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.
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
150ml sunflower oil
- 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.
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.
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
300 g regular-sized white marshmallows or 100 g mini marshmallows (1-cm size) (see Chef’s Corner)
2 digestive biscuits, coarsely crumbled (optional)
- Place chocolate chips in (250-ml) Prep Bowl, microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 60 – 90 seconds or until almost melted, stir until smooth. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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This is a really gorgeous cheesecake from Amanda one of my fabulous Pampered Chef colleagues (though she isn’t sure where she got it from!) via Belinda who raved about it until I tried it!! As always its also very easy to make.
300g bourbon biscuits
400g Philadelphia cream cheese (must be full fat!)
120g golden caster sugar (super fine)
240ml double or whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract or paste (optional)
(Optional: a few squares of plain chocolate for grating over top)
- 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!
(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.
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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
(This is the finished trifle but frustratingly out of focus, sorry)
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Double Chocolate Pudding
Indulge your love for chocolate in this super easy, and delicious pudding.
2 packages (240g each) waffles
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)
- 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)
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There is no ‘cooking’ involved in this trifle and it probably is a bit of a cheat for the purists among you BUT if you have a house full of people and you want a really tasty simple pudding then this is just what you need.
Crumble 4 Chocolate Muffins in the bottom of your trifle Bowl.
Next add a jar of Pitted Cherries or a pack of Cherry Pie Filling.
4 more Chocolate Muffins.
Another jar or tin of Cherries.
In a separate bowl whip/ stir some Mascarpone Cheese until soft, then add Ready Made Custard.
Spread on top of the trifle.
Grate Chocolate over and serve.
YUM!! And created in under 5 minutes. Hurrah!
Filed under Chocolate, Other
Caramel Pecan Pastry Ring Serves 12
2 packets (240g each) chilled fresh dough for six croissants
or if unavailable, 450g ready rolled puff pastry
175g (6oz) pecans or walnuts,
115g (4oz) light soft brown sugar
25g (1oz) plain flour
2 teaspoons ground mixed spice, or cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large red-skinned eating apple such as Empire or Gala
3-4 tablespoons caramel or toffee flavoured dessert sauce, or maple syrup.
- Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5
- Chop pecans and place in bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon/mixed spice – mix well. Set aside 40g (1.5 oz) of pecan mixture. Add flour to remaining pecan mixture and mix well. Add egg and vanilla; mix until blended. Set filling aside.
- Unroll croissant dough, separate into 12 triangles, and arrange in a circle (wide ends together) on the Classic Round Stone. Gently press edges of triangle together to seal. Spoon pecan mixture evenly onto widest end of each dough triangle.
- Cut apple in half and remove core. Place apple halves, cut sides down and crinkle cut each apple half crosswise into 5 mm (1/4 in) slices. Arrange apple slices over filling in a circular pattern. Sprinkle reserved pecan mixture evenly over apples.
- Bring outside points of triangles up over filling. Tuck under wide ends of dough at centre of ring (filling should not be completely covered). Place Baking Stone in Rack.
- Bake for 22-25 mins, or until deep golden brown. Drizzle with dessert sauce. Cut and serve warm.
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