Friday, 14 September 2018

GBBO Week 3 - Maple & Apple Chelsea Buns



Bread week this week on Bake Off. Making bread is a skill that perhaps can be a little underrated I feel. There are so many variations, and different dough's and flours that one has to know which to use for the right bread, so yes a particularly impressive job being a baker I reckon.
The Bakers this week as we know made Chelsea Buns which you can be so creative with your flavours etc. 

Behold my Maple and Apple Chelsea Buns - these are a bit healthier as I used Wholemeal flour instead and swapped the butter for coconut oil. See you what you think! Don't forget to tag me on Instagram @bakelikeavegan_ :)


Make ahead


Recipe

Prep: 30 minutes + 90 minutes rising
Cook: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients

dough
250g Wholemeal Self-raising Flour
100g Strong Wholemeal Flour
1-00g Coconut Flour
20g Coconut Sugar
10g Easy Bake yeast
3 tbsp Coconut oil
2 Eggs
300ml Cashew Milk (or other plant-based milk) warmed up in microwave for 30-45 seconds
filling
2 Apples - I recommend 3 in hindsight - Peeled, cored and chopped
1 tbsp Water
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
70g Dried Mixed Fruit
Topping
2 tbsp Maple Syrup drizzled
Optional: chopped nuts


Method

1. Mix the flours together with the sugar and yeast. Make a well in the middle.
2. Add the oil, eggs and half of the milk and mix together. Gradually add the rest of the milk till it starts to form a dough. 
3. Add water if it needs more stickiness.
4. On a floured surface knead the dough for 5-10 minutes. Placed into an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. It should double in size.
5. Meanwhile make your filling. Add your apples and water to a pan. Cover and cook for 10 minutes over a medium heat until they are soft and you can mash them. Add the spices and maple syrup for last few minutes then remove from heat. Add the mixed fruit and leave to cool.
6. Once the dough has risen make it into original size then turn out onto a floured surface. Roll out into a rectangle 1/2 cm thick - APPROX 48x30cm.
7. Spread a bit of oil onto the dough and dust with some more coconut sugar. Add your apple filling and spread evenly around the dough leaving about 2-3cm margin along the longest top edge.
8. Tightly roll the dough into a cylinder. Cut into 12 pieces about 4cm thick. 
9. Line a 23cm cake tin with baking paper and place buns inside. Cover and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
10. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
11. Brush the buns with a bit of milk and bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly brown on top. Remove from heat an allow to cool.
12. Drizzle your maple syrup over the top to sink into the buns before tearing apart!


Christina
xx



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Monday, 10 September 2018

My 3 Day Guide To Amsterdam


Amsterdam really stole my heart and I've definitely said that a few times this year due to my travelling but this city was so pleasant and full of the nicest surprises that I really felt at home there. When I returned home from travelling back in June, in my heart I wasn't quite ready to leave England for a bit of fear of feeling homesick and not embracing even more change. But with this holiday already booked I managed to excite myself for a brilliant girls weekend away with my sisters.

We had been wanting to go to Amsterdam since foreverrrrrr and we spontaneously booked it because why the heck not! I being unemployed and that, got down to business and planned us an epic trip full of culture, food and fun. We entertain ourselves quite easily being 3 complete jokers (we do matinees on Saturdays) so all we needed was a simple bit of organising. I'd heard about the city so I knew what I wanted to see, but if you are wondering about what there is to do I would strongly advise investing in a Lonely Planet guide book - they are SO handy!

I recommend 3 nights in Amsterdam. We did this and I still felt like I needed more time there so if you have more then take it you'll need it!

Day 1

Arrive into Amsterdam early morning ish (if you've planned your flights right it's better to get there early) and make your way to some epic brunch places. The Dutch love a relaxed and leisurely lifestyle which makes brunching the best thing ever. TRY the Avocado Show - it's full of avocados believe it or not! FYI -  a lot of these cool cafes only take card payments so best to take a debit/credit card with you everywhere.
Drop your luggage off at your accommodation and head straight to the Heineken museum. Even if you aren't a lover of beer such as myself it's still really interesting finding out how they made it way back when it all started in the 1800's. Plus you get a couple of free drinks at the end! Walk down to the De Piip District to have a wander around the Albert Cuyp Market, a perfect place for some souvenirs and local food.
No doubt you'll be starving again so definitely head to the Hard Rock Cafe if you can. My sisters and I like to go to a Hard Rock in every country/city that we go to but if it's not for you there are lots of restaurants around the Old South (Oud-Zuid) district.



Day 2

Embrace the brunch for the second time and head to Lavinia's Good Food. After, head over to the Rijksmuseum for some artsy influence. With amazing pieces by the famous Rembrandt and lots of sculptures and ceramics it's a great place to get lost in the talent. Behind the Rijksmuseum is the Van Gogh museum with many pieces from the legend himself. Don't forget to try and get a picture of the Iamsterdam sign in the middle of the museums, although it is always super crowded with other tourists! If the weather is nice have a stroll into VondelPark, maybe even hire a bike if you haven't already. We had a nap here the weather was so nice! FYI - the Dutch ride their bikes more than they drive so be careful as to not to walk in the bike lane, you won't be well received!

 For dinner go to the Foodhallen, Amsterdams big indoor food market. You can get so many different varieties here, they have burgers, pizzas, dim sum, french, spanish food, japanese and their very own Dutch cusine. It's a good place to grab some food and drinks and they sometimes have live music!



Day 3

From now on just assume you are having brunch :) try Pluk, it's a pretty haven of healthy smoothie bowls and Nordic home accessoriesPre -book your tickets to visit the Anne Frank Museum - the Annexe where Anne Frank and her family hid for 2 years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. I read the diary about 10 years ago so this was high on my list to see. It's a real insight into what their lives would have been like, one that none of us can ever understand but something we can all learn from and be thankful we don't have to live in fear. I recommend reading her diary and to share it with whoever you can. After, walk around the Nine Little Streets (De Negen Straatjes) where you'll find lots of cute boutiques and niche shops selling Nordic fashion /homeware or photos and art. Just enjoying the views of the canals was one of my favourite things to do and being amidst their culture is really enjoyable. If you have time, the Amsterdam Museum is in the same district where you can find out more about their culture and an in-depth history of Amsterdam.

Later wander into Dam square where all of the hustle and bustle is. You'll find lots of shops and bars and restaurants to get souvenirs or grab lots of stroop waffles :) There are literally so many of these cake shops full of waffles, cakes, cookies, ice creams you just have to go in one. We got something of everything to try hehe! This is also where you can venture into the Red Light District, an experience to say the least. FYI - Don't take any photos of the women behind the windows as this isn't allowed.



Day 4

Time for one last brunch, try Pancakes, they're everywhere in Amsterdam and you can have either Dutch or American pancakes that are so delicious. Depending on when you're flight/train is, (hopefully the evening) take a canal cruise for an hour and learn more about the history of this wonderful city.

If you're here for a bit longer try going over to the Eastern Docklands where you'll find the Zoo and the Hortus Botanicus and other little discoveries, something I wish we had time for!.

So there you have it, the perfect guide for a full on 3 ish days to see some amazing parts of Amsterdam and this is only just the beginning, I know there are many hidden treasures that I and you would love to see.


Christina
xx
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GBBO Week 2 - Lemon Drizzle Traybake with Coconut Glaze


It's that time of the week again with Great British Bake Off and how amazing that it was CAKE WEEK! The tiered cakes they made in the third round were incredible and I actually love cake so much it has to be one of my top 5 favourite foods, maybe that's a bit sad to some but hey, life is short. EAT THE CAKE. Soooooo I have made a delicious tray bake! I have never ever incorporated any kind of lemony citrusy flavours in my past bakes and I don't know why because it tastes so yummy.

So here we have it - a delicious lemon drizzle tray bake made a wee bit healthier than the one you're used to PLUS we've got some coconuts in there and I just love how they complement one another don't you?

Don't forget to tag me @christinacullenx on Instagram if you make one of my recipes :)

Make ahead of occasion


Recipe

Prep: 30 minutes + 2 hours chilling
Cook: 25 minutes Serves: 8

Ingredients

Lemon Drizzle
150g Oat Flour
50g Self-raising
75g Coconut Flour
40g Coconut Sugar
3 Eggs
125g Natural Yoghurt
2 Lemons for zest
60ml lemon juice from both lemons
2/3 tbsp honey
Coconut Glaze
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
Optional toppings - lemon zest, dessicated coconut/coconut pieces


Method

1. Preheat your oven to 180F/360C. Line a square baking tray (mine was 20x15cm).
1. Make your oat flour in a food processor, then put into a bowl with the other flour and sugar.
2. Add your lemon zest and then lemon juice and give a good mix.
3. Add your eggs mixing between each egg. Add the honey and the yoghurt. Once mixed together it will sort of have a biscuity, doughy texture which is fine.
4. Add mixture to baking tray and bake for 25 minutes. Once baked leave to cool.

1. Make your glaze.

2. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat on a low boil for about 10 minutes. I put mine on number 6. Keep whisking it together, it will start to thicken on a lower heat.
3. Once it is starting to stick to the whisk, take off heat, pour into a bowl and place in the fridge for about 2 hours to thicken up.
4. Pour over traybake and then add toppings before putting back into fridge to firm up.
5. Enjoy!






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