Chocolate and Custard Torte

Photo by Julie O’Malley Chocolate and Custard Torte 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthways 1 x 600ml ctn thickened cream 4 egg yolks 200g good-quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped 100ml thin cream 4 bought hot cross buns, thinly sliced vertically 2 Tbsp warm water 2...

Orange Custard Pudding

Orange Custard Pudding 1/2 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of cornstarch Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of orange juice 3 medium egg yolks, beaten 1 cup of plain yoghurt 2 Tablespoons of margarine 2 teaspoons of orange peel, finely shredded 2 cups of fresh orange segments 1. Combine...

Baked Passionfruit Custards

Baked Passionfruit Custards Makes 6 750ml cream grated zest 1/2 orange 8 egg yolks 150g caster sugar 8 passionfruit Preheat oven to 160°C. Place a tea towel on the bottom of a baking dish large enough to hold six 200ml ramekins. Heat cream and orange zest in a saucepan...

Custard Ice-Cream

Custard Ice-Cream 2 cups vanilla custard 300ml double cream 395g condensed milk 2 Tbsp vanilla extract Chocolate Sauce: 125g milk chocolate 1 cup thickened cream 1 cup caster sugar Mix together custard, cream, condensed milk and vanilla. Freeze in an airtight container overnight or until firm. Transfer into a...

Creamy Baked Custard

Creamy Baked Custard Serves 4 3 eggs 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup (250ml) milk 300ml cream Ground nutmeg Preheat oven to 180°C. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the vanilla extract, milk and cream. Pour...

Custard Orange Cake

Photo by Jox Custard Orange Cake 2 cup (250g) Self Raising Flour 1/3 cup (40g) Custard Powder 80g butter, chopped 1 1/3 cup (340g) Castor Sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp finely grated orange rind 1 cup (250ml) orange juice Cream Cheese Frosting: 125g cream cheese, softened 2 Tbsp icing...

Custard Powder Biscuits

Photo by Julie O’Malley Custard Powder Biscuits 125g butter, softened 1 cup caster sugar 1 egg, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1/2 cup custard powder 80g white chocolate, roughly chopped 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper....

Rice Custard

Rice Custard Serves 12-14 3 cups rice 2 litres boiling water 6 x 60g eggs 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 litres milk 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 60g butter Nutmeg to taste 1 cup raisins Wash rice thoroughly under cold running water. Cook in boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain...

Baked Rice Custard

Baked Rice Custard 2 cups cold cooked rice 4 eggs 2 cups full-cream milk 1/4 cup castor sugar 1 tsp. vanilla essence Cinnamon Grease a 4-cup oven proof dish. Place rice in base of dish. Whisk eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla. Pour over rice. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Place dish...

Liqueur Custard

Liqueur Custard 2 cups (500ml) milk 300ml thickened cream 1 Queen vanilla bean, split 6 egg yolks 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar 2 tablespoons Cointreau, Grand Marnier or brandy 1. Combine milk, cream and vanilla bean in a medium pan; bring to the boil, remove from heat. Stand 15...

Chocolate Custard with Poached Summer Fruits

Chocolate Custard with Poached Summer Fruits Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 6 750ml bottle apple cider 2 cups caster sugar cinnamon stick 3 peaches 3 nectarines 250g fresh cherries, pitted 90g packet macaroons Custard: 4 egg yolks 1/4 cup caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2...

Boiled Egg Custard

Boiled Egg Custard Mix 1 tablespoon cornflour with a little cold milk. Mix in 1 egg. Add a few drops of vanilla (if you like) Bring 300mls milk to the boil. Pour slowly into the egg and cornflour mixture, stirring all the time. Return mixture to saucepan and cook,...

Apricot Custard Pies

Apricot Custard Pies 1 cup drained apricot halves, chopped 4 almond or coconut macaroon biscuits, crushed 1/2 cup prepared custard 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Steamed Chocolate Puddings with Honeycomb Custard

Steamed Chocolate Puddings with Honeycomb Custard Serves 6 Melted butter, for greasing 180g unsalted butter, chopped 3/4 cup caster sugar 3 eggs 200g block milk chocolate with nougat bits 1 1/3 cups plain flour 1/3 cup cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 100ml milk Honeycomb Custard: 1 cup milk 1...

Baked Custard

Baked Custard Serves 4 3 eggs 2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 500ml (2 cups) milk 125ml (1/2 cup) cream ground nutmeg, to sprinkle 1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (315°F/ Gas 2-3). Brush a 1.5 litre (6 cup) heatproof dish with a little melted butter....

Baked Lemon Custard

Baked Lemon Custard Serves: 4 3 eggs 2 egg yolks 60g (1/2 cup) caster sugar 500ml (2 cups) pure cream 250ml (1 cup) milk 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan-forced) and lightly grease 4 x 1-cup capacity ramekins (or a 1L capacity baking...

Baked Pear Custard

Baked Pear Custard 1/2 cup pear puree 1/2 cup milk 1 large egg 1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a small ovenproof dish. 2. Spoon the pear puree into the bottom of the dish. 3. Beat together the milk and egg and pour over the...

No Egg Custard (Age: 8 Months +)

No Egg Custard Age: 8 Months + 250mls milk 2 tsp sugar 50mls milk and 1 Tbsp custard powder – blended together Heat milk and sugar in saucepan slowly. When nearly boiling add blended milk/custard powder. Stir continuously till thickens and starts to boil. Cool slightly and refrigerate. Microwave...

Boiled Custard (Age: 8 Months +)

Boiled Custard Age: 8 Months + 200mls milk 1 egg yolk 2 tsp sugar 2 tsp cornflour Beat egg yolk, cornflour and sugar together. Add milk. Cook in double saucepan, stirring continuously, until custard thickens and coats the spoon....

Strawberry Cream Cheese Shortcake with Warm Custard

Strawberry Cream Cheese Shortcake with Warm Custard Serves 6-8 125g butter, softened 1 cup caster sugar, plus 2 tablespoons extra 2 eggs, lightly beaten 125g cream cheese, softened 2 cups self-raising flour, sifted 375g strawberries, hulled, halved if large Warmed bought custard, to serve Crumble 50g chilled butter, cubed...

Custard Tart

Custard Tart 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1/4 cup self-raising flour 1/4 cup caster sugar 90g butter 1 egg 2 teaspoons water, approximately ground nutmeg Custard: 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 tablespoons caster sugar 2 cups milk 1. Sift flours and sugar into bowl, rub...

Mocha Custards

Mocha Custards Serves 6 500ml (2 cups) skim milk 80g (1/3 cup) sugar 2 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted 3 tsp instant coffee granules 2 x 50g eggs 2 egg whites (from 50g eggs) 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence Whipped Cream or vanilla crème Fruche (optional), to serve Coffee...

No-Sugar Custard

No-Sugar Custard 6 egg yolks 1/4 cup Fruit Sweet 1/2 cup flour 2 cup milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tbsp. butter * In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and Fruit Sweet until thick and pale. * While continuing to beat, gradually sift in flour. * Pour into a...

Diabetic Custard

Diabetic Custard 2 1/2 cup skim milk 2 eggs, beaten 1 tbsp vinegar 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 tsp Sweet and Low * Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla, and Sweet and Low. * Pour into 6 custard cups. In an electric frying pan, place 3 paper towels and pour...

Chocolate pear custard (Age: 12 months +)

Chocolate pear custard Age: 12 months + 2 Tbsp custard powder 2 Tbsp cocoa 1-2 Tbsp sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 cups milk 425g can of pears in juice 1 Tbsp butter 1/2 tsp vanilla Mix the first three ingredients thoroughly in a medium-sized pot. Add the egg, milk,...

Baby’s Own Custard (Age: 4 months +)

Baby’s Own Custard Age: 4-6 months Serves: 2 serves 100mls baby’s regular milk or breast milk or prepared formula 2 teaspoons custard powder or arrowroot. Pour breast milk or prepared formula into a small saucepan and heat gently. In a small bowl mix custard powder with a little water...

Ice cream custard (Age: 12 months +)

Ice cream custard Age: 12 months + Serves: 4-5 3 Tbsp butter 3 Tbsp flour 2 cups milk 2 eggs 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla essence In a medium sized pot melt the butter, then stir in the flour. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of milk and...

Soy Custard with Apricots

Soy Custard with Apricots 300 ml (10 fl oz) vanilla soy or rice milk 1 tablespoon cornflour 1 cup (140 g / 4 1/2 oz) dried apricot halves, roughly chopped 1 cup (250 ml / 8 fl oz) unsweetened apple juice 1. Blend 1/2 cup (125 ml / 4...

Custard Slice with Vanilla Syrup

Custard Slice with Vanilla Syrup Makes: 20 2 cups of plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted through flour 1/4 cup caster sugar 185g butter, chopped 1/2 cup semolina 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 cups milk 1 cup of cream 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon vanilla essence 1/2...

Sweet Blueberry Foccacia (Thermomix)

Photo by Julie O’Malley Sweet Blueberry Foccacia (Thermomix) 140g warm water 2 tsp dried yeast 1/4 cup white sugar 280g bread flour 25g olive oil Pinch of salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tblsp raw sugar 150g blueberries or combo with raspberries Measure out the 1/4 cup sugar and put...

Krispy Kreme Trifle

Krispy Kreme Trifle Serves 6 – 8 8 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnuts 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee 2 Tablespoons kahlua (optional) 300ml carton thickened cream 2 Tablespoons caster sugar 500ml purchased vanilla custard 300g raspberries 155g packet milk chocolate Maltesers, chopped 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds 1. Cut...

Choc Mint Ice-Cream

Choc Mint Ice-Cream Makes 1 Litre 9 egg yolks 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 cups milk 450ml cream 2 teaspoons vanilla essence (or vanilla bean paste) Few drops green food colouring 200g packet choc mint slice biscuits, chopped 1. Place a large metal container in the freezer to...

Queen’s Pudding

Queen’s Pudding Serves 4 4 eggs 2 1/2 cups (600ml) skim or low-fat milk 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 3 slices wholegrain bread, crumbed 4 Tablespoons strawberry or raspberry purée 1. Separate two eggs and put egg whites aside. 2. Combine egg yolks with the other two whole eggs and...

Chocolate and Cinnamon Flan

Chocolate and Cinnamon Flan Servings 4 215g (1 cup) caster sugar 60ml (1/4 cup) water 500ml (2 cups) milk 100g dark cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped 6 eggs 1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Strawberries, washed, hulled, quartered, to serve 1....

Hollandaise and Asparagus Vol au Vents

Hollandaise and Asparagus Vol au Vents 2 x 12 vol au vents 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine vinegar 1 green onion (shallot), finely sliced 3 parsley sprigs 5 black peppercorns 100g butter, cubed plus 1 teaspoon extra 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten finely grated...

Crumble Cake with Berries

Crumble Cake with Berries Serves 6 170g plain flour 85g caster sugar 85g unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 900g apples, peeled, cored, roughly chopped 110g light brown sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 250g fresh or frozen mixed berries (redcurrants, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries) Topping: 1 1/2...

Passionfruit Soufflé

Photo by Julie O’Malley Passionfruit Soufflé Serves 6 1-2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened 50g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle 1 generous cup of crème patisserie pulp from 6 passionfruits 2 Tbsp whipped cream 6 egg whites a pinch of cream of tartar 1 Tbsp caster sugar icing sugar,...

Pineapple Slice

Pineapple Slice Base: 125g butter 125g sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder Topping: 1 x 440g tin crushed pineapple 80g custard powder 2 Tbsp sugar Base: # Cream butter and sugar, add egg. # Sift flour and baking powder and stir. #...

Creme Brulee

Crème Brûlée Serves 6 1 vanilla pod (bean) 1 litre (4 cups) double (heavy) cream 6 egg yolks 90g (1/2 cup) caster (superfine) sugar 30ml (2 tsp) almond or orange liqueur (optional) 75g (6 Tbsp) soft light brown sugar 1. Preheat the oven to 150c/300F/Gas 2. Place six 120ml...

Macadamia Choc Coconut Pie (Thermomix)

Macadamia Choc Coconut Pie (Thermomix) 50g macadamia nuts 20g dark brown sugar 200g caster sugar 80g cubed cold butter 140g plain flour 45g rolled oats 400g coconut cream 230g milk 70g corn flour 70g water 160g dark coverture chocolate Topping: 1 vanilla bean 30g sugar 250g mascarpone cheese 60g shredded...

Rum and Raisin Ice Cream

Rum and Raisin Ice Cream Serves 8 75g seedless raisins 4 Tablespoons dark rum 3 egg yolks 125g soft brown sugar 284ml single cream 284ml double cream, whipped 1. Place the raisins and rum in a bowl and leave to soak. 2. Place the egg yolks and sugar in...

Sticky Date Self-Saucing Pudding

Sticky Date Self-Saucing Pudding Serves 4 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 40g butter, melted 2/3 cup milk 1 cup pitted dried dates, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Icing sugar and custard, to serve Sauce: 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup firmly packed...

Iced Christmas Pudding

Iced Christmas Pudding 1/2 cup each sultanas, currants and chopped raisins 1/4 cup each chopped glace cherries, glace pineapple and mixed peel 1/4 cup brandy 1L softened vanilla ice-cream 1/2 cup cream 1/2 cup toasted, flaked almonds 1/4 cup chocolate bits Strawberry sauce and strawberries to decorate (optional) 1....

Strawberry Ice-Cream

Strawberry Ice-Cream 1 cup (250ml) milk 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream 4 egg yolks 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar 500g strawberries, hulled 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar, extra 1.Combine milk and cream in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to simmering point over low heat. 2.Whisk egg yolks and sugar...

Golden Syrup and Pecan Steamed Pudding

Photo by Julie O’Malley Golden Syrup and Pecan Steamed Pudding 1/2 cup golden syrup 1/2 cup roasted pecans, roughly chopped 125g butter, softened 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup S.R.Flour 1/2 cup milk Custard, ice cream or cream to serve #...

Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream 375ml (1 1/2 cups) whole milk 150g sugar 125g whole coffee beans Pinch sea salt 375ml heavy cream 5 large egg yolks 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp finely ground coffee beans # Warm the milk, sugar, whole coffee beans, salt and 125ml of the cream...

Baked Rice Pudding

Photo by Julie O’Malley Baked Rice Pudding Serves 4 2 cups (500ml) milk 300ml thin cream 1/2 cup (110g) medium grain (calrose) rice, rinsed, drained 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped Pinch of ground nutmeg, plus extra to sprinkle 2 strips...

YoYo’s

Photo by Alecia YoYo’s 175g Butter, softened 1/4 cup icing sugar few drops vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1/4 cup custard powder Butter Filling: 50g Butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons custard powder 1. Cream the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy, add vanilla....

Asparagus and Gruyere Tarts

Photo by Julie O’Malley Asparagus and Gruyere Tarts Savoury Shortcrust Pastry: 150g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1.5cm cubes 300g plain flour, chilled 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp vinegar, chilled with 85ml water Remove butter from fridge 20 mins before you start mixing, the butter should be just...

Classic Banana Cream Pie

Classic Banana Cream Pie 8 Servings 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut in pieces 1/4 cup cold water 1 egg yolk 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil Banana Cream Filling: 2 large eggs 1/2 cup superfine...

Mini Raspberry Melting Moments

Mini Raspberry Melting Moments Serves 16 125g unsalted butter, softened 1/3 cup pure icing sugar, sifted 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 cup plain flour 2 tablespoons custard powder pure icing sugar, to serve Raspberry Filling: 60g unsalted butter, softened 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2-3/4 cup pure icing sugar, sifted...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z zabaglione: an Italian custard made with egg yolks and wine or juices, which are beaten vigorously over hot water to form a rich,...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – T

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z tabasco sauce: a thin spicy sauce made of vinegar, red peppers, and salt. This sauce is commonly used with Creole food, chilli con...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – P

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z paella: a Spanish rice dish originating in the town of Valencia. There are hundreds of recipes for paella, all claiming to be authentic....

Cook’s Encyclopedia – D

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z dacquoise: a cake made of nut meringues layered with whipped cream or butter cream. The nut meringue disks are also referred to as...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – C

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z cabernet vinegar: aged red wine vinegar made from the must of cabernet sauvignon grapes. cachous: small, round, cake-decorating sweets available in silver, gold...

Mango and Passionfruit Trifle

Mango and Passionfruit Trifle 1 cup sweet sherry 1 cup passionfruit pulp (about 10 passionfruit) 1/2 packet (125g) thick sponge-finger biscuits (Savoiardi) 4 large ripe mangoes, cut into thick slices 600ml pouring cream Vanilla bean, split in half 6 egg yolks 3 Tbsp caster sugar 2 tsp cornflour 300ml...

Mascarpone Ice-Cream

Mascarpone Ice-Cream 500ml milk 6 egg yolk 250g caster sugar 2 vanilla pods 500g mascarpone 1. Custard: Place the milk in a sauce pan. Cut through the centre of the vanilla pods and spoon the seeds into the milk and place the pods in the milk. Place the milk...

Lemon Self-Saucing Pudding

Lemon Self-Saucing Pudding 1 cup self-raising flour, sifted 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 egg 40g butter, melted 1/2 cup skim milk 2 lemons, rind finely grated, juiced 1 tablespoon cornflour 1 tablespoon custard powder 1 1/2 cups boiling water icing sugar, to serve Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine...

Vanilla Slice

Photo by Julie O’Malley Vanilla Slice 2 sheets puff pastry 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup custard powder 600ml milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp gelatine 1/3 cup hot water 300ml thickened cream Orchard Icing: 1/2 pkt Orchard white icing dessicated coconut to sprinkle on top Passionfruit Icing:...

White Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

White Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding Serves 4-5 half a French stick, finely sliced 50g butter, at room temperature 100g white chocolate, chopped 4 egg yolks 50g caster sugar, plus 3 extra for caramelising 150ml double cream 300ml milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 1. Spread the slices of the...

Baked Apples

Baked Apples Serves 12 1 cup dried fruits 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 80g butter 12 small Granny Smith apples, washed and cored 1 litre water 2 tablespoons sugar 1. Mix together the dried fruits, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. 2. Fill the centre of each apple...

Steamed Christmas Pudding

Steamed Christmas Pudding Serves 6 500g mixed dried fruit 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 90g butter or margarine 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon sherry or brandy 1/2 teaspoon bi-carbonate of soda 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup self raising flour 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice 1. In a saucepan,...

Tiramisu Cup Cakes

Tiramisu Cup Cakes 2 tsp instant coffee 1 tsp vanilla essence 125g butter, softened 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 x 59g eggs 1 1/3 cups self raising flour 1/4 cup custard powder 2/3 cup milk cocoa Filling: 125g cream cheese 2 tbsp caster sugar 150ml thickened cream 1 Tbsp...

International Glossary

A abiu = luma = caimito = aboi aboi = abiu = luma = caimito all-purpose flour = plain flour arugula = rocket aubergine = eggplant B baby squash = pattypan squash baking soda = bicarbonate of soda besan flour = chickpea flour bicarbonate of soda = baking soda...

Double Chocolate Cake

Double Chocolate Cake 125g butter, softened 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour 2 Tablespoons custard powder 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup water 1. Turn oven to 180c. 2. Grease a 23cm cake tin. 3. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, flour, custard powder and cocoa....

Vanilla Coconut Truffles

Vanilla Coconut Truffles 2 x 120g tubs NESTLE Diet Vanilla Rice Custard 12 x sponge finger biscuits, crushed 1 tsp almond essence 1/4 cup (30g) almond meal 120g white chocolate, finely chopped 3/4 cup (50g) shredded coconut, toasted 1. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine rice custard,...

Cherry and Apple Crumble

Cherry and Apple Crumble Serves 6 425g can whole pitted cherries, drained 800g can pie apple 470g packet butter cake mix 100g butter, thinly sliced and chilled 1/3 cup coconut 1/2 cup flaked almonds 1/3 cup brown sugar custard or ice-cream, to serve 1. Combine cherries and apples in...

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding 2 1/2 cups milk 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped 2 tsp vanilla 1 Tbsp cocoa mixed with 2 Tbsp warm water 1 Tbsp brown sugar 4 eggs, beaten 8 slices crustless bread 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp currants # Combine milk, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa/water...

Chocolate Truffle Dessert

Chocolate Truffle Dessert Serves 6 250g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces 250g ready-made custard 400ml thick cream 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted Crème Fraîche, to serve 1. Place chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. When melted, set aside to cool slightly. Beat in custard...

Little Chocolate Christmas Puddings

Little Chocolate Christmas Puddings 700g plum pudding 250g dark eating chocolate, melted 1/2 cup (125ml) brandy 1/2 cup (80g) icing sugar 200g white chocolate melts glacé cherries, cut to resemble berries and leaves 1. Crumble pudding into a large bowl. Stir in melted chocolate, brandy and sifted icing sugar;...

Cheesecake Mince Pies

Cheesecake Mince Pies Makes 24 Pastry: 1 1/2 cups plain flour 2 tablespoons custard powder 1/4 cup icing-sugar mixture 125g cold butter, chopped 1 egg-yolk 2-3 tablespoons cold water Filling: 1 x 250g packet cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1 x...

Sticky Fruit Pudding

Sticky Fruit Pudding 125g butter, chopped 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 x 500g packet dried fruit salad mix 1/4 cup orange juice 1 x 900g Christmas pudding Sauce: 1/2 cup thickened cream 1 x 600g carton vanilla custard 2 tablespoons dark underproof rum 1. Sauce: Pour cream...

Boozy Fruit Ice Cream Pudding

Boozy Fruit Ice Cream Pudding 750ml double cream 30g caster sugar 400-425 carton of ready made custard 250g of boozy fruits (recipe below) chopped 2 x 600ml pudding basins lined with cling-wrap. Whisk the cream with the sugar until it forms soft peaks. Stir in custard and boozy fruits....

Coffee Rum and Raisin Ice Cream

Coffee Rum and Raisin Ice Cream 75g raisins 1/4 cup dark rum (or port) 300ml double cream 300ml single cream 2 small handfuls (50g) coffee beans (or 2 tbsp ground coffee) 1 vanilla bean 6 egg yolks 150g caster sugar 2 tsp custard powder Cover raisins with rum and...

Passionfruit Swirl Ice-Cream

Passionfruit Swirl Ice-Cream Serves 4 to 6 6 egg yolks 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons custard powder 2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 300ml thickened cream, whipped Passionfruit Swirl: 1/2 cup passionfruit pulp 1/2 cup caster sugar Combine egg yolks, sugar and custard powder in pan,...

Chocolate Creme Brulee

Chocolate Creme Brulee 660ml pouring cream 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways 50g top-quality dark chocolate 4 egg yolks 50g caster sugar caster sugar for sprinkling Put cream and vanilla pod – scraping out some seeds as you go – into a pan and heat until almost boiling. Leave to...

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie 1 x 9-inch baked pastry shell 3 Tbsp cornstarch 1 2/3 cup water 1 can sweetened condensed milk 3 x egg yolks, beaten 2 Tbsp butter or margarine 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 med bananas lemon juice 1 pt cream # In heavy saucepan, dissolve cornstarch...

Baileys and Banana Bread and Butter Pudding

Baileys and Banana Bread and Butter Pudding 1/2 a loaf of pre-sliced white bread (crusts removed ) 55g/2oz or pack of butter, softened 140g/5oz caster sugar seeds from 1 vanilla pod 8 free-range eggs 500ml/18fl oz double cream 565ml/1 pint milk 4 shots of baileys 5 bananas 4 tablespoons...

Apple Snow

Apple Snow 6 medium apples 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind or a pinch of cinnamon 2 egg whites Peel, core, and slice the apples thinly. Add water, cover and simmer until soft. Add sugar, stir until smooth, light and sugar is dissolved;...

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble Serves 4-6 500g cooking apples (Granny Smith) 3 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon sugar 3-4 cloves 1/4 cup SR flour 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons coconut 2 tablespoons brown sugar Pre heat oven 190C. Peel, core and slice apples and place in pie dish with sugar, water and...

Apple Coconut Pie

Apple Coconut Pie 125g butter 2 cups coconut 1/2 cup plain flour 1/4 cup sugar 410g can pie apples Melt butter. Place in large bowl and stir in coconut, flour and sugar. Press half the mixture into pie plate (base diameter of 18cm). Top with apples and sprinkle with...

Apple and Strawberry Crumble

Apple and Strawberry Crumble 2 Tbsp reduced-fat margarine, plus extra to grease 3 cooking apples (such as Granny Smiths) peeled, cored, sliced 2 Tbsp pure floral honey* 250g strawberries, hulled, halved 1 cup (100g) rolled oats 2 Tbsp soft brown sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1. Preheat the oven...

Individual Christmas Puddings

Individual Christmas Puddings 100g butter, softened 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon golden syrup 2 x 60g eggs 1 1/2 cups (375g) self-raising flour, sifted 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup milk 1/3 cup brandy 1/2 cup (100g) mixed dried fruit 1/2 cup (100g) finely chopped dates 1. Cream butter,...

Gluten-free Christmas Pudding

Gluten-free Christmas Pudding Makes 2 small puddings. The pudding can be made up to three months ahead and kept refrigerated or made up to one year ahead and frozen. To reheat, thaw in refrigerator for up to 2 days; remove plastic wrap, return to steamer and steam for 2...

Sticky Fruit Pudding

Sticky Fruit Pudding 125g butter, chopped 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 x 500g packet dried fruit salad mix 1/4 cup orange juice 1 x 900g Christmas pudding Sauce 1/2 cup thickened cream 1 x 600g carton vanilla custard 2 tablespoons dark underproof rum 1. Sauce: Pour cream...

Plum Pudding Christmas Truffles

Plum Pudding Christmas Truffles Serves 30 1 cup dried fruit mix 1/4 cup brandy or orange juice 1 1/4 cups cake crumbs 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted 125 g (5 rows) Cadbury Dark Cooking Chocolate, melted 125 g (5 rows) Cadbury Milky White Chocolate,...

Plum Pudding

Plum Pudding 750g Mixed Fruit 100g Pitted Prunes, chopped 250g butter 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar 4 x eggs 100g dates, chopped 1/2 cup brandy or rum 1 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 50g Slivered...

Christmas Plum Pudding

Christmas Plum Pudding 750g mixed fruit 100g pitted prunes, chopped 250g butter 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar 4 x eggs 100g dates, chopped 1/2 cup brandy or rum 1 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 50g...

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake Serves 4 125g butter; plus a little for buttering the molds 112g bittersweet chocolate 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons flour; plus a little more for dusting 1. In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water; heat the butter...

Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding Serves: 4 100g unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup milk 1 egg 1 cup self raising flour 2 tablespoons cocoa 1/2 cup caster sugar Topping: 2 tablespoons cocoa 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 cups boiling water 1. In a mixing bowl, combine butter, milk and...

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick Serves 4 185 g (1 1/2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 125 g (1/2 cup) sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 160 g (2 cups) fresh breadcrumbs 60 g (2 1/4 oz) sultanas 110 g (4 oz) currants 125 g (1 1/2 cups)...

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Golden Syrup Dumplings 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 2 teaspoons margarine 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/3 cup milk 600ml carton low-fat prepared custard 2 cups water 1 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup golden syrup 1. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add margarine and rub in using fingertips, until...

Strawberry Cream Cheese Shortcake

Strawberry Cream Cheese Shortcake Serves 6-8 125g butter, softened 220g (1 cup) caster sugar, plus 2 tablespoons extra 2 eggs, lightly beaten 125g cream cheese, softened 300g (2 cups) self-raising flour, sifted 375g strawberries, hulled, halved if large Warmed bought custard, to serve Crumble: 50g chilled butter, cubed 50g...

Vanilla Slice

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