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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.

Scrumptious apple and blueberry crumble

Scrumptious apple and blueberry crumble

As the temperature begins to drop, there is a need for some scrumptious warm winter desserts. This crumble is amazing. I have separated the crumble mixture from the apple mixture, as you could easily add this delicious crumble to the top of other fruits such as apricots, pears or prunes. If you could imagine a very ‘adult’ version of a crumble, imagine baked apricots, prunes with some muscat and a crumble topping!! TOTALLY DIVINE !

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Stewed apples

4 apples

¼ cup water

2Tb brown sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1Tb dried blueberries

2Tb white chocolate bits

 

Crumble

½ cup plain flour

¼ cup brown sugar

50grams butter (at room temperature)

¼ cup quick oats

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  1. Pre-heat oven to fan grill, place a tray on a lower shelf in the oven.
  2. Chop apples into quarters, remove core, chop each piece into thirds.
  3. Place into a large saucepan with water, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, cook over a medium heat until soft, 10-15minutes.
  4. Prepare crumble mixture, by placing all ingredients into a bowl, rub the butter between your thumb and index finger until the mixture is a uniform consistency.
  5. Into 4 individual or 1 large soufflé dish or any other oven proof dish, place the apples, scatter the white chocolate bits and blueberries. Scatter the crumble mixture over the top.
  6. Place crumble onto an oven tray, pop into the oven and allow crumble topping to become nice and golden.IMG_3418

7. Serve with a dollop of ice cream or cream.

This mixture can use pie apples, you will need to make sure they are warmed through.

This dish is suitable to freeze.

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.

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White chocolate and Cinnamon Palmiers

White chocolate and Cinnamon Palmiers

Palmiers are bites sized pastries that have a heart shape, light and sweet morsels of sweet goodness, when baking the sugar caramelizes adding a rich flavor to these little pastry bites. These are a great to whip up when hosting and afternoon tea. Cinnamon and white chocolate is a perfect flavor combination. These light and fluffy pastries will set your taste buds into over drive mode. Best of all they can be made ahead and placed in the freezer and baked as required (after step 4).

The addition of steam helps us achieve that beautiful ‘puffy’ flaky pastry’, if you do not have a combination steam oven fan bake at 180C for a couple of extra minutes.

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Ingredients

2 sheets puff pastry

2tsp cinnamon

2Tb brown sugar

120grams white chocolate

  1. Preheat combination steam oven to 180C quarter steam or standard convection over to 180C fan bake. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Sprinkle ingredients evenly over 2 sheets of pastry.
  3. Fold the left side and right side of the pastry in to the centre and lightly press, fold the left side and the right side of the pastry in half again.
  4. Cut into 1cm lengths. Place onto baking trays with a 1cm gap between palmiers.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until pastry is golden.
  6. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Melt white chocolate, dip half of each palmier into white chocolate, place onto the baking paper and allow to cool.IMG_3070

Serve with tea of coffee or as a part of a high tea platter.

Salt n pepper Squid with homemade aioli

Salt ‘n pepper squid

This extraordinary seafood dish is a crowd favorite. It is easy to prepare, it cooks very quickly, you will need to have all of your equipment ready. Salt ‘n pepper squid is suitable for an entree or main it can even be served as a canape!

Most seafood outlets will sell the squid clean or clean it for you. Cleaning squid isn’t complex, it can get a little messy.

To get your squid to curl make sure you score the inside.

Pieces can be cut into the size of your choice, I usually aim to cut a squid in half and to get 5 pieces from each half (10 per squid) this is a substantial portion when served with salad/fries. If you are making a large quantity, line a tray with baking paper and pre heat the oven to 140C to keep squid warm, this is a handy trick if you are preparing the squid for a dinner party !

The homemade aioli is moorish and surprisingly simple, made with a hand held blender and a tall narrow jug in a couple of seconds !

Salt n pepper squid

Ingredients

4 squid tubes

½ cup flour

½ tsp chili

100grams mixed lettuce

1 lemon

1tsp salt

1tsp pepper

Aioli

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ lemon, juice only

1 pinch cayenne pepper

Serves 4

Method:

  1. Cut each squid hood in half lengthways. Using a sharp knife score inside in a criss-cross pattern. Cut each piece in half lengthways. Cut each strip crossways into 4 pieces. Pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Heat 1cm of vegetable oil in a wok or frypan over medium-high heat.
  3.  Combine flour, pepper, salt and chilli in a shallow dish. Lightly toss squid in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Cook, turning, for 2 minutes or until light golden.
  4. Serve with salad greens and lemon wedges.

Aioli:

  1. Crush the garlic extremely well, then add the egg yolk and salt. Whisk together until well combined.
  2. Add olive oil and garlic into a jug, pulse with a stick mixer until garlic is pureed. Add remaining ingredients, turn the stick mixer on whilst it is submerged and pull the stick mixer towards you slowly. The aoili is done !Salt n pepper squid

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian sushi is a great meal or snack for any age. Kids really enjoy eating sushi and making it. It can be made into little pieces that they can easily grab. Children love being engaged in the production of a meal. Sushi is a great recipe for children to help with as the degree of difficulty is easily differentiated, children can help chop or simply roll the sushi.

Best of all sushi is really versatile, everyone can pick ‘n mix the flavours that they want to enjoy in a sushi roll. You could easily add some omelette, grilled chicken or tuna. 

Ingredients:

215g (1 cup) koshihikari rice

375ml (1 1/2 cups) water

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

4 nori sheets

1/2 small ripe avocado, peeled, mashed

1/2 small Lebanese cucumber, cut into thin strips

1/2 small red capsicum, deseeded, cut into thin strips

1/2 carrot cut into thin strips

Soy sauce and wasabi, to serve

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Method

  1. Combine the rice and water in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to very low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Place the rice in a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon or rice paddle to break up any lumps. Gradually add the vinegar and gently fold through the rice (the rice shouldn’t become too wet). Set aside, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until completely cool.
  2. Place a nori sheet, shiny-side down, on a clean work surface. Use wet hands to spread one-quarter of the rice mixture over half the nori sheet, leaving a 2cm-wide border along the edge closest to you. Spread one-quarter of the avocado across the centre of the rice. Arrange one-quarter of the capsicum and cucumber across the avocado and a piece of carrot. Roll up firmly to enclose filling. Brush edge of nori with warm water to seal. Repeat with remaining nori, rice, avocado, capsicum, cucumber and carrot. Set rolls aside, seam-side down, for 5 minutes to rest.

To serve: Cut each roll into 6 pieces. Serve with soy sauce.

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Cheesecake parfait

These little cups of awesomeness will blow your tastebuds away. Deliciously light and fluffy. The recipe is versatile, you can top with any flavour you desire. I have chosen passionfruit,  you could try chocolate nutella, chocolate, mars bar, oreo, the options are endless.

Best of all these cheesecake parfaits look awesome. These were made in plastic glasses to take to a BBQ, if you are travelling with these cheesecake cups add the topping and cream just before serving.

IMG_8877Ingredients:

50g plain biscuits, finely crushed

15g unsalted butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

100g cream cheese, at room temperature

2 tablespoons caster sugar

2 teaspoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

125ml (1/2 cup) thickened cream

60ml passionfruit pulp

Optional: Double cream, to serve

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Method:

  1. Combine the biscuit crumbs, butter and cinnamon in small bowl. Divide half the biscuit mixture between four 125-180ml (1/2-3/4C) capacity serving glasses or ramekins and press firmly to cover the base. Place in the fridge to chill.
  2. Use an electric beater to beat the cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla in bowl until very soft.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream in another bowl until soft peaks form. Fold into the cream into the cheese mixture in 2 batches.
  4. Spread half the cream cheese mixture gently over the biscuit mixture. Top with the remaining biscuit mixture, then the remaining cream cheese mixture.
  5. Pour the passionfruit mixture over the cheesecakes.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until you are ready to consume.

Option: to serve with an dollop of double cream

Mini chocolate bundt cakes with Nutella ganache

Mini chocolate bundt cakes with Nutella ganache

These little bundts are super adorable, rich, nutty and mega chocolaty! Baby bundts are only small so they cook super quickly, look super cute and the portion size is perfect for such a rich chocolate cake!
Nuttella ganache, explains itself really !!

 

200grams butter

200grams dark chocolate

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

1tsp vanilla

3/4 C plain flour (sifted)

4Tb cocoa powder

4Tb white chocolate bits

Nutella Ganache

3/4C Nutella

1Cup cream

½ cup milk chocolate

chocolate bundt with nutella ganachePreheat combination steam oven to 180C quarter steam and heat. Spray 12 mini bundt tins with oil. If you do not have a combination steam oven bake at 180C fan forced.

  1. Place butter, sugar and chocolate into a small saucepan heat on low and allow to melt, stir, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix eggs and vanilla, add melted butter mixture and stir to combine. Add flour and cocoa stir to combine.
  3. Fill bundt pans with the brownie mixture, leaving 1cm between the top of the pan. Sprinkle each bundt with a couple of white chocolate bits.
  4. Bake for 12-14minutes.
  5. Ganache: Place the cream into a small saucepan, heat on low until warm, remove from heat add Nutella and chocolate stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool. The ganache will go very hard as cooled you can always pipe when stiff or zap in the microwave to cool down.

To serve:

Invert baby bundts, allow to cool or serve warm dust with icing sugar fill with Nutella ganache!

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Best ever one bowl brownies

These delicious fudgy brownies have been made in one bowl. I baked the brownies with a hint of steam. Baking with a little steam keeps your baked goods nice and moist. If you do not own a combination steam oven you can bake these in a standard convection oven at the same temperature, they may require a couple of extra minutes in the oven.

one bowl brownieIngredients:

200g dark chocolate

50grams white chocolate melts

225grams butter

250grams white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

170grams plain flour

6Tb cocoa

1Tb icing sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C quarter steam and heat/25% humidity. Grease and line the base of a 20cm square pan. Roughly chop the dark chocolate.
  2. Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave, add the sugar cocoa and vanilla still until well combined, add the dark chocolate and stir until it is all dissolved.
  3. Add the eggs into the bowl one at a time, stirring well after each addition, add the white chocolate melts. Sift the flour and cocoa into the mixture and mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into lined pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool in the pan, then cut into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.

Optional: Add 100 grams chopped walnuts, or 50 grams chopped jersey caramels, add these in step 3.

Makes 12 generous pieces

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