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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Homemade English Crumpets

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


There’s something about hot buttered crumpets that takes me back to Sunday tea when I was a child, although these days I do prefer them at breakfast time.

There is nothing wrong with shop bought crumpets.

Until of course you try these, then there is no going back.

Homemade English Crumpets

Makes 20 (7 cm) Time 2 hours 10 minutes (including raising the dough)

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple FoodYou will need

350 Ml – Milk
225 Gm – Strong White Flour
125 Gm – Plain Flour
7 Gm – Quick Acting Yeast
½ teaspoon – Salt
1 teaspoon – Caster Sugar
1 level teaspoon – Bicarbonate of Soda
150 Ml – Warm Water
A little butter

Warm the milk on a low heat until tepid.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Sift the flours into a bowl then add the yeast, salt and sugar and mix well.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Add the milk and beat into an elastic dough.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Put in a warm place for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the warm water and beat it into the risen dough until you have a well mixed batter.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Put the batter back into a warm place for about 30 minutes.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Butter the inside of some cooking rings and warm them in a buttered frying pan.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Now pour about 2 ½ cm of batter into each ring and cook gently on a medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Then run a knife around the outside, turn the ring over and push the crumpet out into the pan to cook for 2 – 3 minutes on the other side.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food


Easy as that!!

You can butter and eat them straight away or allow them to cool then toast them as normal crumpets.

Homemade English Crumpets ~ Simple Food



Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food


Impress your overnight guests with a great breakfast.

It looks fantastic and yet so quick and easy to do.

I’m sure you all know how to make pancakes, but here’s a quick reminder.

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup

Makes 6  Time  15 minutes
Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food 
You will need

150 Gm – Self Raising Flour
50 Gm - Caster Sugar
1 – Egg
1 tablespoon – Vegetable Oil
A little Butter
Milk





You will notice that I haven’t put a quantity against the milk on the ingredients list, that’s because I just gradually add it until I get the consistency that I require.

Put all the ingredients except the butter in a bowl and add a little milk.

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food


Whisk adding a little milk at a time until you get the consistency of double cream.

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food


Wipe some butter around a 6 inch (approx) pan and put on a medium heat.

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food
Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food








Add some mixture to cover the bottom of the pan.

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food


Tease around the edges with a spatula to keep it free while it is cooking and after 2 or 3 minutes turn it over and cook the other side.

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food
Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food








Don't forget to rub a little more butter around the pan for each new pancake.

Yes, you knew it was that easy.


Arrange with berries or other fruit and a jug of syrup then serve.

Sweet Pancakes with Berries and Syrup ~ Simple Food

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Omelette Arnold Bennett

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Chefs at the Savoy hotel in London perfected this dish many years ago and when Arnold Bennett the English novelist stayed there he loved it so much he insisted upon having it where ever he travelled.

They named the omelette after him and still serve it there to this day.

This takes a little time to do but it’s very straight forward and well worth the effort.

Omelette Arnold Bennett

Serves 4  Time 40 minutes

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple FoodYou will need

2 tablespoons – Crème Fraiche
50 Ml – Semi Skimmed Milk
225 Gm – Smoked Haddock
5 – Eggs
1 teaspoon – Corn Flour
10 Gm – Butter
1 teaspoon – Olive Oil
50 Gm – Gruyere Cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Take the skin off the haddock and chop into 1 cm chunks.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Heat the crème fraiche in a pan and add some freshly ground black pepper, don’t use any salt yet because the fish may be salty enough.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Add the milk and stir well.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Add the fish and poach for about 5 minutes.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Separate one of the eggs keeping the yolk in one bowl and the white in the other.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Whisk the yolk with the corn flour.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


When the fish is poached spoon it into a sieve over the pan and press gently to get the all the liquid into the pan and then set aside.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food
Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food








Bring the liquid back to a simmer and add yolk whisking it into the liquid and leave to simmer for 1 or 2 minutes until thickened.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food
Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food








Remove from the heat and stir in the fish, now is the time to taste and add salt if needed.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Whisk the egg white into soft peaks and stir into the fish.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food
Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food








Now for the omelette, whisk the remaining 4 eggs.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food
Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food








Melt the butter in a frying pan with a little olive oil, tilt the pan to get it around the sides.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food
Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food








Pour in the eggs and cook until half set.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Now add the fish mix and smooth over then grate on the cheese.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food
Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food


Place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted and the omelette has brown peaks and is bubbling.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food
Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food








Cut into wedges and serve.

Omelette Arnold Bennett ~ Simple Food




Sunday, 8 March 2015

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food


Don’t tell your guests how easy this is to make.

Just let them be impressed.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce
with King Prawns


Serves 2  Time 30 minutes

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple FoodYou will need

60 Gm – Butter
150 Ml – Double Cream
2 cloves – Garlic (crushed)
1 tablespoon – Chopped Fresh Parsley (or frozen freeflow)
50 Ml – White Wine
1 teaspoon – Corn Flour
100 Gm – Raw King Prawns
100 Gm – Oyster Mushrooms (cut into strips)
100 Gm – Medium Noodles (dried or straight to wok)

Melt 30 gm of the butter in a wok or large pan.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food


Cook the mushrooms, garlic and parsley on a medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food
Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food








Add the corn flour and mix well.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food
Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food








Now add the white wine and cook it out for about 5 minutes.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food
Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food








Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food


Add the cream and stir well the leave to simmer for 10 minutes on a low heat.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food
Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food








Then add the noodles and coat them with the sauce, keep it on a low heat while you cook the prawns.
(if you are using dried noodles you will need cook them according to instructions on the packet first)

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food
Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food


Melt the other 30 Gm of butter in a pan and add the prawns, cook them for a few minutes each side until they go pink. Make sure they are cooked through but don’t overcook them.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food
Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food









Now serve with the noodles for a great meal.

Noodles in White Wine and Oyster Mushroom Sauce ~ Simple Food