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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Too Cheesy

I've been a huge fan of deep fried Mac & Cheese balls ever since eating them at 28 Hong Kong Street. Take your usual Macaroni and Cheese shape it into a ball then coat it in panko / breadcrumbs and deep fry them, the result are balls of crunchy cheesy goodness.

So without much further adieu here's my version of mac & cheese, adopted from the book "Diner: deliciously authentic feel-good recipes"

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons of butter (salted)
1 chopped garlic clove
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
3 tablespoons of plain flour
500ml milk
130g cheddar
60g parmesan 
125g mozzarella 
350g macaroni
1 egg
Breadcrumbs/ panko 

Melt butter in pan
Add garlic and mustard, sauté before adding flour
Whisk over medium heat until a paste forms
Continually add milk and bring to boil while whisking 
In a separate pot cook the macaroni
Turn down heat of milk mixture and simmer for 10 minutes
Remove from heat and add cheeses
Mix cooked macaroni and sauce into a shallow tray and place in fridge for at least 2 hours

Remove from fridge and shape into balls the size of a Golf ball
Dip in egg wash then coat in panko
Heat oil in pot and deep fry until golden brown
Season with truffle salt prior to serving

Pretty easy ya?

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Little Aussie Icon

Aside from the humble meat pie, sausage roll and pavlova (ok New Zealand we will give you this one) nothing says 'straya' more than a lamington; vanilla sponge cake coated in chocolate and rolled in dedicated coconut (in my case I filled my lamingtons with cream and berry jam as well).

Being invited to a friends house for afternoon tea I thought it would be nice to share a little bit of oz with her guests to accompany her famous 'binglova'

Lamingtons are perfect for morning or afternoon tea, coupled with a cuppa ..the recipe posted is my take on one by Australia's CWA that was featured on MasterChef Australia.

Ingredients for the Sponge
125g butter
3/4 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups Self Raising flour
2/3 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Ingredients for the Chocolate Icing
3 cups of Icing Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon of cocoa
1 dessert spoon of honey

Cream butter and sugar
Add vanilla and one egg at a time
Add flour
Add milk
Combine thoroughly
Pour mixture into a greased lamingtons tin (11x7") and bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes 
Leave to cool and cut into 4x4cm squares
Add all icing ingredients over a double boiler and add water to achieve desired consistency
Put sponge on fork and coat with chocolate 
Roll square in desiccated coconut
Leave to cool on baking paper

Simple ya? My lamingtons are two cakes with cream and jam in the centre.


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