Recipe | Honduran style Horchata

Time: 30mins cooking time, 1hr+ cooling time

Serves: makes approx 4-5 glasses

You will need: a blender or hand blender

Given the heatwave we are having, this recipe seemed apt. It is a cool, refreshing, cinnamony drink, reminiscent of rice pudding, served in Honduras and other South American countries.

It is so easy to make, with delicious results. Traditionally it is made with white rice, but I chose to use brown. This recipe will work with either.I have replaced the condensed milk with coconut cream to make it completely vegan.

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 cup (90g) rice
  • 5 cups (1250ml) water
  • 1 cup (250ml) plant milk of your choice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 3tbsp coconut cream

Recipe:

  • Add rice, water, plant milk, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and vanilla to a saucepan

  • Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring occasionally
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, remove from the heat
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks and set aside for garnishing
  • Add the coconut cream to the rice, water and milk mixture and blend the mixture until smooth
  • Leave to cool
  • When cool, transfer to the fridge to get completely cold
  • Serve in a jug with ice and garnished with the cinnamon sticks (Mix before each pouring so the last glass isn’t all blended rice)

Recipe | Swedish style Cardamom buns

The recipe I tried this week was Swedish Cardamom buns, or kardemummabullar.

These are delicious little buns that are eaten in Sweden and have an aromatic cardamom flavour which is not overpowering but just deliciously subtle. These buns are soft, with sweet, crunchy bits, and the cardamom is just lovely! The recipe takes a little time, but its worth it!

Ingredients

Dough

  • 500g white bread flour
  • 80g demerera sugar
  • 1tsp ground cardamom seeds (pop open cardamom pods and remove the black seeds. Grind these black seeds in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder)
  • 2tsp easy bake yeast
  • 250ml warm plant milk (warm for approx 30secs in microwave)
  • 75g butter

Filling

  • 80g butter
  • 80g demerera sugar
  • 1tsp ground cardamom seeds

Recipe

Make and prove the dough

  • Add flour, sugar, cardamom, yeast and butter to a bowl
  • Start to mix while gradually adding the milk. Once its all added you should have a nice moist dough, thats not too sticky.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes by hand or using a dough hook on food mixer
  • After kneading, lightly flour the dough, and cover the bowl with a moist tea towel. Leave to raise for approx 1 hr.

Make the buns

  • Flour and roll out the dough into a large rectangle, about the size of a large chopping board

  • In a bowl, whisk together the filling ingredients for about 3 minutes
  • Spread the whisked filling ingredients on the rolled out dough

  • Cut the dough into strips width ways approximately 2cm wide

  • Fold the strips in half, so the filling is on the inside.

  • To make a bun, take one folded strip and twist it a few times, and then form it into a bun shape, like making a bun in hair ( its easier if you do this on the baking tray so you dont have to move it too far afterwards)

  • Push the top in gently to hold them in place during cooking
  • Bake the buns at 200°C for approximately 15 minutes – if they are not golden, cook for a little longer

Recipe | Belgian style speculoos biscuits

Prep time: 1hr to 12 hrs (depending how long you leave the dough to rest)

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Makes: approx 32 biscuits (approx 5cm across)

Sorry for the delay; I went on holiday last week so couldn’t post a recipe. This week, I am making Belgian inspired speculoos.

Belgium is also known for its sweet treats. The most well known is probably Belgian chocolate; did you know that the origin was a pharmacist who covered cough sweets in chocolate to make them tasty! After his grandson put crème fraiche in them instead, praline chocolates were invented (fact courtesy of yummy-planet.com). Other sweet treats from Belgium include Belgian waffles, cuberdon and speculoos.

This week I have chosen to make speculoos because I love a good biscuit to go with my coffee.

Speculoos are delicious spiced biscuits which are served in café’s with tea or coffee. You may have had one in the form of lotus biscuits. Now you can make your own. Authentic Belgian ones have patterns printed in them, but I could not find speculoos printers anywhere! So mine are plain.

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 120g brown demerara sugar
  • 85g margarine – I used vitalite
  • 1.5 eggs worth of egg replacer
  • 0.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground ginger 0.25 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • apinch of ground white pepper
  • 0.25tsp ground cloves
  • 0.25tsp of ground cardamom (I couldn’t find any so I ground up the inner seeds of some pods in a pestle and mortar)

You will need
Speculoos molds / cookie cutters

Recipe

1.Make the dough:

  • Add spices and sugar to bowl (or food mixer bowl)
  • Add the butter and mix with a spatula (or beater if a food mixer) until combined

  • Add the egg replacer and mix again until thoroughly mixed
  • Gradually add the flour and baking powder until a dough is formed
  • Flour and wrap the dough with clingfilm or in a container; refrigerate for at least an hour but for best results overnight.

2. Cooking the biscuits:

  • Preheat oven to 200C
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about half a centimetre thick
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out biscuits, (and make prints on them if you have a speculoos printer)

  • Place the speculoos on a greased or lined baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes
  • Let the biscuits rest on the tray for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack

  • Enjoy with a lovely cup of coffee or tea

Indulgent breakfast pancakes

Because who doesn’t deserve to treat themselves every now and then? These pancakes are made with chickpea flour, so they are full of protein; so you still can feel virtuous when you pour maple syrup all over them 😉 Plus they are dead easy to make! And tasty too of course! Ingredients: 1 cup chickpea flour 1 1/4 cups plant milk 1tbsp stevia (truvia) 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 3/4 tsp baking powder Method: Whisk flour,milk, cinammon, nutmeg and stevia for 5 mins Next add the baking powder and whisk for 2 or 3 more mins The batter will be more thick and have a few bubbles Now its ready to make pancakes with… (you can keep the batter overnight if you want to prepare it in advance) Add thick portions of the batter to a non stick pan, preheated with a tbsp oil fry thick pancakes for about 3 mins on the first side, at high heat or until golden Bubbles will rise up and pop Flip, and fry on the other side for 2 mins Put in the oven for 5 mins to cook the insides and also keep warm while you cook the rest After you cook the last one put in the oven for 2 minutes just to make sure the inside is cooked. Now it’s time to serve those badboys Top them off with your favourite topping; I love toasted pecans and maple syrup, but you could do: Toasted nuts, cacao nibs and maple Banana and chocolate sauce Warm blueberry jam and berries Raspberries, dark chocolate and golden syrup Let me know any toppings you’ve tried at @hungryvegan_norwich