Super Simple Pizza Dough

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Was really craving making homemade pizza after finally getting my hands on a pizza pan with holes was only $11 from Mitre10. My pizza dough is very simple to make with only 3 minutes of kneading time if done with a mixer and 5 minutes if kneaded by hand. The topping I made a simple pepperoni pizza and then changed it up with the second and going for a raspberry, roasted garlic, rosemary and brie pizza with ham of the bone. I kept the base rather thin on both and it cooked perfectly in under 20 minutes!

I was unsure which was my favorite as the both rocked the boat! The raspberry one was inspired by cranberry and brie something sweet with something sharp and creamy the garlic and rosemary just take it to a whole new level. The pepperoni was simple passata sauce, pepperoni salami and cheese with a pinch of dried oregano .

Super Simple Pizza Dough

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cup. flour
1 cup. warm milk
1 tbsp. oil
1 tbsp. active yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder

Pepperoni Pizza
4 tbsp. passata sauce
2 cup. grated Colby
6 slices Hellers pizza salami
1/2 tsp. oregano, dried
Salt and Pepper

Raspberry, Brie and Ham of the Bone
2 tbsp. pams raspberry jam
125gm Brie, cut into chunks
2 garlic cloves, rough chop
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, rough chop
3/4 cup. Colby, grated
1/4 cup. ham of the bone, thin slice
Salt and Pepper

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200ºc fan-bake.
  2. In bowl combine flour, yeast and garlic powder.
  3. Warm milk for 40 seconds in microwave, sprinkle in salt and oil.
  4. Add to flour mixture and knead for 3 minutes with dough hook or 5 minutes by hand.
  5. Lightly dust bench with flour, shape dough into a ball and place on dusted bench leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Cut dough in half and flatten with hands. Sprinkle top with flour and roll out, you want a 30 cm or so size circle.
  7. Place rolled out dough onto non-stick pizza pan.
  8. Top with your choice of the toppings and bake for 18 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza: Smear tomato passata sauce over base, sprinkle half the cheese on followed by pepperoni then remaining cheese. Sprinkle with oregano and salt and pepper. Bake for 18 minutes at 200ºc fan bake.

Raspberry, Brie and Ham of the Bone pizza: Smear raspberry jam over base, add chunks of brie, chopped garlic and fresh rosemary. Finish with grated cheese and seasoning. Bake for 18 minutes at 200ºc fan bake.

Yield: 2x 30cm pizzas with crisp crust around, 10-12 slices per pizza

Cheesy Beef and Ham Parma

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Wanting a speedy dinner for this week? Super simple cheesy beef and ham parma baked in the oven just choose your sides. Crumbed beef schnitzel spread with Pams tomato chutney, shaved ham and cheese to finish. Cooking time is only 15 minutes and its done! Serve with chips or a green salad to keep it nice and simple this week.

Cheesy Beef and Ham Parma

Ingredients:
2x crumbed beef schnitzel
4 tbsp. pams tomato chutney
80 gm. shaved ham
6 slices cheese

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven 200ºc fan bake.
  2. Line oven tray with baking paper and drizzle of oil.
  3. Lay down schnitzel, spread with tomato relish and top with ham, cheese and seasoning.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Serve suggestion: Green salad

Blueberry and Apple Oaty Slice

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Something oaty for the lunch box this week and to take for an afternoon tea snack to visit a close friend. Blueberry and granny smith apples simply stewed and added to a easy slice base finished with a oaty crumble topping. You could change up the filling with what ever you wanted really, raspberries, boysenberries or keep it plain apple.

Blueberry and Apple Oaty Slice:

Ingredients:
2x granny smith apples, diced and skin on
1 cup. blueberries, frozen
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup. brown sugar
1/2 cup. water
Base
3/4 cup. rolled oats
2 cup. self raising flour
125 gm. butter, melted
3 tbsp. golden syrup
Crumble
1 cup. rolled oats
75 gm. butter, melted
1/4 cup. brown sugar
1/4 cup. self raising flour

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200ºc bake.
  2. Line rectangle baking dish 25-30cm with baking paper, ensuring it comes up the sides of the dish.
  3. In pot combine diced apples, water, cinnamon and brown sugar simmer over medium heat for 12 minutes.
  4. Add blueberries and cook for a further 5 minutes until all liquid has gone.
  5. In large bowl combine all dry ingredients for the base then melt the butter and golden syrup in the microwave for 40 seconds before adding to the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir well to combine and tip into lined baking dish press down firmly. Spread apple and blueberry mix over evenly.
  7. In bowl combine all ingredients for the crumble topping, scatter of the blueberry apple layer. Bake for 40 minutes

Serves: 16 slices
Allow to cool before cutting or serve warm with ice-cream as a cheeky dessert.

 

Caramel Oreo Cheesecake Celebration Cake

 

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Are you wanting to create a show stopping cake for a special someone or to just treat the fam? Well do I have the cake for you, Caramel oreo cheesecake cake. The title could be a little confusing so let me explain. Dark chocolate velvet cake with dollops of cream cheese and oreo cookies baked into it creating a baked cheesecake texture. Then layered with cream cheese icing, bakers dulce de leche caramel and finally some more oreo crumb.

Caramel Oreo Cheesecake Celebration Cake

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
250ml water
2/3 cup canola oil
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
125gm cream cheese
1 cup.  oreos, crushed
Icing

2 1/2 cup icing sugar
250gm cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
To garnish
Bakers of Geraldine Dulce de leche caramel (found at most supermarkets)
1x packet Oreos, crushed

Method:

  1. Pre-heat to 180ºc fan bake.
  2. Line 2x sponge tins with baking paper on base and sides, if you spray with oil the baking paper sticks like a dream.
  3. In bowl sieve together flour, baking soda, cocoa, sugar into a bowl and whisk to add air and incorporate all ingredients.
  4. Add oil, vanilla, water and vinegar to dry ingredients and whisk until batter is smooth. Pour evenly into lined sponge tins.
  5. Add dollops of cream cheese to both tins followed by the crushed oreos.
  6. Bake for 28 minutes until cake springs back when touched.
  7. Allow cakes to cool, remove from tin and place on  your cake stand or serving plate.
  8. To make the icing, sieve icing sugar into stand mixer bowl and add vanilla and cream cheese. Whisk for 5 minutes until light and fluffy make sure you scrape down the sides.
  9. Remove lid from caramel jar and microwave for 30 seconds.
  10. Lather half the icing on the base cake, drizzle over caramel and sprinkle with oreos.
  11. Top with second cake and repeat making a ring around the edge with the oreos this time followed by caramel.

Serves 10-12

 

Oaty Cashew Ginger Crunch

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Just out of the blue I had a craving for ginger crunch! So decided to change it slightly and add some salted cashew nuts to the base and a sprinkle in the topping. Its a good addition to your classic and think I will be making this one again soon.

I really enjoy using brands that are an affordable price but also a good quality, this recipe is made 100% from Pams. I didn’t realize until I had all of the ingredients out, they are clearly my go to!

Oaty Cashew Ginger Crunch

Ingredients
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup salted cashews
250 gm butter
Icing
80 gm butter
3 tbsp. golden syrup
2 1/4 cup icing sugar
3 tsp. ground ginger
2 tbsp. salted cashews, rough chop
2 tbsp. crystalized ginger, diced

Method:

  1.  Pre-heat oven to 180ºc.
  2. Line square cake tin with baking paper and half way up the sides.
  3. In food processor combine all ingredients for the base and process for 2-3 minutes until a dough is forming.
  4. Press into tin evenly and bake for 22 minutes until brown, remove and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Sift icing sugar and ginger into a large bowl. Melt golden syrup and butter in microwave or stove top until melted.
  6. Stir the butter golden syrup mixture into the icing sugar until smooth, pour and smooth over slice base.
  7. Cut crystalized ginger and cashews and sprinkle over icing push in slightly and allow to set.
  8. Cut and store in an airtight container.

Serves 10-12 slices

 

 

Blueberry Banana Cake

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Bananas are one of the easiest fruit to get your hands on which is great for cake making. Sometimes the kids don’t eat them and they get squished, brown in their school bags or the fruit bowl. Over ripe brown bananas are the best for banana cakes as they get a little sweeter. One of my top berries is blueberries fresh or frozen and they go insanely good with bananas.  We were wanting to change the humble banana cake up slightly so I added some blueberries and finished with the easiest vanilla cream cheese icing. The man of the house is very happy he has a sweet treat going into the lunch box this week.

Blueberry Banana Cake

Ingredients

125 gm. butter, softened
1/2 cup. brown sugar
1/4 cup. white sugar
3 eggs
4 ripe bananas
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. milked, warmed
2 cup. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup. blueberries
Cream Cheese Icing
125 gm. cream cheese
1 1/2 cup. icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Method:

  1.  Pre-heat oven to 180 degress.
  2. Cream butter, sugar in bowl or stand mixer until it is soft and pale, scrap down the sides.
  3. Beat in eggs 1 at a time followed by the banana. I don’t mash this before hand because it has more texture in my opinion.
  4. Add baking soda to the warmed milk and stir. Sift flour and baking powder into bowl and add the warm milk mixture.
  5. Give a light stir, fold in blueberries and pour into lined cake tin. Don’t over stir as it will make the cake go blue.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes until skewer comes out clean, allow to cool.
  7. In stand mixer or with electric beater, add cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla to bowl and beat for 2 minutes then scrap down sides and beat for 1 more minute.
  8. Cover your cake and enjoy.

Serves: 10-12 slices

 

Pumpkin Corn and Bacon Chowder

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With a massive winter front hitting Canterbury this weekend with rain, sleet and snow depending where you are there are only a few things perfect for this type of weather and they are staying at home in the warmth with good company. good food, good book or movie and pjs.

Well for the good food option on this wintery Sunday I have chosen to make a chowder now they don’t have to be seafood based to be good! Pumpkin season is currently here also so crown pumpkins are very, very cheap! I picked a small one up for $1 which was a great bargain. I wanted to make something different this time rather than your standard pumpkin soup which I have a couple of variations on already. So here it is folks Pumpkin, corn and bacon chowder.

Pumpkin Corn and Bacon Chowder

Ingredients:
1 small crown pumpkin, peeled and 2-3cm dice
2 tbsp. garlic, small dice
1 cup. bacon, diced
1 small brown onion, diced
50gm. butter
1/2 cup. white flour
1 litre. chicken or vege stock, hot
1/2 cup cream
1 tin corn kernels in spring water
salt and pepper

Garlic bread to serve

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees fan bake.
  2. Add pumpkin, garlic, salt and pepper to lined baking tray and roast for 22 minutes until tender.
  3. In a large heavy based pot fry onion, bacon and butter cook for 2 minutes until onion is translucent., over a medium heat.
  4. Add flour and stir constantly, cook for 2 minutes now add half a cup of the hot stock and stir in well this will thicken, now add another 1/2 cup of stock and cook out. Repeat this step until all stock has been used.
  5. Do not add it all at once or it won’t thicken properly.
  6. Add cream, corn and pumpkin, allow to simmer for 10minutes and check your seasoning I added quiet a bit of seasoning for it to be a perfect flavour.
  7. Serve with buttery toast or garlic butter.

Makes 3 liters

 

Beef Stroganoff

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It was the first day of winter yesterday here in New Zealand and its a season I don’t overly enjoy. However one of the highlights of this cold season is the comfort food that comes along with it. As im sitting here writing this post I’ve just enjoyed a nice hot bowl of pumpkin, corn and bacon chowder which I will be sharing with you soon.

Beef Strog is something that has warmed up to me as I have grown older, but now I highly enjoy the dish and decided to whip one up for our lunch yesterday and a easy recipe for all of you.

Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients:
1 red onion, sliced
1 tsp. garlic
200gm meadow mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tbsp. butter
500gm beef stir-fry
6 tbsp. canola oil
salt and pepper
70gm tomato paste
3/4 cup gherkins, sliced
250gm sour cream
1/2 cup. cream
1 tbsp. sugar

Rice or pasta to serve

Method:

  1. Heat fry pan over high heat add 2 tbsp. oil.
  2. Coat stir-fry beef with salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
  3. Fry beef in two batches to achieve nice brown colour around 2 minutes each side, once browned put in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in your fry pan add onions and garlic, cook for 2 minutes then add mushrooms and butter cook for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Add gherkins, tomato paste, cream and sour cream stir well, add beef and its juices.
  6. Cook for a further 10minutes add sugar and check seasoning.
  7. Serve with rice or cooked pasta.

Serves: 3-4

Sunday Brunch

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Looking for something yummy to make for breakfast in bed or treat the other half? Here’s a simple recipe that will please you both; Creamy mushrooms and zucchini with fresh thyme. I served mine with poached eggs but you could easily just have them on chunky toast without eggs or take it to a whole new level and add crispy bacon as well as the poached eggs. This is a super fast recipe have it on a plate and in your mouth within 20 minutes.

Creamy Mushrooms and Zucchini with Fresh Thyme

Ingredients:
250gm button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 tsp. crushed garlic
3 tbsp. canola oil
70gm butter
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 spinach balls, pams frozen portions
1/2 cup cream
To Serve
Toasted Vienna or Ciabatta bread
Poached eggs

Method:

  1. Heat fry pan over high heat add oil, butter, mushrooms, zucchini, garlic salt, pepper and crushed garlic.
  2. Fry for 3-4 minutes until starting to brown, add spinach balls and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Add cream allow to reduce and cook out for a further 5-6 minutes.
  4. Poach eggs and toast your Vienna bread.
  5. Check your seasoning and serve on buttered toasted Vienna with poached eggs.

Serves: 2-3

Gluten- Free Feijoa and Apple Loafs with Lime Cream Cheese Icing

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Gluten-free baking can most of the time be deemed as dry and unpleasant however I have managed to make not only as gluten-free cake be moist and satisfying but also dairy-free. If you use a simple vanilla icing sugar and water icing instead of the lime cream cheese icing it will be both gluten and dairy free however this time I covered mine in lime cream cheese icing.  This is a simple plain cake recipe with some Feijoa and apple compote added with some diced dates for added texture. Topped with a generous amount of lime cream cheese icing these are a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee.

Gluten- Free Feijoa and Apple Loafs with Lime Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cup. gluten-free flour
3/4 cup. caster sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
300ml water
100ml canola oil
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1/4 cup. dates, chopped
1 cup feijoa and apple compote
Lime Cream Cheese Icing
3 cup. icicng sugar, sifted
250gm cream cheese
1/2 lime zest and juice

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 fan bake.
  2. Sift gluten-free flour, baking soda, caster sugar and cinnamon into a bowl and whisk in water, oil, cider vinegar until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Stir in 1 cup of Feijoa and apple compote and chopped dates.
  4. Spray silicon mini loaf tin with rice bran or canola oil.
  5. Fill with 1/2 cup of batter and bake for 26 minutes until tested  with a skewer and it comes out clean. If you only had one loaf tin like I did you can bake the other half once the 1st batch is cooked or make in a muffin tin.
  6. Combine cream cheese, sifted icing sugar, zest and juice of half a lime.
  7. Whisk in stand mixer for 1 -2 minutes until thick and fluffy.
  8. Top your cakes and enjoy

Makes: 10-12 mini loafs or muffins

You can garnish further with a thin slice of feijoa and lime zest.