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Clucking Hens Rock Buns

What’s special about these rock buns?
Vanilla is used as a pick-me-up! It is highly fragrant and exotic – delicious as well for sweetening without sugar.  Chocolate tastes wonderful and the darker it is, the more your body is given a real iron boost!  Chocolate makes you feel good but don’t over-eat!

Don’t forget that honey has medicinal and healing properties. Mixed with lemon and water, it can relieve sore throats. It is a wonderfully natural sweetener alternative

 Ingredients Serves 12

80 g raisins/sultanas/chocolate chips
80 g caster sugar
220 g self raising flour
80 g butter
2 tbsp milk
1 egg
Few drops vanilla essence

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, grease a baking tray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, rub the flour with the butter until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs
  3. Add the sugar, fruit to the flour and mix with a fork.
  4. Break the egg into a cup and beat with a fork, then add vanilla essence
  5. Make a well in dry mixture and add an egg.
  6. Mix well until mixture becomes firm enough to shape but not dry. Add a little milk if too dry.
  7. Scoop tablespoon sized mounds on the baking tray, leaving them in rough chunks.
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire tray and eat!

Alternatives to gluten, dairy, egg and sugar:

Gluten Free chocolate chips
Date syrup or honey to taste
Gluten Free self raising flour
Dairy-free Sunflower spread
Or Dairy-free Soya spread
Soya / rice milk
Egg alternative ideas:
1 tbsp ground flaxseed soaked in 3 tbsp water or ¼ cup pureed fruit (per egg)

 

Brownies – Quick and Easy

What’s special about  these Brownies?

When only something chocolatey will do, these Brownies are just what you need.  Bake a batch and sit back and relax!  Nuts , like seeds are full of nutrients and healthy, good fat, but don’t eat too many!  Small handfuls as snacks are fine!  Raisins are great to chew on and are high in heart-protecting  potassium!

Ingredients        Serves 6-8

225 g granulated sugar
85 g self raising flour
2 tbsp creamy milk
115 g butter melted
2 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
43 g cocoa
(Chopped nuts, raisins and flavourings
of your choice optional)

Method

  1. Stir together sugar, cocoa, flour and salt.
  2. Beat eggs and milk.  Add to the dry mixture with the melted butter.
  3. Stir in extras (if being added)
  4. Pour into a greased and lined rectangular tin (about 20 x 30cm).
  5. Bake for 25 -30 minutes at 180C.
  6. Cool and cut into squares.

Alternatives to gluten, dairy, egg and sugar:

Date syrup or honey to taste
GF self raising flour
Soya milk, soya cream or rice milk
Dairy free Sunflower spread or Dairy free soya spread
Egg alternative ideas:
1 tbsp ground flaxseed soaked in 3 tbsp water or ¼ cup pureed fruit (per egg)

Cinnamon Cake with Baked Pears and Blackberries

What’s special about this cake?

Ground cinnamon is great tasting in desserts.  The aroma of cinnamon is sweet, exotic and fragrant, just as its taste is sweet and warm.  Blackberries are rich in Vitamin C, which helps our bodies to absorb iron.  Pears are especially good at sweetening foods without adding extra sugar.  A great source of Vitamin C as well!

Ingredients        Serves 6
110 g butter
110 g soft brown sugar
110 g self raising flour
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 almost ripe pears
110 g blackberries
Icing sugar

Method

  1. Put the butter and brown sugar into a bowl and beat them together.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time and beat in.  Add the flour, cinnamon and fold them into the mixture.
  3. Peel, halve and core the pears.  Sprinkle the blackberries with icing sugar.
  4. Pack the core space in each piece of pear with a few blackberries.
  5. Grease a 20cm diameter loose bottom cake tin.  Arrange the pear halves in cake tin in a circle, spoon the cake mixture in between them and smooth the surface, stud gaps between pears with the remaining berries.
  6. Bake at 170C for 30-45 minutes or until firm to touch.
  7. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm or cold with ice-cream or cream.

Alternatives to gluten, dairy, egg and sugar:
Dairy-free Sunflower spread
Or Dairy-free Soya spread
Date syrup or honey to taste
GF self raising flour
Egg alternative ideas:
1 tbsp ground flaxseed soaked in 3 tbsp water or ¼ cup pureed fruit (per egg)
As an alternative to icing sugar, use a light sprinkle of Xylitol.
Use soya cream to serve!