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Fresh Pasta

Fresh Pasta

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There is nothing quiet as fulfilling as a plate of fresh homemade pasta. How does homemade pasta differ to store bought pasta? Homemade pasta is made from flour, eggs, oil and salt, crafted to the shape and thickness to match the sauce. Whereas store bought pasta is flour and water pushed through moulds.  However, dried egg pasta can now be purchased for selected delicatessens.

Fresh pasta cooks in just a few minutes, store bought pasta takes longer to cook.

When you serve a plate of fresh pasta, the focal point of the dish is the fresh pasta, and you will be the envy of all your guests.

You can get really creative with fresh pasta, by adding different herbs for a variety of flavours and colours.

Why use ‘00’ flour? 00 flour is milled to be finer, resulting in a more delicate end product and a little higher in gluten. If you do not have any ‘00’ flour you can use ordinary plain flour.

Fresh pasta can be made in a food processor if you have a dough attachment or in your stand mixer using the dough hook attachment.

Rolling pasta maybe a challenge on your own if you are using a manual or electric pasta machine, working with the kids or friends is easier and much more fun. Machines are available for a relatively low cost in most homeware/department stores.

 

Egg Pasta

255gm bakers ‘00’ flour

Pinch salt

2 large eggs

15mls olive oil

Variations:

Herb pasta

15gms finely chopped mixed fresh herbs.

Spinach pasta*

50gm pureed raw spinach (drained)

  1. Wash and dry hands.
  2. Organize workspace, get equipment ready.
  3. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl, make a well in the middle, and add the eggs and the olive oil.
  4. Mix the flour with the egg mixture and work into a dough. Knead well until very smooth and elastic.

Or Get your food processor/mixer ready with a dough hook, place the flour, salt, eggs, olive oil, pulse until the dough becomes a smooth ball.

  1. Wrap in plastic and set aside to rest at least 45minutes before rolling out.Dough

Note:  if it is too dry, add drops of water a few at a time to moisten the dough and help it come together.

*If spinach is chosen add 100gm or more of flour to the dough.

  1. Set up your pasta machine, dust it with a little flour. Cut pasta dough into 4 pieces; flatten gently with your hand. Place the pasta machine onto the widest hole, each machine will have a different numbering/measuring system.Rolling pasta
  2. Turn the handle and feed the pasta through, each piece of pasta dough should be passed through each number 3 times so you get a nice and smooth pasta. If the pasta becomes a little sticky, just sprinkle with a little more flour.Rolling pasta 3
  3. After you have passed the dough through the thinnest number 3 times, attach the fettuccini or spaghetti cutter and pass the pasta through once. If you could like shorter noodles cut the sheets of pasta to desired length prior to passing through cutter.Cutting pasta
  4. Boil a large saucepan of water with a pinch of salt, cook pasta of 3 minutes or until ‘al dente’ strain and serve with your favourite sauce.

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Freeform apple pie

This apple pie is a delectable, warm and quick twist on a classic dessert. The aroma from the spices will appeal to your senses and permeate your kitchen with a gorgeous woody earthy smell.

Using store bought shortcrust pastry makes this a super quick recipe.

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Placing some frangipane mixture beneath the apples, prevents the pastry from becoming soggy.

I think peeling apples is optional, keeping the skin on adds some flavour, texture and loads of nutrients as loads of vitamins are in the apple skins.

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Ingredients:

Frangipane mixture

4Tb almond meal

2 egg yolks (save the whites)

1Tb brown sugar

2Tb Milk (I use coconut for a nice nutty flavour)

1tsp cornflour

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Apple mixture

5 pink lady apples (you could use granny smith apples if you liked a more tart apple pie)

1tsp ground ginger

1tsp lemon juice

1tsp cinnamon

4Tb brown sugar

2Tb dried blueberries (optional)

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Pastry

2 pieces store bought short crust pastry

2 eggs whites (from the frangipane mixture)

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Method:

  1. Pre- heat oven to 180C quarter steam and heat/25% steam*. Cut apples in half, core, cut each piece into thirds.
  2. Add sugar, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon and 2Tb water (optional add blueberries), stir to combine. Place onto a medium heat, and cook for 10minutes, stirring regularly. Make sure that the liquid does not run out and apples stick to the bottom or burn, if required add 1 extra tablespoon of water at a time.
  3. Cut corner from the pastry, creating a curve shape.
  4. Mix together all ingredients for frangipane mixture.
  5. Divide frangipane mixture into 2.
  6. Line a baking tray with paper, depending on the size of your tray you may need to use 2.
  7. In the centre of the piece of pastry, place half of the frangipane mixture and spread out, leaving a 4 cm edge around the pastry. Repeat with the second piece of pastry.
  8. Place apples on top of frangipane mixture, fold pastry into a parcel, pressing the corners in firmly.
  9. Brush with egg white mixture. Bake for 15minutes on quarter steam and heat.
  10. Serve wedges of pie with a dollop of ice cream, cream or custard.

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*if you do not have a combination steam oven, you can use a fan forced oven at 180C. The difference you may see in the final product is that using a combination steam oven, will be the lightness and fluffiness in the pastry.

Quinoa Porridge with Steamed Pears

Quinoa Porridge with Steamed Pears

Steamed pears on quinoa porridge

Steaming pears in a combination steam oven produces a nicely steamed pear that holds its shape and colour.

This protein packed breakfast is full of colour, flavour and nutrients. It is really versatile, play around with flavours with different types of milks or fruits.

1cup water

½ cup quinoa (any colour of your choice)

1 cup of coconut milk (or any other milk)

1 pear

1Tb dried cranberries

1Tb pistachios

½ tsp cinnamon

1Tb honey

Extra honey to serve

  1. Pre-heat combination steam oven to full steam.
  2. Cut pear in half, remove core. Cut each half into quarters. Place onto a tray sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey.
  3. Place into steam oven and steam for 15minutes.
  4. While pears are steaming, rinse quinoa under warm water.
  5. Place rinsed quinoa and 1cup of water into a small saucepan, bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 15minutes.
  6. Add coconut milk and cook for a further 5minutes until creamy.
  7. Spoon into serving bowls, top with wedges of pear, sprinkle with pistachios and cranberries, drizzle with honey.

quinoa and coconut porridge

 

Cinnamon Churros

Cinnamon churros are delicious golden strips of deep fried dough, tossed in cinnamon sugar, what’s not to love !!!You can serve them as is or with a side of Nutella, melted chocolate or caramel sauce.

cinnamon churros with a side of Nutella

They can be whipped up in no time at all. To squeeze them into a shape you will need a piping bag with a star nozzle, most large chain supermarkets supply these.

Always use metal tongs to submerge the churros into hot oil to save any splash back burns.

Ingredients

1/3 cup caster sugar, plus 1 Tbsp extra

1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup plain flour

2 litres vegetable oil, to deep-fry

Cinnamon churros

Method:

  1. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon in a shallow plate. Place a wire rack over a baking tray. Line another baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Combine 1 cup water, olive oil and extra sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil. Add flour all at once, stirring until it forms a ball and comes away from sides of pan. Remove from heat.
  3. Heat vegetable oil to 180C in a deep fryer or large, deep saucepan over high heat (test with the a small amount of the dough if it bubbles the oil is ready).
  4. Transfer dough to a strong fabric piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm star tube. Pipe warm dough on the lined tray into even lengths (this is up to you, long sticks, bites, S’s or U shapes).
  5. Carefully transfer about 4 lengths of dough to the hot oil. Cook for 3-5 mins or until churros are golden and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer churros to the wire rack to drain for 30 secs, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining dough and sugar mixture.

Serve churros tossed in cinnamon or if you are feeling extra wicked try some melted chocolate or Nutella !

cinnamon churros dipped in Nutella

Pad See Ew

Pad See Ew

This quick and easy stir fry dish will satisfy the fussiest of eaters. If you like a little spice, chop up some chili and add it in with the garlic and shallots (step 4).

This meal will be on the table within 20 minutes, so you’ll never need to go for take out again. This recipe serves 2, it can easily be multiplied to serve a large number of people.

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Ingredients:

200 grams fresh rice noodles

1Tb Kecap Manis

1Tb oyster sauce

1TB soy sauce

1 ½ Tb peanut oil

100 grams sliced beef

1 clove garlic

2 stems Chinese broccoli

2 eggs

60 grams (1 Cup bean sprouts)

Salt and pepper

1 shallot

Method:

  1. Prepare the noodles following packet directions. Combine the Kecap Manis, oyster sauce and soy sauce in a small bowl. Chop Chinese broccoli into 2cm pieces. Finely chop garlic and shallot.
  2. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat one-third of the oil in a wok/fry pan over high heat. Stir-fry half the beef for 2 minutes or until browned. Repeat with half the remaining oil and the remaining beef, reheating the wok between batches.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the wok. Stir-fry the garlic and shallot for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add Chinese broccoli and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the noodles, Kecap Manis mixture, beef, egg and pepper. Cook, tossing, for 2 minutes or until the egg is cooked and the sauce reduces slightly. Top with the bean sprouts.

Serves 2

Pad See Ew

 

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Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey lemon chicken Honey lemon chicken with a side of steamed greens

This dish is so quick and simple you will never get it from the take out store again. You can cut each piece of chicken into nugget sized pieces if you prefer. I serve this dish with a big bowl of steamed greens. You could easily serve this dish with a side of rice. The benefit of using cornflour is this dish is gluten free!

Honey lemon chicken

Serves 4

2 chicken breasts

1Tb Dry Sherry

2Tb soy sauce

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

Oil for frying

¼ cup cornstartch

½ tsp baking powder

Sauce:

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup honey

2tb cornstartch

1 cup chicken stock

3tb lemon juice

1 tsp salt

1 lemon sliced

2tb vegetable oil

salt and pepper

Garnish: chopped shallots

Honey lemon chicken

Method:

  1. Slice chicken in half horizontally, so you will have 4 thin slices of chicken breast.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, sherry, soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together, cover and refrigerate. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, 1/4 cup corn-starch and baking powder to form a batter.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place vegetable oil in fry pan on a medium heat
  6. Dip chicken in the batter to coat.
  7. Place chicken into fry pan and fry until golden brown and turn over and repeat for the other side, do this for each piece of chicken breast.
  8. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, honey, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, lemon juice and 1 pinch salt, mix together until their are no lumps add stock and lemon slices. In the fry pan that you cooked the chicken pieces in place lemon sauce, on a medium heat bring the sauce to a gentle simmer.
  9. Pour sauce over chicken, sprinkle with shallots and serve.Honey lemon chicken

Shakshuka Baked eggs with tomato, parsley and feta

These Middle Eastern inspired baked eggs are super easy to make, loaded with flavour. The best part is they taste as good as they smell!
I have chosen to make these in a combination steam oven, which keeps my eggs nice and moist while cooking.
If you are cooking these in a conventional oven, cook at 180c with a lid on/covered in foil until eggs reach the desired consistency.
These recipe is super flexible, you can modify the recipe to meet your taste buds desires!
Middle eastern inspired baked eggs
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot
2 cans crushed tomato

Salt and pepper
8 eggs

2 sprigs parsley

100grams fetta cheese

¼ tsp sumac

To serve:

8 slices sourdough
1tsp nigella seeds

butter, for toast

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

½ lemon

40 grams butter

1tb olive oil
Serves: 4

Delicious baked eggs
METHOD:
1.Preheat combination oven to, 180c quarter steam and heat.
2.Finely slice shallot and parsley, cut lemon into wedges and crumble fetta cheese.
3.Grease 4 250ml ramekins (the wider lower rimmed ramekins work fantastically with this dish) generously with butter.
4. In a small fry pan, add the shallot, garlic and 1tb oil add tomatoes, bring to a simmer on a medium heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper and sumac, divide evenly amongst the dishes.
5.Break 2 eggs into each dish, pin prick each yolk, top with crumbled fetta a sprinkle of parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper.
6.Place ramekins onto a tray and into combination oven for 11 minutes, egg whites should be cooked through, but depending on preference egg yolks can be served runny or hard. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with a pinch of nigella seeds.
7. Turn combination oven to fan bake 200 ºC, place bread onto tray and gently warm through, for approximately 2 minutes.

Delicious baked eggs

TO SERVE

Serve with warm bread, a dollop of butter and lemon wedge

ALTERNATIVES

Baked eggs are delicious with a variety of flavours, try adding some chorizio or Spanish salami.

Tip: Eggs will not go rubbery in the steam oven.

Lemon coconut cake

Making a delicious cake requires just a pinch of patience. Creaming butter and sugar ensures that the sugar is distributed evenly in the butter it also allows air to be dispersed in the butter creating a light and even to rise cake, creaming is likely to take between 5-8minutes.   Adding lightly beaten egg eggs to the butter and sugar mixture and whipping for a minute on a low speed helps to incorporate air, creating a light and fluffy mixture.

Lemon Coconut cake with popping candy

INGREDIENTS
125grams butter, at room temperature.

1 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

1 cup SR flour

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2Cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 quantity of butter cream

1 lemon zested and juice squeezed out
Serves                  10

Time                     60 minutes

Difficulty            medium

Type of dish      dessert

PREPARATION
1. Heat a fan forced oven to 160C. Line a small cake tin with baking paper.

  1. Beat butter and sugar until the mixture turns an off white colour.
  2. Add the eggs, ½ the lemon rind and vanilla beat until well combined.
  3. Mix the coconut and flour in a small bowl, using a spatula fold the dry mixture alternatively with the milk.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the lined pan, use the spatula to smooth over the surface.
  5. Bake for 55-60minutes, the cake should be golden and a skewer should come out clean.

Lemon Coconut cake with popping candy

TO SERVE

Create 1 quantity of butter cream, add the lemon juice and lemon rind. Sprinkle with yellow popping candy or any other sort of small/crushed candy

See the best ever butter cream frosting

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or

Dust with icing sugar and sprinkle with yellow popping candy or any other sort of small/crushed candy.

Or serve with a thick yoghurt

Molecular Gastronomy

Tools

What is Molecular Gastronomy?

Molecular gastronomy is the science of cooking. It focuses on the reactions of ingredients and chemicals when cooking. It’s a fantastic combination of chemistry and cooking classes.

What can you do with Molecular Gastronomy?

Molecular Gastronomy is used by famous chefs, think Heston Blumenthal and home cooks alike.  Using tubes, syringes and precision measuring you can create:

  • noodles from any liquid e.g. curry sauce chocolate ganache or fruit puree
  • sand from food products with a fat content e.g. chorizo oil, peanut butter or Nutella
  • encasing a liquid into a solid shell, e.g. cocktail spheres
  • turning a liquid into a solid e.g. solid soup or smoothies

These are just a few of possibilities that you can create when mixing science and food with molecular gastronomy.

Cocktail sphere

What could you do at home?

Spherification, or the process of encasing a liquid in a solid sphere is an example of molecular gastronomy. To do this you need a high calcium content in your liquid and a sodium alginate bath. Do not fear if your liquid does not have a naturally high calcium content as you add  calcium lactate gluconate. The liquid becomes encased in a jelly-like outer. This works well for cocktails, giving you a fantastic pop in your mouth as it is consumed.

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Measuring a cocktail sphere

Making the perfect sphere

Custom flavoured noodles, imagine making chocolate noodles, fruit noodles or green curry noodles! All you need is some simply noodle powder, a syringe and some small plastic tubing. It works by placing the simply noodle powder in a liquid above 85c, filling the syringe with the liquid inserting it into the tubing and placing it into an ice water bath, rinse the syringe out fill it with water and flush the noodle out of the tube with water.

Making noodles

Chilling in an ice water bath

using water to push out the noodles

OOOH noodles

Prawns with thai green curry noodles

Flavoured soil; imagine serving the chocolate noodles with peanut butter and Nutella soil or prawns on a chilli chorizo soil. Mixing half Maltodextrin and half your choice of fat stir to incorporate, push the mix through a sieve to create a sand.

Chorizio sand

Scallop with chorizio sand

Are you interested in doing some molecular gastronomy at home or for your next dinner party, watch this space for more molecular gastronomy cooking and some recipes!

For molecular gastronomy products contact Brian via Under Ground Gourmet www.undergroundgourmet.com.au

COMBINATION STEAM OVEN JAFFA BUTTERMILK CUPCAKES

JAFFA BUTTERMILK CUPCAKES


I find using Buttermilk keeps my muffins more moist and gives them a little extra tang. The buttermilk is a perfect, slightly acidic, addition to a citrus sweet.


Combination steam oven Jaffa cupcakes

Combination steam oven Jaffa cupcakes

375grams SR flour

165grams caster sugar

1 egg, whisked

1tsp vanilla essence

160grams butter, softened.

180ml Buttermilk

1TB orange zest

1TB orange juice

Ganache

250 grams dark chocolate melts

1/3 cup cream

  1. Heat combination steam oven to 200oC quarter steam and heat/ 25% humidity.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, I used silicone bakeware.
  3. Measure the buttermilk, and stand aside (this will prevent the butter hardening up later).
  4. Cream together, butter, sugar, vanilla and orange zest, add egg and orange juice and stir to combine, alternatively add flour and Buttermilk, mixture should appear slightly lumpy.
  5. Divide mixture evenly into 12 hole muffin tin and bake for 15minutes or until evenly browned.
  6. Whilst cooking prepare ganache, by heating cream and pouring over chocolate until chocolate has melted. If chocolate does not melt completely, oven a gentle heat or double boiler heat until melted.
  7. Once cupcakes are cool to touch, individually dip into ganache and sprinkle with orange zest.

Left over ganache keep well in the refrigerator, can be re-heated and tastes amazing on ice-cream !