The Crazy Kitchen: Aunt Bessies Half Term Food Challenge #3

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Wednesday 14 November 2012

Aunt Bessies Half Term Food Challenge #3

I think it's safe to say that since first seeing the Britmums Half Term Food Challenge I've become a bit of an Aunt Bessie's addict. You see I love a challenge, especially when it involves food, and once I saw that Britmums stated that participants can enter as many times as they like I just don't seem able stop myself. I've found myself perusing the Aunt Bessie's aisles, with the cogs in my brain constantly turning, I can't sleep at night without thinking of Bessie and her helping hands. If she's got a rehab clinic at Yorkshire Pudding Towers then get me to the front of that queue.

During a trip to Sainsbury's I spotted Beef Home Cook Casserole and got a little excited as it's not sold in my usual shopping haunt. I couldn't leave without adding one to my basket....along with a few other Aunt Bessie's essentials.

This has got to be one of the easiest meals I've cooked, ever, and comes with the added benefits of one pot cooking - not much washing up for the husband.

Beef & Vegetable Chill - serves 2 adults & 2 children

Aunt Bessie's Beef Home Cook Casserole
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 can of kidney beans, drained
2 tbsp Chilli Paste - vary according to taste
200ml water
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder (trust me on this one)

  • Combine all the ingredients (apart from the cocoa powder) in a casserole dish, put the lid on and cook for 45 minutes at 200° C
  • After 45 minutes give it a good stir, add the cocoa powder, replace the lid & cook for a further 45 minutes whilst you prepare the Dumpluffins - a cross between dumplings and muffins (obviously) - lighter than a dumpling, but heavier than a muffin

Cheesy Corn Dumpluffins - makes 6-8

Aunt Bessie's Dumpling Mix
1 small can (140g) of sweetcorn, drained
1 Egg
5 tbsp Sour Cream
50g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese + extra 25g for the tops
1 tsp mild chilli powder - vary according to taste

This is where it gets fun, and the kids can do this - 

  • put all the ingredients (apart from the extra 25g of cheese) in a large sealable bag and seal 
  • squish everything together until it's all combined
  • cut one of the corners of the bag off & squeeze the mix into a greased muffin pan

  • Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the top 
  • Bake in the oven along with the chilli for the last 15-20 minutes of cooking time, until puffed up and golden

Serve the chilli with rice and the dumpluffins


Fruit Yorkshire Crumble Slices

Aunt Bessie's Home bake Yorkshires
300g Frozen Mixed Berries
Aunt Bessie's Tempting Golden Crumble Mix
Aunt Bessie's Creamy Instant custard

  • Remove the frozen yorkshires from their foil cases and arrange in a baking dish (I managed to fit 10 in my baking dish)
  • Scatter the frozen fruit over and around the yorkshires
  • Scatter half of the crumble mix over the fruit
  • Bake in a 220° C oven for 20 minutes
  • Make the custard in a jug with boiling water up to the 325ml level, whisk until smooth
  • Spread the custard evenly over the baked crumble
  • Top with the remaining crumble making sure to cover the custard completely
  • Place back in the oven for a further 20 minutes until golden brown
  • Leave to cool slightly before slicing

Can be served warm or cold


My husband said this was the best dessert he'd eaten in ages - I'm not sure whether I should be flattered or insulted by that really!

This is my entry for the BritMums #halftermfood, sponsored by Aunt Bessie's


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