency
Let Batter Fry On A Medium Heat
Let Batter Fry On A Medium Heat
Fry Until Golden
Fry Until Golden
Keep Your Stack Warm in The Oven as You Fry
Keep Your Stack Warm in The Oven as You Fry
Smear With Creme de Marron and Creme Fraiche
Smear With Creme de Marron and Creme Fraiche
Creme de Marron Pancakes
Creme de Marron Pancakes
Man Sized Portion!
Man Sized Portion!