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Since I have super busy work weeks, I tend to have super boring breakfasts, or at least the same thing every day. Muesli with nuts and yogurt, tasty but dull. So at the weekend, I like to have an extravagant brunch, sometimes I go out but mostly I cook at home. Last weekend I made a dutch baby, which is a cross between a pancake and a Yorkshire pudding and is so tasty!


So here is the recipe, I would suggest serving it on its own dusted with icing sugar or with spiced poached plums.


  • 125ml  of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 table spoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 65 grams plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Recipe (prep time 10 mins cook time 25 mins)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
  2. Sift the flour and the butter into a bowl.
  3. Mix in the whisked eggs one by one trying to keep the mixture as smooth as possible.
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk and the vanilla essence until a smooth mixture is formed. You want this to be a very smooth batter.
  5. Put the 3 tablespoons of butter in a fixed bottomed pie dish (about 2-3 cm deep and preferably metal). Put the dish in the oven and watch until the butter has melted.
  6. Once the butter has melted add the batter to the butter filled pie dish and bake at 200 degrees C for 20 minutes, or till puffed up and golden.
  7. Cook for a final 5 minutes on 150 degrees C.
  8. Remove from the oven and liberally dust with icing sugar! Serve on its own or with stewed fruit or custard.




So on Tuesday I decided to do some experimental cooking, try recipes that I have not only never tried before but probably wouldn’t even think of trying. So in the morning I made smoked salmon muffins, and in the evening I made lamb necks braised in red wine, I shall blog about the first of these two today.

Smoked salmon is one of my favourite things, with cream cheese, with scrambled egg or on its own with a generous slug of lemon juice, so when I found this recipe, though taken aback by the thought of a savoury muffin I thought I had to try it.

Smoked Salmon muffins

Adapted from a recipe found in a weight watchers magazine, makes approximately six, so if you or your family are anything like mine I’d double up this recipe, since we ate 5 between us in one day. From start to finish this takes about 20minutes so it’s a fantastically quick recipe.

The deliciously light muffins


  • 100g Smoked salmon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml of Milk
  • zest or juice of one lemon
  • 125g of self razing flour
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • Black pepper
  • dill/chives/thyme
  • 1tbsp of cream cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 190C or 170C if you have a fan oven, and line a bun tray with silicone cases or grease and line with paper bun cases.

2. Sift the flour and bicarb into a bowl and season generously with black pepper and the herbs then toss the smoke salmon in and coat it in the dry mixture. In a separate bowl, mix the lemon, egg and milk together. Combine the wet and the dry, and mix together, finally add the cream cheese blend it into the mixture.

3. Spoon an even amount of mixture into the cases, be aware this will rise so don’t over fill. Place in pre heated oven and cook until golden.

Either serve straight out of the oven when warm, cut in half and spread with cream cheese and a grinding of pepper, or if serving later warm a little and serve the same way. These are a fantastic bunch or lunch, light and fluffy and deliciously tasty.

Finished muffins smeared with cream cheese and crushed black pepper.

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