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Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Granita.

Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Granita.

Now that summer is (supposed to be) here, and we have a delicious supply of strawberries around us, I decided to try some new recipes for the wonderful fruits.

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STRAWBERRY AND MINT GRANITA – A REFRESHING DESSERT, TREAT OR PALATE CLEANSER.

Ingredients:

100g Sugar (Caster or granulated)

450g Strawberries hulled and halfed.

Mint leaves to taste. (I used about 20 leaves).

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1. Put the sugar and 100ml of water into a saucepan and gently heat, stir until the sugar is dissolved, don’t let it boil.

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2. Tip the strawberries into the food processor and blend to a puree. 

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3. Pour the strawberries into the sugar water, then add the mint leaves.

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4. Heat up the mixture and let it simmer for thicken slightly.

5. Once the mixture is thickened, strain it through a sieve to take out any seeds or leaves.

6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.

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7. Pour into a container and freeze for 1 hour, rake the mixture with a fork, then put it back into the freezer.

8. Repeat this for 4 hours, until it becomes slushy.

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9. Serve in a glass with a sprig of mint.

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A DELICIOUS SUMMER RECIPE, PACKED WITH A LOVELY FRESH TASTE.

If you make this or have already made this, I’d love to hear from you.

I found this recipe in Good Food Magazine, so thanks go to them for sharing the recipe with me. 

If you have any delicious recipes for strawberries, or particular favourite summer recipes, please let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Baking

 

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Home Made Delicious Scottish Tablet.

Home Made Delicious Scottish Tablet.
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My Home made Scottish Tablet.

Scottish tablet is something I have discovered since moving to Scotland, (11 years ago!).

It is delicious, very sweet and sugary and a perfect treat to have yourself or give as a gift. Personally I prefer to give mine as gifts because it is very sweet and if I make a big batch there is plenty to go around.

If you haven’t heard of tablet before, its similar to fudge, but sweeter. I made some for Christmas Eve and by Boxing day, it was all gone. So I decided to make some more. Then  thought, why not share my recipe and photos with my readers. So here it is:

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I used a recipe from the Good Food magazine, as my Husband so generously bought me a years subscription for Christmas.

Ingredients.

  • 1/4 pint water

  • 175g unsalted butter

  • 1lb caster sugar

  • 75g sweetened condensed milk.

Method

1. Using a fairly large pan, heat the water, melt the butter into the hot water. Before the water reaches the boil, add and thoroughly dissolve the sugar. Stir often.

2. Bring the water to the boil and then allow to simmer. When simmering, add the condensed milk. the mixture will be a very light, creamy colour.

3. Stirring (very) often, allow the mixture to thicken until it is a deep caramel colour, the texture/consistency of the mixture will change quickly after around 20mins, maybe as long as 30mins from a watery simmer to a thicker bubbling. (the colour may also darken quickly at this point). This is where a large pan is handy as the mixture tends to rise a bit when simmering.

4. To test the mixture, drop a little onto a cold side plate, it should not run and should be thick and sticky after 30 seconds.

5. Remove from heat and beat mixture for a good 10 mins. Pour mixture into a shallow sided tray (10″x6″) there should be enough mixture for it to be about 1cm thick. Allow to cool for 30mins, even in the freezer. slice and enjoy. (If the mixture does not set, you can bring it back to a simmer and give it a further 5 mins or so).

Here are some photos of my tablet, it really is delicious and went down well with my family and friends.

Have you made this before, or do you think you might make this? I would love to hear from you. What did you think of it, any tips to enhance my recipe?

Thanks for reading.

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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in Baking

 

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Books I received for Christmas.

Some of the Books I received this Christmas.

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I received some lovely books this year, some which will be really helpful with my blog.

The first was from my Gran-in-Law, she knows I love to cook but don’t have an awful lot of time in the evenings. So hopefully this Gordon Ramsay fast food book will be very helpful and delicious.

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I also received a fiction book called ‘Chocolate Wishes’. This was from my blogger Christmas gift swap friend Shannon. I have written a separate post on that, which you can find on my blog. I am very excited to read this and I will write a review on it when I finish it.

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I also received two great blogging books from my lovely Hubby. He has seen how much I have enjoyed my blog and since I only started it in April, less than a year I will take all the help that I can. So, these books look really good.

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Blogging for Dummies will certainly have some great tips for me, but also I have found that some of the information in there I do already know. This made me feel like quite an accomplished blogger. Go me!! 😉

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Blogging for Happiness is looking really good too. It does make me very happy, and so does reading. So the two will just go hand in hand. I’m really looking forward to reading this book.

I was also very lucky to have been given a years subscription to The Good Food Magazine. I have subscribed to this before, but ended it a while ago. I used to get so excited about the new issue coming through the door, now I will have that again.

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Hopefully I will find lots of delicious recipes to cook and bake. Then I can tell you all about them here on my blog!

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The last book is ” 101 Great Things Every Woman Needs to Remember”. So, for all you other great women out there, let me give you some good things to remember:

You are beautiful when you speak and act from the heart.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

You’ve got a style all of your own….. and its cool.

I think I need to read this every once in a while to remind myself of all the positives and to behave and believe accordingly.

So, these are some of the books I received as gifts this Christmas. I still have plenty of other books on my to be read list, mainly from author / publisher requests. I will keep reading, keep writing and keep enjoying it all. That’s the best way, and the way I will be starting off my new year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS AND FOLLOWERS.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME THROUGHOUT THE PAST YEAR, I HOPE YOU WILL KEEP SUPPORTING ME INTO 2015 AND BEYOND.

I INTEND TO KEEP WRITING, I HOPE YOU WILL KEEP READING.

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THIS LOVELY NEW YEAR.

AS QUOTED FROM ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS:

Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it”    Anne of Green Gables.

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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Books

 

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