This is a pretty simple way to jazz up the old hamburger, especially if you don’t want to serve it in a bun.
HOME BAKED HOT CROSS BUNS
Years ago I tried to make hot cross buns and they were really awful. As a result I’ve never been game to try them again. Maybe if I’d found this recipe with it’s helpful hints on using yeast I might have given them another go. I hope you have more success……..
Unlike most pastries where you rub the butter into the flour, the pastry for this tart is made by beating the butter, sugar and water together then adding the flour – which is a little easier. Once the pastry has rested all you have to do is combine the filling ingredients and your tart is done. Except that is for arranging the strips in a lattice pattern over the top, perhaps the fiddliest bit, but well worth it for how terrific it looks when cooked.
The suggestion is to serve these with casseroles, fish or poultry, but I think serving them as an easy meal or instead of chips with a hamburger would be pretty delicious too.
TOMATO AND AVOCADO DIP – Gluten Free
If you’re a little tired of plain avocado dip, maybe giving this tomato version might be a good idea. As it says it makes a good size bowl and if you serve it with vegetables or gf biscuits it can be gluten free as well.
CHOCOLATE CHIFFON PIE
Wow – this recipe takes me back to 70s dinner parties when Brandy Alexander Pies, Grasshopper Pies and these Chocolate Chiffon Pies were all really popular. None of them were particularly hard to make and could be made in advance, so except for plating up there was nothing to do out in the kitchen while the guests were at the table. The work was done and you could enjoy yourself……
SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS
I’d never seen a recipe for meatballs battered and fried until I found this one. It’s quite normal to batter and fry pork pieces for sweet and sour pork, but meatballs? I imagine they’d be quite good, but hardly for the diet conscious.
DOUBLE CRUST APPLE AND HONEY PECAN PIE
This recipe comes from the back of a pack of Puff Pastry sheets. Of course you can make your own pastry, but really who has time for that, especially when the bought product is so good. Which leaves the biggest job to be the peeling, coring and slicing of the apples. Definitely worth the effort if you end up with a great pie like the one in the picture.
CRISPY ASIAN SALAD
With fried noodles, sunflower seeds and almonds, this is another crunchy salad. When you add in the Chinese cabbage/Wombok and the soy sauce dressing you get a lovely Asian flavour.
CRUNCHY APPLE COLESLAW
By this time of the summer you’ve probably had a lot of bbq and salad meals and are just a bit sick of them. Maybe this crunchy coleslaw with apple, raisins and peanuts will help jazz up the salads at least.