50/50 Bread Rolls

Vegan bread rolls made with half strong white bread flour and half wholemeal flour. These bread rolls suit everyone down to the ground! 

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A few years ago I wouldn’t have known where to start when it came to baking homemade bread, it was my mum who developed a love for bread making before I soon did. She made basic loaves and rolls, brioche and other delicious breads for while before I decided to jump into the kitchen to explore and try out some bread recipes of my own inspired by her.

Recently I shared my mum’s white bread rolls with you and since then I’ve been thinking of sharing a wholemeal version of the original recipe.

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When making wholemeal bread and rolls I prefer to use half regular strong white bread flour and half wholemeal flour. In my experience using completely wholemeal flour makes the dough too heavy, whereas adding half of each flour balances out the texture and the bread rolls aren’t dense at all. If you want to make these rolls with 100% wholemeal flour then feel free to do so!

The great thing is that these bread rolls are also suitable for anyone following a vegan lifestyle because they’re made with olive oil instead of butter and also water is added instead of milk to bring the dough together when kneading. This recipe is very adaptable so if you don’t have oil olive you can substitute that with another oil such as sunflower/vegetable or even melted butter if you’re not opting for a vegan bread roll.

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These homemade wholemeal bread rolls have that distinctive nuttiness you typically taste with wholemeal bakes. They can be filled with your favourite sandwich fillings or even dunked into a bowl of soup. Whichever way you decide to serve these rolls I know you will thoroughly enjoy them!

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

275g strong white bread flour

275g wholemeal flour

1 and 1/4 teaspoons fast-action dried yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (substitute with another oil or alternatively use melted butter)

310ml warm water – the water should only feel warm to the touch, not boiling

Method:

1. To make the dough: In a large mixing bowl combine both flours along with the yeast, sugar and salt and mix together (remember to make sure the yeast and salt are on opposite corners of the bowl). Add the olive oil and warm water and mix until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes by hand or with an electric hand or stand mixer fitted with the dough hook for 5-7 minutes until the dough is soft and elasticated.

2. To knead and rise the dough: Once the dough is kneaded, lightly oil another large mixing bowl. Add the dough to the bowl and lightly coat in the oil. Cover the bowl with clingfilm or a kitchen towel and leave somewhere dry and warm for at least an hour or until doubled in size. This should take around 60-90 minutes.

3. Once the dough has risen fully divide it into 12 equally sized pieces. I weigh the dough to be accurate then shape each piece of dough into rolls. Place the rolls onto a large baking tray that’s either been lightly oiled or lined with a silicone baking mat. Space the rolls apart by a 1-2 inches so they have enough room to rise and spread slightly. Cover with clingfilm or a kitchen towel and leave somewhere warm for further 45-60 minutes or until the rolls have joined up and doubled in size.

4. To bake the rolls: Preheat oven to 220°C / 200 degrees Fan / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. Bake the rolls for 18-20 minutes or until crisp and well risen. You can check the rolls are completely baked by tapping the bottom of one, if it sounds hollow then they will be cooked all the way through.

5. Allow the rolls to cool for a few minutes then carefully transport them onto a wire rack. Leave to cool completely to room temperature before serving. Rolls can be toasted prior to serving if you want to serve them warm. The rolls will keep fresh in a bread/sandwich bag for up to 2 days, if you want you can freeze the rolls but they’re best eaten fresh on the day of baking.

These classic White Bread Rolls should be on your list to try next!

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Or if you fancy trying something Italian then give my Tomato Parmesan Focaccia recipe a go!

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Enjoy!

jess

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White Bread Rolls

These homemade white bread rolls are crisp on the outside yet fluffy and tender on the inside. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make your own bread rolls completely from scratch, then this easy recipe will be a great one to start with! 

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Today’s recipe has been long coming. I’ve pretty much been waiting and putting off sharing it for ages now. I don’t know why, because these bread rolls are a winning recipe and a food I absolutely love.

This is actually one of my mum’s recipes and these rolls always go down a treat at family picnics and during the holidays. Usually mum is requested to supply the bread or rolls at family gatherings, they’re also delicious spread with garlic butter and made into garlic bread, dipped into olive oil and balsamic or even just slathered with butter.

The dough is pretty straightforward to prepare. We like to use olive oil in place of butter, adding olive oil as an alternative to butter and water instead of milk makes the recipe vegan and we think it also produces a lighter and crustier bread.

I always find readymade rolls to be overly sweet, over-proved and generally under baked and these are just a few reasons why I have been put off them. The bonus of making your own bread rolls means you know exactly what ingredients have gone into the bake and you can control how much salt and sugar is added. Homemade bakes like these rolls are mostly free or any unwanted additives and preservatives so they’re that little bit better for you.

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Homemade bread rolls are a great accompaniment to a warm bowl of soup or filled with your favourite sandwich fillings. As the cooler months loom, a day you’re stuck in the house due to the weather is the perfect opportunity to spend baking bread. This is not the quickest recipe I’ve shared but it really is worth the extra effort and time.

Below I’ve listed some tips I think you will find helpful if you do give the recipe a try.

Important Points:

  • Always check your yeast is in date. If in doubt, always use new yeast.
  • Warm the water – be careful to make sure it’s not boiling. I find the easiest way to check is to test with your finger, if the water is a tepid heat then it’s ready to use. There’s no need for any specialist equipment!
  • Keep the yeast and salt apart. Salt will kill the yeast and stop the dough rising. When putting the ingredients in the bowl place the yeast and salt in opposite corners.
  • Substitute the extra virgin olive oil for another oil or alternatively use the same quantity of softened butter.
  • To make sure you’ve kneaded the dough enough before the first rise test by poking your finger into the dough very slightly, if it springs back then the dough is ready for shaping. If not, carry on kneading the dough for a few extra minutes.
  • I’d recommend weighing the dough before shaping into rolls. Weighing the dough means all the bread rolls will be the same size and will bake more evenly and it’s definitely worth spending a bit extra time doing this step.
  • I prove my dough in my fan assisted oven at 40ºC. Leaving the dough at room temperature to rise will work just as well. If it’s a cold day it will possibly take a little bit longer to rise.
  • This recipe makes 12 standard sized bread rolls, You can make 24 smaller slider-sized rolls if you prefer, however baking time will be cut by about half compared to the original recipe. To check doneness, use the same method of checking if they’re baked completely through by tapping the bottom, if it sounds hollow then the rolls are completely baked through.
  • Bread and rolls are always best eaten when they’re fresh. To experience the full flavour and texture of these rolls I would recommend tasting one on the same day of baking.

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

550g strong white bread flour

1 and 1/4 teaspoons fast-action dried yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (substitute with another oil or alternatively use melted butter)

310ml warm water

Method:

1. To make the dough: In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt and mix together (remember to make sure the yeast and salt are on opposite corners of the bowl). Add the olive oil and warm water and mix until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes by hand or with an electric hand or stand mixer fitted with the dough hook for 5-7 minutes until the dough is soft and elasticated.

2. To knead and rise the dough: Once the dough is kneaded, lightly oil another large mixing bowl. Add the dough to the bowl and lightly coat in the oil. Cover the bowl with clingfilm or a kitchen towel and leave somewhere dry and warm for at least an hour or until doubled in size. This should take around 60-90 minutes.

3. Once the dough has risen fully divide it into 12 equally sized pieces. I weigh the dough to be accurate then shape each piece of dough into rolls. Place the rolls onto a large baking tray that’s either been lightly oiled or lined with a silicone baking mat. Space the rolls apart by a 1-2 inches so they have enough room to rise and spread slightly. Cover with clingfilm or a kitchen towel and leave somewhere warm for further 45-60 minutes or until the rolls have joined up and doubled in size.

4. To bake the rolls: Preheat oven to 220°C / 200 degrees Fan / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. Bake the rolls for 18-20 minutes or until crisp and golden in colour. You can check the rolls are completely baked by tapping the bottom of one, if it sounds hollow then they will be cooked all the way through.

5. Allow the rolls to cool for a few minutes then carefully transport them onto a wire rack. Leave to cool completely to room temperature before serving. Rolls can be toasted prior to serving if you want to serve them warm. The rolls will keep fresh in a bread/sandwich bag for up to 2 days, if you want you can freeze the rolls but they’re best eaten fresh on the day of baking.

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Want to try your hand at more homemade bread recipes? Bake this Tomato Parmesan Focaccia next!

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Enjoy!

jess

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Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread

Cornbread with a delicious savoury addition of mature Cheddar cheese and spicy jalapeño chilli peppers. Dunk into a warm bowl of chilli con carne, soup or spread with butter. 

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Cornbread is the epitome of summer picnic food for me and I love that it pairs well with so many different dishes, dipped into a bowl of chilli con carne, served alongside barbecue ribs, grilled chicken or simply served as it is.

Cornbread isn’t really that popular where I’m from, but I don’t know why as this classic American quick bread is truly amazing.

I first made this recipe about a year ago, I was enjoying a lazy day watching a Barefoot Contessa marathon and on one of the episodes Ina was preparing cornbread with a twist. The delicious twist was the addition of sharp, mature Cheddar cheese, spicy jalapeño and spring onion (scallions). As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to bake some for myself as I loved the sound of all those flavours combined together.

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I especially love this cornbread served warm with butter. It’s incredibly tasty! 

Even though I’ve said this cornbread is brilliant for packing up for a picnic, it’s also fantastic in the cooler months enjoyed with a bowl of chilli or soup for those times when you’re in need of some comfort food. Cornbread is pretty much perfect for all seasons, which is especially great at the moment as the UK summer seems to have mysteriously disappeared yet again and all I’m craving is warm winter foods.

I’ll have my fingers crossed hoping summer will make a reappearance sometime soon… 😉

This cornbread has just the right balance of sweetness and it’s deliciously moist without being too crumbly like some cornbreads tend to be. I’ve spent some extra time with this recipe translating the cup measurements into grams as everyone needs a good, trusty cornbread recipe in their repertoire and it definitely needs to be this one!

(Makes 12-16 large pieces)

Ingredients:

360g (3 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour

125g (1 cup) cornmeal or polenta

2 tablespoons baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

50g (1/4 cup) caster or granulated sugar

480ml (2 cups) milk

3 large free-range eggs

225g (2 sticks/1 cup) butter, melted and cooled slightly

225g (8 ounces) mature Cheddar cheese, grated

4 or 1/3 cup spring onions (scallions), chopped – use both white and green parts

1-2 large jalapeños, seeds removed and minced (you can add more if you’d like)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160 Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking tray with parchment paper then set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, cornmeal/polenta, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and melted butter until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until no lumps of flour remain. Be careful not to over mix.
  4. Fold through 2/3 of the grated cheese along with the spring onion (scallion) and jalapeño. Leave the cornbread batter to rest for 20 minutes.
  5. After resting spread the cornbread batter into the baking tray and top with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean without any uncooked batter remaining. Leave to cool completely in the baking tray, then slice up into 12-16 large pieces or alternatively pieces of any size you like. Cornbread will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Serve cold or warm.

Recipe from Barefoot Contessa at Home

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Looking for more bread recipes? Try this Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia next!

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Enjoy!

jess

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Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia

Traditional Italian focaccia. Fluffy olive oil bread topped with fragrant rosemary and sea salt flakes.

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There really is nothing better than homemade bread. Freshly baked, it always tastes amazing. Focaccia is one of the bread recipes I make most often – baking it every week, usually at the weekends when I have more time. Sliced up it makes a brilliant light lunch or appetiser served as part of an antipasto. I’ve already shared a few focaccia recipes on the blog, but this time I wanted to share a basic rosemary focaccia. I love the simplicity of this bread, and of course the beautiful aromatic flavour.

I made this focaccia for a recipe test run a few weekends back. To say the least, it went down a treat and got devoured as quick as anything. With just four people in our household, it vanished pretty quickly soon after baking – which is definitely a great sign! Hands down this is my favourite focaccia recipe!

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I kept the flavours very simple. Rosemary and sea salt is a classic focaccia topping and one of our favourites. We use homegrown rosemary, mum took a cutting from our villa a few years ago in Tuscany, we planted when we got home and ever since it has flourished, and produces enough rosemary for our culinary needs each year!

This focaccia starts with an olive oil bread dough. I use extra virgin olive oil which adds real depth of flavour, gives the bread that authentic taste and keeps it soft and fluffy. You can prepare the dough by hand (the traditional way) or use an electric mixer like I do. Both ways will work just as well, producing a fluffy and crisp focaccia.

You can top the focaccia with anything you like. Bake it until golden and then tear and dip into some good olive oil.

 Ingredients:

500g strong white bread flour

7g (1 packet) fast action dried yeast

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

50ml (3 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

300ml (1/2 pint) warm water – make sure it isn’t boiling

Toppings:

1 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)

A few sprigs fresh rosemary

Course sea salt, for sprinkling

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl add the flour. Add the yeast to one side and the salt to the other. Add the sugar and then mix to combine.
  2. Mix together the water and oil and then add the flour. Using a wooden spoon mix together until a soft and sticky dough comes together. Then lightly flour a work surface and knead the dough by hand until smooth and elastic for 10 minutes. You can also knead the dough in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment for 5 minutes.
  3. Once kneaded, lightly oil a bowl and add the dough. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size – this will take around an hour.
  4. When doubled in size lightly grease a baking tin (approx. 22cm x 32cm) with olive oil (1-2 tbsp). Add the dough and press out into the tin until even – it doesn’t need to look perfect! Cover the tray and again leave in a warm place until doubled in size. (45-60 minutes approx.)
  5. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C Fan / 200 degrees. Press small holes into the dough with your fingertips. Poke the rosemary in the holes and scatter over the oregano and sea salt. Drizzle the focaccia with a little extra oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until risen and lightly coloured. Once the bread sounds hollow, remove from tin and cool on a wire rack. Slice up and enjoy anyway you like   Serve the focaccia dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It can be served both at room temperature and gently warmed in the oven. Both ways are delicious!

Note: The focaccia is best eaten on the day of making, but it will keep in a bread bag or airtight container for an extra day.

Try this Tomato Parmesan Focaccia next!

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Enjoy!

jess

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Lemon and Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

Fluffy lemon and raspberry swirl sweet rolls. My favourite weekend breakfast recipe! 

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I was inspired to create my own yummy morning recipe when I heard about a partnership between Casper and the Infatuation for their very own “#BreakfastInBedFest”. Casper is a memory foam mattress company based in NYC who believes bed time is the best time, and there’s nothing better than waking up to breakfast in bed. It leave us a better reason to stay in bed longer anyways, right?!

I’ve taken my Triple Lemon Sticky Buns recipe and added some beautiful raspberry flavour to the mix! These sweet rolls are beyond heavenly and incredibly fluffy, buttery and delicious! I can’t think of anything better to wake up to eat in the morning than a sticky bun!

 As part of this blogging project #BreakfastInMyBedFest with Casper Sleep and The Infatuation I was asked to share a great breakfast recipe ready for Mother’s Day. For my readers from the States these would make the perfect Mother’s Day brekkie for your mom! My mum is lucky I’ve decided this year to celebrate Mother’s Day twice {we celebrated it back in March in the UK!}, so I baked these and surprised my mum over the weekend with a freshly baked batch of what I like to call pure fluffy sweet roll heaven. And they did not disappoint! Plus there really is nothing than spending the weekend eating the BEST EVER sticky buns in bed!

As soon as these left the oven in his true form my dad hinted that he wanted to try one! So I quickly whipped up a delicious tangy lemon sugar icing and drizzled it all over each sweet roll! Then the important step came next. Devour them! That’s definitely the best part of making sticky sweet rolls, taking the very first bite.

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When you bite into each sweet roll you get a flavour explosion of raspberry jammy goodness. As you can imagine it really is a dream to eat these! When the sweet rolls bake the raspberries transform into a tangy jam filling. Then comes the sticky lemon glaze – which again I could eat by the spoonful…

{Makes 12-14 rolls}

Ingredients –

550g strong white bread flour

14g fast action dried yeast

55g caster or granulated sugar {superfine sugar}

85g unsalted butter, softened

250ml semi-skimmed milk

1 large free-range egg

1 lemon, zested

Raspberry Lemon Filling –

285g (10 ounce) packet of frozen raspberries {not thawed}

80g caster sugar

1 tsp cornflour {cornstarch}

1 lemon, zested {optional}

Method –

1. Make the dough: In a large stand mixer, add the flour, yeast, sugar and the zest. Mix gently on low speed just to combine. Then add the butter and rub in fully, until no lumps of butter remain. Now gently heat the milk in a small saucepan until it’s just warm and you can still poke your finger in without it burning. Then on a low speed, gently pour the milk in and add the egg, mix until a soft and sticky dough comes together. Then knead for another 5-7 minutes or until you have a soft and well elasticated dough. Now remove the dough from the mixer and knead gently on a board for about a minute just to bring it together into a ball. Place back in the bowl, cover fully with cling film and then leave somewhere warm for 1-2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.

2. Make the filling: In a medium bowl toss together the sugar, frozen raspberries and cornflour. Roll the dough out on a flour surface to roughly 20cm x 50cm. Scatter the raspberry sugar filling evenly over the dough. Roll up tightly into an 18-inch log. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12-14 pieces. Place the rolls in the greased tin, making sure they’re well spread out. Then cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for another hour or until they’ve joined up and doubled in size.

3.To bake: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Bake the buns for 20 minutes. Then allow too cool completely to room temperature. For glaze, just combine the icing sugar and lemon juice, mix until you have a smooth and drizzling consistency. Then drizzle liberally all over the baked buns. Finish with a little extra zest and then enjoy!

Just waiting to be glazed! These buns are my favourite to make and celebrate the weekend with. I love to enjoy one for breakfast with a warm cup of coffee! You NEED to run to your kitchen right NOW and make these ASAP!

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Enjoy the recipe! Surprise your mom with these for Mother’s Day!

jess

Spicy Thai Crab Cakes with Lemon and Lime Aiöli

Spicy and sweet Thai-style crab cakes. Crisp and delicious on the outside with a flavourful and aromatic filling. Great served with homemade lemon and lime aiöli to cool down the heat!

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These spicy crab cakes make a great appetiser, lunch or light bite for dinner. The perfect plate consists of a refreshing Asian-inspired salad and a drizzle of Sriracha to compliment the cakes! 

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As part of a collaboration with Wynn Las Vegas resort and restaurants, the famous Vegan chef Tal Ronnen has created a speciality menu offering a menu full of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Tal Ronnen is famous for cooking for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. The brief was to pick a dish from the menu and give it your own twist. This blogging project is really fun because it’s a good chance to experience some food flavours available on US and Las Vegas menus.

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The menu had so much choice! So deciding what to pick and blog about was definitely the hardest part! I was stuck between many dishes like the mushroom risotto (one of my favourite dishes to cook at home), peach pancakes and the pot pie! But I decided on the crab cakes from the Lakeside restaurant because I was really love seafood. I’ve put an Oriental twist on the crab cakes as Old Bay seasoning is not available in the supermarkets here so I decided to just add some Asian flavour and influence to these gorgeous crispy cakes – ingredients that are accessible for everyone.

These crab cakes are packed full of flavour! With fresh ginger and chilli, garlic, chopped coriander and parsley, lemon zest and garlic all incased in each beautiful patty. Delicious, spicy and a great mix of taste – they’re definitely restaurant worthy and will wow anyone who tastes them! You can read some more about the Lakeside restaurant here.

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(Makes 6)

Ingredients:

2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced

2 red chillies, deseeded and finely minced

1 clove of garlic, minced

250g can of white crab meat, drained well – you can swap crab for salmon or tuna, if preferred

1 tbsp chopped coriander

1 tbsp chopped parsley

2 spring onions, roughly chopped

8 tbsp of breadcrumbs

Plain flour

2 large free-range eggs

Vegetable or olive oil oil

Lemon Lime Aiöli –

4-5 tbsp mayonnaise

Zest from 1/2 lime + a squeeze of the juice

Zest 1/2 lemon plus a squeeze of the juice

1 clove of garlic, minced

Method: 

1. To make the crab cakes: In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the ginger, chilli, crab meat, coriander, parsley and chopped spring onions. Crack in one of the eggs and add 4 tbsp of the breadcrumbs. Mix to combine.

2. Divide the mixture into 6 equally sized portions. Now mould into patties. Place on a lined tray and pop into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

3. One chilled and firm, remove the crab cakes from the fridge. Beat the remaining egg with one tablespoon of water in a separate bowl. Dust each patty with a little of the plain flour, then dip and coat in the beaten egg. Finish by tossing in the breadcrumbs to coat and shaking off the excess breadcrumbs.

4. Preheat oven to 220°C / 200 degrees Fan / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. Heat approx. 2 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the crab cakes 2-3 minutes each side. Then transfer to a large baking dish and finish cooking in the oven for 10 minutes or until piping hot in the centre.

5. To make the aiöli: Combine the mayonnaise with the zest, lime and lemon juice and minced garlic until combined. Serve the crab cakes hot with salad and the aiöli dipping sauce and some extra sweet chilli or a drizzle of Sriracha. I also love to garnish with lime or lemon wedges and a scattering of extra chopped herbs.

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So here’s my recipe. These are crispy, spicy and really delicious. We enjoyed these for dinner served with steamed rice and stir-fried veggies, but they are also great served with a simple watercress salad with chopped tomatoes, sliced radishes, cucumber ribbons and a drizzle of olive oil. I hope you do give these a go, they’re exceptionally tasty and really easy to make! #MyVegasRecipe

Enjoy!

jess

Irish Soda Bread

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by baking some of your very own homemade soda bread! With just 5 ingredients and no kneading or rising required, this is sure to become one bread recipe you’ll make time and time again.  

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St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching and there’s definitely no better time to start baking and cooking up delicious Irish food. Many beloved dishes of mine have Irish origins and Ireland is home to one of my favourite quick breads, soda bread.

Soda bread unlike most bread recipes takes just a matter of minutes to prepare because it doesn’t have to be kneaded so you will have it all ready to go and be baked in less than 10 minutes – something that isn’t usually the case when you’re baking bread! It isn’t just kneading that you can forget about with this recipe, it also doesn’t require any time rising as there is no yeast added.

Whilst I do really enjoy making bread, sometimes I want homemade bread but without too much effort involved and having to wait hours for it to rise and then having to wait even longer for it to bake.

Soda bread is spectacular for something so quick and simple to prepare!

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There are tonnes of soda bread recipes out there. Each and every one is different, some add dried fruit such as cranberries, currants, sultanas, raisins or spices such as caraway seeds. Others switch the white flour for wholemeal or use a mix of the two.

I always get a feeling of real satisfaction when I’ve baked anything right from scratch. It’s nice to know exactly what ingredients have gone into what you’re eating and it’s always a great feeling when something you’ve made tastes incredible. Soda bread is meant to look homemade, it will have knobbly bits all over but for me the more rustic something looks the better!

This bread can be eaten by itself just liberally spread with butter or even dunked into a warming bowl of stew or soup. We ate this soda bread with a bowl of my mum’s Irish beef and Guinness stew which is our idea of proper Irish comfort food.

Ingredients:

450g (3 and 1/2 cups) plain/all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting and shaping

1 teaspoon caster or granulated sugar

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1 teaspoon salt

350-425ml (1 and 1/2 to 2 cups) buttermilk

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 230°C / 210 degrees Fan / 450°F / Gas Mark 8. Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk.

2. Mix through the buttermilk and combine until you have a soft and very slightly sticky dough – try not to over mix as this will make the bread tough. Remember this dough recipe is very similar to biscuit/scone dough, you want to handle the dough as little as possible.

3. Once mixed line a large baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Pat the dough out onto the tray into a round approx. 1.5 inches/4cm thick. Cut a deep cross into the centre using a sharp knife. Bake for 15 minutes then turn the oven temperature down to 200°C / 180 Fan / 400°F / Gas mark 6. Bake the soda bread for another 30 minutes.

4. Check the bread is completely baked by tapping the base of the bread. If sounds hollow then the bread is baked fully, the bread should also have taken on a golden colour on the outside.

5. Cool the bread on a wire rack completely before serving. Then slice up and serve with butter. Bread will store at room temperature in a bread bag or airtight container for up to 2-3 days.

Recipe from “Rachel’s Irish Family Food”

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Enjoy!

jess

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