Fruit and White Wine Popsicles

The sun has come back to London! I love a choc ice as much as the next person but when I’m in the mood for a grown up popsicle and something refreshing, I grab a bottle of white wine and get inventive.

Fruity white wine popsicles

Cherry & Mint Popsicle – Ingredients (Yields 2)

  • 2 mint leaves
  • 45g D8 Made Sour Cherry date butter
  • 120ml white wine

Mango & Blackberry Popsicle – Ingredients (Yields 2)

  • 90g fresh mango
  • 75g fresh blackberries
  • 120ml white wine
  • 40g D8 Made Original date butter

Peach & Black Pepper Popsicle – Ingredients (Yields 2)

  • 1 stoned white peach
  • 40g D8 Made Black Pepper date butter
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 120ml white wine

Orange & Lime Popsicle – Ingredients (Yields 2)

  • I large orange (segments no pith)
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 50g D8 Made Original date butter
  • 120ml white wine
Popsicles

Method

  • Add ingredients into a high powered blender & blend
  • Pour the ingredients into a silicone ice cream mould and freeze
  • Enjoy in these last days of summer

Vegan Custard Filled Mini Doughnuts

To conclude cinnamon week, I made these beauties for our lazy Sunday afternoon. Filled with a velvety smooth vegan custard, these mini doughnuts are an easy-to-make addition to the treat repertoire.

Custard filled vegan mini doughnuts

Ingredients – Doughnuts

  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 55g margarine
  • 140ml hazelnut milk
  • 1.5 litres sunflower oil

Ingredients – Custard filling

  • 15g margarine
  • 20g plain flour
  • 45g D8 Made Cinnamon date butter
  • 70g hazelnut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar for dusting
  • 2 tsp cinnamon for dusting

Method

  • Mix the margarine, hazelnut milk and 2 tablespoons of the sunflower oil in a small pan over a medium heat.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder and add the salt and sugar into a bowl.
  • Make a well in the middle and add the milk mixture to the centre.
  • Little by little, bring the mix together with a fork until it forms a sticky dough and divide into 20 – 24 equal sized balls.
  • Bring the rest of the sunflower oil to heat and use a small piece of bread to test the heat – if it sizzles the oil is hot enough.
  • Carefully lower each dough ball into the oil and cook for 5 min or until golden brown, cooking 5 – 6 doughnuts at a time.
  • Use a 4″ skimmer spoon to remove each doughnut and place in a bowl layered with paper towels to drain the oil and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, to make the custard, melt the margarine in a small pan.
  • Once melted, remove from the heat, add the flour and mix well.
  • Still off the heat, add 75% the hazelnut milk bit by bit ensuring that the mixture is smooth.
  • Return to the heat, add the cinnamon date butter and mix to form a smooth mixture.
  • Add the remainder of the milk then allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the custard to a piping bag.
  • Mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon on a flat plate.
  • Once cooled, roll each doughnut in the coconut sugar & cinnamon mix and prepare to fill.
  • To fill the doughnuts, make a hole in the centre of the doughnut using a skewer and turn it gently 360 degrees to create a cavity.
  • Using the piping bag, fill each doughnut until a portion of the custard settles on the hole of each doughnut.
  • Finally, do your best not to eat all of them in one sitting.
Cinnamon doughnuts
Cinnamon custard doughnuts

Half Sugar Cinnamon Shortbread Rounds

As part of my well spent youth, I lived in Scotland for many years and fell in love with the people (one in particular), the culture and definitely the shortbread. Of course, for me, this has meant that finding a recipe that doesn’t contain as much cane sugar but is still delicious and melt-in-the-mouth was paramount. These cinnamon shortbread rounds always disappear within minutes because they are just SUBLIME.

Ingredients

  • 160g room temperature butter (to make this recipe 100% plant based, substitute for margarine)
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 65g D8 Made cinnamon date butter
  • 240g plain flour
  • 50g demerara sugar & 20g ground cinnamon for rolling

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C or gas mark 3 and lightly grease a L:443 x W:372 xH:23 baking tray with butter/margarine.
  • Cream the butter and caster sugar until it becomes light and fluffy, add the cinnamon date butter and continue to cream until fully integrated and fluffy.
  • Sift in the flour to form the biscuit dough and knead until smooth.
  • Roll your dough into a ball before forming it into a long rectangle (about 5cm in diameter). Cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 min then remove from the fridge and cling film.
  • Distribute the demerara sugar and ground cinnamon onto a cool dry surface and roll the biscuit dough to ensure even coverage.
  • Cut the sugar-coated dough into approx. 24 circles around 1cm thick and transfer to the baking tray.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for approx. 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, place on a wire tray and allow to cool.
  • Enjoy!
Cinnamon shortbread rounds

Summertime Gazpacho

In these last days of summer, I love to soak up the last of the sun with a refreshing gazpacho paired with some fresh sourdough.

Gazpacho made with D8 Made black pepper

Ingredients

  • 500g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 chopped and peeled cucumber
  • 1 medium bell pepper cored and seeded
  • 1 large peeled garlic clove
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1tsp celery salt
  • 1 sprig of basil
  • 25g D8 Made Black Pepper date butter
  • 1tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2tbsp light olive oil

Method

  • Place all of the ingredients into a high powered blender and whiz for 3 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Top with chilli flakes, toasted sunflower seeds and garnish with parsley. Serve with crusty sourdough and enjoy!
Serving suggestion

Salted Date Caramel, Nut Butter & Chickpea Ice Cream

Any hint of sun is an excuse to eat ice cream amirite?! And luckily for us Londoners, the ghosts of awful summers past are cutting us some slack and giving us plenty to be grateful for this year. When I have a craving for something sweet and creamy but can’t face a bit of dairy, this is my go to make-at-home solution. Also – did I mention that it is made with an award winning date butter???

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tinned drained chickpeas, washed and rinsed
  • 225g D8 Made Original Date Butter
  • 110g smooth (sweetened) peanut butter 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 50g crushed pistachios to serve
  • 100g melted white & dark chocolate to serve
  • 100g mixed berries to serve

Method

  • Add chickpeas, nut butter, vanilla extract, coconut milk and 150g of D8 Made Original Date Butter to a mixer and blend for 30 seconds
  • In a separate bowl, mix remaining 75g date butter & salt until well mixed
  • Pour half of the chickpea mix into a L:255 x W:143 x H:66 loaf tin
  • Add half of the salted caramel mix to the chickpea mix in the loaf tin and distribute down the centre
  • Pour the remainder of the chickpea mix over the mix in the loaf tin
  • With the remaining salted caramel, distribute over the top of the ice cream mix
  • Place the mix in the freezer overnight
  • Serve in a bowl or in cones topped with melted chocolate or pistachios and fresh berries & enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Servings: 10
Amount per serving (excluding toppings)
 
Calories 233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.4g
Saturated Fat 9.7g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 110mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
Dietary Fiber 2.8g
Total Sugars 14.9g 
Protein 5.5g

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Black and Blue Scones

London is basking in an absolutely glorious summer this year. Living a ten minute walk from both Hyde Park and Holland Park, I’m spoiled for choice for sprawling picnic spaces. When he and I head out for a picnic, I ALWAYS make these scones because they are the perfect picnic treat.

Black and blue scones

Ingredients

  • 300g flour
  • 100ml almond milk (+ 25ml to wash)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 75g blue cheese (both dairy and non dairy varieties work well)
  • 70g cold butter (or margarine) diced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g D8 Made Black Pepper date butter
  • 25g mixed seeds to top

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (356F or gas mark 4)
  • Place  greaseproof paper in a L:443 x W:372 xH:23 in a baking tray
  • Sift the flour, salt, cayenne pepper and baking powder into a bowl and, using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the cheese to the ‘crumb’ mix and ensure even distribution.
  • Stir in the milk until it forms a soft dough, careful not to overwork the dough. 
  • Turn the dough onto a cool, floured surface and roll until it is 2 – 3cm thick.
  • Using a 6cm diameter scone cutter, stamp out scone and place on the baking sheet. Combine and re-roll the scraps and cut out more scones.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with milk and top with the mixed seeds.
  • Place the scones in the middle of the oven and bake for 12 – 15 min until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and once cooled, store in a Kilner jar for your next day out in the sun.

Nutritional Information

Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 215
Total Fat 10.2g 
Saturated Fat 6.6g
Cholesterol 17mg
Total Carbohydrate 26.6g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Total Sugars 5.9g
Protein 5.1g

#datebutter #savoury #plantbased #d8made #easy #picnic #treats #easybakes #summerbakes

Low Sugar Banana and Cherry Loaf

If you’re anything like me, you love a bit of banana bread with your brunch. I’ve been experimenting with recipes that allow me to reduce my sugar intake but that are still light, fruity and hit that sweetness spot. Try this recipe in place of your normal banana bread for a low sugar twist.

Ingredients

  • 270g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 75g organic chopped nuts (optional)
  • 75g coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 large mashed black bananas + 1 to top
  • 110g D8 Sour Cherry date butter
  • 150g halved fresh cherries + 30g to top
  • 150ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (356F or gas mark 4)
  • Combine the bananas, coconut oil, vanilla essence and date butter in a bowl and set aside
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, adding gradually
  • As the mix stiffens, add the almond milk to loosen until all ingredients are mixed
  • Add the halved cherries to the mix and gently fold until evenly distributed
  • Line 2 L:255 x W:143 x H:66 loaf tins with baking paper and distribute the mix evenly 
  • To decorate, lay the additional sliced banana and halved cherries to the top of the loaves
  • Bake for 45 minutes in the centre of the oven or until a skewer comes out clean
  • Allow to cool for 20 minutes
  • Remove from loaf tins and sprinkle with a light dusting of icing sugar
  • Serve with fresh fruit, cream or ice cream

Nutritional Information

Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 109
Total Fat 6.7g 
Saturated Fat 3.9g
Cholesterol 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 12.4g
Dietary Fiber 1.6g
Total Sugars 3.4g
Protein 1.2g

#datebutter #lowsugar #plantbased #highfibre #brunch #d8made #easy #brunchbakes #homemade #dairyfree #eggfree

Simply Sumptuous Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

  • 620g plain flour
  • 500g plain yoghurt (both dairy and non dairy varieties work well)
  • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 190g D8 Made Cinnamon date butter
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 60g dairy or non dairy butter
  • 200g cream cheese (to make this recipe 100% plant based, use a plant based variety)
  • 400g icing sugar

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius, 355 degree farenheit or gas mark 4
  • Combine the yoghurt, flour, bicarbonate of soda and vanilla essence in a bowl until it forms a balls that cleans the sides
  • Place the dough on a cool, clean surface and knead for 10 minutes on a floured surface to prevent it from sticking
  • Rest the dough on a cool surface whilst the baking dish is prepared
  • Line a H:7cm x W:25cm x L:25cm dish with greaseproof paper
  • Roll out the dough until it forms a roughly 40cm x 28cm rectangle
  • Mix the cinnamon butter and the ground cinnamon together
  • Spread the cinnamon mix evenly over the rolled dough, leaving a 1 inch gap between the mix and all 4 sides
  • Roll the dough along the length of the dough (the long side) to form a long dough roll
  • Cut the roll into 9 equal segments and place them on the greaseproof paper, careful to leave gaps between each roll
  • Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes
  • Whilst the rolls are baking, combine the butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and 1tsp of vanilla essence and beat in a bowl until smooth
  • Once baked, remove the rolls from the oven and allow to cool for 5 min
  • Spread the frosting on the rolls and serve warm

Nutritional Information

  • Servings: 9
    Amount per serving
    Calories 655
    Total Fat 15.7g 
    Saturated Fat 8.5g
    Cholesterol 39mg
    Total Carbohydrate 118g
    Dietary Fiber 3.8g
    Total Sugars 43.9g
    Protein 11.2g

#datebutter #vegan #plantbased #d8made #easy #cinnabon #cinnamonbun #cinnamonroll #easybakes

Easy Meat Free Monday Pizza

Homemade pizza on a Monday night? Who could say no to THAT! Try this easy meat free recipe for a delicious way to pizza over those Monday blues.

Ingredients – Dough

  • 240g self raising flour
  • 250g greek style yoghurt (plant based or dairy both work well)

Method – Dough

  • Mix flour and yoghurt in a large bowl ensuring that the mix cleans the sides and forms a ball in the bowl
  • Clean and flour a cool surface and transfer mix
  • Knead the dough for for 10 min adding flour to ensure that the dough doesn’t stick to the surface
  • Rest the dough on the cool surface whilst other ingredients are prepared

Ingredients – Toppings

  • 75g butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (28g)
  • 1 tablespoon mixed herbs (13g)
  • 70g sliced mushrooms
  • 100g drained chickpeas
  • 50g kale
  • 150g grated mozzarella (to make this recipe 100% plant based use non dairy cheese)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 30g D8 Made Black Pepper date butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (28g)
  • 3 tablespoons malt vinegar (42g)
  • 200g very versatile tomato sauce

Method – Toppings

  • Preheat oven to 220C (450F or gas mark 7)
  • Place the butternut squash, oil, mixed herbs, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix
  • Place the squash on tinfoil on a baking tray and place in the middle of the oven
  • Roast butternut mixture for 15min turning halfway through
  • Remove from oven and set aside
  • Mix Black Pepper date butter, malt vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and pinch of salt to form a smooth paste
  • Add drained chickpeas, marinate & set aside

Method – Assembly

  • Place  greaseproof paper in a L:443 x W:372 xH:23 in a baking tray
  • Roll out pizza dough to about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thickness
  • Spread tomato sauce over the base leaving approx 1/3 from the edge to allow for crust
  • Distribute butternut squash, chickpeas, mushrooms & kale evenly over the base
  • Add cheese making sure to spread uniformly over the toppings
  • Place in the centre of the oven and bake at 220C (450F or gas mark 7) for 10 – 15min
  • Remove from the oven, drizzle with some olive oil for taste and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 245
Total Fat 8.2g 
Saturated Fat 1.2g
Cholesterol 3mg
Total Carbohydrate 35.1g
Dietary Fiber 2.3g
Total Sugars 3.3g
Protein 7.5g

#datebutter #pizza #plantbased #highfibre #savoury #d8made #easy #meatfree #homemade

Very Versatile Tomato Sauce

Hearty tomato sauce

A favourite as a quick and easy staple, this sauce is super versatile and is my go-to for use in soups, pastas, casseroles or on a pizza.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbs Italian herbs
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 80g tomato puree
  • 110g D8 Made Black Pepper date butter

Method

  • Recycle & sterilise 4 x 190g jars
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the Italian herbs, salt and paprika
  • Stir for about a minute and add the chopped tomatoes
  • Cook for 5 min over moderate heat, stirring continuously
  • Add the tomato puree and date butter and keep on the heat for a further 5 min stirring continuously
  • Remove from heat, pour into food processor/blender and blend for 60 seconds
  • Pour into prepared jars, allow to cool and refrigerate
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or alternatively, pour into ice trays and freeze to use block by block as needed
VV sauce