Pain au chocolat

May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

pain au chocolate, french pastry, making french pastry, butter pastry, challenge, pastry, #bakebrave, baking, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI was saying to someone on Twitter a few days ago how every second recipe on my blog has chocolate in it. I realize that if I didn’t like chocolate and I came across a blog that clearly loved using that ingredient I wouldn’t come back. For that, I apologise. I really am trying to broaden my horizons but I just like chocolate so much.

So, unfortunately here is another chocolate recipe. It is more about the challenge of making Pain au chocolat though so I hope you will forgive me, this time ;)

Can I encourage you to push your baking boundaries and give this recipe a try. It really is easier than it looks and there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of.

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Citrus pie bars

May 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 citrus bars, lemon, lemon pie bars, light lemon bars, orange, oranges, when life hands you lemonsFor those of you who don’t like chocolate or treats that are super indulgent I made these Citrus Pie Bars for you. They originally used lemon juice but since I had a bag of oranges I used that instead. Feel free to use a combination of citrus fruits for the filling but freshly squeezed juice is a must.

I hope that you will try your hand at making these bars. They couldn’t be simpler and you could encourage the your partner or child to make it for you as a treat whether you celebrate Mother’s Day or not. If you do celebrate Mother’s Day my wish to you is that you have a wonderful time of relaxation and spoiling and that you at least have a day off from doing household chores.

Know that you are doing a wonderful job raising your children and that there is few things more rewarding in the world producing a well-mannered, intelligent, proactive, free thinking individual who will one day go on to make their own decisions and become a valuable member of society. Happy Mother’s Day xx

Citrus Pie Bars


For the biscuit base

500ml cake flour

125ml icing sugar

250ml butter at room temperature

For the filling

4 eggs

375ml white sugar

60ml cake flour

100ml orange juice, freshly squeezed

25ml lemon juice

15ml orange zest


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Cheesecake Brownies

May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

chocolate, brownies, cheesecake, cheesecake brownies, tea time, decadent indulgence, chocolate brownies swirled cheesecakeCan I get a show of hands…who likes cheesecake…? And brownies…do I have any takers? How about a cheesecake brownie? That’s right lets take some brownie batter, pour some cheesecake over the top and swirl the two mixtures together. Then we bake it and let it cool (if you can) and they stop yourself from sitting down with the entire pan and eating it with a spoon.

Don’t get put off by the length of the recipe. For the cheesecake I measured out the cream, dumped the creamed cottage cheese on top, added the sugar, egg and extract and mixed until smooth. For the brownies I melted the butter and chocolate together, beat in the eggs, flour and the rest and worked with the batters from that point on. It really doesn’t get much simpler than that and yes, when I see cream cheese in a recipe I always just use creamed cottage cheese instead. Feel free to use cream cheese but this recipe is really very rich as it is.

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Beef & Onion Pot Pies

May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

whats for supper, beef pie, beef & onion pot pies, pot pies, slow cookingYes, I know it’s meatless Monday but I made these pies on Saturday and my family couldn’t get enough. I served it with a spicy butternut mash and the flavours complemented enough other beautifully.

Beef and Onion Pot pies

30ml olive oil

1 large onion finely chopped

2 large cloves of garlic roughly chopped

150g carrot, finely chopped

700g stewing beef, chopped into chunks and the bone kept in

1 sachet Royco beef and onion soup powder

250ml red wine

250ml rooibos/ceylon tea freshly brewed

410g canned tomatoes

10ml sugar

1 roll puff pastry at room temperature.

1 egg lightly beaten (egg wash for pastry)

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Granadilla Orange Cake

May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

taste of summer, granadilla pulp, orange cake, orange zest, tea time treats, baking, cake, rumtumtiggs, tami magnin

I have mentioned before how I sometimes find a recipe in the strangest of places but this time it wasn’t strange, since it was in a magazine but it is rare that I find time to sit down and read one and it is even more rare for me to be reading one in the hairdresser. So it was thanks to me losing my battle with grey hair that led to the light, delicious find.

This cake will have you drooling while it is still baking in the oven as your home fills with the smells of summer. I chose to top it with an orange glaze instead of the fresh cream the magazine suggested and it was lovely.

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Chilli Cheese Crackers

April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

homemade crackers, home made cheese crackers, chilli cheese crackers recipe, cheese recipe, chilli cheese, savoury, quick and easy, 3 ingredients recipe, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsAfter attending the Cheese Festival this weekend I was left with a lot of cheese. Since there was quite a number of items in the box (and the media gift) that was quite spicy I had to make a plan to use it all.

I haven’t yet developed a taste of chilli and my children are still quite young and don’t like spicy food. Since I also had lots of cheese to try, making crackers was the obvious choice to check all those boxes.

For the Chilli Cheese Crackers, I grated 170g of chilli gouda cheese (that you can find in the Checkers Cheese World at your local store), added 200g of flour (I used half cake flour and half pea flour – you could make it all using cake flour or add some cornflour) and melted 125g of butter. I blitzed this all in my food processor until it formed a ball of dough. I shaped the dough into a log, wrapped it clingwrap and placed it in the fridge for an hour.

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Carrot and Pineapple Muffins

April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

fresh pineapple, grated carrot, fruit muffins, veg muffins, vegetables in baking, muffins, fruit cupcakes, fresh fruit, tami magnin, rumtumtiggs

I found myself at a loose end when contemplating an ever ripening pineapple in the fruit bowl this weekend and, while I had decided that I would freeze some of it for smoothies, I decided to grate the other half and make fresh pineapple and grated carrot muffins. I had to drain as much of the juice as I could from the grated pineapple so I capture it in a bowl and used it for the glaze. It was a really yummy, not-too-sweet treat that went down well at Sunday afternoon tea ;)

Carrot and Pineapple Muffins

2 eggs

180ml castor sugar

100ml oil

125ml grated carrot

250ml grated pineapple, well drained and the juice captured and set aside

310ml flour

2.5ml salt

2.5ml bicarbonate of soda

2.5ml baking powder

5ml ground cinnamon

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Beer Battered Fish

April 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

quick and easy supper, beer battered fish recipe, fried fish, 30 minute dinner, beer, using beer in food recipe, fish and chips, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI have been wary of making fish for a long time and after lots of searching this recipe seemed fool proof and I gave it a try earlier this week.

Beer Battered Fish

500g fish fillets (approximately 1 medium sized hake)

250ml self raising flour

170ml beer

15ml Nomu seafood rub (if you don’t have access to this mix make up a blend of salt, parsley, coriander, onion, mustard, sugar, black pepper, garlic and ginger ground herbs)

125ml flour (for dusting)

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Chocolate Chunk Brioche Pretzels

April 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Chocolate Chunk Brioche Pretzels, treats with yeast, sweet pretzel, chocolate brioche, chocolate treats, bread, baking, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI don’t know about you but I’m really struggling to get out of bed lately. I think it has to do with the sun rising later on and it just seems wrong to have to rush around getting ready while it is still dark. If you and your family are battling with this then this recipe might be just the thing to get the kids out of bed and lining up at the oven with their plates.

It is a recipe you can par bake and freeze so when you have the craving you can take one out, pop it into the oven and bake for another 10 minutes and there you have a decadent breakfast, lunch, supper or tea time treat.

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Churros (Spanish Doughnuts)

April 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

mexican doughnuts, donuts, fried doughnuts, deep fried donuts, mexican festival food, street food, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsThis is a deliciously spicy version of the traditional Spanish street food, churros and is sure to be a hit with your family. These can be baked or fried and are incredibly moreish…especially with a chocolate coffee dipping sauce.

Churros (Spanish Doughnuts)

225ml water

100g cold butter, cubed

30ml brown sugar

1 orange/lemon, juiced and rind finely grated

pinch of salt

175g cake flour

5ml ground cinammon

5ml vanilla extract

2 medium eggs, at room temperature

300g castor sugar for drenching

Oil for frying

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