Vanilla and Chia cupcakes, with Lemon icing

This is a really basic cupcake recipe, its super easy to make but its yum.  I sometimes make large cupcakes,  or tiny ones, either way they always work but your cooking time will vary.

lemon cupcakes

You’ll need:

Zest of one lemon (save the lemon for later)
90g butter, room temp
1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
100g caster sugar (or raw sugar, blitz on speed 9 for 3 seconds to create caster sugar)
2 eggs, room temp
150g self raising flour (could use GF or spelt)
2 tblsp milk
1tblsp chia seeds

Here’s what you do:-

* Mix all ingredients until combined – approx 20secs/speed 5
* Tip mixture into paper cupcake cases and bake in a moderate oven for approx. 15 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.
* Let them cool on a wire rack and ice once cooled

 

Lemon Icing

100-150g icing sugar
Juice from half a lemon
100g butter, room temp

Mix 30secs / speed 4.  If icing is too runny add more icing sugar, if its too hard, add some milk or more lemon juice.  You may need to mix it with your spatula towards the end to get the right consistency.

Tip – use the squished lemon to wipe out the sink or any chopping boards. Or you could add it to the bowl and cover blades with boiling water. Blitz 20 secs/speed 8. You will now have a clean and fresh bowl.

Laminton Cake – the great Australia Day treat!

You cant get any more Aussie then the good ol’ lamington right?!  What a way to celebrate Australia Day with a Lamington CAKE!

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You’ll need:

  • 310g SR flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened, cacao powder
  • 430g raw or white sugar
  • 200g vegetable oil, (I used macadamia however)
  • 2 eggs
  • 240g buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 30g red food coloring – optional (if you want a red velvet cake)
  • ½ cup of prepared plain hot coffee  (don’t skip this ingredient).  I used 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee, and mix this in a mug with boiling water.

Here’s what you do:

– Line 2 x laminton tins with baking paper

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees

– Add SR flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cacao in tmx and mix on speed 3, 10 seconds or until combined.  Set aside in large bowl.

– Add raw sugar and blitz, speed 9, 3 seconds (if using white sugar don’t worry).

– Insert butterfly

– Add sugar (if not already in bowl) and oil.  Mix speed 3, 10 seconds.

– Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, food colouring and coffee.  Mix on speed 4, 15 seconds.

– Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients a little at a time stirring each addition.

– Tip half into each tin and bake in oven for about 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in tin for 5 minutes before removing.  Then tip onto a cake rack and let it cool completely before icing.

Icing

180 g cream cheese
90 g Butter softened
420 g icing sugar
20g cacao
About a cup of desiccated coconut

Mix cream cheese and butter on speed 4 for 10 seconds.  Add icing sugar and mix until smooth.  You may need the spatula to help mix the icing sugar in.  If its still runny add a little more icing sugar, if its too dry, add a tiny amount of milk.

Spread a good layer (about a 1/4 of the mixture) on top of one of the cakes.  Put the second cake on top, to create a sandwich.

With the left over icing, add cacao, and mix through.  Spread this all over the top and sides of the cake.

Sprinkle with desiccated coconut.  Let it set in the fridge for about an hour, then cut and serve.  Enjoy!

Happy Australia Day!

Relaxing hand/body wash

This will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling wonderful.  Its CHEAP and EASY to make.  It makes a lot, so would make a lovely gift, any teacher would be happy with this one.

You’ll need:

  • 1 x 80-100g Scented Bar Soap (or any scent you like) cubed.
  • 2 ltrs boiling water (you may need an extra litre)
  • 130g Epsom Salts
  • 100g Coconut Oil

Here’s what you do:

* Blitz cubed soap and Epsom Salt until fine – gradually working from speed 2 to 8, about 8-10 seconds.  You want this consistency, like a powder almost.

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* Add boiling water up to the 1.1L mark of your Thermomix, and add the coconut oil. Mix 3 mins / speed 3 on 90 degrees or until well combined

* Pour into big bowl (glass or stainless steel is best) and leave for at least 6 hours (overnight is best). It will look like runny water at the start but it will thicken up. Mix every now and then.

*After the 6 or so hours is up,  mine became too think and I had to add half at a time back into the thermomix with another 500mls cooled boiled water. So I actually ended up with nearly 3lts of hand/body wash.  If this happens, mix it on speed 4 for about 10 or so seconds, until its mixed together.

This is great in the bath or shower, in a hand pump or as a gift. The Epsom Salts will help relax tired muscles and the coconut oil is a natural moisturiser.

Note – Be sure to get natural salts as some are man made and a full of unwanted chemicals. A lot of epsom salts are made from synthetic materials, they are manufactured in factories from neutralized Sulfuric Acid, which is very high in heavy metals and arsenic. The REAL epsom salt is naturally occurring mineral deposit in spring.

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Nan’s zucchini slice

A few years ago my mum made me this recipe book, which is full of all my favourite recipes that I grew up on.  I have also added to this book, but sadly, since owning my Thermomix I haven’t used it.  So I pulled it down from the cupboard, dusted it off and have started to convert the recipes.  This is the first recipe I have converted, my Nan’s zucchini slice.

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You’ll need:

5 eggs (preferably free range)
1 onion, peeled and chopped in half
1 carrot, chopped roughly
2-3 zucchini’s (about 370g), chopped roughly
3 rashes of bacon (nitrate free if you prefer), diced
90g olive, macadamia or coconut oil (we like olive in this recipe)
150g block cheddar cheese, roughly chopped
150g SR flour, or plain flour with 2 tsp of baking powder. You could use a GF flour, or spelt. All would work well.

Here’s what you do:-

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Line a lamington tin with baking paper.

Put cheese in tmx bowl and chop on speed 5 for 5 seconds, or until it is well chopped.  Set aside.

Put onion in tmx bowl and chop on spd 7, 3 seconds.

Add zucchinis and carrots, chop spd 5, 3 seconds.

Add all other ingredients into the bowl (including the cheese) and mix on reverse for 30 seconds, spd 2, or until well combined.

Tip into prepared tin and cook for about 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the top.

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Baby food ideas. Starting out.

With my first born I always a little worried what to feed her and what’s even harder she was really fussy so I just fed her basic food like apple and pear, or pumpkin and veg.  I didn’t experiment a lot so when baby J arrived, I was determined not to have another fussy eater, so I started him on different things straight away.

Here is a list of baby J’s favourite combinations:-

There is no right or wrong measurement for any of these dishes, so if you want to put in an extra carrot, or an extra piece of zucchini then go right ahead 🙂

 

Beetroot, carrot and zucchini puree

IMG_41752 beetroot, 1 carrot, 1 zucchini

Peel and chop roughly beetroot and carrot and chop zucchini.  Put it all in the tmx basket and put 500g of water in the bowl.  Cook on varoma for 15 minutes, speed 2.

Once that’s done, check that the veggies are cooked.  If not, put them on for a few more minutes.  If they are cooked, discard the water and tip the basket contents into the tmx bowl.

Puree on speed 5, 10 seconds.  Scrape down the sides and repeat.

Freezes well.

IMG_4389Carrot and parsnip puree

5 carrots and 2 parsnips.

Peel and chop all ingredients roughly. Put it all into the tmx basket and put 500g of water into the bowl and cook on varoma for 15 minutes, speed 2.

Once that’s done, check that the veggies are cooked.  If not, put them on for a few more minutes.  If they are, discard the water and tip the basket contents into the tmx bowl.

Puree on speed 5, 10 seconds.  Scrape down the sides and repeat.

Freezes well.

Pumpkin, potato, carrot and chicken puree

300g pumpkin, 2 potatoes, 2 carrots, 1 chicken tenderloin.

Peel and/or chop all ingredients roughly. Put it all into the tmx basket and put 500g of water into the bowl and cook on varoma for 15 minutes, speed 2.

Once that’s done, check that the veggies & chicken are cooked.  If not, put them on for a few more minutes.  If they are, discard the water and tip the basket contents into the tmx bowl.

Puree on speed 5, 10 seconds.  Scrape down the sides and repeat.

Freezes well.

Broccoli and sweet potato puree.

IMG_4306250g broccoli and 350g sweet potato (approx.).

Chop broccoli roughly and peel and chop potato dicing roughly. Put it all into the thermomix basket and put 500g of water into the bowl and cook on varoma for 17 minutes, speed 2.

Once that’s done, check that the veggies are cooked.  If not, put them on for a few more minutes.  If they are, discard the water and tip the basket contents into the tmx bowl.

Puree on speed 5, 10 seconds.  Scrape down the sides and repeat.

Freezes well.

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*** More recipes to come***