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I was expecting guests today one of which is vegan. I always bake bread for guests for their breakfast and try to make home-made cake or biscuits for when they arrive but although I’ve made countless vegetarian dishes, vegan cake was a completely new experience for me.

Vegan banana cake
I researched a few recipes and decided to base my recipe on this one that I found on the internet.

Vegan Banana Cake Recipe:

Makes 8-10 small buns or 6-8 large muffins

Ingredients:

  • 150g  Self Raising (SR) Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g) of salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) cinnamon
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of light olive oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of vanilla essence**

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170C (350F) and place paper cases into bun/muffin tins.
  2. In one bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.
  3. In a second bowl, mash the banana using a knife then mix in the sugar and oil. Add the water and vanilla essence and mix well.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (mine resembled a stiff rather than runny mixture).
  5. Divide the mixture into paper cases.
  6. Place the bun/muffin tins into the pre-heated oven and bake for approx 20-25 mins (small buns) or 35-40 mins (muffins).
  7. Remove from oven when cooked and allow to cool on a wire rack.

 

* I’m using Himalayan pink salt now and loving it!

** I make my own vanilla essence so used more but added less water.

 

They went awfully quickly!

I’ll add photos next time I make some … which won’t be very long!!

Let me know how you get on if you try out the recipe.

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“Breakfast was stunning” Eva-Marie, Sweden, July 2016

blueberry pancakes

 

I’ve had quite a few compliments on breakfast recently but this glowing report from Eva was really humbling. Not only was her English impeccable but she even posted photos of her breakfast on Instagram.

Scottish smoked salmon for B&B breakfast

For those of you who have not yet poked around on the other pages of this blog, you may not have seen the wonderful variety of breakfast options offered here at Balkissock Lodge.

Ayrshire B&B breakfast

 

 

When I opened the B&B, I envisioned endless “Full Scottish” orders but have increasingly found that guests welcome something different from the traditional so along with local sausage, bacon and eggs you will find a variety of items such as:

 

  • Scottish smoked salmon and scrambled free-range eggs on toasted homemade bread
  • Creamy garlic mushrooms and oven baked vine tomatoes on toasted homemade bread
  • Asparagus (when in season) and poached free-range eggs on toasted homemade bread
  • Blueberry pancakes served with Greek style yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit
  • Banana pancakes served with Maple syrup and fresh fruit
  • Continental style platter with croissants, ham, cheese and homemade bread

Creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta with grilled cherry tomatoes.

 

Continental breakfast

 

Blueberry Pancakes with Greek yoghurt and local Kirkbride honey for B&B breakfast

Don’t forget to finish off your breakfast with toasted home baked bread, filter coffee or a choice of several teas and home made preserves.

Home-baked bread for toasting with Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday filter coffee.

I’ll have to add a photo of the wide choice of tea tomorrow!!

Taylors Filter Coffee

I also keep a range of gluten free products in stock. Just let me know of any intolerances and allergies when you book and I’ll do my best to cater for your needs so that you have a choice of meals for breakfast.

gluten free

Last weekend I had a couple staying who were both vegetarian and one was also gluten free. He had a choice of four different cooked breakfasts and chose grilled asparagus with poached egg on toasted gluten free bread.

 

I’ve recently updated the menu and produced a new menu for tea and coffee … what do you think of the design?

Ayrshire B&B breakfast

 

Ayrshire B&B

So … what’s your favourite breakfast?

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Another recipe that I use and have adapted from one of my favourite cookbooks is for tomato chutney.

The original recipe requires raisins but I use dates as I have them in the house.

 

Ingredients:

  • 900 g / 2 lb tomatoes
  • 225 g / 8 oz dates
  • 225 g / 8 oz chopped onions
  • 225 g / 8 oz caster or granulated sugar
  • 600 ml / 1 pint of malt vinegar

 

First of all you need to skin the tomatoes (playing tic tac toe is optional!).

  

Then chop the tomatoes, dates and onions and add them to a large pan with the sugar.

 

Next, pour the vinegar into the pan and bring to the boil.

Simmer uncovered for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

The mixture will thicken.

Transfer to sterilised, hot jars and seal.

This quality made three jars (I doubled the qualities hence the six jars you see!).

 

The recipe says to leave for a month for the flavour to mature and they should keep unopened for unto a year. Refrigerate once opened.

 

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Guests regularly ask if I’ll do an evening meal so I’ve put together a menu of Afternoon Tea and some cold platters that they can pre-order.

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Afternoon Tea

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Ploughman’s Platter

Smoked Salmon Platter


Cheese Board

EDIT: due to difficulty in direct sourcing, I’m no longer offering a cheeseboard of local speciality cheeses) however I am able to offer a platter containing a variety of cheeses that will include any local or Scottish varieties that I’m able to source.
See the Taste our Best Evening Meals page for prices and further details.

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Thrilled to receive this in the mail today…


Great recognition for the Breakfasts and Evening Meals served here at Balkissock Lodge.
 
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I’ve been asked by several guests for the recipe for the bread that I currently make. It’s basically a white bread mix with wholemeal added.

1 lb bread machine loaf

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  • 400g Allinson Strong White Bread Flour
  • 100g Allinson Very Strong Wholemeal Flour
  • 15g Allison Yeast
  • 30g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Oil (Vegetable or Olive oil)
  • 15g Demerara Sugar

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This generally goes into the bread machine and I’ve found that it cooks best on the “white” bread setting although I confess I’ve no idea what the difference between the programmes is (perhaps I’ll read the instructions one day!).

Small seed and grain wholemeal loaves

Today I’ve tried out a different wholemeal recipe … again using Allinson flour but this time a seed and grain wholemeal variety.

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  • 500g Allinson Seed and Grain Wholemeal Flour
  • 15g Allison Easy Bake Yeast
  • 30g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 15g Demerara Sugar

I wasn’t confident that it would rise (my past attempts at 100% wholemeal have been disappointing) so I split the mixture between four small loaf tins.

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Small but perfectly formed:

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I’ve been told that I spoil my guests … and what is wrong with that?!

In an attempt to get a good balance between offering a range of choices for breakfast but ensuring that the choices were manageable and people were not waiting 20-30 minutes for their food I’ve come up with a limited but, hopefully, tasty menu selection that appeals to a majority of people.

Ayrshire B&B breakfast

As with many other B&Bs, I offer a range of branded cereals. I’ve just bought these glass containers from IKEA (aren’t they great?) and made some lovely labels so that there’s no guessing what’s inside!!

Ayrshire B&B breakfast menu

I also try to offer seasonal fruit (isn’t the cut glass bowl lovely in the sunshine?) to add to the locally produced Rowan Glen yogurts.

ayrshire B&B cereal jars cute

The small pots contain homemade preserves such as Balkissock Bramble Jelly, Three Fruit Marmalade and Lemon Curd.

A “Full Scottish” is popular, here made with local Duldaff Farm Sausages or sometimes We Hae Meat sausages, Ayrshire bacon and local free range eggs.

Ayrshire B&B Full Scottish Breakfast

Lighter choices include scrambled egg on home baked bread with Scottish smoked salmon.

Ayrshire B&B Breakfast scrambled egg and Scottish smoked salmon

A firm favourite already are the blueberry pancakes made with wholewheat flour and topped off with Greek style yoghurt and honey.

Ayrshire B&B Breakfast Blueberry Pancakes with Greek yoghurt and local Kirkbride honey.

I serve a range of branded tea, fruit teas and filter coffee to accompany breakfast and make homemade bread which is made using a mixture of white and wholewheat flour.

Home baked bread Ayrshire B&B breakfast

A recent popular dish has been creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta or petit pain with roasted cherry tomatoes.

Ayrshire B&B breakfast creamy garlic mushrooms on ciabatta

This month, grilled asparagus with poached egg has been popular too although I didn’t get a photo :O(

I try to shop local and use locally produced produce where possible.  Graham’s are a Scottish company and they use Ayrshire cows!

shop local Graham's Dairy dairies milk

I’ve also placed a menu in each of the guest rooms so that guests can take as much time a they want to decide upon what they’d like for breakfast!

Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

Due to our location and the fact that shopping usually involves an 80 mile round trip, not all of the items are available every day but I do my best to offer a range of dishes.

Any other breakfast suggestions are welcome.

 

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