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Chit Chat / Christmas Disgraces. Need to vent!!!
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:41:38 am »
We found out today that a couple of very close friend of ours, who mum has known long before I was born, has had their garage broken into over Christmas. They were out of town spending time with their son who is dying of cancer, and some ******* ******* broke in and stole food, drinks and tools, turned on gas bottles and left them to drain, and turned off their fridge freezer and left the rest of their food to spoil. This makes me SOOOO mad!!! >:( >:( >:(

Sorry, vent over now. Thank you.

Chit Chat / 2013 New Year Resolutions/Goals
« on: December 25, 2012, 10:20:11 pm »
Has anyone thought about theirs?

I only have four so far...

1. Get a job that I enjoy and save up some money.
2. Get my P-plates.
3. Get a passport.
4. Go to the Forum Fest in Adelaide ;D

Anyone else want to share if they have some? :)

Cakes / Caramel and Walnut Slice :)
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:23:30 am »
Caramel and Walnut Slice
Converted from the Women's Weekly Baking Day cookbook :D

Base Ingredients
125g butter
150g SR flour
80g desiccated coconut
110g caster sugar

Topping Ingredients
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
80g desiccated coconut
150g brown sugar
60g chopped walnuts (chop first in TM if not already chopped)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a slice pan.
2. Melt butter for 4 minutes/60 degrees/speed 1.
3. Add remaining slice ingredients and mix for 20 seconds/speed 4. Scrape down bowl and mix again.
4. Press base mixture into prepared slice pan and bake for 15 minutes.
5. Beat eggs and vanilla for 10 seconds/speed 4.
6. Add remaining topping ingredients and mix for 10 seconds/reverse + speed 4. Scrape down bowl and mix again.
7. Pour topping over hot base and spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

When I poured the topping onto the hot base, I poured it straight into the middle and as you can see in the photo the base dipped quite significantly. Now I think that spooning a little of the mixture at a time and starting around the outiside might prevent such a dip ;)

Cakes / Chewy Honey Oatmeal Biscuits (Healthy)
« on: December 05, 2012, 01:53:48 am »
Chewy Honey Oatmeal Biscuits
These are converted from a Healthy Food Guide magazine. I doubled the recipe :)

50g reduced fat table spread
110g caster sugar
15g honey
1 egg
1.5 tsp baking powder
150g flour (use half wholemeal if you like)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
130g oats
120g chopped dried dates (you can just chop them roughly by hand; they will be chopped up more when mixing)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line two trays with baking paper.
2. Beat spread and sugar for 10 seconds/speed 4. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat if necessary.
3. Add honey and egg. Beat for 10 seconds/speed 4.
4. Add remaining ingredients and knead for 1 minute/interval speed. Scrape bowl and knead some more if necessary.
5. Form mixture into small balls and flatten on trays. Bake for about 12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

These biscuits will keep for 2 days in an air tight container :)

members' comments

Chickie - the family love them - very tasty!! I didn't add cinnamon and replaced all of the flour with wholemeal and used milled rapadura. They kind of tasted like Anzacs - will definitely make again - very easy to make.

Delightful Den - I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfectly.  I can't see how they are healthy because they are so good. I am actually finding them a bit sweet so next time I make them I might substitute half the fat and sugar for apple sauce.

This time I have used 25g butter and 25g of fresh EDC applesauce and 50g xylitol instead of sugar. I have also used 100g wholemeal SR flour and 50g almond meal.  The mixture seems moist enough. Outcome - they are a little bit dry and could use a touch more xylitol but are definitely edible.

Next batch - I used 25g butter, 30g xylotol, 60g apple sauce. I creamed these all together then followed the recipe as above.

Chickie - Made these again yesterday and replaced all of the sugar with apple sauce added 10g more honey, used half almond meal, half wholemeal flour and added a little extra oats as the mix was a bit runny. They turned out lovely, DH said next time they could do with a bit more honey and the kids enjoyed them.

Delightful Den - Made these again. This time I made them as a slice. I also didn't clean the bowl after making peanut butter and left about 1.5 tablespoons in the bowl. I swapped 50g of almond meal for some of the four and molasses for the honey. Also after I started making them I realised I didn't have any dates so just used sultanas and a few dried cranberries.  The mix tasted really good. Result - This worked really well. I cooked the slice for about 20 minutes, it is very moist and has a light peanut butter  taste.




The book was worth it just for this recipe.

Mum couldn't stop telling me how delicious it was. If you like anything lemon, you will LOVE this cake. I didn't even serve it with icecream. It is just sooooo good even by itself.

The only thing I did differently to the recipe was that I didn't grind the sugar for the syrup. Main reason because I didn't actually read the method before I chucked the ingredients in.... :-))

But this cake is utterly delicious. If you have Devel of a Cookbook, I highly recommend this recipe :)

Cakes / Santa's Buttons
« on: December 01, 2012, 08:46:37 am »
Santa's Buttons

150g butter
50g sugar
Splash of vanilla
190g flour
35g cornflour
Approximately 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (I used pre-crushed walnuts. They're cheaper ;))
Red jam

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees and line trays with baking paper. If not using pre-crushed nuts, chop them in TM to desired consistency before starting recipe.
2. Melt butter for 5 mins/60 degrees/speed 2.
3. Add sugar, vanilla, flour and cornflour. Mix for 10 seconds/speed 4. Scrape down sides of TM bowl and mix for a further 10 seconds/speed 4 or until combined. I would recommend adding the chopped nuts in this step to mix them through. The original recipe says to coat balls of mixture in the nuts but I found this very time consuming and most of them fall off after cooking anyway.
4. Whatever you decide to do with the nuts, flatten the balls of mixture on the trays and make a small indent in the centre. Fill with jam and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until a light golden colour.

These biscuits are delicous. They are basically a shortbread with walnuts and jam :)

Cakes / Little Apple Pie Cakes
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:13:54 am »
Little Apple Pie Cakes
From "The Baking Cookbook" :)

40g plain flour
1/2 tsp mixed spice
25g butter
40g caster sugar

Next time I will halve the topping because it makes much more than is needed.

50g butter, softened
70g sugar (I used LoGicane sugar)
1 egg
150g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped (I did this by hand)
Milk or juice, as needed

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease muffin tins or line with cupcake papers.
2. Make topping by mixing ingredients for 10 seconds/speed 6. Give the mixture a stir with the spatula and mix for another 10 seconds/speed 6. Set topping aside.
3. For the cake batter, beat butter and sugar for 30 seconds/speed 6. Then, with TM running on speed 3, add egg through lid and continue mixing for 20-30 seconds until combined.
4. Add flour, baking powder and mixed spice. Mix for 30 seconds/speed 4.
5. Add apple and a splash of milk/juice. Start mixing on reverse + speed 4 and watch through hole in lid. Add little splashes of milk/juice as needed until the mixture is a sticky batter.
6. Spoon mixture into prepared pans and sprinkle with topping. If you are using mould like mine, you will have to put the topping in the bottom of the pans. (So really it become bottoming rather than topping ;D)
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

These cakes are best eaten the day they are made. Very nice straight from the oven with a scoop of vanilla icecream ;)

members' comments

Suzanne - a big thanks Amy. I used all the topping too. I had these for dessert with custard and they were delicious.

Chit Chat / Places I Have and Have Not Been
« on: November 25, 2012, 12:01:43 pm »
I have been to many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips thanks to my family, friends and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not into physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to be, I try not to visit there too often.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

I was told I was in Denial once, but I don't think that is true.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I get older.

One of my favourite places to go is in Suspense. It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart. At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

Sometimes, I am in Vincible, but life shows me I am not.

And finally, I have been in Deepsh*t many times. The older I get, the easier it is to get there.

Seafood and Fish / Russian Fish Pie from TM21 Book
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:13:48 am »
Russian Fish Pie

500g filleted fish (I used 600g and it was fine)
Lemon juice, to taste
220g milk
330g water
60g butter
40g flour
Fresh parsley (coriander might also be nice. In saying that, I used dried dill)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch nutmeg
230g TM rough puff pastry (I just used sheets from the freezer because I needed to use them up)
Beaten egg to glaze

1. Remove any remaining skin or bones from fish fillets. Cut into chunks and place in steamer basket with a squeeze of lemon juice.
2. Add milk and water to TM bowl and insert steamer basket. Heat for 10 minutes/100 degrees/speed 4. Remove steamer basket and reserve fish.
3. Tip resulting fish stock into another jug and weigh 400g back into TM bowl. Add more milk to make up weight if necessary.
4. Insert butterfly and add butter, parsley, flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg to TM bowl. Heat for 4 minutes/100 degrees/speed 3.
5. Remove butterfly, adjust seasoning, and add fish to the sauce in TM bowl. Mix for 10 seconds/speed 1.
6. Preheat oven to 220 degrees and line trays with baking paper.
7. If using TM pastry, roll out into a 30cm square, place fish mixture in middle and bring corners up and seal with water.
8. If using bought pastry sheets, place a couple of spoonfuls of fish mixture into the middle of each sheet and bring corners up to seal with water. You should get four pies from this method.
9. Either way, brush outside of pastry with egg and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden.

I made four large pies using the bought pastry sheets. Each of the pies I made could probably serve two people.

Cakes / Choc Chip and Walnut Cakes or Slice
« on: November 25, 2012, 04:31:02 am »
Choc Chip and Walnut Cakes or Slice
Converted from "Mmmm... Baking" ;D

115g walnuts, chopped in TM to desired consistency
225g butter
175g caster sugar (I used brown sugar to give a caramel flavour)
Splash of vanilla
225g plain flour
200g chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease muffin pans or a slice pan.
2. Beat butter and sugar for 1 minute/speed 4. Add vanilla and beat for a further 30 seconds or until combined.
3. Add flour and mix for 30 seconds/speed 4, scrape sides of bowl and mix again until combined.
4. Add walnuts and choc chips, incorporate breifly with spatula, and then mix on reverse + speed 3 until well distributed through mixture.
5. Press mixture into muffin or slice pan and smooth surface. (I filled my muffin moulds right to the top because this mixture has no raising agent.)
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes for a slice, or 25-30 for little cakes because they are thicker. If making a slice, leave to cool completely in pan and then cut. If making little cakes, cool for about 15 minutes in pan and then carefully remove to a wire rack.

Since this recipe is supposed to be cooked as a slice, the little cakes are more biscuity than cakey. They have a nice crunchy outside :)

Bread / Pizza Scrolls
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:55:10 am »
Pizza Scrolls

Converted from Women's Weekly Baking Day Cookbook (thanks Mich :-*) with just a couple of tweaks.

300g SR flour
1 tbsp caster sugar
30g butter
180ml milk
1/4 cup pizza sauce or tomato paste
2 tsp dried herbs (if using plain tomato paste)
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese, however much you want
100g salami, bacon, ham or other meat (or omit for vegetarian)
A couple of handfuls of other pizza toppings

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm slice pan.
2. Mix flour, sugar and butter for 10 seconds/speed 6. Add milk and mix for a further 10 seconds/speed 6.
3. Knead for 1 minute/interval speed.
4. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle.
5. Spread with sauce/paste and sprinkle with cheese and other desired pizza toppings.
6. Roll up into a sausage and slice into 8-12 pieces. Place in lined tray and cover with foil.
7. Bake for 40 minutes, check that dough is cooked, then remove foil and allow scrolls to brown for 5 minutes or so.

I used bacon, thinly sliced mushroom and well drained pineapple in my scrolls.

The recipe says to use salami and green capsicum as the main filling ingredients, but you could use anything as long as you don't overload the dough ;)

I have also adjusted the cooking. The recipe does not say to cover the scrolls but since I am still not used to the fan in our new oven I covered them as a precaution. They turned out perfectly the way I have written in the recipe above. The recipe in the book just says to bake them for 30 minutes.

Cakes / Oaty Jam Drops
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:29:03 am »
Oaty Jam Drops Makes 32 average size biscuits

70g rolled oats (or any other rolled grain such as barley or rye)
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
20g desiccated coconut
200g brown sugar
125g butter
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
Jam (I used strawberry)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line oven trays with paper.
2. Mill half the grain (35g) for 10 seconds/speed 9-10 or until fine.
3. Add flour, baking powder, coconut, sugar and remaining grain and mix for 10-15 seconds/speed 3.
4. Melt butter in microwave. With TMX running on reverse + speed 2, add melted butter, egg and vanilla through lid. Continue to mix for a few seconds, then scrape down sides of bowl and mix again.
5. Roll teaspoons of mixture into ball, flatten slightly on trays and press a hole in the centre of each. Spoon a little jam into each hole and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

Chit Chat / We need to send some forum love
« on: November 11, 2012, 10:41:23 pm »
Hello everyone,

I just recieved a PM from sue_purrb. She hasn't been posting for a while because she has been in the UK with her family. Sadly, her mother passed away on the 1st of November.

She told me she didn't mind if I posted something, so I have started a thread because I know everyone will want to send their best wishes to her at this time.

Lots of love and best wishes Sue :-* :-* :-*

Breakfast / Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Porridge
« on: November 04, 2012, 03:01:20 am »
This is a very easy variation on basic porridge :)

Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Porridge
2 apples, quartered and cores removed
120g oats
600g milk
80-100g sultanas
1 heaped tsp cinnamon, or to taste

1. Grate apples for 2-3 seconds/speed 5 or until desired consistency.
2. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 10 minutes/90 degrees/reverse + speed 1.

Easy peasy :D

This recipe makes about 3 serves depending on how hungry everyone is! ;D

I'll post a photo tomorrow when I make it again ;)

Chit Chat / PHOTOS of Secret Santa Presents ONLY
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:34:41 am »
Well, my other thread seems to be three pages long and has no photos on it. So here is a new thread for PHOTOS ;D
Take a photo of your present and give us a bit of a descripton of it. If you'd like, have a guess who you think might have sent it. We can chat about everything on the other thread:

Please note that posts without photos will be deleted by our forum guardian angel :D

Enjoy the photos,

Amy xxxx

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