Posts Tagged ‘butter or margarine’

what you need:

4oz /110g  butter or margarine, softened
4oz/110g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
110g  self-raising flour, sifted
4oz /15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract
4oz /110g butter or margarine, softened
4oz /110g  caster sugar
2 medium eggs
4oz /110g  self-raising flour, sifted
15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas Mark 4.

Place the baking cases into a 12-hole fairy cake baking tray.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour.
Fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder with a large metal spoon.
Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 mins until well risen and firm to the touch.

Remove the fairy cakes from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

For the decoration:

Choose your desired colour of fairy cake icing, massage the pouch for 1 min to loosen the icing, then snip the corner off the pouch and pour a small amount of icing over each cake. Using a knife, spread the icing thickly over the fairy cakes.

Decorate the cakes using the writing icing and sprinkles to make scary faces.

Make them as scary as you dare!

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What you need:

1 tbsp olive oil
500g boneless pork shoulder cut into 2.5cm pieces
1 large or 2 small onions peeled & chopped
1 large carrot peeled & chopped
3 celery stalks chopped
3 garlic cloves peeled & chopped
zest of 1 lemon ( keep 1/2 for the topping)
2 sprigs of thyme
500ml chicken or pork stock
2x 400g tins of cannellini beans( drained & rinsed)

For the topping:
1tbsp butter or margarine
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove peeled & chopped
1 small sprig fresh thyme or a pinch of dried herbs

What you do:
preheat the oven to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3
Heat the oil in a flame proof dish & brown the pork in batches until all cooked.
Remove the pork with a slotted spoon & set aside.
Turn down the heat to medium, then add the onions, carrots, celery & garlic & cooked for around 5 mins until softened.
Add half of the lemon zest & thyme.
Return the pork to the pan, then add the stock & bring to the boil.
add 1 tin of beans & stir.
Cover & cook in the oven for around 2 1/2 hours.
Pour the other tin of beans into a blender along with 3 tbsp of the cooking liquid & whizz until smooth.
Remove the thyme sprigs from the casserole, then pour in the pureed beans to thicken the sauce.
Just before serving, melt the butter in a frying pan & fry the bread crumbs, garlic & remaining lemon zest & thyme ( or herbs) until golden.
Scatter over the cooked pork & beans.

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What you need:

1 1/2 pounds white fish fillets
Cooking spray
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp light mayonnaise
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tbsp butter or margarine (melted )
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

What you do:

Preheat oven to 220C / 425F / gas mark 7

Place fish in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Mix together the lime juice, mayonnaise, onion powder, and pepper in a small bowl, then spread over fish.Sprinkle with breadcrumbs; drizzle with butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Sprinkle with parsley.
Serve hot.

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What you need:

1 1/ 2 oz / 40 g butter
2 oz / 50g soft brown sugar
1 x 14oz tin of peach slices ( drained)

4oz / 100g butter or margarine
4oz /100g castor sugar
2 eggs
4oz / 100g self raising flour.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.

Grease a 8 inch / 23 cm sandwich / cake tin.

in a saucepan melt the butter, then stir in the brown sugar. Pour into the greased tin.
Arrange the peach slices into the mixture ( butterscotch).
Cream together the butter & sugar until light & fluffy, then slowly beat in the eggs (1 at a time), adding a little flour each time.
Fold in the rest of the flour.
Pour the mixture on top of the peaches,spreading evenly.
Bake for around 30 mins.
Leave to cool for around 10mins before turning it out onto a plate.
Serve warm.

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What you need:

2 medium baking potaoes

2 tbsp butter or margarine

1 tbsp milk

¼ tsp salt

1 3 0z / 370 g  package of cream cheese, cubed

2 tbsp sour cream


What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 190C / 370F / gas mark 5

Pierce the potatoes and bake in the oven  for one hour or until tender.

Leave to cool for around 20 / 30  mins

Cut a thin slice off the to of each potato.

Scoop out all the potato from the skins and place in a mixing bowl.

Add the butter, milk and salt. Mix together  until fluffy

Mix in cream cheese and sour cream and spoon back into the potato skins

Sprinkle with paprika and bake uncovered  20 to 25 minutes, Or until the tops are golden brown .

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What you need:

2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp ground black pepper
6 center cut bone-in pork chops
2 tbsp butter
1 cup water
2 cubes pork stock cubes

What you do:

In a small bowl  mix together the salt, sage and black pepper and rub on both sides of the chops.

Melt the butter or margarine in a large skillet or frying pan over medium high heat and saute the chops for 5 minutes per side, or until well browned.
Meanwhile, in a  small saucepan over high heat, mix together the water and the pork stock cubes and stir until the cubes dissolves.

Add this to the chops, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer chops for 45 minutes.

Serve hot.

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What you need:

8 oz /225 g self-raising flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp  mustard powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 oz /50 g softened, salted butter
2 oz /50 g cheddar, grated
1 oz /25 g parmesan cheese ( grated )
150ml whole milk, plus a little to glaze

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 230C /450F / gas mark 8

In a bowl sift the flour, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper .

Cut the butter into pieces and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingertips until you have a mixture that resembles breadcrumbs.

Grate the cheeses and stir them into the flour mixture. Pour all the milk into the bowl with the flour and cheese, and using a fork  bring everything together to make a dough.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it is 1cm thick, and cut into rounds with a fluted 6.5cm cutter.

Arrange on a greased baking tray and brush the top of each scone with milk.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the scones have risen and are golden.

When cooled cut in half & spread with butter or margarine.

For a change try spreading with soft cheese.

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What you need:

5 oz / 150g butter or margarine
5oz / 150g castor sugar
13oz / 375g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
a few drops of vanilla essence

What you do:

In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla to taste.
Sift in flour, and baking powder, blend with spoon, then work by hand to form a dough. Knead lightly until smooth.
wrap dough in cling film and place in fridge for 40 mins.
Roll out dough on a floured surface about 0.3 thick, use can then use Christmas or any other cutters, to make biscuits.

You can then use the same cutters as i did to cut out shapes in the rolled out icing, and decorate.

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