This is another super simple, and cost conscious recipe adapted from The Sainsbury’s magazine. I don’t know whether I have raved about this publication before but if I have I’m going to again. If you are in the UK and you like food then I rate this magazine over all other offerings. As the mag was originally launched by Delia all recipes are triple checked and I have NEVER found a fault with any of them. In fact, it has been known for me to host a dinner party and make 3 completely new recipes straight out of the magazine! It hasn’t failed me yet!!!If you are outside of the UK – you can get a subscription… and it’s worth it in my humble opinion.
Anyway, back to the recipe. This is a fabulous Rectangular Baker – one pot recipe ( and you know how much I love those!). If you don’t have one of those you could use a Deep Covered Baker or even a Deep Dish Baker. The ingredient list may seem a little longer than some of my normal recipes but most of them are things that I already have in the house – so I don’t feel it is heavy on the shopping list.
2 tbsp olive oil
1x 500g Carton Passata
1 Chicken Stock Cube or melt, dissolved in 200ml of boiling water
150g slightly stale Bread (the original recipe states white but I rarely eat white – so whatever you have in your house works)
1 x 500g 20% fat Beef Mince
1 Egg beaten (medium is suggested but I only seem to buy large so…!)
1 small Onion, chopped finely with Food Chopper
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
1 tsp Smoked paprika
1/2 pack of cut coriander
100g Green Beans, top and tailed, cut in half
- Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180, Gas 6. Wedge the potatoes, using the Veggie Wedger, and put into the Rectangular baker. Add 1tbsp oil and toss the potatoes to coat them. Add the pasta and stock. Stir. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
- Whilst the potatoes are baking, make the meatballs. I use either my Food Chopper or Microplane grater to make the breadcrumbs. If you want to make your food processor dirty then, by all means use that instead! Add the breadcrumbs and milk to a Classic Batter Bowl (CBB). Leave to soak for 5 minutes; add the beef, beaten egg, chopped onion, crushed garlic and paprika. Use the Microplane Zester to zest the lemon and add to the CBB. Pick the leaves from the coriander stalks, roughly chop them and keep to one side. Finely chop the coriander stalks and add to the CBB. Season the mix and get your hands in there!! (I often ask one of my kids to help me to make these. This is their favourite activity – getting their hands well and truly involved in making tea!!) Roll 28 or so walnut-sized meatballs and put on a plate.
- Take the potatoes out. Stir. Add the meatballs. Cook for another 20 minutes.
- Blanch the green beans for 2-3 minutes, until just tender. For me, that means popping into a Micro-Cooker with a tiny splash of water and giving them a 2 minute blast. If you don’t have a Micro- Cooker, then just add the beans to boiling water for the necessary time and then drain well.
- When the meatballs have had their 20 minutes, add the green beans to the baker and bake for a further 10 minutes. By this time the potatoes will be tender and the meatballs goldenand cooked through.
- Drizzle over the remaining 1tbsp oil, scatter over the coriander leaves you kept from earlier. Take the baker to the table and serve along with quarters of the lemon from earlier.
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Following on from the success of sharing my coleslaw I thought I would share the other side salad which is a mainstay of our summers and BBQs! This potato salad is absolutely divine warm but also fabulous cold which means it can easily be made ahead of the day. It is also ridiculously easy – ANYONE can make this and feel proud of their own homemade brilliance!
Now, as an ex-Pampered Chef consultant I use my Pampered Chef tools to make my life much easier but you can, obviously, manage without if you haven’t got a Micro Cooker!
Bag of Salad Potatoes – Charlotte or Jersey Royals are ideal.
- Wash potatoes.
- Put bag of potatoes into Large Micro Cooker (I buy a 1kg bag), and put the lid on. Cook in the Microwave on high for 10 minutes. (If you don’t have a micro cooker, or even a microwave, then gently boil the potatoes on the hob until soft enough for a knife to be able to stab into them.
- Drain the potatoes and allow to cool. If aiming to serve warm just cool until the potatoes stop steaming and are just warm. If serving cold or later allow to cool completely.
- Chop the potatoes into smaller chunks. How small you go is up to you.
- Add large dollop of mayonnaise, be generous.
- Snip 2 or 3 ‘blades’ of chives into small pieces into the bowl.
- Mix well. Enjoy!
This is a new recipe which came with the ‘baby’ Rockcrok. I have eaten it once before but not actually made it – until last night’s Pampered Chef party. Well, I still didn’t actually make it – the guests did! – but I helped out here and there and saw just how easy it was. The thing which impressed me the most was how easily it dropped out of the Rockcrok when I turned it out. It just came straight out, absolutely no encouragement needed!! Plus it tasted absolutely fab, not at all rubbery like some microwave cakes can be. LOVED it! Make it – you won’t regret it.
Upside Down Pecan Carrot Cake. Beautiful!
175g dark soft brown sugar
2 tbsp water
100g pecan halves
200g trimmed and peeled carrots
150g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
150ml sunflower oil
- Add butter, 50g of the sugar and water to Rockcrok Casserole (1.9l).
- Put onto the hob on medium heat for 3-5mins or until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to bubble, stirring
continuously using Small Mix ‘N Scraper. Remove from heat and 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 pattern, in brown sugar mixture. Set aside.
- Coarsely chop remaining pecans in Food Chopper. Set aside.
- Peel carrots using Vegetable Peeler and trim ends off using Paring Knife. Grate carrots using Adjustable Microplane Coarse Grater into a Classic Batter Bowl.
- Zest orange using Microplane Zester directly into Batter Bowl.
- Using Small Adjustable Measuring Spoon add baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice to the Batter Bowl. Add remaining sugar, flour, and chopped pecans to the bowl and stir using Bamboo Spoon.
- 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 carefully into Rockcrok and level surface.
- Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 7-9 minutes or until a wooden cocktail stick/ cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the sponge. The top will look quite moist and side shrunken away slightly. Remove cake from microwave to Stackable Cooling Rack. Let it stand, covered for 5 minutes, if you can resist the smell. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm or cold.
Oh my goodness, it has been sooo long since I posted a new recipe?!! Where has that time flown? Well, I am pleased to say that I return today with TWO new recipes. Both of which I didn’t expect much from, but both of which surpassed all expectations! This first recipe is a 70’s throwback recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – made in the microwave!! My first thought was that it was going to taste too spongy or ‘fake’ but I was blown away with how light, fluffy and moist it was. I don’t know how much of this is to do with the Pampered Chef Rockcrok, but I love it – and will be making it again!
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – made in the microwave?!
50 g butter
50 g light soft brown sugar
7 canned pineapple slices
7 cocktail maraschino flavor cherries
175 g self-raising flour
4 tsp baking powder
175 g golden caster sugar
100 g butter
100 ml semi-skimmed milk
- Melt the butter in Rockcrok Everyday Pan over a medium heat until melted (approx. 1 – 2 minutes). Add brown sugar and cook until sugar is dissolved and bubbling, stirring continuously with Small Mix ‘N Scraper. Remove from heat.
- Open Pineapple tin using Smooth Edge Can Opener. Using Stainless Colander drain pineapple. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer in base of Rockcrok. Place a cherry in centre of each pineapple slice.
- Using Easy Read Measuring Cup measure 100ml of milk. Put butter in 500ml Prep Bowl and melt in the microwave (about 30-40 seconds). Remove from microwave to cool slightly.
- Place flour, baking powder and caster sugar in Classic Batter Bowl; using Bamboo Spoon mix well.
- In Small Batter Bowl, whisk melted butter, milk and eggs together until well combined using Stainless Whisk.
- Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture; then whisk together until well combined and smooth. Slowly pour cake batter over pineapple. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 9 – 10 minutes or until a wooden cocktail stick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted into centre of cake.
- Remove pan from microwave. Run Skinny Scraper around cake edges to loosen. Immediately invert cake onto Shimmering Glass Round Platter. Serve warm.
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!
1 unwaxed lemon
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
- Preheat oven to 190ºC/fan 170ºC/Gas 5.
- 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.
- Lightly whisk eggs in (500-ml) Easy Read Measuring Cup using Stainless Whisk; set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Mix demerara sugar and remaining cinnamon together in clean Prep Bowl. Sprinkle evenly over top of apple slices.
- 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!
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.
This cake is called Daddy cake because my daddy likes it!! It has been inherited from my fabulous mum. It is really difficult to describe because it is technically a light fruit cake (I think) but this doesn’t really help people to know whether to try it or not. It is definitely NOT a fruit cake like you get at weddings or christmas. It isn’t like a dundee cake either. It is more “cakey” than either of those and yet it is more dense than a Victoria Sponge. In short, its Daddy Cake! There is nothing else I know like it! It tastes fabulous, and (especially if you have a big mixer) is simplicity itself to make.
Daddy Cake cooling in the Mini Baker
8oz Self Raising Flour
4oz Butter (soft if possible)
4oz Sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1tsp Mixed Spice
4oz Dried Fruit
- Heat oven to 170.
- Add Flour, Butter, 4oz Sugar, Egg and Mixed Spice to mixer.
- Beat on high until well combined and slightly lighter in colour.
- Turn mixer down to low. Whilst still beating add enough milk to make a soft dropping texture.
- Add Fruit and gently mix through.
- Use Small Mix ‘N Scraper to transfer into Mini Baker (and not leave any behind!). Flatten top. Sprinkle with Granulated Sugar
- Bake in the oven for approx 35-40 mins until cake tester comes out clean.