December 2019

Marzipan

Posted on December 25, 2019 at 8:18 pm in
  • 103g ground almonds (sweet almonds)
  • 149g powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon home made golden syrup
  • 1/4tsp almond flavouring (bitter almond flavour)
  • enough water to make a thick dough (add a very little water at a time)
  • Sift together the first 2 ingredients so they are well combined. Add the golden syrup and almond flavouring and stir well. Add water as instructed. Refrigerate, preferably overnight, to allow the ingredients to properly combine.

    Marzipan is something I always disliked as a kid. To be fair, most of the commercial marzipan I ate was not very good. Making it yourself doesn’t take long. isn’t complicated, is dirt cheap, and it tastes fantastic. What are you waiting for?

    Side note: don’t worry about getting exactly 103 grams or 149 grams. A gram or two either side won’t make must difference.

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    Mustard Sauce

    Posted on December 17, 2019 at 7:17 am in

    This is a wonderful accompaniment to any roast poultry dish. Give it a go.

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour (corn starch)
  • salt to taste
  • a little white vinegar
  • 16oz milk
  • Add the first 5 ingredients together and mix into a paste. Add the milk and apply low heat, stirring frequently. Watch out for the milk curdling – this is a sign it is nearly ready. The milk will un-curdle and your mustard sauce is ready!

    Serve hot or cold.

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    Gluten Free Pie Crust

    Posted on December 4, 2019 at 9:43 am in

    I have been experimenting with gluten free pie crust / short crust recipes. The experiments have been quite demoralising as none of the recipes have produced a nice, short pastry.

    This recipe delivers. I have used it for pecan pie and for mince pies. I have doubled it without any worries. Two words of caution, though: use your scales. Digital scales are dirt cheap on Amazon. Second word: be prepared to add some extra water if it needs it.

  • 100g corn starch (corn flour)
  • 100g sweet / glutinous rice flour
  • 50g sorghum flour OR oat flour
  • 30g almond flour
  • 125g cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • cold water as needed
  • pinch of salt
  • OPTION: up to 90g powdered sugar if making a sweet pie
  • Add all the dry ingredients to your food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the egg and butter. Blend until it all comes together. Add a little ice cold water a tablespoon at a time if necessary – you want it to come together as a dough, but not be damp.

    Turn out the dough onto plastic wrap. Shape it into a flattened disc. Put the wrapped dough in the fridge for at least one hour – do not skip this step! You want the dough to be thoroughly chilled before you try to work it.

    Follow the instructions on your favourite pie recipe. Enjoy!

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