Apple tart

Apple tart
Apple tart

I’ve never made pastry before and was keen to try it with this guided apple tart recipe from the Basic cookbook. Ran out of time to make it look pretty hence the fairly rustic look  and didn’t bother to core the apples either.  Seeds and a little peel are all good roughage. The pastry was made in a couple minutes and the hardest part about this recipe is peeling the apples. We absolutely loved the taste of the end result. Homemade apple pie, the short crust pastry is crisp and a slice with vanilla ice cream really really good. Made in a small 20cm tin so only needed half the apples. Was so quick decided to make another one and use the other half of the apples. Again reduced sugar topping on the apples to just a sprinkle instead of 30g. Here’s apple tart number 2 for lunchboxes !

Apple tart second time
Apple tart second time
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Caribbean carrot cake

Carrot cake with cream cheese icing
Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

This is a carribean carrot cake, made using the guided recipes, super quick because the thermomix grates the carrot and mixes all the other ingredients with carrots, I reduced sugar and used assorted activated nuts instead of walnuts. Great recipe and made up two loaf tins instead of one round cake, reduced cooking time slightly. Here is the pic of the very last slice before it was demolished.

Custard

Creamy custard
Creamy custard

I love custard, always have, to be able to simply add the  eggs, milk, sugar and cornflour to the thermomix and then minutes later out pops this yummy smooth glorious custard is a problem. No dieting here. It’s heavenly!

Thermomix Strawberry Icecream

Strawberry Icrecream
Strawberry Icrecream

Second time around the strawberry icrecream still just as good as the first time. Absolutely divine, so creamy, and you can really taste the fresh strawberries and just as good as the expensive deli ice creams except the best thing is it’s homemade. Usd the egg yolks leftover from meringue recipe. Notes: I reduced sugar from 150g to 100g and used a ratio of 2/3 cream to milk rather than just cream. Once frozen just a few  seconds on speed 9 and it’s perfectly ready  to eat right away or re freeze for later.

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/desserts-sweets-recipes/strawberry-ice-cream/126476

Recipe by Captain Janeway on the recipe community website link above.

Thermomix Meringues

Eggs whites whipped
Eggs whites whipped

Must admit I’ve not made meringues before but my daughter has and I’ve been told the thermomix produces a great meringues.  Found the recipe on the recipe community and had to give it a go.  Three egg whites were whipped in two minutes and then slowly added the sugar.

Meringues piped and ready for oven
Meringues piped and ready for oven

They looked like meringues before they were baked so crossed my fingers and we were not disappointed. They came out lovely after three hours at low heat. There was some crystalized sugar on the bottom of each meringue  but my kids loved this. Googling the reasons for this, apparently could have been because I added the sugar too fast. So I put this down to ‘operator error’ and still give the TM5 a big tick. Meringues done! Crispy, light and with a good crunch factor. And still lovely and crisp next day for picnic lunch at the beach.

Meringues done
Meringues done
The inside is crispy too
The inside is crispy too

The leftover egg yolks were used to make strawberry icecream which is in the freezer right now. Pics to come tomorrow.

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Masterchef Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate brownie
Chocolate brownie

This is a pic of our chocolate brownie – the Masterchef ‘extreme brownies’ made today with thermomix.  Recipe from the recipe community. With 92 positive ratings had to try the extreme brownie out. Lovely brownie, crunchy top and soft inside where chocolate pieces melted. Perfect with whipped cream or yoghurt. Will certainly be our go to recipe in future, lots of positive comments and we halved the sugar from 440g to 200g as suggested by a few members. Still sweet enough for our taste, definately didn’t want ‘extreme’ sweetness !

Strawberry icecream

Strawberry icecream
Strawberry icecream

Seriously, really good ice cream, like the ice cream from the strawberry farm in Mangere. The thermomix churns the ice cream twice and it sets overnight in freezer. The recipe is from Captain Janeway  on the  recipe community website,  and he has really shared a lovely recipe. I reduced the sugar from 150g to 130g and used 2/3 cream to milk as we had run out of cream. Didn’t even wait for the second freeze because the kids starting eating it  before I could get it back to the freezer. Perfect for kids summer afternoon treat. And the best thing is knowing all the ingredients that were used in the ice cream, real strawberries, cream, milk, and sugar. Have to make the day before but it’s well worth the wait. Will be making a double batch next time because the pic below was taken after the kids had demolished most of the tub! Fabulous and fast.

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/desserts-sweets-recipes/strawberry-ice-cream/126476