Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vegan Jam Rolly Polly

This recipe doesnt have to be vegan at all, the secret ingredient is Suet, which you can get both a Vegan and Meat version :)

You will need:

8oz Plain Flour
4oz Suet
A lot of Jam or marmalade
A spoonful of sugar
Optional - for a glaze, either Milk (cows/hemp/soya) or a beaten egg


1. Mix the Flour and suet together in a bowl.

2. Add spoonfuls of water, bit by bit, and stir in until you have a sturdy dough.

3. Roll out into a square on a lightly floured bit of baking paper

4. Spread your jam all over the square - nice and evenly

5.  Use the baking paper to help you roll the pastry.  The best way is to lift and roll, to ensure that you keep a good layer of jam as you roll round.

6. Once rolled, spoon over some milk as a glaze, then sprinkle on a spoonful of sugar. Dont use too much because the sweetness comes from the jam!

7. Bake in the oven at Gas mark 6 for 25 minutes, then gas mark 4 for another 15 minutes. Leave to cool before eating as hot jam is very very very hot!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hemp Pancakes (with hemp milk)

Pancakes should be eaten more regularly than just on pancake day!  My favourite topping is Bacon and Maple syrup, once youve tried it youll never eat anything else!

Try these delicious hempy pancakes too!

You will need:

110g Plain Flour
Pinch Salt
2 eggs
50g Butter
275 ml of Water
2 Handfuls of hempseeds


1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

2. Make a well in the middle and break the eggs into it. Whisk until its mixed well with the flour.

3. Hemp Milk: You need to make hemp milk now, its super easy! If you have a blender then blitz the 275ml water with a handful of hempseeds for 2 minutes. If you use whole seeds you'll have to sieve out the shell afterwards.  If you dont have a blender, then it may be easier to use dehulled seeds, just gently heat up the water with a handful of seeds until the water turns milky. Sieve out the seeds and leave to cool before using.

4. Next gradually add the milk, and whisk away until any lumps have disappeared.

5. Melt the butter and use it to lubricate your frying pan. Make sure you get the pan nice and hot before you start.

6. Use a cup or a ladel to spoon the mixture onto the frying pan, tilting the pan straight away to ensure you get a even coverage.  Cook for a minute or two on each side until golden.

7. For extra Hempy goodness try sprinkling a few hemp seeds on the frying pan as soon as you pour the batter in.  Or for a hempy overload, try adding a handfull of hemp seeds into the batter - this will give your pancakes a heavy hempy flavour, its very delicious!