Stay Fresh Scones

Don’t know why these are called stay-fresh; they never last long enough in our house to find out how good they are at staying fresh!  Ingredients 500g self-raising flour 1 egg 1 ½ cups milk 1 tablespoon icing sugar 2 rounded teaspoons baking powder 60g melted butter Method   Sift dry ingredients into a bowl Add…

Rum Balls

Ingredients 2/3 cup icing sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa 1 tsp instant coffee powder 60g plain sweet biscuits, finely crushed (I use milk arrowroot) 60g copha 1 tsp vanilla essence Chocolate vermicelli (chocolate sprinkles) or desiccated coconut Rum to taste (or rum essence) Method 1. Sift the icing sugar, cocoa and coffee powder into a mixing…

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Ingredients 45g butter 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed ½ cup golden syrup 2 ½ cups water Dumplings: 1 ½ cups self-raising flour 30g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup ½ cup milk, approx. Method 1. Combine butter, sugar, golden syrup and water in large pan, stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. 2. Bring to…

Pavlova

Ingredients 9 egg whites 500g caster sugar 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence 1 ½ tsp vinegar 1 ½ tablespoons cornflour Cream & Fruit to decorate Method 1. Line a baking tray with baking paper 2. Whisk the egg whites till stiff and add ½ the sugar and whisk until stiff again. Fold in remaining sugar…

Marmalade Glazed Pork Steaks

Another Donna Hay The Instant Cook recipe – because whenever I cook them they turn out amazing (except this one time when I made lime and coconut rice… yuck.). Not being much  of a meat-eater or meat-cooker, I have avoided steaks when cooking for a few years now. So when I read “pork butterfly steaks”…

Bruschetta

By Dianne Ingredients 12 slices cibatta or pana de casa 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 4 vine ripened tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and finely chopped 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons torn basil leaves Sea salt to taste 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 ½ tsp…

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

By Dianne Quick and Easy – Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms Serves approx. 3-4 Preparation time: 15 mins Ingredients ½ cooked chicken diced (this can be a store bought barbeque chicken) 1 packet cream of chicken soup 1 cup water 300ml cream Rice Extra mushrooms if desired Method 1. Mix water and packet soup, cook until…