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Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Broken blades
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:25:22 am »
Is it true that extra blade sets only have a 6 month warranty?!

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Broken blades
« on: November 07, 2013, 11:27:57 am »
Head Office are replacing the blades. I love a happy ending  ;D  Thanks for all your tips and advice. Really appreciate it!

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Broken blades
« on: November 05, 2013, 10:53:38 am »
Maybe they need to check out the machine Sam, did they just replace the blades without doing that?  If you've had 2 sets of blades go, there is obviously a problem with the machine.
Such a worry, Judy. I just can't be without my machine! Waiting to hear what the consultant says. Is there such a thing as overusing (not overloading) the thermie?!

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Broken blades
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:34:51 am »
Thanks guys. I follow recipes to the letter and always stick to the suggested quantity. Plus I always make sure I chop up hard stuff, like cheese and hard veggies before I put them in. I do use a few ice cubes in our juice, but the jug is no way overloaded. The thread is really interesting though, and definitely food for thought! Let's see what HO say!  :)

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Broken blades
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:03:54 am »
We have two bowls and two blades and have had our thermie for about a year and a half. We use it at least once daily to do everything from juices to soups, cake mixing to making dinner. A couple of months ago, our first set of blades died. The blades remained stationary while the rest of the blade unit rotated as normal. Our consultant replaced the blades as it was still under warranty, but now our other set of blades has suffered the same fate.  :( Has anyone else had similar problems or have and blade saving tips? Thanks!

Cakes / Re: Triple chocolate cookies
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:50:26 am »
I bet they will, Cookie. They always go down well. I love that they're freezer friendly so you can make them ahead and keep them for a rainy day  ;D

Cakes / Re: Quick Mix Dark Chocolate Cake
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:40:12 am »
Made this tonight in a ring tin as well - fabulous height!!! I switched 100g butter for 100g coconut oil ... adds a really subtle hint of coconut. Delicious!! :)
This looks great, Julia. Did you use the coconut oil as is or did you melt it down?

Chit Chat / Re: Secret Santa 2013
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:36:37 am »
I am so out of the loop, I totally missed out on SS this year, but I will keep my eyes peeled next year, for sure! Thank you anyway for organising Cookie, it's no mean feat I'm sure!

Cakes / Triple chocolate cookies
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:21:38 am »
Makes 24


100g soft brown sugar

100g raw caster sugar

100g butter, softened

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

225g  plain flour

140g milk chocolate, melted

85g white chocolate chips

85g  plain chocolate chips

How to

1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Mill the raw sugar to caster sugar for 3 seconds on speed 9.
3. Add the butter and vanilla extract  to TM bowl and mix on speed 4  for  1 minute.
4. With the blades running on speed 4, add the egg through the hole in the top of the lid. This should take about 30 seconds.
5. Melt half the chocolate (70g) and add to TM bowl. Mix for 10 seconds  on speed 4.
6. Add the flour. Set the dial to the closed lid position  and knead for 30 seconds  on  ::.
7. Add the chocolate chips and gently stir through with the spatula.
8. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out balls of cookie dough and drop them straight onto the trays.
9. Bake in batches for 8-9 minutes until pale golden and still soft to touch – they will get firm as they cool.
10. Carefully transfer to a wire rack as soon as they can be lifted up. Melt and drizzle with the remaining melted chocolate.

Other info

Prep time: 5 minutes     Cooking time: 10 minutes

TIP! Both the  (uniced) dough and (uniced) baked cookies can be frozen.

It looks better on the blog!

Cakes / Re: Nigella's Chocolate Orange Cake
« on: October 24, 2013, 11:10:10 pm »
I am sure frozen oranges would be ok, if they were already cooked. Did you try? What's the verdict?

Desserts / Re: Faffa's Chocolate Yogo Custard
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:07:31 pm »
I've just made this with Lindt Strawberry Intense. I'll serve it with strawberries tonight. I'll post a photo then.
How was it with the strawberry Lindt, Cookie? I made a half serve tonight with white chocolate and it was delish. Big thumbs up!

Cakes / Re: Melt and Mix Honey Cake
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:28:38 am »
For Snappy ;D The recipe cooked perfectly in my cake tin ;) Left it to cool in the tin for five minutes before turning it out onto a cake rack.

CC that looks amazing! Bravo!  ;D

Cakes / Re: Melt and Mix Honey Cake
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:26:34 am »
Delicious cake!  Reminds me a lot of the famous Golden Syrup cake from this forum.

I used spelt flour, rapadura and coconut butter (I'm trying to reduce the white flour/sugar in lunch boxes) and it was really tasty - boys loved it!
I have some coconut butter to use up... did you melt it in the thermie just like regular butter? What a great idea!

Cakes / Nigella's Chocolate Chip Muffins
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:24:47 am »
Makes 12
These are muffins in minutes! It actually takes me longer to walk to the shop than to make these little babies! Perfect results every time!


175g raw sugar

250g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder

150g dark chocolate chips, plus a few extra for sprinkling

250g milk

90g vegetable oil

1 egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

How to

1. Preheat oven to 180C / 160C fan-forced. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

2. Mill the sugar for 3 seconds  on speed 9. Set aside.

3. Pour all the liquid ingredients into the TM bowl. Mix for 10 seconds on speed 5.

4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, and the chocolate chips into TM bowl. Mix for 5 seconds  on speed 4, using the spatula to mix. Don’t over mix – remember a lumpy mixture makes the best muffins!

5. Use an ice cream scoop to spoon the mixture  into the prepared muffin cases. Sprinkle with some extra chocolate chips on top and then bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are dark, risen and springy.

Members' comments
astarra - Just about to pull these out of the oven now - they look and smell great.  They taste great too, thanx for the quick easy recipe TAT.
I seem to get way more than 12 tho and find they need a bit longer cooking time, but worth it to see the grins on my DDs's faces!

Yvette - I made these recently and they were delish.

JD - I whipped up made 12 and cooked them a further 2 minutes but didn't have enough choc chips so used some white to make up the quantity.  Easy as and they look great, perfect thanks Sam.

deedub - Got these in the oven now, very easy, thank you!

Hally - Thank you, so easy quick & tasty.

BZB - Yum! Gotta make these. Easy peasy.
Made 21 small muffins in the Air fyer today. Cooked in 3 batches. Preheated to 160, 13-15 mins per batch.

Thermo18 - Finally got around in making these wonderful muffins, so quick and easy.

Maddy - I alternate making these, and Nigella's banana choc chip muffins. I don't think a Nigella bake has failed me yet.

Rafael - Even in Belgium, your recipe is a success! I sell at least a dozen a day, made with Belgian chocolate of course!!

Cakes / Re: Melt and Mix Honey Cake
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:54:05 pm »
Made this today with lots of help from DS4. Can't believe how quick and easy this is. Used a standard ring tin with no problems. Great cake and really nice served warmed with cream. Thanks tat for a great make again and again cake :)
Pleased you liked it! The only problem is, that it tastes so good!  ;D

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