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Recipes which are made mainly or entirely in a stir-fry skillet or family skillet.

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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My return to blogging with a simple Pancake recipe

It feels like ages since I have shared any recipes and blogged.  Christmas has been planned for, cooked through, enjoyed and is now a dim memory!  The new year is well and truly under way and I have been taking photos of my food but never getting round to sharing them.

This morning, after being blessed with a lie-in, I came downstairs to find my eldest daughter had made pancakes.  However, the only recipe she could find here was a more complicated Choc Chip version which needed ingredients we didn’t have.  So, here it is; my first recipe of 2014 and it is dedicated to my fabulous daughter Cerys.

These ingredients will make quite a few pancakes – depending on size it usually makes 12-15.  Obviously, if you need less then divide the ingredients as you wish.  I used to use a recipe which needing weighing but when someone reminded me that pancake mix is the same as a Yorkshire Pudding mix, a lightbulb went off!  So now I just use a Pampered Chef Prep Bowl as a cup measurement and it’s very very easy.

Ingredients:

1 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
3 eggs
Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Using a whisk mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. (I thoroughly recommend a Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl, its the perfect size and has a spout to pour the mix into the saucepan).  You are looking for a batter with the consistency of  double cream.  If necessary add a bit more milk.
  • Heat a small sauté pan/ frying pan (the Pampered Chef Executive is the best option, you can even make your pancakes fat free with one of these!) with a small amount of sunflower oil.
  • When smoking hot pour a ladleful of batter into pan, swirl it about to fill the bottom of the pan.
  • Put onto the heat and wait until bubbles appear on the top and the edges of the pancake pull away from the pan.
  • Flip the pancake, either by tossing it or using a slice under the pancake to help it along.
  • The second side takes less time than the first.  As soon as the pancake moves around in the pan when you swirl it its ready.  Slide onto a plate and serve as you wish.  (Our family favourite is squeezed lemon and sugar, or maple syrup)

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Jamie Oliver’s Spotted Blackberry Sponge

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I made this yesterday as a pudding and served it hot with cream and/or ice cream.  Today we ate the (meagre!) leftovers cold.  It is really yummy cold but utterly fabulous hot!  And SO easy.  Go, pick some blackberries and make it, now!!!

125g (4½oz) unsalted butter, cubed and softened
125g (4½oz) caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs, at room temperature
125g (4½oz) self-raising flour
A splash of semi-skimmed milk
350g (12oz)  blackberries
Cream or Ice cream, to serve

Preheat oven to fan 170C/ 190°C/gas 5.

If not using Pampered Chef Cake Tin…Grease a 20cm (8in) springform tin with butter, line the base with a circle of greaseproof paper and grease this too. I actually christened my new Pampered Chef Cake Tin with this recipe and didn’t do ANYTHING to the tin!  It came out perfectly (as you can see in the photo below)!  Even I was amazed!

Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy – you can do this in a machine if you like.

Add the eggs one by one, waiting until the last is completely beaten in before adding the next. If the batter curdles, add 1tsp of flour to bring it back together.

Sift the flour into the bowl and fold in. Add a splash of milk (no more than 50ml/2fl oz) to loosen the mix.

Spoon the batter into the tin and smooth out.

Tip the blackberries into a clean bowl and sift a couple of pinches of flour over the top. Toss the fruit in the flour, then scatter over the uncooked cake.  The recipe is quite generous with blackberries so my ‘scattering’ actually took up the whole layer

Bake for 25-30 minutes in the wider, darker (which cooks quicker) PC Cake Tin or 35-40 mins in the 20cm greased tin, or until golden on top and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then carefully release and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with cream or ice cream or maybe even custard!!
I have adapted the recipe from here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2407004/Cook-Jamie-Theres-glut-juicy-berries–pick-theyre-free.html
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Easy Egg Curry

This is a store cupboard recipe I have adapted from the Sainsbury’s magazine. It is exactly what is says in the title, easy and also really tasty.

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Ingredients

8 medium eggs at room temperature
1tbsp sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely chopped using Food Chopper
3 garlic cloves, crushed with Garlic Press
1 tsp mustard seeds (original recipe says black seeds but I use standard ones!)
2 tbsp curry paste
1 x tin Coconut Milk
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
chopped coriander, to serve (optional)

Method

  • Boil the eggs for 6-7 minutes.  Drain, run under cold water, until cooled.  Peel, halve and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in 24cm Executive Saute Pan.  Add the chopped onion and fry for 15 mins, or until it has softened.
  • Add the garlic, mustard seeds and curry paste.  Stir fry for 2 minutes, then add the coconut milk and tomatoes.  Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and heat through for 1-2 minutes.  Season and remove from the heat.
  • Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with Basmati Rice and naan bread.

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Apple Chutney

So here is the first thing I have made from the fabulous produce out of my neighbour’s amazing allotment.

I have adapted this recipe from a BBC Good Food recipe so thanks to them for the inspiration.

Ingredients

  • 1.6 kg cooking apples (peeled and cored weight) chopped
  • 400g light muscovado sugar
  • 500g sultanas
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped using Food Chopper
  • 1½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 500ml cider vinegar

Method

Peel, core and chop all the apples (made really easy with the Pampered Chef Apple Wedger, Vegetable Peeler and Forged Cutlery Knives).

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Add all ingredients to the large Stockpot.

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Bring the mixture to the boil over a medium heat.  Simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1-2 hrs, until thick and pulpy.

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Remove from the heat, transfer to sterilised, clean and dry jars and seal.  And enjoy a small sense of smugness at having started making  Christmas presents!!

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Note about sterilising jars.  I know that you can put the jars in an oven for a while but I am always a last minute kind of girl!  I therefore always sterilise jars the way Nigella Lawson suggests, which is to quarter fill each jar with water, Microwave on High for 10 mins.  Job done!

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Play Dough (Not for eating!!)

Today’s recipe isn’t for eating but it is a recipe and as I am cooking it this morning I thought I would share.

My kids (of all ages) love playing with Play Dough.  Its pretty pricey in the shops but with this recipe it is really cheap and easy to make.  In fact, every time I make it it surprises me just how easy it is!!  This makes for a great holiday activity.

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
3 tbsp sunflower/veg oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food colouring

Method
Put all the ingredients in a large pan & heat gently, stirring constantly.

The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your fingers.

Knead on a lightly floured surface.

I thoroughly recommend the Pampered Chef Executive Non-Stick pan and Mix ‘N Scraper for this.  Makes the job a breeze to clean up as well as make!

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