Loaded twice baked potatoes

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I learnt this particular recipe for twice baked potatoes in primary school. I was 11 at the time and still remember prepping for the dish, waiting for it to come out of the oven and finally tasting the dish. The taste still lingers on my tongue.

I’ve always loved jacket potatoes but there is something very special about twice baked jacket potatoes. The fluffyness of the buttery filling, the added tang of tomatoes and the crunch of onion. Not forgetting my favourite bit! The melted golden crispy cheese topping ~
I do ♡ cheese!!!

INGREDIENTS

4 medium baking potatoes
2 tomatoes diced
1 medium onion finely chopped
3 spring onions chopped
120g cheddar cheese grated
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
olive oil

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 190c/375f/gas mark 5.

Wash potatoes, prick them and massage a little olive oil into each one. Place directly onto the middle shelf in the oven and cook for 1-1 1/2 hours until potatoes are soft on the inside and the skin is golden and crispy

2. Slice the baked potatoes in halves and scoop out the potato flesh into a large mixing bowl. Arrange the empty skin shells onto a baking tray. Throw in the tomato, onion and spring onion, mix in butter, milk and half the cheese. Season with the paprika and salt. Combine well

3. Use this potato mixture to refill and load the empty skin shells. Finally top off with the remainder cheese

4. Have the oven on 180c/350f/gas mark 4. Re bake for 20 minutes and then place under the grill just to brown off the cheese topping

5. Serve with a side salad. I do love mine with celery and wasabi mayonnaise!

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Sweet and savoury bakes

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I’ve been baking since I got pregnant with my first baby back in 2010.  I think having a bun in the oven literally inspired me to start baking and I’m not one for resting and putting my feet up even in pregnancy! so my passion for baking had started!!!

Baking relaxes me and I enjoy it immensely, as does my two baby sons. Yes second baby boy came along too in this time.  Just to see the eldest’s face light up when he realises something is happening in the oven and the smile on my youngest’s when he takes out a big bite from one of mummy’s new bakes.

I thought I would share some of my previous sweet and savoury bakes with all you lovely people.  I will try and put some recipes up to go with them as soon as I can.  This is just to wet your appetite! there is plenty more to come, hope you enjoy as much as I love baking for all

Love D x

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From top left: dark chocolate chip muffins, coffee and walnut cake, chunky chocolate loaf, walnut & coffee iced cup cakes, decadent chocolate cake, valentine’s cookies, chocolate & raspberry torte, classic victoria sponge, lemon melts

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One of my favourites almond and chocolate biscotti!

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Olive bread from Lorraine Pascale who I think is fantastic and my take on the comforting pretzel