Sometimes you want home cooked food without the hassle of trying to decided how to cook it and what temperatures etc to use, this was one of those days for me. Sundays are generally my lazy days, a day for recharging the batteries so to speak. I wanted a good home cooked quiche and decided to let my oven do the rest of the work and thinking. Hotpoint have designed a range of ovens with Automatic Recipe settings, the settings are already pre-programmed to control temperature, function and browning control……amazing, I know….right? Oven Range
I used the quiche setting and it was cooked and evenly browned perfectly due to the Multiflow Technology
I also used the Combination Oven with the Crisperplate to cook crispy potato wedges in just 12 minutes, perfect with a tasty quiche.
Makes 1 quiche
1 ready roll puff pastry
200g smoked bacon – diced
1 leek – sliced
handful of asparagus – chopped
200ml single cream
150g grated Gouda cheese
Salt, Pepper & Paprika to season
- Grease a quiche tin and lay pastry in covering base and edges.
- Gently fry the smoked bacon until slightly browned, remove from pan. Add to the pan the leek and saute for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile blanch the asparagus in a pan of salted boiling water.
- In a bowl whisk the eggs with the milk and cream.
- Start to layer up the bacon and vegetables on pastry, then some of the cheese
- Then pour in the egg/milk mixture and rest of the cheese to top, generously season with salt, pepper and paprika
- Place on shelf 3 in oven and select auto recipes, quiche setting. The oven comes up 43 minutes but will sense temerature and auto adjust if necessary.
O.M.G! What can I say…..super tasty and fluffy!
I attended a Doughnut Master class recently and thoroughly enjoyed it, so this weekend was the time to put my new found skills to the test and it was a success. I was so pleased with myself, although I am a perfectionist so I’ll give these 9/10, always room for improvement…..lol!
The flavour ideas going through my head just now are buzzing, so look forward to experimenting in the future.
For the Doughnuts:-
500g Strong White Flour
60g Caster Sugar (plus 60g for finish)
10g dried yeast
4 Whole eggs
180g cold water
125g unsalted butter
- Add all the dry ingredients to a mixer the add the eggs and water. Mix on low setting for 30 seconds then on high for 5-7 minutes until the dough comes together.
- Let the dough rest for a minute, then cut up the butter into cubes and add to the dough. Mix on high for about 5 minutes.
- Once mixed transfer the dough to a large bowl and allow to rise/prove until double in size. If you have a setting on your oven great, if not cover with cling film and leave in a warm place.
- Once doubled, knock the dough back and allow to rise again in the fridge for a couple of hourse, ideally overnight though. (doing this in the fridge gives a stronger flavour)
- Remove dough from fridge, knock back and roll into 55g balls then cover with flour. Lay onto a baking tray, making sure you cover the tray generously with flour or the balls will stick. Allow space in between for them to double in size. Prove the balls until doubled in size.
- Preheat some rapessed oil in a pan to between 175-180 deg. Gently place the balls in the oil and fry for about 2 minutes each side. Remove, allow to cool slighty and roll in the sugar. Set aside.
For the Creme de patisserie:-
6 egg yolks
80g strong bread flour or plain
125g caster sugar
- Whisk together egg yolks in a bowl then add in flour & sugar, whisk together
- Gently heat 500ml milk – do not boil. Warm enough to touch. (60-70deg)
- Slowly add the milk to the egg mixture, ensuring you whisk at all times to prevent curdling.
- Then add mixture back to the pan and whisk continually on a medium heat until the mixture thickens up (this will take about 10 minutes)
- Remove from heat and put into a dish, cover with cling film ensuring film is touching crem pat. This is to prevent a hard crust forming. Allow to cool then chill in fridge for around 2 hours.
- Remove and add in your choosen flavours. I used Lemon Curd in 1 and Nutella in the other. Transfer crem pat mixture into a piping bag.
- Take the doughnuts and gently push your finger into the side where it is white making space for the filling. Gently push the piping bag in a fill.
- Nothing else to do then get the kettle on and devour! Oh so Yummy!
Fresh Pasta is just the best, but I always make far too much, I really need to learn my portion sizes…lol. Today I came across a recipe for balsamic chicken so I decided to try it out but add a little honey to it for the glaze and flavour, it was delicious.
For the pasta: (makes 4 servings)
275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour
3 large eggs
1 tbsp dried basil
- Sift the flour & put basil into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
- Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
- Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
- Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
- Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
- Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
- Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
- Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain
For the Balsamic Honey Chicken:-
2 Chicken Breasts (1 per person)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp rainbow pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tbsp olive oil
- Place chicken breast in a dish. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a seperate dish then pour over the chicken. Marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Pre heat your grill to medium heat and gently grill the chicken on the wire shelf for about 16-17 minutes turning halfway through. Tip:- place a tray of cold water underneath to catch any drips but this also adds a little steam to help keep the chicken moist. (I have a chicken breast setting on my oven which I used, this automatically controls the temperature).
- Meanwhile cut some baby tomatoes in half (I used vittoria tomatoes), and place in the dish with remaining marinade sauce and mix. Place in the oven with the chicken beasts and next shelf down (underneath).
- Remove chicken from grill and slice lengthways, tip into the drained pasta along with the tomatoes and sauce and combine. Serve. Yummy!
I had some pastry left over and decided to give these quick little bites a try, the flavour was amazing so sweet. I drizzled with a little Maple Syrup and I have to say it went really well, but so would chocolate…Mmmmmmm!
I used my little Crisper plate to bake and it only took 5 minutes……..what could be better? 5 minute bites!
1 sheet puff pastry
5 tbsp Golden Caster Sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 egg for wash
- Mix the caster sugar & cinnamon together in a bowl (you can use quantities to your own taste)
- Lay out the pastry and sprinkle the sugar mix all over, then fold in half lengthways, seal with a little water
- Cut the pastry with a sharp knife or pizza cutter into long strips about 1cm wide
- Take both ends of strip and slowly start to twist, not too tightly or the pastry won’t puff up.
- Then gently wrap around into a swirl shape and seal the end underneath to the centre. Make sure to seal tightly or they will unravel as some of mine did while cooking. Brush with the egg wash and place onto the preheated crisper plate. Cook onto Dynamic crisp for 5-6 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
- Serve with our favourite topping.
OMG!, these were absolutely delicious. I don’t normally eat pastries but I was trying out some new recipes for an event and my first idea didn’t go to well, so I got my thinking cap on and tried out these instead……oh wow! they were so tasty. I was so naughty though as I couldn’t stop my hand from grabbing one then another then another….lol! But we are allowed on occassions……aren’t we?
1 x ready rolled puff pastry
2 tbsp grated gruyere cheese
1 tbsp creme friache
4-6 smoked bacon rashers – chopped into bite size pieces
100g baby spinach
2 large eggs
Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat a little spray oil in a pan and cook bacon until slightly brown, remove with slotted spoon and keep to the side.
- Place spinach into the bacon and wilt down (will take a few minutes)
- Meanwhile mix the grated cheese with creme friache
- Beat the eggs and season well, pour over the wilted spinach and stir until scrambled in pan, remove from heat.
- Cut the pastry into 12 small squares about 4″ x 4″ roughly
- Place 1 tsp of the cheese mixture on base, then top with bacon and spinach mix, season well.
- Wet your finger in water and run your finger along outer edge of pastry square, carefully lift 1 corner and pull over mixture making a diamond like shape, take the opposite corner and pull over the pastry corner you have just moved and seal. Make sure they are sealed well or they will open when cooking.
- Refrigerate for about 10 minutes as this will help the pastry puff better.
- When ready to cook preheat your crisper plate for 2 minutes on dynamic crisp setting and then bake for 7 minutes or until browned. If you don’t have one of these, then you could cook on baking tray at 200 deg for about 16-18 minutes or until golden.
This was originally a slimming world recipe I found but thought it needed more flavour so I added my own spin on it. It was very delicious, if I do say so myself, and very filling.
I made some wholemeal baguettes to go with it too which went perfectly for soaking up the left over sauce on the plate.
6 Chorizo Style Sausages
3 sweet peppers – chopped
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp dried chillies
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
150ml chicken stock
250g red kidney beans (or any other bean can be used)
4 spring onions – chopped
150g red lentils
knob of butter
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- Spray a large pan with little oil on medium to high heat, gently fry the garlic, peppers and onion for a few minutes.
- Add in the sausages and brown all over, about 5-10 minutes
- Meanwhile put red lentils into a pan and add about 5cm water, bring to the boil, once boiling remove the white foam then add the knob of butter and mix through, remove from heat.
- Add into the pan with sausages and vegetables the chilli, paprika, worcestershire sauce, passata, stock, beans and lentils then mix through. Gently bring to boil then reduce to a medium simmer for about 20 minutes.
- If sauce is still too runny, bring to boil and boil gently for about 5 minutes until it thickens.
- Slice the sausages diagonally into thirds.
- Garnish with some parsley and serve.
Delicious quick Friday night dish, or any night for that matter. I do love a good stir fry. Good thing with this dish, is that you could add any type of spice and it would work.
400g good quality beef – cut into strips
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 spring onions, chopped
1 bag a pre mixed stir fry vegetables
1 bag a fresh egg noodles
2 tsp dried chillies
- Marinade the beef strips in the vinegar, soy sauce & worcestershire sauce for about 1/2 hour.
- Heat a tsp oil in a pan, add the beef and brown all over then add in the chillies
- Add in the noodles and cook for a few minutes adding in the remaining sauce mix.
- Then add in the stir fry vegetables, along with the spring onions, cook through for about 5 minutes. Serve. Yummy!