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Mars Bar Sauce for Pancakes


Mars Bar Sauce for Pancakes

With Pancake Day only a few days away I thought I would post a recipe for my favourite pancake sauce...Mars Bar Sauce! Everybody loves this sauce and it's so simple you don't really need a recipe. All you need to do is melt 1 chopped up Mars Bar with 100ml double cream per person and you have an indulgent chocolaty sauce for your pancakes. So, for four people melt 4 Mars Bars with 400ml of Double Cream (I use a suacepan but you could probably do it in a microwave if you are careful). A knob of butter at the end makes the sauce nice and glossy.

You can either roll the pancakes up and eat with your hands or as I prefer to do eat them flat with a knife and fork and savour every mouthful.

Handy Pancake Hint: Use Asda's clever pancake mix-o-meter to accurately calculate how much batter you need to make pancakes for all your family. For these Mars Bar pancakes I allow 2 per person ...that's all your body can take!

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Giveaway: Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Hamper


Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Hamper



Pancake day is a week today! To celebrate I have this fabulous pancake hamper from Abra-ca-Debora  to giveaway to one Jam and Clotted Cream reader.

The pancake hamper contains:
2 x packs of pancakes
2 x Green and Blacks Chocolate
1 x Golden Syrup
1 x jar of Ginger Curd
1 x Lemon
1 packet of Golden Caster Sugar

To enter:
To win the pancake hamper prize all you need to do is;
1. Complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
2. Entries can be via blog comment, Twitter, Facebook etc
3. UK entrants only

For more information on how to enter blog giveaways using Rafflecopter please see this short video.

Please remember you need to complete the mandatory entry first - which is a blog comment.

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Giveaway: Afternoon Tea for Two



Buyagift.co.uk has given the readers of Jam and Clotted Cream a chance to win an afternoon tea for two at one of 70 venues across the UK, from the Scottish Highlands to Jersey!

A fab Mothers Day present don't you think!

To enter:
To win the afternoon tea for two prize all you need to do is;
1. Complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
2. Entries can be via blog comment, Twitter, Facebook etc
3. UK entrants only

For more information on how to enter blog giveaways using Rafflecopter please see this short video.


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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Slow Cooked Minced Lamb with Feta


Slow Cooked Minced Lamb with Feta

I have to admit that I've struggled with lamb in the past, especially when I was pregnant. It was the smell that put me off - it was too lamby! (sounds bonkers). However I've made a conscious effort to embrace it and this slow cooked lamb mince recipe is beautiful. The kids loved it, hubby loved it and I loved it. It was so good I'm doing it again next week.

I served this with some pasta. However I'm tempted to try cooking the pasta in the slow cooker next time, along with the sauce - you can add it during the last 30 minutes of cooking. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I crumbled over some feta on serving but grated cheddar would be fine too.


SLOW COOKED MINCED LAMB WITH FETA


Slow Cooked Minced Lamb
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Slow Cooked Minced Lamb with Feta

An easy slow cooker minced lamb recipe.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 hours and 15 mins

ingredients:

  • Garlic Cloves, sliced
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 TSP Dried Mint
  • 1 TSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TSP Dried Chili Flakes
  • 800g Lamb Mince
  • 2 TBSP Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Caramelised Onion Chutney
  • 2 tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • Seasoning
  • 150g Feta, crumbled

instructions

Step 1: Heat 1 TBSP of oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onions, garlic, mint, oregano and chilli for 5 minutes. Add the lamb mince and brown. Drain off excess fat.

Step 2: Put the lamb mixture in slow cooker with the cranberry sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion chutney and chopped tomatoes and cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with crumbled feta.


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Banana and Maple Syrup Loaf Cake


Banana

Between Lowen, Rory and their friends who were round to play, this Banana and Maple Syrup Loaf Cake was gone in one afternoon. Notice that I've use Maple Syrup AGAIN! I can't get enough of the stuff and have been putting it in and on everything I possibly can in the last few weeks.

I had some samples of Clarkes Maple Syrup sent to me a while ago and for this cake I used their vanilla maple syrup. It gave the cake a wonderful depth of flavour but ordinary maple syrup would be fine ...or even golden syrup. You could also add in a handful of chocolate chips or some nuts too but my kids like it plain.

This turned out to be the perfect baked treat for a sunny half term afternoon in the garden, with a cold glass of milk alongside. 'Yum' was the verdict from the kids.


BANANA & MAPLE SYRUP LOAF


Banana and Maple Syrup Loaf Cake
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Banana and Maple Syrup Cake

A banana and maple syrup loaf cake
prep time: 15 minscook time: 50 minstotal time: 65 mins

ingredients:

  • 120g Butter, softened
  • 140g Caster Sugar
  • Eggs, beaten
  • 8 TBSP Maple Syrup
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • Black Banana's, mashed

instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°c and line a 2lb loaf tin.

Step 2: Cream together the butter and sugar, beat in the eggs and syrup then fold in the flour and baking powder. Finally stir in the mashed banana's.

Step 3:Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Cool then remove from tin.


Why not try my Chocolate Courgette Cake!
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Slow Cooker Maple Syrup and Raisin Porridge


Slow Cooker Maple and Raisin Porridge

This Slow Cooker Porridge is AMAZING. I used 1 cup of whole oats to 4 cups of semi skimmed milk (you could use full fat milk for an even creamier version) and left it on low overnight .....the result was divine. The smell on waking was worth it alone but what  I really enjoyed was the crusty bits that had formed around the edge of the slow cooker pot.

Slow Cooker Maple and Raisin Porridge

I added some maple syrup and raisins to the porridge and a dash more milk to everyone's bowls (the amount served 4 easily) and we gobbled it up in no time. So comforting on a cold winters day.

Slow Cooker Maple and Raisin Porridge


SLOW COOKER MAPLE SYRUP AND RAISIN PORRIDGE


Slow Cooker Porridge
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Slow Cooker Maple Syrup and Raisin Porridge

Porridge made in the slow cooker and flavoured with maple syrup and raisins
prep time: 5 minscook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 hours and 5 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Whole Oats
  • 4 Cups Milk
  • maple syrup, raisins and extra milk to serve

instructions

Step 1: Preheat the slow cooker on low.

Step 2: Before you go to bed put in the oats and milk then leave on a low setting overnight (about 8 hours).

Step 3: Serve with Maple Syrup, Raisins and extra Milk.



Pin the Slow Cooker Porridge for later!

Slow Cooker Maple and Raisin Porridge
Slow Cooker Porridge


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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork


Slow Cooker BBQ Pork

Wow this was good. 8 hours on low in the slow cooker and the pork was meltingly tender and just pulled apart with a fork. I made the BBQ sauce myself using vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar and some spices but you could always use a ready made jar of BBQ sauce if you preferred.

I served this with  rice, peas and some sour cream and chilli sauce on the side. The kids ate the lot which is a good measure of success and it will be featuring again soon.

SLOW COOKER BBQ PORK



Slow Cooker BBQ Pork
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork

An easy slow cooker BBQ pork recipe
prep time: 5 minscook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 hours and 5 mins

ingredients:

  • 500g Pork Tenderloin, sliced into 2cm chunks
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 TSP Dried Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Cumin
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 TSP Chilli Powder
  • 1 TBSP Brown Sugar
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Garlic Cloves, sliced

instructions

Step 1: Switch on slow cooker to LOW.

Step 2: Place the sliced pork in the slow cooker.

Step 3: Mix together all the other ingredients in a bowl then pour over pork. Cook on low for 8 hours.




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Jammy Shortbread Slices


Jammy Shortbread Slices

We've been in the new house almost a week now so I thought it was about time I christened the oven and filled the cake tins again.

These jam shortbread slices couldn't be easier to make and if you have a standing mixer are super quick. All they require is 35 minutes in the oven and voila, some tasty treats for lunchboxes and snack time. I used some homemade raspberry jam as the filling but any jam would do...apricot jam would be good.


JAMMY SHORTBREAD SLICES


Jam Shortbread Slices
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Jammy Shortbread Slices

A shortbread slice filled with raspberry jam
prep time: 15 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 50 mins

ingredients:

  • 300g Butter, softened
  • 120g Caster Sugar
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Paste
  • Egg Yolk
  • 500g Plain Flour
  • 400g Raspberry Jam
  • Icing Sugar

instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°c and line a 20 x 30cm tin with baking paper.

Step 2: Cream together the butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla paste in a mixer or by hand.

Step 3: Stir in the flour until you get a crumbly dough.

Step 4: Press half the dough into the tin, spread over the jam then sprinkle the rest of the crumbly dough on top and lightly press down.

Step 5: Bake for 35 minutes, leave to cool then cut into slices. Sprinkle with icing sugar.



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