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Homemade: Maple Cinnamon Scrolls

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Maple Cinnamon Scrolls

 

Since posting this pic on my personal Instagram feed a few weeks ago I have been inundated with requests to post the recipe. Finally I’ve found time to get back to my blog. Brace yourselves, this recipe is unbelievably good. My SIL made these with my kids in our last school holidays cooking day (so much fun!). The dough proved to be quite resilient to being kneaded and rolled out by little people.

The original recipe comes from Taste of Home and has instructions for making the dough in a bread maker. I’ve written the recipe below for TMX. If you don’t have a TMX or breadmaker, I would imagine you could mix the dough ingredients together well and knead by hand for 5min before leaving to prove, however I haven’t tried this. The filling and icing can easily be mixed by hand or in an electric mixer.The dough takes 2 hours to prove so start ahead of time.

These scrolls are best enjoyed warm from the oven. I hope you enjoy them.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 150g milk
  • 100g maple syrup
  • 80g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp salt
  • 500g white baker’s flour
  • 2tsp dry yeast

Cinnamon Filling

  • 100g brown sugar
  • 30g plain flour
  • 4tsp ground cinnamon
  • 90g cold butter

Icing

  • 70g maple syrup
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 45g butter
  • 2tsp milk

Method

  1. Add all dough ingredients to the TMX in the order listed
  2. Mix 7 sec, Sp 5
  3. Knead 2min 30sec
  4. Place dough in a large bowl, in a warm spot and cover with a tea towel. Allow to prove for 2 hours.
  5. Pre heat oven to 190C
  6. Divide proved dough into  equal portions and roll each into a rectangle approx 30cm x 18cm
  7. If you’re making your own icing sugar, place raw sugar in the TMX and blitz 20sec, Sp 9, then set aside
  8. Place all cinnamon filling ingredients in TMX and mix 20sec, Sp 4
  9. Spread half the cinnamon filling onto each rectangle of dough
  10. Roll dough from long side to form a log, then slice into 12 slices (so you end up with 24 scrolls)
  11. Place the scrolls cut side down in a greased pyrex dish or tin, just touching each other
  12. Cover with a tea towel and allow to prove for a further 20min
  13. Bake for 20-25min until golden brown
  14. While baking combine icing ingredients in TMX and mix 20sec, Sp 4
  15. Spread the icing over the warm rolls when they come out of the oven and enjoy

Spread cinnamon fillingRolling the scrollsCutting the scrolls Place in lined pyrex dish

 

 

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Feeding the Funky Bunch: Easy Peasy Healthy Ice Creams

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Nothing makes my kids happier than when I offer them ice cream for afternoon tea! It is so easy to have your own healthy ice creams in the freezer and ready to go. Here are 2 of my (and my kids!) favourite recipes.

Green Ice Cream

 

Green Ice Cream

My friend K passed this recipe onto me. It is really yummy, healthy and filling for little tummies (good for mums and dads too!). My kids aren’t big fans of avocado so this is a great way for them to enjoy eating it.

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 bananas (the riper the banana, the stronger the banana flavour)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 tbs natural pot set yogurt

Place all ingredients in TMX or food processor. Blitz until smooth. Pour into moulds. Freeze & enjoy.

You can add 1-2tsp of cacao or cocoa to make chocolate ice creams

Pink Ice Cream

Mix together and pour into moulds. Freeze & enjoy.

Use any homemade jam, berry sauce or pureed fruit to make these different flavours and colours.

Homemade: Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

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Last Christmas I received Alyce Alexandra‘s cookbook ‘Quick Fix in the Thermomix’ as a gift from my family and I love it! The cookbook is beautiful to read with stunning photography and food styling throughout, and all of the recipes I’ve tried so far have been delicious. Alyce is a self-taught cook who grew up in a Thermomix household. She now has several cookbooks out, including her most recent ‘Quick Fix: For Every Occasion’ (which is on my wish list!). 

You can access some of Alyce’s free recipes by subscribing to her online newsletter for free.  At the moment the selection of free recipes includes Cranberry and Hazelnut Crackers, Chewy Tropical Oat Bars, Blueberry & Mint Smoothies, Chickpea & Chorizo Stew, Saffron Mussel Risotto, Middle Eastern Chicken Salad and more. You can see why I like this site!

I’m going to share Alyce’s Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto recipe here today. It is so incredibly delicious. Great as a dip, spread on flat bread pizzas, cooked into pizza scrolls, stirred into beaten egg and cooked into mini frittatas, tossed through pasta or any other way you can think to use it.

My kids absolutely love this pesto. It makes a super-quick dinner stirred through cooked pasta. Additionally I often pop it in their lunch boxes with some crackers or veggie sticks. If your school is nut-free like ours, just be sure to omit the pine nuts from the recipe.

Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Ingredients

  • 100g parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 60g olive oil
  • 300g semi sun dried tomatoes
  • 50g raw baby spinach
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Place cubed parmesan in TMX and grate 5 sec, Sp 9 and set aside
  2. Place garlic cloves in TMX and chop 5 sec, Sp 5, then scrape down TMX bowl
  3. Add olive oil and sauté 6 min, 100C, Sp 1
  4. Add tomatoes, spinach, basil, pine nuts, parmesan and salt
  5. Chop 4 sec, Sp 6
  6. Transfer to a clean jar and store in the fridge (ideally wash jar in hot, soapy water and dry with a clean tea towel or wash in dishwasher)
  7. Lasts 2-3 weeks in fridge

Please note that I have posted this recipe and recommendation for Alyce Alexandra’s website and cook books solely of my own volition and without receiving remuneration of any type.

Homemade: Tomato Sauce

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Since making this tomato sauce for my family, we have been unable to go back to sauce from the supermarket. This recipe makes a tasty, thick tomato sauce that has a very mild spiciness. Of my 3 kids, one loved it immediately, one loved it once I convinced him to try it and one loved it on her second tasting. I love that it is so much better for the kids (and us) than processed sauce from the supermarket, it contains no additives or preservatives, and it even contains vegetables!

Tomato Sauce

The recipe is from the TMX recipe community.

Ingredients

This sauce does stain the thermomix lid and basket, but this resolves within a few regular washes in hot, soapy water.

  • 1000 g tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 180 g red capsicum, roughly chopped
  • 130 g red onion, roughly chopped
  •  2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 100 g red wine vinegar (used in 2 x 50g portions)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 20 mustard seeds
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh if possible
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pink salt
  • 100 g honey

Method

Makes approx 800ml sauce 

  1. Place roughly chopped tomatoes, red capsicum, red onions, garlic cloves and 50g of red wine vinegar into TMX bowl and chop 5 Sec, Speed 7
  2. Cook 40 min, Varoma, Sp 2. Place simmering basket on top of lid to prevent splattering.
  3. Add remaining 50g red wine vinegar, bay leaf, spices, salt and honey. Cook 20 min, Varoma, Sp 2 with simmering basket in place again.
  4. Insert MC and blitz 1 min, Sp 10
  5. Transfer into sterilised jars. Keeps up to 6 months in the fridge.

Sterilising Jars

Recycle used jars or buy new glass jars for your preserve. Wash the jars and lids thoroughly in hot soapy water, rinse well and air dry. Alternately wash them in the dishwasher. Then place clean jars on a clean tray in the oven at 100C and allow to dry out for 15 min. Pour hot preserve into hot, sterilised jars and seal with lids immediately. As the preserve and jar cools the lid will be pulled in to form a seal. The lid of the jar will ‘pop’ when opened. You can also purchase plastic film seals for your jars that go over the jar before the lid is put on. I’m sure you can buy them elsewhere but I get these ones from Coles ($1.83 for a 24 pack). They are handy if your jars have been reused numerous times and the lids are getting worn.

 

Homemade: Strawberry Lemonade

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I made this strawberry lemonade today for my Goddaughters 1st Birthday Party. Such a nice twist on the usual lemonade, and quick & easy to make. It turns out an absolutely gorgeous pink colour too! I’ll remember to take a photo next time I make it.

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons (washed, ends sliced off, then quartered with skin on)
  • 100g strawberries (approx 8 strawberries)
  • 100g raw sugar
  • 1000g water (still or sparkling)

Method

  1. Weigh sugar into TMX and blitz 5 sec, Sp 9
  2. Add lemons, strawberries and 500g water
  3. Pulse on Turbo 3-4 times (closed lid position)
  4. Add 500g water
  5. Strain through TMX basket or sieve into jug

Homemade: Buttermilk Bread

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I have developed this recipe with a few essential changes from other buttermilk bread recipes I’ve seen. Using more buttermilk, warming it to the optimal temperature for activating the yeast and not allowing the yeast to come into direct contact with the salt, make this bread outstanding. If you make your own butter, this bread is a great way to use up your leftover buttermilk. This recipe works well as bread rolls, a tinned loaf or a free-form loaf.

 

Buttermilk Breadrolls

Ingredients

You can make a wholemeal version of this bread with 250g strong white bread flour, 250g wholemeal flour and 420ml buttermilk

Method

  1. Weigh buttermilk into TMX bowl
  2. Warm 4 min, 37C,  Sp2
  3. Add yeast, then flour, then salt
  4. Mix 5 sec, Sp 7
  5. Set dial to closed position and knead for 2 min 30 sec
  6. Remove dough from TMX and place in large bowl with tea towel over the top to prove for 60-90min
  7. Punch dough to release the air and knead for a couple of minutes, folding and stretching the dough
  8. Then shape into rolls, free-form loaf or tinned loaf and leave (covered by a tea towel again) to rise until doubled in size (60-90 min)
  9. Bake at 200C
  10. Bake 25-30 min for rolls, 30-35 min for free-form or tinned loaf

 

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Black Bean Brownies

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So here it is (drumroll please), my first guest blogger! How exciting. My good friend Em makes these gorgeous black bean brownies which are a healthy treat that the whole family can enjoy. They are an absolute hit with the kids and are packed with nutrients. Great for an after school snack or in their lunchbox, and yum for everyone else too!
Black beans are considered a ‘superfood’ because they are packed with a rare combination of protein and fibre which is great for the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, and for regulating blood sugar. This protein-fibre combination is not found in fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, nuts, seeds or seafood. Only in legumes, including black beans.
Em says “These are fantastic, always moist and chocolatey, and without a hint of the goodness of the beans hidden within. They can be made dairy free using milk free chocolate. I have not tried to make gluten free but I believe the plain flour can be replaced with a GF option”.
Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 20-30 minutes
Black Bean Brownies
Ingredients
  • 250g (3/4 cup) cooked black beans*
  • 100g (1/2 cup) oil (Em uses rice bran oil or vegetable oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 20g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 110g (2/3 cup) rapadura
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g chocolate, divided in two
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g (1/3 cup) cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt

*How to cook black beans

  • Firstly soak your beans overnight (or for 8 hours) in a large bowl with plenty of clean water, then drain the beans (discarding the water) and rinse well
  • Cook black beans on the stovetop using My New Roots method by placing 1 cup of beans and 3 cups water in a large pot, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, cooking beans until tender (approx 45-60min).
  • Cook black beans in the TMX using Tenina’s method by placing them in the simmering basket in the TMX, then filling the bowl with enough water to just cover the beans. Cook 30 min, 100C, Sp 3.
  • Cook black beans in the pressure cooker using Em’s method by placing 1 cup of beans and 3 cups of water in the pressure cooker and cooking for 20 minutes.
To make the brownies: 
TMX Method
  1. Pre Heat oven to 180C
  2. Melt half of the chocolate (50g) and set aside
  3. Put the other half (50g) into TMX bowl and chop 3-5 sec, Sp 5 and set aside
  4. Place black beans and oil in TMX and blend to a paste 2 min, Sp 7
  5. Add eggs, cocoa powder, rapadura, vanilla extract and melted chocolate, mix 20 sec, Sp 4
  6. Add baking powder, flour and salt, mix 20 sec, Sp 4
  7. Add the chopped chocolate and mix 10 sec, Rev Sp 3
  8. Pour into a well greased and/or lined brownie tin (approx 20cmx20cm)
  9. Bake at 180C for 20-30 minutes – Em says “My oven is a big old gas oven without a fan and therefore everything takes a while. The brownie should be matte at the sides and shiny in the centre, it should still be slightly soft in the centre”.
  10. Allow to rest and then cut into cubes
  11. Enjoy!
Non-TMX Method
  1. Pre Heat oven to 180C
  2. Melt half of the chocolate (50g) and set aside
  3. Break or chop the other half (50g) into small pieces (Em says “I usually do this in the food processor before beginning the remainder of the recipe”)
  4. Using a  food processor or blender,  blend the black beans and oil to a paste
  5. Add eggs, cocoa powder, rapadura, vanilla extract and melted chocolate, and mix until well combined in a food processor or by hand
  6. Add baking powder, flour and salt, and mix until well combined in a food processor or by hand
  7. Add the chopped chocolate and mix until just combined in a food processor or by hand
  8. Pour into a well greased and/or lined brownie tin (approx 20cmx20cm)
  9. Bake at 180C for 20-30 minutes – Em says “My oven is a big old gas oven without a fan and therefore everything takes a while. The brownie should be matte at the sides and shiny in the centre, it should still be slightly soft in the centre”.
  10. Allow to rest and then cut into cubes
  11. Enjoy!

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Casserole Base

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This is my recipe for a basic casserole base. It creates a delicious gravy to cook meat and vegetables in. I generally cook this casserole base then pour half into my slow cooker, add my meat (for instance diced beef or lamb) and vegetables chopped into large chunks (for instance carrots, pumpkin, zucchini and frozen peas), then pour the remaining base over the top. Served with mashed potatoes it makes a delicious winter meal.

You can easily prepare this casserole base ahead of time and add it to your slow cooker straight from the fridge, or cook it up in the morning and pour into the slow cooker hot. If you’re leaving the slow cooker to cook for a whole day (at least 8 hours) you can add the casserole base cold and use frozen meat. If you have less time (approx 6 hours), I’d advise adding the casserole base hot and using defrosted meat.

 

Casserole Base

 

 

Ingredients

  • 25g butter
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1tbs tomato paste
  • 2tbs plain flour
  • 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 2tbs thermomix vegetable stock concentrate 
  • 200g (1cup) red wine
  • Cracked black pepper

Thermomix Method

  1. Place garlic, roughly chopped onion, celery & carrots, and butter in TMX bowl
  2. Chop 3-5 sec, Sp 5
  3. Cook 100C, 5 min,  Rev Sp 1
  4. Add tomato paste and flour
  5. Give a quick stir with the spatula
  6. Cook 100C, 2 min, Rev Sp 1
  7. Add tinned tomatoes, stock and wine
  8. Cook 100C, 10 min, Rev Sp 1

Non-Thermomix Method

  1. Finely chop garlic, onion, celery & carrots by hand or in food processor
  2. Place pan over medium heat and melt butter
  3. Add chopped garlic, onion, celery & carrot
  4. Cook for 5 min, stirring regularly, until softened
  5. Add tomato paste and flour
  6. Stir over medium heat for 1-2 minutes
  7. Add tinned tomatoes, stock and wine
  8. Stir gently until well mixed and simmer on low heat for 10-15 min, until sauce thickens

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Vegetable Mornay with Sage & Red Onion Crumb

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This recipe is one that has evolved over the years and is now a great, reliable midweek family meal. It makes a large serving for 4-6 hungry adults and the leftovers (if you have any!) are delicious the next day. It is a dish that can easily be prepared ahead of time and them popped in the oven when you’re ready. If you want to add meat, shredded roast chicken can be mixed through. Alternately you can add the chicken raw but cut it into very small pieces (2cm cubes) and double check it is cooked before eating.

Vegetable Mornay

Ingredients

  • 200g button mushrooms chopped
  • 1/2 cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 1 broccoli chopped into florets
  • 1/2 red onion
  • handful of sage leaves
  • 60g butter (10g & 50g lots)
  • 150g breadcrumbs

TMX Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 200C
  2. Make béchamel sauce and set aside
  3. Chop mushrooms and place in large bowl
  4. Steam cauliflower and broccoli (I do mine in the Varoma – 25 min, Sp 1, Varoma Temp – I like my vegetables quite well cooked, but steam for less time if you prefer them firmer)
  5. Allow cauliflower and broccoli to cool on Varoma trays so that most of the liquid evaporates off
  6. Place red onion & sage leaves in clean TMX bowl
  7. Chop 5 sec, Sp 5
  8. Add 10g butter, scrape down the sides and cook 100C, 5 min, Sp 1
  9. Add breadcrumbs, 50g butter and salt & pepper, then cook 100C, 2 min, Sp 1
  10. To assemble, add cooled, steamed cauliflower and broccoli to bowl with mushrooms
  11. Mix through béchamel sauce and season generously with salt & pepper
  12. Transfer to large baking dish (I use a 1.6L pyrex dish)
  13. Spread red onion & sage crumb on top
  14. Bake 40 min at 200C

Non-TMX Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 200C
  2. Make béchamel sauce and set aside
  3. Chop mushrooms and place in large bowl
  4. Steam cauliflower and broccoli (I steam mine for 25 min – I like my vegetables quite well cooked, but steam for less time if you prefer them firmer)
  5. Allow cauliflower and broccoli to cool uncovered so that most of the liquid evaporates off
  6. Finely chop red onion & sage leaves
  7. Melt 10g butter in a small saucepan over medium heat
  8. Add onion and sage, and stir gently until onion is transparent
  9. Add 50g butter and allow to melt
  10. Turn off the heat and stir through 150g breadcrumbs
  11. Season crumb well with salt & pepper
  12. To assemble, add cooled, steamed cauliflower and broccoli to bowl with mushrooms
  13. Mix through béchamel sauce and season generously with salt & pepper
  14. Transfer to large baking dish (I use a 1.6L pyrex dish)
  15. Spread red onion & sage crumb on top
  16. Bake 40 min at 200C

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Asian 2 Minute Noodles

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My husband enjoys the occasional Indo Mee packet noodle lunch at home on the weekend, and the kids always love having some. I wanted to recreate that 2 minute asian noodle meal without the crazy amount of additives and preservatives (and heaven knows what else!) that are in the packet ones. My husband was keen to find an alternative too, as long as it tasted as good. So with a little experimentation I whipped up this quick and easy recipe. The kids were eating so fast they couldn’t even comment and my husband says it tastes just like the packet. Winner! This is a quick and easy meal, with only a few wholesome ingredients. You could definitely add steamed or stir-fried meat and/or veg if you wanted to, or serve this as a side dish, but at my place just noodles for a quick weekend lunch.

Asian 2 minute noodles

Ingredients

I cook 100g of noodles which makes 4 children sized portions or 1 hungry husband portion. If you cook more noodles, increase the sauce component amounts accordingly.

  • 100g Organic Noodles (I use Hakubaku Japanese Noodles – cooking time will depend on your noodles. Somen cook in 2 min and the others range from 4-10 min cooking time)
  • 2 tsp TMX Vegetable Stock Concentrate
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 tsp honey (add up to 1 tsp honey depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • optional – dried onion flakes to taste (I use 1 tsp)
  • optional – dried chilli flakes to taste (I use 1 tsp)

Method

  1. Bring water to the boil, add noodles and cook for time recommended on the packet
  2. Place all other ingredients in a bowl
  3. Add cooked, drained noodles to the bowl and mix until coated in sauce
  4. Serve and enjoy