Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day - so take time over it this weekend with these indulgent breakfast recipes.
Apple and Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts
You’ll need a mini doughnut mould to create these bite-sized doughnuts with the classic combination of grated apple and a sticky, cinnamon glaze. They’re oven-baked, not deep-fried - just plonk a batch on the table and see how quickly they disappear.
60g plain flour
30g golden caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
quarter teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple - peeled, cored and grated
100ml semi-skimmed milk
half teaspoon vanilla extract
20g butter, melted and left to cool slightly
For the glaze
4 tbsp icing sugar
quarter teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180ºC. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and grated apple. In a jug, mix together the milk, vanilla, egg and butter. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until you get a smooth batter. Scrape the batter into a
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1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp Caribbean Mild Curry Powder
180g fresh raw, peeled prawns
2 tbsp coconut cream
pinch of salt
quarter tsp dark brown muscovado sugar
8 little gem or gem heart lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 small spring onion, finely sliced
2 tbsp finely chopped sweet red pepper
Gently heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Stir in the curry powder and fry for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Tip in the prawns, coating them in the spices and then pour in the coconut cream - you just need enough to make a sauce that will cling to the prawns. Add a pinch of
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We asked nutritionists and chefs for their advice on kids’ recipe ideas, keeping it nutritious, and how to limit the mess...
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Low-Fat Creamy Turkey Curry
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Even though it’s low in fat, this curry is creamy and has a light, citrus tang thanks to the lemon. Serves 2.
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 small onion
130g turkey breast
1 heaped tbsp mild curry paste
100ml chicken stock
1 tsp tomato puree
salt and black pepper
100g low-fat yoghurt
chilli powder, to taste (optional)
pinch of sugar (optional)
juice of half a lemon
small handful chopped fresh coriander
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and gently fry the onions until they’re well browned and softened. Cut
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Leave the oven turned off
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Stilton, bacon, tomato and avocado club sandwich
This sandwich combines the freshness of tomato and avocado with the salty tang of British smoked bacon and Stilton cheese.
• 3 slices wholemeal, seeded bread
• ½ teaspoon mayonnaise
• Half an avocado, sliced
• 2 slices smoked back bacon, grilled until crisp
• 1-2 tablespoons Stilton cheese
• One small tomato
• Cocktail sticks, to serve
Lightly toast three slices of wholemeal seeded bread, until crisp. Spread a little mayonnaise on the first slice and arrange the avocado slices on top. Next, add the grilled bacon rashers. Press the second slice of toast down on top, and crumble over the Stilton cheese — not too much, just enough to cover. Slice a small tomato andRead More »from Four new, unusual and delicious sandwich recipes
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As the weather warms up, why not take lunch outdoors? Al fresco dining can be a perfect romantic date, fun family outing or a great way to catch up with friends.
To celebrate National Picnic Week, we share our tips and food ideas for enjoying a perfect, stress-free picnic.
Keeping food cold
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