Saturday, 28 March 2015

Homemade Icecream


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For some unknown reason I decided to make ice cream! I really don’t know what possessed me as you can buy perfectly delicious ice cream so there is really no need to make your own but…anyway I did and it turned out ok actually better than ok, it was seriously delicious.

       Ingredients

         300ml thick cream
         300ml milk
         1 vanilla bean, split
         6 egg yolks
         175g caster sugar
         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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         1. 
Place the cream and milk in a saucepan. Scrape in the vanilla seeds and add the bean, too. Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat and set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.
         2. Place the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until pale. Carefully pour the milk over, and then return to a clean saucepan.

         3. 
Cook over low heat, stirring, for about five minutes until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon. (This simple custard forms the basis of a classic ice-cream recipe.)
         4. 
Set aside to cool, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
         5. Place custard in a plastic container in the freezer until frozen at the edges. Remove from freezer. Beat with an electric beater. Re-freeze.
         6. Repeat this process two more times.

Be warned this ice cream is very sweet,

Toni

*This recipe was adapted from here

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Jam Drops

Jam Drops

When my son was at Pre School he came home crying one day because his friend's mum had made jam drops and I hadn't. My son is now 20 years old and I still tease him about the emotional blackmail he used to get me to make him biscuits.

Jam Drops

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Ingredients:

1 cup self-raising flour
1/3 cup custard powder
80g butter, softened
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tbs milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup of strawberry jam

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line 2 baking trays with non stick paper. 

2. Sift flour and custard powder together

3. Beat butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Add milk and vanilla and beat until combined.

4. Add flour mixture and mix together to form a soft dough. 

5. Roll heaped teaspoonful into balls and place onto trays, leaving about 5cm space between biscuits for spreading.

6. Using your thumb, make an indent in the top and fill with a little of the jam.

7. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is still delicious all these years later. Enjoy,

Toni

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Tuna Slice

Tuna Slice

I can't remember where this recipe came from, probably from the back of the Pampas Puff Pastry packet! It's something I've been making for my family for years; it's simple, tasty and quick. I like to have one in the freezer for when I'm not in the mood to cook. 



Tuna Slice

Ingredients:

2 sheets Ready Rolled Pastry
180g tuna in Springwater
1 cup grated cheese
1/3 cup chopped shallots
2 eggs

Method:

1. Place one sheet of pastry onto a slice tin lined with baking paper.
2. Combine tuna, cheese, shallots and one egg. Mix well.
3. Spoon mixture onto pastry, press down leaving a 2 cm border. Moisten border with water and place second sheet of pasty on top.
4. Glaze with beaten egg.
5. Bake in moderate oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot.


This is such a simple recipe and served with a yummy salad is a perfect no fuss dinner!



Enjoy,

Toni

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Scones


Scones are something that can be whipped up at a moments notice, I've actually been known to make them even after my guests have arrived as they are simple to make and taste delicious.
There are many variations of the scone recipe; this is the one I prefer.


Ingredients:

   Plain flour, for dusting
 3 cups self-raising flour
 80g butter, cubed
 1-1 1/4 cups milk
 Jam and whipped cream, to serve

Method:

1. 
Preheat oven to 200°C.  This is important,
   as scones need to go into a hot oven.
2. Sift self-raising flour into a large bowl.
3. Using your fingertips, rub butter into
   flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Make a well in the centre. Add 1 cup of
   milk. Mix with a flat bladed knife until
   mixture forms soft dough, adding more milk
   if required. 
5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead
   gently until smooth (don't knead dough too
   much or scones will be tough)
6. Pat dough into a 2cm-thick round. Using a
   5cm (diameter) round cutter, cut out 12
   rounds.
7. Place scones onto prepared baking tray,
   1cm apart. 
8. Sprinkle tops with a little plain flour.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden
   and well risen (My oven is fast so I only
   bake for about 15 mins, so keep a close
   eye on them)
10.Transfer to a wire rack.
11.Serve warm with jam and cream.

Enjoy!

Toni

*Recipe adapted from here
*Image from here

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