Caramelised red onion chutney

Chutneys are jams are high on the list of reasons to own a Thermomix. Making home made jam where you pile the ingredients in, set the temperature and timer and walk away to get on with other things is a big win win. Onion chutney/jam is a wonderful accompaniment to cheese but it is also…

sour cherry traybake

This delicious cake has its roots in Hungary but I was reminded of it while browsing Will Torrent’s Afternoon Tea at Home. Will adapts some of the the top restaurant and top chef classics and inspires you to make afternoon tea every day (until your clothes don’t fit!). He has taken this traditional cake from New…

A special valentines cake

This gin and lemon is the ultimate cake for moist yumminess- there really is no secret to moist cakes, they always have a syrup poured over just after removing from the oven. Leave the cake in the tin and refridgerate for at least an hour. You risk the whole bundle of moistness falling apart on…

The quickest home made gift?

I am all for home made/make from scratch/ whatever you choose to call it but at this time of year we are all time poor. What's not to like about a super quick home made gift which is sure to please. If I am entirely honest I'm not a huge fan of the original,product but…

Molten chocolate dessert

While I annoyed with myself at not snapping the oozing pistachio filling coming out of these little beauties I must still post the product and the recipe. This was one of my dinner party dessert at the weekend and because the preparation had to happen after the main course, a camera was honestly the last…

Red pesto swirl milk bread

A very simple way to ring the changes with this simple milk bread is to make your own pesto or just buy a jar. After the first rise roll into a large rectangle and spread the pesto evenly. Roll and twist or simply roll and place on a baking sheet in a circle. Rise again…

Mincemeat crostata

This is quite simply an exceptional dish- a very discerning dinner party guest voted it the BEST mincemeat flan EVER – no ifs no buts! I have adapted the original Waitrose recipe for the Thermomix but there is no reason why you shouldn't make your pastry in a food processor. I used a 23cm/9″ flan…

Caribbean rum cake

This is a lovely moist favourite from the Caribean, reminiscent of the tinned variety which are often given around Christmas. I developed this recipe for the Thermomix from a book I found in Barbedos, Angela Spenceley's Just add Rum. the recipe apparently comes from the BVI. It is very simple and very delicious and only…

Sour cherry stollen cake

  Yes, this is a cake as opposed to a bread. It really is a great variation on the wonderful more traditional stollen I posted last week. The benefits are that you don't have to use yeast and you don't have to wait! As I had made double quantities of pistachio marzipan last week I…

Stollen with a twist

I love homemade stollen but am grateful the urge to make it only comes in December! I have given Lakeland a good few 'shout outs' recently, and here is another for their stollen tin. Of course you can simply roll a stollen as I have on years gone by, but for that perfect shape, take…

Bûche de Noël

Some Buche de noel recipes have 7 stages and lists of ogre diets as long as your arm. I am not knocking them out of court ( I have been known to make Swedish princess cake more than twice!) but at Christmas sometimes you just want an impressive looking buffet centre pice which hasn't taken…

Pecan slices

  Who needs an excuse for a party? Silly question a know and certainly not me, so while I’m not American I always think thanksgiving is a great excuse to wheel out the gourds, Stars and Stripes, Americana …..and of course pecan pie!! This year I thought I’d found a wonderful twist on this classic in…