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  • Mini Croquembouche – Not for the Faint-Hearted
    Baking Recipes
    Mini Croquembouche – Not for the Faint-Hearted
    Inspiration taken from Delicious Magazine Dec/Jan Issue Recipe for Pate a Choux adapted from Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard Recipe for Caramel Sugar from Delicious Magazine Dec/Jan Issue Pate a choux 1 cup of bread flour or plain flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup of full-fat milk 85g unsalted butter 4 large eggs 1 large egg for egg wash Caramel Sugar 250g caster sugar 100ml water 2 tablespoons glucose syrup A tub of good-quality vanilla ice cream To make pate a choux 1/ Sift together the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. 2/ Bring the water, milk and butter to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. At the boil, remove the pan from the heat and add the flour mixture all at once. Using a sturdy spoon, stir vigorously to combine. 3/ Return the mixture to medium heat and store constantly in figure eights. Cook for at least 4 minutes, or until the mixture has a smooth, mashed-potato-like appearance. This helps to brak down the starch and develop the gluten, Remove it from the heat. 4/ Transfer the hot mixture tot he bowl of a standing mixier fitted with a paddle attachment or use a hand mixer. Mix on low speed for 1 or 2 minutes. Add the eggs on at a time. Be sure to let the batter absorb each egg and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula before adding…
  • Fattouch with a twist
    Cheap Eats Recipes
    Fattouch with a twist
    In an attempt at being a little more healthy I converted one of my all-time favourite salads to include a wholegrain and less fat. I went on an accidental healthfood shopping spree with a friend and I picked up a packet of the ancient grain, quinoa, which seems to have suddenly taken the health-conscience western world by storm. It was simple to prepare and its addition did not seem to interfere with the true essence of the recipe. Instead of deep-fried flatbread, I used toasted, leftover sourdough bread. I must confess, the inclusion of these croutons was more out of frugality than mere health concerns. We had a remaining half a loaf from the previous nights delicious beef bourguignon. I couldn't bear to see it go to waste. It toasted up a treat and I added it in at the very moment I was ready to consume this superfood salad. These bite-size cubes can get very soggy when sitting in the dressing. Ingredients Recipe adapted from New Flavours of the Lebanese Table┬áby Nada Saleh 2 tablespoons organic white quinoa 2 roma tomatoes 1 cucumber 4 radishes 1/2 red onion 4 leaves of cos lettuce handful of flat parsley leaves half-handful of fresh mint juice of half a lemon 1 teaspoon of pomegranate molasses 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil approx 2 large slices of sourdough bread 1/2 teaspoon sumac 1/ Rinse the quinoa in a bowl of water and drain. Fill a small pot with water…
  • Glorious Butter Cake
    American Recipes
    Glorious Butter Cake
    I was recently given a set of Jamie Oliver DVD's as a housewarming gift. It took me a while to get around to them but I finally watched the Ministry of Food the other day and was really surprised that someone could feed their toddler doner kebabs every night. It was also frustrating to see that almost an entire town of people were at risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity because they didn't know how to cook. Whatever happened to learning how to cook from your parents?! One of the tasks that Jamie set for himself and the group of people participating in the show was to pass on a recipe. It's so magical how a simple task like this can really change a community. I've made this cake for my family, friends and colleagues over the years and everyone has been enamoured by this glorious slice of heaven. It's a simple cake. Not just in terms of ingredients but also preparation. I love making it just to see the look of comfort and disbelief in people's eyes when they devour a slice of this yummy cake. I have been asked for this recipe many times. This is the first time I have actually put pen to paper. So, here it is my dearest friends and family. Enjoy. Glorious Butter Cake Adapted from allrecipes.com 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2…