Shhhh, I have a guilty secret! I think that calories don’t count when I am eating with friends!
There is nothing nicer than sneaking out of the office for a quick bite to eat with a friend, or meeting someone for tea. I even love inviting friends to my house to indulge in a cup of coffee. These treat times with friends always include calories. Sometimes they are healthy ones when I order a soup for lunch, or a salad or even a plate of scrambled eggs. But sometimes, I just have to have something sweet. And I am convinced that those sweet calories, don’t count at all if shared. I always want to try something different and love that I can experiment on my friends. The time we are spending together has more to do with the conversation than with anything else. But, I never want the treat to feature as second best; I want it to be the star of the day. When I have friends over for afternoon tea, I don’t really want to have spent time slaving over what I serve. My kettle has a keep warm function so I can get the water ready for whichever hot drink my friend and I choose, and I want the treat to be mostly ready. To this end, I always have the base of a crumpet batter prepared and ready to be turned into something sweet. The crumpet mixture can be made in advance when you have time and it keeps really well in a sealed container. All you have to do is add the wet ingredients and in as long as it takes for your pan to heat up, you can have the batter mixed and ready to go. When I do have the time, I can experiment with the batter, as I have done for you today.
Is there an attitude to food you have that changes when you are with friends?
- 500mls flour
- 25mls baking powder
- 5mls bicarbonate of soda
- 2.5mls salt
- 30mls Canderel Yellow 0%
- 1 egg
- 250mls milk
- 250mls crumpet mix
- 15g butter, melted
- 125mls white wine
- 50g dried fruit, finely chopped
- 1 star anise
- For the crumpet mix:
- Mix together all the ingredients and store in a sealed container for future use
- For the crumpet batter:
- Whisk the egg until lightly beaten
- Add the milk, and whisk together
- Add to the crumpet mix
- Add the butter and whisk in properly to ensure you have no lumps
- For the spiced dried fruit:
- Bring the wine to a boil
- Add the dried fruit and the star anise
- Simmer for 10 minutes
- Drain and set aside
- To make the crumpets:
- Heat a flat griddle pan and add a small amount of butter
- Using a 30ml measuring spoon – half fill with batter
- Place a small amount of the chopped dried fruit into the spoon
- Fill to the brim with batter
- Pour the batter onto the griddle
- Turn once when the bubbles appear
- Serve hot, with some jam and/or cream
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Disclosure: This post was commissioned and paid for in conjunction with the Canderel Yellow “What’s Your Guilty Food Secret?” Competition. This post in line with my blogging policy.