Orange chocolate chip muffins
This recipe is a minor variation on this one.
It is surprisingly delicious.
Ingredients (makes 10-12 large muffins)
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- ⅔ cup of brown sugar
- a pinch of baking soda
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 2 Tbsp of orange zest
- 1 cup of dark chocolate chips (compound works fine)
Muffin tin and, ideally, paper muffin cases.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
- In a bowl put the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, orange zest and chocolate chips. Mix it all until well combined.
- In another recipient put the orange juice together with the olive oil.
- Prepare the muffin tins/cases.
- Mix the oil and juice with the dry ingredients only as much as necessary to mix and pour/spoon into the cases.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until colored.
Blended frozen banana dessert
Quick, easy, healthy, yum.
1. Cut bananas and put in freezer for one to two hours
It seems crazy to post about sorbet on one of the coldest days we’ve had in a while. Oh well, save this great recipe from the Mediterranean Food Warehouse for a nice sunny day!
The peach flavour is amazingly intense. The man at the Food Warehouse swears it’s because of the quality of the Spanish canned peaches that they supply. I’m sold.
• Caster sugar 250g
• Water 125m1
• Spanish peaches 1 large tin drained reserving the syrup
• Lemon juice 2 tablespoons
Gently heat the caster sugar the water and the syrup until the sugar has dissolved.
Set aside to cool. This will make more syrup than you will require, but it can be used for other purposes.
Purée the peach halves with the lemon juice until smooth. Pass through a sieve to remove any lumps and hard bits. The ripeness of the fruit will dictate how much syrup to add. Start with 1/4 cup measures, then taste. Add a little more syrup when the required taste is achieved because the frozen sorbet is so cold, you need a little more syrup to bring out the fruit flavour.
Remember to let the sweetness work in contrast with tartness, which is achieved by adding a little more lemon juice. But don’t add so much that you overpower the fruit. If using an ice cream machine, churn the purée to the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise place the purée in a large dish and freeze.
Check it every 20 minutes and break up the crystals with a fork. When it has reached the desired consistency, place in an airtight container, smooth down and freeze until ready to use.
Sorbets should eaten immediately they are ready but at least within 2—3 days as they begin to lose their fresh flavour.
Serves 4 – 6
Spiced Apple and Almond Cake (Vegan)
For Bex, it’s always nice when a dinner guest asks for the recipe.
Makes 12 Servings
4 cups peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped Golden Delicious apples (about 4 medium).
1 ¾ cups sugar
½ teaspoon chopped dried lemon peel
½ cup canola or other mild vegetable oil
½ cup cup red currant jam, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped blanched almonds
Icing sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 175C (350F). Grease a 13 by 9 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, and lemon peel; let stand for 15 minutes.
Add the oil, jam, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the apple mixture; stir until the jam is well dissolved.
In another large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Gradually stir into the apple mixture. Add the almonds, stirring well to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.
Let the cake cool n the pan on a wire rack. When completely cooled, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Cut into squares and serve.
The completely cooled cake can be covered with foil and stored at room temperature for up to two days.
From The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Chocolate Walnut Fudge
- 250g (1 cup) sugar
- 400g can of condensed milk
- 50g of butter
- 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla
- 115g plain chocolate, grated
- 75g (3/4 cup) walnuts
- Non Stick Baking Paper
Grease an 18cm square cake tin and line with baking paper.
Mix the sugar, condensed milk and butter in a heavy-based saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved completely.
Bring the mixture to the boil (stir continuously) and cook until it reaches 119 degrees Celsius*. Remove the pan from the heat and beat in the vanilla essence, grated chocolate and nuts. Beat until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Pour mixture into the cake tin, spread evenly. Leave to set in the fridge (a few hours).
*Or perform the famous fudge soft ball test (drop a few drops of the boiling fudge mixture into cold water. If it forms a ball it is ready).
Crema Catalana Baked Apples
I was reading the Indulgence section of The Dominion Post when a recipe for Crema Catalana Baked Apples caught my eye. I’d just been wondering what to do with the Granny Smith Apples sitting in our fruit bowl!
The baked apples were nice, pretty much what you’d expect from baked apples but the Cream Catalana (Spanish Custard) made me roll back my eyes in delight.
I think next time I’ll make twice as much custard and skip the apples altogether : -)
Crema Catalana Baked Apples
- 10g (2 tsp) butter (softened)
- 4 medium-sized Granny Smith apples
- 250ml (1 cup) of water
- 100g (1/2 cup) of sugar
- Zest of one lemon
- Cinnamon quill
- Recipe Crema Catalana (below)
- 4 tsp sugar (for sprinkling)
Preheat oven to 180C.
Grease ovenproof gratin dish generously with butter.
Preparing the Apples
Core apples, being careful not to cut through the bottoms. You could use an apple corer, or a small paring knife to carve out a cavity in the centre of the apples about 1cm – 2cm in diameter, and as close to the bottom as you can without piercing it. If necessary cut a tiny sliver of apple from the base to ensure the apple will sit flat.
Place apples in gratin, bottom down.
Preparing the Cooking Liquid
In a small pot set over a low heat, place water, sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon quill and stir to dissolve. Increase heat and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and pour in and over apples. Leave cinnamon quill and zest in the gratin with the apples.
Baking the Apples
Place gratin in the oven and bake uncovered, basting occasionally, for 25-35 minutes till apples are tender and the skin just begins to break. Baking time will depend on the size and ripeness of the apples.
Prepare Crema Catalana (below) while waiting for the apples to cook.
Remove from oven and leave to sit for about 10 minutes. Tip apples to pour off syrup from the apple cavities into the gratin.
Fill cavity with Crema Catalana (below). Sprinkle with second measure of sugar and, using a chefs torch, brulee till dark brown, or place gratin under a very hot grill till sugar has turned dark brown.
Place an apple in each serving plate, drizzle with syrup and accompany with any remaining Crema Catalana.
And this is what a slightly overcooked apple looks like. Ooops.
- 150ml (1/2 cup + 1tbsp + 2 tsp) cream
- 150ml (1/2 cup + 1tbsp + 2tsp) milk
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- Zest of one lemon
- 3 egg yolks
- 66g (1/3 cup) sugar
In a medium, heavy-based saucepan set over a medium heat, place the cream, milk, cinnamon quill and lemon zest and heat to just below boiling point. Remove from the heat and cool.
Place egg yolk in a bowl and lightly whisk till just combined, but not frothy or foamy. Add sugar and combine. Pour cooled cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir to combine, aiming, once again, not to create froth or foam.
Wash the cream saucepan and pour the cream/egg mixture into the saucepan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon till custard thickens and evenly coats the back of the spoon. Strain through a fine sieve to remove the cinnamon quill, zest and remaining particles of egg white.
Allow to cool slightly before pouring into the apples.
This Orange Mousse recipe is one of my favourites. Thomas however took this dessert one step further by serving the mousse in brandy snap baskets and topping them with cream and grapes. I am a fan, Mmmmmmm, yes I am.
- 125g Sweet Dark Chocolate
- 4 Eggs – Separated
- Finely grated Zest of 1 orange (optional)
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water (Don’t get any water in the chocolate!). Leave to cool a little.
- Beat the egg yolks into the chocolate one at a time. Fold in the orange zest.
- Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, fold them into the chocolate.
- Put the chocolate mix into little pots/bowls, place in fridge and let them set, should take an hour or two.
Nice serving size for two people.*
Best of all it’s very easy to make.
*Maybe I was feeling a bit greedy/hungry the first time I made this. As Thomas suggests in his comment it works for 4 or 5 in the brandy baskets.
Plum and Apple Fruit Sponge
The Edmonds Cook Book is a Kiwi Classic.
I remember being given one when I left home as most household have *at least one*.
I suspect the reason for its popularity is that the Edmonds does the basics. It’s hard to mess up its straight forward recipes.
Here is one of my favourite Edmonds recipes. I’ve made it with lots of different fruits but my favourite remains apple and plum.
- 2 cups of stewed fruit – e.g. apples, boysenberries, apricots
- 125g butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of plain baking flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons milk
Place stewed fruit in an ovenproof dish. Sweeten with sugar to taste. Cover and keep hot. Put butter, vanilla and measured sugar into a bowl. Beat until pale and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour and baking powder together. Fold into creamed mixture. Add milk and mix to combine Spoon mixture over fruit. Bake at 190C for 40 minutes or until sponge springs back when touched. Serve hot with cream or dusted with icing sugar.
Thomas made these for the first time and they are prefect. I think he’s scared to try again..
- 300g butter, chopped
- 3/4 cup Baking cocoa
- 3 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 1/4 cups plain flour
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup white Choc bits
- 1/2 cup milk Choc bits
- 1 x 200g block cooking chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup cream
- Grease a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan; line base and two long opposite sides with baking paper extending paper 5cm above edge of pan.
- Combine butter and cocoa in medium pan; stir over a low heat, until butter is melted. Add sugar, mix well. Remove from heat ; stir in sifted flour, eggs and choc bits. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
- Cook in moderate oven, 180C, for about 35 minutes, or unti just set. Cool in pan.
- Icing. Combine chocolate and cream in a small pan; Stir over a low heat until chocolate is melted. Transer to medium bowl. Cover, refridge, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until icing is a spreadable consistency.
- Spread icing over brownie, refridge until set before cutting into squares.