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Mum Anneliese Giggins learnt how to bake by baking her way through Mary Berry’s Baking Bible on the wonderful blog Rising to the Berry. Keen to continue her love of baking, Anneliese will be sharing a delicious new baking recipe with us each month – bake along and share all your tips, advice and of course pics!

After spending 18 months baking my way through the wonderful recipes from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, I have opened my mind to other possibilities and ideas. Nothing too crazy, you understand! I wanted to begin this blog with a nice, simple, but most importantly, tasty cake. I think most of us start baking with a classic sandwich cake, so I hope this is a good place to take a first step. I’m not sure I know of anyone who doesn’t enjoy a slice of lemon drizzle, so why not make it even more tempting by filling it with a luscious lemon curd and mascarpone filling?!

 

Get Anneliese’s lemon drizzle cake recipe

For me, a sandwich cake summons up an array of childhood memories. I must have made such a cake for almost every family occasion. It was either a vanilla sponge filled with strawberry jam or a chocolate version filled with a generous helping of rich chocolate butter cream. I never imagined I could venture into different flavour combinations; I stayed well within my comfort zone! 

I really hope you enjoy this recipe and that you feel the urge to give it a try. Good luck! 

Anneliese’s top baking tip

My top tip this month is to read through the whole recipe before making a start. It is so frustrating to get halfway through a recipe only to find that you don’t have all the ingredients in stock or that the dried fruit needs to soak in a brandy bath overnight. I know this from experience!! 

 

Where to next? 

 

Zucchini Lasagna



By replacing the lasagna noodles with thin sliced zucchini you can create a delicious, lower carb (gluten-free) lasagna that’s loaded with vegetables, and you won’t miss the pasta!

This recipe is from the archives, but needed a photo-makeover. I also like to make some of my older recipes over to see if I can improve them. I made slight adjustments to the original recipe, so if you have an old printout, you may want to re-print it. This feeds eight, and is quite filling. Everyone in my house likes it, including my picky daughter.

The first time I made this, I didn’t grill the zucchini first, but there was a lot of liquid so I found grilling it first greatly improved it. I soaked up as much of the liquid as I could with paper towels before layering the ingredients. I think the next time I make this, I’ll try it with turkey sausage in place of the ground beef, I bet it will be spectacular!

Tip: Using a mandoline[1] is a must to slice the zucchini thin, and it’s quick and easy. You can also make the sauce ahead of time if you want to speed this up for a weeknight.

Zucchini Lasagna
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1/8 • Old Points: 8 pts • Points+: 9 pts
Calories: 345 • Fat: 17 g • Carbs: 16 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 36 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 801 (without salt)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb 93% lean beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thick
  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta
  • 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargento)
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 large egg



Directions:


In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt. When cooked drain in colander to remove any fat. Add olive oil to the pan and saute garlic and onions about 2 minutes. Return the meat to the pan, add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer on low for at least 30-40minutes, covered. Do not add extra water, the sauce should be thick.

Meanwhile, slice zucchini into 1/8″ thick slices, add lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel.

On a gas grill or grill pan, grill zucchini on each side, until cooked, about 1-2 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to soak any excess moisture.

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and egg. Stir well.

In a 9×12 casserole spread some sauce on the bottom and layer the zucchini to cover. Then place some of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all your ingredients are used up. Top with sauce and mozzarella and cover with foil.


Bake 45 minutes covered at 375°, then uncovered 15 minutes. Let stand about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

References

  1. ^ mandoline (www.amazon.com)

Oven Baked French Fries

Oven Baked French Fries

by Pam on February 6, 2013

One of my very favorite cookbooks is called The New Best Recipe (from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated). I always find the best recipes in there. I wanted to serve fries with the Grilled Chicken Sliders with Avocado[1] but I didn’t want to fry them because we are trying to eat healthier. I found a great recipe in this cookbook that I used less oil but other than that did it exactly as written. I left the fries in for a little too long due to helping out with a homework problem but they still turned out amazingly delicious. They were crisp on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside. I served these fries with fry sauce (a mixture of ketchup & mayonnaise) alongside the sliders for a fun and delicious meal without all of the guilt!

Peel the russet potatoes then cut each potato lengthwise into same size fries. Place the cut fries into a large bowl and cover with hot tap water.

Adjust the oven rack to the lowest position. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a heavy-duty baking sheet with tin foil then drizzle two tablespoons of oil on the tin foil followed by a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Drain the potatoes then place on kitchen towels (or paper towels) and pat dry. Rinse and wipe out the bowl then dry it with a kitchen towel. Place the dried fries back into the dry bowl then drizzle the last tablespoon of oil onto the fries.  Toss with your hands until evenly coated. Arrange the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Cover the baking sheet tightly with tin foil and place into the oven to bake for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the bottoms are spotty golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes. Using tongs, flip each fry, keeping the potatoes in a single layer. Continue baking until the fries are golden and crispy, 5-10 minutes longer, rotating the pan as needed if the fries are browning unevenly.

Transfer the fries to some paper towels to drain. Serve immediately.  Enjoy. 



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Oven Baked French Fries




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 25-30 min.



Ingredients:

3 russet potatoes, peeled & cut into same size fries
3-4 tbsp of canola oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Peel the russet potatoes then cut each potato lengthwise into same size fries. Place the cut fries into a large bowl and cover with hot tap water.
Adjust the oven rack to the lowest position. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a heavy-duty baking sheet with tin foil then drizzle two tablespoons of oil on the tin foil followed by a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Drain the potatoes then place on kitchen towels (or paper towels) and pat dry. Rinse and wipe out the bowl then dry it with a kitchen towel. Place the dried fries back into the dry bowl then drizzle the last tablespoon of oil onto the fries. Toss with your hands until evenly coated. Arrange the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Cover the baking sheet tightly with tin foil and place into the oven to bake for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the bottoms are spotty golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes. Using tongs, flip each fry, keeping the potatoes in a single layer. Continue baking until the fries are golden and crispy, 5-10 minutes longer, rotating the pan as needed if the fries are browning unevenly.

Transfer the fries to some paper towels to drain. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe The New Best Recipe Cookbook

 

 

References

  1. ^ Grilled Chicken Sliders with Avocado (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)