H’s vegan brownie with peach & Banana Ice cream

Yum…

Brownies for 6

Ingredients:

Ingredients list 1

Ingredients list 1

  • 50g baking cocoa powder – 0.50p
  • 175g soya butter – 0.56p
  • 75g sugar
  • 50g golden syrup – 0.15p
  • 30g basic oat – toasted
  • 30g self-rising flour
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons soya milk
  • 10g butter for the baking tin & baking paper
  • 20cm x 20cm baking tin

    Ingredients list 2

    Ingredients list 2

  • 30cm x baking paper

Cost: The cocoa cost £1.79/250g in LIDL. The soya butter costs £1.60 for 500g in any large supermarket, but often on offer at £1.00 in Sainsbury’s. The golden syrup costs £1.18/450g. If you are in a meat and dairy free household you should have most of the items listed. If not, note that they can ALL be found in all regular supermarkets. If you are not vegan, this recipe is worth a try… few people got fooled. Total cost £1.21 or £0.20 per person.

 

Method:

Heat the oven at 160°C.

Place the oats in the oven to toast until brown.

Butter & coco powder

Butter & coco powder

Prepare the baking tin by spreading the butter on the tin, then cover the inside of the tin with baking paper. Make sure to tuck the paper in every corner and sides of the tin then, spread more butter on the paper.

The butter spreaded in the bottom of the tin will allow the baking paper to seat perfectly in the tin and the butter spreaded on the paper will prevent the cake from sticking on the paper.

Brownie mix 1

Brownie mix 1

In a bowl, mix: sugar, milk, salt, golden syrup, stir to combine well and set aside.

Place 175g of butter in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave for 1 minute and half.

Pour the butter in a mixing bowl and sieve in the cocoa powder.

With a spatula, stir the mix until the chocolate and butter look like a well combined sleek cream as would a melted chocolate tablet.

To the now creamy chocolate mix, add the sugar, milk and golden syrup mix made earlier. Stir with the spatula to obtain once again a uniform mix.

Brownie mix 2

Brownie mix 2

Now, sieve in the flour and add the vinegar. Combine again to incorporate the flour. Once you are confident that there is no lumps of flour in the batter, add the toasted oats, stir and pour the mix in the baking tin prepared earlier with the baking paper.

Place the tin in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 160°C.

Cooling brownie

Cooling brownie

To test that the brownie is ready after 15 minutes. Stick a knife in the middle of the cake. It should come out dry but still slightly moist. That it perfect.

If it is still wet, allow another 2-3 minutes in the oven.

Once the brownie is ready, take it out of the oven and leave on the side to cool down before serving.

Enjoy warm or cold with Ice cream or Alpro single cream.

H's Vegan Brownies

H’s Vegan Brownies

I served mine below with a Banana and peach Ice cream.

Vegan Brownie & Banana Ice cream

Vegan Brownie & Banana Ice cream

 

There you have it… A dairy free dessert.

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Ropa Vieja – Cuban Shredded meat

Ropa Vieja in all its glory

Ropa Vieja in all its glory

Ropa Vieja – Shredded pork. Serves 4

Ingredients:

What you need for this dish

What you need for this dish

  • 1.500kg pork knuckle from Tuckers’ the butchers (£2.50)
  • 100g red onion
  • 3 medium sweet peppers (20p)
  • 2 x 400g peeled tomato tins (74p)
  • 1 grapefruit (30p)
  • 2 tablespoon tomato puree (tube costs 37p)
  • 130g black olives (69p)
  • Olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 scotch bonnet (chilli)

    Grapefruit peels and scotch bonnet

    Grapefruit peels and scotch bonnet

  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • 1L vegetable stock

Total spent: £4.80 or £1.20 per person. For this dish, a piece of pork that will deliver long strings of meat when pulling a part. The knuckle had that. The best place to find such a piece of meat on a budget would be at the local butcher. The pepper was bought at the fruits & veges market. Had 15 peppers for £1.00 and only used 3.

Method:

Unwrap and wash the meat and make 3 to 4 deep scoring on it. Peel and dice onion and garlic. Rinse and cut the peppers (red, yellow & green). Remove the olives from the jar and rise. Peel the skin off the grapefruit and cut it (the skin) in strings… This will add a hint of bitterness to the dish. Set the prepared ingredients aside separately.

Sealed meat

Sealed meat

In a dip sauce pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil with a hand full of onion, then seal the meat on all sides for about 1 minute each. Once the meat has been sealed, pour on it the stock and add garlic, cumin, scotch bonnet, black pepper, grapefruit peels, vinegar and cover the pan. Leave the meat to cook until it falls off the bone. An hour and half to 2 hours should suffice for the meat to fall off the bone.

Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.

In the sauce pan still on heat, add the content of 2 x 400g tomato and 2 tablespoons tomato puree. Stir, taste and adjust the seasoning. Cover to simmer for 20 minutes. Don’t forget to stir from time to time to

Pulling the meat apart

Pulling the meat apart

avoid the sauce sticking to the bottom of the pan. We are looking here for the tomato to cook through and for at least ¾ of the liquid coming from the tomato to evaporate.

Meanwhile, pull the meat apart, make it as stringing as possible. Discard the skin, bones and fat. All with need for the dish is the red meat… Set aside until the tomato sauce is ready.

Back to the tomato sauce. After the 20 minutes, add the now shredded

Pulled pork

Pulled pork

meat in the tomato with the olives, the cut mix peppers and the rest of onion. Mix well, taste and cover and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes. Done.

Serve with Pure white rice or Tamales. I served mine with both to provide a choice of accompaniment.

Check out the Tamales recipe in the next post.

Serving suggestion with white rice or Tamales

Serving suggestion with white rice or Tamales

See the starter from this menu here.

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