Cooking with Flora Cuisine #cbias

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Before taking on this challenge, I didn’t know anything about Flora Cusine and I am disappointed that I didn’t! I am very happy that I do now as with a person that has gallstones, I can’t eat half of the things that I would like, especially now I am pregnant and can’t take the medication that I usually would.

So for this challenge, I was torn between making cheese straws and gingerbread men. I chose to make cheese straws. I will be making gingerbread men in the next day or two.

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I followed the recipe on the Flora website and it was very easy to follow. I haven’t baked much at all, but now I have I really am looking forward to making other things, especially using Flora Cuisine! Flora Cuisine is:

  • 45% less saturated fat than olive oil
  • High in omega 3
  • Versatile: good for frying, baking, roasting, basting, and greasing tins.

The recipe and method of making these cheese straws:

Ingredients:

  • 85g (3oz) Flora Cuisine
  • 175g (6oz) plain flour
  • 1 pinch each of cayenne pepper and dry mustard
  • 115g (4oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1–2 tbsps water

Preparation: 

1. Sieve flour, cayenne and mustard together in a mixing bowl with remaining ingredients and mix together to form a firm dough. Roll out onto a floured board, 1cm (⅜ inch) thick and cut into 8cm (3 inch) long strips.   

2. Re-roll the trimmings and repeat cutting. Place on two lightly greased baking trays. 

3. Bake on the second and third shelves from the top of a preheated, fairly hot oven 200°C, 190°C fan, gas mark 6 for 12–15 minutes.

To get the Flora Cuisine was a bit of a nightmare as my other half had to work late a few nights last week and he had to make a special trip to Waitrose in Preston to get it. Nowhere in Preston centre had it in stock. Also he forgot to get the two ingredients we didn’t have, cayenne pepper and mustard powder. I found it very difficult to get these too. I had to get them from Marks and Spencer. It didn’t help that Miss A was ill last week and I have potentially got sciatica so walking is a bit of a nightmare at the moment!

I go to Waitrose quite regularly. Not to get a main shop but to get ‘treats’ and go to their cafe. Miss A loves Waitrose Cafe! I usually walk to Waitrose but there is also a bus that stops on the main road outside the Capitol Centre. Waitrose is a nice shop. They price match with Tesco. We don’t have a Tesco nearby, the nearest one is in Leyland and that isn’t very nice to get to and takes too long to get to.

I love Waitrose. The shop is nicely laid out and I can find everything that I need. I love their bakery section especially. They also introduced me to the best cheddar cheese there is, Godminster! They have also saved the day by supplying Alpro Junior milk. With Miss A being cows milk intolerant, this is needed!

It is clean, toilets are clean and there is a good nappy changing room. The cafe is superb. At the moment I get a free cup of tea or coffee, which is always welcome! Miss A loves their wand biscuits and Innocent smoothies! It is certainly a nice shopping experience!

Back to the ingredients and cooking. We finally got all ingredients and made the cheese straws today. A lot more photos can be found on my Google+ pageThe cheese straws were delicious and Miss A and my other half seemed to enjoy them! Not bad for a first attempt! I can see Flora Cuisine being a regular addition to my baking!

The cheese straws got stuck to the baking tray, I didn’t use Flora Cuisine on it, just a bit of spread. Didn’t think to use it on the tray. I wanted to do them plain as then they will be less messy so no twists in my cheese straws. The fact that they tasted nice was the main thing for me!

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2 comments

  1. Laura Huggins says:

    These look lovely hun. I have always been a big fan of cheese straws so may have to look at making my own as surely they must have less fat in them that the supermarket bought ones.

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again tomorrow.

    Laura x x x
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