Monday, August 13, 2007

Rae's Pavlova Rules

Family size Pavlova

4 egg whites and a cup of sugar

Whip egg whites until they form peaks

Gradually add sugar and beat on high

Finger test, At the end feel the mix. If it is gritty, then beat some more because the sugar is not dissolved.

When smooth,(no matter what size) add one teaspoon corn starch by folding it in

Last,(no matter what size)add One teaspoon of white vinegar and beat on high for a few seconds.

Set oven on 400F. (Not Convect!!!!)

When the oven is high enough, put Pavlova in and IMMEDIATELY drop the temperature to 190F.

Bake for 30 minutes Turn off oven, then leave it in the oven to cool.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Pumpkin Pasties

1 15oz (375 gram) pkt puff pastry
1 Tbsp butter
1 finely chopped onion
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
1/2 cup green beans
1 tspn dry mustard
4 oz grated pumpkin
4 oz grated matured cheese
1 tspn salt
1 egg for glazing
ground black pepper to taste
sesame or poppy seeds

Divide pastry into 6 pieces. Roll out each portion to a 6 inch diameter round.
Allow to rest while making filling.
Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan.
Add the onion , cabbage, beans and mustard and saute for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and stir in the pumpkin and cheese
Season with salt and pepper to taste

Place an equal amount of filling onto each round of pastry
Brush around the edge with egg
Join edges together over the top of the mixture and pinch together firmly
Place onto a buttered baking sheet
Prick each of the pasties to release steam during cooking
Brush each pasty with egg and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds
Bake at 200C(400F) for 10 minutes
Then 180C (350F) for a further 25 minutes

Vegetable Patties

1 large egg
1 cup grated onion (1 medium) Cook slightly then cool
2 cups grated carrot (3 medium)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese (250 grams or 9 ounces)
1 cup sunflower seeds (125 grams or 4.4 ounces)
1 chicken stock cube
2 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup SR flour

Combine all ingredients except egg and flour.
Beat egg thoroughly.
Add to mixture then stir in flour.

Roll into small patties and shallow fry in olive oil.

NB Can add cumin, coriander, curry powder or whatever for extra flavour
Can also replace 1 cup of carrot with zucchini.

From Rae Willoughby