I’m not the world’s best baker but I do love to bake when I’m in the mood. My baking has been encouraged and inspired by my good friend Jo Tracey from And Anyways… and the ladies in my Bookclub. Jo loves to bake so it was obvious that she would be our ‘teacher’ for our Bookclub baking sessions which we have when we finish each book.
Jo is also an author with a new book due out November 4. I highlighted Jo and her books in my last What’s On Your Bookshelf for September? post so check it out and start reading! You can also check out her baking at The Brookford Kitchen Diaries
Okay back to baking and how I came up with this post. Another good friend Deb from Deb’s World posted about how she used up the leftover pastry from our last Bookclub Baking session. You can read what she did HERE.
After reading her post I was inspired to do some baking with my leftover pastry sheets (no I don’t make pastry from scratch). I spent a delightful couple of hours baking and also using up ingredients that I were almost at their used by date.
I googled some recipes which I can share with you and I was pretty happy with the results.
Mushroom & Spinach Quiche
I modified this recipe from Eating Well. I only had button mushrooms, mozzarella grated cheese and used 4 eggs instead of 6. Using a 9 inch flan tin. I find with cooking you can use a recipe but make it your own with subtle changes.
Chocolate & Ricotta Tart
I found this recipe from Taste.com on Pinterest and am pretty proud of the result below. Mike and I both enjoyed it and I liked that despite looking decadent it didn’t taste too sweet. Here is the link to the recipe https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/437904763740164477/
Savoury Smoked Paprika & Parmesan Twists
These were quick and easy and I didn’t follow any recipe. A great idea for ‘nibbles and drinks’ and so, so easy to make.
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Take a sheet of shortcrust (or puff if you have it) pastry
- Sprinkle Smoked Paprika and Parmesan grated cheese over the sheet
- Cut into strips
- Fold strip in half and holding both ends twist
- Sprinkle with more paprika & parmesan
- Bake for about 10 minutes in Oven at 180C or until nicely browned. They will firm up when they cool down.
- Store in airtight container.
Each month I join Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb The Widow Badass for their monthly #whatsonyourplateblogchalleng. Be sure to pop over to see what was on their plates and let them know Sue from WLWA50 sent you 🙂