Tuesday, 30 July 2013
120gm avocado flesh (very ripe and mushy, scrape all the way to the skin for best colour)
1 Tbsp lime/lemon juice
150gm condensed milk
200gm cake flour
100gm all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda (use more if your avocado is not very ripe)
2 large eggs
1. Combine avocado flesh with lemon juice and mash until fine. Pass it through a sieve. Set aside.
2. Sift cake flour, all purpose, baking powder and baking soda together. Set aside.
3. Preheat oven at 150(fan)/170C. Prepare a loaf pan about 3x8 ( desired pan)
4. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one by one, beating well after each addition. Beat in condensed milk until well incorporated. Put half the sifted flour in and mix on low speed. Add the balance of flour. When everything is smooth, on low speed beat in avocado puree.
5. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes or until done.
Monday, 29 July 2013
1. Check the salmon for pin bones, removing any that you find with tweezers, then cut in half. Line a baking tray with a lightly oiled piece of foil.
2. Mix the softened butter with the lemon zest, basil, dill and some salt and pepper in a bowl, to make the filling.
3. Pat the salmon fillets dry with kitchen paper, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread the herb butter over one fillet, on the boned side, and the mustard evenly on the other fillet. Sandwich the two salmon fillets together, in opposite directions so both ends are of an even thickness.
4. Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle, the thickness of a coin and large enough to enclose the salmon. Put the salmon parcel in the centre of the pastry and brush the surrounding pastry with egg. Bring up the edges, trimming off any excess, and tuck them in before folding the rest of the pastry over to form a neat parcel. Carefully turn the whole thing over so that the seam is underneath and place on the prepared baking tray.
5. Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Lightly score a herringbone or cross-hatch pattern using the back of a knife. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover loosely and chill for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
6. Bake the salmon for 20–25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and crisp. To test if ready, insert a skewer into the middle. It should feel warm for medium cooked salmon. A piping hot skewer indicates that the fish is well done.
7. Rest the salmon for 5 minutes, then cut into portions using a serrated knife.
Thursday, 25 July 2013
- 1 apple
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 60 gm melted butter
- 100 gm sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 125 ml milk
- 240 gm cake flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Prepare oven at 175°c.
- Peel and deseed the apple. Cut into about 1cm dices. ( I grated them) Mix with the cinnamon powder. Set aside.
- Use a large spoon or a food processor to mash the banana into paste. Add the melted butter, sugar and egg. Combine well. Stir in the milk.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt well. Sift into the banana mixture in 3 batches. Lightly combine all ingredients with a spatula or balloon whisk between each addition. Don’t over stir the batter because you don’t want your cup cakes turn hard as gluten forms inside. Mix in the diced apples.
- Spoon and divide the batter into the lined muffin trays. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until cooked through. Test with an inserted needle that comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. Enjoy while the cup cakes are still warm.