Pumpkin, Thyme & Goat’s Cheese Mini Quiches

These little quiches are the perfect thing to put into lunch boxes! Protein, veggies, and a little carb, they are an excellent source of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
They make for the perfect adult or childs lunchbox, party or barbecue or gathering where you need to take a plate! They also make the perfect go-to in the fridge for busy mums! And even better they freeze well.

I use wholemeal and white spelt flours in these, however you can use plain wheat flours interchangeably with spelt.

I like to use spelt in my kitchen as it’s a more ancient form of wheat and is less modified and processed and is easier to digest.

A recipe testers for The 4 Blades Magazine says “They looked really nice and we all loved the flavours of the filling. They make a nice tasty summer meal to have on their own or with a salad.” Tina

You can substitute the filling around with ingredients in your fridge. If you don’t have pumpkin you could use sweet potato and any choice of herbs you like.

The egg mixture is the same as the other savoury tart recipes. It works a treat for so many things!

Enjoy!

Roast Pumpkin, Thyme & Goat's Cheese Mini Quiches
These delicious quiches make the perfect addition to a lunchbox for kids and adults!
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Shortcrust Pastry
  1. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  2. 100g White Spelt Flour
  3. 100g Organic Butter
  4. 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  5. 40g Water
Filling
  1. 400g Butternut or Jap Pumpkin, peeled and cubed into 1-2cm pieces
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. few sprigs thyme leaves
  4. 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  5. 4 Med Brown Onions, peeled and sliced thinly
  6. 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar or White Wine
  7. 1 Tbsp Rapadura Sugar
  8. 100g Baby Spinach
  9. 100g Goats Cheese of Feta
  10. 4 Organic Eggs
  11. 60g Sour Cream or Coconut Cream
  12. 60g Milk or Almond Milk
  13. 1/2 tsp Celtic Salt
  14. 1/2 Bunch Onion Chives, finely chopped
  15. few sprigs Italian parsley, finely chopped
Pastry
  1. To make the pastry place the flours, butter and salt into the Thermomix and process 10 Sec/Speed 6 or until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and knead 10-20 Sec.
  3. Transfer the dough to a sheet of clingfilm, press the dough together, cover in clingfilm, flatten into a disc and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Lightly grease the muffin tin and set aside.
  5. Roll out the dough to approx 2mm thick, and using a 9cm round pastry cutter, cut 14 rounds from the pastry. Press the pastry rounds into a non stick muffin tin sprayed with oil. Place into the freezer for 15 minutes to firm.
  6. Cut 14 very small baking paper rounds to one the pastry base, before topping with baking beads and blind baking for 15 minutes.
  7. Cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the baking beads, Set aside in the tins until you are ready to proceed with the filling.
Filling
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the pumpkin, salt, thyme and olive oil onto the tray and toss together. Spread the pumpkin out evenly over the tray and roast for 15 minutes or until just tender.
  3. To make the caramelised onions, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat and add the onions.
  4. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally until very well browned. The thinner the onions are sliced the batter the caramelisation you will get. Add the vinegar and sugar right at the end and stir to combine.
  5. Push the onions over to one side of the pan and dd the baby spinach, stirring until just wilted. It should retain it's vibrant green colour! Take off the heat and set aside.
  6. Place the eggs, sour cream, milk, salt, chives and parsley into the Thermomix bowl and mix 10 Sec/Speed 4.
  7. To assemble, scatter the onions evenly over the base of the quiches, follow with the cooked pumpkin, spinach and goat's cheese.
  8. Pour the egg mix over to complete the fillings Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just set and golden brown. Cool for a few minutes in the tray before cooling completely on a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or cold.
Notes
  1. You can substitute spelt flour for regular wheat flour.
  2. You can substitute pumpkin for sweet potato or any other favourite vegetable you have!
  3. You can also substitute the herbs according to your likes as well.
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Purple Carrot & Blueberry Muffins

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Beautiful days with friends relaxing on their family farm, eating fluffy carrot cupcakes and sharing sweet memories.
These cupcakes came about like that! My friend had had all sorts of hassles with an oven not working, having to put the prepared batter in the fridge overnight and then trying to figure out how to fix them the next day so they would rise!
Well look what happened! The end result were the fluffiest, most moist and delicious cupcakes ever!

I came home and had this beautiful bunch of purple carrots starring at me in the fridge along with my beautiful local fresh market blueberries! The thought came! Do a twist on a traditional carrot cake muffin with sultanas and use blueberries instead and purple carrots for a deep purple colour!
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The colour is fabulous when baked! A very deep colour with even richer blueberry purple coloured pops throughout! Yum!

The molasses can easily be replaced with another syrup sweetener, but the molasses does have a rich type flavour and is also very mineral rich.

I use an Avocado oil from Costco which is a beautiful neutral flavour and light in colour. After some research we have found out that it’s not produced with hexanes or other harmful chemicals etc so is great for making cakes or mayonnaises.

You can easily use orange carrots in the muffins instead of the purple ones. They are often available at my farmers market and thought this was a perfect use for them!

Enjoy these gorgeous muffins! I’m sure neither you or your kids will be disappointed!

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Purple Carrot & Blueberry Muffins
Yields 12
These gorgeous muffins are incredibly light and fluffy, they resemble a carrot cake but with the sweet pops of blueberries and in season purple carrots they are nothing but delicious!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 100g Organic White Spelt Flour
  2. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  3. 2 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda
  5. 120g Rapadura Sugar
  6. 1 tsp Pimento
  7. 1/2 Orange, tested
  8. 150ml Avocado or Macadamia Oil
  9. 20g Mollasses or Coconut Flower Nectar
  10. 2 Organic Eggs
  11. 200g Purple Carrots, grated
  12. 100g Blueberries
Cream Cheese Icing
  1. 250g Cream Cheese
  2. 80g Organic Butter
  3. 50-80g Honey or Maple Syrup (for really white icing use milled raw sugar)
  4. 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice or 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with baking paper or muffin cases.
  2. Place the flours, baking powder & soda, rapadura & pimento into the Theromix mixing bowl and mix 5 Sec/Speed 5.
  3. Add the orange zest, oil, molasses & eggs and bring the mix together Speed 4/5 Sec.
  4. Add the carrot & blueberries and mix together 5-10 Sec/Reverse/Speed 2.
  5. Divide the mixture among the paper cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the muffins comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes, before cooling completely on a wire rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Place all ingredients into the Thermomix mixing bowl and mix 20 Sec/Speed 4. Pipe frosting with desired piping nozzles onto cooled muffins.
Notes
  1. *The molasses can easily be replaced with another syrup sweetener, but the molasses does have a rich type flavour and is also very mineral rich.
  2. *I use an Avocado oil from Costco which is a beautiful neutral flavour and light in colour. After some research we have found out that it's not produced with hexanes or other harmful chemicals etc so is great for making cakes or mayonnaises.
  3. *You can easily use orange carrots in the muffins instead of the purple ones. They are often available at my farmers market and thought this was a perfect use for them!
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Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tarts (Gluten Free, Primal)

Choc Raspb Tarts 2So I can’t really remember the first time I made these delightful tarts, however I do remember one of the most recent times when I made them! It was for my sons 3rd birthday last year! To set the scene a little, I decided to buy year passes to our local zoo, and take along a picnic lunch, a perfect simple birthday cake and these pretty little things!

Well that particular day turned out to be a scorching 30°C day! I got up early before it was that hot, baked a delicious flourless 2 tier chocolate cake, my old recipe that I used to do every week at the health retreat. I topped it with a beautiful dairy free chocolate ganache. Not realising how hot the day would be I poured it on, decorated it with all manner of adorable edible flowers, chocolate shards, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries! It looked a real picture!!….But if only I had one! In it went into the container…we packed up and off we went to the zoo. Off we went into the zoo to catch the croc show and low and behold what did I leave in the car, but the cake!!!!!!

Back to the car after only what seemed like 1/2 an hour and I grabbed that little darling, opened it’s lid….and what did I find??? A great big puddle of slidden, sloppy, melted, ganache drenched decadent deliciousness!!! And with that we sang Happy Birthday Z!! It almost seemed unbelievable, but I assure you there was no fixing that leaning tower of cake puddle! My dearest friends who know how perfectionistic I am, gave me an extra tight squeeze, helped me realise it wasn’t the end of the world…almost…and we just slapped it onto our plates…not it wasn’t even sliceable! What we ate was something delicious, despite its unfavourable looks!

That night I brought the remainder home, chucked it into the Thermomix and chopped it all up, then rolled it into balls and froze them. Oh my word, how a seemingly total disaster can be turned into pure delight. This was one of them! Fudgy, rich, and ultra delicious!
Choc Raspb Tarts
What did end up as pretty as a picture and a total hit were these awesome Choc Raspberry Tarts!!

It’s acutally the filling of the Paleo Chocolate Mango Tart with the base of the Lemon Tart combined with seasonal raspberries on top! Blueberries on top would be just as delish!

So here you are! Enjoy!

 

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tarts
Yields 18
Delicious healthy nutella-like filling topped with juicy sweet raspberries!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
  1. 50g Coconut Palm Sugar
  2. 150g Almond Meal
  3. 50g Coconut Flour
  4. 30g Arrowroot
  5. 100g Organic Butter
  6. 1/2 Lemon, zested
  7. 1 Organic Egg, lightly beaten
Filling
  1. 60g Hazelnuts, roasted
  2. 80g Coconut Oil
  3. 80g Coconut Milk
  4. 120g Maple Syrup (approx. 5 Tbsp)
  5. 50g Raw Cacao Powder
  6. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  7. pinch salt
  8. 250g Fresh Raspberries
Pastry
  1. Place the sugar into the Thermomix bowl and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  2. Add the almond meal, coconut flour, arrowroot, butter and lemon zest to the bowl and blend 10 Sec/Speed 6.
  3. Add the egg and Knead 15 Sec.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap, flatten, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  6. Once the dough is chilled, roll out to 2-3mm thickness between 2 sheets of baking paper.
  7. Peel off the top sheet of baking paper, and using an 8cm round pastry cutter, cut 18 circles from the pastry. You may need to re-roll to get the 18 circles.
  8. Place the cut circles back into the fridge for 5 mins to firm slightly before pressing into 7cm fluted tart shells. Neatly trim the tops and if there are any tares, just use a little of the excess dough to carefully patch it, being careful to maintain an even thickness.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven, let sit in the moulds for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.* (They will feel very soft as soon as you take them out of the oven but as they cool, the base will harden. If the underside of the bases still feels a little damp once cool, you can turn them upside down and return to the oven for 5 or so minutes to dry out a little further.)
Filling
  1. If you need to roast the nuts, place onto a baking tray and roast for 10-15 minutes on 180°C. Let cool before using your hands to rub the nuts together to get rid of the skins.
  2. Place the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and cook 2 Mins/50°/Speed 3.
  4. Pour the filling into the cooled tart shells and set in the fridge for 30 mins before topping each tart with 3 raspberries and returning to the fridge to set firm.
Notes
  1. *They will feel very soft as soon as you take them out of the oven but as they cool, the base will harden. If the underside of the bases still feels a little damp once cool, you can turn them upside down and return to the oven for 5 or so minutes to dry out a little further.
  2. *This is the same filling as I use in my Paleo Chocolate Mango Tart
  3. *This is the same base as I use in my Lemon Tart
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Sarah’s Paleo Nutella Cake

Nutella Cake 2Oh THIS!!!!! Yes this cake will suffice every single naughty nutella craving and every single chocolate craving!

It’s rich, decadently fudgy, brownie-like and yet delightfully healthier than a cake made with jarred crap!

The Nutella part is not that yucky stuff off the shelf! (Sorry if I offend any Nutella lovers!!) But I make my own healthier chocolate-hazelnut spread and use that in place! So if you can forget that it’s not out of a packaged jar, and delight yourself in the flavours that make you think all things nutella, I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed!!…And neither will your body! Shop bought Nutella is full of all sorts of trans-fats, white sugar and who knows what other junk! This is a much better option!!

In the title I’ve stated that it’s Paleo, now in my nutella recipe I do use organic butter as opposed to coconut oil, so more Primal than Paleo, and I do use Organic Dark Chocolate. If you want it to be completely Paleo, then use a dairy free dark chocolate of your choice.

So a bit of history, this gorgeous cake originates from my beautiful sister-in-laws kitchen. Sarah is a wonderful homely cook for her family. Her kitchen always smells of beautiful stocks simmering on the stove, hearty, flavoursome family meals and the sweet aroma of baked cakes or sweet delights! Oh and of course the fermenting crocks of kombucha and marinating feta! And albeit most of it is gluten free and grain free! 

We just love to cook together. With families to feed our individual homes centre much around the kitchen, and with our similar cooking styles, we have loads of fun when we get together!

Nutella Cake

This cake is best served straight from the fridge. You can leave it out, however the nutella softens and the cake texture is more like a cake. I prefer the more set nutella texture and that real fudgy brownie-like crumb!

Sarah's Paleo Nutella Cake
Yields 30
Deliciously fudgy healthy nutella cake perfect for just about any occasion!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
NUTELLA
  1. 60g Roasted Hazelnuts
  2. 75g Coconut Palm Sugar
  3. 100g Organic 70% Dark Chocolate (Use Dairy Free for complete Paleo)
  4. 100g Almond Milk
  5. 70g Butter or Coconut Oil
  6. 30g Raw Cacao Powder
  7. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
CAKE
  1. 250g Cashew Butter
  2. 160g Rice Malt Syrup
  3. 100g Coconut Oil
  4. 500g Nutella, plus extra for icing (Double batch of the above recipe)
  5. 200g Almond Meal
  6. 60g Coconut Flour
  7. 2 tsp Baking Soda
  8. 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  9. 120g Roasted Hazelnuts, halved
NUTELLA
  1. Place the sugar into the mixing bowl and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  2. Add the hazelnuts and mill 8 Sec/Speed 9.
  3. Add the dark chocolate and mill 10 Sec/speed 9.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and cook 6 Mins/60°/Speed 3.
  5. Place into jars and store in the fridge or set aside in a large bowl for use in the cake.
CAKE
  1. Begin by making a double batch of nutella. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170°C and grease and line a large rectangular baking tray.
  3. If you need to make your own almond meal simply place 200g almonds into the bowl and mill 8 Sec/Speed 9. Set aside.
  4. If you need to make your own cashew butter, add 250g cashews to the mixing bowl. Mill 15 Sec/Speed 9. Scrape down the sides and continue 20 Sec/Speed 5 or until a nice nut butter consistency forms.
  5. Add the rice malt syrup & coconut oil and mix 1 Min/50°/Speed 3.
  6. Add the nutella (500g only) and mix 10 Sec/Speed 5. (Keep the excess nutella aside for icing later.)
  7. Add the almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda and vanilla and mix together 30 Sec/Speed 6. (As the mixture gets very very thick at this point, during this 30 seconds, you may like to get your spatula in through the mixing bowl lid to help stir the mixture through.)
  8. Add the hazelnuts and stir into the thick batter with a spatula. Pour into the prepared baking tray and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out just clean. Leave the cake to cool in the baking tray for 1 hour.
  9. Spread the remaining nutella evenly over the cake. Tap the tray down gently on the bench to smooth out the icing and then place into the fridge to set.
  10. Once set, remove and slice into 30 squares (5 x 6) or 24 (4 x 6) larger squares and serve.
Notes
  1. This slice will keep in the fridge well for up to a week or can be frozen as well.
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Chicken, Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Chicken, Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
This salad is delightfully fresh, zesty and punchy! The fresh herbs really make it!

My sister-in-law and I always used to make this salad with cous cous. It’s merged over the years to have quinoa instead as its a healthier option & of course gluten free. It’s delicious with the cous cous, however I think it’s better with quinoa!

I love quinoa, it’s little nutty tasting, soft textured balls make for a delicious bowl of goodness!

I sear the chicken in a pan and then if necessary finish in the oven. It gives the breast some nice caramelisation which I really love! You can do this too, or if you like the chicken steamed you can steam it on the Varoma tray 17-20 Mins/Varoma/Speed 2, whilst you are cooking the quinoa.
Or if you have 500g pre-cooked and shredded chicken you can toss that into the salad!

The fresh herbs are integral to this awesome salad! They add the flavour and freshness.
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My kids love this salad, especially my little 17 month old! As you can see by the picture she really loves to eat it right when mummy wants to take photos! Of course…it’s much too yummy to be looked at, it is to be eaten after all!

Enjoy! xx

Chicken, Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
Serves 6
This delicious fresh flavour-packed simple salad makes the perfect addition to any bbq, celebration or simply for weekday lunches or kids lunchboxes! Reader Heidi says: "This is a flavoursome simple recipe which is divine on your taste buds!."
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Organic Chicken Breasts
  2. 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 1 tsp Italian Herbs
  4. 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  5. 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  6. 1/2 Lemon, zested
SALAD
  1. 170g White Quinoa
  2. 800ml Water
  3. 400g (1 Tin) Cooked Chickpeas
  4. 250g Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  5. 1/2 Red Onion, sliced into thin wedges
  6. 1 Bunch Fresh Italian Parsley, leaves only, chopped roughly
  7. 1/3-1/2 Bunch Fresh Mint, leaves only, chopped roughly
DRESSING
  1. 60ml Olive Oil
  2. 20ml Lemon Juice
  3. 1 tsp Italian Herbs
  4. 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  5. 1 tsp Onion Powder
  6. 2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Soak the quinoa 30 minutes prior to cooking this recipe.
  2. Toss the chicken in the herbs, spices and lemon. Heat a fry pan over medium heat and sear the chicken breasts until golden brown on each side. If not fully cooked through, place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, cover with foil and finish cooking in the oven 10-15 Mins/180°C.*(Alternatively, you can slice the breast into strips before marinating and cook in the Varoma tray above the quinoa for 17-20 Mins/Varoma/Speed 2.)
  3. Once the chicken is cooked and cooled sightly, shred the chicken into pieces by hand or place into the Thermomix and shred 3-4 Sec/Speed 4-5/Reverse (keeping a close eye on it that it doesn't turn into paste!) Set aside.
  4. Place the soaked quinoa into the simmering basket. Place the water into the mixing bowl and insert the basket. Cook for 20-25 Mins/Varoma/Speed 2. Remove the simmering basket and set aside to drain. Place the quinoa into a large mixing bowl to cool down.
  5. Once cooled, add the chicken along with all the remaining ingredients.
  6. Place the dressing ingredients into the Thermomix and mix 3 Sec/Speed 5. Pour over the salad just prior to serving and toss to combine! Yum!
Notes
  1. *When cooking the chicken breast, if you have really thick breasts you can slice them horizontally to make them a little thinner so that the meat will cook more evenly.
  2. * This makes an awesome salad in a jar too! Place the dressing on the base of the jar, followed by the chicken, quinoa, tomatoes, onion, and herbs on top!
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White Nectarine & Coconut Cake (Gluten Free)

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White Nectarines are so often sweeter than yellow! I remember eating very sweet yellow ones as a kid, however they just don’t seem to be what they used to be, unless from a beautiful ancient grandma tree!
I think the idea of white nectarine & coconut goes so perfectly together too! The light and white flesh and fresh taste of the nectarine goes so well with white summery coconut!
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In my Kitch’n Thyme, I don’t use Organic Raw Sugar too often. I prefer to stick to the brown less refined sugars like coconut sugar or rapadura, however this time I wanted to keep the crumb nice and white, so I’ve opted for the raw sugar. I’ve significantly reduced the sugar since the first time I made it!

This cake is quite tall so you could afford to cut the cake into 16 pieces; I’ve even cut it smaller than that. But based on 16 pieces, that’s approximately 2.8 tsp of sugar per slice (not including the sugar content of the fruit). So not too bad, but definitely a treat! One to keep for a special occasion. We all are going to eat sugar at various times in life, I think the important thing is just to be mindful about it when we do eat something sweet, and not get in the trap of eating too much ‘hidden sugar’!

The flour mix is made up of rice, potato, & tapioca. Some people try to avoid the starches because of the low nutritional value, however as a gluten free option to wheat, which once again has a low nutrional value, the starches aren’t necessarily a totally bad option occasionally. Yes they are carbohydrates, but so is wheat, largely. They give a gluten free product a great texture, and make ‘gluten free’ a whole lot more enjoyable for some.
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The icing is a really quick lemon coconut butter! It’s super speedy to make and is a better option to a traditional sugar lemon icing!
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This cake would make the perfect treat for any birthday party or special occasion. Enjoy!

White Nectarine & Coconut Cake
Serves 16
Fresh, summery, with a delicate soft crumb, this cake is sure to delight the harshest gluten free critics!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 170g White or Brown Rice
  2. 115g Potato Starch
  3. 75g Tapioca Flour
  4. 15g Baking Powder
  5. 1 tsp Guar Gum
  6. 180g Organic Raw Sugar
  7. 250g Organic Butter
  8. 4 Organic Eggs
  9. 250ml Coconut Milk
  10. 40g Shredded Coconut
  11. 4 White Flesh Nectarines, each cut into 8 wedges
  12. 1 Tbsp Rice Flour
  13. Handful Toasted Coconut Chips, for decorating
  14. 2 Extra White Flesh Nectarines, for decorating
  15. Edible Flowers, for decorating (optional)
Coconut Butter Lemon Icing
  1. 130g Coconut Butter
  2. 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  3. 50ml Maple Syrup
  4. 50ml Coconut Oil
  5. 50ml Water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and line a 9" (or 24cm) round cake tin and set aside.
  2. Place the rice into the Thermomix and mill 1 Min/Speed 9.
  3. Add the potato starch, tapioca, baking powder & guar gum and mix to combine 10 Sec/Speed 6. Set aside.
  4. Place the sugar into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9. Set aside.
  5. Place the butter into the Thermomix and melt 2 Mins/50°/Speed 4.Set aside.
  6. Without rinsing the bowl, place the reserved sugar into the mixing bowl along with the eggs. Mix 20 Sec/Speed 5.
  7. Add half the flour mixture and the reserved butter and mix 5 Sec/Speed 5.
  8. Add the remaining flour and the coconut milk and mix 10 Sec/Speed 3.5.
  9. Add the shredded coconut and mix 5 Sec/Speed 4/Reverse.
  10. In a small bowl, toss the nectarines with the rice flour, before adding to the Thermomix mixing bowl. Gently stir through the batter with a spatula before pouring into the prepared tin.
  11. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. (I usually place a rack over the over the topside of the cake and turn it out upside down. This way you end up with a flat surface to finish and it looks much nicer when the icing goes on!)
Coconut Butter Lemon Icing
  1. Place all the ingredients into the Thermomix mixing bowl and mix 5-10 Sec/Speed 3.5. Pour over the completely cooled cake and let it run over the sides a little. Top with the toasted coconut chips, the fresh nectarine slices and the edible flowers and serve.
Notes
  1. *Tossing the nectarine with a Tbsp of flour will stop the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the cake!
  2. *I usually place a rack over the over the topside of the cake and turn it out upside down. This way you end up with a flat surface to finish and it looks much nicer when the icing goes on!
  3. *Make my Coconut Butter here!
  4. * I suggest pouring the icing over the cake quite close to serving. The moisture in the icing tends to soak into the cake if left too long.
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Basil Mayo

Basil Mayo
This basil mayo is such a simple but a goodie!

It goes with just about everything, from a burger to a green potato salad!

Have it ready to go in the fridge and serve with rissoles, as a dip, with crumbed chicken or fish, croquettes etc etc etc!

With loads of basil in season it’s the perfect thing to make!

It’s really so simple. Just blitz up fresh basil leaves and then continue like you ordinarily would to make fresh mayonnaise!

Enjoy!!

 

Basil Mayonnaise
Delicious fragrant basil mayo!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Garlic Clove
  2. 1/2 Bunch Basil, leaves only
  3. 2 Egg Yolks
  4. 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  5. 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  6. 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  7. 250g Avocado, Macadamia or Rice Bran Oil
Instructions
  1. Place garlic and basil into Thermomix mixing bowl and chop 3 Sec/Speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat again if necessary.
  2. Place a jug on top of the Thermomix lid and weigh 250g oil and set aside.
  3. Insert Butterfly. Add the egg yolks, mustard, lemon, salt and pepper and mix 20 Sec/Speed 4.
  4. With the butterfly rotating on Speed 4 and MC in place, pour the oil onto the mixing bowl lid somewhat gradually. Add oil slowly to start with and then faster as the mayonnaise starts to emulsify.
  5. Place into a jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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Basil Pesto

Basil PestoThis Basil Pesto is delicious!!!!! I developed this one back when I was studying as a chef.

I’ve always added Italian Parsley to my pesto as it oxides quite a lot slower than basil and keeps for a really brilliant vibrant green pesto. And plus I really love the flavour dimension that the parsley adds.

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Basil & Parsley are really high in Vitamin K along with many other vitamins. Through their unique anti-oxidants, essential-oils, vitamins, phyto-sterols and other nutrient substances, they help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and help to boost immunity level.

So what better way than to pack them into a super dense nutrient spread/sauce!

I choose macadamias and pine nuts! They mix gives a really delicious flavour. You could use brazil or cashew nuts too.

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To make it dairy free and completely paleo just omit the parmesan. You will still have a beautiful pesto.

Basil Pesto
Yields 500
Delicious moreish pesto that has endless uses in my kitchen!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 60g Parmesan Cheese
  2. 1 Clove Garlic
  3. 2 Large Bunches (100g) Basil
  4. 1 Bunch (20g) Italian Parsley
  5. 150g Pine Nuts
  6. 50g Macadamias
  7. 1 1/2 tsp Celtic Salt
  8. 100g Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and roast the pine nuts and macadamias for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place the parmesan into the Thermomix and mill 5 Sec/Speed 7.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend 8 Sec/Speed 7.
  4. Serve.
Notes
  1. This pesto will keep nicely in the fridge for up to a week. Just make sure you cover the top with extra olive oil.
  2. You can freeze this pesto too. I often make a batch and freeze the leftover into ice cube trays ready to pull out for different meals.
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Strawberry Tart

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This gorgeous tart came about recently as I had a lonely tub of creme fraiche in the fridge along with oodles of strawberries! I pretty quickly came up with this delicious tart of goodness! It’s really really easy to make. The most complicated part would be the pastry, but the filling is literally a 15 sec whiz together!

Crème fraiche is quite similar to sour cream, however it has a higher fat content than sour cream and doesn’t split like sour cream when boiled. It has a lovely nutty type flavour and is also good for whipping.

Together the creme fraiche with a block of cream cheese really does make the perfect filling!

I make my spelt shortcrust for this tart, and it really is delightful.
Strawberry Tart

I just love the look of the candied lemon zest on the top! It really looks so yummy! And it takes 5 minutes! Terrific! Just one of the reasons why I love my Thermomix! You could opt for lime zest on the top too!

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You could use strawberries interchangeably with raspberries and or blueberries! Yum!

To make it dairy free you could even use coconut yoghurt or whipped coconut cream perhaps too.

Strawberry Tart
Serves 8
This delicious tart is the perfect recipe for lapping up the strawberry season!
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SHORTCRUST PASTRY
  1. 50g Raw or Rapadura Sugar
  2. 1/4 Lemon rind
  3. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  4. 100g White Spelt Flour
  5. 100g Organic Butter, cubed & chilled
  6. 1 Egg
  7. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
FILLING
  1. 250g Cream Cheese
  2. 200g Crème Fraiche
  3. 60ml Maple Syrup or Honey
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  5. 1/2 Lemon, zested
  6. 500g Fresh Strawberries, hulled
CANDIED LEMON ZEST
  1. 1/2 Lemon
  2. 2 Tbsp Honey
  3. 1 Tbsp Water
SHORTCRUST PASTRY
  1. Place the sugar and the lemon rind into the Thermomix bowl. Mill 10 sec/Speed 9. Add the flour and butter and process for 10 sec/speed 6 or until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg and vanilla and knead 10-20 seconds or until the dough just comes together.
  2. Using the Thermomat or a lightly floured surface bring the dough together to form a ball. Flatten & wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 mins to rest. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Roll pastry, using a rolling pin, on a lightly floured surface, to be 3mm thick and use to line the base and sides of a large rectangular tart shell.
  4. Prick the base with a fork then place back into the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  5. Line the tart case with a rectangular shaped piece of baking paper and fill the case with pie weights. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and bake for another 5-10 minutes until pale golden.
  6. Allow to cool before taking the pie weights out of the case. Set aside until ready to use.
FILLING
  1. Place all the ingredients into the Thermomix and mix 15 Sec/Speed 4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix a further 10 Sec/Speed 4 or until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  2. Pour into the prepared tart case and top with the whole strawberries.
CANDIED LEMON ZEST
  1. Remove zest from lemons with a vegetable peeler, keeping pieces long. Remove any white pith using a paring knife then cut into a fine julienne using a very sharp knife.
  2. Place the honey, water and lemon peel into the Thermomix and cook 5 Mins/100°/Speed 2.
  3. Take the candied lemon zest out of the syrup and set aside.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the strawberries on the top of the tart with the syrup to glaze them nicely, then top with the candied lemon zest.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve!
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Berry & Coconut Panna Cotta Verrines w Hazelnut Crumb

Panna Cottas
These little delights went so well on the table for my daughters Vintage Rose 1st Birthday! They looked so pretty and elegant! I think anything with layers, always looks so attractive and inviting!

Here they are on the table! Don’t they just look so pretty as part of the setup! 1 - Table stuff

I love to party plan and come up with cute ideas for decorations and of course food! If you are being careful of sugar on the table, then leave the fairy floss off and top the crumb with pretty little violets or other edible flowers.

The easiest way to get the layers even, especially the panna cotta, in all the cups is to pop a tray securely on top of your TM lid with your verrines or cups on that. Bring up your scales and using a jug that pours easily, pour the filling straight in to the cups for precise measurements.

Berry & Coconut Panna Cotta w Hazelnut Crumb
Yields 25
Dairy Free smooth and creamy Panna Cottas with Berry Compote and Hazelnut Crumb! Yummo!
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Berry Compote
  1. 250g Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  2. 250g Raspberries, fresh or frozen
  3. 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  4. 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Panna Cotta
  1. 1 Litre Organic Coconut Milk
  2. 1 Tbsp Gelatin (grass fed, unflavoured)
  3. 120g Honey or Maple Syrup
  4. 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Hazelnut Crumb
  1. 40g Roasted Hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  2. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  3. 50g Rapadura Sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp Baking Powder (Aluminium Free)
  5. 100g Organic Butter, cubed & chilled
  6. 40g Desiccated Coconut
  7. 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  8. 50g Pink Persian Fairy Floss
  9. 24 x 75ml Verrines/glasses/containers
Instructions
  1. Place all the compote ingredients into the Thermomix with the simmering basket on top of lid in place of MC and cook 20-25 Mins/100°/Speed 1/Reverse, or until becoming thickened and somewhat jammy. Pour about 2 tsp into each verrine and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
  2. Place a small bowl on top of the TM lid and weigh 125g of the coconut milk into it. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and set aside to soften. (There is no need to stir, just leave it to bloom and absorb the liquid.)
  3. Place the remaining coconut milk, honey and vanilla into the Thermomix bowl and cook 10 Mins/80°/Speed 3.
  4. Add the softened gelatin and stir 3 Mins/80°/Speed 3 to dissolve.
  5. Pour approximately 2 Tbsp (40ml) into each verrine and place back into the fridge to set for 2-3 hours.
  6. To make the crumb, preheat the oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  7. Place the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and chop 15 Sec/Speed 4. Set aside.
  8. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter into the Thermomix and process 10 sec/speed 6 or until the mixture just resembles breadcrumbs. Add the coconut and cinnamon and the chopped nuts and process 10 sec/speed 4/Reverse or until it just comes together.
  9. Roughly crumble over the prepared baking tray and bake for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and cool before placing into the Thermomix and crumbling 5-10 Sec/Speed 4. ( Don't over crumble it, some nice crunchy bits will add dimension of texture.)
  11. Top the set verrines with 1 Tbsp crumbs and just before serving place fluffy handfuls of Persian fairy floss on top!
Notes
  1. I used 75ml Verrines here, however you could use cups or glasses.
  2. Be careful you don't put the fairy floss on too far out from serving as the moisture in the air will cause it to deflate and go sticky.
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