Category Archives: Baking

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Cornbread Muffin Cups

2 cups coarse cornmeal (available in New Zealand as maize flour or maize meal )
2 cups flour (use gluten-free as required)
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 and 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups cheddar (tasty) cheese, grated
Fine diced fresh chilli to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 200C (400F) degrees, making sure its well warmed up.

Grease a standard size muffin/cupcake tray.

Hot sauce match – Smoky Dragon Chipotle

Mix dry and wet ingredients in 2 separate bowls. Pour the dry over the wet and combine the ingredients gently taking care not to overmix, the batter should be a little lumpy.

Pour into the muffin tray compartments, filling each to ¾ full.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until firm to the touch and lightly browned.

Let muffins cool completely and using a teaspoon or a small knife cut or scoop out the middle of the muffin, making a deep well for your filling.

Add your choice of warmed filling, leftover pulled pork is perfect. Top with a poached egg, garnish with diced chilli if using and serve.

Hot sauce match Smoky Dragon Chipotle

 

Honey ANZAC Cookies

Manawa Honey ANZAC Cookies

125g unsalted butter
1/4 cup Manawa Honey Honey
pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cups desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour

Method

Preheat oven to 150ºC and line baking trays with baking paper.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and honey, stirring until the mixture starts to bubble. Add a pinch of salt.

Combine the bicarbonate of soda with boiling water and add to butter mixture and then combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.

Pour melted butter mixture and the vanilla into dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon to combine well.

Roll 1 teaspoon of mixture into a ball and place on tray. Repeat with remaining mixture, allowing room for spreading.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool on trays before transferring to a wire rack. Store in airtight container.

Manawa Honey Fruit and Berry Compote

Mixed Berry Compote

Serves 4

1/3 cup Manawa Honey
3 small apples, peeled, diced
3 cups frozen mixed berries
1 small 1cm piece of pealed fresh ginger
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
pinch of salt

1 cup cream
3 tablespoons honey

about 600ml vanalla bean ice cream

Directions

In a medium saucepan, add apple, mixed berries, ginger, star anise, cinnamon stick, salt, honey, and lemon juice.

Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat until the compote has thickened, about 10 minutes.

Before serving, let it cool and remove ginger nub, cinnamon and star anise.

In a bowl add the cream and whisk on high. Slowly add the honey and whisk until soft peaks form. Set aside until ready to top.

Brind the dessert together by putting two scoops of vanilla bean icecream into a small shallow dessert dish. Top with a scoop of apple-berry compote. Garnish with a dollop of honey whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Manawa Honey Glazed Cheese Scones

Ches-scne-webI love a good scone and to achieve this its all about how you bring together the dough.

Gluten Free Cheese Scones

Ingredients

2 tbsp Manawa Honey, warmed to a liquid. Add a tsp lemon zest when warming
250g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
80g Butter, unsalted, cubed
Pinch of Salt
100g of mature Cheddar or tasty, plus extra for the top.
1 egg
75ml Milk
You can also add chopped garlic, chopped bacon etc to your taste

Method:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C or for fan oven, 200 degrees C. Do this well before needing to bake so its fully up to temp and stable

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then rub together the butter and flour mixture until you have a breadcrumb like texture, then fold through the cheese.

Add an egg and start to bring the mixture together using a knife. Add the milk and use your knife to get an initial mix and then with your hands bring the mixture together dough. It does not have to be perfect and smooth.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour then roll out the dough to 25mm thick. No thinner. Cut to shape with a knife or 5-7cm cookie cutter

Place the scones on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Lightly brush the top and sides of each scone with the honey then sprinkle over a little bit more cheese on the top is desired.

Bake the scones in a preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until they are golden brown.

Leave the scones to cool on a wire rack or enjoy warm with butter. I love to have them with a creamy garlic butter.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Manawa Honey Nut Bars

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This no bake recipe makes delicious snack bars that are great for kids lunch boxes or as an afternoon snack to keep the 3 O’clock blues at bay.

Mix and match the ingredients to cater to kids likes and get them helping. They are so proud when the take them to school and show their mates what they made.

Ingredients can be purchased from the bulk bins at your local supermarket.

Ingredients

1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup Manawa Honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract(optional)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (raw)
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/8 cup flax seeds

Directions

Line an 200x200mm (8×8″) baking tray with baking paper, enough so the paper overhangs the edges of the baking pan.  This makes removing the bars a lot easier.

Add oats, almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried cherries and dried blueberries to a large mixing bowl.  Toss to combine.

Combine peanut butter, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in a microwaveable mixing bowl.  Microwave 30-40 seconds, or until honey is bubbling/foamy.  Stir well to combine.

Pour melted peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to stir it all together.

Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan.  Top with a sheet of baking paper and press down firmly into an even layer.  Really compact it well.  

Refrigerate 2+ hours, or overnight.  Slice into 8 bars and serve.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

My Green Kitchen

my-green-kitchen-1My Green Kitchen by  Neena Truscott and Belinda Macdonald

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My lovely friends have just released a wonderful book that is full of inspirational recipes integrating the healing power of foods in easy-to-make family recipes. These recipes have a focus on restoring gut health, utilising leftovers and seasonal abundance and foraging for superfoods.

Also included are herbal recipes for stimulating vibrant health and innovative ideas for meals which feature ancient grains, and how to indulge in sweet treats without the ‘nasties’. The book features an article on ‘ancestral eating’ from Ben Warren of BePure, one of NZ’s leading nutrition and holistic health experts.

Written by the winners of the first My Kitchen Rules NZ, Neena Truscott and Belinda Macdonalnd I love their work. This book reflects their love and comitment to good, healthy foods and take you on a journey in your own kitchen.

 Two Thumbs Up, well worth getting.

Fresh Gluten-free Pasta

Fresh-gfpastaI love pasta and this meets my needs for a gluten-free option that I can have whenever I want.

Ingredients

1∕3 cup white cornflour

1∕3 cup tapioca flour or potato flour

1∕3 cup buckwheat flour or millet flour

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp fine sea salt

2 whole eggs

1 tbsp olive oil

1–2 tbsp filtered water, if needed

Sift the flours, xanthan gum and salt into a food processor, and process until well combined.

Combine eggs and oil in a bowl and slowly pour into the food processor, holding back some of the liquid until you can check the consistency of the dough (it is easier to add more liquid than to add the right quantity and mix of flours). Pulse gently until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, adding water if needed.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured bench (white rice flour works well) and knead gently until dough is smooth and elastic. You don’t have to knead too much as you are finishing the dough off rather than having to work the gluten.

Cut the dough into rectangular mounds for easy handling. If you are using a pasta machine, make the mounds a little narrower than the width of your pasta roller so they will be easy to put through the machine. Cover each mound with plastic wrap and allow it to rest at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.

Take each mound and roll out thinly with a rolling pin (about 2–3mm, depending on the shape you wish to make). Form dough into the required shape or feed through your pasta machine. Make sure you keep flouring your bench top and roller so the pasta does not stick and glue together.

Cook pasta in salted boiling water. Fresh pasta requires a lot less cooking time than dried pasta. The cooking time will depend on the shape you have chosen and how thin your pasta is – usually about 2–3 minutes.

Easy Damson Plum Jam

Plum-Jam-Jars-webDamson plums are small and the flesh is quite sharp and sour, but in my view makes the absolute best plum jam in the world. I match the jam with nice cheeses on a platter with some slightly spicy cured meats. I am in heaven. 

Makes about 8 250ml jars. 

Ingredients 

1 1⁄2kg (3.3lb) whole, washed damson plums

3 cups water

5 cups sugar 

Method 

Combine the plums and the water and over a medium hot heat bring to a boil. 

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring constantly. 

Allow to cool enough to handle – or completely, if you like and fish out the pits. It’s a bit messy but well worth it. 

I put them in a colander over a large pot and pass the liquid and as much of the flesh that you can through and then start picking out the stones. Return the pulp to the rest of the jam to the pot once the pits are out. Bring them back to the boil and add the sugar to the plums, stirring to dissolve. 

Reduce the heat to a light, rolling simmer and cook to jam stage, about 20 minutes. 

Meanwhile, put the clean jars into a pre-heated oven at 140 C (300F). 

Return the plums to the jam kettle, and bring them back to the boil. Add the sugar to the plums, stirring to dissolve. 

Jam Stage Test 

Sheet or spoon test — Dip a cool metal spoon into the boiling jelly mixture. Raise the spoon out of the steam, about 12 inches above the pan. Turn the spoon so the liquid runs off the side. The jelly is done when the syrup forms two drops that flow together and sheet or hang off the edge of the spoon. 

Once the jam has reached setting point remove from the heat and stir and skim 5 minutes. 

Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal with lids sterilized according to the manufacturers directions. (Generally, boiled for 5 minutes.) 

Let cool, label and store when the jars have sealed.

Freedom To Indulge – A Chocolate Brownie Adventure

brownie_webAs a kid I remember watching my mother baking chocolate brownies for the pantry tins and entertaining or when she had to take a plate to an event, shared meal or for a school fundraiser. 

The brownie is a cross between a cake and a cookie in texture. They are either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density. Reference to making chocolate brownies as a staple in the home goes right back to the beginning of last century and they have become well established as a great family baking recipe. 

Why? 

Because they are easy to make and can be “dressed up” and served as a dessert or a yummy afternoon tea treat and can be made light like a cake or fudgy for a yummy, chewy experience. 

Love Cake Chocolate Brownie Natural -FBMaking Life Easier – Love Cake 

I have been baking since a young boy, but in the past few years my focus has been savoury. Living with food allergies baking didn’t take a big focus for me as there are specialist allergy free bakers and companies in the market that make my life so much easier.  My all-time favourite is Love Cake based in Auckland. 

Being soy and gluten free their range of ready mixes make my baking easy and removes the need for having lots of different flours and ingredients in my pantry. And they are ORGANIC & FREE FROM GLUTEN, DAIRY, SOY, NUTS & (optional) EGGS. This makes it so easy when I am entertaining for people with different or multiple food allergies. 

Over the next few of weeks, I will be posting recipes and serving ideas using Love Cake’s Chocolate Brownie baking mix.  I’ll take you from a basic, age old presentation dusted with fine sugar to being dressed like you would get in cafes.  I’ll show you how you can do this from home easily and with no fuss. 

I’ll include additional ingredients that can be added, presenting exciting layers of flavours to the basic recipe. My 6 year old step granddaughter will be my chief assistant and taster, it’s going to be fun. 

Tip from Jimmy – Zing and Zesty Brownie 

To add a slight savoury taste to the Love Cake brownie ready mix add ¼ tsp of chilli powder and fine grated zest of ½ of a medium orange and combine into the mixture before baking.  

Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LoveCakeNZ and for product information visit the Love Cake website at http://www.lovecake.co.nz/

 

 

 

Homemade Chilli Orange Chocolate Sauce

chilli-choco-or-jarThis sauce has to be one of my all time favourites. It is so easy to make and the better the quality of chocolate that you use the better the resulting taste. It stores well for a couple of weeks in a sealed container in the fridge and it’s a sauce that can be made ahead of time and warmed up. 

Ingredients 

400g (14oz) of dark 80% coca chocolate, chopped in pieces

1/2 cup of full milk

1/2 cup of cream (heavy)

1/4 cup granulated sugar or raw honey

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 orange, zested

25g (1oz) butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

Method 

Chocolate-chilli-orange-potAdd the chocolate, sugar, chilli, orange zest, milk and cream to a heavy based saucepan and melt the chocolate over low heat, stirring continually until all the chocolate is melted and combined with the other ingredients. 

Add the vanilla and butter, remove from the heat and combine then set the sauce aside to cool.  Reheat it briefly before using it.  

Dairy Free Version

If people do not want to use milk and cream they can replace them with 1 cup of coconut milk that has warmed up to a gentle simmer, let cool slightly and added once the chocolate has melted. Add and combine without the butter.

Any leftover sauce keeps well refrigerated for many weeks in a sealed container.

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