Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Peanut butter and almond cookies

The trick with these sweet peanut butter-laced cookies is to try and resist eating them while they're still warm and slightly chewy in the centre! Studded with crisp almonds, they make an addictive treat for lovers of peanut butter.  These were a Donna Hay recipe that I adapted to be easier and it works just as well, the taste is amazing.  NOT for school lunchboxes though as they are laden with peanut butter and nutty stuff.
Also VERY good with choc chips mixed in the dough..mmmmmm


100g softened butter
1/2 cup (140g) smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups (220g) brown sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cups self raising flour
 Whole natural almonds for decorating.


Preheat your oven to 180oC (350oF). 
Place the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and brown sugar in an electric mixer
and beat for 8 minutes or until combined and creamy.
Add the egg and beat for 2-3 minutes to pale and fluffy.
Take off mixer and mix in the flour to make a soft dough.
Roll small golfball size balls of dough and place on your baking tray.
Gently flatten them with the heel of your palm.
Press an almond into each cookie.
Bake for 14 minutes or until the edges are just slightly browned. 
Allow to cool slightly then move onto wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Pizza Swirls

 This recipe is such a good basic dough for pizza, pizza scrolls, or add extra sugar and some spices and it is perfect for cinnamon scrolls or sweet bread.

You will need:

1 1/2 Cups Self Raising Flour
1 1/2 Cups Plain Flour
2 teaspoons (1 sachet) dried yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
pinch salt
1 cup warm water
tomato paste & pizza toppings


Mix the flours together in a big bowl and make a "well" in the centre.  Tip in the yeast powder, the sugar and salt into the well.  Pour on the warm water.

Mix well until a thick dough forms.  Gently knead with your hands on a floured surface for about 5 minutes till the dough is nice and silky.

Roll the dough out into long flat rectangular shapes.

Spread with tomato paste

Sprinkle with cheese - add diced bacon / ham / olives / pineapple - whatever you like

Roll the dough up longways into a sausage and slice in 2cm thickness disks.
Lay the disks on a baking tray and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until doubled in size and bread is lightly golden in colour.

Delicious hot or cold
Makes approximately 20 pizza swirls

Recipe doubles well for more swirls.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Cadbury Choc Chip Cookies

Sweet and crunchy all-time favourites, great for the lunchbox and perfect with a glass of milk.

what you need

125g butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups self raising flour
¾ cup CADBURY Milk Chocolate Baking Chips

make it

1. CREAM together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour then fold through Chocolate Chips.
2. PLACE teaspoonsful on greased baking trays. Bake in a moderately slow oven 160°C for 10-15 minutes or until browned. Cool on a wire rack.

Quick Chilli Con Carne

 it is good, really good.

150g Chorizo, sliced into half moons
500g Minced Beef
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cardamon pods, bruised (or half a teaspoon ground cardamon)
500g Jar of pasta sauce (one with veges is good)
Tin of chili beans
60ml Sweet Chili Sauce

Step 1: Fry chorizo until releases oil then add the mincemeat and cook on high for 5 minutes
Step 2: Add spices then pasta sauce, chili beans and sweet chili sauce
Step 3: Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes
Step 4: Serve with fresh rice and a sprinkling of fresh coriander.. also good with a bit of grated cheese on top

if you can't get chilli beans (mexican section of supermarket sold as mexi-beans) put in 1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes and regular canned red kidney beans.