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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Christmas Cherry & White Chocolate Slice Recipe

I love making lots of different truffles, slices and biscuits at christmas time and am always on the look out when I visit my relatives and friends for new recipes to add to the next christmas menus.
This delicious slice was made by one of my friends and I just had to ask her for her recipe. I loved it and I am sure that you will too once you have tried it for yourself.
This would be just as lovely served up at Easter time or any other special event.


125g unsalted butter
120g white cooking chocolate broken up ( use the best available)
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups red and green glace cherries
1/2 cup white cooking choc bits


Preheat oven to 180C or 160C for fan forced oven.
Grease a 20 x 30cm slice tin. Line base and sides with baking paper.
Put butter and white chocolate in a small saucepan over a pan of simmering water. Do not allow any water or steam to enter the choc mix as it will ruin it. Stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat.
Put sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat until well combined.
Stir in the chocolate mixture, then sift the flour and baking powder into it.
Gently fold in half of the cherries with the white choc bits.
Pour into slice tin and lightly scatter with remaining cherries.
Bake for approx 25 - 30 minutes or until lightly golden. When a skewer comes out clean, remove from oven and let stand for 8 - 10 minutes before turning out on a cutting board.
Cut into small squares and lightly dust with a little icing sugar if desired.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hummus Dip Recipe

I always prefer home made dips to the pre-package ones from the supermarket. It is quite easy to make your own. They taste so much better and you get so much more dip than if you bought them ready made.
Hummus is such a healthy one and is great to serve with some turkish or pita bread.


1 400g can of organic chickpeas
1 tablespoon tahini paste (this is made from sesame's and is available in the health section)
1 clove of freshly crushed garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil (80ml)
sea salt


Place chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt and oil in a food processor or blender and process until nice and smooth.
Turn out into a dip serving bowl and arrange the turkish or pita breads around it.
Add a small amount of finely chopped parsley on top to garnish if prefered.

Caramelised Onion Recipe

I have always loved the smell of onions cooking and could never have steak without some served with it. To turn your onions into caramelised is so simple. Just a couple of extra ingredients and you will have your guests asking if there is any more onions.
I love to make this and put on top of mashed sweet potatoes and serve with a lovely piece of sirloin steak or even with T bone's.


2 large brown onions
2 tablespoons sugar (brown is best)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons buter or olive oil ( I prefer butter)


Heat butter or oil in a large frypan over medium heat.
Add the onions and cook for about 8 - 10 minutes or until softened.
Add the sugar and vinegar and continue cooking for about another 2 minutes or until onions have caramelised.
Take off heat and add to your meat or vegetables.
You can store for up to a week, in a sealed jar in the refrigerator.