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Mushroom Risotto – Oven Baked… no Stirring?!!

Here is the second of my 2 surprisingly fabulous recipes I’m sharing with you tonight!!  Pampered Chef Stoneware is amazing stuff which allows you to do many “chuck and bung” meals, where you literally chuck the ingredients in the Stoneware and Bung it all in the oven to cook.  Risotto is one of those recipes which just looks like you are doing magic rather than just cooking!  Honestly, this risotto takes about 6 minutes to prepare (tops) and then you bung it in the oven until its done.  No stirring, no hassle, no waiting by the hob for half an hour – just Chuck and Bung!!  Plus, it actually tastes really, really delicious?!!  (That I wasn’t expecting!!!)  Enjoy.

Oven Baked Mushroom Risotto - No Stirring!!

Oven Baked Mushroom Risotto – No Stirring!!

Ingredients 

1 box Arborio rice (500g)
1 box closed cup mushrooms
1 box chestnut mushrooms
1 onion
Veg stock cubes
Fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic
100g grated Parmesan
Med. Pot double cream or crème fraiche

Method

  1. Boil the kettle and put the oven on at 200c.
  2. Finely chop onion using Food Chopper and add to Rectangular Baker.
  3. Using Egg Slicer Plus and/ or Forged Cutlery Knife slice both boxes of mushrooms. Add to Rectangular Baker.
  4. Add box of rice to Baker.
  5. Using Easy Read measuring Cup measure 1 litre of boiling water. Add double the amount of stock cubes than is recommended on the box (stops it being too bland). Add to Rectangular Baker.
  6. Put the coriander in the 250ml Prep Bowl and chop using the Professional Shears. Add to Rectangular Baker.
  7. Crush garlic using Garlic Press and add to the baker (no need to peel the garlic first!). Then using Mix ‘N Scraper stir risotto. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Whilst cooking grate the parmesan using Microplane Adjustable Fine Grater.
  9. When the risotto is cooked remove from the oven. Add parmesan and Cream/ Crème Fraiche. Stir using Mix ‘N Scraper and leave for 5 minutes. Serve.

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Molten Chocolate Skillet Brownie (or Melt in the Middle Chocolate Brownie made in a WOK!!)

This is the most indulgent chocolate recipe I know.  I have to serve this with Creme Fraiche to cut through the sweetness but you can serve it with Whipped Cream or Ice Cream.  I haven’t made it for ages but was asked to make it for a show last night and was reminded just how yummy it was.  I think I was in too much of a hurry to serve it and it probably could have done with a little more time.  So my top tip is to wait!!!

The recipe needs a Wok or large Skillet that is safe to go into the oven (The Pampered Chef cookware is ideal for this). Molten

Ingredients

2 packets (415 g each) chocolate fudge brownie mix (plus ingredients to make the two batches of brownies)
115 g (4 oz) good quality plain or bitter (70% cocoa solids) chocolate
400 ml (14 fl oz) water
1 jar/bottle (320 g) chocolate dessert sauce or dark chocolate sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
40 g (11⁄2 oz) flaked almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
Icing sugar, to decorate

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180oC/fan 160oC/Gas 4. Lightly spray bottom of Family Skillet with sunflower oil using Kitchen Spritzer. In Classic Batter Bowl, prepare both packets of brownie mix according to packet instructions. Spread cake batter evenly over bottom of skillet. Cut chocolate into small pieces on Cutting Board using 20 cm (8 in) Chef’s Knife. Sprinkle chocolate evenly over batter.
  • Place water and chocolate sauce in Large Micro-Cooker®; whisk until well blended using Stainless Whisk. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 5-6 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Whisk until blended; stir in vanilla extract (mixture will be thin). Carefully pour chocolate sauce mixture over brownie batter in a circular or wavy (criss-cross) pattern
  • Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until sauce is bubbling around edges. (Top of brownie will appear saucy, but will thicken more as it begins to cool). Carefully remove skillet from oven (skillet handles are hot, use Oven Mitts) to Stackable Cooling Rack
  • Coarsely chop almonds using Food Chopper; sprinkle evenly over brownie. Lightly sprinkle with icing sugar using Flour/Sugar Shaker. Spoon brownie into Simple Additions® Small Bowls using Nylon Spoon and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 16

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Jamie Oliver’s Brilliant Bacon Pasta

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My blog has developed into having 2 purposes.  The original reason that I began writing was to have an easy reference place for my Pampered Chef customers to find as many brilliant Pampered Chef recipes in one place as possible.   Along the way a secondary, and very pleasing, purpose has blossomed into life.  My 2 eldest girls are now 11 & 13 years old and I have realised that I really do need to get on with teaching them how to cook before they get up and leave home!!  So, this blog has also turned into a repository of recipes that I make so that they can learn and make our favourite home recipes.

So, this is how you find a Jamie Oliver recipe joining the Pampered Chef ones!  This recipe is a really simple one pot recipe and, in the (longed for!) summer months is a great recipe for courgettes which allotment owners will appreciate!

 

Serves 4 (easily)

Ingredients

250g Smoked Streaky Bacon
2  Courgettes
2 Garlic Cloves
40g medium mature Cheddar
200ml Creme Fraiche
400g pasta (whatever shape takes your fancy!) I use Wholewheat pasta for the extra fibre.

Method

1. Boil a large pan of salted water and cook 400g  pasta , following pack instructions.

2. Slice 250g Smoked streaky bacon and fry in a Family Skillet (large frying) Pan until golden brown.  Slice 2 cloves of garlic using Garlic Slicer and add for the last minute or so.

3. Slice courgettes lengthways into quarters and cut into chunks. Add to the frying pan and cook for a couple of minutes with the bacon and garlic until they are slightly softened.

4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain in a colander, then put back in the pan. Add about half a tub of crème fraîche, some freshly ground black pepper and a handful of grated Cheddar. Mix together.

5. Gently fold the bacon and courgette mixture into the pasta and grate the remaining cheese on top.

6. Eat and Enjoy!

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Toblerone Cheesecake

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Ingredients

300g bourbon biscuits
100g butter
400g Philadelphia cream cheese (must be full fat!)
120g golden caster sugar (super fine)
240ml double or whipping cream
200g Toblerone
½ teaspoon vanilla extract or paste (optional)

(Optional: a few squares of plain chocolate for grating over top)

Method

  • Chop biscuits using Food Chopper.
  • Melt butter in Large Micro Cooker in the microwave – takes about 1 1/2 minutes on medium – check after every 30 seconds though!
  • Stir biscuit into melted butter and press mixture firmly into Pampered Chef Springform Pan (or suitable 22cm springform pan) (I press the mixture down with my Mini Tart Shaper.)
  • Chill base in fridge whilst you get on with the filling
  • Soften cream cheese in Small Stainless Bowl with Small Mix n Scraper.
  • Add sugar and combine.
  • In Classic Batter Bowl whisk the cream using Double Balloon Whisk then add cream to cream cheese and sugar mixture.   Add the optional vanilla extract/paste and combine.
  • Break up Toblerone and melt in microwave in Large Micro Cooker.  Do this at medium heat and check every 30 seconds.  Should take approximately 1½ minutes.  Fold into the cheesecake mix to combine as thoroughly as possible then put into springform pan.
  • Place into fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight. (If you are in a hurry put in the freezer for 20-minutes to firm up!)
  • Serve topped with chocolate shavings (The Pampered Chef Garlic Slicer makes this a doodle)

You could add a little Bailey’s to the mixture if you like too!

Some tell me they like to serve this with cream but I think that’s gilding the lily a little too much personally!

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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 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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Double Chocolate Pudding Pampered Chef Recipe

Double Chocolate Pudding

Indulge your love for chocolate in this super easy, and delicious pudding.

Ingredients
2 packages (240g each) waffles
3 eggs
425ml (15 fl oz) single cream
125ml (4 fl oz) sour cream
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g (6 oz) plain chocolate chips
55g (2 oz) white chocolate (for grating)
3 tablespoons hazelnuts (for chopping)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 220C / 400F / Gas Mark 6
  • Slice waffles using pizza cutter into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces; set aside. Whisk eggs, cream, sour cream, cinnamon and vanilla together in bowl.
  • Add half of the waffle pieces to the egg mixture. Stir together to absorb egg mixture. Spoon waffle pieces into Deep Dish Baker.
  • Place remaining waffle pieces and chocolate chips in batter bowl; stir to coat. Spoon mixture into baker. Pour any remaining egg mixture into baker.
  • Grate white chocolate over mixture. Coarsely chop hazelnuts and sprinkle over top.
  • Bake 25-28 minutes or until set in centre. Serve warm.

Serves 6 (or up to 15 as demonstration)

Susie Evans
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May 17, 2013 · 12:12 am

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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Nigel Slater’s Sausage and Mustard Pasta

This is a recipe I do quite frequently at home but, weirdly, I don’t have a photo of it??!  Really, really simple and very tasty.  Don’t be put off by the amount of mustard in here, my children have NEVER commented about it and always ask for seconds!

Ingredients (for Family of 4/5 but very easily adapted for more or less people)

Good Knob of butter (maybe 1 or 2 ozs)
2 or 3 large Onions, sliced
Sausages (I use 6 for a family of 4/5)
2 types of Mustard (I use wholegrain and dijon)
1/2 pint cream
400g Pasta (I use wholegrain fusilli usually)
Fresh Parsley, chopped, divided.

Method

Melt the butter in the 30cm Family Skillet over a low heat.  Add all the onions, sprinkle with salt, stir and cover.  Sweat for at least 10 minutes until onions begin to caramelise.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.

Skin the sausages and add small chunks to the onions.  Then add the pasta to the pan of boiling water, cook for the time directed on the pasta packet.

Occasionally stir the sausages and onions.  When sausage is cooked through add a “good dollop” of each mustard (I use a large a Tbps of each) and most of the parsley.

By now the pasta should be cooked – drain it.

Stir the cream into the sausage mixture and add the drained pasta.

Serve garnished with the remaining parsley.

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