[Small Batch] Golden Peach + Bourbon Chutney


 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 45 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! Apologies to the Kiwis this one is perfectly timed for the northern hemisphere. Or people who stash peaches in their freezer like me. Put it in your back pocket for later – summer will be here before you know it. This is a fruity, sweet, tart, spicy chutney perfect for burgers. It’s also pretty good on a cheese cracker. While this is a preserve it is dead easy. All chutneys are. You just chuck everything in a pot and cook it for a while. You do need a little patience after it’s in the jars to wait for the best flavour. But it’s still pretty good straight away. This is a small batch that only makes two cups. Perfect for small households. Perfect to test the flavours to see if you like it. You will.

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TWB x Blogtastic Food: Pulled Pork Khachapuri


 Prep Time : 15 + 30 Minutes | Cook Time : 12 Minutes | Total Time : 2 1/2 hours | Difficulty : Fiddly

Hello my lovelies! This recipe is a team effort. A while back Nicholas from Blogtastic Food asked a bunch of us if we would develop recipes using his delicious Smoky & Spicy Pulled Pork. I had the idea for these khachapuri straight away but life being what it is I kept running out of time to work on it. I made the pulled pork and froze part of it to keep testing later. FYI pulled pork freezes really well. Just pull it out, pop it in a skillet with a little oil and sauce and heat it through completely. Like new. Perfect for a two person household. Khachapuri are like the pizza of the Caucasus. Along the spice routes from Asia to the Middle East via eastern Europe there are variations on this chewy golden bread that is somewhere between topped and stuffed with lots of delicious things. Classic toppings include spinach and fresh cheese, or ground lamb and spices. Traditionally partway through cooking a little well is made in the toppings and an egg is baked into the top. Today we are using spiced tomatoes along with our pulled pork and topping with dollops of feta and greek yoghurt. One of these is a good meal  or hearty lunch. Or slice up and serve as snacks for guests. I took leftovers to a meeting and they disappeared in seconds. If you have made a homemade pizza before these will be a breeze. Head over to Blogtastic food to make the pulled pork before you begin!

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Oat + Blue Cheese Crackers


 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! I firmly believe that you can never have too many recipes for crackers. And if those crackers already contain cheese then so much the better. The flavour is cheesy and nutty and has a wee hint of the blue. You might even convert a few who don’t like full on blue cheese flavour. They come together quickly and bake quickly. And look fabulous. These crackers are flaky and topped with crunchy seeds. Everything you want in a cracker. If you find they have gotten soft after a few days pop them on a cookie sheet and bake for a couple of minutes in a 200C oven to dry them back out.

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Caramelised Honey + Poppy Seed Loaf


 Prep Time : 20 + 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 30 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Hello my lovelies! So many of my favourite things come together in this loaf. Honey. Poppy seeds. Bread. European and Middle Eastern flavour notes. A touch of lemon. Contrasting textures. It’s a fabulous sweet and sticky bread party. There are a few steps to it but it’s all easy. Worth every second. A simple milk dough is dressed up with a fancy filling and a drizzle of glamour. It’s not really a babka. It looks like one but the dough is lighter and easier to handle. I am also wary sometimes about using some of the traditional names. Apparently there is debate and controversy about what to call your delicious twisted loaf. So we just call it a loaf and have done. Still delicious. Still impressive.

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Salted Triple Chocolate Cookies


 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 10 Minutes | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! I know I’m mostly doing lower sugar recipes these days. But sometimes… You just really need a chocolate punch to the face. And so long as you share them around it’s like it never happened. These are almost the easiest cookies possible. Melt and mix. There is some chilling. It needs to happen I’m sorry. You’ll be glad you waited. These cookies are soft and melty in the middle and they are loaded with chocolate pieces. Perfect for getting you to the end of the week. Treat yo’self.

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