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Sophia Brown

Baking/ Snacks/ Thermomix/ Twins

Lactation Cookies

This is a delicious recipe for lactation cookies which can be easily modified to change up the flavours (as the one type of cookie tends to get boring after a while!!). This will be my last recipe before giving birth to twins #2 as I prepare for their arrival! The key ingredients for lactation cookies are brewers yeast, flaxseed and oats which helps with the production of breastmilk. The are packed with goodness so these cookies are also great to satisfy the constant breastfeeding tummy rumbles! You also don’t need to be breastfeeding to benefit from these cookies – the whole family can eat them!

Add butter, white sugar and brown sugar to bowl.

Melt 3 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2.

Add brewers yeast, flaxseed meal, self raising flour, oats, chocolate chips, vanilla, egg and salt.

Mix 10 seconds/Speed 4.

Spoon teaspoon sized balls of dough onto a lined baking tray.

Bake for 9 – 11 minutes or until browned.

 

Lactation Cookies

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Serves: approx. 30 cookies Cooking Time: 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 150 grams butter
  • 60 grams white sugar
  • 60 grams brown sugar
  • 60 grams brewers yeast
  • 60 grams flaxseed meal
  • 80 grams self raising flour
  • 100 grams oats
  • 150 grams dark chocolate chips (or choice of flavouring/s)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 x egg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

2

Add butter, white sugar and brown sugar to bowl. Melt 3 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2.

3

Add brewers yeast, flaxseed meal, self raising flour, oats, chocolate chips, vanilla, egg and salt. Mix 10 seconds/Speed 4.

4

Spoon teaspoon sized balls of dough onto a lined baking tray.

5

Bake for 9 - 11 minutes or until browned.

Notes

*Mix up the cookie flavours by using 150 grams of/a variation of different types of chocolate, nuts, seeds, dried fruit. **Once cooled, cookies can be frozen and defrosted when needed (you can also make and freeze the dough, and bake when needed)

Baking/ Healthy/ Snacks/ Thermomix

Easy Cheesy Bites

These are a savoury version of my 10 Second Grain Free Bites! Both versions are so quick and easy to make, and have been a hit with all of the family! These are crunchy and cheesy, and perfect to eat by itself or topped with extra cheese, smoked salmon, deli meats, avocado etc. This is a beautiful egg free and nut free savoury snack!

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Add tasty and parmesan cheese to bowl.

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Blitz 5 seconds/Speed 10.

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Add oats, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and chia seeds.

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Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5.

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Spoon mixture into mini muffin tray(s) with a teaspoon (approx. 1 teaspoon per mini muffin pan) *note mixture is dry and crumbly*

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Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Leave to cool before taking out of tray(s).

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Easy Cheesy Bites

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Serves: Approx. 50

Ingredients

  • 150 grams tasty cheese (cubed)
  • 60 grams parmesan cheese (cubed)
  • 100 grams oats
  • 20 grams flax seeds
  • 20 grams sunflower seeds
  • 20 grams pepitas
  • 10 grams chia seeds

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

2

Add tasty and parmesan cheese to bowl. Blitz 5 seconds/Speed 10.

3

Add oats, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and chia seeds. Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5.

4

Spoon mixture into mini muffin tray(s) with a teaspoon (approx. 1 teaspoon per mini muffin pan) *note mixture is dry and crumbly*

5

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

6

Leave to cool before taking out of tray(s).

Notes

*If you want this to be gluten free, you can substitute the oats for your choice of seeds/nuts. **You can mix up the types of cheese you use, however I find a higher quanity of tasty cheese works as a better binder. ***Note the mixture is dry and crumbly before baking - the cheese will melt and bind all the ingredients together when baked.

Baking/ Snacks/ Thermomix

Salted Caramel Blondies

Blondies = pale coloured brownies! I’m usually prefer dark chocolate, but when cooking with white chocolate I love some saltiness to counteract the sweetness white chocolate.

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Add butter, white chocolate, brown sugar and salt to bowl

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Melt 5 minutes/50 degrees/Speed 2. Scrape down.

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Melt a further 2 minutes/50 degrees/Speed 2.

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Set for 1 minute/Speed 2 – add eggs 1 at a time through the MC hole throughout this minute.

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Add flour and coconut

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Mix 10 seconds/Speed 4.

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Pour mixture into a slice baking pan

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…and top with slivered almonds.

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Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until firm.

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Wait to cool before cutting into squares.

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Salted Caramel Blondies

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Ingredients

  • 250 grams white chocolate chips/melts
  • 180 grams butter
  • 120 grams brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 x eggs
  • 230 grams plain flour
  • 40 grams desiccated coconut
  • Plus a handful of slivered almonds to top

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

2

Add butter, white chocolate, brown sugar and salt to bowl - melt 5 minutes/50 degrees/Speed 2. Scrape down.

3

Melt a further 2 minutes/50 degrees/Speed 2.

4

Set for 1 minute/Speed 2 - add eggs 1 at a time through the MC hole throughout this minute.

5

Add flour and coconut - mix 10 seconds/Speed 4.

6

Pour mixture into a slice baking pan and top with slivered almonds.

7

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until firm.

8

Wait to cool before cutting into squares.

Sweets/ Thermomix

Lemon and Macadamia Fudge

This got a double thumbs up by all my ‘official’ taste testers (the boys/husband)! The sourness of the lemon counteracts beautifully with the sweetness of the fudge, and the dry roasted macadamias gives it an earthiness. Beautiful with a cup of tea, and super easy to eat!

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Roughly chop macadamia nuts and dry roast in a pan on medium heat until slightly browned. Leave to cool.

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Add condensed milk, sugar, butter and glucose syrup in bowl. Cook 10 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 2/MC off.

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Remove lid and wipe condensation off with paper towel.

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Cook a further 20 minutes/Varoma/Speed 2/MC off.

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Remove lid and wipe condensation off with paper towel.

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Add chocolate chips/melts, macadamia nuts, and zest of 1 x lemon.

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Mix 30 seconds/Speed 3.

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Pour and spread into a slice tin…

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…and sprinkle zest of 1 x lemon on top.

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Set in fridge for a few hours/overnight.

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Cut into small squares and store in an airtight container.

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Lemon and Macadamia Fudge

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Ingredients

  • 1 x 375 gram tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 200 grams white sugar
  • 120 grams butter
  • 40 grams glucose syrup
  • 200 grams white chocolate chips/melts
  • 150 grams macadamia nuts (roughly chopped and dry roasted)
  • Zest of 2 lemons

Instructions

1

*Keep away MC (measuring cup) for this recipe - not required throughout the steps*

2

Roughly chop macadamia nuts and dry roast in a pan on medium heat until slightly browned. Leave to cool.

3

Add condensed milk, sugar, butter and glucose syrup in bowl. Cook 10 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 2/MC off.

4

Remove lid and wipe condensation off with paper towel.

5

Cook a further 20 minutes/Varoma/Speed 2/MC off.

6

Remove lid and wipe condensation off with paper towel.

7

Add chocolate chips/melts, macadamia nuts, and zest of 1 x lemon. Mix 30 seconds/Speed 3.

8

Pour and spread into a slice tin and sprinkle zest of 1 x lemon on top.

9

Set in fridge for a few hours/overnight.

10

Cut into small squares and store in an airtight container.

Notes

*Fudge can be kept in a cool, dry place/or in the fridge for a few weeks, OR kept in the freezer for a few months. **If you want it extra lemony, you can add more lemon zest, or a few drops of pure lemon essential oil. ***You can use other types of nuts instead of macadamias i.e. almonds, cashews.

Baking/ Dessert/ Healthy/ Thermomix

Healthy Apple and Custard Crumble

I really felt like a winter warming custard + apple crumble – so here is my healthy version of the 2 combined! YUM!

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Add all of the ‘CRUMBLE’ ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5.

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Set aside. (Don’t clean bowl).

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Add all of the ‘CUSTARD’ ingredients to bowl.

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Cook 8 minutes/90 degrees/speed 3.

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Pour into roasting pan/dish. (Don’t clean bowl).

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Add all of the ‘APPLE’ ingredients to bowl.

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Cook 14 minutes/100 degrees/Spoon speed/Reverse.

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Pour into roasting pan/dish on top of custard.

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Top with set aside CRUMBLE and bake for 20 minutes or until top is browned.

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Healthy Apple and Custard Crumble

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Ingredients

  • CRUMBLE
  • 80 grams oats
  • 60 grams maple syrup
  • 40 grams desiccated coconut
  • 20 grams chia seeds
  • 10 grams coconut oil
  • CUSTARD
  • 500 grams milk
  • 80 grams maple syrup
  • 50 grams cornflour
  • 2 x eggs
  • APPLE
  • 5 x apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

2

Add all of the 'CRUMBLE' ingredients to bowl. Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5. Set aside. (Don't clean bowl).

3

Add all of the 'CUSTARD' ingredients to bowl. Cook 8 minutes/90 degrees/speed 3. Pour into roasting pan/dish. (Don't clean bowl).

4

Add all of the 'APPLE' ingredients to bowl. Cook 14 minutes/100 degrees/Spoon speed/Reverse. Pour into roasting pan/dish on top of custard.

5

Top with set aside CRUMBLE and bake for 20 minutes or until top is browned.

Notes

*You can use Rice Malt Syrup/Honey etc instead of Maple Syrup. **You can either use red or green apples (or whatever you have in the house) ***If you love more crumble, you can easily double the crumble ingredients. ****The apple juice with the stewed apples may seem quite watery, however will caramelise and help the apples further cook when baked. *****If you are feeling super lazy, you can use tinned apple pie apples instead 😉

Baking/ Healthy/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

10 Second Grain Free Bites

These are a quick, easy and healthy snack which is wheat free, dairy free, refined sugar free, egg free and nut free! They are super delish with a chewy crunchy texture – even my chocolate loving boys can’t stop eating these, and they are fantastic for my sweet pregnancy cravings!!

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Add all ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 10 seconds/Speed 5.

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Spoon mixture into mini muffin tray(s).

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Press mixture down with damp fingers/hands.

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Bake for 10 minutes or golden brown.

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Leave to cool before taking out of tray(s).

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10 Second Grain Free Bites

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Serves: 24 pieces Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100 grams oats
  • 100 grams dried apricots
  • 100 grams honey
  • 30 grams desiccated coconut
  • 20 grams flax seeds
  • 20 grams sunflower seeds
  • 20 grams pepitas/pumpkin seeds
  • 20 grams coconut oil
  • 10 grams chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste/extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

1

METHOD (THERMOMIX):

2

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

3

Add all ingredients to bowl.

4

Mix 10 seconds/Speed 5.

5

Spoon mixture into mini muffin tray(s). Press mixture down with damp fingers/hands.

6

Bake for 10 minutes or golden brown.

7

Leave to cool before taking out of tray(s).

8

METHOD (BLENDER):

9

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

10

Add all ingredients to blender.

11

Mix on the highest setting until all of the ingredients have combined.

12

Spoon mixture into mini muffin tray(s). Press mixture down with damp fingers/hands.

13

Bake for 10 minutes or golden brown.

14

Leave to cool before taking out of tray(s).

Notes

*You can use other dried fruit instead of the dried apricots (i.e. pitted dates, sultanas). **You can use rice malt syrup instead of honey. ***If you don't have mini muffin trays, you can make this into a slice and cut it up into bite sized pieces once cooled.

Baking/ Chocolate/ Snacks/ Thermomix

Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

My pregnancy cravings have been calling for chocolate chip cookies after seeing all these Coles ads with their chocolate chip cookies – so I thought I would make my own and add some oats in there for some texture, fibre and goodness! These are very moreish cookies and delicious with a cuppa tea or a cold glass of milk! Mmm!

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Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

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Serves: Approx. 35 Cooking Time: 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 130 grams butter
  • 60 grams white sugar
  • 60 grams brown sugar
  • 150 self raising flour
  • 150 dark chocolate chips
  • 100 grams oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 x egg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

2

Add butter, white sugar and brown sugar to bowl. Melt 3 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2.

3

Add flour, chocolate chips, oats, vanilla, egg and salt. Mix 10 seconds/Speed 4.

4

Spoon teaspoon sized balls of dough onto a lined baking tray.

5

Bake for 9 - 11 minutes or until browned.

Baking/ Cake/ Chocolate/ Snacks/ Thermomix

30 Second Chocolate Banana Slice

My favourite recipes are the ones where you chuck in all the ingredients and mix! This is light, fluffy, chocolate-y with a hint of banana, and very very easy to eat!

This is the first recipe I’ve created since finding out I’m pregnant with my 2nd lot of twins as I’ve been feeling sooo sick and uncomfortable this pregnancy (moreso than with the boys!)! Was a quick and easy way to use up the 2 lonely overripe banana’s on my bench!

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Add all ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 30 seconds/Speed 4.

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Spoon and spread batter into a slice tin.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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Cool before cutting up into squares.

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30 Second Chocolate Banana Slice

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Ingredients

  • 2 x bananas
  • 180 grams self raising flour
  • 120 grams butter
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 100 grams dark chocolate chips
  • 20 grams cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste/extract
  • 1 x egg

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

2

Add all ingredients to bowl. Mix 30 seconds/Speed 4.

3

Spoon and spread batter into a slice tin.

4

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

5

Cool before cutting up into squares.

Baking/ Dessert/ Healthy/ Thermomix

Lychee and Coconut Pudding with Maple Crumble

This is a deliciously refreshing dessert!!! The fruity creaminess is beautifully paired with the crunchy crumble topping! It is not very sweet so is very light and easy to eat – the mild sweetness comes from the sugar from the tinned lychees and maple syrup in the crumble.

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Add all PUDDING ingredients into bowl.

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Mix 5 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 4.

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Pour into silicon muffin or dariole moulds and place in fridge to set for a minimum 3 hours.

Whilst waiting for the pudding to set in the fridge, clean and dry bowl.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

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Add CRUMBLE ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5.

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Pour and spread onto a lined baking tray.

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Bake for 5-7 minutes or until browned.

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Leave to cool and ‘crumble’ up the mixture with a fork.

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To serve, pop the pudding out of the mould and onto a plate.

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Top with the crumble and extra lychees (optional).

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Lychee and Coconut Pudding with Maple Crumble

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Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • PUDDING:
  • 560 grams tinned lychees with syrup
  • 400 grams coconut milk
  • 30 grams desiccated coconut
  • 20 grams gelatin powder
  • CRUMBLE:
  • 40 grams oats
  • 30 grams maple syrup
  • 20 grams desiccated coconut
  • 10 grams chia seeds

Instructions

1

Add all PUDDING ingredients into bowl. Mix 5 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 4.

2

Pour into silicon muffin or dariole moulds and place in fridge to set for a minimum 3 hours.

3

Whilst waiting for the pudding to set in the fridge, clean and dry bowl.

4

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

5

Add CRUMBLE ingredients to bowl. Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5.

6

Pour and spread onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until browned.

7

Leave to cool and 'crumble' up the mixture with a fork.

8

To serve, pop the pudding out of the mould and onto a plate. Top with the crumble and extra lychees (optional).

Notes

*Pudding mixture fills 10 x silicon muffin moulds. **You can use metal/porcelain moulds/ramekins, however grease lightly with cooking oil before pouring mixture in. ***If you want a generous amount of crumble to top, you can easily double the mixture.

Main Meal/ Thermomix

Vegemite and Cheese Pasta Sauce

This is a huge hit with the whole family, especially with the boys who have been a little fussy lately!! A decade ago, I would make a quick dinner with pasta, and stirring butter, Vegemite and some grated Parmesan cheese through (YUM!)! This version is super easy, and is a thick and creamy pasta sauce with a huge explosion of flavour!!

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Add all ingredients to bowl.

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Cook 11 minutes/90 degrees/Speed 4.

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Stir through cooked pasta and serve.

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Vegemite and Cheese Pasta Sauce

Print Recipe
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 500 grams milk
  • 100 grams tasty cheese
  • 100 grams parmesan cheese
  • 50 grams butter
  • 50 grams cornflour
  • 50 grams Vegemite

Instructions

1

Add all ingredients to bowl.

2

Cook 11 minutes/90 degrees/Speed 4.

3

Stir through cooked pasta and serve.

Notes

*This amount of sauce is perfect to serve with 1 x 500 gram packet of pasta (cooked as per packet).