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This is bread. I made it. It is warm and yummy.

This is how I made it:

What do I need?

  • 500g Strong Plain White Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 7g Sachet of Quick Action Yeast
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 300ml Water

How do I do it?

  1. Place flour, salt and yeast in a bowl and mix. 
  2. Make a well in the centre and add oil and water.
  3. Combine everything together.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until bread in smooth and silky.
  5. Place in an oiled bowl! Leave for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  6. Knock the bread back (knock air out of it) shape it into an oval and leave to double in size again for an hour.
  7. Score a cross on the top and sprinkle a little dusting of flour if you wish. 🙂
  8. Place in oven at 220c or  Gas Mark 7, for 25 minutes.
  9. Check it is cooked by tapping the bottom. It should sound pretty hollow, then serve with butter (if you like it) or Jess’s Jingle Jam.


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Recipe of the week – Giant Jaffa Cake

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This Jess’s Messesrecipe is very easy really, and so effective, so definitely worth taking a little extra time and making a special, stand out cake – rather than a normal victoria sponge/chocolate cake! If you like Jaffa Cakes, this will be yum beyond belief for you and it stops you feeling guilty for working through a whole packet of ‘biscuits’ in one night, well that works for me anyway! 🙂

Giant Jaffa Cake
What do I need?
125g Butter
125g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
125g Flour
300ml Orange Juice
125g Caster Sugar
3 Leaves Gelatine
250g Dark Chocolate
250ml Double Cream

How do I do it?
1.   Place orange juice and sugar in a pan and heat slowly until sugar has dissolved, place gelatine in warm water until soft and then add it to the orange juice, mis until gelatine has disappeared, place in fridge to set.
2.   Beat together butter and sugar until thick and pale. Add eggs and beat in, fold in flour.
3.   Grease and line a cake tin and fill with mix. Place in oven at Gas mark 5/180˚C for 15 minutes.
4.   Meanwhile, break the plain chocolate into a heatproof bowl.
5.   Place cream in a pan and bring slowly to the boil. Pour over chocolate and whisk together until it goes smooth. Place in fridge and leave to set.
6.   When cake is cooked and cooled place on plate.
7.   Cover the middle of cake in set jelly, place back in fridge for 10 minutes.
8.   Cover the jelly and cake in chocolate ganache. This could take a while to make it work properly.
9.   Place in fridge and serve when set! Lovely, lovely!
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Recipe of the week: Sizzling Sausage Casserole

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Sizzling is used in this Jess’s Messes recipe, not to describe the noise of a sizzling sausage sizzling away in a sizzling pan (sizzling mentioned too many times?), it is in fact used to describe the spiciness of the dish. I made it nice and spicy to take the edge of a freezing cold day in rainy Manchester, but you can easily adjust the amount of Paprika to make it to your taste. I also added loads of vegetables. This is not necessarily essential, just a way of using things up!

What do I need?
(Serves 6)

A Sizzling Sausage
  • 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 6 Sausages (chopped into about 6 pieces each)
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Carrots
  • 3 Medium Potatoes
  • 1 Courgette
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 600g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper

How do I do it?

  1. Place the oil in a heavy based pan and heat. Add the chopped up bits of sausage and cook quickly until golden brown. Remove from pan.
  2. Dice the onions and crush the garlic – add to pan. Add a small amount of salt and the paprika and cook until onions have softended, but not coloured.
  3. Add the roughly chopped: carrots, potatoes, courgette, pepper and the chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil.
  4. Return the sausages to the pan and add oregano and bay leaves.
  5. Cover and leave to cook ont he hob at a medium heat for 30 minutes (or until potatoes have softened completely).
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

* You could add lentils if you want to bulk it out a bit! 🙂


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November disappearing..

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Halloween is complete, Bonfire Night is over – the next big thing…..


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