Really Easy Apple and Gooseberry Crumble

Apple and Gooseberry Crumble

My mum gave me a bag of early season gooseberries the other day - lovely and tart at this time of year and perfect for cooking with. The kids and I decided to make a HUGE apple and gooseberry crumble to enjoy over the weekend  - and there is plenty leftover for weekday puddings too.

I'm a custard with crumble kind of person (apart from when I have it for breakfast with Greek Yogurt!), as is my daughter, but the boys prefer theirs with clotted cream. Whichever you decide I can guarantee deliciousness!

APPLE AND GOOSEBERRY CRUMBLE

| Serves: 12 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 45 Minutes | Total Time: ~1Hour |


Ingredients:

  • Bramley apples, peeled and chopped
  • 150g Gooseberries, topped and tailed
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 150g Salted Butter
  • 3 TBSP Demerera Sugar

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and lightly butter a large (or several smaller) ovenproof dish.
  • Step 2: In a large pan place the apples, gooseberries and 100g of the caster sugar. Heat until fruit has broken down and become soft. Place into ovenproof dish.
  • Step 3: In a large bowl rub together the flour, butter until breadcrumbs form then stir through the other 100g of sugar. Put on top of the fruit mixture, sprinkle with demerera and bake for about 45 minutes.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 9th June 2014 |



Meal Plan 9th June - 15th June 2014
































The weather is hotting up now  - Yay!! -so meals this week are going to be reflecting this - more salads, BBQ's and fresh summer veggies.

Englands first match of the World Cup is on Saturday so hubby has requested Chilli Beef and Chorizo Nacho's and on Sunday we are eating out for Fathers Day! Roll on the long hot days of summer.

Monday 9th June
Baked Fish, Rice and Veggies

Tuesday 10th June
Smoked Salmon, Pea and Chorizo Risotto

Wednesday 11th June
Chicken Salad

Thursday 12th June
Sausage and Fennel Seed Bolognese

Friday 13th June
BBQ Burgers and Salad

Saturday 14th June
Chilli Beef and Chorizo Nacho's

Sunday 15th June
Eating out in the evening but for lunch I will do Tuna Melts with Side Salad

Creme Fraiche Banana Loaf Cake

Creme Fraiche Banana Loaf Cake

This turned out to be a fantastically moist banana loaf thanks to the crème fraiche. I also used salted butter for this recipe, rather than my normal unsalted and it gave the cake a lovely salted caramel undertone. One of the best banana loafs I've made and the perfect way to use up those pesky black banana’s that always get left at the bottom of the fruit bowl. 


Hint: I guarantee it will be gobbled up quickly but if you do find yourself with a stale end cut, its also beautiful toasted under the grill, spread with butter and drizzled with honey. 


Have a lovely weekend. I'm looking forward to a potter in the garden (weather permitting), a walk on the beach with the family and lots of baking – including developing a Strawberry and Cream Traybake ready for Wimbledon. What cooking and baking plans have you got planned this weekend?


CREME FRAICHE BANANA LOAF CAKE


| Serves: 10 slices | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour | Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes |



Ingredients:

  • 150g Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • Eggs, beaten
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Black Banana's, mashed
  • 110g Creme Fraiche
  • 2 TBSP Brown Sugar for Sprinkling

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Heat oven to 180 and line a 1kg loaf tin.
  • Step 2: Cream together the butter and sugar and then beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour and bicarb until combined before adding the mashed banana's and creme fraiche.
  • Step 3: Spoon into the tin then sprinkle the brown sugar on top. Cook for 1 hour but check after 45 minutes. Cool and slice.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 6th June 2014 |


Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Carbonara

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Carbonara


I got a surprise in my online grocery delivery a few weeks ago – smoked salmon. Smoked salmon’s not usually on my shopping list due to the cost and I can only ‘apologise’ to the poor person who missed out because of the very unfortunate mistake by the delivery driver!
 
I managed to eek it out over two meals – making a very nice Smoked Salmon and Chorizo Risotto and this Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Carbonara. I think Carbonara has to be my ultimate comfort food but the addition of the salmon and asparagus really lightens it up and turns it into a wonderful summery treat. If asparagus isn’t in season you can just replace it with peas or broccoli.
 
Does anyone else transform their favourite comfort foods into lighter summery dishes for the warmer weather? 


SMOKED SALMON AND ASPARAGUS CARBONARA


| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes | Total Time: 20 Minutes |


Ingredients:

  • 350g Spaghetti
  •  1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten
  • 100g Parmesan, grated
  • 100g Smoked Salmon, torn
  • Bunch of Asparagus spears
  • 1 heaped TBSP Creme Fraiche
  •  Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Put a pan of boiling water on the hob and bring to the boil.
  • Step 2: While waiting, whisk together the eggs and Parmesan, season and set aside.
  • Step 3: Once the pasta water is boiling put in the spaghetti and cook according to instructions. 2 minutes from the end add the asparagus spears. Drain then toss through the eggy mixture and creme fraiche. 
  • Step 4: Gently stir through the smoked salmon, season to taste and serve.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 3rd June 2014 |


Meal Plan 2nd - 8th June 2014

































Not sure where the weeks are going! We've spent all weekend in the garden - mowing the lawns, planting up some tubs with bedding plants and digging....lot of digging. We have a tree surgeon coming tomorrow to take one of our really big Ash tree's down - really looking forward to all the extra light! Apart from that it's work and school as usual.

Here is this weeks meal plan

Monday 2nd June
Nacho's

Tuesday 3rd June
Sausage and Onion Casserole

Wednesday 4th June
Leftover Sausage Casserole

Thursday 5th June
Chicken Kievs, Sweet Potato Mash and Mixed Veg

Friday 6th June
Smoked Salmon Risotto

Saturday 7th June
Homemade Pizza

Sunday 8th June
Fish and Chips

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