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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Spinach & Ricotta Pies

Serves 4
Prep and cooking time 40 mins
(Inspired by Coles Magazine, May 2018 with Amira's variations)


2 x 250g pkt forozen spinach, thawed, excess liquid removed
200g soft feta, crumbled
200g ricotta
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 tbs finely chopped dill (optional)
2 tbs grated parmesan
2 eggs, beaten
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed


1. Preheat oven to 200oC. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine spinach, fetta, ricotta, spring onion, dill and eggs in a large bowl. Season.

2. Place 1 pastry sheet on a clean work surface. Spoon half the spinach mixture over one-half of the pastry sheet, leaving a 1cm border. Use a small sharp knife to cut 5cm-long slashes at 1cm intervals over the other half of the pastry. Fold over to enclose filling. Use a fork to seal the edges. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet and spinach mixture.

3. Place the pies on the lined tray. Brush with whisked egg and season. Bake for 20 – 25 mins or until golden and puffed.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Banana Muffins

Quick and easy!


220g SR flour
½ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup milk
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
1 large banana, mashed with a fork

1.       Mix everything together, making sure not to over mix.
2.       Divide mixture into papered muffin tins and bake at 180oC for about 20 minutes

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Amira's Muesli Bars


2 cups toasted muesli (I used "Carmen's" brand see photo)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup plain flour, sifted
1 teas bicarb soda
1 teas baking powder
3 eggs

A handful each of any dried fruit, nuts and seeds you like, all chopped with a knife except the small ones. I used:

Pumpkin seeds

(3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped - optional)


1.  Preheat oven to 170oC (fan forced)

2.  Grease and line baking tray (21cm x 31 cm) with baking paper.

3.  Put all the ingredients except the eggs in a large bowl and mix well together.

4.  Beat eggs well for a few minutes until very foamy.

5.  Mix beaten eggs with muesli/dried fruit mixture stirring well to ensure the mixture is well covered with eggs.

6.  Pour muesli/dried fruit mixture into prepared pan and bake at 170oC for 35 - 40 minutes or until top is dark brown.

7.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the slice and baking paper onto a wire rack to cool completely.

8.  Once cooled completely slice into bars.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Amira's Carrot Cake

Makes 23cm round cake


2/3 cup vegi oil
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
3 cups grated carrot (about 3 carrots)
2 cups self raising flour, sifted
2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon vanilla essence


1.                  Set oven at 170oC (fan forced)
2.                  Combine together oil, eggs, sugar
3.                  Add all other ingredients and mix well
4.                  Pour into greased pan and bake at 170oC for 45 mins or until cooked.
5.                  When cooked let sit for 5 minutes before removing from pans and allowing to cool on cake rack.
6.                  When cool dust with icing sugar and serve.


Top with the following philly icing:

2 cups soft icing sugar, sifted
2 tab lite philly cheese
zest of 1 lemon
2 teas lemon juice

Mix all the topping ingredients together until smooth.

AND for an extra topping as in picture a mixture of:

Chopped apricots, pumpkin seeds, currents, desiccated or shredded coconut 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Banana and Crumble Muffins

Adapted from the Herald Sun newspaper February 26, 2013

220g SR flour
½ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup milk
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
1 large banana, mashed with a fork

1.       Mix everything together, making sure not to over mix.
2.       Divide mixture into papered muffin tins and bake at 180oC for about 20 minutes

Crumble topping (optional)
Cover top of each uncooked muffin with crumble before placing in oven.

Mix together in a bowl: ½ cup plain flour, ½ cup rolled oats, ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar, 90g chopped butter.

Amira's Chocolate and Walnut Biscuits


250g unsalted butter, chopped
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 ½ cups SR Flour, sifted
2 teaspoons bicarb soda
½ cup walnuts, crushed
½ cup dark chocolate, chopped


1.       Preheat oven to 170oC
2.       Microwave butter until soft but not melted
3.       With handheld beater beat butter with sugar until mixed then add egg and mix again
4.       Add sifted flour and bicarb soda, walnuts and chocolates
5.       Form into balls and placed in greased oven pan 5 cms apart.

6.       Flatten slightly with a fork and bake at 170oC for 20 minutes.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lemon and Coconut Cake

Source: Woolworths Fresh, Issue 97, April 2014, page 67