Easy, 1 Hour Dinner Rolls

These delicious rolls can be made quickly while making soup or anything else for dinner and are really nice.

I use silicone molds to shape them into quirky forms.

dinner rolls

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup of wholemeal, finely ground rye flour

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp dried oregano

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Add all the ingredients to a bowl in the order above and knead the dough until smooth.

Leave to rest under a plastic wrap for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Knead the dough again for a minute and either form into balls the size of a table tennis bowl or press into molds.

Let rest another 5 minutes and bake for 20 minutes, until the rolls are golden on top.

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Vegan Strawberry Loaf

Ahh, strawberries! The ultimate summer fruit! Who doesn’t love them?

This recipe is an eggless, vegan cake with delicious strawberries. I started thinking about this recipe when I ran out of eggs one day and really wanted to bake something without having to go to the shop. So here you have it. It takes a while in the oven and being vegan it does have a slightly different flavour and smell. Still delicious though.

 

As this cake bakes for such a long time, it’s a good idea to check on it periodically and cover it with aluminium to prevent the top from burning.  A lot depends on the strawberries. The more juice they release into the dough, the longer it  takes to cook, so keep your cocktail stick at the ready to jab and know for sure. The baking time I provided here is for super juicy fruit or even a batch from the freezer, so if you use hard, young berries, you could be done within an hour.

 

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Ingredients:

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup rapeseed oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cup strawberries, cut in halves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

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In a medium bowl mix applesauce, oil, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.

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Mix flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl until evenly distributed and add to the applesauce mixture.

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Fold together with a spatula until there are no more streaks of flour.

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Add strawberries and gently stir them in.

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Pour the mixture into a lined, small loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

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Homemade Sweet & Sour Sauce Preserve

Now that the summer is in full swing beautiful vegetables like peppers, aubergines and courgettes are in season. They won’t stay that way forever but you can preserve their summer goodness in jars and keep it for these winter months. Of course you can just preserve vegetables on their own but you can also save yourself cooking time later by producing a delightful sweet and sour sauce and use it on rice or rice and chicken in the winter.

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Ingredients:

5 bell peppers

3 courgettes

1 small aubergine

1 onion

1 cup tomato puree

1 Tbsp dried oregano

2 Tbsp dried paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp salt

1/3 cup vinegar

1/3 cup water

1 cup sugar

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Cube the vegetables into small 1cm pieces. Place in a bowl, add salt, stir and set in the fridge overnight.

 

On the next day put the vegetables in a colander or sieve and let the juices drain. You will not be using the juices.

Place the vegetables in a pot and start cooking them. Cook for 20 minutes and in the meantime put sugar, water and vinegar in a separate pot, stir and heat until sugar has dissolved.

Add all the spices and tomato puree to the veggies, follow with the vinegar mixture. Mix everything and let it continue to cook while you’re prepping the jars.

peppers and courgette

Preheat your oven to 100C/210F and put four 0.5l/pint jars in the oven without lids for 10 minutes. I cannot guarantee that this mixture will yield exactly 2l/4pints so it might be a good idea to add another, smaller jar or be prepared to eat the remaining sauce within the next couple of days. Take the lids, place in a bowl and cover them with hot water from the kettle.

I use jars that I have kept after pickles, jams etc., and I don’t own any fancy canning equipment so this recipe is not calling for any.

When the jars are ready take them out and using kitchen mittens spoon the boiling hot sauce into hot jars and tightly close the lids.

Place the jars on the counter. In an hour or so you will hear popping sounds as the lids will start sealing. All of them should be sealed and you can check by pressing on the middle of the lid to see if it is concave.

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You can keep sealed jars in the pantry until you’re ready to eat the sauce in the autumn or winter.

 

 

And smile because you’re done and you have some delicious food for the cold months! 😀

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Homemade Wheat & Rye Bread

This is a chewy, soft and rather dense homemade bread that I make often. It’s packed full of pumpkin and sunflower seed goodness and has almost 70% wholemeal flour. It’s delicious with tomato, as a Spanish pan con tomate or homestyle with butter and a slice of ham. Also good with sweet toppings, like jam, for example kiwi fruit jam or persimon jam.

rye bread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup warm water

4 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp honey

2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 cup wholemeal rye flour

1 3/4 cup wholemeal wheat flour

1 1/4 tsp instant active dry yeast

2 Tbsp linseed

4 Tbsp sunflower seed

4 Tbsp pumpkin seed

1 eggs for brushing (optional)

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Of course you can just put the ingredients in your bread machine and run the wholemeal program but if you don’t have a bread machine or want to make the bread by hand, here are the instructions.

rye bread

In a large bowl mix together the water, olive oil, honey and salt and stir until the salt dissolves.
Add the flours and yeast and mix until everything is combined.

Place the three types of seed in a food processor and process as finely as possible.

The pumpkin and sunflower seeds are easy to process to complete powder but linseed tends to stay unbroken.
Add the seeds to the dough and knead until the dough feels smooth and pliable.
Leave the dough covered with a cling film, in warm place, for 45 minutes. It should be double the size after this time.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough firmly for several minutes.
Shape the dough into two logs and place in two greased or lined loaf tins.

Make cuts in the tops with a serrated knife. Brush with some egg if you’d like the bread to have a smooth finish.

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Cover with plastic wrap and leave dough to rise for about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180c/350F.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.

When ready, the bread should make a hollow sound when tapped.

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Lemon Courgette Cake

It’s going to be the Constitution Day here in Norway in two days time and it’s a very important day for Norwegians. For that day, I like to bake a cake for my Norwegian family, to show respect the best way I can. 🙂

This delicious cake is very light in texture and slightly moist. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

lemon courgette cake

lemon courgette cakeIngredients:

1 1/2 cup grated courgette

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup rapeseed oil

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp lemon zest

 

Start with zesting two lemons. This is what gave me the 2 teaspoons lemon zest. I use a regular grater with small holes and make sure I don’t press too hard so I only remove the yellow part and not the white pith underneath.

Next, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Prepare a small baking tin.

In a bowl whisk together egg, courgette, sugar and oil. Stir the rest of the ingredients in until just blended.

Transfer to the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.

Let cool before turning out as it might stick to the form otherwise.

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Hawaiian Bread Pudding

I have never been to Hawaii (I wish) but I called this pudding Hawaiian Bread Pudding because it has a lot of coconut. I hope Hawaiians won’t mind.

This recipe is just perfect to use when you have some leftover bread which has gone stale and your family don’t want to eat it because of that. This will make them gobble up that bread as if there’s no tomorrow! When ready, the bread pudding does not taste like bread or French toast or anything like it – it tastes like cake, I promise.

My bread pudding is not as sweet as some of the recipes I tried because I always found them too sweet, so when making my own version, I went for far less sugar. This is obviously something you might prefer to change but do give this lower-sugar version a go and I promise you won’t regret it.

 

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Ingredients:

 

8 slices of 1 day old/stale bread

3 Tbsp applesauce (you can use oil or butter instead, you know the drill)

4 eggs

1 can (400ml) of coconut milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

a handful of raisins

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Trim all of the crust off your bread. It’s just not very good with crust after you bake it.

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Cut or break bread into small pieces or squares and place in a large baking dish.

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In a bowl whisk together eggs, applesauce, slowly adding coconut milk, vanilla essence and sugar to keep the mixture well blended and light.

Pour the batter over bread and lightly press with a spatula to submerge all of the bread pieces in the batter.

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Sprinkle the coconut and raisins over the pudding (my raisins seem to have drowned).

Bake for 45 minutes.

 

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Kiwi Fruit Jam

This is late March and almost nothing is really in season. But I make some things year round – when I run out I just make another batch as long as I can get the ingredients. This is the case with kiwi jam.

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For this recipe you need to start with 1kg (in this case 9) of fruit. After peeling and coring them I ended up with approximately 900g of usable fruit. I removed the hard, white cores with a paring knife but I didn’t remove the black seeds and the flesh surrounding them. That would be wasteful and the seeds add a delicious little crunch to the jam.

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Next I processed them in a pulp with a food processor until I got a fluffy, light consistency.

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I placed them in a pan and cooked for 45 minutes, while adding the following:

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1 cup sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 Tbsp gelling sugar (it’s in every store here in Norway, look in the section where they have all the sugar and flours for baking)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made sure to stir a lot, just to keep the mixture uniform. Kiwis give a very watery pulp so it takes time for it to reduce a little bit and either way the jam was still as watery as juice when I was pouring it in jars.

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In the meantime I preheated my oven to 100C/212F and put clean open jars in there for 10 minutes.

I boiled some water in a kettle, placed the lids in a bowl and submerged them in hot water from the kettle.
I put on my kitchen mittens, took the hot jars out of the oven, through a funnel I poured hot jam into them and immediately closed them with the hot lids.

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Within an hour all the lids were concave and the jars were sealed.

Within the next two hours all the jam set, so that it stopped sloshing around when I was moving the jars.
This is the canning method that I use, very inexpensive and not requiring any special equipment. I keep my jams for 3 to 4 months and never had an issue. Once opened, I keep them in the fridge and use within 2 weeks.

I am not sure how long these jams could keep like that because they are always gone quickly.

If you have a pressure canner and want to use it, do it because at least you will have guaranteed results and you will be able to keep your jams for a very long time.

 

This jam is delicious on bread or in porridge when you want to add a little tropical flavour.

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Be Bananas About Cake – best ever banana cake recipe

This is one of my favourite cakes. Bananas never go to waste in my house because I use them for this recipe. If I want to make the cake later, I just freeze the mashed bananas and defrost them before baking. This cake is wonderfully low in fat as you only use 1/4 of a cup of oil for quite a large cake.

banana cake

I enjoy this delicious cake with coffee or some green tea. My partner loves it with a glass of cold milk.

banana cake

Ingredients:

3 cups of all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cup of sugar

2 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp dried ginger

4 eggs

4 mashed ripe bananas

3/4 cup applesauce (you can use oil if you have no applesauce but I recommend applesauce)

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

a handful of dried cranberries

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F

In a bowl mix all of the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Once well mixed, add eggs, bananas, applesauce and oil.

With a spatula mix until blended and there are no more pockets of dry flour. The dough will not be completely smooth but that’s ok. At the end add cranberries and mix.

Line a large baking tray with baking paper or prepare in whatever your preferred way is and pour the dough over.

Bake for 1 hour and check with a cocktail stick.

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Depending on the exact size of eggs and how watery the applesauce is, it is possible that the stick will not come out clean yet. If this happens, bake for another 10 minutes or until it does come out clean.

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banana cake

 

 

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Green Tea St. Patrick’s Day Cake

St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner and I am going to celebrate it because I feel emotionally connected with Ireland. I lived there for quite a few years and that awesome island will always be dear to me.

What better way to celebrate than making something delicious?

 

This recipe is a green tea-flavoured cake so you won’t like it if you despise green tea. I really wanted to make something green without using green food dye because that just seemed too easy. I experimented a bit with spirulina and I considered spinach but green tea turned out to be the answer this time.

I’m using a green tea powder called matcha, which is a fine-ground type of green tea that is used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It’s used in many other things though, like green tea ice-cream, cakes and other treats, so using it for cake is not, in my opinion, blasphemy. You can get this tea in good tea shops.

It should not be on display as it’s supposed to be kept in a dark container but ask and hopefully they’ll have it.

green tea cake

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rapeseed oil

2 eggs

2 leveled Tbsp matcha green tea powder

1 1/2 cup applesauce

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

icing sugar for decoration

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk the oil and eggs together with applesauce, and while still whisking add matcha green tea powder and sugar.

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In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder. Add these to the egg mixture and stir well.

Pour into a greased round pan and bake for 40 minutes or until passes stick test.

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Once the cake cools, sprinkle with icing sugar.

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green tea cake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Everybody!

 

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Cardamom Carrot Muffins

This is not exactly the carrots’ natural season anymore but they are still not expensive and since it’s still winter here, it will be nice to warm yourself up with some winter spices. If you want to feel a little bit Norwegian for a day, don’t skip the cardamom in the recipe or even increase it slightly. Its warming qualities are very much appreciated here.

I hope you like them and enjoy them with milk or coffee. Carrot cakes and bakes are always happy in the company of cream cheese, so you can make a very simple frosting by mixing some cream cheese with icing sugar until sweet enough to your taste and ice your muffins with that. Remember to wait for the muffins to cool before icing. In my house that usually means there are some muffins missing before I get to the icing stage. 🙂

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

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Ingredients:

DRY:

3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

a pinch of ground ginger

a pinch of ground cardamom

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

WET:

2 eggs

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/2 cup applesauce (you can use oil instead but I much prefer it with applesauce)

1 1/2 cup packed grated carrot (that’s around 200g or two and a half medium carrots)

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and baking powder. Once mixed well, add eggs, oil, applesauce and carrot. Stir with a spatula but only so that there are no more dry flour pockets, don’t continue mixing after that.

Line the muffin pan and fill 12 cases.

Bake for 30 -35 minutes. Check with a skewer or cocktail stick.

 

carrot muffins

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