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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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

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