Monday, 5 September 2016

The BEST Chocolate-Chip Cookies EVER - Thermomix Recipe



When I say these are the BEST Chocolate-Chip Cookies EVER I truly mean it. These cookies are heavenly. And believe me when I say you can't just stop at one!


They are moist and chewy on the inside with just enough crunch on the outside for true cookie perfection.

Recipe

Ingredients:
130g Cake Flour
130g Bread Flour (aka Bakers Flour)
3/4tsp Bi-Carb Soda
3/4tsp Baking Powder
3/4tsp Salt
140g Butter
140g Brown Sugar
100g White Sugar
2 Eggs
2tsp Vanilla Extract
350g Chocolate Chips
- You can use whatever sort of chocolate you like. Today I used half milk choc-chips and half Olympic M&M's. 70% dark chocolate is preferable for a true choc-chip cookie taste, however I've used milk choc-chips, white choc-chips, M&M's, Reece's Pieces, Snickers, Mars Bars, etc. This is totally up to you and you can change it up depending on what you feel like or what you're after.

Combine the butter, sugars and vanilla into the bowl of your thermomix and mix 1 min/speed 3.5. Scrape down the sides of your bowl, add eggs and mix another 30 secs/speed 3.5

Add flours, bi-carb soda, baking powder and salt into bowl and mix using the knead function for 30secs.

Add in your chocolate and mix 20 secs/reverse/speed 1.5. Repeat until all the chocolate has been incorporated into the dough.


NOW... the most important part of this recipe, in order to make your cookies taste AMAZING is to leave the dough to rest at least 24hrs if not 36hrs. This helps everything to meld together perfectly and creates that mouthwatering soft chewy centre and crispy exterior cookie everyone loves.

My tip is to, using a spoon or a small icecream scoop, spoon the dough into balls and place them onto a baking tray lined with cling wrap, cover with more cling wrap and place them in the freezer. Once frozen you can place them all into a snap lock bag and you will have amazing cookie dough ready for whenever you want them.


When ready to bake preheat your oven to 180degrees C and bake on a lined tray for 10-12mins. Make sure you give them plenty of space to grow. You will want to keep an eye on them as it's best to get them out slightly under cooked  rather than letting them overcook and turn into very crunchy cookies (unless you like them that way that is!)

Also if you love that salty sweet taste (which I do) you can sprinkle a little salt onto the top of your dough before baking!

ENJOY...


Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for a video of this recipe ... and SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you don't miss an upload!!!


If you are confused as to what a Thermomix is, I will leave a photo and a link down below to the machine on Amazon as I'm not sure where they are sold where you live. In Australia you find a consultant and buy through the Thermomix company. They retail in Australia for about $2000, when I bought mine they were running a 24 month interest free deal so I paid for mine at about $20 a week.

Finger Buns With Boston Icing - Thermomix Recipe

There is something about finger buns that reminds me of my childhood. I think it was that my Mum used to buy them on her day off work when she did the grocery shopping, so on a Wednesday after school we would come home to a delicious, fresh finger bun. And cut in half and buttered ... yum ... can you get any better.

I've been on the look out for the perfect recipe, one that actually tastes like the ones I remember. I think it was the amazing icing that was the hardest to get right. But with a lots of trail I've finally worked out a recipe that nails it!

So if you're looking for a yummy snack your kids will love ... or if you've never heard of a finger bun before .. do yourself a favour and try this recipe out.



Recipe

Ingredients:
200g Milk
3tsp Dried Yeast
30g Caster Sugar
400g Bread Flour (aka Bakers Flour)
50g Condensed Milk
1 Egg Yolk
30g Butter
A Pinch of Salt
*optional - 80g Sultanas (for fruit filled finger buns see notes at end of recipe)

Icing:
250g Icing Sugar
50g Butter
1tsp Vanilla Extract
4Tb Milk

Toppings:
Shredded or Desiccated Coconut
100s & 1000s

Combine the milk, yeast and sugar into the bowl of your thermomix and mix 2 min/37deg/speed 1.

Add flour, condensed milk, egg yolk, butter and salt into bowl and combine 10secs/speed 7.

Knead the dough using the knead function for 7 mins.

Turn your dough out into a greased bowl and leave to prove until it has doubled in size (usually around a hour).

Once it has risen knock the air out and divide the dough into either 8x90g portions or 16x45g portions depending on your desired end size.

Shape the portions into sausage shapes and place on a lined baking tray, being sure to leave enough room for them to double in size again.

Preheat your oven to 180deg C and allow your buns to prove again while the oven heats up (approx. 20-30 minutes).

Bake for 15min or until they are lightly golden and sound hollow when tapped on the base.

Allow to cook completely before icing.

For the icing place the icing sugar into the bowl of your thermomix and mix 10 secs/speed 10.

Add the butter, vanilla extract into bowl and combine 30 secs/speed 6.

Add 2Tb milk and combine 10 secs/speed 6. Repeat until desired consistency.

Transfer the icing into a bowl big enough fit your finger bun. Pour your coconut or 100s & 1000s into another same sized bowl.

Dip the top side into the icing and then straight into the topping of choice (or no topping if you're that way inclined).

These are best eaten straight away, but also freeze really well ready to pop into kids lunch boxes.



NOTES:

If you would like to make fruit filled finger buns...

Soak your sultanas in a bowl on water while you complete the first steps. While the dough is kneading (I usually go about 1min to go) drain the sultanas and add them to the thermomix bowl through the hole in the top.

The portions sizes when working with fruit filled finger buns are as follows - 8x100g or 16x50g.

ENJOY...


Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for a video of this recipe ... and SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you don't miss an upload!!!


If you are confused as to what a Thermomix is, I will leave a photo and a link down below to the machine on Amazon as I'm not sure where they are sold where you live. In Australia you find a consultant and buy through the Thermomix company. They retail in Australia for about $2000, when I bought mine they were running a 24 month interest free deal so I paid for mine at about $20 a week.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Homemade Foccacia Dough Pizzas - Thermomix Recipe


I am always on the look out for new ideas to substitute the boring ham and cheese sandwiches that go into the lunchboxes each day.

These Pizza Foccacia's are amazing. They taste so good and they are super easy to make. Which is definitely a thumbs up in my book.

This recipe is so versatile that you can customise them to suit individual children and their likes. For example my eldest daughter LOVES pineapple (close to it being an obsession), where as my eldest son HATES it. I know he does because I've tried hiding it in things before (which he usually loves) and he has worked it out. So I top the foccacia with different things for each child. They freeze perfectly so are easy to pull out of the freezer when I'm making lunchboxes and they'll be ready for lunch time.

I have also made this recipe plain before (with no toppings) cut the whole thing in half, added shredded chicken and cheese and popped it back in the oven for a couple more minutes. It is delicious.

Recipe

Ingredients:
450g Bakers Flour (also known as Bread Flour)
250g Water
2tsp Dried Yeast
2Tb Oil
2tsp Sugar
1tsp Salt

Combine the water and yeast into the bowl of your thermomix and mix 10 secs/37 degrees/speed 7.

Add in everything else (flour, sugar, salt and oil) and mix 20 secs/speed 6.

Using the KNEAD function 6 mins/knead.

Place dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with greased cling wrap. Leave to prove until doubled in size.

Line a baking square tray with baking paper and using your fingers spread the dough into the corners.

Top the dough with your desired topping, cover and leave to prove for another 20-30 mins while you preheat the over to 220 degrees C.

Cook for 20-25 mins or until golden and the dough has cooked through.

TIP: Sometimes I need to remove my foccacia from the tin and bake it on the oven tray if the bottom is still a little under cooked but the toppings have finished.

ENJOY...

Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for a video of this recipe ... and SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you don't miss an upload!!!


If you are confused as to what a Thermomix is, I will leave a photo and a link down below to the machine on Amazon as I'm not sure where they are sold where you live. In Australia you find a consultant and buy through the Thermomix company. They retail in Australia for about $2000, when I bought mine they were running a 24 month interest free deal so I paid for mine at about $20 a week.

Delicious, Quick and Fluffy Pancakes - Thermomix Recipe

My eldest daughter absolutely loves breakfast time. She wakes up super hungry and the first words out of her mouth are using "when's breakfast?"

I have literally woken up before with her in my face at 6am asking for breakfast.


Pancakes are such a favourite in our house. I used to make small sized ones, but the kids were eating them faster than I could cook them, so now I make HUGE ones and we use a pizza cutter to quickly cut them up into bite sized pieces.


A tip I like to do is to make up a batch on a Sunday afternoon and store it in the fridge in one of these pancake shakers (which I found at target on clearance for $1!!!). Then on busy mornings where Weet-Bix seems like too much of a messy effort, I can quickly cook a couple of pancakes and we can be on our way.


Here's is my all time favourite pancake recipe made in my AMAZING thermomix. They make the most lovely fluffy pancakes that can be enjoyed throughout the day.


Recipe

Ingredients:
450g Self Raising Flour
3 Eggs
150g Caster Sugar
600g Milk
3tsp Baking Powder

Combine the eggs and the milk into the bowl of your thermomix and mix 10 secs/speed 7.

Add in your dry ingredients (flour, sugar and baking powder) and mix 5 secs/speed 5.

Leave your batter in the bowl and allow it to site for at least 15mins and up to 1 hour. This will give the mixture time to rise which will give you those amazingly fluffy pancakes.

Once it has risen (look for the bubbles on the top) beat the batter again for 3 secs/speed 5.

ENJOY...



Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for a video of this recipe ... and SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you don't miss an upload!!!


If you are confused as to what a Thermomix is, I will leave a photo and a link down below to the machine on Amazon as I'm not sure where they are sold where you live. In Australia you find a consultant and buy through the Thermomix company. They retail in Australia for about $2000, when I bought mine they were running a 24 month interest free deal so I paid for mine at about $20 a week.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

DIY Shopping Trolley Safety Strap

Meet Archie... he's my littlest (expiring in 4 months)


What a little cutie! I bet you think butter wouldn't melt in his mouth!


Yeah right!

This little guy is a goer. He has some serious energy and determination. At 10months he worked out could get outside by crawling through the dog door ... he doesn't walk anywhere he runs ... everything is a climbing frame to him - drawers, chairs, stools, furniture ... not to mention he can barely sit still for a few minutes, unless he is eating and then even that's a struggle.


The other day while I was trying to buy shoes for my #2 Lillie, while my #1 Harry was at school, Archie decided that the strap on the shopping trolley no longer restricted his ability to stand up in the seat. I spent the next half an hour, looking slightly like a crazy person, pushing a trolley around the shopping centre with Archie standing up in the seat holding onto my neck and Lillie skipping around getting in everyone's way. Not to mention I'm 5 months pregnant, so I was getting a few sympathetic looks.


I thought it might have just been a bad day. That perhaps he would forget this new skill, but sadly no such luck. Now it's an hilarious game every time I strap him into the trolley seat to see how quickly he can manoeuvre his way out.

I can't be the only person out there with a part Houdini baby right? So of course I went straight to Google for a solution. Well you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one. Here I was thinking I could just find what I needed, pop out and buy one, and problem solved - Mum=1 - Archie=0. But no I came up blank as to an actual product that did what I needed it to do. 

So I decided that it was going to have to be something that I made myself.

What I wanted was an adjustable backing piece that could wrap around the back on the trolley seat and then another adjustable strap that wrapped around Archie's chest/waist, that I could Velcro on tightly so he couldn't slip out of it.

Here it is...


I was so surprised how quick, easy and cheaply this was to put together. I was even able to make two so that I could keep one in the baby bag and wash the other one when needed.. Not only has it solved the problem as Archie hasn't found a way yet to get out of it, but I have discovered that there are so many other benefits to it.
  • It is so convenient that you don't have to be looking for trolleys without broken straps
  • You can washing this super easily and you don't have to use those disgusting straps, which have who knows what on them
  • The backing makes riding in the trolley so comfy for your baby,
  • And for those who are only just starting to sit up it provides extra support around their chest to keep them upright.
So let's get into a tutorial so that you can whip one up for yourself.

So what you will need is ...

Fabric (I used a quilting fabric)
Cream or White Fleece (or any light colour you wont be able to see through your fabric) - this just makes for some nice padding on the inside of the strap.
5cm (2inch) Width Sew On Hook and Loop Velcro
Thread

Cut your fabric as per the pattern measurements below. Don't forget if you are using a fabric with a pattern or picture, make sure that you keep all pieces with the pattern the same way up.



Start by creating your back strap. Pin the 2 fabric pieces right side together on top of the fleece . Sew around the edge with an in-seam of about 1cm or 1/4inch. Leave a 5cm/2inch opening at one of the shorter edges so you can turn in right side out.



Now clip your corners and turn right side out. Make sure you poke the corners out with a pencil or chopstick. Iron flat.


Pin the smaller pieces of Velcro, one on the end of one side, and one on the end of the opposite side. Picture it wrapping around and Velcroing together...



Sew, using a zigzag stitch, around the Velcro to keep it in place.



Carefully tuck in the opening and iron the seam flat. To keep it nice, neat and uniform, sew a straight stitch border around the whole piece.


Set this piece aside and move onto making the front piece.



Pin one of the fabric pieces to the front of the fleece with the right side facing the front. Pin the Velcro onto the front of the fabric to the right hand side.



Sew, using a zigzag stitch, around the Velcro as you did with the back piece.



Do this again with another piece of fabric, fleece and Velcro. Make sure you pin the Velcro to the same side as you will need this piece to be the right way around on the back (a lesson I realised a little too late my second time around, so ignore the upside down print on the inside!).

Pin the remaining pieces of fabric, right sides together, and sew up the short seam. You should have two pieces now that look like this...




Place the two on top of each other, right sides together, pin and sew around the edge with an in-seam of about 1cm or 1/4inch. This time leave a slightly larger opening at the shorter edge (around 10cm/4inches) so that the Velcro will fit through when turning right side out.





Optional ... you can add some loops of ribbon to the top side of your fabric pieces for hanging toys or dummies ect. on. I try to make sure that I reverse stitch a few times over these parts so that they stay put.

Again clip your corners, turn right side out, poke out your corners, tuck in the opening and iron flat.

Sew around the border again and you're finished with your front piece.




Now it's time to sew the two finished pieces together. Fold your back piece in half and mark the centre with some pins.



Match this up with the centre seam on the front piece and pin the two pieces together.



Sew a square evenly around the centre to secure the piece in place.




And there you go. It's done. Your very own Shopping Trolley Safety Strap.







Super quick, easy and useful. The perfect solution to those Houdini children out there who seem to be able to bet all those shopping trolley straps out there.



Here it is in action at the shopping centre. Finally Mum=1 Archie=0. Thumbs up from me!!!




I hope that this tutorial has helped someone else out there who was pulling their hair out trying to work out how to keep their baby in the shopping trolley, or someone who just has issues with those germ-filled straps!!!




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