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Although modern British cuisine is heavily influenced by many other cuisines, these recipes are more traditional. When I think of British food, comfort food springs to mind and you’ll find plenty of that here. 

Easy Jam Flapjacks

Soft, delicious flapjacks with a layer of tasty jam. If that hasn’t made you want to make these Easy Jam Flapjack, the fact that they are so simple to make should! 

 
Just how easy are these flapjacks to make?

When I say easy, I really do mean easy! There is no fancy equipment involved, literally melting and stirring. This makes these Easy Jam Flapjacks perfect for children to help with, but also great for unconfident bakers. 

I love baking, but sometimes I really can’t be bothered to use my mixer. Now this sounds weird because mixers make baking easy as you aren’t having to use muscle power. But for me its the washing up that I don’t look forward to! That is why with recipes like this that just require some gentle stirring are so great. 

Soft or crisp flapjacks?

That is one of the most important questions when talking about flapjacks. I am 100% team soft flapjack. These Easy Jam Flapjacks are deliciously soft apart from the outside edges that are slightly crisp. If you are strictly team crisp flapjack and need more than the edges to be crisp, bake them for five minutes longer. 

If you’re a flapjack fan, make sure you try my Apricot & Almond Flapjacks too! 

Why add jam to flapjacks?

When I was at school, I had a weekend job in retail. On my lunch break I would often walk to Boots to get a meal deal. This frequently involved a flapjack with jam in the middle. Fast forward ten years (or so…) and I thought it was about time I recreated these jam flapjacks. 

Apart from making the flapjacks extra tasty, the jam also helps keep the flapjacks soft. It’s a lovely fruity touch to these already yummy flapjacks. 

How long will they keep?

These Easy Jam Flapjacks are great to make at the weekend for snacks during the week. They may get slightly firmer as the week goes on. Having said that they would easily last five days in an airtight container. 

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Easy Jam Flapjacks

Soft, delicious flapjacks with a layer of tasty jam. If that hasn't made you want to make these Easy Jam Flapjack, the fact that they are so simple to make should! 

Course Snack, Tray Bake
Cuisine British
Keyword Flapjacks, Jam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 267 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 350 g porridge oats
  • 160 g raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Line a 20x20cm tin and preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan, 190ºC non fan)

  2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan over a medium heat. Stir regularly 

  3. Add the oats to the pan with the melted butter and stir until they are completely coated in the butter mixture 

  4. Tip half of the oats into the lined tin and spread them in an even layer

  5. Add the jam on top of the layer of oats and spread evenly 

  6. Add the rest of the oats on top and spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes 

  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes before removing from the tin and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Jam Flapjacks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 16g18%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maltesers Cookie Bars

Soft and gooey cookie bars crammed with Maltesers, who wouldn’t want one of these Maltesers Cookie Bars?! The Maltesers Bunnies make these perfect for Easter – or any time of year. 

Who doesn’t love Easter baking?

Easter is my favourite holiday to bake for. I love all of the different Easter chocolates which are calling out to be baked with. I love the little Maltesers Bunnies you can buy at Easter so I had to turn these into something yummy!

Why cookie bars and not cookies?

I absolutely love cookies. But I am also occasionally a lazy baker. Cookie bars are all the deliciousness you want from a cookie but quicker and easier! Instead of scooping out cookie dough into little balls, you just tip it all into a tin. Fantastic! 

For the photos, I didn’t want to commit bunny murder so I left them whole. For serving, I did cut them in half again because a whole square would be a very large portion! However the choice is yours depending on how hungry you’re feeling!

Do you have to use Maltesers?

Absolutely not! These Maltesers Cookie Bars are a variation of my Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars so you can really use any chocolate you fancy. Also if you want to use Maltesers but it isn’t Easter so you can’t get hold of the bunnies, just leave these off. 

Gooey or crisp cookie bars?

I prefer my cookie bars like my cookies; gooey in the centre. If you like you’re like this too, bake them for 20 minutes. If you prefer a firmer cookie with crisper edges, bake them for 25 minutes. Then when they are baked, you can fight over who wants an edge piece and who wants the middle! 

What to consider when making these cookie bars

Before you make these Maltesers Cookie Bars, there are a few things I should mention. The Maltesers Bunnies may turn slightly dark when the cookie bars are baking. If they start looking to dark, loosely cover the tin with foil. Mine were slightly darker, but this didn’t affect the taste at all. 

Another thing to note is that the Maltesers inside the cookie bars get chewy once they are baked. I liked this and so did everyone that taste tested them for me. But I wanted to mention it because I know some people wouldn’t like a chewier texture. 

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Maltesers Cookie Bars

Soft and gooey cookie bars crammed with Maltesers, who wouldn’t want one of these Maltesers Cookie Bars?! The Maltesers Bunnies make these perfect for Easter – or any time of year. 

Course Tray Bake, Cookie
Cuisine American, International
Keyword Cookie Bars, Maltesers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 233 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 125 g margarine
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 g Maltesers crushed

To finish

  • 9 Mini Malteser Bunnies (2 packs)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan) and line a 20x20cm tin with baking paper
  2. Cream the butter and the sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined
  3. Add in the flour, salt and crushed Maltesers and mix until combined

  4. Tip all of the mix into the prepared tin and smooth the top until it is level. Place the Malteser Bunnies at regular intervals across the cookie dough

  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes for a soft cookie and 25 minutes for a firmer cookie
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before leaving to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 18 equal squares

Recipe Notes

I crush the Maltesers in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin.

Keep for up to two days in an airtight container. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Maltesers Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies

Deliciously decadent cookies crammed with mini eggs. These Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies will make you want to stock up on mini eggs so you can make them all year!

Easter is my favourite holiday to bake for. There are endless sweet treats that can be made with the amazing variety of chocolate that are available at this time of year. People go crazy for them which is why supermarkets have started selling Easter chocolate as soon as January hits. 

Is it too early for Easter baking?

Although I think January is slightly too early to be indulging in Easter chocolate, it does help food bloggers! With it being available in shops earlier it means we can buy the chocolate needed to test out new recipes. This is especially good for me because I give up chocolate each year for lent. This isn’t because I’m religious but I just like to prove I can do it! 

Each year it is a bit of a rush for me to test all of my Easter recipes before lent starts. This is because nearly all of them involve chocolate and I want to be able to test them myself before blogging them. 

These Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies are my first new Easter recipe this year. Now I said Easter baking was my favourite, but it is also one of the most challenging. This is because there are so many Easter bakes already out there. I hadn’t seen a recipe Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies (even though I’m sure it is not original!) so I went for it. 

I’ve wanted to make a double chocolate cookie for a while because I don’t have any on my blog yet. I needed to tweak my standard cookie recipe like I used in my Peanut Butter Cup Cookies to make them even more chocolatey. To do this I needed Mr Curly’s help because maths is not my strong point! 

I may have sampled one…or three of these Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies before taking them into work. I loved them, Mr Curly loved them and my friends at work went crazy for them! They were a big hit and also easy to make too. 

Do I have to use Mini Eggs in these cookies?

Absolutely not, feel free to use any Easter Chocolate you like. There are so many to choose from that you can make these cookies with your favourite. Also if you aren’t making these at Easter you can use normal chocolate chips. 

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Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies

Deliciously decadent cookies crammed with mini eggs. These Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies will make you want to stock up on mini eggs so you can make them all year!

Course Snack, Cookie
Cuisine American, International
Keyword Cookies, Chocolate, Mini Egg
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 25
Calories 151 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 100 g margarine
  • 225 g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 185 g self raising flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 g mini eggs lightly crushed

To finish

  • 80 g mini eggs

Instructions

  1. Lightly crush the mini eggs so you have a mixture of small and large pieces. I do this with the end of a rolling pin

  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan) and line three baking trays with liners or parchment paper 

  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, this may take a couple of minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined

  4. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix briefly to combine before adding crushed mini eggs. Stir through until completed mixed

  5. Add balls of the cookie dough onto the lined baking trays making sure you leave enough space to allow for the cookies to spread when cooking. I use a small ice cream scoop for this

  6. Add a mini egg on top of each cookie 

  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. When you take them out of the oven they should still be soft to touch in the centre. Leave them to cool for 5-10 minutes before gently lifting them to cool completely on a wire rack

Recipe Notes

Do not over cook these cookies! They will look soft but they firm up as they cool. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Chicken & Rice Soup

Sometimes all you want is a comforting bowl of soup and this Easy Chicken & Rice Soup is definitely that. Everyone needs a go-to chicken soup recipe and this is not only tasty but easy too!

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am just a little fussy when it comes to soup! Because of this I don’t buy soup and always make my own. The beauty of soup is that it is really easy to make and you can make a whole pot full at a time.

Some of my favourite recipes are my Leek & Potato Soup and Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup. In fact all of the recipes on my blog are smooth soups which have been blended. It was about time I made a chunky soup recipe!

I’ve wanted to make a chicken soup recipe for a while because a few years ago I did find a chicken soup in the shops that I really liked. They then changed the recipe – not good. Although this recipe isn’t like that one because it was smooth and creamy; this Easy Chicken & Rice soup still provides the same comforting feel. 

Unlike my other soup recipes that include milk to give them a creamy taste, this recipe is more of a broth. Broths are lighter but I wanted this chicken soup to still be a filling meal which is why I added the rice. They are also the perfect kind of soups to add lots of veggies to. 

As well as the staple flavour enhancing vegetables of carrot, onion, leek and celery I also added cavolo nero. This is partly because it is my new favourite vegetable; but also because it adds lots of nutrients and a lovely colour to the soup. 

This Easy Chicken & Rice Soup makes enough for five lunch sized portions. By that I mean that if you wanted to enjoy it as your main meal you might want some more! If you are going to freeze this soup, make sure you don’t overcook the rice. This is because it is going to cook further when you reheat it. If you were to initially cook it a bit too long when you reheat the soup, it might be a little too soft. 

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Easy Chicken & Rice Soup

Sometimes all you want is a comforting bowl of soup and this Easy Chicken & Rice Soup is definitely that. Everyone needs a go-to chicken soup recipe and this is not only tasty but easy too!

Course Soup
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Vegetables, Chicken, Rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5
Calories 256 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 1 leek
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 chicken legs de-skinned
  • 1 chicken stock pot
  • 2 litres water boiled
  • 150 g long grain rice
  • 50 g cavolo nero washed and stalk removed

Instructions

  1. Wash the leek and peel the carrots. Cut them both in half and slice along with the celery. Peel the onion and cut it in half 

  2. Add the chopped vegetables to a large pan along with the herbs, salt, pepper, stock pot and chicken legs. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook with a lid on for 25 minutes 

  3. Remove the chicken legs, thyme stalks, bay leaves and onion from the pan

  4. Add the rice to the pan and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. While the rice is cooking, remove the chicken from the bone and set aside

  5. After 15 minutes, add the chicken back to the pan along with the cavolo nero and stir through to heat for five minutes until the chicken is heated through and the cavolo nero is wilted. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken & Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 544mg24%
Potassium 322mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 4520IU90%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

With blood orange juice in both the cake and drizzle, this Blood Orange Drizzle Cake makes the most of the beautiful blood orange.  

 I had never tried a blood orange before making this cake. Every year I remembered seeing them and hearing people rave about them so this year I decided it was definitely time I saw what all the fuss was about. 

I looked for them in a couple of supermarkets with no luck. I then realised that I could order them to come with my organic vegetable box which was quite exciting! As soon as they came I knew I wanted to tweak the Double Orange Cake already on my blog. This recipe is one of Mary Berry’s which is really delicious. I wanted to tweak this recipe to create this Blood Orange Drizzle Cake. 

I must admit when I cut into the blood oranges for the first time I was expecting them to be a deeper red. I’ve since realised that there are three different blood orange varieties and they can vary in their redness.  The blood oranges I used had a lovely mottled red colour that had a beautifully vibrant pink juice. 

The flavour of the blood oranges will also vary depending on which you use. They are all known for having a stronger taste and aroma than normal oranges with a slightly sweeter taste. If you haven’t tried them before I would definitely recommend it if you can get your hands on one!

The blood orange season isn’t particularly long. Depending on the variety you can find them between December and May. Unlike some other fruit, I believe you will struggle to find these outside of their season which is a good thing in my opinion. So make sure you get them while you can!

I decided to decorate the Blood Orange Drizzle Cake very simply with the drizzle and some dehydrated blood orange slices. The vibrant colour of the juice created such a vivid pink drizzle that you may think that food colouring has been used. The dehydrated blood orange slices are very simple to make and add a lovely and natural decoration. However you can decorate the cake with some finely grated blood orange zest. 

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Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

With blood orange juice in both the cake and drizzle, this Blood Orange Drizzle Cake makes the most of the beautiful blood orange.

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake, Blood Orange
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 271 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 175 g margarine
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175 g self raising flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 70 ml blood orange juice (1 orange)
  • 1 blood orange zested

For the drizzle

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp blood orange juice
  • Finely shredded rind or dehydrated orange slices to decorate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan assisted, 180°C non fan) . Line a 20 cm (8 inch) deep round cake tin with baking parchment

  2. Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and beat until thoroughly mixed

  3. Pour into the cake tin, level the surface and bake for 30-35 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  4. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out of the tin. Allow to cool on a wire rack

  5. When the cake has cooled, make the drizzle by gradually adding the blood orange juice to the icing sugar. Add enough juice until you have a thick but drizzle-able consistency

  6. For dehydrated blood orange slices preheat the oven to it's lowest temperature. Finely slice blood oranges and dab away excess juice with a paper towel. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the oranges. Put them in the oven for 6-8 hours until they are hard

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Blood Orange Drizzle Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

All the tasty flavours you’d expect from a mince pie but quicker and easier! These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect treat to rustle up over Christmas.           I love mince pies but whenever I make them I am always slightly disappointed. They don’t live up to my expectations. This is probably because I always try and fill them with too much mincemeat and then they don’t end up looking as uniform as I’d like!

Traditional mince pies also are quite fiddly with all of the rolling out and cutting of the pastry. Last year I made Frangipane Mince Pie Slices which were very popular and a great alternative to Mince Pies. This year, I wanted to come up with an even easier recipe. 

As we all know the build up to Christmas is such a busy time for everyone with the present buying and food prep. This is why any time saving Christmas recipes are always a win in my book!

These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies could not be easier. You don’t need a mixer which means there’s not even extra washing up! They aren’t anything fancy, they are just simple and tasty. 

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Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

All the tasty flavours you'd expect from a mince pie but quicker and easier! These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect treat to rustle up over Christmas. 

Course Cookie
Cuisine British
Keyword Mincemeat, Cookie, Biscuit, Christmas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 137 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g margarine
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 4 tbsp mincemeat

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 170ºC (fan assisted, 190ºC non fan). Rub the flour, sugar and butter together until you have a breadcrumb texture

  2. Add in the orange zest and almond extract before adding in enough egg to create a stiff dough – you may not need the whole egg

  3. Shape the dough into a tube and cut into slices approximately 1cm thick

  4. Put them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment make sure you leave enough space between each biscuit for them to expand when they bake
  5. Make a small indentation in the middle of each biscuit with the back of a ½ tsp measure and spoon in a small amount of mincemeat in the centre of each cookie

  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown

  7. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack 

Recipe Notes

Don't be tempted to use too much mincemeat or else it will run down the side. 

Keep for up to two days in an airtight container. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing

Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing is the perfect side dish to any roast dinner. It is incredibly simple to make and will take your roast dinner to the next level. 

I was never really a fan of stuffing. It was something I would often rather not have on my plate when eating a roast to allow for more room for roast potatoes! My view towards stuffing changed when I tried my Father-in-law’s stuffing. 

Mr Curly and I met when I was at university going my undergrad course and he was studying for his PhD. He had recently moved back home whilst studying which meant that at weekends I would travel down the motorway to see him. Ignoring the fact his parent’s house was a lot cleaner than my uni house was the majority of the time, I traveled to him because quite early into our relationship we got our first dog Izzy. You might remember her as the buttercream lover I have mentioned before!

Inheriting a family recipe 

Like lots of people, Mr Curly’s parents would cook a roast on a Sunday. I remember always being offered the meat first (usually chicken); because they are lovely people and thought the guests should get the best meat. The best meat in most of their opinions was the breast meat so I felt obliged to take some. It was months down the line that I told them I actually preferred the dark meat! 

The most memorable part of these roasts was Mr Curly’s Dad’s stuffing. I don’t remember having stuffing with sausage meat before. My Mum made an oatmeal stuffing which is traditional in Aberdeen and sage and onion stuffing; but never stuffing with sausage meat. 

The sausage meat not only adds flavour but also moisture. So many stuffing balls you see look so dry and like you’d need a litre of gravy to be able to eat them. This Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing is the complete opposite. 

What makes this so easy is that you can mix it all together and let it cook in the oven. There is no need to form into balls which is vital time you can use doing something else when preparing a roast! Plus you’re going to want a lot of this Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing so a large spoonful is better than a small ball!

What to serve this Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing with

I’d serve this with any roast dinner, but definitely for Christmas lunch! Make sure you make enough for everyone to have plenty, plus leftovers for a cold turkey and stuffing sandwich! If you’re catering for people like Mr Curly who are stuffing fanatics, you can easily add another pack of stuffing mix to help stretch the sausage meat further. 

At Christmas especially, you can get some delicious sausage meats with added flavours such as cranberries and honey. Obviously you could add these flavours yourself, but this is called Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing after all so you will be forgiven to buy the sausage meat with added flavours should you wish to. You can also change the stuffing mix that you use. For example an apple and sage stuffing mix would pair really well with roast pork. 

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Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing

Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing is the perfect side dish to any roast dinner. It is incredibly simple to make and will take your roast dinner to the next level. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword Stuffing, Sausage meat, Roast dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 254 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 375 g sausage meat
  • 170 g sage & onion stuffing mix
  • 400 ml boiling water
  • 1 egg
  • 30 g unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted 200ºC non fan)

  2. Add all of the ingredients apart from the butter to an oven proof dish (approx 20x20cm). Mix thoroughly until all of the ingredients are combined and then level the top 

  3. Cut up the butter and place it across the top of the stuffing. Cook for 50 - 60 minutes until the top is golden brown and crisp

Recipe Notes

If the meat you are cooking requires a different temperature, adjust the cooking time for the stuffing. If the temperature is lower, cook for 10 minutes or so longer. If it is higher, cook on a lower shelf for 45 minutes or until the sausage meat is cooked through. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Sausage Meat Stuffing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 408mg18%
Potassium 165mg5%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chicken Balti Pies

Crisp and flaky pastry filled with deliciously spiced chicken. These Chicken Balti Pies are a fantastic lunchtime treat that are simple to make. 

Years ago when I was still at school, I wonderful thing came into my life. A balti pie. This fantastic creation came from Morrisons and was so tasty! My Mum was a fan too and it used to be a treat for a weekend lunch for us. 

We happily ate these for years; until one day. Morrisons decided to stop making them and ruin all of my hopes and dreams! I still haven’t forgiven them for their terrible decision, but maybe it was just Mum and I buying them?!

All these years later, the little cravings in my head became too loud for me to ignore and I had to have a go at making them myself. Obviously I didn’t have their recipe, so I have made my own version. 

This is a bit of a cheat’s pie as it used shop bought ready-rolled pastry and a curry paste mix. Neither of these I am ashamed of as they make these Chicken Balti Pies easy enough for anyone to make. And that is the main thing because everyone needs a Chicken Balti Pie in their life!

As I was making these Chicken Balti Pies, I wasn’t sure if they were going to turn out exactly as I wanted them. Let’s face it, sometimes new recipes do not work out quite right the first time! But as soon as these came out of the oven I thought these were going to be a winner! 

I finished photographing them and then ate half of the pie I had cut open. It took all of my willpower to not eat the second half. But as the kind wife I am, I went and gave it to Mr Curly and then went back to the kitchen. Not long after, in he came asking me if they were difficult to make. When I told him they were really quite simple (thanks to my little time saving tricks); he asked if I could make them every week from now on because they were incredible! He is particularly fussy about a few things; bread, chocolate and pastry. So when he told me how much he loved these Chicken Balti Pies, I knew I had done something right. 

I was chuffed with the rich mildly spiced chicken filling and the crisp flaky pastry (no soggy bottoms here!). Also the nigella seeds add a lovely extra flavour to the pastry so I really recommend not to skip this step! Do not worry if they look a bit like a child has made them, mine did and they looked much better when they were cooked. Just don’t get too excited and put too much filling into each pie as it might try to escape when you seal the pies. 

These Chicken Balti Pies would also be great for the festive period. Swap the chicken for leftover turkey for a great way to use up Christmas dinner leftovers and add a bit of much needed spice. 

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Chicken Balti Pies

Crisp and flaky pastry filled with deliciously spiced chicken. These Chicken Balti Pies are a fantastic lunchtime treat that are simple to make. 

Course Snack, Lunch
Cuisine Indian, British
Keyword Chicken, Pie, Curry, Balti
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 552 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp Balti curry paste
  • 450 g chicken breast (3 small breasts) cut into small chunks
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 50-100 ml water
  • 2 x 375g packs ready rolled puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp semi skimmed milk
  • 2 tsp Nigella seeds
  • spray oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in pan over a medium heat. Add the onion to the pan along with the salt and stir for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and curry paste and cook for a further minute

  2. Add the diced chicken to the onions and cook for 2 minutes until the chicken has turned white

  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and water. I add the water to the empty tomatoes tin as it helps get the last of the tomato juice from the tin

  4. Leave the chicken to reduce on a medium-low heat for 15 - 20 minutes stirring occasionally. You want the sauce to become thick 

  5. Leave the chicken to one side to cool slightly while you prepare the pastry. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan assisted 190ºC non fan)

  6. Unroll the pastry and cut each sheet into 8 rectangles

  7. Add one large spoon of the chicken filling to the centre of 8 out of the 16 rectangles. Make sure you leave a small border around the outside of each rectangle

  8. Brush around the edges of each of the pastry rectangles with filling with milk. Add a plain rectangle of pastry on top of each rectangle with filling. Gently press the who rectangles of pastry together. Using a fork, press the tines around the edges of the pastry to make a seal. 

  9. Carefully transfer the pies to baking trays sprayed with oil. Brush the tops of the pastry with milk and sprinkle with a few Nigella seeds. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown

  10. Serve warm or chilled

Recipe Notes

These Chicken Balti Pies will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. They may loose their crispness slightly so if you want to reheat them, use the oven rather than a microwave as this would make the pastry soggy. Make sure the filling is piping hot before serving. You can eat them cold if you would prefer. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Balti Pies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 552 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 307mg9%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cheese & Mango Chutney Muffins

These Cheese & Mango Chutney Muffins are deliciously light, fluffy and packed with flavour. They’re also super quick and easy to make as well as freezing really well. 

Snacks for a busy new Mum

My sister Ally has recently given birth to my incredibly gorgeous nephew Harrison. As he is her first child, I realised it was all going to be very new for her and food might not be her number one priority. I knew she had been stocking up her freezer with some of my slow cooker meals such as my Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken and Slow Cooker Chicken & Chorizo Stew; so I thought some quick snacks would be ideal. 

I instantly thought of muffins as they freeze really well and don’t take very long to defrost. Therefore she didn’t need to think too far in advance before having a tasty snack.     

Cheese and Mango Chutney – a great flavour combination 

The combination of the cheese and mango chutney was specifically for Ally as she is partial to a cheese and mango chutney sandwich. This isn’t a combination I have tried myself but I though I’d give it a go in muffin form! The Nigella seeds were a last minute addition and I am so pleased I added them because they really make these Cheese & Mango Chutney Muffins extra tasty. 

New recipes do not always go without a hitch. The first batch I made of these I decided to leave in the oven and go for a shower – definitely a mistake! I’d put them on the top shelf of the oven at a higher temperature so they came out looking quite a bit darker than I would ideally have liked. 

Although I was annoyed at myself, it did give me the opportunity to taste test them before I made another batch. The muffins did look quite dark, but the top was nice a crisp which was actually very tasty! I did decide to make a few tweaks to the cooking of them. But in the end I was very pleased with the taste of them. 

Even with the sweetness of the mango chutney, these are still very much savoury muffins. The Nigella seeds also provide a savoury note which emphasises the subtle Indian flavours along with the mango chutney. 

5 from 6 votes
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Cheese & Mango Chutney Muffins

These Cheese & Mango Chutney Muffins are deliciously light, fluffy and packed with flavour. They're also super quick and easy to make as well as freezing really well. 

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian, British
Keyword Muffins, Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 242 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 175 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • ½  tsp sea salt
  • ½  tbsp Nigella seeds
  • 130 g cheddar cheese
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 90 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g mango chutney

For the top

  • 20 g cheddar cheese
  • sprinkle Nigella seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan assisted 190ºC non fan). Add 9 muffin liners to a muffin tin and set aside 

  2. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and Nigella seeds together in a large bowl and mix. Add the cheese and mix again 

  3. In a large jug, whisk together the oil, milk, egg and mango chutney 

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until all of the flour is mixed in - do not over mix. 

  5. Divide The mix between the 9 muffin cases and top each muffin with the extra cheese and a sprinkle of Nigella seeds. Bake in the middle shelf of the oven for 20-22 minutes.

  6. Allow to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes before allowing to cool completely on a wire rack 

Recipe Notes

If your muffins get slightly darker, don't panic they will still taste good!

If you want to freeze them, wrap them individually in cling film and put them in a large freezer bag. You then can take one muffin out of the freezer and it will defrost in approx 1-2 hours. 

Nutrition Facts
Cheese & Mango Chutney Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 176mg5%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 188mg19%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls

These Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls are packed full of delicious flavours perfect for eating warm or cold. The only issue is they definitely won’t last very long!
     Sausage rolls are a thing of beauty. Who doesn’t like a tasty sausage roll?! Well obviously not vegetarians and vegans, but excluding that I don’t think I have ever met someone who doesn’t like a good sausage roll. 

Using shop bought pastry is nothing to be ashamed of! It means making sausage rolls yourself isn’t hard and doesn’t take long at all. I also prefer making sausage rolls myself because you know exactly what is in them and can buy a good quality sausage. 
 I made my Turkey & Cranberry Sausage Rolls last Christmas and one of our friends really liked them. So when we met up for this birthday, I thought I would make him another variation which is where I came up with these Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls. 

Pork and mustard are a classic combination. I really like to use wholegrain mustard because it is a more subtle taste than other types of mustard. Although it looks like I have used a lot of mustard in these sausage rolls, the flavour is not overpowering at all. 
   

Sage is another flavour that works really well with pork. I have lovingly been caring for my herbs throughout the hot weather we have had this summer and take any opportunity I can get to use them in my recipes. The fresh sage mirrors the flavours in the sausage perfectly. 

Lincolnshire sausages are great for these Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls because they typically have sage in their mix. If you didn’t want to use a Lincolnshire sausage you could use standard pork sausages or Cumberland sausages. Personally I don’t like Cumberland sausages because I find the too heavily seasoned with black pepper, but I know lots of people like this. 

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Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls

These Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls are packed full of delicious flavours perfect for eating warm or cold. The only issue is they definitely won't last very long!

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Mustard, Sausage rolls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 136 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 1 x 375g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 400 g Lincolnshire sausages (6 sausages)
  • 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh sage
  • 1 tsp milk
  • Spray oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (fan assisted 180ºC non fan)

  2. Unroll the ready rolled pastry and cut it in half length ways. Spoon 1½ tbsp of wholegrain mustard onto each pastry strip. Spread out to form a strip down the middle of the pastry, leaving a gap to either side

  3. Finely chop the sage and scatter it over the mustard 

  4. Remove the sausages from their casing and place three sausages on the middle of each strip of pastry. You will need to stretch the sausages slightly to make them a bit longer to cover the length of the pastry 

  5. Brush one of the long edges of pastry with the milk and then roll the other side of the pastry over the sausage. Keep rolling until the seam of the pastry is underneath. Repeat with the second pastry strip

  6. Cut each long roll of pastry into smaller rolls. Spray two baking trays with oil and then place the sausage roll on them

  7. Brush each sausage roll with milk and then make three small cuts in the top of each with scissors 

  8. Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for 20 minutes or until golden brown

Nutrition Facts
Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 3mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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