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ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sat 18-Jan-14 09:49:00

Mazzle's request.

Cheese and date bread.

Prep time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 45 minutes.
Makes 1 loaf.
Serves 8-10.

225g self-raising white flour.
A pinch of salt.
55g butter, diced.
85g mature cheddar cheese, finely grated.
115 pitted dried dates, finely chopped.
2 eggs.
150ml milk.

Preheat oven to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5. Grease a 900g loaf tin and set aside.

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl then lightly rub in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Stir in 70g of the cheese and all the dates.

Beat the eggs and milk together, the add to the date mixture and mix well to combine.

Turn the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake the loaf for about 45 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Turn out and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold in slices.

Enjoy brew.

MazzleDazzle Sat 18-Jan-14 10:33:24

Thank you!

Will make it this weekend when I know I will be with lots I people and therefore will not eat the whole thing myself.

frenchfancy Sat 18-Jan-14 11:03:33

Sounds lovely.

Thanks for posting this, Toffee. Looking forward to trying it this weekend.

BetsyBell Sat 18-Jan-14 12:15:43

oooh.... looking forward to more toffee recipes

Yum yum yum smile

TalkinPeace Sat 18-Jan-14 14:44:26

only in the land of 5:2 could we have a thread devoted to calorific bomb meals
Yay for Toffee

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sat 18-Jan-14 20:04:17


Smoked Salmon Sophistication.

These are muffins.

Makes 12.

300g/10oz plain flour.
1 tbsp. baking powder.
1 tbsp. caster sugar.
1/2 tsp salt.
75g/2 3/4oz cream cheese, plus extra to serve.
200ml/7 fl oz milk.
1 large egg, beaten.
60g/2oz butter, melted (Do this first so it cools before you need it.)
100g/3 1/2oz smoked salmon, snipped into small pieces.
2 spring onions, chopped.
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped.
ground black pepper.
fresh dill sprigs to garnish.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Grease or line a 12 hole muffin tin.

Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and sift into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft then gradually beat in the milk until smooth and creamy. Stir in the egg and butter, then the salmon, spring onions, dill and a good grinding of black pepper. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Spoon big dollops of the mixture into the prepared muffin tin and grind over a bit more black pepper.

Bake for about 20 minutes until risen and golden. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Serve spread with more cream cheese and fresh dill sprigs to decorate.


ooooh, at last a dedicated Toffee recipe thread.
Yum, salmon & cheese muffins, thanks Toffee !
I'll try these next weekend. I'll substitute more cream cheese for the butter (which I can't eat) and also use almond flour. That should work.

Breadandwine Sun 19-Jan-14 00:42:58

Bloody hell, Toffee! You're a marvel!

I'll be pinching some of your ideas for my vegan breadmaking. You've made me think I should have my own thread - then you can pinch some of mine! grin

Oh my word, I'm not on the main thread so I don't know you Toffee but I think I'll be following you around like a panting dog now!

B&W you should def start your own vegan baking thread!!!

TalkinPeace Sun 19-Jan-14 13:09:27

ATB Toffee was Miss Strawberry a while back
but she's still scarily good at popping yummy recipes into threads!

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sun 19-Jan-14 13:50:35


Happy to take requests. Don't want to tell you all what you should eat.

BTW You do know that most of what I post is out of a book? I am not confident to most many of my made up recipes!

I am getting wrongful credit.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sun 19-Jan-14 13:51:23

Though I do like to add my own spin on published recipes grin.

BetsyBell Sun 19-Jan-14 22:15:51


ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Tue 21-Jan-14 10:32:09

Lemon and sultana whirls.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time : 13-14minutes
Makes about 12 wheels

225g.80z self-raising white flour.
A pinch of salt (as usual I don't use and it tastes fine.)
1 teaspoon baking powder.
55g/2oz butter, diced.
3 tablespoons caster sugar.
About 125ml/4fl oz milk plus extra to glaze.
115g /4oz sultanas
55g/2oz glace cherries, washed, dried and chopped (I had run out so have used chopped mixed peel.)
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon.

Preheat oven to 220C, 425F, Gas mark 7. Grease 2 baking trays (I managed with one) and set aside.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and then lightly rub in the butter. Stir in the sugar then add enough milk, mixing to form a soft dough.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out to form a 30cm x 23cm rectangle. Combine the sultanas, cherries and lemon zest then spread them evenly over the dough, lightly pressing them into the dough.

Starting from a long side roll up the dough fairly tightly like a Swiss roll. Cut into about 12 even slices then place them cut side up on the baking sheets. leaving a small space between each one.

Brush the tops of the twirls with a little milk and then bake for 10-15 minutes until risen and golden brown. transfer to a wire rack to cook. Serve warm or cold.

Peplum41 Tue 21-Jan-14 21:26:08

Hi toffee

Have you access to a decent carrot cake recipe?

That date tea bread was delish, so delish I had a sneaky chunk on FD. X

Peplum41 Tue 21-Jan-14 21:28:11

All the recipes for carrot cake I've looked at online have tiresome cup measures, weird American ingredients or seem a bit faffy/ over sugary.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Wed 22-Jan-14 13:25:10

Sorry, didn't check this thread yesterday. Here you are -

Cool and Creamy Carrot Cake.

Makes 12 muffins

300g/10oz/2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder.
1 tsp ground cinnamon.
75g/2 3/4oz/scant 3.4 cup walnut pieces.
115g/4 oz/ 1/2 cup soft brown sugar.
2 eggs, beaten.
200ml/7 fl oz/ generous 3.4 cup of milk.
150ml/5 fl oz/scant 2.3rd cup of sunflower oil ( I use corn oil when I make muffins and aren't using melted butter.)
1 large carrot, grated.
finely grated zest of 1 orange.

For the topping

150g/5 oz cream cheese.
50g/1 3/4oz/ 1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted.
1 tsp lemon juice.
12 walnut halves.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.
Grease or line a 12 hole muffin pan.

Combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and sift into a large bowl. Scatter the walnut pieces on top.

In another bowl combine the brown sugar, eggs, milk and oil and beat lightly until well mixed. Then stir in the grated carrot and orange zest. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined then spoon big dollops of the mixture into the prepared muffin pan.

Bake for about 20 minutes until risen and golden.Leave to cook in the pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To decorate, beat together the cream cheese, icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Swirl the frosting on top of the muffins and top each one with a walnut half.

If you want an actual carrot cake recipe and not one for muffins I can do that too.

Often when I make muffins for the children I put half the amount of stated sugar in and they never notice.

I have included all kinds of measuring so that you can use it to convert if you have a recipe with only cups given.

Peplum41 Thu 23-Jan-14 00:15:43

Oh thanks toffee, I didn't realise there was only one carrot in a carrot cake! X

Eatriskier Thu 23-Jan-14 07:10:43

Threads like this just make me love 5:2 more and more and more. Thanks toffee

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 23-Jan-14 12:38:08

I will post todays efforts if anyone wants them and I can give calorie amounts too.

Spicy Parsnip Soup.
Magic Lemon Pudding.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 23-Jan-14 19:40:32

Just for BigChocFrenzy.

Mouse Tartare


2 x small mice

2 free-range egg yolks

1 lemon, juice only

100ml/3½fl oz extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 gherkins, very finely chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 red onion, very finely chopped

2 salted anchovy fillets, rinsed, drained, very finely chopped

French fries, to serve

Preparation method

1.Using a very sharp knife, slice the mice into thin slices (cut with the grain), then cut across the slices to create strips of meat.

2.Turn the strips of mice and cut across again into tiny cubes. Place into a bowl.

3.Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce and whisk well to combine.

4.Add the mice pieces to the dressing along with the gherkins, mustard, red onion and salted anchovy pieces. Stir well to combine and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

5.To serve, place a 10cm/4in chefs' ring onto each of two plates. Spoon equal quantities of the tartare mixture into the rings and press down into the edges.

6.Remove the rings and serve with French fries alongside.

Alternatively if you want a more traditional steak tartare substitute the mice for a nice beef steak.

BsshBossh Thu 23-Jan-14 19:43:01

Do you need to ask, Toffee? Of course we want your parsnip soup and lemon pudding recipes grin.

TalkinPeace Thu 23-Jan-14 19:52:50

ROTFLMAO at Mouse Tartare
I'll stick to the beef version though as I love it.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 23-Jan-14 19:56:32

Curried Parsnip Soup. (I got the name wrong.)

Serves 6-8.
197-147 calories per serving.

30g/1 oz butter.
750g / 1.5lb parsnips, coarsely chopped.
1 large onion, chopped.
1 large garlic clove, crushed.
2 tsp mild curry powder (I used medium as bought wrong one. Wasn't hot.)
1.8 litres/ 3 pints vegetable or chicken stock.
salt and black pepper (I forgot to put these in, was fine but I would have loved black pepper on the top when serving.)
200ml/ 7 fl oz single cream.
snipped fresh chives to garnish.

If you are concerned about the fat content, omit the cream and use stock or water instead.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the parsnips, onion and garlic and cook gently, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the onion is softened but not coloured.

Stir in the curry powder and cook for 1 minute then blend in the stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring, then cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the parsnips are tender.

Puree the soup in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return the soup to the rinsed-out pan (I didn't do this) heat gently to warm through, stirring constantly, then taste for seasoning.

Stir in the single cream and reheat gently. Serve at once garnished with the chives.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 23-Jan-14 20:03:47

Magic Lemon Pudding.

Serves 4. (only served my 3 children in reality.)
295 calories per serving.

60g/2 oz butter, softened plus extra for greasing.
grated zest and juice of one large lemon.
90g/3oz caster sugar.
2 eggs, separated.
30g/1oz plain flour.
175ml milk.
lemon or lime slices to decorate.

1 pint ovenproof dish.

The pudding separates during cooking to form a sponge topping with a tangy lemon sauce beneath.

Put the butter, lemon zest and sugar into a bowl and beat together until pale and fluffy.

Add the egg yolks, flour and lemon juice and stir until combined. Gradually stir in the milk until evenly mixed. Whisk the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually fold into the lemon mixture.

Lightly butter the oven proof dish. Pour the lemon mixture into the dish and put the dish into a roasting tin. Add enough hot water to the roasting tin to come almost to the rim of the dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 160C/140Fan for 40 minutes or until the sponge feels springy. Serves hot decorated with the lemon or lime slices. Leftovers are good cold.

There is also a chocolate version but I will keep that for another day grin.

Great service on this thread. Wonderful mouse recipe, but I'll need to up the number of mice. The reason BoyCat has to catch so many is that it takes several of the little tykes to make a decent burger.

Those carrots muffins and the cream cheese icing sound divine <drool>

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 23-Jan-14 22:35:56

Yes, error on my part there. 2 mice are obviously not equal to 2 steaks. I will try harder next time.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sat 25-Jan-14 13:17:00

Festive Cheese and Fruit Scone Ring.

Prep time 25 minutes (I am sure it didn't take me this long.)
Cooking time 15-20 minutes (took 17 in my fan oven.)
Serves 12 (ha ha, not in my house!!)

225g self-raising white flour.
25g butter, diced.
25g caster sugar.
About 150ml milk.
85g sultanas.
115g Wensleydale cheese.

Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas mark 6.
Flour a baking sheet and set aside.

Sift the flour into a bowl and lightly rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar then add enough milk, mixing to form a soft dough. (I didn't use the full 150ml of milk.)

Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface and roll out to form a rectangle about 30cm x 20cm in size. Sprinkle the sultanas and 85g of the cheese evenly over the dough. Starting from a long side, roll up the dough fairly tightly like a Swiss roll.

Transfer the dough roll to the baking sheet and form into a ring, pressing the ends together to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut through the dough about 2.5cm intervals not quite cutting through to the centre. Twist the slices so that the cut sides face upwards, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake the scone ring for 15-20 minutes, or until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cook. Serve warm or cold.

wildwater Mon 27-Jan-14 21:40:37

Mice? As in one mouse, two mice? I don't believe it!

TalkinPeace Mon 27-Jan-14 21:48:21

in case you'd not picked up, Toffee has rather a cat / mouse / presents in the kitchen problem and some rather silly ideas came up grin

I requested a mouse recipe from Boy Cat, who resides with Toffee and insists on bringing her what he considers delicacies.
Toffee kindly interpreted his miaows on this thread for us.

However, mouse tartare is not obligatory on 5:2

Toffee As you may know, I can't eat butter, margarine etc as they upset my tum (runs in the family). I normally substitute with Philly cheese or olive oil. I've no problem with cheese, cream, yoghurt.

Also, I avoid wheat flour and grain flour generally, preferring almond flour or occasionally chickpea flour.

These substitutions are probably the main reason my baking efforts usually end so badly: baking is unforgiving in comparison to say stir-fries.
I even managed to produce an inedible slimy gunge from B&W's vegan "choc cake in a cup" recipe, which he thought small kids could do - that resulted from substituting almond flour for strong flour (btw strong flour ? It has muscle ?)
I set the quantities by judgement - obviously bad - and impulse, even worse.
Do you have any suggestions when substituting Philly for butter ?
Same amount by volume ? Weight ? Full fat ? Add olive oil ?

Similarly, do I need to measure almond flour by weight or volume, or add anything, such as baking powder ?

Probably you'll reply these are impossible (crazy) questions and anyway each dish requires individual substitutions. Still useful info to have.
If you think it is an individual thing, I'd then choose a couple of key dishes and experiment until I achieved satisfactory results.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Wed 29-Jan-14 11:53:02

BCF - give me some time and I will look for you.

FD Pizza! I am half way through making this for the children so can't report on what it tastes like but I thought I would post it anyway.

Polenta Pizza. This is a Good Housekeeping recipe.

Per serving - 358 calories.
16g fat (7g saturates), 37g carbs (5g total sugars), 15g protein, 2g fibre.

Hands on time - 15 minutes.
Cooking time - about 20 minutes.
Makes - 1 pizza.
Serves - 4.

750ml (1 1/4 pint) strong vegetable stick.
175g (6oz) instant polenta (dry.)
40g (1 1/2oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
75g (3oz) tomato puree.
1 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil.
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano.
125g ball buffalo mozzarella, torn into pieces.
200g (7oz) vegetable antipasti (GH used a mixture of grilled artichokes, roasted peppers and sunblushed tomatoes.) I am using salami and olives as my DCs like those.
Large handful of rocket leaves to garnish.

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment.
Put the stock in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir in the polenta. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens. Be careful as it can bubble volcanically!

Stir in the Parmesan and lots of seasoning then tip on to the prepared tray and spread to make a circle 12 inches across. Leave to cook while you prepare the toppings.

In a large bowl, stir the tomato puree, oil and oregano with 1 tbsp. of water to make a smooth paste. Spread evenly over the polenta base, leaving a 2cm border.

Scatter over the mozzarella and antipasti and cook in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden. Scatter over the rocket. Enjoy smile.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Wed 29-Jan-14 12:04:43

BCF - forgive me if I have misunderstood but I am hoping this recipe will work for you. I will keep looking for more.

Cornmeal and bacon muffins.

125g bacon, diced.
150g yellow cornmeal.
150g plain flour (only just seen this. I would try your almond flour here instead.) I kept posting it as the recipe sounded like it might still work.
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper or crushed dried chillies.
1 tablespoon baking powder, sifted.
2 large eggs, slightly beaten.
230ml milk.
1 tablespoon baking fat sourced when you fry the bacon. Or veg/sunflower/corn oil.
1 tsp maple syrup.
1 tbsp. fresh herbs such as snipped chives, chopped parsley or sliced spring onions.

Put the bacon into a cold frying pan, non-stick if possible, and fry until golden and crisp. Remove the bacon and transfer to a plate lined with crumpled kitchen paper. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat in the frying pan. If necessary, make up this amount with the other oil mentioned.

Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Add the crispy bacon, eggs, milk, bacon fat or oil, syrup and the herbs or spring onions. Mix quickly to make a coarse, slightly streaky batter. Do beat or over mix.

Spoon the mixture into a prepared muffin tin, filling each hole about 2/3rds full. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220C for about 15 minutes until lightly golden and just firm to the touch. Let them cool in the tin for 1 minute then turn out onto a wire rack. Eat warm, immediately or within 24 hour.

When cooled completely the muffins can be wrapped then frozen for up to 1 month.

I hope this works. I am no way an expert. If you want a particular recipe, let me know as I have gluten and dairy free bakes I think.

Many thanks, Toffee, that recipe looks wonderful. I really appreciate it.
I'll try that this weekend. I cook very rarely, so adding this to my repertoire will keep me happy for some time.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Wed 29-Jan-14 12:48:27

Is there anything else you would like me to look for? Even though I can eat anything I do seem to have a daft amount of recipes for X-free foods.

Toffee If you have any thoughts on converting your delic *Smoked Salmon Sophistication*:
- Ok, almond flour for plain, or I can do chickpea flour.
- However, can I just increase the quantity of cream cheese to replace the butter ? Increase by same volume as butter ? Or should I try olive oil, since they are muffins ?

I just thought: if we replace butter by olive oil, those who worry about saturated fat (not me) would also be reassured that it is healthy and more the recommended Mediterranean type of food.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 30-Jan-14 11:40:39

I have no real clue on converting. If I needed 2 types of flour for a recipe but only had one I would just do it with both amounts added together with one type.

I would give it a go with the cream cheese. I bake so much now I am getting more confident at trying things. For instance, some muffin recipes say cooked melted butter or corn oil so I think it would work to change.

I have cheese and grain cobb rising on the radiator and dough in the bread maker to make fruit teacakes. All going well at the moment. Having to fish BoyCat out of the microwave wasn't part of the plan though hmm.

Microwaved BoyCat !!!??
shock <horror> I'm fond of the little scallywag

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 30-Jan-14 13:26:19

It is okay ,stroked BCF to calm her down> he was only looking in the microwave. I hadn't shut him in and turned it on. Little monkey had been out all morning and came home impersonating a soggy moggy. Took me ages to catch him to dry him off, he left dirty wet paw marks all over my kitchen, and I did not want them on my new quilt. He has already done that when the cover was off hmm. I dried him off as much as he let me, him meowing all the time and he is now sleeping on Daddy's chair shock. No mice though so all good.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Thu 30-Jan-14 19:04:51

As requested by Doris.

Savoury Rice.

Serves 4.
356 calories per serving.

2 tbsp. olive oil.
1 onion, chopped.
1 carrot, diced.
200g long grain rice.
250g tomatoes, finely chopped.
500ml hot chicken or veg stock.
150g sweetcorn kernels (I just put the whole small tin in.)
90g frozen peas.
2 tbsp. tomato puree.
salt and black pepper.
1 garlic clove, crushed.
chopped parsley to garnish.

Heat the oil in a (large) frying pan, add the onion and carrot and cook gently, stirring, for 3-5 minutes until the onion is softened but not coloured. (I used a red onion, DS1 said it was very nice.)

Add the rice and stir to coat the grains in the oil. Add the tomatoes and stock.

Add the sweetcorn, peas and tomato puree. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 12-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. (I did 20 minutes, less might have been fine.) Cook until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.

Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in the garlic. Serve at once, sprinkled with the parsley.

Hope you like it.

DorisAllTheDay Fri 31-Jan-14 00:37:12

Thanks, Toffee. I'll give that a go tomorrow.

Oooh, I've got "Birds of a Feather' (the original on a re-run on the Drama channel) on at the moment, and Sharon and Tracey are doing karaoke I WIll Survive. Classic! I haven't bothered with the new series after the first episode which I hated, but I adore the original. Pauline Quirke is the tops.

zedzedzed Sun 02-Feb-14 13:26:13

Yummy-looking recipes here, thanks Toffee. XXX ps hope you're doing ok.

toffee Do you have any recipes for soups with cheese in them ? Say broccoli or spinach or whatever you think goes with cheese (but not gorgonzola or blue cheeses, because I find them bitter)
I am such a cheese addict.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sun 02-Feb-14 20:20:27

*Green Bean and Parmesan Soup.

Serves 4.

25g butter/margarine
225g green beans, trimmed.
1 garlic clove, crushed.
450ml vegetable stock.
40g grated Parmesan cheese.
50ml single cream.
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
30ml/2tbsp chopped fresh parsley.

Melt the butter/margarine in a medium sized saucepan. Add the green beans and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes over a medium eat, stirring frequently.

Stir in the stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered for 10-15 minutes until the beans are tender.

Pour the soup into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Return to the pan and reheat gently. Stir in the Parmesan and cream. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve.

Egg and Cheese Soup. - My note next to the recipe says not nice.

Serves 6.

3 eggs
3 tbsp. fine semolina
6 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese.
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (I just used ground).
2 1/2 pints meat or chicken stock.
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
12 slices of French bread to serve.

Beat the eggs in a bowl with the semolina and cheese. Add the nutmeg. Beat in 250ml of the cool stock.

Meanwhile heat the left over stock to a simmering point in a large saucepan.

When the stock is hot, whisk the egg mixture into the stock and bring it barely to the boil. Season with the salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes. As the eggs cook, the soup will lose its smooth consistency.

To serve, toast the slices of French bread and place 2 of them at the bottom of each soup dish. Ladle the hot soup on top of the bread and serve immediately.

Squash, Bacon and Swiss Cheese Soup.

Serves 4.

900g/2lb butternut squash.
225g/8 oz smoked back bacon.
15ml/1 tbsp. oil.
225g/8oz onions, roughly chopped.
2 garlic cloves, crushed.
10ml/2 tsp ground cumin.
15ml/1 tbsp. ground coriander.
275g/10 oz potatoes, cut into small chunks.
900ml/1 1/2 pints vegetable stock.
10ml/2tsp cornflour.
30ml/2 tbsp. crème fraiche.
Tabasco sauce, to taste.
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
175g/6oz Gruyere cheese, grated.
crusty bread.

Cut the squash into large pieces. Carefully remove the skin, wasting as little flesh as possible. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Chop the squash into small chunks. Remove all the fat from the bacon and roughly chop it into small pieces.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onions and garlic for 3 minutes, or until beginning to soften. Add the bacon and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in the spices and cook on a low heat for another minute.

Add the shopped squash, potatoes and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the squash and potatoes are tender.

Blend the cornflour with 30ml water and add to the soup with the crème fraiche. Being to the boil and simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Check the seasoning and add Tabasco sauce to taste.

Ladle the soup into warm bowls and sprinkle the cheese on top. Serve immediately with crusty bread to scoop up the melted cheese.

zedzedzed Sun 02-Feb-14 21:00:10

Oooh yum, I may have to try the green bean and parmesan one...I bet it would also be ok with the parmesan in some bread instead of in the soup...and then I could have the plain soup on a FD and with the cheesy bread on a NFD.

Thanks toffee <heads off to check green bean supplies, hoping frozen ones will do>

Ooh, thanks Toffee.
I wondered if that cheese request might fox you, but you seem to have recipes for absolutely every taste.
I especially like the idea of cheese with bacon and butternut squash, both of which I love.
In fact, I might leave out the stock and make it as a stew. Mmmm, yum.

btw, I cheat in the kitchen: frozen diced butternut squash, most other veg too. All beans from tins. So, I don't peel and cut most things.
It reduces the potential sources of disaster.

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