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Quiche Lorraine

You can't beat a good old quiche and this is a classic. Everyone loves Quiche Lorraine don't they? I usually serve with salad but if you wanted something more substantial serve the quiche straight out of the oven with my homemade spicy sweet potato chips.

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Quiche Lorraine by Beth Sachs August-27-2008 The classic quiche with bacon and cheese Ingredients For the pastry 175g Plain Flour100g Cold Butter, diced1 Egg YolkFor the filling 200g Smoked Bacon Lardons75g Cheddar, grated200ml Creme Fraiche200ml Double Cream3 Eggs, beatenPinch of NutmegSalt and Pepper Instructions Step 1: For the pastry, put the flour, butter, egg yolk and 4 tsp cold water into a food processor. Using the pulse button, process until the mix binds. Tip the pastry onto a lightly floured surface, gather into a smooth ball, then roll out as thinly as you can. Line a 23 x 2.5cm loose-bottomed, fluted flan tin, easing the pastry into the base. Trim the pastry edges with scissors (save any trimmings…

Lemon Bars

This is an American recipe so if you don't have proper american cups just use a teacup.
LEMON BARS By Beth Sachs, 18th August 2008
Ingredients: 1 cup butter1 cup sugar2 cups flour1 1/4 cups oats (not instant)juice of 3 lemonszest of 2 lemons, chopped finezest of 1 orange, chopped fine1 can sweetened condensed milk Instructions: Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and butter a 20cm baking tray.Step 2: Cream together the butter and sugar, add the oats and flour and press the dough into the pan.Step 3: Mix together the condensed milk, lemon zest, juice and orange zest and pour over  the doughStep 4: Bake for 30-35 minutes and cool before cutting into squares. Details: Yield: 12 bars Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

A big thanks to Jan at Range Warfare who kindly sent me three large packets of peanut butter chips - which I just can't seem to find here in the UK.

Ingredients: (makes about 24) 1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda (bicarb)
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 sticks sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter chips

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c
Step 2: Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt
Step 3: Cream sugar and softened butter, beat in egg and vanilla extract
Step 4: Gradually stir in flour and then peanut butter chip
Step 5: Drop tsp's of mixture onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 8-9 minutes

Perfect with a cup of tea!!

Cherry and Almond Muffins

I found some British cherries at the supermarket yesterday (quite an achievement - see here!) and with a half opened container of Greek yogurt and a half opened packet of ground almonds, I set about making these Cherry and Almond Muffins.
Ingredients: 200g Plain Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
100g Ground Almonds
150g Golden Caster Sugar
1 egg, beaten
125g Melted Butter
175ml Greek Yogurt
200g Cherries, pitted and halved
1 over ripe Banana.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c
Step 2: Line 12 hole muffing tin
Step 3: Sieve together dry ingredients
Step 4: Mix together sugar, butter, egg and yogurt and tip into dry ingredients
Step 5 Add cherries and mashed banana and stir briefly - do not over mix
Step 6: Place in oven for approx 25 minutes.

Rigatoni with White Ragu

This comforting ragu is perfect for those who aren't keen on tomato based sauces. The usual tin of chopped tomatoes is replaced with mascarpone cheese and grated nutmeg. The salty bacon and Parmesan helps give the sauce plenty of flavour and the end result is really rich and filling. This will make 4 servings plus leftovers for lunch the next day. 

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White Ragu by Beth Sachs August-3-2008 A rich creamy ragu using mascarpone - perfect with pasta Ingredients 1 Onion, chopped1 Celery Stick, chopped1 Carrot, chopped400g Minced Steak150g Smoked Bacon LardonsSplash of White Wine300ml Vegetable Stock250g MascarponePinch of Nutmeg, grated100g Parmesan, gratedSalt and Pepper 400g Pasta1 TBSP Parsley, chopped Instructions Step 1: Cook pasta according to instructions, drain when cooked.Step 2: Fry the onion, celery, carrot in a little oil for 5 minutes.Step 3: Turn the heat up and add the bacon and mince, fry until browned. Add a splash of wine and let it evaporate.Step 4: Ad…

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

The ultimate after school snack and a great way of using up black banana's in the fruit bowl. These were so easy to make my 9 year old made them with absolutely no help from me!

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING MUFFINSDon't over mix the muffin batterInstead of chocolate chips add raisins or chopped dried apricots insteadMuffins can be frozen so make a batch and stash them in the freezer for school bake sales or unexpected guests.

OTHER MUFFIN RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKESweet Potato and Apple Muffins from Jam and Clotted CreamApple, Raisin and Cinnamon Muffins from Jam and Clotted CreamBanana, Nectarine and Cinnamon Muffins from Feeding Boys

Ingredients: 3 very ripe bananas 125ml vegetable oil 2 eggs 250g plain flour 100g caster sugar ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 150g dark/milk chocolate (white chocolate or butterscotch chips/morsels) Topping - demerera sugar (optional)
Method: Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan oven/gas mark 6 and line …