Live Below the Line Challenge – Recipes

Here are my really quick, easy and cheap Live Below the Line recipes. Even if you’re not taking part in the actual challenge, why not give them a go and save some pennies. I will be adding more inspirational recipes throughout the week.

Jam tarts

Cost: 36p (3p each)
Serves: 12

  • 12 teaspoons of jam, 8p (28p from Lidl)
  • 255g plain flour, 7p (45p Lidl)
  • 140g baking fat, 21p (39p Lidl)

Living below the line - Jam tarts recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5
  2. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the margarine until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  3. Add the water tablespoon by table spoon until it is a moist dough
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut the pastry out into circles
  5. Grease a bun tray and press the pastry into the tray
  6. Spoon the jam into the pastryLiving below the line - Jam tarts recipe
  7. If you have enough excess pastry make smaller pastry lids and place on topLiving below the line - Jam tarts recipe
  8. Bake on Gas Mark 5 for 12-15 mins
  9. Take out of the oven and leave to coolLiving below the line - Jam tarts recipe

Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Cost: 42p (7p per serving)
Serves: 6

  • 3 apples, 21p (Small donation, Greengrocers)
  • 100g plain flour, 9p (45p Lidl)
  • 50g baking fat, 8p (39p Lidl)
  • 50g oats, 4p (39p Lidl)
  • Blackberries (Free, picked wild)Living below the line - apple crumble recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4
  2. First, you need to prepare the apples. Half fill a large saucepan with water, and peel, core and chop the apples into 1-2cm chunks. Place them in the saucepan to stop them from ruining.
  3. Drain all of the water from the saucepan, add another 2 tbsp of water, and place on a medium heat on the hob. Stew until the apples become mushy. Once mushy, put the apples into an ovenproof dish.Living below the line - apple crumble recipe
  4. Place the flour and oats in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and use your hands to mix everything together until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs. Pour this evenly on top of the stewed apple.
  5. Place the crumble in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Don’t worry if the crumble doesn’t looked cooked properly, it most likely is!  Living below the line - apple crumble recipe

Roasted Vegetable Curry

Cost: 57p (19p per serving)
Serves: 3


  • ‘Not so fresh’ vegetables, 28p (Local greengrocers)
  • 1 x 500g jar of curry sauce, 20p (Premier Discounts, small shop in Holmfirth!)
  • 1 tbsp oil, 1p

Tortillas (makes 4):

  • 200g flour, 6p (45p Lidl)
  • 150ml warm water
  • 3tbsp olive oil, 1p
  • 1 tsp salt, 1p


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7
  2. Prepare the ‘Not so fresh’ vegetables and place into a roasting tin, add the oil, then toss the vegetables to coat.
  3. Put the prepared vegetables into the oven for approx. 45minutes, until the vegetables are soft and slightly browned.Living below the line - roasted vegetable curry
  4. Warm the curry sauce in a pan, then add the roasted vegetables and stir until fully coated.
  5. For the tortillas combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  6. In a measuring jug mix the (luke) warm water and oil together and add to the flour.
  7. Stir together until all ingredients are well combined and form a dough. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Divide the dough into 8 balls and roll each one out individually. Aim for each tortilla to be a similar size to a dinner plate, the dough will shrink back a bit when it is resting.
  9. In a large frying pan warm a teaspoon of oil and cook each tortilla for 1 minute each side on a medium heat. Each side should just start to brown on any raised areas.
  10. Relax and enjoy this very tasty and cheap curry!

Living below the line - roasted vegetable curry

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Cost: 36p (18p per serving)
Serves: 2


  • 225g flour, 6p (45p Lidl)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1p
  • 60g butter, 9p (39p Lidl)
  • 150ml water
  • ‘Not so fresh’ vegetables, 14p (Local greengrocers)
  • 100g Ragu sauce, 4p (20p, Premier Discounts, small shop in Holmfirth!)
  • 1 tbsp oil, 2pLiving below the line - pizza


  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5
  • Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Pour the milk into the bowl and mix to a soft dough.
  • Knead the dough and roll out into a large circle about 1cm thick. Place on oiled/buttered baking tray.
  • Add whatever toppings you like.
  • Bake the pizza in the preheated oven until the crust is golden, about 20 minutes.

Living below the line - pizza

P.S. I am putting myself through this challenge to support the great work that Farm Africa do. What I love about Farm Africa is that it is very different to most charities. They don’t give handouts, or quick fixes, they help farmers grow their families out of hunger permanently. Farm Africa believes that Africa has the power to feed itself, they work directly with farmers to help them unleash their potential to feed Africa’s people. They offer pioneering techniques that boost harvests, reduce poverty, sustain natural resources and help end Africa’s need for aid. Please give generously to help put an end to extreme poverty. 

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