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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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The Pampered Chef ® Caramel Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Caramel Thumbprint Cookies - YUM!

Caramel Thumbprint Cookies – YUM!

These little babies are absolutely DELICIOUS!  My eldest daughter made them first and they are a complete doddle. They look kind of cute but when you eat one they are beyond divine!  Anyway, please try!

Ingredients

60 g salted butter, softened
30 g light soft brown sugar
100 g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
40 g dairy toffees (about 5 toffees)
2 teaspoons milk
Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC/fan 160ºC/Gas 4.
  • Line base of Medium Sheet Pan with non-stick baking paper; set aside.
  • Process butter and brown sugar in Manual Food Processor until smooth and creamy. Add flour, egg yolk and vanilla extract; process until a soft crumb-like mixture forms.
  • Carefully remove blade. Bring the mixture together by hand to form a smooth ball of dough. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 16 even-sized pieces using Utility Knife. Roll each piece of dough into a ball by hand.
  • Place dough balls on prepared pan, spacing evenly apart. Using thumb, make a small indentation in centre of each dough ball. Bake cookies 12 – 14 minutes or until a pale golden colour.
  • Meanwhile, place toffees and milk in (500-ml) Prep BowlM/B>. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 30 – 40 seconds or until toffees are nearly melted. Stir until smooth and well combined; set aside.
  • Remove cookies from oven. Carefully slide baking paper and cookies onto Stackable Cooling Rack. Spoon toffee mixture into wells of cookies; let cool 5 minutes or until cookies are firm enough to handle.
  • Transfer cookies to serving plate using Mini Nylon Serving Spatula. Lightly dust with icing sugar, if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Yield: Makes 16

Per serving: Nutrition information per cookie: Energy 1183kJ/282kcal, Protein 3.4g, Carbohydrate 33.6g, Sugars 12.7g, Fat 16g, Saturated fat 9.3g, Fibre 0.8g, Salt 0.5g

Cook’s Tip: The cookies can also be baked on the Rectangle Stone lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake cookies 15 – 17 minutes or until a pale golden colour. Finish as recipe directs.
If any baked cookies lose their indentation, gently press cookie centre with the back of a teaspoon whilst still hot, prior to spooning in toffee filling.

© 2014 The Pampered Chef used under license.

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Giant Pizza Cookie

This is a fantastic ‘pizza’ as a pudding.  It tastes really delicious warm (so far I haven’t managed to eat any cold because it gets eaten to quickly!).  As always with Pampered Chef the recipe is quick and easy. This is also the find of recipe that kids will love to help make and then help eating later of course!

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Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
¾ cup oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
115g butter or margarine at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
100g dark chocolate
1 tub chocolate frosting/chocolate spread/nutella
Smarties, fudge, white chocolate (or any sweets for the topping)

Method

1.       Preheat oven to 180oC or gas mark 4.
2.       Lightly spray Medium round stone with Kitchen spritzer, set aside.
3.       In small batter bowl mix flour, oats, baking powder and salt measured using easy read measuring cups and adjustable measuring spoons with bamboo spoon set aside
4.       In classic batter bowl beat butter and brown sugar until creamy using bamboo spoon add egg and vanilla and beat well
5.       Chop the dark chocolate with the food chopper add to the butter mixture. Add the flour mixture and mix well using mix n scraper
6.       shape the dough into a ball and place on the medium round stone, roll into a large circle using the bakers roller. 
7.       Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven using oven mitt and place on the stackable cooling rack
8.       cool slightly
9.       Use large spreader to cover the cookie with frosting
10.     chop fudge with forged cutlery utility knife, scatter on top with smarties and any other sweets you are using
11.       grate white chocolate on top using microplane grater fitted with the food holder
12.      Slice with pizza cutter, serve with Apple Berry Salsa and ENJOY

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Susie Evans
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07854 241575
http://www.pamperedchef.biz/susieevans
 

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