EASY RING DOUGHNUTS

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This doughnut recipe makes great tasting home made doughnuts. Best eaten on the same day.

RING DOUGHNUTS

Makes +/- 30

Ingredients:

500g selfraising flour

3 eggs

¾ cup sugar

70g butter/margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 – 1½ cups buttermilk

Oil for frying

7cm and 3cm round cutters

For the coating:

1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon

125g caster sugar

Method:

Cream together the eggs, sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla essence.

Add the flour and baking powder. Make a slight dent in the middle of the flour.

Add the buttermilk.

Mix together into a smooth ball and then turn out on to a floured work surface.

Roll the dough out to a thickness of just over 1cm. Flour the cutters and use the larger one to cut out rounds of dough, then cut out the centres using the smaller cutter. (Or you can buy a ring doughnut cutter from your local spice shop)

Re-roll the trimmings to make more doughnuts.

Put the doughnuts to one side and make the coating.

Mix the cinnamon into the sugar in a small bowl.

Now fry the doughnut. Place the rings carefully into the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden on the bottom, then turn them over and fry for a further 2-3 minutes, until they are an even golden colour and cooked through.

Lift on to kitchen paper to drain briefly and, while they’re still hot, toss them in the cinnamon sugar until evenly coated. Shake off any excess and place on a wire rack to cool. (Not suitable for freezing).

Cook’s tip

GLAZE

1 cup of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence or a drop of food colouring

Whisk in enough boiling water to make a thin glaze, drizzle over donuts.

Cover with sprinkles.

Kids love these different coloured doughnuts!!

Or

Spread the doughnuts with chocolate spread

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ROCKY ROAD BROWNIES

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This remains a firm favourite with my kids. We have it at least twice a month and they never get tired of eating it! We love it with vanilla ice cream or whipped fresh cream.

ROCKY ROAD BROWNIE BARS
Makes about 2

Ingredients
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups of  cake flour
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 ½ teapoon of baking powder
¾ cup of sugar
1 1/4 cup of soft brown sugar
6 tablespoon of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 eggs
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 ½ cups of walnuts, coarsely chopped

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180C. Spray a 13x9inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray and lay the bottom with parchment paper.

Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt in the microwave and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the melted chocolate and beat until smooth.

Beat in the dry flour mixture and spread this mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the marshmallows, remaining chocolate chips and walnuts. Return to oven for 2 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to melt.

Variation: Substitute the vanilla essence with peppermint essence and sprinkle peppermint crisp chocolate over instead of the chocolate chips for a pepperminty flavour.
Let them cool for about 30 minutes and cut into bars.

CHILLI CON CARNE

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Chilli Con Carne Recipe

This great chilli has to be one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. It’s easy to throw together using mostly store cupboard ingredients.

Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

1 heaped teaspoon hot chilli powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground jeera

500g lean minced beef

1 beef stock cube

400g can chopped tomatoes

½ teaspoon dried mix herbs

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoon tomato purée

410g can red kidney beans

 

Method:

  • Put your pan on the stove over a medium heat. Add the oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot. Add the onions and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft. Add in the garlic, red pepper, chilli, paprika and cumin. Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Brown the mince. Turn the heat up a bit, add the meat to the pan and break it up with your spoon . The mix should sizzle a bit when you add the mince. Keep stirring and prodding for at least 5 minutes, until all the mince is in uniform, mince-sized lumps and there are no more pink bits. Make sure you keep the heat hot enough for the meat to fry and become brown, rather than just stew.
  • Making the sauce. Crumble your stock cube into 300ml/1⁄2 pint of hot water. Pour this into the pan with the mince mixture. Open the can of chopped tomatoes and add these as well. Add the mixed herbs and the sugar, and add a good shake of salt and pepper. Squirt in about 2 tablespoons of tomato purée and stir the sauce well.
  • Simmer it gently. Bring the whole thing to the boil, give it a good stir and put a lid on the pan. Turn down the heat until it is gently bubbling and leave it for 20 minutes. You should check on the pan occasionally to stir it and make sure the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan or isn’t drying out. If it is, add a couple of tablespoons of water and make sure that the heat really is low enough. After simmering gently, the saucy mince mixture should look thick, moist and juicy.
  • Bring on the beans. Drain and rinse the beans in a sieve and stir them into the chilli pot. Bring to the boil again, and gently bubble without the lid for another 10 minutes, adding a little more water if it looks too dry. Taste a bit of the chilli and season. It will probably take a lot more seasoning than you think. Now replace the lid, turn off the heat and leave your chilli to stand for 10 minutes before serving, and relax. Leaving your chilli to stand is really important as it allows the flavours to mingle and the meat. Serve with boiled plain rice or my kids love it with cooked spaghetti.

 

 

 

 

RING DOUGHNUTS

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Ingredients:

4 x 250ml cake flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

Pinch salt

1 dessertspoon butter

1/4 cup oil

2 dessertspoons vanilla essence

2 dessertspoons almond essence

Approx 175ml milk

1 packet instant yeast

750ml oil for frying

Method:

Mix together the sugar, eggs, salt, butter, oil, vanilla essence, almond essence and light and fluffy.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add the liquid mixture and mix to combine well to soft dough.

Set dough aside, covered, to rise until double in size. Divide dough into approx 30 small balls on a slightly oiled surface.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan.

Once oil is hot gently pull the ball to form a ring starting from the centre of the ball.

Fry each side until browned.

Drain on absorbent paper.

Sugar syrup

500ml water

250ml sugar

Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened and sticky. Add drops of water if syrup becomes too sticky.

Dip each ring doughnut in sugar syrup.

Serve plain, sprinkle with desiccated coconut or cut the doughnut through the middle and fill with cream.

SPRINKLED WITH DESICCATED COCONUT

ROCKY ROAD BROWNIES

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This remains a firm favourite with my kids. We have it at least twice a month and they never get tired of eating it! We love it with vanilla ice cream or whipped fresh cream.

ROCKY ROAD BROWNIE BARS
Makes about 2

Ingredients
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups of  cake flour
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 ½ teapoon of baking powder
¾ cup of sugar
1 1/4 cup of soft brown sugar
6 tablespoon of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 eggs
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 ½ cups of walnuts, coarsely chopped

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180C. Spray a 13x9inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray and lay the bottom with parchment paper.

Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt in the microwave and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the melted chocolate and beat until smooth.

Beat in the dry flour mixture and spread this mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the marshmallows, remaining chocolate chips and walnuts. Return to oven for 2 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to melt.

Variation: Substitute the vanilla essence with peppermint essence and sprinkle peppermint crisp chocolate over instead of the chocolate chips for a pepperminty flavour.
Let them cool for about 30 minutes and cut into bars.