Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Quick Easy Bread!

Ever run out of bread? Yeah, happened to me today, and I had Jake's friend, Daniel, round for lunch too! I remembered a lovely book, 'Morning Bakes' by Linda Collister. It is full of lovely things to make for breakfast or morning coffee and includes a recipe for Cottage Cheese Rolls which you can make and bake in under 25 minutes - perfect! You don't even have to have cottage cheese; cream cheese will do just as well.
Here is my version of her recipe.

Cottage Cheese Rolls (makes about 12)

500g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
250g cream or cottage cheese
1 egg
150ml milk
A handful of chopped, fresh herbs (optional, depends on whether you think your kids will eat the green bits.....)

Whizz everything in a processor, or mix thoroughly in a large bowl. Tip the dough out on to a floured surface, press lightly with your hands until about 3-4cm thick and cut shapes with a knife (as above) or with a cutter. Place on a floured baking tray and bake at 190 degrees/Gas mk 5 until risen and golden around the edges. Serve immediately and let the butter melt!

What I am cooking:

Yesterday, I made root soup again with left-overs and served it with homemade bread (mixed in the breadmaker and shaped by Jake and Barney).

Root Soup

1 onion, chopped
1 leek, chopped
1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
leftover roasted parsnips, carrots, squash and onions
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
500ml approx vegetable stock

Fry the onion and leek in some butter until golden, add the butternut squash and carrots and sweat for about 5 minutes. Add the stock and leftover veggies and simmer for about 20 minutes. Whizz to a puree and season to your liking then serve with warm bread.

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