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CHRISTMAS / Nan's Fruit Mince-fat free
« on: November 16, 2008, 08:10:28 am »
Nan's Fruit Mince

1/2 cup dry cider
140g brown sugar
500g tart apples-peeled and cored
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
pinch cinnamon
125g raisins
65g sultanas
65g currants
30g glace cherries-halved
40g almonds or hazelnuts
grated rind and juice of half an orange
1 tablespoon brandy or rum

1. Chop the almonds  on turbo, just pulse them as you don't want almond meal. Remove.
2. Peel and core the apples (you can use them with the peel and core)  and cut into chunks. Place in the thermomix on speed 3 for 1-2 seconds. The apple needs to stay in small pieces. Remove.
3. Heat cider and brown sugar for 1 minute on 50 degrees at slow speed.
4. Add all the other ingredients except brandy.
5. Cook on 100 degrees and slow speed, reverse for approximately 20 minutes. You will need to stir the mixture with a spatula a couple of times as the fruit sinks to the bottom. The time may be a little less or more depending on the juice in the apple. You want to cook the mixture until most of the liquid has been absorbed. As suggested by Thermomixer,rehabs put the basket on the lid to help evaporation.
6. Add the brandy and mix for 5 seconds on soft speed.
7. Pour the fruit mince into hot, sterilised jars.
When cool store in the fridge for up to 6 months.

This is delicious in fruit mince pies or over icecream or even stirred through icecream.

Suggestions and Complaints / help for computer illiterate person please
« on: November 04, 2008, 02:43:37 am »
Could some clever person help me please? I love this site as I am getting lots of very helpful hints etc, but it is driving me MAD as it is all so slow to load. At least 50% of the time I am on here is waiting.  I have nothing else running while I am on here.
Thanks in anticipation. :'(

I'm not sure if I am asking in the correct place or not, so please forgive me if I have made a mistake.  I've been looking through some of the recipes here and while most amounts are given in grams, spoon sizes are mentioned. (I can't imagine weighing out 1 teaspoon salt). Coould someone tell me are these Australian metric sizes or American please? Thanks in anticipation. (only 3 sleeps now!)

Introduce Yourself / another lot of greetings from Perth
« on: October 22, 2008, 07:57:39 am »
Hi everyone. I have only just ordered my TM but I am very excited about it. I'm looking forward to using it and reading all the information you have here. I just hope I can find my way round the forum as I am not very computer literate at all.

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