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Coconut Haystacks

Are you often like me, wondering what to do with leftover egg white? I usually cook it as a small pale omelette, then cut it into strips and toss them in a soup. But I know there must be so many more ideas out there. Well I suddenly remembered a recipe I used to make as a child with my mum, and decided to give it a go. This was Coconut Haystacks, so called because it looked the shape of the old-fashioned haystack, that you never see any more, now that hay is just bundled in bales.

coconut haystacks

Coconut Haystacks

Ingredients (makes about 10)

1 large egg white
50g golden granulated sugar
125g desiccated coconut

Method

Preheat fan oven to 160 degree C.
Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
Whisk the egg white until it is peaky.
Whisk in the sugar.
Mix in the coconut.
Scoop some mixture with an egg cup, pressing in well.
Gently tap out onto the lined baking sheet.
Repeat until you have used all the mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes until slightly golden.
Cool on a wire rack.
Serve and enjoy.

coconut haystacks

I’d love to hear your ideas for using up egg white.

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Potato Cake Surprise

My uncle sometimes messages me some very tempting recipe videos from ChefClub. The only difficulty is that they are always in french, have no quantities or written directions, so I have to use guesswork. I’ve adapted this from one called Beignets de pomme de terre surprise. Also I’ve chosen to cook mine in the oven rather than deep frying.

Potato Cake Surprise

Potato Cake Surprise

Ingredients (makes 6)

800g potatoes
3 rashers of bacon
100g cheddar cheese
2tbsp plain flour
6 eggs
2 slices of stale bread
pinch of salt and pepper
pinch of mixed herbs

Method

Preheat fan oven to 180 degree C.
Line a rectangular baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Peel and chop the potatoes.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil.
Add the potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile grill the bacon.
Grate the cheese.
Tear the bread into small pieces.
Using an electric blender, whizz the bread into breadcrumbs.
Cut the bacon into small pieces.
Drain and mash the potatoes.
Mix in the cheese and bacon.
Season with salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
Spread the mash out on the lined baking tray, flattening and pressing into corners.
Put mash in fridge for an hour.
Lift the mash and paper out of tray onto a chopping board, retaining the paper underneath.
Meanwhile grease the baking tray.
Using a circular cutter, cut out 6 circles for the lids.
Reform the remaining mash into a smaller thicker block on the paper and cut out 6 more circles for the bases.
Position the cutter around a base and then press an egg cup down in the middle of the base, to form a cavity.
Repeat for the other 5 bases.
Separate the first egg and place the yolk in a cavity.
Repeat for the other 5 eggs, reserving 3 egg whites for later, (The other egg whites are not required, so can be used in a different recipe).
Put the lids onto the bases.
Spread the flour on a chopping board.
Beat the 3 egg whites in a shallow dish.
Tip the breadcrumbs into a second shallow dish.
Coat the first Potato Cake Surprise fully in flour.
Then coat in egg white.
Finally coat in breadcrumbs.
Place on the baking tray.
Repeat the coating process, for the other 5.
Bake in preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, so that yolk is still runny.
Serve with your choice of vegetables.
Enjoy.

Potato Cake Surprise

Potato Cake Surprise

Doesn’t that look so tempting once you cut into it, with the surprise egg yolk oozing out. And it tasted delicious too.

I’d love to hear about your ideas of recipes with a mystery surprise element.

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Mock Crab recipe

This is a recipe that has been passed down at least 3 generations of our family.  It is called Mock Crab, because it supposedly looks like crab, although I can’t confirm this, as I’ve never cooked crab.  It is actually an egg recipe and is very tasty and quick to make, enjoyed by adults and children.  Our family has it at least once or twice every month.  And when I was a child, my mum always used to make it for our supper when we got home from holiday after a long drive.

Ingredients

4 eggs
1 tin of plum tomatoes
25g butter
100g grated cheese
Salt and pepper

Method

Strain the juice from the tomatoes and chop.
Beat the eggs.
Melt the butter in a pan.
Add beaten eggs and chopped tomatoes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add grated cheese, when egg mixture is starting to set.
Continue to cook until fully set.
Serve hot on toast.
Any leftovers can be served cold in a sandwich.

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This post is an entry for the #eggmainsinminutes Linky on BritMums, sponsored by British Lion Eggs.  You can see more egg recipes on the Main Meals in Minutes site www.eggrecipes.co.uk/mealsinminutes.

I don’t know anybody else who is aware of this recipe but as this page gets the most hits on my blog, I assume some of you have been searching for Mock Crab. Do tell me why and where you first heard about Mock Crab. I’m wondering if it is perhaps a regional recipe like my Floddie?

From comments so far, it seems to usually be a recipe remembered from years gone by.

And I’d love to hear your favourite egg recipes too.

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