The Pampered Chef ® Pesto Pinwheels Recipe

This is a super quick recipe for a party or nibbles.  Very, very tasty too!

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Pesto Pinwheels ready for eating! YUM!!

Ingredients

Sunflower oil, for greasing
1 packet (145 g) pizza base mix
About 100 ml warm (hand hot) water
40 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 clove garlic
15 g fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto (see Chef’s Corner)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/fan 180ºC/Gas 6.
  2. Lightly brush Medium Bar Pan with sunflower oil; set aside.
  3. Place pizza base mix in Classic Batter Bowl. Measure warm water in Mini Measure-All® Cup; add enough water to pizza base mix, mixing to form a soft dough. Knead dough on lightly floured surface 5 minutes or until smooth.
  4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface using outer tube of Mini Measure-All® Cup to form 30 x 17 cm rectangle. Leave to rise 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, finely grate cheese into clean batter bowl using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater. Press garlic using Garlic Press into batter bowl and mix gently into cheese using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®.
  6. Roll basil leaves up together and cut into fine strips using Colour Coated Santoku Knife on Bar Board.
  7. Spread pesto evenly over bread dough using back of Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Sprinkle basil leaves and cheese mixture evenly over pesto.
  8. Starting from a long side, carefully roll up dough rectangle to form a tight roll. Cut roll in half widthways. Cut each dough half widthways into 10 even sized slices using Santoku Knife on Bar Board. Transfer pinwheels onto Medium Bar Pan, spacing apart evenly and neaten into rounds if necessary.
Pesto Pinwheels ready for baking

Pesto Pinwheels ready for baking

Bake 15 – 17 minutes or until pale golden brown. Transfer pinwheels to a serving plate. Serve warm.
Yield: Makes 20

Per serving: Nutrition information per pinwheel: Energy 236kJ/56kcal. Protein 2.2g, Carbohydrate 7.1g, Sugars 0.5g, Fat 2.3g, Saturated fat 0.7g, Fibre 0.3g, Salt 0.2g

Cook’s Tip: Substitute the red pesto with green pesto, if desired.
These appetisers are best served warm and eaten on the day made.

© 2015 The Pampered Chef used under license.

Cook’s Tip: Substitute the red pesto with green pesto, if desired.
These appetisers are best served warm and eaten on the day made.

© 2015 The Pampered Chef used under license.

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Vegetable Risotto

This is a really, really tasty risotto that even my meat-loving family enjoy!!  It is also really, really easy because it is another “Chuck and Bung” recipe where all ingredients are chucked in the Stoneware or RokCrok and then bunged in the oven… no stirring required at all!

Enjoy!

IMG_9231Ingredients:

250-300g cherry tomatoes
Olive oil
1 garlic clove
Baby spinach (good handful)
2 small red onions
1 small red pepper
6 small mushrooms
2 sticks celery
25g butter
225g risotto rice
250ml white wine
450ml boiling water with a vegetable stock cube added (I like Knorr Stockpots)
2 teaspoons sundried tomato paste
50g piece fresh parmesan plus 25g to shave over

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180/160fan/Gas 4
  2. Using Food Chopper, finely chop onions and celery.  Slice peppers and mushrooms with Utility Knife. Place in Large Micro Cooker with the butter, put lid on and microwave on high 2 mins. Take out and stir. Cook on high another 2 minutes until vegetables are softened.
  3. Measure stock and wine in Classic Batter Bowl and add with rice and vegetables from micro cooker to Deep Covered Baker or RokCrock. Press in the garlic with the Garlic Press. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and stir in with sun dried tomato paste and a grind of salt andpepper.
  4. Put Deep Covered Baker in oven for 40-45 mins until rice is cooked.
  5. Stir in grated cheese and spinach. Shave over remaining parmesan with Garlic Slicer and drizzle over a little olive oil.

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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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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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The Pampered Chef ® Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Toasted Marshmallow Pudding... YUM!

Toasted Marshmallow Pudding… YUM!

How about this treat of a recipe from our current Season’s Best Recipe Book?!  It actually tastes even better than it looks!!! Who would have thought that a cake cooked in the microwave could taste this good.  I do actually think that the Pampered Chef Rockcrok makes the difference with this. The recipe talks about the Everyday Pan but the Dutch Oven will do just fine.

Ingredients

30 g plain chocolate chips
175 g light soft brown sugar
150 g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
25 g cocoa powder
100 g butter, melted and slightly cooled
100 ml semi-skimmed milk
2 eggs
300 g regular-sized white marshmallows or 100 g mini marshmallows (1-cm size) (see Chef’s Corner)
2 digestive biscuits, coarsely crumbled (optional)

Method

  1. Place chocolate chips in (250-ml) Prep Bowl, microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 60 – 90 seconds or until almost melted, stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Place sugar, flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well. In Small Batter Bowl, whisk butter, milk and eggs together until well combined using Stainless Whisk.
  3. Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture; whisk together until well combined and smooth. Pour sponge batter into Rockcrok® (2.35-Litre) Everyday Pan. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 5 – 6 minutes or until a wooden cocktail stick comes out clean when inserted into centre of sponge. Meanwhile, preheat a hot grill.
  4. Remove pan from microwave oven; arrange marshmallows in a single layer over sponge. Place pan 5 – 10 cm from heating element; grill 20 – 50 seconds or until marshmallows are golden brown. Remove pan from grill.
  5. To crumble biscuits easily use a Food Chopper.  Sprinkle crumbled biscuits over marshmallows, if desired. Spoon chocolate into small polythene food bag; secure top with Twixit! Clip. Trim a small tip off one corner of bag; drizzle chocolate over marshmallow topping. Serve immediately using Chef’s Tools Spoon.

Yield: Serves 8 – 10

Per serving: Nutrition information per serving (serving 10): Energy 1382kJ/327kcal, Protein 4.8g, Carbohydrate 56.7g, Sugars 39.6g, Fat 11g, Saturated fat 6.5g, Fibre 0.8g, Salt 0.4g

Cook’s Tip: A mix of white and pink marshmallows can be used to top the pudding, if desired. Alternatively, use 100 g mini marshmallows for a slightly less sweet topping.
To oven bake: Preheat oven to 190ºC/fan 170ºC/Gas 5. Make sponge as directed in step 2 and 3, but oven bake, uncovered, for 25 – 30 minutes or until sponge is fully cooked. Remove from oven. Preheat a hot grill. Melt chocolate as directed in step 1. Arrange marshmallows in a single layer over sponge and finish as recipe directs.

© 2014 The Pampered Chef used under license.

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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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The Pampered Chef ® Spicy Turkey Tacos Recipe

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The finished Tacos – Yum!

These are from the brand new Pampered Chef Season’s best recipe collection.  They really are easy to make and they were gobbled up by the whole family (including my spice averse son!).  My only error (I make the mistakes so you don’t have to!) was to not let the mince cook until nearly dry.  My mince still had some juice left (see the picture below) which I then proceeded to spoon into the tacos.  This made some of them go soggy on the bottom (and who needs a soggy bottom really?!) and the taco didn’t stay in tact which made for slightly tricky eating… we managed though!!!
Ingredients

Tacos
12 crunchy taco shells
75 g medium Cheddar cheese (use straight from refrigerator)
1 onion, quartered
1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil
500 g turkey breast mince
1 packet (30 g – 35 g) taco seasoning mix
100 ml cold water

Toppings
6 tomatoes, deseeded and coarsely chopped (optional)
300 ml soured cream (optional)
15 g fresh coriander, coarsely chopped (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to temperature directed on taco shell packet. Separate taco shells and arrange, open-end down, overlapping slightly in lid of Covered Roaster; set aside.photo 1
  • Grate cheese usingMicroplane® Adjustable Coarse Grater; set aside. Finely chop onion with Food Chopper on Cutting Board.
  • Add oil to metal pan of Covered Roaster; heat over medium heat 1 – 2 minutes or until hot. Add turkey; cook 4 – 6 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into small pieces using Mix ‘N Chop. Meanwhile, bake taco shells in preheated oven as directed on packet.photo 2
  • Add onion, taco seasoning mix and water to turkey; cook 2 minutes or until simmering, stirring occasionally using Bamboo Spatula.
    Breaking up the mince with a Mix 'N Chop

    Breaking up the mince with a Mix ‘N Chop

    Remove tacos from oven. Set oven to 200°C/fan oven 180°C/Gas 4. Fill each taco shell using Mini Mix ‘N Scraper®, dividing evenly.photo 4

  • Top each taco shell with grated cheese; place tacos in lid and return to oven. Bake 4 – 5 minutes or until filling is hot and cheese just begins to melt.

    Tacos ready for the oven

    Tacos ready for the oven

  • Remove lid from oven. Serve tacos immediately accompanied by toppings in Bamboo Small Snack Bowls, if desired.

Yield: 12

Per serving: Nutrition information per taco: Energy 730kJ/174kcal, Protein 14.7g, Carbohydrate 8.8g, Sugars 0.9g, Fat 9.1g, Saturated fat 2.4g, Fibre 0.6g, Salt 0.6g

Cook’s Tip: This recipe serves 4 – 6 as a main course with a green salad, or serves 12 as part of Mexican party buffet.
Guacamole can be substituted for the soured cream topping and tomato salsa for chopped tomatoes, if desired.
For a variation, add 1 can (400 g) red kidney beans in water, rinsed and drained, together with the onion in step 4.

© 2014 The Pampered Chef used under license.

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