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Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes

24 Aug

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I have a really sweet tooth so I thought these little cupcakes would be great. The strawberry jam gives a delicious addition to traditional fluffy sponge, and they’re so more-ish.

Tip: I’ve used strawberry jam as it’s my favourite, but pretty much any flavour of jam (although not marmalade!) would work well. I think blackcurrant or raspberry would be particularly good!

Makes: I made thirteen good sized cupcakes, but you could possibly get one more out of this recipe if you made them quite small.

Cost per cake: obviously this depends on how many cakes you make, but if you made thirteen cakes it would work out as £0.09 per cake (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 150g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 75g strawberry jam

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar, and then beat in the eggs and vanilla essence.

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3) Sift the flour into the mixture gradually, and fold in with a large metal spoon.

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4) Fill each of your cake cases around half full with mixture.

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5) Add around a teaspoon of jam to each cake case, taking care that the jam does not reach the sides – if it does, it will all ooze out of the side of the cake.

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6) Cover over the jam with a layer of mixture, ensuring it is all covered up.

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7) Bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until golden.

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8) Try not to eat them all at once!

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Cookies

17 Aug

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I have a real thing at the moment for cookies that are a bit more interesting than basic milk chocolate chips, so I was really pleased with how these turned out. I really like the added flavour that using whole raspberries, as opposed to freeze dried raspberry pieces, gives.

Tip: I used frozen raspberries because they’re much cheaper than fresh, but you can use either and it will work exactly the same. However, fresh raspberries will release a lot more juice into the mixture so if you find it gets too runny just add a little more flour.

Makes: around fifteen large cookies, or maybe a few more if you make them a bit smaller.

Cost per cookie: again, this depends on how many cookies you make but if you made fifteen cookies it would work out as £0.14 per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 350g unsifted plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g white chocolate
  • 75g raspberries

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream the butter and sugar together, and then beat in the eggs.

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3) Mix together the flour and bicarbonate of soda, and add to the mixture.

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4) Break the chocolate into small pieces, and stir it evenly through the mixture.

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5) Chop the raspberries into pieces and add them to the mixture as well, trying not to release too much juice.

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6) Spoon the dough onto a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until golden.

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7) Try not to eat them all at once!

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Chocolate Marble Cake

2 Aug

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I have a major sweet tooth and this is probably my all-time favourite cake. The mixture of vanilla and chocolate means it isn’t too rich and is light and fluffy – it didn’t last two days around my family!

Cost per slice: obviously this depends on how big your slices are! You should be able to get around sixteen slices out of this cake, in which case they would work out as costing just £0.12 per slice, far cheaper than anything you could buy and much tastier too! (Price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm cake tin, and if you have any available then line the base of the tin with greaseproof paper.

2) Add all the ingredients except the cocoa powder to a large bowl and blend. If you are doing this by hand, cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs one at a time and beat them in too. Fold in the flour, milk and vanilla essence until the mixture is smooth.

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3) Divide the mixture between two bowls and and stir the cocoa powder into one of them. Then use two spoons to put alternate spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the cake tin.

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4) Use a skewer or a fork to swirl the mixture around and create a marbled effect.

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5) Bake for around 45-55 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the tin and place it on a cooling rack (or just a plate if you don’t have one!) to cool.

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Pancakes

18 Jul

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Pancakes are great – cheap, easy, and you can fill them with pretty much anything. Everyone loves them, yet no one eats them all year apart from Pancake Day!

I ate mine with sliced banana, golden syrup and vanilla ice cream, but you could also have them with a savoury filling. Some great filling ideas are:

  • Blueberries and strawberries with whipped cream or mascarpone
  • Sliced banana with nutella and ice cream
  • Mushrooms, ham and cheese
  • Chicken and leeks in a creamy sauce
  • Bacon and brie
  • Blue cheese and leeks
  • Garlic mushrooms with cream cheese

Serves: six people.

Cost per person: £0.06 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 55g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml milk, mixed with 40ml water
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Sift the flour with the salt into a large mixing bowl.

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2) Break the egg into the flour, and whisk them together.

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3) Whisk the milk into the flour and egg mixture.

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4) Lubricate the pan with the oil then get it really hot, before turning it down to a medium heat. Spoon about 2tbsp of batter into the pan, spreading it around with a spatula. After around 30 seconds the underneath should be golden; flip it over and cook for just a few seconds on the other side.

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5) Add your filling of choice and enjoy!

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Tuna Fishcakes

10 Jun

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This is a tasty and fairly simple meal to make, and it doesn’t take too long either. It’s also pretty darn cheap and very good for you!

If you wanted to add your own twist you could try adding finely chopped onions, spring onions or sweetcorn to the mixture, or a bit of extra chilli to give it some spice.

Tip: you could replace a little of the fish with more potato, to make the fish go further.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for a day or two, but keep them in the fridge and make sure they’re piping hot.

Serves: five people.

Cost per person: £0.69 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 250g potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 400g canned tuna, drained and flaked
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps dried thyme
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli
  • 4 tsps flour
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain, mash and leave them to cool.

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2) Mix together the tuna, cheese, garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper/chilli and egg. If you want to add onions or sweetcorn (the sweetcorn needs to be pre-cooked) now is the time to do so! Season with salt and pepper.

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3) Mix the mashed potato into the tuna mixture, making sure it’s evenly mixed.

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4) Divide the mixture into four or five, and make into thick burger shapes. Sprinkle them with flour, salt and pepper on both sides and fry them in vegetable oil for around 4 minutes on each side, until golden. Be careful not too cook them too long or too hot – they burn very easily!

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5) Serve with potatoes and vegetables, or a green salad for a lighter meal. Et voila!

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