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Oatmeal and honey cake

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This hearty, oaty cake could not be easier to make. Using store cupboard basics, it costs just 26p per slice – a cheap treat for all the family.

  • Serves: 6-8

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cooking time: 50 mins

  • Total time: 1 hr 5 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Top tip: Try adding some chopped walnuts to the oat topping for an extra crunchy texture.

Ingredients

  • 300g butter
  • 100g honey
  • 150g oats
  • 50g medium oatmeal
  • 100g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Grease and base line a 20cm round loose-bottomed cake tin.
  2. Melt 100g butter with the honey and add the oats.
  3. Mix together the oatmeal, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter and stir into the dry ingredients with the eggs. Pour into the cake tin.
  4. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top and bake for 45-50 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm with a drizzle of honey.

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Baked spiced chicken with pomegranate

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This combination of flavours, straight from the Middle East, helps transform humble chicken drumsticks into a special feast. The spice mix also works well brushed over lamb chops. These tender chicken drumsticks only take 40 mins to cook and are cheap to buy in comparison to other joints of chicken. Serve on a bed of rice cooked according to the packet instructions. The pomegranates in this recipe add a burst of sweet flavor to the chicken which is just delicious. The chicken is not too spicy so the kids will love it too.

  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cooking time: 40 mins

  • Total time: 50 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Pomegranate molasses is a thick sweet/sour syrup made from pomegranate juice; it is used in many sweet and savoury Middle Eastern dishes. If unavailable, use 1tbsp lemon juice and 2tsp clear honey instead.

Ingredients

  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2tsp pomegranate molasses
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 large chicken drumsticks
  • 2tbsp freshly chopped dill
  • Seeds from one pomegranate

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Put the spices and garlic in a small bowl and mix in the pomegranate molasses, plenty of seasoning and the oil. Mix to make a paste.
  2. Wash and pat dry the chicken and arrange in a shallow baking dish. Brush all over with the spicy oil and bake in the oven for about 40 mins until tender and cooked through. Drain well.
  3. To serve, serve the chicken over freshly cooked basmati rice flavoured with fried garlic cloves, and sprinkle with dill and pomegranate. Serve immediately.

By Kathryn Hawkins

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Red pesto tagliatelle

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Traditional green pesto is a versatile staple to any cook’s fridge. Red pesto is a great alternative; it’s sweeter and makes a great accompaniment for any pasta. This tagliatelle recipe can be whipped up and on the table in a super speedy 20mins and is sure to be a favourite with kids and adults alike. A clever tip is to freeze any leftover pesto in ice-cube trays; great for adding extra flavour to sauces, stews and even as a bruschetta topping

  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cooking time: 15 mins

  • Total time: 25 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

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Another way to make red pesto is to use jarred pimento red peppers instead of sundried tomatoes. Or if you have the time, roast your own peppers in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil until very soft

Ingredients

  • 400g tagliatelle pasta
  • 100g sundried tomatoes
  • 30g fresh basil leaves
  • 50g almonds
  • 60g parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100ml olive oil

Method

  1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, whizz up all pesto ingredients until smooth. Add the pesto to the pan and stir through the pasta, adding a little of the reserved water if needed. Serve immediately with a fresh grating of parmesan.

By Sophie Rae

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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