Vegan Custard with quinoa crumble

Hi everyone!
today´s recipe is super easy and healthy, perfect to enjoy this summer after a nice lunch or dinner.
My Custard´s recipe it´s a bit different from the traditional Custard: does not have, eggs, sugar or milk, perfect for vegans. It does not have many calories, it takes very little time to prepare (30 minutes) and it´s really delicious.
Ingredients:
2 glasses of soy milk
vanilla extract
zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons half of agave syrup (or any other natural sweetener you like)
1 teaspoon curcuma
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons cornflour
The crumble:
For the crisp:
1 cup quinoa
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
raisins
We start mixing in a pan  soy milk, vanilla extract, lemon zest, agave syrup, cinnamon and curcuma. Let it boil then add the cornflour and cook for five minutes. Serve this mix in a glass  bowl and let it cool.
To make the crumble mix in a pan the quinoa, cocoa powder, raisins and finally the agave syrup; stir well for a couple of minutes until everything is well integrated. You just have to place the quinoa crumble on the top of the custard.
The crumble is optional and can always be replaced by pieces of cookies if you prefer. I hope you try this at home because is very easy, healthy and tasty.
I hope you have a good day, till soon,
Bea.

Mandazi (African donuts)

Hi everybody!
How is the beginning of the summer going?
I was already looking forward to share this recipe wth you; it´s funny that the african Mandazi and Spanish rolls are made almost the same way but usually Mandazi have a triangular shape.
Mandazi is originally from Eastern Africa, is very easy to prepare, can be eaten with almost any food or dips or just a simple snack with a nice cup of tea.
Madazi are similar to doughnuts but less sweet, that´s why you can add some honey, sugar or even chocolate when you eat them.
As I said, this is very easy to prepare, I´m sure the kids will like this recipe but also the grown ups…I warn you..you can not eat just one 😉
Here I show you my version of Mandazi, I hope you like it!
Ingredients:
40 gr sugar
450 gr flower
1 egg
2 tablespoons of yeast
1 tablespoon of baking powder
200 ml coconut milk
2 tablespoons butter
cinnamon
ground cardamom (2-4 tablespoons)
Cooking oil
Mix all the ingredients well until you have a homogeneous mixture, you can add more flour if needed so the dough doesn´t get stuck on your fingers and is smooth.
Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm place for about one hour.
Then, when the dough has doubled in size, knead again and extend it well, and cut it into a triangle (it can also be shaped like little balls if you prefer)

Heat the cooking oil and fry the Mandazi until they get a golden color.

You can sprinkle with coconut, powdered sugar and cinnamon or honey, remember that they don´t have so much sugar.
I hope you try this at home and let me know how it was 🙂 They are delicious!!
Have a nice weekend,
Cheers, Bea.

Energy bars

Hi all!
I really like today´s recipe, because it´s very easy to make and the results are tasty, natural and healthy.
The combination of the ingredients make this energy bars perfect to eat before going to practice any sport or help to recover our body after; also they are the perfect snack.
Here we go!!
Ingredients:
Olive oil
A pinch of vanilla
A pinch of cinnamon
Chia seeds
Quinoa
Ground almond
Oatmeal (150 gr)
Sesame seeds
Apple sauce
To sweeten: Agave syrup, honey or brown sugar (as you prefer)
 
This time I´ve measured the quantities with a small plate (as you can see in the above picture).
We start mixing well all the ingredients, the we place the mixture into the mold or baking sheet; press the dough well, so it won´t get loose.
Place the mixture in the oven 180ºC for about 20-25 minutes.
We take it out of the oven and let the mix coll down for 10 minutes and after that, we can the dough carefully.
 We already have our own homemade energy bars!!
I recommend you to add the apple sauce to the mix before place them in the oven, since this will help for the bars to not fall apart or break when we cut them.
They are really yummie and you can also add any other seed that you like, chocolate chips or raisins.
By eating one of those we can get energy and many beneficts, for example:
* Chia seeds: protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids.
* Quinoa: Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamins C and E among others.
* Sesame: fiber, vitamins, minerals.
I hope you try this at home, the result is really good.
Hope you have a nice day!

Apple Crumble

Hi all!,
Although we  are already in June, the summer wants to make us wait for a while before settling down for good. That´s why I thought that this pie, originally from England, would be the perfect company for a rainy day.
 
Here I tell you my particular version for the Crumble Pie:
Ingredients:
4 apples
Brown sugar (I didn´t use so much, so you can add what you like)
60 gr butter
200 gr flour
Cinnamon
Honey (2 tbsp)
Oatmeal (optional)
1º) Start peeling the apples and cutting them in small cubes. Then, mix the apple cubes with 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tbsp honey, cinnamon and 1 tbsp of oatmeal.
2º) In a separate bowl mix the flour, 2 or 3 tbsp brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. We mix all the ingredients, and here is the funny part, we mix it with our hands so we´ll get a crumbly texture. We can let this mix cool down in the fridge for 10 minutes.
3º) After taking our crumble mix out of the fridge, we spread it on top of the apple cubes generously and add some cinnamon. Bake at 170º C during 30-40 minutes, depending on the oven until the crumble is a bit browned.
That´s it!! we have our yummy crumble pie. It can be served warm or cold and it tastes great with vanilla ice cream.
I really like the combination of apple with cinnamon, smells great and the taste is even better!! You can also bake strawberry or red fruit crumble.
And what about your favourite version of apple crumble? How do you make it at home?
Cheers!!!

Matcha tea cookies

Hi everybody!
here I am with my new post after a big break. Actually I was looking forward to post again and especially something related with this kind of tea that I really like. Today´s recipe can be made without tea and the cookies will be equally good 🙂
 
 
People around me already know that I am a BIG fan of tea, specially red and green.
Talking about green tea, two years ago I discovered the Matcha tea (the king of the teas); I really like it because it has many healthy benefits (three times greater than the normal green tea commercially available). Its a powder green tea with a high concentration of antioxidants, it helps to reduce high blood  pressure and moderate cholesterol.
 

 

 
 
We can enjoy a nice cup of Matcha but the use of this tea goes to many more areas, for example the amount of recipes that can be made with it like cakes, truffles, creams, ice-creams etc.
Today a super easy recipe, shall we start?
 
Ingredients: 

 

 
 
150 gr of flour
3 tea spoons of ground almonds
90 gr butter (without salt)
1 pinch of salt
10 gr of yeast
50 gr of sugar
2 egg yolk
2 tea spoons of Matcha tea
1 pinch of vanilla
 
1º) First we sieve the flour together with the yeast and the almonds.
2º)  After that we mix the butter together with the sugar until we get a smooth mixture, we incorporate the egg yolks, the vanilla and the tea; mix well and finally incorporate the flour and mix until the ingredients are well mixed.
3º) With our hands we knead the mixture. Make a ball, wrap it plastic foil and let it rest in the refrigerator 1/2 hour to 1 hour.
 

 

4º) Now, we can stretch the mixture and with the cookie cutter we shape the cookies and place them on the baking tray.
5º) Preheat the oven 175º C and place the cookies during 10 minutes (flip the tray half the time, so all the cookies are cooked the same way)
 

 

 
6º) Let them cool down and get ready to enjoy your matcha cookies 🙂
 
 

 

And … that’s it! we have our matcha tea cookies, although as I  said before if you don´t have Matcha Tea , you can make the cookies without it. They can be decorated with powdered sugar or chocolate, but I personally prefer the green color that the tea provides them. They are delicious!
 

 

 
I hope you try to make them at home, see you!
 
Ah! also I would like to congratulate my sister for her birthday: I really hope you can have a relaxed and happy birthday, send you a big kiss from here, you are the best!!! (we will celebrate together when I´m back)

Easter Brioches

Easter time is here and during this mini vacations, apart from starting to enjoy the good weather (or at least try) we can also find hundreds of sweet recipes that we can bake during this time.
One of my favourite recipes is the brioche or sweet bread; I really love to wake up at home and have a good piece of home made brioche for breakfast 🙂
Today I would like to share with all of you my recipe, although I´m sure there are thousands of variations and everyone has their own tricks.

 


Let´s start!!

Ingedients:

80 gr of fresh yeast
Big glass of milk

Half glass of olive oil (but you can also use butter)
60 gr of sugar
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
600 gr flour

 

 
First we mix in a bowl the milk, oil, sugar and yeast and mix until all the ingredients are well combined, then we add the two eggs and keep mixing.
In another bowl mix the flour and the pinch of salt and we add this to the other mixture, keep on working the mixture until we start to get a nice dough, always adding flour if needed.
When the dough becomes difficult to manage we pour on a surface and start working with our hands.
When the dough becomes smooth, we make a ball and leave in the bowl resting during 15 minutes covered with a clean cloth.




 

 
After the 15 minutes we can see that the dough has risen and we can start forming our brioches:
take a piece of dough and divide it into two, one larger than the other portion; then make the portions roll on the table and form two separate rolls (one longer than the other). Turn the longer roll in half and place the shortest in the middle, cross the outside parts and form the brioche.

 

 
Now, we can paint the brioches with the egg and after that we mix sugar and water and put it on top with the brush (optional)

Leave the brioches rise during 1 or 2 hours until the size is doubled. After that put them in the oven during 20 minutes 200º (this can be different depending on the oven).



Now we can enjoy our homemade brioches, you can see it´s not so difficult and I´m sure you have your own brioche recipe that you can also share if you like.


I hope you have a nice Easter holidays, see you soon!!

I dedicate this post to V. S.: you will get better really soon, lots of love!!!

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Homemade Nutella

 I love nutella. When I was small, I used to play all the time outside with my girlfriends, it wasn´t the same without the Nutella sandwich that our mums used to prepare (but also many kinds of delicious sandwiches :))
Nowadays I still like Nutella and chocolate, but I always prefer to find a healthier and natural alternative without all that chemical stuff that they add to all the products that we eat. So, I decided to make my own Nutella… and let me tell you that I reaaaalllyyy like the result.
Super easy and doesn´t take a lot of time. Here we go!
 
Ingredients:
100gr dark chocolate.
80gr hazelnuts.
2tbsp milk; soy mik or almond milk.
50gr brown sugar.
30gr light margarine.
After peeling the hazelnuts we put them in the oven (150ºC) until they get a brown color. When they are ready try to take the skin off, it´s possible that some skin sticks and becomes difficult to remove, that is ok, you can leave it. 
Grind the hazelnuts (with a food processor) until they get fine and powdery, after that we add the sugar and keep mixing well.
We melt the chocolate and when it´s ready we add the margarine and the milk.

Finally, we add the chocolate to the hazelnuts and mix well until we get a smoothy cream.


Keep your nutella in a glass jar in the fridge.
I really love the taste and I would dare to say is much better that the one we find in the supermarkets. For those you don´t like the dark chocolate, don´t worry because the taste is just fine (you can also try to make it with milk or white chocolate but it would have more sugar). You can always choose the amount of sugar, or just add agave syrup or any other option you might like.
 
I hope you try this at home, it is worth it, it is a healthy alternative, also good for the children and all those who like chocolate but cannot take so much sugar.

Macarons

 To bake these delicious sweets, we only need three basic ingredients and when I finally got them right (after almost quitting on them), they were perfect for meeting friends or a present in this case.
 
The macaron is a traditional french cookie, unveiled during the sixteenth century, emerging from the oven´s bakery of the French court. First as flat cookies with a round base; was during the nineteenth century that they began to put them together in pairs with a filling in the middle.
 
 
I was very happy with  the first macarons that I baked, they were more than ok (get ready Ladurée, I´m here!!)
 
The second time, almost feeling like a professional and full of confidence…..disaster!. Third time—my poor macarons came out from the oven feeling tired and not looking good at all; frustration mode ‘on’ and sugar overdose (just what I needed :))
 
The third ones:
 
 The third ones, they look like they jumped from the second floor
Ok, last try, with extra patience, exact measures and here we go!!
 
 
Ingredients:
 110gr ground almonds
 220gr powder sugar
 110 gr egg whites
30gr fine sugar
Colorantes (opcional)/ gel food colouring
 
 
Primero tamizamos la almendra molida junto con el azúcar en polvo (repetimos 2 ó 3 veces esta operación).
Segundo, comenzamos a trabajar con las claras de huevo, es importante pesarlas para llegar a la medida exacta (110gr) dependerá del tamaño de los huevos que estemos utilizando.
 
 
  
First we sieve the powder sugar together with the almonds (one or two times). 
Egg whites:(it is better to measure them before, to get the exact 110gr, it depends on the size of the eggs). In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, add the fine sugar in two times and continue to whisk until the whites are thick and glossy (you should be able to hold the whites upside down without them falling out).
 
 
The macaronage (this is a delicate step): gently stir in half of the powder sugar and almond mix and then the other half. The mixture will lose some air and become quite loose, this is ok.
 
Now we can divide the mixture in two and add the colouring food gel that we like. (I like them without colour but in this case I also used blue and pink)
 
  We can now put the mixture in the piping bag , place the paper template onto a baking sheet  (we put a little bit of the mixture under every corner of the baking sheet to stick it to the tray) and form small blobs on the sheet, press softly with the piping bag during 4 seconds.
 
Before putting the macarons in the oven, we have to let them dry during 30-45 minutes, we can touch one softly to check if it is not wet or sticky anymore.
 
Once the surface is completely dry, we place the macarons in the oven 150º during 13 minutes. After that, we should let them cool down, otherwise they could break easily.
Rising! 

 

 
 
Et voilà! we have our delicious macarons!! in this case the filling is nutella and also strawberry jam, but there are many possibilities: ganache, cream, merengue, buttercream…
 
I hope you try to make them at home. See you soon!!!

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Light donuts with orange juice and cinnamon

 Hi everybody!!
Today I would like to share a simple recipe for the time we feel like eating something sweet, but in a healthy way and almost without sugar. Light donuts with orange juice and cinnamon. Here we go!
 
 
 
Ingredients
– Orange juice (two squeezed oranges)
– Half a glass of olive oil
– Half a glass (or less) of brown sugar
Half a glass of milk or soy (I used soy in this case)
– A tablespoon of sweetener 
– A tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate
– Lemon zest
– Grated ginger
– Ground cinnamon
– Half a kilo of flour
 
Mix well all the ingredients. Start to add more flour if needed (when we see that the dough is difficult to handle).
To make the shape of the rolls: take a piece of the dough and make a ball with your hands, after that with your index finger, make a hole in the middle of the ball.
When all of them are ready on the oven tray, place them in the oven during 30 minutes 180ºC.

 Normally, this rolls or donuts are fried, but I think this one is a healthy alternative and they taste great!

I hope you try this at home!! See you soon!

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Oatmeal and sesame cookies

 Hi everybody, 
today I want to show you a super healthy and easy oatmeal and sesame cookies receipe. It desn´t take more than 30-35 min and they are delicious to snack.
 
There are many receceipes with oatmeal, (I really love it!), it is very healthy and it has many beneficts: digestive (very good for those who have a delicate stomach), rich in fiber and A, B and E vitamins. Minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium. It doesn´t have a lot of calories, so it´s perfect to have for breakfast, snack, etc.
On the other hand, sesame seeds have many proteins, unsaturated fats and it helps to reduce the cholesterol. Also they have calcium, iron, zinc and they are antioxidant.
ok, very simple, let´s start!!
The ingredients that we need are: (don´t say the exact amounts, in this case that depends on what you like)
 Peanut Butter
–  Honey
–  vanilla
–  Toasted sesame seeds
–  Oatmeal
–  Flour
–  Water
We mix two spoons of peanutbutter and the honey (also two spoons, depending n what you like). After that we add the oat (I use to put quita a lot) and the sesame seeds ( 3 or 4 big spoons)
Mix well, we can add a bit of water (1 or 2 spoons),and a spoon of flour wich  will help to get everything mixed.
When we have the dough ready, we can start shaping the cookies, with our hands we make a tight ball and then we push them to make it flat.
 

Put the cookies in the oven 170º preheated during 10-15 minutes.Let them cool down and ready to eat!!!

Well, that was pretty easy to make wasn´t it? You can also add other kind of seeds that you like, for example: lineseed, wheat bran, raisins…really tasty!!
I hope you enjoy them! See you soon!!