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Winner of MasterChef shares his winter warming recipes

Winter is fast approaching bringing with it longer nights, colder weather and evenings snuggled up under a blanket in the comfort of your home. But, did you know that rather than turning up your heating a couple of degrees, there are certain foods you can eat that are scientifically proven to help you stay warmer for longer?

Winner of MasterChef shares his winter warming recipes including ingredients scientifically proven to keep you warmer for longer

Thomas Frake

Wren Kitchens paired up with Thomas Frake, MasterChef 2020 Champion, to share three delicious recipes that use ingredients proven to keep you warmer for longer. The recipes include ingredients scientifically proven to make you feel warmer such as chilli, liver and walnuts. Get toasty with a dinner of bonfire baked beans, or warm your belly with sticky banoffee pudding

Winter is fast approaching bringing with it longer nights, colder weather and evenings snuggled up under a blanket in the comfort of your home. But, did you know that rather than turning up your heating a couple of degrees, there are certain foods you can eat that are scientifically proven to help you stay warmer for longer?

It’s true! Certain foods are proven to increase red blood cell count (RBC count) which in turn improves your circulation and contributes to your body temperature.

To help you stay warmer this winter, Wren Kitchens have teamed up with Thomas Frake MasterChef 2020 Champion to identify the foods most that are proven to keep you warmer whilst turning these ingredients into three delicious recipes.

Three recipes proven to keep you warmer for longer this winter

Bonfire Baked Beans

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Serves: Two

Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 400g (240g drained) tinned cannellini beans
  • 200g passata
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ancho chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp black treacle
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil

Packed full of smoky, sweet and spicy flavours, this bonfire baked beans recipe elevates the traditionally tinned teatime staple into something delicious and heart-warming. The brown sugar and black treacle add a sweet and sticky depth of flavour, whilst the smoked paprika and ancho chilli flakes add a fiery and smoky kick

As well as being flavourful, the chilli flakes in this recipe increases the thermic effect of food (TEF), which increases your metabolic rate and makes you feel physically warmer.

Calf’s liver, bacon and onions

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Serves: Two

Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of calf liver
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp mild curry power
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 75g butter
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 rashers of smoked bacon
  • 1 white onion
  • 50ml sherry or port
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 1 tsp tomato ketchup
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 50ml double cream
  • 50g butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 25g butter

Hearty, comforting and delicious, this take on liver, bacon and onions is like a warm winter hug in a bowl.

Caramelised liver and smoky crisp bacon pair perfectly with rich creamy potatoes and a sweet onion gravy. Like beans, liver is high in iron, which can work to increase your red blood cell count and warm you up. Serve piled high in a bowl with lashings of gravy for a superb seasonal supper.

Sticky banoffee pudding with caramelised walnuts

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Serves: Six

Time: 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 100g ripe bananas
  • 100g pitted dates
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 50g (plus extra for greasing) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp black treacle
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150g butter (softened)
  • 150g dark muscovado sugar
  • 60g walnut pieces
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Pinch of salt

Sweet and sticky, but light and fluffy, these sticky banoffee puddings warm the soul with steaming hot sponges, a decadent toffee sauce, and crunchy caramelised walnuts. Nuts, like chilli flakes, increase TEF, speeding up your metabolism and consequently warming you up.

Ripe bananas add an extra caramel sweetness, whilst black treacle and cinnamon add warming winter spices. Serve steaming hot with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent winter dessert.

For the full winter warming recipes by Thomas Frake, please go to https://www.wrenkitchens.com/blog/winter-warmers-with-thomas-frake 

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