Beef cobbler with cheddar and rosemary scones

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I decided to try a savoury bake this weekend. This week was a week of birthdays at work so by the time my colleagues had munched their way through my Salted Caramel Billionaire’s Flapjack on Tuesday and then cake nearly every other day I think we all need a break next week (well until maybe Friday!)

I had seen this Paul Hollywood recipe ages ago and pinned it to my ‘Recipes to try’ board on Pinterest. After making Mary Berry’s Cottage pie with dauphinoise potato a couple of weeks ago we had some red wine that needed using up so decided yesterday was the day to give it a go. I normally fail to make a decent beef casserole but I have to say this was delicious. The recipe says to use a metal casserole dish but we don’t own one so I cooked everything in a frying pan before transferring it to a glass casserole dish in the oven. The original recipe is for 6 people but as it was just the two of us I halved the quantities to make enough for 3 (leaving a portion for the freezer). The original recipe uses malt flour and wholemeal self-raising flour which I didn’t have so just added a teaspoon of baking powder to some wholemeal flour and increased the amount of self-raising and wholemeal flour to make up for the missing malt flour.
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A savoury twist – Cheese straws and Tomato & Gruyere whirls

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I’m not normally a savoury baker – I much prefer sugary, chocolaty treats that are crowd pleasers. However, last Saturday I organised a baby shower for my lovely friend Emma who is expecting a bundle of joy very soon. This called for some savoury snacks. I decided to make cheese straws and tomato and Gruyere whirls. I had made the tomato and Gruyere whirls last year for my 30th birthday afternoon tea and everyone had enjoyed them so decided these would be a good bet. Cheese straws were an entirely new adventure for me! The tomato and Gruyere whirls are super easy and require nothing other than assembling (unless you are feeling brave and want to make your own puff pastry – something I am not quite ready for!)

Both of these recipes come from a Sainsbury’s cooking book I was given as an end of year present by an ex-pupil. I used to bombard them with tales of my cupcake making and even bring baking into my Maths lessons so I was really touched to receive it. It’s called ‘Baking Recipe Collection’ by Sainsbury’s and is out of stock on the Sainsbury’s website but it you look on Amazon you can find second hand copies starting from the bargainous price of 1p (plus postage and packing). I’ve decided to combine the two into one post.

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