East Kilbride News: Karen's Kitchen lockdown recipes

A number of weeks ago, Scot Karen Skewies appeared on MasterChef as one of the 2020 contestants.

The 57-year-old – who retired from her post as vice-president of international sales for Monster.com – has always loved cooking, so starring on the show was a real dream come true for her.

Now she is providing a weekly recipe for News readers.

She said: "I'd like to share some recipes which were inspired by my MasterChef experience.

"My recipes use everyday ingredients made into something nutritious and delicious,

"In the current climate, where we are being forced to spend more time at home, whether it's by ourselves our with our loved ones for our own safety, this is a great opportunity to widen your culinary skills.

"Everyone can cook, so let's cook together."

This week it's a one pot gingerbread.

This is a great recipe which my bestie Liz gave me recently when cooking for our mums during lockdown.

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When it comes to my cooking, my mum is my greatest fan – but also my greatest critic!

She 'commented' that my gingerbread needed more spice.

Since a mum is usually right, I have added some grated fresh ginger which I love in any food – sweet or savoury.

I think it just gives the loaf an extra lift. The great thing about this recipe is that it is cooked all in one pot…remember not to hold back on butter when serving!

Method

1. Heat oven to 180 degrees then butter and line a 1lb loaf tin

2. Melt the butter, milk, treacle and syrup in a large pot

3. Add a little water to the baking soda, then stir into the pot mixture and mix well

4. Now add all the dry ingredients into the pot, stir well and add the beaten egg

5. Finally, stir in the grated ginger

6. Put the mixture into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes

Karen's tips: If you cannot get self- raising flour, simply add 2tsps of baking powder to each 150g/cup of plain

flour.

Ingredients:

2 cups self-raising flour

½ cup sugar

30g butter

2tbs treacle

1tbs golden syrup

1tsp baking soda

1tsp all spice

1tsp ginger

2tsp freshly grated ginger

1 egg (beaten)

1 cup of milk

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