Wednesday, 22 September 2010

easy peasy green tomato chutney

You never know how many green tomatoes you're going to end up with, so I've given the recipe in volume equivalents.At the bottom of the recipe I've added a recipe with absolute weights and measures

in volume
4 parts green tomatoes
1 part brown sugar
1 part sharp apple
1 part raisins
1 part onions
1.5 parts malt vinegar
tsp cayenne
tsp mustard seeds
tsp salt
piece fresh ginger

use a large pan, not aluminium as it reacts to the acid

  • chop up the green tomatoes
  • slice the onions
  • peel, core and chop apple
  • tie up the mustard seeds and ginger in a bit of muslin
  • put all ingredients together in large pan and bring to the boil
  • boil for an hour or until it reaches good consistency

allow to cool
pour into jars, following the anti-botulism protocols


Friday, 17 September 2010

banana bread - cake really

This is an easy cake to make, and a simple way to use up those bananas you've forgotten to eat.

3 very ripe bananas
butter or marg
soft brown sugar
3 eggs
self raising flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda

you might add
raisins or sultanas

butter a 7" tin or in preference a bundt tin (tin with a hole in the middle) and dust with flour

beat butter and sugar together
peel the bananas and beat into sugar/fat mixture
add the eggs and beat some more
stir together flour, bicarb and spice if used
add flour and beat mixture together

don't worry if there are some lumps of banana, as long as the banana is mostly mashed in. The mixture usually ends up in a loose speckled batter

if you are adding sultanas or chocolate thrown them in now

cook at gas mark 7 for 40 minutes

Thursday, 16 September 2010

chocolate fudge icing

150g icing sugar
25g cocoa powder
50g thinly sliced butter
2x 5ml tsp honey
2x 15ml tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • sift icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl 
  • put butter, honey and milk in pan on low heat, stirring until melted
  • pour into sugar mixture immediately and beat until smooth
  • leave to cool

spread on cake using knife

enough for inside of 7" cake