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Recipes are always to be shared, passed-on, adapted, kept alive!


Italian menus are the most popular food choices for our Mix & Munch cooks. And whilst we cannot take alcohol into schools and adding coffee to puddings for children is not always advised, this alternative works really well to compliment a heavy pasta or pizza main.

Its a simple, tasty and refreshing pudding - perfect after a heavy Christmas meal when you want something sweet, fruity and light. It can be made before hand and is kid friendly too!

What does tiramisu mean ? In Italian: tiramisù is from tirami su, "pick me up" or "cheer me up"!
What other flavours could you make ? Raspberry & Chocolate, Strawberries & Lemon, Cherry & Vanilla, Blueberry & Lemon, Blueberry & Mango cream, Mint Chocolate with Raspberries......

Raspberry Tiramisu

Makes 1 portion (in a ramekin)

3 Sponge Fingers

15g of fresh raspberries (or thawed frozen raspberries)

Raspberry juice 2 tbsp (or juice of alternative fruit such as pomegranate/Cranberry)

½ Lemon –zest and juice

1 tbsp of mascarpone cheese

2 tbsp crème fraiche

½ tbsp icing sugar (sieved)

Milk chocolate (grated)/sprinkles/gold spray

1. Get two bowls - in one bowl mix together the crushed sponge fingers, juice and raspberries

2. In a separate bowl Mix the lemon zest and juice with the mascarpone, crème fraiche and icing sugar.

4. Take the ramekin and spread half of the sponge and raspberry mixture on the bottom

5. Then half of the cream mixture as a layer.

6. Repeat both (4) and (5) so that all the mixture is used up and you have 4 layers.

7. Decorate with grated chocolate/sprinkles/edible gold spray

8. Chill

With the evenings drawing in - the heating ready to be turned on - the trees dropping their orange coats - its time for warm, nourishing, flavoursome dishes with spice!

This is a simple dish but also very cheap whilst being very good for you! Its nourishing and nurturing perfect for these Autumnal days. It also can be made in batches and frozen ready to feed a family a few evening meals.

Top Tip - don't worry about taking off the skin of ginger - just chop or grate the ginger with the skin (after a good wash) and the skin will cook with the flesh of the ginger. Saves so much time and is more nutritious too!
You can add in split red lentils too or instead of the chickpeas - tastes just as good, is just as economical too!

Chana Masala

Makes 1 portion – enough for small foil container. Multiply as necessary

5 tbsp chick peas

5 tbsp tinned tomatoes

1 small onion

1 clove of garlic

Knob of butter

Grated ginger (1cm cube size)

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp garam masala

½ tsp coriander powder

½ tsp cumin powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

Squeeze of lemon juice

Sprigs of fresh coriander

Pinch of salt & pepper

½ tsp sugar

1. Cook the chickpeas for 20 minutes in water

2. Prepare onion – finely chop and cook with butter over a low heat in a frying pan

3. Peel and crush the garlic and add to the frying pan

4. Turn up the heat to medium and add the spices – turmeric/garam masala/coriander powder/cumin powder and cumin seeds & stir occasionally

5. Turn down the heat after 3-4 minutes and add the grated ginger, salt, pepper & sugar & mix thoroughly all the ingredients

6. Add the chick peas and tinned tomatoes – stir and keep at a low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes (stirring occasionally)

7. Then add a generous squeeze of lemon juice and tear of the coriander (you can include the stalks) and add

8. Mix thoroughly cook for 3-4 minutes and serve with roti or rice and yoghurt

To make it hot & spicy – add a chopped red chilli with the other spices!

This timeless classic is one of the simplest and most popular puddings ever! Mix & Munch cooks absolutely love making and eating it and the parents are lucky if they get a smidgen!

Children and adults love it and its always the first pudding to be finished at any dinner party!

Use different flavour biscuits - biscoffi/oaties/gingernuts/richtea/bourbons for a different base.
Life is too short to make the caramel from condensed milk - the ready bought caramel is excellent and just as good as the home-made version.

Makes 1 small banoffee pie in a ramekin dish

2 digestive (or ginger) biscuits

5-10g unsalted butter

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of ginger

1/3 of a banana sliced

1 tbsp. of Carnation ready-made toffee

1 tbsp. of whipped double cream

1. Bash the biscuits in a small plastic bag with a rolling pin (or use a blender)

2. Melt the butter and add to the biscuits along with the cinnamon and ginger and put into the ramekin and flatten with the back of a spoon. Put into a fridge or freezer (depending on time available) until the base is firm.

3. Meanwhile whip the double cream and slice the banana

4. When the base is firm take it out of the fridge/freezer and add the chopped bananas on the base, then add the toffee and top with the whipped double cream

5. Decorate with sprinklings/gratings of chocolate/edible gold and/or silver spray or powder drinking chocolate.

6. Chill in fridge (or freezer if in a rush)

A ramekin is a perfect portion of pudding and looks very stylish - or you can make a large banoffee by multiplying the above ingredients by 8 and using a large pie dish
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