Monday, June 14, 2010


PASTIZZI (Ricotta cheesecakes) * Pastry: 14 oz flour, Water, A pinch of salt, 2 oz soft shortening, 2 oz margarine * Filling: 14 oz ricotta, 4 eggs, A pinch of salt, Pepper Put the flour in a mixing bowl, add enough water to make a stiff dough. Beat (in electric mixer) on medium speed until smooth. If the pastry is at all sticky add more flour. Roll the pastry out 1/8" thick on a floured board, spread the shorteneing over the whole surface, using the hands. Roll up as for Swiss roll. Now roll the pastry out again - spread it this time with margarine. When ready for use roll it out for the third time. Make the filling. Mash the ricotta with a fork, add the salt and the unbeaten eggs. The pastizzi may now be made into little tartlets in round tartlet cases or they may be cut in the same way as ravioli. Bake in a hot oven (400 degrees) for 20-25 minutes or until risen and golden brown. N.B. The most popular pastizzi are made with ricotta, but there are also two other varieties; one made with peas and onions and the other with anchovy. OUTCOME - these are an old Family Favourite that my grandmother used to make for me. and so very easy to make. They are also very nice cold.

Nicole's Cinnamon Tea Cake.

Nicole's Cinnamon Tea Cake. Ingredients - 1 Packet of Vanilla Cake Mix 1 Egg 3/4 Cup Milk Tea Spoon Vanilla Essence 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon Black Tea Raspberry Jam Cream Put the cake mix, egg, Milk, essence, cinnamon and tea (only enough to flavour), dont make the mix too sloppy, use less milk if you would like more of a tea flavour into the mixing bowl (i use a Kitchenaid Mixer to mix this). when its sufficiantly mixed add to two seperated greased cake pans, i use the small bread ones for this. Cook on 200 for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. let cool then add jam and cream onto one, and place the second ontop. you may need to cut the top off on to do this. put cream on top and arround the side and then sprinkle cinnamon ontop. have with a cup of tea and a spoonful of cream. Outcome - My husband and daughter loved this and have requested that i make another one.

Walnut and Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

Walnut and Apple Stuffed Pork Loin I am hoping to cook this next sunday night for mothers day Ingredients 1 pork loin 200g walnuts 4 apples grated ½ Spanish onion finely chopped ½ cup breadcrumbs ½ cup chopped parsley Salt and pepper Splash of olive oil Method 1. Mix together the grated apples, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs and chopped parsley until a stuffing is achieved. 2. Slice the loin into 1 cm thick medallions, then lay one piece on top of the pre-soaked cedar plank, top with stuffing mix, then another slice of pork, continue for 4 layers. 3. Place the plank onto your BBQ with the lid down and cook for about 20 minutes. * From the ALIVE & COOKING website

Banana & Date Oaten Slice

Banana & Date Oaten Slice Ingredients 2 ripe bananas, sliced 2 cups rolled oats ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped ½ cup dried dates, pitted and chopped 100g melted butter 1 tbsp honey 1 egg ½ tsp McKenzie Ground cinnamon 50g McKenzie’s Moist Coconut Flakes Method 1. Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl, stir through with a wooden spoon until well combined. 2. Line a small baking tray with grease- proof paper and fill with the mixture, press down so that there are no gaps. 3. Place into a pre-heated oven at 200C for 15 minutes.

Chocolate fudge cupcakes

Chocolate fudge cupcakes Recipe by: GINGER P | Photo by: Allrecipes • easy, Serves: 12, Yield: 24 cupcakes, Ready in: 40 mins (15 mins Prep - 25 mins Cook) These are rich chocolate cupcakes with a brownie-like taste and consistency. Nuts are optional.Recipe provided by: Allrecipes Ingredients • 250g butter • 1 cup (125g) plain flour, sifted • 1 cup (220g) white sugar • 4 eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence • 2 cups chopped pecans Preparation method 1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C. Line 24 muffin cups with patty cups. In the top of a double boiler combine the chocolate and butter. Heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm. 2. Sift flour and sugar together into a large bowl. With mixer on low speed, beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in chocolate mixture, vanilla and pecans. Fill patty cups 2/3 full. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Do not overcook. Tops should be shiny but give slightly when touched.

Banana and Vanilla Tea Cake

Banana and Vanilla Tea Cake Recipe by Studebaker Yield: 10 slices, Ready in 1 hour 12 mins, (20 mins Prep - 45 mins Cook) ingredients • 125 g butter (at room temperature) • 185 g caster sugar • Teaspoon of vanilla essence • 2 very ripe bananas (to about 180 g of flesh) • 1 egg • 1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda • 100 ml of milk • 180g self raising flour preparation method 1. Preheat the oven to 180C. 2. Blend butter and caster sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and keep beating. 3. Peel very ripe bananas and mash them with a fork (if defrosted bananas as in the tips section, just squeeze them into batter and beat). Add them, along with the egg, to the butter and mix well. 4. In a small bowl, mix bicarbonate of soda with milk until dissolved, then add to the banana mixture. Sift 180g of self-raising flour and fold, gradually, into the mixture. 5. Grease a small loaf tin, then pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 45 minutes or so. It's done when a skewer pushed into the middle of the cake comes out dry.

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe by Kairockz QUICK | EASY, Yield: 1 cake, Ready in 13 mins, (10 mins Prep - 3 mins Cook) ingredients • 4 tablespoons flour • 2 tablespoons sugar • 2 tablespoons cocoa • 1 egg • 3 tablespoons milk • 3 tablespoons butter flavour infused rice bran oil, or butter • ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence or peppermint • 1 tablespoon choc chips • 1 large mug preparation method 1. Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well. 2. Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Be sure to mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the vanilla essence. 3. Pop your mug into the microwave & zap for 3 minutes on maximum power (1000watt). Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug.
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