amazing desserts

COMBINATION STEAM OVEN JAFFA BUTTERMILK CUPCAKES

JAFFA BUTTERMILK CUPCAKES


I find using Buttermilk keeps my muffins more moist and gives them a little extra tang. The buttermilk is a perfect, slightly acidic, addition to a citrus sweet.


Combination steam oven Jaffa cupcakes

Combination steam oven Jaffa cupcakes

375grams SR flour

165grams caster sugar

1 egg, whisked

1tsp vanilla essence

160grams butter, softened.

180ml Buttermilk

1TB orange zest

1TB orange juice

Ganache

250 grams dark chocolate melts

1/3 cup cream

  1. Heat combination steam oven to 200oC quarter steam and heat/ 25% humidity.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, I used silicone bakeware.
  3. Measure the buttermilk, and stand aside (this will prevent the butter hardening up later).
  4. Cream together, butter, sugar, vanilla and orange zest, add egg and orange juice and stir to combine, alternatively add flour and Buttermilk, mixture should appear slightly lumpy.
  5. Divide mixture evenly into 12 hole muffin tin and bake for 15minutes or until evenly browned.
  6. Whilst cooking prepare ganache, by heating cream and pouring over chocolate until chocolate has melted. If chocolate does not melt completely, oven a gentle heat or double boiler heat until melted.
  7. Once cupcakes are cool to touch, individually dip into ganache and sprinkle with orange zest.

Left over ganache keep well in the refrigerator, can be re-heated and tastes amazing on ice-cream !

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The BeeSting Cake ! The most delicious cake I have ever made !

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BeeSting cake

the last piece of the BeeSting cake

After sitting around with some of my colleagues discussing our favourite cakes, I decided I wanted to create my own version of the BeeSting cake.

This is possibly the most multi-faceted recipe I have tried to blog, this one you may need to print out and follow as it has several components. Each component takes a little bit of time to create, however, each component is rather simple, so do not be afraid to try this recipe.

The yeast gives this cake a wonderful and light texture and will fill your house with the most mouthwatering aroma.

I hope you enjoy this recipe make sure you share it with your families and your guests, allowing them the privileged to try and to savor each morsel of the BeeSting.

Cake

1 sachet instant yeast (8grams)

¾ cup full cream milk

¼ cup caster sugar

2Tb Honey

2 ¼ cup plain flour

2 large eggs

80 grams butter (softened)

You will definately want more than 1 slice
Almond Crunch Topping

120 grams butter
1/4 cup caster sugar

¼ Cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons honey

5Tb thickened cream
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds

Custard Filling

1 cup full cream milk

2Tb thickened cream

3 large egg yolks

¼ Cup caster sugar

2Tb honey

½ tsp vanilla bean paste

3Tb cornflour

A slice of the Bee StingMaking the cake mixture

Heat milk in the microwave for 30 seconds until warm; add the yeast and caster sugar, set aside until it is slightly foamy, approx. 5-10 minutes.

In a large bowl mix all of the remaining ingredients until well combined, 2-3 minutes, I did this with my stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size, this may take an hour, using a spoon pierce the surface and allow the mixture to rise again whilst you prepare the tin and topping.

Grease a 9inch deep cake tin with butter.

Pre heat oven to 180C fan forced.

The last piece of the BeeSting who wants it

Making the almond crunch topping

Place the butter, sugars, thickened cream and honey into a medium sauce pan, allow to melt over a medium heat, allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes it should turn a pale brown, stir through the almonds, remove from the heat.

Baking the cake

Pour the cake mixture into the greased tin. Dollop teaspoons of the almond crunch topping across the top of the cake.

Wet a tea towel wrap it around the cake tin and tie a knot, if you tea towel isn’t long enough tie it in place with cooking string. Place cake on a lined tray as some of the almond crunch topping could ooze over *

Cook for 23-28minutes, until a skewer comes out with no cake mixture on it, it may have some caramel on it.

Remove from oven, allow to cool in tin for 10-15minutes or until almond crunch topping has hardened. Once hardened transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.The BeeSting

Making the custard filling:

Mix egg yolks and sugar until fluffy and pale. In a small bowl place the cornflour,  whisk in 1-2Tb of the milk to make a paste, making sure there are no lumps. In a small sauce pan, place the egg mix and gradually add milk and cream add the cornflour, make sure the mixture is well combined. Place onto stove on a medium heat and stir constantly in a figure 8 motion until it thickens add honey, set aside to cool. **

Assembling the cake

Cut the cake in half horizontally, place the bottom half of the cake onto the plate you will serve it on. Place the custard filling into the centre, leave 1cm from the edge. Place the top on and enjoy ***

Cutting a wedge can make it a little less oozy

*wrapping a wet tea towel around the cake tin prevents the centre of the cake rising and will help you to achieve the nice flat top.

** I make the custard the night before so it is nice and cool

*** if you want to serve the pieces to without the custard oozing out, cut the top into wedges and rearrange on top, prevents the oozing.



No guest complained


Steamed individual Christmas puddings

Did you know Christmas is less than 60 days away ?

Are you trying to plan your Christmas menu? Look no further than these little puddings.

This delicious little pudding is so easy to make and will impress the most discerning guests on Christmas day.

You can make your own minced fruit by soaking dried fruits in port or rum.

If you do not own a steam oven, please post a comment below and I will convert the recipe for you 😉

individual Christmas puddings

individual Christmas puddings

INGREDIENTS
12TB mince fruit (approx. 400grams)

60 grams butter (softened)

1/2C white sugar

1/2C brown sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ SR flour

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

To serve:

Custard

segments of mandarin or raspberries

individual Christmas puddings

individual Christmas puddings

 

 

PREPARATION

  1. Pre heat combination steam oven to full steam.
  2. Cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes, add vanilla bean paste.
  3. Lightly whisk egg, add into mixture fold through flour.
  4. Spray a 12 hole silicone muffin tray place onto a biscuit tray. Place 1Tb of fruit mince at the bottom of each muffin hole. Fold the remaining fruit into the cake mixture.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly into the 12 hole muffin pan.
  6. Place into oven, cook for 12 minutes.
  7. Invert a pudding onto each plate, drizzle with custard.

 

individual Christmas puddings

individual Christmas puddings

 

 

Delicious blueberry tart

Blueberry hand pies   

Ingredients:

2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup white sugar

¾ cup of water

2 Tb cornflour

2 pieces thawed puff pastry, around 6 x 10 inches

2Tb milk

  1. Dissolve cornflour with 2Tb until it is a smooth paste. Combine the blueberries, water, sugar, cornflour mixture into a small sauce pan, on a medium heat bring to a gentle simmer, allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from hotplate, place into a bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Heat combination steam oven to quarter steam and heat/25% steam 180c and line a tray with baking paper or grease 4 small (4cm) pie dishes.
  4. Cut the puff pastry into 8 even sized pieces, spoon blueberry mixture into the centre of the pastry leaving a 1cm border. Brush pastry with milk, bake for 15-20minutes until the pastry is golden brown.Individual hand pies - yum

OR

  1. Lightly grease pie dishes cut a round of pastry to fit the dish, lightly press down, cut strips of pastry to create the lattice pattern. Spoon mixture into 4 pie dishes, lay 2 piece of pastry across the pies horizontally. Vertically alternate up and over the horizontal pastry pieces to achieve the lattice pattern. Brush pastry with milk, bake for 18-23minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  2. Serve with cream or ice cream, dust with icing sugar if you dare!Individual mini blueberry pie served with freshly whipped cream Gorgeous blueberry pies

Omnivore world tour Sydney – the young cuisine festival

Omnivoreworldtour
What an experience to learn, watch, listen, touch and try foods produced by some of the most talented chefs in Australia and the globe. It was a fantastic opportunity to absorb the knowledge and passion displayed by some of the best young chefs in the world.

Coupe de Pates Cannelle

Bandoit lightly sparkling water

Omnivore is the cutting edge of modern young Australian cuisine. Originating in France, the Omnivore festival has returned to Australia for its second year.Coupe de Pates fruit and custard pasties

These talented young chefs brought a new way of thinking and a clear path of the evolution of Australian cuisine.

Coupe de Pates MacaronAll chefs shared the same vision, looking to the past to take flavours and skills to reinvent our cuisine.

Coupe de Pates Macarons

Plenty of delicious pastries and decadent marshmallows, petit fours, Macarons from Coupe de Pates, Bandoit and Evian water was available to sample.evian

Carla Jones: 4 Fourteen

Carla Jones 4Fourteen and I

Demonstrated how to produce a pork terrine using all parts of the pig. It was the best terrine I have ever tasted.

Pork Terrine

Josh and Julie Niland: Fish FaceJosh with the biggest piece of Tuna I have ever seen

Demonstrated how at Fish Face they use the whole fish in ‘fin to tail’ cooking and produced a delectable tuna salad.Tuna salad with puffed burgal

Gita Seaton who came all the way from Canada.Hush puppies with homemade spicy salsa

Brought to us a little soul food and made each of us a Hush Puppy and demonstrated how to cure fish. It was truly amazing to hear how she established herself by starting pop up diners in convenience stores !Cured kingfish on celery and kaffir puree

Patrick Friesen: Papi ChuloPatrick Friesen and I

An amazing character who brought a cheeky sense of humour to the culinary arts. He demonstrated how to make a gorgeous squid salad with crunchy potatoes. He shared with us his passion for cooking, quality produce and excellent flavours.  He proudly uses Australian iron bark at Papi Chulo.Squid salad with sorrel and dill dressing

Paul Farag: Four in Hand

Taught us how to fillet a flat fish and how to use all parts of the fish to minimise wastage. At For in Hand they use the whole fish from head to tail. He demonstrated how to perfectly pan fry fish  and make a sorrel and apple emulsion sauce.

Paul Farag flounder with a sorrel and apple emulsion

Nathan Sasi: NomadNathan Sasi demonstrating how to make mortadella

Demonstrated and produced one of Nomad’s famous charcuteries, the mortadella. His passion for creating charcuteries from scratch using and reinventing forgotten skills.Coupe de Pates Cannelle

Omnivore has finished for 2014 so keep your eyes peeled for 2015. The Omnivore festival is not one to be missed.



Coupe de Pates canelle with silver leaf

Cherry Strudel with chocolate berry ganache

Smooth sweetened ricotta studded with cherries, wrapped up in light and flaky filo pastry, coated in a chocolate cherry sauce each mouthful of this dessert is an exquisite pleasure.

Ingredients

1 375gram can cherries in syrup

300grams ricotta cheese

4tb caster sugar

3 sheets filo pastry

1tsp vanilla extract

1tsp lemon zest

2Tb white chocolate melts

¼ tsp cinnamon

50grams butter melted

Sauce

Cherry sugar syrup (from canned cherries)

150ml cream

100grams chocolate melts

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper, spray with oil spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and lemon zest, mix well. Add half cherries and stir until combine.
  3. Lay a piece pastry horizontal on a clean bench, brush with melted butter, lay another piece of pastry on top, continue with remaining layers of pastry.
  4. Form the ricotta mixture into a log. Place on the filo pastry 2cm from the top and 2cm from each side at the end horizontally furthest away from you, press white chocolate melts into the mixture. Fold the pastry towards you and either side across the centre, brush pastry with butter and roll towards you.
  5. Place onto baking sheet, brush with butter, bake for 15-18minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  6. Make the sauce while the strudel is cooking. Place the liquid from the can into a small saucepan, place on a medium heat and allow to simmer and to reduce slightly. Add cream cook for 2minutes; add chocolate keep on cooktop until melted add remaining cherries and take off the heat.
  7. Allow strudel to cook for a few minutes before serving. Serve strudel with lashings of sauce and ice cream if you dare.

 

 

 

Baklava Fingers

Baklava Fingers

This sumptuous desert of sweetened walnuts encased in light and flaky filo pastry, soaked in a sweet honey syrup, is a great companion with a cup of tea.

Baklava served with Persian Fairy Floss500g walnuts

2T soft brown sugar

1Tb honey

1tsp ground cinnamon

1Tb lemon zest

20g butter, melted

10 sheets filo pastry

50g butter, melted

Syrup

1 cup sugar

2 T honey

Method

To serve:

pink Persian fairy floss

  1. Pre heat oven to 180c, line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, honey, lemon zest and butter into small bowl of a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped (if you do not have a food processor chop the walnuts as finely as possible with a knife).
  3. Remove one sheet of filo and cover the rest to prevent drying out. Place the sheet of filo onto workbench and brush with melted butter, place another sheet of pastry on top.
  4. Cut sheet into 2 strips for large fingers or 2 strips for smaller fingers.
  5. Divide mixture into 10, and shape into a log, it should be 2/3 of the length of the pastry. Place a log of mixture in the centre of the pastry.
  6. Fold edges over the nut mixture, brush length of pastry with butter roll.
  7. Brush top with a little more butter and dust cinnamon over, place onto lined tray and repeat with remaining mixture.
  8. To make the syrup, combine the sugar, honey and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Stir for one minute, allow to reach a boil then reduce temperature to a simmer, simmer for 5 minutes. Pour syrup over baklava fingers.
  9. Serve fingers individually with Persian fairy floss.


baklava fingers before cooking

 

Baklava before being baked

baklava fresh out of the ovenBaklava fresh out of the oven

Baklava served with Persian Fairy Floss

Baklava served with pink Persian Fairy Floss

 

Blueberry and white chocolate puddings served with a warm white chocolate ‘n blueberry coulis

Blueberry and white chocolate puddings served with a warm white chocolate ‘n blueberry coulis

These scrumptious little puddings are bursting with flavour. Thankfully, these delicious morsels can be made in a silicone muffin tray which creates the perfect portion for individual serves, keeps our dessert looking elegant to impress our guests, as well as making cleaning easy!

I recommend placing your silicone muffin tray (12 hole) onto a baking sheet. This makes it much easier to handle.

Slightly stale bread works well as it soaks up a little more of the liquid.

Made from start to finish in 25minutes, this elegant pudding is a sure crowd pleaser. The only variable to be mindful of in the recipe is the size and volume of your muffin pan as you may need to add or reduce some bread.

blueberry and white chocolate pudding

Pudding

12Tb blueberry jam

½ cup blueberries (frozen is suitable)

½ cup white chocolate melts

4 eggs

300ml thickened cream

16 slices white bread

80-120grams butter

1tb castor sugar

¼  tsp vanilla bean paste

Sauce

1 cup blueberries (frozen is suitable)

½ cup blueberry jam

½ cup white chocolate melts

  1. Preheat combination steam oven to quarter steam and heat/25% steam 160C.
  2. Remove crusts from bread, lightly press down, spread one side with butter, spread jam on the other side.
  3. Cut bread into quarters and arrange bread with the butter side touching the silicone pan, blueberry side facing inwards so that there are no gaps. Gently press the bread together.
  4. Place 1tsp of blueberries and 1tsp of white chocolate melts into each muffin tin.
  5. Using remaining bread, place jam side down in the centre of the pudding to create a ‘lid’.
  6. Mix eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar together, pour over each pudding and allow the liquid to absorb into the pudding for 1-2minutes. Top up each muffin cup if you have space and left over liquid.
  7. Place into oven and bake for 12-15minutes.

While the puddings are baking prepare the sauce

  1. Place blueberries and jam into a small saucepan with 1 ½ cups of water. Place onto a medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer and allow to reduce and thicken.
  2. Place white chocolate melts in right before serving and stir to dissolve.

To serve

Invert puddings. The lid side should be touching the plate.

Drizzle with sauce.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired

Lemon Cheesecake cups – gluten free

Are you looking for spectacular dessert for this weekend’s entertaining? Try these gluten free cheesecake cups, guaranteed to impress.

You could get creative with flavors, or make it a little boozy with some limoncello.

This cheese cake recipe tastes even better than it looks.

Lemon curd cheese cakes

Base

1 cup almond meal (toasted)

100grams butter melted

3TB brown sugar

Filling

100grams cream cheese

100ml thickened cream

100grams marscapone

1tsp vanilla bean paste

¼ cup castor sugar

1 whole lemon, zested (save ¼ tsp for the garnish)

Garnish

4Tb lemon curd

¼ tsp lemon zest

  1. Place almond meal into a fry pan over a low heat and toast until golden brown.
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan, add butter to almond meal mixture until a paste forms.
  3. Remove 1Tb of the mixture and set aside, divide the remaining into 4 and place into the bottom of 4 glasses, I used tumblers today, this looks great in martini glasses, bowls, fun wine glasses, and gently press down.
  4. Beat the cream until soft peaks form, add the remaining filling ingredients, beat until well combined.
  5. Divide the mixture into 4 and place onto of the base in the 4 glasses.
  6. Allow to set for a couple of hours. Seal 1Tb of left over base mixture for the garnish.
  7. Just before serving, place a tablespoon of lemon curd, a pinch of lemon zest and a pinch of left over crumble mixture on top of each cheesecake.

 Serves 4