Looking for something nice to have with a coffee this afternoon, I decided to have a go at Choux Pastry again. The first time I tried they didn’t puff up, so I was so pleased when these came out lovely and airy. Thought I would try doughnut shape instead of the traditional way. Very tricky to eat this way but then again I did make extra large man size ones……lol! They were absolutely delicious. Perfect for our afternoon coffee.
115g Strong Flour
4 tbsp milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of caster sugar
55g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
300ml double cream
100g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavouring you wish)
100g Chocolate (if using on top)
Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and flour
Put the water, milk, salt, sugar and butter into a pan and bring to the boil on a medium heat until the butter is melted.
Remove from the heat and sieve in the flour and beat vigorously until it forms a dough then cook on a very low heat for 5 minutes.
Leave to cool slightly. Beat the eggs then add in little at a time beating well between each egg. You want a smooth glossy finished dough.
Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 4 rings, approx 4 inch diameter onto the baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes at 200 deg then turn down to 170 deg for 10 minutes or until they have risen well and golden brown. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, pour the cream and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until just slightly thickened, then add the icing sugar and continue to whisk until desired thickness. Spoon into a piping bag with the star nozzle.
Cut the cooked Choux in half and pipe the cream into the middle then place the top on. Dust with some icing sugar. If using chocolate, melt chocolate in a microwave for 2 minutes then spoon on top and refrigerate to harden (about 10 minutes). Serve.
O.M.G!! What can I say………….this little creation is my best yet……absolutely delicious! 10/10 my boyfriend said….lol!
I just love a relaxing saturday afternoon baking, while my boyfriend was watching the Rugby I was listening to my favourite tunes by Imagine Dragons and creating some little afternoon delights.
140g Golden Caster Sugar
140g Self Raising Flour
5 tbsp milk
100g milk or dark chocolate drops (whichever you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp almond extract
250g icing sugar
Green food colouring
Preheat oven to 160 deg.
Line a Muffin tin with cases.
Blitz the pistachios in a blender under finely chopped. (keep a little back for decoration)
Mix flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla essence, almond extract and pistachios in an electric mixer until well blended and smooth.
Divide the mixture between the cases and then push some chocolate chips into each one.
Bake in the oven for about 23-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Leave to cool on a rack after.
Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp at a time of water until you get a thick but still slightly running texture. Then drop 1 or 2 drops of food colour into icing to make a pale green colour.
Melt some chocolate in the microwave for the decoration. About 1 minute – 1m30secs.
When cakes are cool, top with the icing, then left over pistachios and drizzle with the chocolate. Refrigerate for about 1/2 hr to harden.
Two exciting things happened today, I used my new pasta toy from Kitchenaid and made fresh pasta for the first time, then I created an amazing bake and baked it using my automatic baked pasta setting on my Hotpoint oven……such a great day in my kitchen today. I love it when new Technology just work!
I was inspired to give this a try after seeing and tasting it at a Kitchen Aid event I attended recently. Beautiful flavour, and perfect for my New Years Day steak pie. So I gave it a trial run…..delicious! I even went all out and made proper Goose fat roasties. Mmmmm.
Makes enough for 10-12 people
500g red cabbage – sliced
250g onions – chopped
250g cooking apples – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 garlic clove
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 heaped tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Preheat your oven to 150 deg
Shred the cabbage then start to layer your dish, cabbage, seasoning, onions, apple, spices and sugar. Continue to layer up.
Now pour in the red wine vinegar and top with the butter.
Put a lid onto the casserole dish and cook for about 2.5 hours.
This is great as any leftovers you can pop in freezer for a later date or even use through a pie.
Having some left over potatoes, I wanted something filling for lunch so decided on these little tasty bites. Again using my crisper plate they were ready on only 12 minutes. Quick lunch. Tasty lunch. I added a couple of eggs too for protein.
300g charlotte potatoes
50g parmesan cheese – hard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano dried
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
Firstly grated the parmesan into a bowl, add in the oregano, paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder and mix
Wash and slice the potatoes, I cut approx 1cm thick or just under. Pat dry with kitchen paper and toss in the olive oil to coat.
Put the potatoes into the parmesan mix to thoroughly coat
Preheat the crisper plate on dynamic crisp setting for 3 minutes, remove and empty the potates onto the plate
Bake on crisper setting for 12 minutes. If adding in the eggs….remove plate with 2 minutes left on clock and crack in the eggs. Cook further. If you like runner eggs, add in at 1.30 mins left.
I just love playing with my food….lol! I was feeling in a creative mood this morning so rather than smashing the avocado (as I normally do) I thought it’s time to try the Avocado Rose bowl design that has been going about for a while now. Not only did I master that, since it’s February, the month of Love, a wee love heart appeared also.
Here’s how to do it.
Little oil and a sharp knife
Firstly rub your knife and your work surface with a little oil, this helps the knife glide smoothly through the avocado.
Slowly slice the avocado as thinly as you can.
Wet your fingers slightly, then slowly fan out the avocado slices to make a long line or u shape.
Gently start to roll up into your rose bowl design or in fact any design you want to.
I then placed on a piece of toast with a poached egg inside and devoured!
I was inspired to try these by a local baker I met this week, I have to say I didn’t quite get the custard as I would have liked but they did taste absolutely divine.
For the filling:
3 large free range eggs, plus 2 large free range egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 pint of single cream (2 cups)
2 ounces caster sugar (a scant 1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 whole nutmegs, grated
1 tsp of softened butter
For the toffee sauce:
150g caster sugar
75ml pot double cream
3-4 sheets Filo Pastry
1/2 Lady Red Apple – sliced very thinly
Place the cream and vanilla into a saucepan and bring it up to a simmer.
Whisk the beaten eggs and sugar together in a large heatproof jug.
Slowly pour the hot cream over the beaten eggs, whisking continuously.
Whisk in half of the nutmeg.
Carefully pour the whisked mixture into the pastry case and scatter the rest of the nutmeg over top.
Bake for 10 minutes, then place the sliced apple on top carefully, place back in the oven for a further 20 mins or until the filling is golden brown, firm in the centre and slightly puffed.
Meanwhile, cut the filo pastry into squares, size to fit your muffin tin. Lightly grease your tin.
Brush the filo with melted butter and place 3 squares on top of each other to form a star shape, carefully press into muffin tin.
Now to make the toffee, tip the sugar into a heavy-based frying pan, stir in 4 tbsp water, then place over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Turn up the heat and bubble for 4-5 mins until you have caramel.
Take off the heat, then carefully stir in the cream and butter.
Once oven has finished, remove and spread the toffee over the top and allow to cool for about 1 hour. Serve! Yummy!
I cheated slightly with this and used ready made cake mix.
200g Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup sour cream – approx 75ml
1/4 cup water – 75ml
2 large bananas – sliced
100g shredded coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 180 deg, grease the baking tin with spray oil.
With an electric mixer, beat cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream on low until combined. Beat on high for 2 minutes
Place banana slices evenly on bottom of tin.
In a small saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and lemon juice and heat until dissolved. (approx 40 secs) Pour the brown sugar mixture into the cake tin over the bananas. Sprinkle coconut over brown sugar sauce.
Pour over the cake mixture and spread evenly.
Bake in oven for approx 40 mins. (If you have a Hotpoint Luce oven, use the dessert setting to bake).
Let it cool for 5 mins then serve with some ice cream, custard or even just some whipped cream. YUMMY!!