Saturday, December 29, 2012

Post-Christmas spoils - Heston's Mince Pies with Pine Sugar

I'm not a big fan of mince pies but I can't resist a bargain, especially this post Christmas one at Coles yesterday.  Heston's Mince pies for $4 - sold!

160C for 10 minutes in the oven.

Sprinkle with pine sugar

The pine sugar smell was intense, not sure I loved it.  And even though Heston is quirky and is a great chef, I'm still not won over to love mince pies.  I like the puff pastry though - maybe I just like puff pastry and sugar?

But if you do like mince pies, this product would be a treat for you...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Melting Moments

What could I make for a quick afternoon tea, that I had all the ingredients for at home?   I frantically flipped through the magazines on hand, my cookbooks.  Why do so many cakes require sour cream these days?  (note to self: sour cream is looking more like a staple these days).

Finally, I come across a recipe that I can knock up with all the ingredients on hand. Melting moments.  Thank you Women's Weekly Big book of Biscuits!  And they were absolutely yummy and so easy to make.  Only took me about 1/2 hour to whip up.

1/3 cup icing sugar
250g unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cornflour
Lemon filling
60g unsalted butter
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1/2 cup icing sugar
3 tsp lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 180ÂșC.
  2. Beat butter and sifted icing sugar with electric mixer until smooth
  3. Stir in sifted flours
  4. Scoop even portions of mixture (I used a small cookie scoop) onto a lined baking sheet, about 3cm apart.
  5. Roll the portions into a ball, then press down with the back of a fork to form flattish discs. Approx 0.5cm high and 3 cm in diameter.  
  6. Bake for approx 12-15 minutes or until firm.
  7. Cool on wire racks.
  8. Lemon Cream - beat butter, rind and sifted icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy, then beat in juice.
  9. Firm up cream in the fridge if too soft. (1/2 hour)
  10. Sandwich biscuits with the lemon cream when biscuits are completely cool.
  11. Makes approx 12 sandwiched biscuits.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Swedish Chocolate Balls

This is one of the recipes I've been making over the past month - guiltily- for myself!  I was first introduced to these delicious balls by a Swedish colleague of mine - these are really easy to make.  No baking required.

The thing that makes this recipe though is the pearl sugar.  You can replace it with coconut, but the pearl sugar adds another textural element to the ball.

113g unsalted butter (room temperature, some slightly melted)
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp instant coffee (coffee+water)
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa (add more for more chocolate flavour)
coconut flakes or pearl sugar

Mix butter, sugar, vanilla and coffee together first and then add the oats and cocoa
Adjust batter consistency with oats or coffee - but it should be sticky enough to roll.
Roll batter into about 25 small balls and roll them in pearl sugar or coconut flakes.
Refrigerate for about 2 hours.


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