Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sweet & Salty Chex Mix

Back when I lived in London with my parents my sister and I used to spend a lot of time at the house of some lovely American friends called the Eckers. We would hang out, watch films, play games and eat this wonderful stuff called Chex Mix. It's not something we have in England, but ever since I first tried it I knew I loved it! 

I'd never made it for myself until the other day when I suddenly started to crave it! So I whipped up a batch, and considering how much my husband and I love it I know I'll be making another batch very soon.

Sweet & Salty Chex Mix
Adapted from My Joy-Filled Life
Makes 12 cups

6C Shreddies
2C Salted Pretzels
3C Loop Cereal
1C Salted Peanuts
9Tbsp Vegan Butter Spread, melted
2Tbsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
2tsp Season-all
1tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1Tbsp Sugar

Mix the cereal, peanuts and pretzels together in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the sauce, seasonings and sugar into the melted butter and pour over the dry mix, a little at a time. Stir well to make sure everything is evenly coated.

Pour onto a large baking tray and bake at 150 for 45mins, stirring the chex mix every 15mins to make sure everything bakes evenly.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before pouring into a large jar or tin to store.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Candy Cane Sugar

I don't know about you, but I love giving and receiving homemade gifts! It's just so special and fun! I often give edible gifts for Christmas - my Dad always requests a box of my Rocky Road for any special occasion - and this year I've been coming up with some different Christmas gift ideas for my friends and family.

This Candy Cane Sugar is so simple to make but oh my goodness is it amazing! It smells and tastes so delicious (and doesn't it look so pretty?) This sugar is perfect stirred into coffee, hot chocolate or baked into biscuits and cakes! 

I was also able to use some of my beautiful chalkboard labels from Kidecals to label the sugar, and I think they make the gifts look even cuter!

Candy Cane Sugar
Makes 2 cups

1 3/4C caster sugar
6 candy canes

Pour the sugar into the bowl of your food processor and break the candy canes into small pieces before adding them. Pulse until the sugar has turned a beautiful pale pink and just small pieces of candy cane remain. Pour carefully into a jar and voila!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Gingerbread Spiced Pancakes

You may have noticed that I haven't blogged anything for a while! Well that's because I've not been able to eat much that's worth blogging as I'm pregnant again! However this morning I thought I would make a nice breakfast for my husband and I, and after the Christmas Crafternoon yesterday I'm feeling very festive so I whipped up these Gingerbread Spiced Pancakes!

These pancakes are fluffy, soft and lightly spiced with sweet ginger. 
Perfect for Christmas morning!

Gingerbread Spiced Pancakes
Serves 2

1 1/2C plain flour
1 1/2tsp heaped baking powder
3/4tsp ground ginger
2Tbsp heaped brown sugar

2Tbsp oil
2Tbsp gingerbread syrup (optional)*
1 1/2C almond milk

Cooking spray for frying

Gingerbread Syrup, squirty soy cream & gingerbread sprinkles** to serve

In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and whisk vigorously until a smooth, thick batter forms. 
Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Drop the mixture in 1/3 cups into the pan and let cook for a couple of minutes, the pancakes are ready to flip once there are bubbles on the surface. Flip over and cook for a further minute. 

Stack the pancakes on a plate, drizzle with more Gingerbread Syrup and serve with some squirty cream and some cute gingerbread man sprinkles!

*I used Monin Gingerbread Syrup
**gingerbread sprinkles can be found on Amazon