Make-Ahead Chocolate Cheesecake Loaf

Make-Ahead Chocolate Cheesecake Loaf 375g cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup sour cream 2 x 50g bars violet crumble, crushed 250g pkt sponge finger biscuits 3/4 cup mango nectar 200g good quality dark chocolate, broken into squares 100ml thickened cream chocolate for...

Fruit and Nut Ice-Cream Cake

Fruit and Nut Ice-Cream Cake Serves 8 375g Sunbeam Mixed Dried Fruit 3/4 cup hot strong coffee 400g packet chocolate sponge roll 2 litres good-quality vanilla ice-cream 3/4 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped drinking chocolate, to serve 1. Heat coffee and fruit in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring,...

Cherry Tomato Appetizers

Cherry Tomato Appetizers Makes 40 40 Cherry tomatoes 7 1/2 ounces tuna 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons onions, grated salt and pepper 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 Tablespoon heavy cream, to moisten 1. Cut thin slice from stem end of each tomato. 2. Remove pulp, and invert...

Macadamia and White Chocolate Biscotti

Macadamia and White Chocolate Biscotti 160ml (2/3 cup) honey 2 eggs 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour 35g (1/4 cup) cornflour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 x 100g pkt macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped 1 x 180g pkt white chocolate, coarsely chopped 1. Preheat oven to...

Spanish Chickpea Balls with Romesco Sauce

Spanish Chickpea Balls with Romesco Sauce Serves 6 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 Tbsp finely grated lemon rind 2 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp sweet paprika 60g (2/3 cup) dried (packaged) multigrain breadcrumbs 2 Tbsp plain flour 2...

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce 225g dates, pitted and chopped 450ml water 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 90g soft butter 225g caster sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 225g self-raising flour, sifted Caramel Sauce: 150g brown sugar 250ml pouring cream 200g butter, chopped...

Italian Broccoli and Salmon Bake

Photo by Julie O’Malley Italian Broccoli and Salmon Bake 250g penne 300g broccoli , cut into large florets 25g butter 25g plain flour 600ml milk 100g mascarpone 8 sundried tomatoes (preserved in olive oil), drained and thickly sliced 2 Tbsp small capers (optional) rinsed to remove excess salt or...

Cheese and Spinach Roulade Bruschetta

Cheese and Spinach Roulade Bruschetta Makes about 24 1 French bread stick 2 Tablespoons oil 500g English spinach 90g spreadable cream cheese 90g goats cheese 3 Tablespoons canned pimiento, drained and finely chopped 1. Preheat the oven to moderately hot 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Cut the bread into 24 thin...

Smoked Salmon Rolls

Smoked Salmon Rolls Makes 36 6 eggs 3 teaspoons cornflour 125g spreadable cream cheese 2 Tablespoons chopped pickled ginger 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives 200g sliced smoked salmon, chopped sprigs of fresh parsley, to garnish 1. Beat 1 egg in a bowl with 1 teaspoon water and half a...

Tostadas with Egg and Chorizo

Tostadas with Egg and Chorizo Makes 28 4 flour tortillas 25g butter, melted 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 chorizo sausage, peeled and finely chopped 25g butter 5 eggs, lightly beaten 3 Tablespoons milk 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh coriander, to garnish 1. To make the tostadas, preheat the oven to...

Baguette with Egg, Dill Pesto and Prosciutto

Baguette with Egg, Dill Pesto and Prosciutto Makes 30 8 thin slices prosciutto 45g fresh dill sprigs 75g pine nuts, toasted 60g Parmesan, finely grated 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/3 cup (80ml) virgin olive oil 1 French bread stick, sliced diagonally 2 teaspoons butter 7 eggs, lightly beaten 1/3...

Limoncello

Limoncello Makes: 1.3L 6 lemons 750ml (3 cups) vodka 225g (1 cup) white sugar 435ml (1 3/4 cups) water 1. Place the lemons in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 1 hour to soak. Drain. Pat dry. Finely grate the lemon. Combine lemon rind and...

Rhubarb and Rosewater Sparkling Wine

Rhubarb and Rosewater Sparkling Wine Makes: 500ml (2 cups) You can make the rhubarb syrup (steps 1 and 2) up to 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Carry out step 3 just before serving. If rosewater is unavailable, you can use 2 tsp rosewater...

Veal Parmigiana

Veal Parmigiana 1 x 3 second spray Always Fresh Olive Oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray 400g canned tomatoes, chopped 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp powdered artificial sweetener 500g veal chop, bone removed, meat pounded to 5mm thickness 3...

Caramel Fudge Cookies

Caramel Fudge Cookies 2 cups (300g) dark chocolate Melts 60g butter 400g can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 cups (300g) plain flour 1/2 cup (60g) toasted hazelnuts, chopped finely 3 x 55g rolls Caramello chocolates 1/2 cup (60g) toasted hazelnuts, extra, chopped coarsely 1. Preheat the...

Allergy-Free Pudding and Fruit Cake

Allergy-Free Pudding and Fruit Cake This recipe, which is free from gluten, dairy products and eggs, makes 1 fruit cake or pudding. Recipe can be made one month ahead; keep refrigerated. 2 1/4 cups (360g) sultanas 1 1/2 cups (250g) chopped raisins 1/2 cup (75g) dried currants 1 1/2...

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;...

Whisky Truffles

Whisky Truffles Truffles can be made a week ahead. 1 cup (100g) plain sweet biscuit crumbs 1/2 cup coconut 1/2 cup icing sugar mixture 1 tablespoon cocoa 1/4 cup sultanas, chopped 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon honey 1/3 cup chocolate sprinkles 1/3 coconut, extra...

Chicken Balls With Chilli Dipping Sauce

Chicken Balls With Chilli Dipping Sauce 600g minced chicken 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 teaspoons sesame seeds 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander 1 cup (70g) stale breadcrumbs 1 egg white, beaten lightly vegetable oil, for deep-frying Chilli Dipping Sauce: 1 tablespoon...

Little Easter Biscuits (Koulourakia)

Little Easter Biscuits (Koulourakia) Cooking time: More than 1 hour 250g butter 1 cup (220g) caster sugar 1 teaspoon grated orange rind 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 egg yolks 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour 2 1/2 cups (375g) plain flour 1 egg, extra 2...

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...

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes Makes 12 cupcakes 1/3 cup water 1/3 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder 1 oz fine quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 1 large egg 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2...

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie 1 1/2 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons icing sugar 140g butter 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons water, approximately Filling: 1/2 cup cornflour 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 1/4 cups water 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 3 egg yolks 60g unsalted...

Lemon Butter

Lemon Butter Lemon butter can be made up to 4 weeks ahead; store in refrigerator. This recipe is unsuitable to freeze or microwave. 4 eggs 165g (3/4 cup) sugar 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 125ml (1/2 cup) lemon juice 1/4 cup water 125g butter, chopped Combine all ingredients in...

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...

Chocolate Spiral Cake

Chocolate Spiral Cake You can make this cake 2 days ahead (serves 8-10) 3/4 cup (110g) plain flour 1 tablespoon icing sugar 50g butter/margarine 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon water, approximately 4 eggs, separated 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar 150g dark chocolate, chopped 1/4 cup (60ml) brandy 1/4 cup...

Triple-Chocolate Layer Cake

Triple-Chocolate Layer Cake Cake: 1/2 C. cold buttermilk 1 T. instant espresso powder 2 t. vanilla extract 1 1/4 C. sugar 1 C. cake flour 6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 t. salt 1/4 t. baking powder 1/4 t. baking soda 3 large eggs 1/2 C. unsalted butter, room...

White Chocolate Mud Cakes

White Chocolate Mud Cakes Makes 24 cakes. The cakes can be made several days ahead of when you need them but make the frosting on the day of serving or the frosting will lose it’s gloss. Cakes: 24 silver muffin cases 250g Butter – coarsely chopped 150g White Chocolate...

Double-Choc Melting Moments

Double-Choc Melting Moments Makes about 20 250g butter, softened 1/3 cup icing sugar 1 and 1/4 cups plain four 1/2 cup cornflour 1/4 cup cocoa powder Chocolate Ganache: 1/4 cup cream 200g white chocolate, chopped Beat butter and icing sugar in small bowl with an electric mixer until pale...

Petite Passionfruit Melting Moments

Petite Passionfruit Melting Moments Makes: about 30 The filling for these biscuits can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept, covered with plastic wrap, in the fridge. Remove it from the fridge about 30 minutes before using. The biscuits can be filled up to 1 day ahead...

Wholemeal Pumpkin and Vegetable Slice

Wholemeal Pumpkin and Vegetable Slice 1 cup white plain flour 160g (1 cup) wholemeal plain flour 125g butter, chopped 2 egg yolks 60ml (1/4 cup) water, approximately 1 1/2 cups cooked rice 200g (1 1/2 cups) grated smoked cheese Vegetable filling: 250g broccoli, chopped 30g butter 350g (1 medium)...

Alcoholic Eggnog

Alcoholic Eggnog 3 cups whole milk 7 large eggs 1 cup sugar 2 cups heavy cream 1/3 cup bourbon 1/3 cup Cognac or other brandy 1 teaspoon vanilla Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg Bring milk just to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Whisk...