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Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Any ideas please?
« on: June 21, 2021, 10:40:45 am »
I’ve just finished cooking passata on my TM5 and when I was cleaning it I got this message. I restarted the machine a couple of times but it kept happening. I don’t want to call my consultant until daytime hours. I’ve been reading about it and it doesn’t sound good.

Cakes / American Apple Sauce Cake (egg free)
« on: May 19, 2021, 08:03:05 am »
American Apple Sauce Cake
1 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
2 cups sugar - I reduced this to just over 1
2½ cups unsweetened apple puree ( I peeled, cored and sliced some apples and popped them into the thermomix. When they were cooked I pureed them.
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon all spice
½ teaspoon salt
450g sultanas
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180*.
Grease and line a 27cm tin.(springform if you have it)
In a large bowl mix together the butter, sugar, apple puree and vanilla.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
Add to the wet ingredients and mix together.
Add the dried fruit and nuts. Stir until combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for around 50-60 minutes until cooked.
Cool in the tin on a wire rack.
This recipe was given to me by Trudy. I believe it may be from a Barossa Valley book or similar. It makes a very BIG cake but does freeze well.

Chit Chat / Free ebooks
« on: February 22, 2021, 04:27:58 am »
I’ve just read an email to say that TM Essentials has free ebooks if anyone is interested.
The link is at the top of their page.

Desserts / Pie Maker Chocolate Molten Puddings
« on: December 07, 2020, 03:48:43 am »
Pie Maker Chocolate Molten Puddings
Serves 6
180g dark chocolate (70%)
150g unsalted butter
110g caster sugar
50g plain flour
4 eggs
Place the chocolate and butter into the bowl, a couple of brief turbo blasts to chop it slightly.
Scrape down and melt these together. Speed 2, 50* until melted.
Add the sugar, flour and lightly beaten eggs and whisk quickly. Speed 4, about 5/6 secs. You may need to scrape the bowl down.
Preheat your pie maker, grease if you usually do.
Pour about one third cup of mixture into each hole.
Close lid and cook for 3-4 minutes or until a crust has formed on the surface.
Serve with icecream.
I found the mixture  made more than 6. I tore this recipe from a paper some time ago. They are delicious.

Cakes / Peanut Butter and Jam Drop Biscuits
« on: November 10, 2020, 05:53:48 am »
Peanut Butter and Jam Drop Biscuits
100g soft butter
140g peanut butter
220g brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
190g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon carb soda
70g roasted salted peanuts
½ cup jam
Preheat oven to 160* and prepare two trays with baking paper.
Place the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar into the bowl. Mix, speed 3/4 until combined.
Add the vanilla and egg and mix well on speed 4. 10-20-secs.
Add the flour, carb soda and peanuts.  :: until mixture is just combined. I completed it by using the spatula.
Place the bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Roll into walnut size balls and place on trays. Flatten and use a wooden spoon end, dipped into flour' to make a small indentation.
Fill this with jam. I used apricot but any could be used.
Bake for20-25 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before placing onto cooling racks.

I think I got this from a Donna Hay recipe in about 2014.

Non Thermomix Recipes / Pumpkin Fruit Cake.....almost healthy
« on: November 08, 2020, 06:46:44 am »
Pumpkin Fruit Cake
1 orange
1 lemon
500g mixed dried fruit
60g chopped walnuts
250ml fresh orange juice (I only had 1 spare orange so made up the 250ml with sherry!)
1 tablespoon stewed apple
1 teaspoon carb soda
4 egg whites
260g cooked, mashed pumpkin
260g SR flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
Preheat oven to 165*.
Prepare a 20cm round tin.
Remove the zest from the orange and lemon.
Combine zest, fruit, nuts, juice and apple in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil. Stir in the carb soda and remove from heat.
Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form.
Add fruit mixture and pumpkin and fold in with a large metal spoon.
Stir in the SR flour and spice and gently fold in.
Spoon mixture into the prepared pan and pop some nuts on the top if you wish.
Bake for approx 1 1/4 hours until cooked.
Stand in the pan for 10 minutes before removing. and placing on a wire rack.

Chit Chat / Anyone having problems with the forum?
« on: October 14, 2020, 07:21:15 am »
KAtie is having difficulty logging on with the new server. She has forgotten her password and the password recovery isn’t working. I have emailed MM. hopefully he can sort it out.

Jams and Chutneys / Dried Apricot and Almond Jam
« on: July 30, 2020, 07:27:49 am »
Dried Apricot and Almond Jam
405ml can apricot nectar
375g dried apricots, roughly chopped
1 large lemon, juiced
1 cup white sugar
˝ cup slivered almonds, Toasted ( I used flaked)
Toast almonds.
Place apricots into the bowl and blitz a couple of times. You want them chopped fairly well.
Place apricot nectar and 1 cup cold water into the bowl, add sugar, lemon juice and apricots.
Cook at 100* for approx 15 minutes. I put the varoma base on the top to stop the liquid bubbling everywhere.
Check to see if the jam is ready. (cold saucer from the freezer test)
If not cook a little longer.
When cooked stir in the almonds. I did this with a spatula.
Place into hot sterilized jars, cap, and invert for 2 minutes.

This makes about 3˝ cups of jam. I'm going to keep mine in the fridge as it doesnt have a lot of sugar in it. This is one of the recipes I found while having the monster clean out!!!  The dried apricots slurp up a lot of the liquid.

Cakes / Chocolate Nut Slice
« on: July 14, 2020, 06:58:30 am »
Chocolate Nut Slice
125g butter
125g dark chocolate
125g brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
125g plain flour
250g nuts
Set oven to 180* and prepare a 28 x 18cm tray. (7" x 11")
Place the nuts in the bowl and use turbo to chop to the texture you would like. Set aside.
Do the same with the chocolate. (I actually used choc bits and didn't blitz them) Set aside.
Melt the chocolate and butter on about 50*, until melted.
Add the brown sugar and vanilla.  Speed 2/3 until the sugar is dissolved.
Add flour. Mix on  :: until almost combined, adding eggs as you go.
Add nuts and  :: until combined. I actually stirred mine through with a spatula while in the bowl.
Place into the prepared tray and bake 40-50 minutes, or until firm.

I found this recipe in a file I hadn't looked at for years. In fact I had forgotten about it. You could use any nuts you had on hand. I used a mixture. Next time I will use all peanuts as I find peanuts and chocolate are a great combination. I cut it into 24 pieces and each piece has about 140 calories in it.

Soups / Easy Borscht
« on: June 08, 2020, 06:56:41 am »
Easy Borscht
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 brown onion
1 garlic clove
600g beetroot, about 3 medium ones
2 large potatoes
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
2 cups stock (I used veggie stock)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Place the onion and garlic in the bowl. Speed 4, 4 seconds.
Add EVOO and cook on 100, speed 1 for 4-5 minutes.
Add all the other vegies, chopped to a smaller size. Speed 5, 5 seconds.
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook at 100, speed 1-2 for 20-30 minutes.
You can then blitz the soup until it is smooth or leave it as it is.
It's nice served with a dollop of sour cream or natural yoghurt.

I have adapted this recipe from one is Super Food Ideas.

Jams and Chutneys / Dill Pickle Cucumbers.
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:06:36 am »
This recipe is from the ABC radio here. I’ve made them a couple of times while the cukes are fresh and cheaper. They are delicious, they stay crisp and can be eaten the next day.

I’m having trouble with Tapatalk. Now my photo is upside down. 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃

Whipped Feta
200g smooth feta
2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoons honey
Place the feta, yoghurt, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, lemon rind and honey into the bowl.
Wizz until it is well combined. Season with pepper.

I served this with green veggies that I had partially cooked in the microwave. The next day I also used in on my salad at lunchtime. I only  made ˝ quantity.

Cakes / Flo’s Pumpkin Scones.
« on: March 31, 2020, 04:35:45 am »
Flo’s Pumpkin Scones
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup cold, mashed pumpkin
2-2 1/4 cups SR flour
Set oven to 225*.
Beat sugar, butter and salt in either the thermomix, by hand or in a mixer.
Add egg
Add pumpkin and mix.
Stir in the flour by hand.
I then put mine out on a floured mat and sort of kneaded it a bit and pressed it out to about 1 inch thick. 2.5 cm .
I used a circular cutter.
Flo says to put them on a hot, floured tray on the top shelf of a 225-250* oven. I used 225*.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.

I took this from one of Flo’s books, I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing it. I had a ‘happening’ when I put a tray into the oven. It had a piece of baking paper on it for the scones. As I put it in the oven fan blew it onto the hot element and it caught . Silly me. I should have realised. No harm done to me or the kitchen.

Cakes / Caramel Date and Nut Slice
« on: March 23, 2020, 07:34:27 am »
Caramel Date and Nut Slice
125g butter
˝ cup brown sugar
1 cup dates
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup SR flour
3/4 chopped walnuts
Pre heat oven to 180*.
Grease a slice tin.
Place dates into the bowl and chop. I did speed 5 for a couple of seconds. Check. Remove dates.
Place butter into bowl and melt. I used 50* and gave it about 50 secs.
Add the sugar. Speed 3, 7 secs.
Remove it from the bowl, into a non thermo bowl.
Add the dates, stir and leave for a few minutes.
Add beaten egg, vanilla, flour and nuts.
Mix well and spread into the tray.
Bake for 20 minutes.
This can be sprinkled with coconut or more nuts.

Main Dishes / Pizza Pockets in the Pie Maker
« on: March 23, 2020, 07:24:11 am »
Pizza Pockets in the Pie Maker
A batch of pizza dough. I used this
2 tablespoons pizza sauce
˝ cup mozzarella
50g salami or similar
50g thinly sliced mushrooms
˝ thinly sliced capsicum
Prepare the pizza dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces.
Combine other ingredients.
Preheat the pie maker.
Roll each dough portion out to 6cm x 10cm oval.
Top half the oval with pizza mix, and fold dough over to enclose filling.
Pinch edges together to seal, roll and pinch edges to form a decorative border if you wish.
When you have 4 pies ready place into pie maker and cook for 8 minutes.
Remove and place on a wire rack. Repeat.
If you wish you can 'glaze' the pockets with EVOO.

This recipe is from Super Food Ideas and each pocket is 625kj or 156 cal.

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