Thursday, 11 October 2012

Lemon Slice

Lemon slice


  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 100g butter
  • 200g Granita biscuits
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 lemon, rind finely grated


Lemon icing

  • 2 cups icing sugar mixture
  • 40g butter, softened
  • 1 lemon, juiced



Mars Bar Slice

Photo of Mars Bar Slice


3 x 65g  Mars Bars Chopped
90g Butter
3 Cups Rice Bubbles
200g Milk Chocolate
30g Butter,, extra



1. Grease a slice tray
2. Combine Mars bars and butter in saucepan
3. Stir constantly over low heat, without boiling, until the mixture is smooth
4. Stir in rice bubbles and press mixture evenly into greased tray
5. Melt the extra butter and chocolate over hot water and stir constantly til smooth
6. Spread chocolate evenly over slice mixture and refridgerate until topping is set.

Malt Ball Slice


Malt Ball Slice




250g plain chocolate biscuits
280g maltesers
100g butter, chopped coarsely
½ cup condensed milk
400g milk chocolate, chopped coarsely
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Grease 20cm x 30cm rectangular pan and line with baking paper.

Process 200g of the biscuits until fine; chop remaining biscuits coarsely.

Reserve 40 maltesers, then coarsely chop the rest of the remaining balls.

Stir butter and condensed milk in small saucepan over low heat until smooth.

Combine processed and chopped biscuits with chopped choc-malt balls in medium bowl; stir in butter mixture.  Press mixture into pan.  Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Stir chocolate and oil in medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until smooth; spread over biscuit base.  Top with reserve maltesers. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set, before cutting.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Nutmeat & Gravy

I happened to come upon this dish one evening as I contemplated what to do with this 'meat' ! When our family became Vegetarian we were introduced to all sorts of new 'meats' that could be used as substitutes and Nutmeat became one of my favourites! I've googled 'my' recipe and I think I really can claim it as MINE ! Woohoo! This dish goes great with rice (my siblings and I are Rice-crazed) and a lot of the time I love it with just Dorito's!! Nutmeat is a product of SANITARIUM and can be found in your local supermarket or health store (Coles, Countdown... etc).



WHAT YOU NEED:

  1. 3 Tablespoon Oil 
  2. 1 Onion (diced)
  3. 1 Can of Sanitarium Nutmeat (chopped into pieces)
  4. 1 Can of Baked Beans
  5. 3 Tablespoons of Powered Gravy (I use Gravox)
  6. 1 Cup of Water
  7. Salt and Spices to taste (I like to add Cayenne Pepper)
  8. [Optional] Grated Cheese











TIME TO MAKE:

1. Place a frypan/pot on medium heat and pour in 3 Tablespoons Oil 

2. Wait until the oil is hot before throwing in 1 Onion (diced), let it sizzle and wait for it to cook a little





3. Add 1 Can Nutmeat chopped up and mix it in with the onions. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes.




4. Pour in 1 Can Baked Beans and mix for about a minute.






5. Add your premixed gravy or 3 Tablespoons Powered Gravy to 1 Cup Water and pour into the pot and mix. Allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes to allow the beans to really soften and the nutmeat to thoroughly cook.




6. Add Salt and Spices to your taste! Grated cheese to melt if preferred and Serve with Rice or Dorito's!




NOTES
- This dish is always very filling and tasty and has been a great compliment to our Vegetarian diet even if it is canned food! You can add whatsoever you wish to this dish such as different vegetables to make it a stew type dish but we prefer it just as this recipe calls it for. 

- I don't see any real difference between using pre-made gravy and powdered gravy (apart from the fact that one is powdered and one isn't). I used powdered solely because it is more economical as 1 premade gravy pack only serves ONE dish whereas with the powdered gravy I can serve MULTIPLE dishes and not have to worry about it running out and there not being any gravy. 

Monday, 9 July 2012

Afghan Cookies

When I was little the Afghan biscuit along with the famous and best-est cookie in the world "Cookie Time" could always be found in my lunch box! Hmm so that's how my chocolatey cravings began I guess. One day as I sat wishing I could have and being unavailable to sell in Australia I set out to make my own!



OVEN SETTINGS
Pre-heat oven to 180° and line 1-2 baking trays with baking paper.


WHAT YOU NEED


  1. 200g Butter
  2. 1/2 Cup Sugar 
  3. 1 1/4 Cups Flour
  4. 2 Tablespoon Cocoa
  5. 1 Cup Cornflakes (crushed)












TIME TO BAKE!

1. Soften the 200g Butter in the microwave




2. Put in 1/2 Cup Sugar and beat until creamy




3. Stir or Sift in 1 1/4 Cups Flour
4. Stir or Sift in 2 Tablespoons Cocoa and mix together to combine





5. Lastly mix in 1 Cup Cornflakes crushed





6. Using your hands or spoon, roll mixtures into balls and place on your baking tray
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm and golden brown



8. Voila! For the gorgeous icing pictured I pre-made a Quick Chocolate Ganache to spread on the top! Yummmm.



NOTES
- This recipe can ALWAYS be modified to suit you. I didn't put as much butter but put in more spoonfuls of Cocoa.

- When I first made these I ate them as soon as they were out of the oven and didn't understand why the Cornflakes were there in the first place! But I realised a few hours later that I should have waited for the Afghans to rest because the cornflakes soon became real soft to the point I couldn't feel its texture anymore and just its taste!

- You can choose to crush them however you want to but I went the old fashioned way and popped them into a plastic ziplock bag and smashed them with a Glad/cling wrap! Haa. Worked well, just be careful you don't smash too hard that it pops the bag! 

Quick Chocolate Ganache

Many times I have needed a very quick icing but one that tasted real GOOD too! This recipe has been a fantastic recipe to follow and creates a lovely thick icing!

WHAT YOU NEED:
  1. 250g Dark or Milk Cooking Chocolate
  2. 5 Tablespoons or 1/3 Cup of Cream (I just use milk if I don't have any cream!)

TIME TO MAKE! (2 WAYS TO DO THIS)

Method 1: 
  • Combine 250g Dark/Milk Chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. 
  • Stir with a metal spoon until smooth
  • Remove bowl from heat
  • Set aside at room temperature to cool, stirring occasionally until the ganache is thick and spreadable.

Method 2: (My way)
  • Break up 250g Dark/Milk Chocolate into pieces and Put into bowl along with 3 Tablespoons of Cream
  • Place the bowl into the microwave for 40 seconds, remove, stir and then place back into the microwave for another 40 seconds. Continue doing this until it gets soft
  • Put the last 2 Tablespoons of Cream into the bowl and mix until you get the softness and consistency you want for a Ganache icing!



NOTES
- Always make sure when using method 2 that you don't microwave for too long. For in doing so, you will destroy the properties in the chocolate and cause it to go hard that it will not be mixable anymore.
- The Thicker you want, put LESS cream and the Thinner you want it, ADD more cream


Chocolate Brownies

I have always had a sweet tooth since I can remember. A particular sweet I loved to indulge in of course was chocolate! What little girl (who is able to do so) doesn't love to eat that! After being married however, at some point I had a more deeper craving for something chocolatey and felt buying too much chocolate from Coles Supermarket was real bad!! Because what better than HOMEMADE goodies right?! ;) Ha. So heres the "delishimo" recipe that only uses 5 ingredients that you really just need to GATHER and THROW in! :) It only takes about 20 minutes to cook and presto ! Yummy brownies! 

OVEN SETTING:
Pre-heat your Oven to 180° and Oven setting Fan force if you have those settings available. 

INGREDIENTS:
  1. 150g Butter
  2. 1 Cup Condensed Sugar
  3. 2 Eggs (I usually just use 1 egg and it still comes out fine!)
  4. 1/2 Cup of Plain Flour
  5. 1/2 Cup of Cocoa 
  6. [Optional] Handful of Chocolate bits or Break up Cooking chocolate to throw it and give it that extra chocolate bite!

TIME TO BAKE:

All the ingredients above are placed in the order that they are used to make for even more easier baking!! :) 
  1. Warm up 150g cut up Butter in the microwave for about 45-50 seconds to get it soft enough to mix
  2. Stir in 1 Cup Sugar and mix together until soft and fluffy
  3. Crack in 1 or 2 Eggs  depending on how much you want to use and mix 
  4. Stir in 1/2 Cup Plain Flour 
  5. Stir in 1/2 Cup Cocoa 
  6. [Optional] Add Chocolate bits or whatever else you may want to add. 
  7. Place in Oven and cook at 180° for 20-22 minutes until just set. 
* Please note that sometimes the top may seem like it isn't set but it actually will be when you pull it out to rest. I have baked these a million times to know overcooking them just by a few minutes is going to have you rock hard brownies :) Send your own pics and recipe ideas to karishmastjuste@hotmail.com