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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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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
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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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