Kefir-Quark Recipe Challenge

Happy Friday one and all!  I was contacted by the lovely people at Palm PR again with a recipe challenge.  The ingredient they wanted me to use was a new combination by Bio-tiful containing kefir and quark.

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“Kefir-Quark, the is the world’s first combination of bio-live Kefir and high-protein Quark. Bio-tiful Kefir-Quark combines two of the best and most nutritious dairy products, resulting in an abundant list of health benefits and a thick, creamy texture and clean taste.”

I was immediately interested with the mention of Kefir as I have heard about it’s usefulness for gut health.  With having IBD, this could be very beneficial for people like me.   I have seen the odd ‘Kefir cures IBD’ posts touted around which is obviously a load of rubbish – there is no cure for IBD at the moment. I did a little research on one of my favourite, trusted blogs – A Balanced Belly -. and found that Kefir is a form of probiotic and although scientists are still  working to find out their effect on IBD patients, probiotics are generally good for gut health and so won’t hurt.  To see Jenna’s post which is more much scientific and informative than my description above, click here.

I have two great recipes to share with you using the Kefir-Quark which you can find in most supermarkets.

Bio-tiful Kefir-Quark Crustless Cheesecake

Berry and Kefir-Quark Mousse

I got some Kefir-Quark to try and decided to make the mousse recipe.  It was super simple to make with things I already had at home.  A quick tip – I have a bag of frozen berries in the freezer and used these for this.  Love these frozen bags of fruit!  Aldi has all different ones with single fruits or different mixtures in.  No going off really quickly and they are always to hand for times such as this.  They are also great for making smoothies.

My mousse turned out a little ore runny but I think that is because I used too much fruit to be honest.  However, the flavour was lovely and very natural yogurt like, which mixed with the flavour of the fresh berries was delicious.  Definitely something I could eat every day as a probiotic.  Once I have tried the cheesecake recipe I will fill you in over on my social media pages so make sure you are following those!

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Thanks for having a read.  If you try either of the recipes let me know in the comments below.  Are probiotics something you use?  After reading Jenna’s post I have discovered that the yogurt based ones I have been using are pretty useless so I am thinking of changing to something else.  Have a fantastic weekend everyone

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Thanks to Palm PR for sending these recipes for me to try and the Kefir-Quark.  I made the recipe myself and all opinions are my own

 

Recipe – Chocolate Chip Bread & Butter Pudding (Cooking With Kids)

As Ste was cooking us a delicious Sunday roast last week me and Leo decided to take charge of pudding duty. Leo is 9 now and has always enjoyed cooking with me, for years he wanted to be a ‘cooker’ (he meant a chef!). I’m noticing now how much more he is capable of doing and he is enjoying more responsibility in the kitchen which is great to see. A good husband of him I will make!

With my stoma I’m unable to eat raisins as they cause blockages so I switched and used chocolate chips instead. The result was amazing and super tasty, we all loved it.

Chocolate Chip Bread And Butter Pudding

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You will need

6 slices of bread

Chocolate spread

Bag of chocolate chips

1 tsp of vanilla essence

3 eggs

150ml Milk

300 ml double cream

75g caster sugar

How To Make It

1) Leo spread three of the slices of bread with Nutella and then cut each slice in half into triangles

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2) He arranged the bread in an oven proof dish, alternating plain and chocolate spread slices

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3) In a bowl Leo whisked together the eggs, cream, milk, sugar and vanilla essence

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4) He poured the egg mixture over the bread and left it for 30 minutes to soak in

5) Sprinkle over the chocolate chips

 

6) Popped it into a preheated oven at 180° for 40-45 minutes

7) Serve warm or cold and enjoy

Both boys, me and Ste thought it was delicious. Ste has never had bread and butter pudding before (I know!) but said he really enjoyed the little bit he had. Let me know if you make it and what you think. Do your kids like cooking? Let me know in the comments below!