Cinnamon apple muffins

*This is not a personal recipe. I found it on http://www.taste.com.au but it was a big hit in this household! – Bella 🙂 “

apple muffins

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

300g (2 cups) plain flour

1T baking powder

2t ground cinnamon

150g (3/4 cup firmly packed) brown sugar

2 medium Granny Smith apples- cored, peeled and chopped

125g (3/4 cup) seedless raisins

125g butter or margarine melted and cooled

2 eggs- lightly whisked

185mls (3/4 cup) milk

 

1.) Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Prepare about a dozen muffin pans.

2.) Sift the plain flour, baking powder and cinnamon together into a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar, apples and raisins until well combined.

3.) In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter/margarine, eggs and milk until well combined.

4.) Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir with a large metal spoon until just combined.

5.) Spoon mixture evenly into the muffin pans

6.) Bake muffins for  20min or until golden and cooked right through.

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Shepherd’s pie

This is one of very few recipes that is a hit with my entire family.

Just remember, I am a “throw together” cook, so some of the measurements may not be quite exact…so feel free to add more or less.
I also add thing like sweet chilli sauce (if my kids aren’t eating), barbeque sauce, and whatever herbs are on hand. 

Get creative with this recipe!

Bella 🙂

Not a picture of my recipe...will later edit with a personal picture :) http://michellepicker.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/shepherds-pie/

Not a picture of my recipe…will later edit with a personal picture 🙂
Original image: http://michellepicker.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/shepherds-pie/

Shepherd’s Pie

500g mince (I use beef)
1 large handful of diced bacon

1/4 onion, chopped

1 cup veggies (I use peas, corn and carrot)
1T minced garlic

1T parsley
gravy

Topping:

5 large potatoes, cooked (I prefer to steam mine)

butter and milk for mashing

2 handfuls of grated cheese

paprika

 
1) Brown mince, onion and bacon until thoroughly cooked.

2) Add vegetables, simmer for about a minute (longer if vegetables are fozen)
3) Add enough gravy to cover mixture. We like lots of gravy, which makes it quite runny, but can be thickened with extra gravy powder. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

4.) Pour meat mixture into a large casserole dish
5) Mash potatoes with butter and milk. Add one large handful of cheese to potato mixture and mix well.
6) Spread potato topping evenly over the meat mixture. Sprinkle remainder of grated cheese on top. Season with paprika as desired.
7.) Bake in oven until cheese turns golden.

Bella’s Fruit and Veggie Cake

My two eldest boys are picky eaters, one more so than the other. They don’t eat many vegetables (if any!) and not much fruit.

I have had to start being sneaky, trying to find ways to hide fruit and veggies. This recipe has proven very popular in my household. It is great as snacks, or for lunch boxes.

Bella 🙂

Bella's fruit and veggie cake
Bella’s Fruit and Veggie Cake

1 carrot, grated
1/2 small zucchini, grated

Large handful baby spinach, finely chopped

2 apples, grated

1 pear, grated

2 eggs

40 ml oil

1.5 cup Self raising flour

60 ml milk

1) Combine all grated fruit and vegetables in a large bowl. Add eggs, combine thoroughly.
2.) Add milk and oil to bowl, mix thoroughly. Slowly sift flour through mixture in parts.

3) Add more flour or milk to reach desired consistency (the thicker the mix, the denser the cake)
4.) Pour mix into a large, grease cake tin, or separate into muffin tins.

5.) Bake at about 160 degrees celsius until golden and cooked through.