Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Thermomix Buttermilk Bread

After running out of store bought butter I decide to make my own.  I had a litre of whipping cream in the fridge and followed the recipe on page 17 of the Everyday Cookbook.  It was really easy however you needed to beat the cream 1-6 minutes until the cream separates.  The book says 1-3 minutes. I didn't add any salt but it really tastes great.  The other benefit is that I get buttermilk in the process.  Then I looked through the Everyday cookbook and on page 141 made the buttermilk bread.  I did substitute whole wheat flour instead of white baker's flour and it turned out very well.

180 g buttermilk
200g water ( I used more buttermilk)
20g (2tsp) dried yeast
1 tsp sea salt
500g flour
20g melted butter
sprinkle with seeds of your choice

Put buttermilk, water and yeast heat 1min/37C/speed1
Add rest ingredients and mix 6 sec/speed6
KNEAD 3min/closed bowl WHEAT button
Shape into loaf and put in lined ,greased loaf pan
Let rise until doubled in size, paint with melted butter and sprinkle with seeds
Bake at 350F for 45 minutes until golden brown and hollow sound when knocked on.
( I only let it rise once, however you can knock it down and let it rise again.)

Friday, 24 April 2015

Thermomix Baguette

This picture I used 500g all purpose, 300g water, 25 g yeast, and salt. Mix in Thermomix for 2 mins.
This is the other recipe that I tried.
150 g red fife grain (or any other grain)
300g water
25 g dried yeast
350g wheat flour
2 tsp salt
Grind grains 35 sec/speed 10 set aside
place water and yeast into bowl, mix 2mins/37C/speed 2
Add flour and salt, KNEAD/3min/closed lid wheat setting
Place in bowl, cover and let rise in fridge 12 hours or (overnight)
Cut into 4 and roll into baguette shape 30cm long
Cover with kitchen towel and let rest 2 1/2 hours in a warm place
Place baking tray on lowest level of oven and preheat to 240C/465 F
Brush baguette with water and cut slashes across top
Place baguettes into oven and carefully pour a cup of water into baking tray, (creating steam)
Quickly close oven door. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
I cut these and turned them into a  bruschetta cracker. Very sturdy.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Thermomix Zucchini Bites

I was looking for a savoury breakfast bite and came across these from Thermofun.  They were really easy and tasted quite nice as well as being gluten free and paleo worthy. There are only 4 ingredients in them. I always buy parmesan in a chunk and grate it myself, rind and all in the Thermomix.  It saves money and tastes better when it is freshly ground.

6 small zucchini
100 g parmesan grated/speed 10/10 seconds
2T chopped Cilantro
1 egg
pepper to taste. (I'm not counting this as an ingredient) SPICE

Chop zucchini speed5/7-10 seconds
Add chopped cilantro, egg and pepper
REVERSE 20 sec/ speed 5 until combined
Spoon into mini muffin tins that are well sprayed with oil
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes until brown.
Chill and serve later or serve warm.

freshly grated parmesan

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Citrus Juice from Mandarins, Lemons and Limes

This is one feature of the Thermomix that is really great.  I never buy juice as I only need small amounts generally for cooking.  This way I just use fruit that I usually have on hand and can make a juice in a hurry.  It tastes really fresh and is really tasty. There is no sugar in this one so depending on how tart your fruit is you may need to add some.
6 Mandarins (small ones)
2 Limes
2 Lemons
Blend fruit 6 seconds on turbo
Add 1000ml water REVERSE/1minute/speed 1
A quick way to make fresh juice for breakfast or mixed drinks.
Add sugar to taste. (honey, agave, maple syrup etc)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

This is my 100th blog. I can't believe it's gotten to that.  I hope you can see improvements as I'm going along.  Blogging is a lot of fun plus I like knowing where the recipes are  when I want to make something.  It comes in really handy having them in one place. In the fall I will be going to a Bloggers conference in Montreal where I'm hoping to learn a lot.  It is organized by the Canadian Food Bloggers. I have the link on this blog.  There are a lot of really talented food bloggers out there. Check them out!

This pastry is really easy,  Don't get discouraged if it is crumbly before you put it in the fridge to rest. Follow the steps and it will turn out great.

50g icing sugar (add regular  sugar and turbo 10 sec)
pinch salt (don't add if using salted butter)
100g butter
230g flour
Blend all ingredients 10 sec/ speed6 until crumbly
Add 4 egg yolks one at a time through mixing bowl lid KNEAD/30 sec (wheat icon)
Form into ball and wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in fridge 30 minutes.
Roll out dough between plastic wrap until desired thickness. (you can use silpad mats too)
Place in tins and blind bake 20 minutes 350F
Take out beans (blind baking stuff and baking paper)
Return to oven and brown slightly approx 10 minutes
Fill with Bavarian cream, and fruit. Glaze with warmed apricot jam.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Dark Chocolate Avocado Tea Truffles rolled in Pistachio's

This is another easy thing to do which doesn't require a lot of work but it really tastes great and you will save yourself a lot of money.  These truffles are really creamy and not so sweet.  If you want them sweeter add more coconut sugar.

2 T Black loose leaf tea
Blend 10 sec/speed 10
Add all ingredients except melted chocolate
3 small ripe avocados
zest of 2 lemons
15 g cocoa powder
30g coconut sugar
Blend 10 seconds/speed 5 scape down
Add melted dark chocolate 170g 70 percent cacao (you can use milk if you prefer or dairyfree)
Blend until combined and refrigerate until soft but workable.
Roll into balls or logs and coat with chopped pistachio's

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Spelt buns in Thermomix

My husband wanted to stop and get buns and I said I would make some from scratch.  I thought they would taste better, be healthier and cost less. I think I did it and it only took about 4 minutes total.

150g water
10 g yeast
20 g sugar
Put top 3 ingredients in Thermomix 2mins/37C/speed 2
Add 300g spelt flour
10g salt
10g oil
KNEAD/2mins and add 1 chopped onion in the last 20 seconds.
Shape into buns and let rise until doubled in volume.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Risotto with Zucchini in Thermomix

I made this at our consultants meeting and it was dead easy.  Not having to stand at the stove and stir risotto is so much better.  I got these risottos recipes from my girlfriend in Germany.  She got them from her Thermomix consultant. This is really great to have this network of people all giving recipes and sharing ideas.  It's a lot of fun and very inspiring.
50g parmesan chopped 10 seconds/speed 10
Place 1 onion and 1 garlic clove 4 seconds/speed 5
Add butter and crispy pancetta/bacon 3 minutes/Varoma 120C/speed 1
Add sliced zucchini 3minutes/REVERSE/100C/gentle stir (beside 1)
Add 250g rice 3minutes?REVERSE/100C/gentle stir
Add  650-700g broth 20minutes/REVERSE/100C/gentle stir
Add extra butter and parmesan and stir to combine
Serve with chopped parsley

Friday, 10 April 2015

Shallot and Garlic Cream

This recipe is similar to the recipe from  Chef steps in Seattle as they made it with regular onions.  They have online learning and are extremely valuable if you need help with anything.  They are located at Pike Place market however they only sell stuff online.

This cream is lovely with no dairy in it.  It really packs a punch.  I served it with ham but you can use it as a dip, spread it on bread etc.  Lots of flavour!!!!!

Roast 750g shallots and 2 whole cloves of garlic with olive oil, salt and pepper for 35 minutes at 350F until golden.
Place in Thermomix and blend(after removing skins) with 1 T olive oil, 1T water, 1T lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Blend speed 8/1minute. YUM.