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Upside Down Pecan Carrot Cake

This amazing cake is so delicious and moist and yet is cooked in a Microwave??!!  Now, before you back away from the recipe shaking your head in horror – please, please give it a go.  It just doesn’t taste at all like its been cooked in the microwave.  Honestly!

The main product used for this is a brand new one which is coming out in March (2015!) and is going to be fondly called the “baby Rockcrok” (or officially the 1.9ltr Rockcrok Casserole).  It may be that the Rockcrok actually helps in making this taste like it wasn’t cooked in a microwave – I haven’t tried it in anything else to compare it.  If, however, you try it out and don’t have (yet!) a Rockcrok please do let me know how it goes.

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Serves 6-8

Ingredients

50g butter
175g dark soft brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons water
100g pecan halves, divided
200g trimmed and peeled carrots (prepared weight)
150g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
2 eggs
150ml sunflower oil

Method

  • Melt butter, 50g of the sugar and water in baby Rockcrok (1.9lt) on hob over medium heat 3-5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to bubble, stirring continuously.  Remover Casserole from heat.  Cool for 2 minutes.
  • Starting on the outside edge of the casserole, carefully place about 85g of the pecans upside down, close together in a circular patter, in brown sugar mixture.  Set aside.  Coarsely chop remaining pecans using Food Chopper; set aside.
  • Grate carrots using Microplane Adjustable Coarse Grater into Classic Batter Bowl.  Add remaining sugar, flour baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice, orange zest (easiest tool for this is the Microplane Zester) and chopped pecans to the grated carrot.
  • In Small Batter Bowl, whisk eggs and oil together using Stainless Whisk.  Pour egg mixture into the carrot mixture; mix until well combined using Small Mix ‘N Scraper.  Spoon mixture into Casserole and level surface.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 7-9 minutes or until cake tester or wooden cocktail stick comes out clean when inserted into centre of sponge (the top will look quite moist and sides shrunken slightly away).  Remove cake from microwave to Stackable Cooling Rack.  Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.  Carefully invert cake onto serving plate.  Serve warm (with or without cream!) or cold.

Microwave cooking times are tested using 900w microwave oven.  Please adjust according to suit your microwave oven.

 

 

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The Pampered Chef ® Cinnamon Spiced Apple Cake Recipe

Apple Cake ready for the oven.

Apple Cake ready for the oven.

This recipe is a fabulous winter warmer pudding.  Perfect with custard (in my opinion!) and so easy to make my daughter made it for us!

Ingredients

1 unwaxed lemon
3 eggs
175 g butter, softened
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
175 g self-raising flour
2 sweet apples such as Gala or Coxes (about 250 g total weight)
25 g demerara sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190ºC/fan 170ºC/Gas 5.
  2. Finely zest lemon using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater to measure half teaspoon zest. Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into (250-ml) Prep Bowl to measure 2 tablespoons juice.
  3. Lightly whisk eggs in (500-ml) Easy Read Measuring Cup using Stainless Whisk; set aside.
  4. In Classic Batter Bowl, mix together butter, dark brown sugar, mixed spice, lemon zest, lemon juice and half teaspoon of cinnamon using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®, until well combined.
  5. Gradually add small quantities of egg, then flour, to the butter mixture, mixing each addition until well combined. Spoon cake mixture into Square Baker; level mixture and set aside.
  6. On Cutting Board, cut unpeeled apples into quarters using Forged Cutlery Utility Knife. Cut away cores; discard. Thinly slice apple quarters and arrange apple slices, overlapping slightly, in three straight lines on top of cake mixture.

    Nearly Ready Spice Apple Cake

    Nearly Ready Spice Apple Cake

  7. Mix demerara sugar and remaining cinnamon together in clean Prep Bowl. Sprinkle evenly over top of apple slices.
  8. Bake 40 – 45 minutes or until the tip of a sharp knife comes out clean from the centre of the cake. Cut cake into portions and serve using Mini-Serving Spatula.
Scrumptious steaming hot apple cake, ready for eating!

Scrumptious steaming hot apple cake, ready for eating!

Yield: Serves 9 – 12

Per serving: Nutrition information per serving (serving 12): Energy 1046kJ/250kcal, Protein 3.6g, Carbohydrate 29.7g, Sugars 18.8g, Fat 14.1g, Saturated fat 8.2g, Fibre 0.7g, Salt 0.4g

Cook’s Tip: Serve this quick and easy cake warm with custard or whipped cream for a delicious winter pudding. Alternatively, serve cold with morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Use Adjustable Measuring Spoons to accurately measure the spices, lemon zest and juice.
Substitute the lemon zest and juice with orange zest and juice, if desired.

© 2014 The Pampered Chef used under license.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus-Curry Dressing

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spicy Pork Burger.  Yummy!   (Apology for the slightly blurry image!)

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spicy Pork Burger. Yummy!
(Apology for the slightly blurry image!)

This salad is the one that I usually serve with the Indoor/Outdoor Burger but is a gorgeous salad all on its own.  The dressing is really luxurious and different.  I would be happy to eat this salad with a couple of friends for a really easy lunch or use it as a side salad with the burgers for 5 or 6 people.  As always, its a Pampered Chef recipe so it is incredibly easy to make, especially if you have a Pampered Chef Serrated Peeler.  This makes easy work of peeling the delicious, if a bit tricky, sweet potatoes!

Ingredients

3 large sweet potatoes (about 1kg in weight), peeled
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1 Red-skinned eating apple
2 sticks of celery
2 spring onions
150g fresh rocket leaves
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 orange (4 tbsp juice & 1tsp zest)
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
1 teaspoon mild or medium curry powder (or to taste)

Method
1. Cut potatoes crossways into 1cm slices using Santoku Knife; cut slices in half (or quarters if big). Put in Classic Batter Bowl; add oil and toss to coat.
2. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on Rectangle Stone; & season. Bake about 25 minutes, until potatoes are tender and beginning to brown round edges. Remove from oven, cool slightly.
3. For dressing add all ingredients to Measure, Mix and Pour and whisk well until well blended and smooth; (using Microplane Zester, Citrus Press, Mini Measure All Cup & Adjustable Measuring Spoons)
4. Place potatoes in Bamboo Fibre Bowl. Core apple with Apple Wedger and Food Chopper and chop celery with Utility Knife. Use Professional Shears to snip spring onions. Add to potatoes.
5. Drizzle about 5 tbsp of the dressing over potato mixture; toss gently to mix. Place some rocket leaves on plate; drizzle with a little dressing. Place potato mixture over rocket and serve with burgers.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad without the dressing.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad without the dressing.

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Nigella’s Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken – Stoneware Style

IMG_4296This fabulous recipe is Nigella’s which I have adapted for stoneware use.  This essentially means it has become a “Chuck and Bung” recipe with no need to return to the oven until its cooked – my favourite!!

The fabulous smell as this cooks is really summery which, obviously right now is perfect, though I am convinced I shall be making it in the depths of winter too as it is a real hit with ALL the family!

My final comment on this recipe is that it has completely removed the fear of boning a whole chicken myself.  I followed a brilliant video that The Pampered Chef team posted (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiwHpDtZHOE) and I LOVE that I have gained a new skill in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken (approx. 2.25kg / 4½lbs) cut into 10 pieces
  • 1 bulb of garlic (separated into unpeeled cloves)
  • 2 unwaxed lemons (cut into chunks using Veggie Wedger)
  • 1 handful fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 150 ml white wine
  • black pepper

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 145°C fan/ 160°C/gas mark 3/325ºF.
  2. Put the chicken pieces into Rectangular Baker and add the garlic cloves, lemon chunks and the thyme; just roughly pull the leaves off the stalks, leaving some intact for strewing over later. Add the oil and using your hands mix everything together, then spread the mixture out, making sure all the chicken pieces are skin side up.
  3. Sprinkle over the white wine and grind on some pepper.IMG_4295
  4. Pop into the oven for approx 1 hr 45 mins.  Serve with new potatoes and green beans.

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Pampered Chef Citrus Berry Trifle

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(Here is the trifle still under construction!)

This trifle is a really fresh and tasty recipe.  Its perfect for any summer entertaining you might have and looks absolutely fabulous in the Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl.

Ingredients

4-5 limes, divided
175 g full fat soft cheese, softened
150 ml sweetened condensed milk
350 ml whipping cream or double cream, whipped to form soft peaks, divided
450 g fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries or blueberries
450 g Madeira cake, cut into 2.5 cm cubes
600 ml (about 400 g) lemon sorbet, softened slightly (if necessary)
20 g flaked almonds, toasted
Additional fresh berries, to decorate (optional)

Method

  1. Slice 2 limes using Ultimate Mandoline fitted with v-shaped blade; set aside. Using Zester/Scorer, zest remaining limes; finely chop zest using Chef’s Knife to measure 2 teaspoons zest. Juice limes into Easy Read Measuring Cup using Citrus Press to measure 125 ml juice.
  2. In Classic Batter Bowl, whisk together soft cheese, condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest using Stainless Whisk, until smooth and combined. Attach open star tip to Easy Accent® Decorator; fill with about one-third of the whipped cream and set aside. Gently fold remaining whipped cream into soft cheese mixture with Small Mix ‘N Scraper®, until smooth; set aside. Slice strawberries with Egg Slicer Plus™. Place mixed berries in Small Batter Bowl.
  3. Cut Madeira cake into 2.5-cm cubes on Cutting Board using Bread Knife. To assemble trifle, place half of Madeira cake cubes into bottom of Trifle Bowl. Top with half of the lemon sorbet using Small Scoop or Medium Scoop; spread evenly. Top sorbet with half of the berries and half of the soft cheese mixture. Arrange lime slices in a circular pattern against inside of bowl to decorate. Repeat layers once with remaining Madeira cake cubes, sorbet, berries and soft cheese mixture.
  4. Pipe whipped cream rosettes around rim of trifle using decorator. Coarsely chop almonds using Food Chopper; sprinkle over top of trifle before serving. Decorate with lime slices and additional berries, if desired. Serve.

Yield: Serves 16

Per serving: Energy 1382 kJ/329 kcal; Protein 3.4 g; Carbohydrate 29.9 g; Fat 22.6 g; Saturated Fat 13.5 g; Fibre 0.6 g; Salt 0.4 g

Cook’s Tip: Any flavour of sorbet, such as mango, raspberry, apricot or dark cherry can be used in this recipe, if desired.

Chilled fresh lemon mousse may be substituted for the lemon sorbet, if desired. Scoop and spread the mousse gently, taking care not to crush too much air out of the mousse.

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(This is the finished trifle but frustratingly out of focus, sorry)

Susie Evans
Independent Director for The Pampered Chef
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Pampered Chef Fudgy Brownies with Apple Berry Salsa

These really are fudgy brownies and very, very simple.  As I made this at my show yesterday someone commented that I just ‘bang’ the recipe about and didn’t bother about “folding” and “light stirring” and “looking after all the air”.  It really isn’t needed with this recipe at all!!  The Salsa tastes absolutely fabulous with the brownies, especially when they are served warm!

My top tip for making the Brownies (this is true of all brownie recipes) – DON”T be tempted to keep them in the oven even if they don’t look totally cooked.  Its easy to ‘overbake’ brownies and end up with tasty but dry rather than fudgy brownies!!

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

 

Ingredients

  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 85g (3oz) self raising flour
  • 40g (1½ oz) cocoa powder, sifted
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 115g (4oz) margarine (melted)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C / Gas 4. Spray bottom of Medium Bar Pan with vegetable oil using Kitchen Spritzer. For brownies, in Classic Batter Bowl, combine sugar, flour, coca powder and salt; mix well.
  2. In Small Batter Bowl, whisk eggs and milk until blended using Stainless Steel Whisk. Add eggs and milk to flour mixture together with melted margarine; whisk until well blended and smooth.
  3. Pour batter into bar pan; spread evenly using Small Mix ‘N Scraper. Bake about 25 minutes or until centre is set. Do not over-bake. Remove from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely (or alternatively dive in whilst still warm!!!)

Makes 12 brownies

 

Apple Berry Salsa

This luscious salsa is the perfect accompaniment to chocolate brownies!

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smiths apples
  • 200 g / 7 oz strawberries
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 1 orange
  • 2 Tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp strawberry jam

Method

  • Cut apples into quarters; chop using Food Chopper OR chop using Manual Food Processor.
  • If using Manual Food processor add all other ingredients except strawberries (using Citrus Press to juice the orange) and lightly mix.
  • Hull strawberries with the Cooks Corer and slice with Egg Slicer Plus.  Add strawberries to sales and serve with brownies.
  • If using Food Chopper, add apple and all other ingredients except strawberries (using Citrus Press to juice the orange) to Small Batter Bowl and lightly mix using Small Mix ‘N Scraper.  Add strawberries and serve with brownies.

Serves 8 greedy people as a dessert or up 24 as a gentile taste!

Susie Evans
Independent Director for the Pampered Chef
07854 241575
http://www.pamperedchef.biz/susieevans
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Pampered Chef Strawberry Amaretti Pastries

Strawberry Amaretto Pastry... YUM!!!

Strawberry Amaretto Pastry… YUM!!!

This recipe is just a fantastic taste of Summer.  Strawberries, Cream, puff pastry… yum!!!  Next time I make them I WILL take a photo and not just wolf it down!

Ingredients

1 Packet (375g) chilled fresh ready-rolled puff pastry (1 Sheet)
60g flaked almonds, divided
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 orange
1 carton (284ml) double cream
85g sifted icing sugar, divided
115g mascarpone cheese, softened
12 large ripe strawberries, sliced
1 tsp almond extract

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/ Gas 6.  Unroll pastry sheet onto Rectangle Stone.  Trim pastry edges to make rectangle measuring 30 x 23 cm; discard trimmings.  Finely chop 40g of the almonds using Food Chopper.  Combine chopped almonds and 2 tbsp of the granulated sugar; sprinkle evenly over surface of dough.  Lightly press almond mixture into dough using Bakers Roller.
  2. Using Pizza Cutter, cut dough lengthways into three even strips; cut crossways into four even strips, making a total of 12 squares.  Separate squares and position evenly over surface of baking stone.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked, puffed and golden brown.  Remove from baking stone to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely.
  3. Zest entire orange using Zester/ Scorer.  Combine zest and remaining granulated sugar in Prep Bowl; set aside.
  4. Pour cream into Stainless 4-Litre mixing Bowl; add 45g of the icing sugar and the almond extract.  Whip using Double Balloon Whisk until cream forms soft peaks.  Combine remaining icing sugar and mascarpone cheese in Stainless 2-litrs Mixing Bowl using Master Scraper.  Add mascarpone mixture to whipped cream; whisk until combined and cream mixture is smooth and thick (don’t over-whip).  Slice strawberries using Utility Knife.
  5. Split each pastry square in half; arrange half of the strawberries into bottom of each shell.  Top each with about 2 heaped tbsp of the cream filling and sprinkle with chopped toasted almonds.  Top with remaining strawberry slices and sprinkle with sugared orange zest.  Place tops of pastries over filling.  Serve immediately.

Yield: Makes 12 Pastries

Per serving: Energy 1257 kJ/303 kcal; Protein 2.7g; Carbohydrate 19g; Fat 25.5g; Saturated Fat 11.5g; Fibre 1g; Salt 0.3 g

Cooks Tip: Other small whole fresh berries such as raspberries or blueberries can be substituted for strawberries, if desired.  Try using lemon or lime zest in place of orange zest.

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Mini Pea and Feta Tartlets

Here are the tartlets we made today at our Director Meeting.  A lovely taste of Summer.

I reckon you could easily scale them up and make them in some Mini Tart Pans for a gorgeous starter.

Looking good with ruffled edges

Ingredients:

Flour for dusting
320g Jus-Rol  Shortcrust Pastry
75g fresh peas, padded weight
2-3 salad onions
Finely grated zest 1 lemon
25g Feta, diced
1 egg and 1 egg yolk, beaten
4 Tbsp double cream
Mint (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6. On a slightly floured work surface, unroll the pastry. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut out 24 disks. Place each disk over a hole in the Deluxe Mini Muffin Panand then press into place using the Mini Tart Shaper.
  2. Meanwhile, plunge the peas into a pan of boiling water and simmer for 2 minutes, then drain and cool under water until completely cold. Tip into a bowl and add salad onions, lemon zest and diced feta, then spoon into the pastry cases. Beat together eggs and cream (and finely chopped mint if using) in the Small Batter Bowl,season and divide amongst the cases, taking care not to overfill them.  (We used the Measure All Cup to pour the egg mixture as it has a finer pouring lip than the Batter Bowl)20130515-144312.jpg
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes (ours took exactly 16 mins!) until the egg mixture is just set and a golden colour. Serve garnished with a further spring of mint if you wish.

Enjoy!

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Many hands make light work!!

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30 Ways to use your Deluxe Mini Muffin Pan & Mini Tart Shaper!

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1. Jam Tarts

2. White Choc & Raspberry Tarts

3. Lime Tarts

4. Jaffa Tarts

5. Nutella Tarts

6. ROLO Tarts

7. Mini Apple Crumble Tartlets

8. Mince Pies

9. Pecan Tassies

10. Strawberry/Lemon Curd Tartlets

11. Double Choc Mini Muffins Makes 48!

12. Mini Baileys Cheesecakes

13. Boozy Cherry Choc Tarts

14. Carrot Cake Cups

15. Mini Yorkshire Puds

16. Mini Toad in the Hole

17. Goat’s cheese, rosemary & garlic tarts

18. Tempting Tartlets

19. Mini Ham Puffs

20. Christmas Filos

21. Courgette Curry Muffins

22. Cheese Muffins

23. Curried Chicken Cups

24. Salmon Puffs

25. Spinach Tartlets

26. Pesto and Tomato Bites

27.  Caramelised Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tarts

28. Tropical Tartlets

For recipes below, place small ball of pastry (about an inch across) in each cup of the mini-muffin pan, and then press down on the pastry with the Mini Tart Shaper to form the pastry casing.  (If using a block of shop bought pastry use half a block per 24 cups)

1. Jam Tarts

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
1 jar good quality jam.

Add a Small Scoop of jam into each pastry cup. Bake at 180C for 10-15 mins

2. White Choc & Raspberry Tarts

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
1 jar good quality raspberry jam
White Chocolate chips/bar

Add a Small Scoop of jam into each pastry cup. Bake at 180C for 10-15 mins; when cooling sprinkle over white choc chips or a square!

3. Lime Tarts

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
1 jar lime marmalade ?
¼ slice of fresh lime on top
(serve with special ice-cream).

Add a Small Scoop of marmalade into each pastry cup. Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes. Put fresh lime on top when cool

4. Jaffa Tarts

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
1 Jar shred less orange marmalade
1 packet plain choc chips or 1 bar plain chocolate.

Add a Small Scoop of marmalade into each pastry cup. Bake at 180C for 15-20 mins. Note: Sprinkle chocolate chips or squares of chocolate over tarts after they have finished baking, while still hot.

5. Nutella Tarts

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
A jar of nutella

Add Small Scoop of nutella to each cup. Bake at 180C for 15 mins

6. ROLO Tarts

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
24 Rolos
24 Chocolate buttons

Put one ROLO in each cup. Bake for 10 mins at 180c, then immediately put one large white choc button on top of each tart. Leave to cool slightly. Eat while warm!

Or, bake the pastry on its own for 8-10 mins then while hot pop a Rolo in each cup and allow to melt!

7. Mini Apple Crumble Tartlets

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
1 jar apple sauce
1 small pkt crumble mix
1 tablespoon icing sugar mixed with a tsp of ground cinnamon

Bake at 180C for15- 20 mins

8. Mince Pies

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
1 jar luxury mincemeat

Put one Small Scoop in each cup. Bake at 180C for 10-12 mins (You can sprinkle on some crumble mix to look like snow or half an almond on top; before baking), Sprinkle with icing sugar after cooking.

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9. Pecan Tassies

Sweet Short Crust Pastry

OR

Pastry made with MIXED:
115g 4oz soft butter
100g cream cheese
140g/5oz plain flour ,

Filling:

25g melted butter
115g soft light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g chopped pecans

Make pastry cup using tart shaper. For filling, mix together all filling ingredients and divide between the 24 cups. Bake 10 mins at 180C. Sprinkle some icing sugar on to dust when baked

10. Strawberry/Lemon Curd Tartlets

Sweet Short Crust Pastry
½pint/10fl oz whipped double cream
few tbsp luxury lemon curd

Bake tartlets for 8 mins at 180C. When cold add in whipped double cream mixed with the lemon. Use slices of strawberry to garnish

11. Double Choc Mini Muffins Makes 48!

9oz plain flour
5oz caster sugar
2tsp baking powder
4tbsp cocoa powder
100g choc chips
1 egg
9fl oz milk
3oz melted butter

Method: Sift dry ingredients together, add chips. Whisk wet ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Bake at 180C for10-12 mins

12. Mini Baileys Cheesecakes

1pack chilled fresh choc chip cookie dough.
300g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
3tbsp icing sugar
½ to 1 mini bottle Baileys

Place walnut sized pieces of cookie dough in wells of tin, bake at 180C for 8-10 mins. While still hot use floured tart shaper to press out tart shells, cool slightly then remove to rack till cold. Mix filling together and pipe generous rosettes in, dust with cocoa/cinnamon and icing sugar.

13. Boozy Cherry Choc Tarts with vanilla custard or cream

Chocolate Sweet Short Crust Pastry
Vanilla custard or cream
Boozy cherries

Bake blind the choc pastry and when cold fill with a little bit of thick good quality custard or whipped cream and top with one or two of the boozy cherries you get in Christmas hampers

14. Carrot Cake Cups

Cakes:

packet (225 g) sponge cake mix
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground mixed spice
egg
tablespoons sunflower oil
tablespoon cold water
large carrots (about 240 g total/ unprepared weight), peeled and finely grated

Filling:

orange (optional)
250 g full fat soft cheese, softened
115 g icing sugar

Mix all cake ingredients together and beat for short while. Sppon into mini muffin pan and bake for 10-12 mins at 190oC. Remove pan from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack. Press tops of cups with Mini-Tart Shaper to make slight indentations. To make filling, , mix together soft cheese, icing sugar and orange zest until well combined. Pipe onto cooled cakes.

Chopped walnuts, to decorate (optional)

15. Mini Yorkshire Puds

4oz plain flour
2 eggs
½ pint milk & water mixed ( 3/4 milk ? ¼ water)
1 tablespoon oil

Beat eggs with flour & a little of the milk mixture until smooth – add remaining liquid. Leave to stand 15 mins before baking. Pour into oiled tin. Bake at 220C for 10 -15 mins

16. Mini Toad in the Hole

As above but put 1/2 cooked cocktail sausage in oiled tin before pouring in the batter. Bake at 220C for 10-15 mins

17. Goat’s cheese, rosemary & garlic tarts

Pre-rolled rectangle puff pastry
1 jar caramelised onion chutney/marmalade
150g goat’s cheese
2 grilled red peppers, chopped (optional)
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
2 cloves garlic
55g/2oz pine kernels

Cut pastry into 24 squares and press into pan using Tart shaper. Mix together all other ingredients, add to tarts. ?Bake at 200C for 15 mins

18. Tempting Tartlets

500g Short Crust Pastry
½ red pepper, chopped
100g round goat’s cheese
4 mushrooms, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed.
1 small red onion, chopped
100g cheddar cheese, grated

Put 2 ½ tsp red pepper into 8 cases, put mushrooms mixed with garlic into next 8 cases and red onions in remaining 8 cases. Put some goat’s cheese on top of the red pepper and mushroom tartlets and cheddar on top of the onion.
Note: For quiche style: mix 2 egg yolks with 4 fl oz/115 ml double cream and spoon on top before baking at 180C for 10-15 mins

19. Mini Ham Puffs

1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
70g ham or turkey
2tbsp chopped onion
55g cheese
1 egg
1 garlic clove

Cut pastry into 24 squares and press into pan using Tart shaper. Mix together all other ingredients, add to tarts. Bake at 180C for 15 mins

20. Christmas Filos:

3 sheets Filo pastry
Squares of Camembert
Cranberry Sauce.

Spray 1 sheet of filo with oil then place 2nd sheet on top, then repeat with 3rd sheet. Cut into 24 squares, place over each hole of tin and push down with tart shaper Fill with square of cheese and tsp of cranberry sauce Bake at 180C for 12-15 mins

21. Courgette Curry Muffins Makes approx 55 and they freeze really well 

5 eggs in bowl, beaten.
2/3 courgettes, grated
1 large onion, grated
100g grated cheddar, grated
1 cup self raising flour
½ cup oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 ½ tsp oregano
optional: 3 slices cooked diced bacon.

Beat eggs together in a bowl and then add and mix together all other ingredients. Divide between cups and bake at 160-170C for 20 -25 mins

22. Cheese Muffins Makes 24

10 oz plain flour, sifted with 1 level tbsp baking powder
1 egg mixed with 8 fl oz milk
4oz chopped onion
4 oz cheese , grated
4 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
4tsp fresh chopped sage or 2 tsp dried sage

Method: Mix egg & milk into flour mix, add sautéed onion, sage, gruyere cheese and half the Parmesan. Scoop into tin and sprinkle with the remainder of the Parmesan. Bake at 200C for 20 mins

23. Curried Chicken Cups

1 pack filo pastry
225g/8oz chicken breast, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
12 green seedless grapes, halved
1 lime – zested
6 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp curry power
1 garlic clove, cruched

Spray 1 sheet of filo with oil then place 2nd sheet on top, then repeat with 3rd sheet Cut into 24 squares, place over each hole of tin and push down with tart shaper Bake blind for 8-10 mins at 180c til golden ?Mix all other ingredients together and place into each pastry case

24. Salmon Puffs

1 x puff pastry pack
50g smoked salmon trimmings
small pot double cream
1 egg
1 extra yolk
¾ tsp dill

Cut pastry into 24 squares and press into pan using Tart shaper. Place small piece of smoked salmon into each tart. Mix together all other ingredients, add to tarts. Bake 15 mins at 180c

25. Spinach Tartlets

Short Crust pastry
150 g frozen leaf spinach, thawed, drained well and chopped
small carrot, finely chopped
small onion, finely chopped
50 ml mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
60 g Gruyère cheese, finely grated
egg, lightly beaten

Cut pastry into 24 squares and press into pan using Tart shaper. Mix all other ingredients together and then spoon into tarts. Bake 15 mins at 190oC.

26. Pesto and Tomato Bites

Shortcrust Pastry
12 Cherry Tomatoes
Mozarella
Pesto

Add 1/2 tsp of pesto to each cup, then a small chunk of mozzarella and top with half a cherry tomato. Cook at 180 for about 10 mins.

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27.  Caramelised Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tarts

Shortcrust pastry
Onion Chutney (a Fabulous one is Aldi Caramelised Onion Chutney)
80g Goats Cheese

Put 1/2 tsp chutney into each cup and top with a “blob” of goats cheese. Cook for approx 10-12 mins.

28.  Tropical Tartlets

250g desert pastry
zest and juice of 2 limes
6 tbsp double cream
150mls condensed milk
mango
papaya
kiwi fruit
Optional: dessicated coconut to decorate
942951_10152865025760341_271665822_nDivide, roll and shape pastry into mini muffin pan. Prick bases and put a muffin case into each pastry and fill with baking beans. Blind bake for 10 mins at 190c. Remove muffin cases and bake for a further 5 mins. (Watch they don’t burn) Once cooked remove to cooling rack to cool.

In small batter bowl put lime rind, cream and condensed milk. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Add juice while continuing to mix making sure it is well blended. Put lid on bowl and set in fridge for 3-4 hours or until firm

Put filling mix into easy accent decorator and pipe into cooled pastry cases.

Using small end of core and more make mini mango, papaya and kiwi balls and put on top of tart.

29.  Mini Pea and Feta Tartlets
Looking good with ruffled edges

320g Jus-Rol  Shortcrust Pastry
75g fresh peas, padded weight
2-3 salad onions
Finely grated zest 1 lemon
25g Feta, diced
1 egg and 1 egg yolk, beaten
4 Tbsp double cream
Mint (Optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6. On a slightly floured work surface, unroll the pastry. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut out 24 disks. Place each disk over a hole in the Deluxe Mini Muffin Panand then press into place using the Mini Tart Shaper.
  2. Meanwhile, plunge the peas into a pan of boiling water and simmer for 2 minutes, then drain and cool under water until completely cold. Tip into a bowl and add salad onions, lemon zest and diced feta, then spoon into the pastry cases. Beat together eggs and cream (and finely chopped mint if using) in the Small Batter Bowl,season and divide amongst the cases, taking care not to overfill them.  (We used the Measure All Cup to pour the egg mixture as it has a finer pouring lip than the Batter Bowl)20130515-144312.jpg
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes (ours took exactly 16 mins!) until the egg mixture is just set and a golden colour. Serve garnished with a further spring of mint if you wish.

30. Mini Millionaire Shortbreads

Shortcrust Pastry
Carnation Caramel
Large Chocolate Button
(For Gluten Free, replace pastry with 140g rice flour, 125g butter,100g Philadelphia)

Make pastry shells with dibber in DMMP. Fill with Carnation Caramel. Bake for 12 -15 mins at 200c. Large choc button on top when they come out of oven.

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Pampered Chef Festive Christmas Fudge

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Here is a second fudge recipe for you.  This is a new one this year and I think it could rival our usual christmas fudge!  It is entirely delicious and far too easy to eat!!!

Ingredients

1 unwaxed orange
100g pecans, divided
85g ready-to-eat dried apricots, divided
400g white chocolate (minimum 22% solids), chopped
200ml sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g sweetened dried cranberries, divided

Method

  1. Line Small Sheet Pan with non-stick baking paper allowing about 2.5cm to extend past the side.  Zest orange using Microplane Adjustable Fine Grater to measure 1 teaspoon; save orange (flesh/ juice) for another use.  Place the pecans in Large Micro-Cooker; microwave, uncovered, on High 2-3 mins or until lightly toasted, stirring after every 30 second interval.  On Large Grooved Cutting Board coarsely chop pecans using Chef’s Knife; set aside 25g chopped pecans for topping.  Coarsely chop apricots.
  2. Place chopped chocolate and condensed milk in clean Large Micro Cooker.  Microwave, uncovered on High 2-3 mins or until chocolate is mostly melted, stirring after every 30 second interval using Small Mix ‘N Scraper.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted.  Add the orange zest, vanilla extract, 75g chopped pecans and half of each of the apricots and cranberries.  Mix well.
  3. Immediately pour chocolate mixture evenly into prepared pan; spread evenly with Small Spreader (be careful as mixture will be very hot).  Top fudge with remaining pecans, apricots and cranberries; press lightly into fudge using cleaned spreader.  Let cool 20 minutes.  Refridgerate for at least 2 hours or until firm.  Lift paper and fudge from pan; place on cutting board.  Remove paper.  Using Pizza cutter cut into squares.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks (do not freeze).

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