Lunchbox recipes from the experts
Soggy sandwiches are so last term. Bid boring breaktimes farewell with these mouth-watering ideas from some of Britain's top chefs.
Claude Bosi’s Chocolate Madeleines
*Makes 12 large Madeleines
270g Dark Chocolate
240g Egg whites
80g Ground Almonds
200g Icing sugar
Melt the butter and chocolate.
Mix the egg whites with a spatula (do not whisk). Add the sugar and almonds.
Combine all together.
Portion into Madeleine moulds and bake at 180°c for approximately 8 minutes.
Claude Bosi’s Sausage Roll
*Makes approximately 12 sausage rolls
600g Premium Quality Pork shoulder and neck
120g raw pork fat
Black pepper or
500g puff pastry (buy from any good deli - to make at home is very long and tedious!)
Organic egg yolk, to glaze
Mince raw pork and pork fat together adding good pinch of salt and either four spice. or black pepper.
Mix well then divide the mince mixture into 12 even balls of approximately 80g each. Roll each ball into sausage.
Roll out the puff pastry into two sheets of ½ cm thickness each and cut out 24 oblongs of 12cm long and 6cm wide. Leave to rest in a fridge for 20 minutes.
Beat the egg yolk.
Take 12 of the pre-cut sheets of pastry, glaze with egg yolk around each side and place sausage meat on top. Add second sheet of pastry, ensure that all sides are sealed properly and glaze whole top of sausage roll with egg. Cook in preheated oven (180c) on the top shelf for 12 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm, with a generous salad.
Claude Bosi is chef-patron of Hibiscus
Daniel Clifford’s Cous Cous Provencale
Steam the cous cous until cooked.
Pan roast diced peppers until soft.
Add chopped tomatoes and finely sliced basil.
Mix all the ingredients together with olive oil.
Daniel Clifford is chef patron of Midsummer House
Alan Murchison’s veg and dip
Try mixing 2tbsp of blue dragon sweet chilli sauce, 1tsp of low-sugar tomato ketchup and 4 tbsp natural yoghurt to produce a lovely tasty dip to serve with cucumber, celery and carrots.
Alan Murchison is CEO and Executive Chef of the 10 in 8 restaurant group
Nick Coffer’s Peanut butter and Greek yoghurt dip
3 tbsp Total Greek Yoghurt
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
A drizzle of honey
Slices of fresh fruit to serve (apples, bananas - even pears)
Mix the yoghurt, the peanut butter and the honey together in a bowl.
Top with the ground cinnamon and serve it with the fruit slices to dip.
Nick Coffer’s Spinach and cheddar cheese muffins, adapted from "My Daddy Cooks"
*Makes 10-12 muffins
3 blocks of frozen spinach
100g extra-mature cheddar cheese
225g self raising flour
3 heaped tablespoons Greek yoghurt
55ml olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat your oven to 200ºC/ 400ºF/ Gas Mark 6
Defrost the spinach and then squeeze out any excess water. Chop it finely.
Mix together the cheese and the flour then stir in the spinach. Add the milk, the yoghurt, the olive oil and the egg and stir it into a slightly lumpy, fairly thick batter. Season with salt and pepper.
Lightly oil the muffin tins and fill each cup to the top with the muffin mix.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The muffins are ready when they have nicely risen and are golden on top.
Leave them to cool for 5 or 10 minutes before removing them from their tins.
The muffins will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container.
Nick Coffer’s Golden Banana Cake, from “My Daddy Cooks”
300g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150g dark soft brown sugar
2 very ripe large bananas (the older, browner and riper the better), mashed
80g sultanas or raisins
100ml vegetable oil
You will need a 2lb (900g) loaf tin.
Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4
Grease the loaf tin (if it is not a non-stick pan, line the base and sides with baking parchment and grease the parchment too.) Sieve together the flour, the baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy, then mix in the mashed bananas and the sultanas.
Add in the flour and the eggs alternately, about one third of each at a time.
Give the mix a good stir after each addition to make sure everything is evenly mixed in.
Stir in the oil, pour the cake mix into the tin and smooth over the top.
Put the tin in the middle of your oven and bake for 1 hour.
Test whether the cake is ready by inserting a skewer into it. If it comes out dry, the cake is ready. If you find that your cake needs a little longer to cook through, simply cover it with a little silver foil to stop it burning on top. Even when it seems to be going too brown on top, this cake doesn’t dry out on the outsides. If anything, it benefits from a darker crust.
When the cake is ready, leave it to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then turn it out on to a work surface or a wire rack to cool further. The cake is at its finest when still warm, but will last for 2 or 3 days in an airtight container.
The easiest mini fudges, taken from "My Daddy Cooks"
*Makes about 20 little balls
400g tin condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
Coconut flakes/sprinkles/ hundreds and thousands, to roll the balls in
Heat up the milk, the butter and the cocoa powder on a medium heat in a saucepan.
Keep stirring. And keep stirring more. In fact, don’t stop stirring!
The mixture will start to thicken. Keep stirring. After 8 to 10 minutes, it will start to lift off from the bottom of the pan. This is a good sign and means your fudge is nearly ready. Keep stirring for another minute or so, then take the pan off the heat.
Lightly grease a bowl with some vegetable oil, put the fudge in it and leave it to cool down.
Grease your hands with a little oil or butter before forming the fudge into little balls by rolling small chunks of it in the palms of your hands.
Roll the balls well in any topping you fancy and leave them to set in small paper fairy cake cups or on a plate.
Nick Coffer is author of "My Daddy Cooks", published by Hodder & Stoughton