Cheesy Egg Pastry Pockets

Cheesy Egg Pastry Pockets

Cheesy Egg Pastry Pockets

About this Recipe

Egg breakfasts are a favourite in our house.  We love to start the day powered up on protein.  These cheesy egg pastry pockets can be tailored with all the ingredients you love.  Add ham, herbs, mushrooms or chilli – the choice is yours.  Even better – you can make ahead and freeze so you always have a tasty breakfast for when you want a lazy morning or when time is tight.  They are super impressive if you have family or friends over, and would make a great brunch or light lunch.  These are fantastic cooked in the airfryer! They only take 12 minutes (or about 17 from frozen!).

Cooked product

Ingredients:

Yields 6 pockets –
Preheat the oven to 190°C / 375°F 
  • 320g (one pack) pre-rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 6 eggs – whisked  (reserve about 1 tbs of egg mixture in a dish)
  • 4 slices ham – cut into small pieces
  • small bunch fresh chives – chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1/4 chopped red onion – diced

Make ahead –

There’s nothing better than a well-stocked freezer. These breakfast pockets are a great addition to whip out when you want an easy Sunday brunch or you have friends or family staying over.  Just make the pockets and then freeze them at the raw pastry stage.  I like to separate them with layers of greaseproof paper and then store them in a ziplock bag.  Then simply cook from frozen.  In my air fryer – they take about 16 – 18 minutes from frozen (turn them 3/4 of the way through cooking time to ensure the pastry is crispy on both sides).

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 190°C / 375°F. On a large pastry board / clean worksurface or baking paper – layout the pastry. Cut into 6 peices and slightly roll each section to make into larger rectangles.

Cheesy Egg pastry pocket ingredients

Step 2

Set aside about 1 tbs of the whisked egg in a dish. In a frying pan, gently cook the remaining whisked eggs into a slightly undercooked scrambled egg consistency.  Add the sliced ham, chopped chives, and diced onion. Mix gently and add the salt and pepper.

Pastry pocket

Step 3

Put 1/6 of the egg mixture on one half of each pastry rectangle.  Add 1/6 grated cheese. With a little of the leftover egg mixture – wet the 3 edges of the pastry rectangle. Fold over the pastry and push down with a fork to join the pastry together.  

Raw pastry pockets

Step 4

Bake the egg pockets on a greased baking dish for approx 22 mins in the oven or until golden. Flip over 3/4 way through the cooking time to ensure the pockets have nice crispy pastry on both sides.

If freezing – follow the instructions above. 

Cooked cheesy egg pastry pocket

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

About this Recipe

This homemade nutty maple granola is tasty, healthy and full of whole food ingredients. It’s easy to make, great as a breakfast or snack with milk, kefir or try topping with yogurt and fruit. Sprinkle some over baked fruit and you have a speedy dessert! Make a big batch to keep on hand or send some in the mail as a welcome treat to family or friends.  This nutty granola is sure to become a family favourite!

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

Ingredients for 2 large bags

 

  • 2 mugs whole almonds
  • 1 mug cashews
  • 4 mugs oats
  • 2 mugs pumpkin seeds
  • 2 mugs sunflower seeds
  • 1 mug flax seeds
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 mugs raisins or sultanas

Why homemade?

There are so many fantastic reasons to make your own granola. Firstly you get to choose what ingredients you like best. Do you prefer walnuts to cashews or cranberries to raisins? Choosing the ingredients puts you in control because there is no hidden sugar or preservatives and you can control the amount of salt or fat. If like me, you get through a LOT of granola, then you can save time by making as much as you like. This recipe makes 2 large baking trays worth of granola.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 190 °C / 375°F.​ Add the almonds to a food processor and blitz until they are broken to your preference (I like mine just about cut in half).​  Next add the cashews and blitz again. (Cashews are softer than the almonds so need less chopping).

Cashews and Almonds

Step 2

Add all the nuts, seeds, oats, and salt to a very large mixing bowl. In a saucepan gently heat the maple syrup and coconut oil and warm until the coconut oil has fully melted.​

Step 3

Pour the syrup and coconut oil mix over your bowl of seeds, nuts and oats. Stir well, until fully coated – you should notice a slight sheen on the pumpkin seeds. Don’t add raisins at this point as baking them will make them too dry​.

Step 4

Divide the granola into two large baking trays.​ It’s best to keep a good eye on the granola – checking often – as it’s easy to overcook and burn the granola.​

Bake for 15 minutes – remove and stir the tray of granola, swapping the shelves the trays are on.​  Bake for another 10 minutes – remove and stir the tray of granola, swapping the shelves the trays are on.  Bake for another ​10 minutes – remove and stir the tray of granola, again swapping the shelves the trays are on.​ Bake for about 5 more minutes – check that the granola has a golden brown / toasted look. If the granola still looks pale, bake a little longer.​ Cool the trays of granola on cooling racks and add the raisins once cool. Store in an airtight container.

Baking tray

Alternatives

Try cranberries instead of raisins, or add toasted coconut pieces, or small chunks of date or dried apricot. Add any of the fruit or coconut after baking the oat, seed and nut mix. Change up the almonds and cashews for pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts. Love cinnamon? Go ahead and add a teaspoon to each baking tray.

Thoughtful edible gifts

There is nothing nicer than a delicious, handmade gift. This nutty maple granola makes a wonderful gift to send to your college / university loved one, or as a tasty Christmas or birthday present. It would make a wonderful hostess gift too!

Granola in a brown bag
Granola in a glass jar

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Carrot cake overnight oats

About this Recipe

A healthy and delicious breakfast that’s easy to prepare in advance and take on the road for your next camping trip. Prepare the dry ingredients before you leave on your trip and simply mix in the fresh ingredients the night before, chill and the next morning breakfast is ready to go!​

Carrot cake overnight oats

Ingredients

Yields – 2 portions

  • 2 small pots of natural or greek yogurt
  • 80g oats
  • 1 large carrot
  • 4 tablespoons of raisins
  • A handful of nuts
  • 2 tablespoons of flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • A good grating of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinammon
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • Optional – fresh blueberries to top

One of the things I love most about camping is al fresco dining. Whether we are huddled around the fire, picnicing on the beach or BBQing at base camp, something about the outdoors makes everything taste better! This year we are loving our campervan. It’s bringing us new spontaneity to get away last minute for a night or two with minimal packing and preparation! Our little fridge is perfect for two, but as always with camping it’s best to make life easy when you are away and keep food preparation to a minimum so you can enjoy living in the moment.  ​I love a bacon roll when we are camping! But sometimes I want to have a breakfast that’s packed with goodness, easy to prepare and makes me feel fueled for whatever activities lie ahead in the day. 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Before you leave preparation:

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and pour into a ziplock bag or other airtight container.

Ingredients for breakfast

Step 2

Night before breakfast preparation:

Grate the carrot into a bowl, add the yogurt and maple syrup and mix together well. Pour in the dry ingredients and stir it all up until it’s nicely combined.​ Divide into two bowls or dishes with lids and put in the fridge or cool box.​ 

Step 3

Morning preparation for your healthy breakfast:

Remove the lid, top with blueberries and enjoy!

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