Chocolate and plum Brioche


Chocolate and plum brioche

School holiday baking, this is the guided spiced cherry brioche recipe from the Festive Flavour cookbook. Instead of cherries and spices , we filled the brioche wreath with chocolate chunks,  plums and cranberries. Easier than expected because there is only one prove required a the beginning. Filled two rolls and then plaited and joined to make the wreath .

Chocolate plum and cranberry filling

The recipe is almost same as this one above in the recipe community , only one tsp of salt not two and 40g of sugar instead of 30g. Slightly easier method , make two longish rolls and twist together then join to make one wreath. Bake 35 mins at 180c.

Delicious and impressive coming out of the oven today.

Chocolate plum brioche sliced





Feijoa jam


The recipe from Kandy on the recipe community is wonderfully simple.  There’s something so therapeutic  about taking the time to peel these homegrown  feijoas,  slowing the pace of life down to such a simple task to make this beautiful jam.

Reduced sugar from 700g to 500g. The quantity makes several 8 X 150ml jars or just under 3 X 500 ml jars.  And then used the skins to make feijoa cordial.

That’s happiness in a jar!




Banana honey pikelets

Banana honey pikeletsimage   Banana honey  pikelets from Road to loving my Thermomix’s blog above are a super easy Sunday breakfast for the girls, frozen the leftovers for school lunches. Added a little sugar for extra sweetness,  a dash a maple syrup on top is more than enough. Yah another recipe to add to the collection. She has so many amazing recipes to share its a fantastic tmx blog to get lost in.

Poached eggs in silicone moulds

imagePoached eggs in silicone moulds

The poached eggs method from the Basic cookbook was definately not our favourite way to poach eggs. Dropping the eggs through the lid into the steamer meant losing  some of the white in the bowl and in the steamer and you’re limited to two eggs at a time , we’ve tried doing three but it’s even messier.

Our go to method for poaching eggs with the Thermomix has been the shell on method which is still fun for the spectacle of seeing the eggs drop whole out a small hole in the shell but even then it’s done best with room temperature eggs which we ever seem to have because ours are always in the fridge (

We’ve found this super easy method from superkitchen machine blog and I like that the eggs are neatly poached in a silicone mould. The bowl is filled with 500g water. Place the eggs straight from fridge in the moulds into the steamer basket and steam 11-13 mins , varoma temp, speed 3.

The eggs are steamed perfectly, whites are cooked but still soft , and cutting into the yolk , you can see the runny in the centre. The kids enjoyed seeing them as cupcake shapes for the novelty factor too. Next time we might try adding some of the toppings. Nb may have to lessen the time if using room temperature eggs.




Homemade Up and go

Homemade up and go
Homemade up and go

For the teenagers  that don’t leave time for breakfast this up and go recipe  is a quick alternative. Used two tsp of cocoa instead of milo,  oats and LSA instead of weetbix, milled for a few seconds at speed 9 before adding the rest of the ingredients. Left out honey, kids said it’s sweet enough as is.

Homemade up and go

2 Weetbix /scoop of  oats
1 banana (fresh or frozen)
200g milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cocoa powder
150g ice

Compare the simple  ingredients in the list above with the  ingredients in the manufactured up and go makes for interesting reading.

“Filtered water, skim milk powder, cane sugar, wheat maltodextrin, soy protein, vegetable oils (sunflower, canola), inulin, hi-maize™ starch, corn syrup solids, fructose, cocoa (0.5%), oat flour, mineral (calcium), food acid (332), flavours, vegetable gums (460, 466, 407), stabiliser (452), salt, vitamins (C, niacin, A, B12, B6, B2, B1, folate)”

Apple and blueberry pancakes

Apple and blueberry pancakes
Apple and blueberry pancakes

Our new favourite pancakes, it’s a Jamie Oliver recipe someone has adapted on the recipe community. We use the whole apple, skin and seeds.  Reprinting recipe below so it’s easier to follow : Apple and Blueberry pancakes 

  • 1 whole apple, quartered (leave skin on)
  • 200 g SR Flour White or Wholemeal, or buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 250 g milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaped tablespoon honey
  • 100 g blueberries, fresh or frozen
  1. Place apple into TM Bowl for 2 secs on speed 6, scrape down sides of bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except blueberries) & mix for 5 secs on speed 5.
  3. Add blueberries & mix for 1 sec on reverse speed 3.
  4. Cook in a medium heat in fry pan with a little butter, until golden and springy to the touch. Serve with your favourite fruit and syrup & some homemade yoghurt.

TIPS Based on 2 Jamie Oliver Recipes.Mill your cinnamon & nutmeg fresh for an even more delicious result. Gluten free option mill almonds & buckwheat to use in place of flour.

Fruit loaf

Raisin buns and raisin loaf
Raisin buns and raisin loaf

Made this Jumbo fruit loaf today to give to my father who loves raisin bread, this time with raisins instead of sultanas and it’s perfect. Made rolls instead of a second loaf and they’re amazing, so soft. Couldn’t find instant dried yeast in the supermarket so had to use active dried yeast. The only difference is you have to allow the yeast to activate in the liquid and sugar first( 2 mins, 40c, speed 3)it should foam on top when it’s activated, then add all the other ingredients and carry on with the recipe.

Green Smoothie

Green smoothie
Green smoothie

Power start the day with green smoothie… Miss 8 says what’s in it? She wrinkles up her nose at the ingredients but then I say it’s  “dragon juice”.  She immediately downs it and says ohhhh  yummy. In the green smoothie today orange, lemon, mandarin, a few ice cubes and a cup of water, mint, cucumber, parsley, linseeds,  lettuce and ginger blitzed for about 30 sec on speed 9. Most recipes say a minute but  to cut the noise down in the morning so 30sec still works fine. Mix and match from guided recipe to the many combinations on the web and recipe community. Notes: rinse lid after juicing, the green juice can discolour the lid if you leave an hour before cleaning, probably the acid from the lemon juice.

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Lemon and parsley juice

Lemon and parsley juice
Lemon and parsley juice

Ward off the winter bugs with the guided lemon and parsley juice. Only added two teaspoons of sugar instead of 50g and increase the parsley when I make for the adults. A whole peeled lemon blitzed with ice and Italian parsley, so refreshing, great start for kids breakfast.

Fruit and Nut Muesli

Fruit and nut muesli
Fruit and nut muesli

Supercharge the day with the thermomix guided fruit and nut muesli. Takes a couple minutes to turbo together and topped with homemade yoghurt and LSA and blueberries . So fresh and packed with nutrients and makes enough for a few breakfasts or snacks.  Figs, prunes, apricots, almonds, fresh unpeeled apples, coconut. Recipe called for a little apple juice and I substituted green tea this time. Delicious muesli,  if only we could get the kids to love it as much as we do….