Finally, summer is here! The following recipes are perfect for making with friends and enjoying in the sunshine. For more of my culinary ventures, follow me on Instagram: food_with_lu.
Chocolate, berry and walnut cake squares
My Norwegian flatmate introduced me to this super easy recipe.
Serves: 12 squares, baking time: 30 minutes
- 150ml of non-dairy milk
- 200g of caster sugar
- 50g of brown sugar
- 100ml vegetable oil
- A teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 250g of plain flour
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- A handful of frozen berries
- About 50g of walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 150℃. Line a tray with baking paper.
- In a bowl, mix together the milk, caster sugar, brown sugar, sunflower oil and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, and mix it all together. Do not over mix. Then, add the walnuts and berries.
- Pour the batter into the tray and bake for 30-40 minutes. (It took 30 minutes for me, but ovens vary so keep an eye on it until a skewer comes out clean.)
- Once it has baked, let it cool for at least 20 minutes. Slice into 12 squares and decorate with some sprinkled icing sugar.
Vegan, vegetarian or add some meat
This is a really fun meal to make with your housemates!
Serves: 8 pizzas, baking time: 7 to 10 minutes
- 800g of white bread flour
- 200g of fine ground semolina flour
- 1 tablespoon of fine sea salt
- 2x7g sachets of dried yeast
- 1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar
- 650ml of warm water
Tomato sauce and toppings
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 bunch of fresh basil
- olive oil
- 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- Salt and pepper
- Toppings of your choice (e.g. mushrooms, aubergine, mozzarella)
- For the dough, pile the flour and salt into a mound and make a well in the middle.
- Put the yeast and the sugar into 650ml of warm water, leave for a few minutes then pour into the well. Using a fork, bring the flour from the outside into the water and continue mixing. Eventually you’ll need to use your hands and shape the dough into a ball.
- Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place into a greased bowl, cover with clingfilm or a kitchen cloth and leave it in a warm place for about an hour. It should double in size.
- While the dough rises, finely chop the garlic and the basil and cook for a few minutes with the oil in a pan. Then add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes.
- Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 250℃. Next, cover a clean surface with flour and divide the dough up into 8 fist sized balls. Cover the balls in flour or semolina before stretching and rolling them out with your hands, until you have a pizza base that is about 0.5cm thick.
- Now spread some tomato sauce on the pizza base and add your toppings! Once you’re ready, put them in the oven for about 7 to 10 minutes, until the pizzas are golden and crispy.
This is a perfect, refreshing fancy gin & tonic.
- Frozen blueberries
- 50 to 75ml of gin (depending how strong you want it)
- 150ml of tonic water
- Add ice to a glass before adding blueberries and mint. Follow with the gin and the tonic water.
– Luanna De Abreu Coelho