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Dark Chocolate Rocky Road (made with a microwave!)

Now that I have made home made marshmallows, I just haaaad to use them to make rocky road!!

My husband is very fussy with his rocky road, particularly the combo of fillings in ratio to the chocolate. After many rocky road attempts, this is his favourite!

 

Dark Chocolate Rocky Road

ROCKY ROAD (made with a microwave!)

Ingredients

350 grams dark chocolate
180 grams marshmallows (homemade or store bought)
200 grams snakes (cut up into 1cm pieces)
40 grams crushed peanuts
30 grams desiccated coconut
1/2 tbsp popping candy (optional)

Method:

1. In a large microwave safe bowl, weigh out the chocolate using the Thermomix scales, or a normal set of cooking scales.

Place microwave safe bowl on Thermomix to use scales

2. Microwave 1 minute on high, take out and stir.

After 1 minute of microwaving

3. Microwave a further 1 minute on high, take out and stir.

 

After a further 1 minute of microwaving

4. Microwave 30 seconds on high, take out and stir. Mine was ready after this, however all microwaves are different, so repeat microwaving 30 seconds on high, take out and stir, until all chocolate is melted.

After a further 30 seconds and ready to go!
(Total 2 1/2 minutes in microwave)

5. Place bowl with melted chocolate back on scales and tare (recalibrate). Add marshmallows, snakes, peanuts, coconut and popping candy. Tare (recalibrate) the scales between weighing.

Cut up snakes into 1cm pieces

 

Popping Candy

6. Mix the rocky road mixture with a spatula and place in a square silicon baking pan, lightly spreading out the mixture.

 Mix rocky road mixture together with spatula
Spoon into a square silicon baking pan
Lightly spread mixture

7. Place in fridge to set.

8. Once set, cut up into small squares (I cut it up into 8 x 8 so they are bite sized pieces).

Place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.

Place on chopping board to cut

 

 

 

 

Cut into bite sized pieces (8×8)

 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes – Recipe for with or without a Thermomix

Red Velvet Cupcakes are my FAVOURIITEEE cupcakes in the whole wide world!!
 Red Velvet Cupcakes …*drool*
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
I first fell in love with Red Velvet Cupcakes when I had my first one at the Magnolia Bakery in New York.
Magnolia Bakery NYC
Red Velvet Cupcake from Magnolia Bakery
My first Red Velvet Cupcake Experience!
Ever since, I have tried and tested many recipes for both Red Velvet Cupcakes and the Cream Cheese Frosting. Magnolia Bakery has their Red Velvet Cupcake recipe available online, but it just didn’t seem to work out for me and I wasn’t happy with it (could be due to the different types of weather, equipment, ingredients here…or my changing tastes). 
I have adapted a few different recipes over the years to make this one. These are really heavy, dense and moist cupcakes. I have tried to replicate the bright intense red colour like the Red Velvet Cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery (hence there is a lot of red colouring!).
This is my ‘go to’ cupcake recipe which I make for birthday cupcakes, parties, my work, and my husband’s work as they make a big batch of 24 cupcakes.
I have used this recipe for many years before I had a Thermomix so I have now converted this recipe for the Thermomix.
The ‘normal’ recipe is in BLUE and the Thermomix Recipe is in RED if you scroll further down the page.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!!
Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe (‘normal’ method without a Thermomix)
 
CUPCAKE
 
Ingredients:
 
2 1/2 cups plain flour
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
225 grams butter, softened and cubed
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
230 grams sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 x bottle red food colouring
1 tsp vanilla bean paste/essence
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C and place 24 muffin cases into muffin tins.
2. Sift flour and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Mix in baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl on medium speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
4. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, red food colouring and vanilla.
5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until it is all mixed (do not overbeat).
6. Spoon the batter between the 24 muffin cases.
7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden skewer inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Set out to cool completely.  (VARIATION: Can be made into a cake – approx. 1 hr baking time)
Once cooled, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting:
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
Ingredients:
250 grams cream cheese
50 grams butter, softened and cut into small pieces
1 tsp vanilla bean paste/essence
2 1/2 cups icing sugar
 
Method:
1. In a large bowl, on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and butter approximately 3 minutes or until smooth.
2. Add the vanilla and continue to beat for approximately 1 minute.
3. Gradually add the icing sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating continuously until smooth and creamy.
Tip 1: During warmer summer months, you may need to cover and refrigerate icing for a few hours to thicken before using.
Tip 2: When icing with cream cheese frosting, fill up the piping bag a little bit at a time, as the heat from your hands melts it and changes the texture.
Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe (Thermomix)
CUPCAKE
 
Ingredients:
 
225 grams butter, softened and cubed
400 grams caster sugar
4 eggs
230g sour cream
120 grams milk
1 x bottle red food colouring
1 tsp vanilla bean paste/essence
310 grams plain flour
45 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Method (with Thermomix):
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C and place 24 muffin cases into muffin tins.
2. Beat butter and sugar in the bowl – 1 minute/Speed 4. Scrape down bowl. Beat for another -1 minute/Speed 4.
3. Set it for 2 minutes/Speed 2 – at the start of this time, add the eggs, adding one at a time through the lid hole.
4. Add the sour cream, milk, red food colouring and vanilla – 1 minute/Speed 4.
Batter after Step 4
5. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt – 3 minutes/Speed 5.
Batter after Step 5
6. Spoon the batter between the 24 muffin cases.
Battter spooned between 24 cupcakes
7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden skewer inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Set out to cool completely. Wash and dry your Thermomix bowl while waiting for your cupcakes to cool. (VARIATION: Can be made into a cake – 1 hr baking time)
Cupcakes cooling on wire trays
Once cooled, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting:
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
 
Ingredients:
250 grams cream cheese (cubed)
50 grams butter (cubed)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste/essence
310 grams icing sugar
 
Method (with Thermomix):
1. Put all cream cheese frosting ingredients in the bowl – 30 seconds/Speed 6.
Tip 1: During warmer summer months, you may need to cover and refrigerate icing for a few hours to thicken before using.
 
Tip 2: When icing with cream cheese frosting, fill up the piping bag a little bit at a time, as the heat from your hands melts it and changes the texture.
Cupcakes ready to ice with Cream Cheese Frosting
I get the red streak of colouring within the rose piping by painting a bit of red colouring inside the piping bag then filling with frosting and piping as usual
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Kids in the Kitchen/ Main Meal/ Thermomix

Kids in the Kitchen – Part 2 – Princess Pizzas

Yesterday, I posted Kids in the Kitchen with cupcakes decorated by my nieces for their dessert. Today, following on from that post, is what they made for the main meal.
What better way to get their kids to eat their food? To get them to make it! And even more appetising is if it is in the shape of princesses and all things pretty and nice!
Princess Pizza
I made 2 x batches of the pizza dough from the Basic Cookbook TM5 chip. 1 batch I added pink food colouring. The 2nd batch, I took out half of the pizza dough, then added yellow food colouring to mix through the remaining half.
Equipment included rolling pins, cookie cutters, blunt knives, and kids imagination!
We used pizza tomato paste spread as the base, and cabanossi, ham, pineapple and yep, chocolate chips (for eyes) and topped with pizza cheese (mix of tasty, mozerella and parmeson).
I used their off cuts to roll and press into a round pizza shape for the adults.
Very cute and a great way to get kids in the kitchen and eat their creations!!
Princess Pizza
Princess Pizza Ingredients and Equipment
Cake/ Kids in the Kitchen/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Kids in the Kitchen – Part 1 – Cupcakes

During my (only) babysitting session with my nieces, I wasn’t sure how to entertain them without the TV, as I’m only used to entertaining little babies. So I thought I’d get them to make their own dinner and dessert! 

The kids decorated ’30 second cupcakes’ with buttercream icing from the Basic Cookbook TM5 Chip.
Cupcake Decorating
I also made 1 x batch of the buttercream icing from the Basic Cookbook TM5 Chip, I made it a plain vanilla icing, removed half of it then added pink colouring and mixed that through the rest of the icing.
I then laid out all my kid friendly baking decorations and Miss 4, 6 and 8 were sooo excited! I’ve never heard them so quiet as they were in deep creative concentration!
Such beautiful girls creating such beautifully decorated cupcakes!! Oh such fun!!!
A great activity for those babysitting sessions, rainy days, or for a kids birthday party
30 Second Cupcake Recipe:
Showing off their creations!!