30 Oct 2016

How to Make Thermomix Blueberry Scones

Thermomix Blueberry Scones

It was about this time last year my thoughts turned to owning a Thermomix TM5. It's a huge eye-watering purchase but one I'm glad I made.  Ten months on I have no regrets, my only thoughts are it's always best to learn basic cooking before investing in a costly machine. I had high expectations when I bought mine and in return that it would exceed my expectations and thankfully I'm now well and truly hooked. I still like to use my other kitchen gadgets and hopefully a new exciting kitchen gadget is on the horizon so watch this space!

Anyway getting back to the scones, and especially blueberry scones which are one of my favourites, there are detailed Thermomix and conventional instructions below.

I rolled out the dough and scattered over the fresh blueberries........

Thermomix Scone Dough

After trying to fold the dough into three with fresh blueberries I think it would be far easier to use frozen fruit and simply poke them into the finished dough!

Folded blueberry scone dough

Now roll out the dough gently and fold again but this time with the fold the opposite way. Cut the dough out into rounds and brush with the remaining egg and buttermilk mixture.

Blueberry scones before baking

Conventional instructions in Italics

Makes: 8

You will need: A large floured baking tray and 5cm pastry cutter

200g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of cream of tartar
50g salted butter, cubed
15g golden caster sugar
1 large egg
60g buttermilk
100g fresh or frozen blueberries

1. Preheat the oven to 230°C.
2. Mix the egg and buttermilk. Reserve a little for glazing the scones.
3. Add all the ingredients except the blueberries and egg/buttermilk mix to the TM jug.
Add the Self Raising Flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, pinch of salt and cubed butter to a large mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs.
4. TM20 Secs/Knead setting - pour the egg/buttermilk mix into the jug in a steady stream whilst checking to see if the dough has come together.
Stir in the caster sugar.and sultanas. Add most of the egg and buttermilk mix gradually to make a soft sticky dough.
5. Scrape down the TM jug.
6. If the dough hasn't come together now add a little more buttermilk to the jug TM10 Secs/Knead.
7. Remove the dough onto a lightly floured board and shape into a rectangle, don't worry if it's a little sticky the flour should take care of that. Scatter over the fresh blueberries.
8. Fold into three and gently roll out.
9. Now fold into three in the opposite direction.
10.Roll out to 1cm and using a floured 5cm plain round cutter. place onto the prepared tray. Brush the tops with the reserved egg and buttermilk mix.
11. Bake for approximately 12 minutes until well risen and golden.
12. Place the baked scones onto a cooling rack and cover with a clean tea towel.
13. Eat now spread with butter or freeze for later.

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26 Oct 2016

Capsicana Chilli Cook Sauce - Review

Capsicana Latin American Cooking Sauces

Along with these Capsicana Latin American cooking sauces I was sent some cute 'Worry Dolls' - children in Guatemala tell the dolls their worries and then place them under the pillow before they go to sleep!

There are three different sauces in the range from the countries of Peru, Brazil and Mexico.

We enjoyed trying the mild Chilli and Honey Mexican Cook Sauce which serves two - this is a beautiful sticky sauce which oozes quality. There is a quick and easy recipe on the outside of the pack which uses a few simple ingredients of chicken, onion and peppers, or on the Capsicana website there are other delicious recipe ideas. Nacho's loaded with grilled cheese, sliced avocado and sour cream accompanied our meal.

Mexican Meal made with Chilli & Honey Mexican Cook Sauce

There are two more products in the range:
Peruvian Chilli and Lemon which is medium heat - and based on Peru's famous green chilli 'Aji Verde' sauce.
Brazilian Chilli and Coconut is a hot sauce which features frutuscens chillies.

The person behind the brand is Ben Jackson who created these sauces after finding it impossible to get authentic Latin American sauces in our shops and food isles.

RRP: £1.99/100g pack which serves 2.
Stockists: Waitrose, Whole Foods and Amazon.
@Capsicana

Disclaimer: We were sent products for review purposes.


23 Oct 2016

Plum Frangipane Traybake

Plum Frangipane Traybake

I bought the plums from Bridgnorth market last weekend, they were perfectly ripe, none of this ripen at home nonsense which basically means they go mouldy and never get to ripen.

A cake cum pudding is always a favourite here and the cake batter can all be mixed quickly in one bowl.

I made my own custard but hubby said Bird's custard is best with everything!

Plum Frangipane Cake with Custard
Unlike me don't forget to bang your tin down on the work surface a couple of times before baking
otherwise you'll end up with large air bubbles in your bake like above
I made the cake in my Thermomix (the instructions are in italics) conventional instructions are below. For best results make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature.

200g softened butter
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
250g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds
1tsp almond extract
2 tbsp milk
6 red plums, halved and stoned
25g flaked almonds

You will need: 30cm x 20cm x 3cm baking tin - greased and lined with baking parchment.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Add the butter, caster sugar, flour, eggs, almond extract, ground almonds and milk to the bowl of a stand mixer, beat for 2 minutes until smooth.
Place the butter, caster sugar, flour, eggs, almond extract, ground almonds and milk in the TM bowl Mix 20 Secs/Speed 5.  Scrape down and Mix 10 Secs/Speed 5.
3. Dollop the cake batter into the tin and level. Press the plums into the top of the cake mixture in rows cut-side up. Scatter the flaked almonds over the cake batter and plums. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until risen and golden.
4. Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack to cool before turning out. Sift icing sugar over the cake. Serve with custard or cream.
5. Cut into squares. Can be frozen, thawed and warmed in a microwave.

22 Oct 2016

Winter Puddings - Free ebook

Posh Bread and Butter Pudding



It's that time of the year again when we turn to comfort food and delicious warming British puddings. Kitchen Delights has put together a free ebook of delicious recipes including a family favourite apple crumble, Bakewell tart with a crunchy iced topping, steamed lemon Pudding with mixed berry jam, baked apple and the above, only for grownups, luxurious bread and butter pudding with sultanas soaked in brandy!

The PDF is very quick to download here.

16 Oct 2016

Apple Frangipane Tart

Apple Frangipane Tart

Sometimes there isn't the time or inclination to make pastry and crushing a few biscuits to make a tart case is perfect. Anyway, who doesn't love bashing biscuits with a rolling pin.......

This is a luscious tart, easy to make and you'll be sure to go back for another slice.

A slice of apple frangipane tart

175g digestive biscuits
75g butter
200g Bramley apples
lemon juice
For the frangipane filling:
75g butter, softened
75g caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, beaten
75g ground almonds
1 tsp almond extract
50g flaked almonds

You will need: 20cm fluted loose-base round tin

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Place the biscuits into a large jug and using the end of a rolling pin crush until fine crumbs.
3. Melt the butter in a small basin in the microwave, pour onto the crushed digestives, mix to coat the biscuits and tip into the tart tin.  Press the crumbs evenly over the base and sides of the tart tin. Place in the fridge to chill.
4. Add the butter and sugar  to a bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, now add the ground almonds and almond extract mix until well combined.
5. Peel and core the apples, cut into thin slices. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to help prevent browning. Arrange the slices over the biscuit base. Dollop the frangipane filling onto the apple slices and spread evenly. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and set.

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