Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Lesson 10 - Chocolate Brownies

It was time I decided to introduce my son to the best ever recipe for Chocolate Brownies. I would die for these they are so moreish and chocolaty and soft and gooey. There are simply not enough words to describe the phenomenal taste of these brownies. The recipe is from the book Fast, Fresh and Fabulous by Janelle Bloom from Ready, Steady, Cook.
Of Course Mr Moo being the chocolate fan that he is (he got that from me!) he thought they were fantastic as well. "Better than the ones we made the other day" he pronounced and I have to say I do agree with him. But then I started thinking, perhaps I should put the cranberries and pistachios into this recipe and see what it turns out like? A good thought you say? Well stay tuned if I get enough time before Christmas (2 days and counting) I will give it a try and let you know!

Lesson 9 - Anzacs

This lesson was about an all time favourite of many of us Aussie's. Good old Anzac biscuits. A friend from my husband's work asked if Mr Moo could have a lesson on making Anzacs, so I complied and here is the result, yummy golden brown, crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, full of oaty goodness.
Mr Moo had eaten these before but he couldn't remember and was quite excited about fulfilling the request and eagerly helped me whip up a batch.
These disappeared almost as fast as the Pffernusse!

Lesson 8 - Pffernusse

I think this lesson must have been his favourite! He just loved these yummy little biscuits and was eating them as soon as they hit the cooling racks, and then popping them in a box to take to kinder the next day for snack time. He ate so many that poor Daddy completely missed out! So I am on notice to cook more before Christmas.
I have posted this recipe on my blog here almost a year ago now and decided to whip it out for Mr Moo to make as a lesson and as Christmas gifts. The gifts part never quite eventuated as they somehow just disappeared!
So for those of you who don't know they are German for 'pepper nuts' and are spicy little biscuits that if you make quite small are just as addictive as a bowl of nuts sitting at the bar (Mr Moo is testament to that!). If you like gingerbread you will love these, they are easier to make, require no cookie cutters and keep for weeks or can be frozen, now what more could you want?!
Whip some up for Christmas today, I have a batch prepared for tomorrow!

Lesson 7 - Easy Festive Brownies

So we were getting closer to Christmas and I figured we should give the Kinder Teachers (who are Mr Moo's taste testers) something festive to taste before the end of the year approcahes, so I found this recipe in the Cole's brochure and decided to try it, being a brownie fan from way back!
It is basically a chocolate brownies recipe with cranberries, pistachios and white chocolate added to the mix to add the "festive" component.
Here is the recipe, I must admit they were a little dry for my liking of brownies but others raved about them so hey....decide for yourself!

Ingredients

125g Butter
200g dark cooking chocolate
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 cup white chocolate bits
2/3 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
2/3 cup shelled pistachios, roasted

Method
  • Preheat oven to 180 C, grease and line the sides of a 19cm square pan
  • Melt butter, dark chocolate and sugar in a saucepan until melted. Cool for 10 minutes
  • Stir in eggs, flour, mix well
  • Add white chocolate, craisins, and pistachios
  • Pour into prepared pan and smooth the top
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until form to touch.
  • Allow to cool in the pan, turn out and cut into squares

Lesson 6 - Cheese and Bacon Quiches

I must admit I have gotten a little behind in my blogging of Mr Moos' cooking lessons so I am playing catch up! These were made for my Nana's 90th birthday party which was on 28th November. Mr Moo decided that he was going to help me do the baking, hence we made three more batches of our extra yummy sausage rolls from lesson 2 and these scrummy Cheese and Bacon Quiches. Again we were working with pastry but since it was frozen and it required no rolling or kneading he was great at working with it and pressing it into the muffin tins. Then I simply lined up all the ingredients to go in the, pre-chopped in bowls and he filled them up. Then we beat together enough milk and eggs (on egg to every 1 1/2 cups milk) to fill them to the top, using a jug to pour them in.
He did have a hard time waiting for them to cook so he could taste them, and then I only allowed him to taste one or I would have had none left for the actual party! They were a hit at home and at the party, and so easy for him to make. He is getting really confident at using the oven, putting it on setting the temperature and putting the trays in. I still take them out as I feel he is not yet ready for the really hot trays but I don't think it will be too much longer!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Lesson 5 - Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookies

This recipe came from one of my favourite cooking blogs Fig Jam & Lime Cordial, it is Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Cookies and boy were they a hit! They come out large and crisp on the outside chewy on the inside just like a Mrs Field's cookie and they are addictive!
Mr Moo decided they were just grand (no surprises there) and he had a very different expression on his face when he ate these as opposed to the Rhubarb Cake. That grin is from ear to ear and with good cause I must add, thanks Ceilia for a wonderful recipe I am sure this is one my son will want to make again and again, and again!
Ceilia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial has some all together amazing recipes I suggest you have a look I religiously check everyday to see just what she has been up to in the kitchen and drool over some of her creations.

Lesson 4 - Rhubarb Cake

Whilst shopping I came across the most fabulous looking bunch of rhubarb and I just had to have it! Mr Moo had never eaten rhubarb so we decided to make it into a cake and give him a taste. As you can see from the photo the cake was one of those really tart tasting cakes, I thought it was just as fabulous as the rhubarb looked but to his 5 year old palate not so much, hence the face! It was priceless really I am sure he was waiting for the sweet tasting cakes he is used to and wham, a big taste of tart! But as we keep saying, "You don't have to like it but you do have to taste it." and he is keeping up his side of the cooking lesson deal and tasting everything I put before him. I have even now convinced him to eat green beans (he would eat any other kind but green) and pumpkin using this method. I am very proud of him. Anyway less rambling, here is the recipe if you love rhubarb and you can handle a cake that is not really sweet but divine to eat! then go ahead and make it, it was really good.


Moist Rhubarb Coffeecake

Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 egg
1 cup plain low fat yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups uncooked rhubarb, coarsely chopped

Procedure:

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the egg and sugar then add the yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture until blended, then add the chopped rhubarb and mix well. Turn into a 9-inch square pan that is greased or sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle top with remaining sugar. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until the cake tests done in the center.

Recipe from www.rhubarbinfo.com

Then I still had some rhubarb left and I made this outstanding rhubarb relish with it, which I have discovered goes very well with both turkey and ham, very handy indeed for Christmas and I have a jar on the shelf waiting to be cracked on Christmas day.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Lesson 3 - Lemon Tarts

See that big grin on Mr Moo's face? Well that is because he just finished another cooking lesson with Mummy, what did we cook today? Lemon Tarts of course! One because Mr Moo loves lemon flavoured anything (yes strange for a five year old) and Mummy loves tarts! I must admit we did find the pastry section of the recipe a little challenging and he did lose interest for a bit while Mummy tried to work with the crumbling pastry wondering all the time why she didn't just get frozen stuff!
But it wouldn't be a proper education if somewhere along the line we didn't get into the horrors of making out own pastry. That being said we won't venture there again for a while it was way beyond his skills and frankly almost beyond mine!
But let me tell you those lemon tarts were great, tangy and strong in lemon flavour just the way I like them. I really don't like those things bakeries call lemon tarts that are really custard tarts with a drop of lemon thrown in, too creamy not just lemony!
I also have to say that my most favourite lemon tart comes from a high class supermarket called Leo's Fine Foods there is one in Heidelberg and one in Kew and they have a beautiful large lemon tart, it as about $20 so as far as tarts go not that expensive but the flavour is Divine, just totally Divine!