Justicemum’s Softest White Bread – Thermomix

I’ve been on a few pages lately and the discussion about making bread has been had. I’ve got a fail proof recipe that I’d love to share with you. I’ve used it for months now, and have not had a fail since I’ve perfected it.

At first, making bread was daunting and exhausting as I had so many loaves like bricks. Seriously, they would kill ducks! The amount of produce I’ve wasted is very high too. So I did some research on making bread. Tried many different recipes and then kind of just winged it. I’m lucky I write everything down…

So without further ado, I bring to you:

Justicemum’s Softest White Bread

This makes 1 large loaf or 12 rolls.

What you need:

  • 1 Vitamin C tablet
  • 300gm cold water
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 500gm bakers flour
  • 1 tsp salt

What you do:

  • On speed 7 throw the Vitamin C tablet through the lid to crush. It only takes a few seconds.
  • Add the water. Heat to 37deg/2 mins/speed 4
  • When it reaches 37deg, add the yeast. Mix speed 4/10 sec.
  • Add the sugar, mix speed 4/10 sec
  • Add flour then salt.
  • Mix speed 5/10 sec.

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  • Kneed 6 mins.
  • Turn out on to your ThermoMat or into an oiled bowl and cover it with a damp teatowel. Put it in a warm place. It will take 20-45 mins to double in size, depending on the house temperature.
  • Once it has risen, knock the bread down. This is the fun part!
  • Now you can make your rolls, loaf, cheese and bacon scrolls…etc. Let it rise again on the tray/in the tin you will be baking in. This could take another 40 minutes.
  • Put into a pre-heated over (around 180oC) and keep an eye on it. Bread can take anywhere from 20-45 minutes depending on your oven. Once its brown, it should be ready. Turn it out and tap the bottom. A hollow sound should be heard. Then it’s ready.
  • Let it cool before cutting.
Freshly made bread with homemade butter and homemade nut butter (yes you need both...)

Freshly made bread with homemade butter and homemade nut butter (yes you need both…)

Tips:

  • Before mixing all the ingredients, you could add some seeds, linseed, chia or sesame to make it a bit different.
  • If you don’t want to use sugar, you could substitute maple syrup, or Stevia.
  • Be patient with it rising. Bread can take 2-3 or more hours to make, so give yourself enough time. Don’t rush the rising, it will effect the outcome.
  • You could use wholemeal flour too.
  • Don’t give up. Once you perfect bread, you will never buy it again.
  • This loaf costs under $2 to make but its so much better than store bought bread.
  • It’s very easy to freeze.

Let me know if you try this and what you think!!

From cream you get…

Today I took 2 cartons of pure cream and created.

I made butter, butter milk and ghee. I’ve never made ghee before, and honestly, never really heard of it before getting my new cookbook Quirky Cooking.

I’ve recently started using butter to cook with unless I use olive oil, but that’s about it! I love the taste of butter and it is so much better for you than margarine. I only ever use full fat everything. Lite and low fat foods have no place in my home!

Freshly made butter

Freshly made butter

The other day I defrosted the cream that was near the use by date and was going to make scones, but like normal, I forgot to use it. Today I gave it the smell test and wasn’t 100% on it so I decided to make ghee.

First I made my butter and then I made the ghee in the Thermomix. I am surprised how easy it was. It took a few hours to make but I could set it and leave it until the machine sang and told me it was ready. I was a bit unsure as it reduced so much that I wouldn’t get much if any. And that I would be left with a burnt base. It made enough…but it did burn the bottom and took a bit to get it off.

Finished ghee. I can't wait to use it

Finished ghee.
I can’t wait to use it

The second carton of cream I made butter as I needed it for pastry. So that made butter milk that I will now freeze and use in my Sunday pancakes.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk

It’s amazing that for $7.40 I have

  • Butter – 500gm
  • Buttermilk – about 300gm
  • Ghee – about 300gm

In the shops it would have cost me about $12.50 if not more. Plus there are zero preservatives in my stuff! And that wins it hands down for me. So for a little bit of time and work, I’d do it all again!

Now I need to find out how to get shares in the pure cream company..or buy a cow!

If you want to know how to make ghee:

  • Place butter in Thermomix. I used 500gm. It makes about 300gm.
  • Set for 1 hour/varoma/speed 1. Once done, set another hour/varoma/speed 1.
  • Once done strain through a muslin cloth into a jar. Discard brown crumbs. Seal jar and keep in the cupboard until needed.
  • Use a glass jar with a metal lid.
  • It will set once it cools down.
  • Use it to cook with instead of butter or oil.
  • Failing this, my friend said you can make it in the microwave!

Justicemum’s Oat Bars – Thermomix

A few weeks ago I made some muesli bars that the boys actually ate. I’ve been buying bars for a while now as I haven’t been able to recreate them at home. In my attempt to cut out the preservatives that go into my families bodies, I ended up studying the ingredients and on first attempt, got a pretty good match. I played around with the recipe afterwards with horrible outcomes, so have gone back to the first recipe.

I promised some friends I’d share the recipe so here it is. I made them in the Thermomix but you could do it in any mixer. These are the easiest thing to make too, they only took a minute to make the mixture.

Justicemum’s Oat Bars

Makes: about 12 large bars.

What you need:

  • 100gm rolled oats
  • 100gm wholemeal plain flour
  • 30gm butter
  • 40gm brown sugar
  • 30gm coconut (shredded or desiccated)
  • 20-30gm golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bi-card
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum (optional)
  • 100gm choc chips

What you do:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180oC.
  • Line a flat tray with baking paper.
  • Put all ingredients except choc chips in mixing bowl.
  • Mix reverse/speed 5/10 sec or until it is all mixed and looks like dough.
  • Add choc chips and mix reverse/speed 3/5 sec
  • Flatten mixture on tray until about 1cm thick. Press into a square so the edges are straight.
  • Bake in oven for 10 mins or until golden brown. Let it cool for about 10 minutes and cut into bars.
  • Store in an air tight container for 5-7 days (if they last that long)

These are great for lunch boxes.

If you want you can add nuts if they aren’t being taken to school/playgroups.

You could add macadamia nuts, walnuts, dried cranberries, mixed seeds, chia seeds, or anything you like for a different taste.

*Please don’t steal my recipes, you can share it but all I ask is for a link back to this page and given credit. Thanks.

Justicemum’s Coconut Puffs – Thermomix

On my quest for the perfect coconut cookie for my boys, I’ve been trying a whole heap of different recipes. Some I’ve replaced ingredients with terrible outcomes and some with pretty good outcomes.

I want to share with you one of my mistakes that was a good outcome.

I call them Coconut Puffs. I was trying to make a normal biscuit and thought “what if…” I probably should never start a cooking session with “what if…” Chances are it will end up in the bin. But not this time. So here are my almost perfect coconut cookies.

My quest continues though….

Justicemum’s Coconut Puffs – Thermomix

What you need:

  • 100gm Coconut milk
  • 30-50gm sugar (raw is fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 160gm self raising flour
  • 75gm coconut

What you do:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180oC. Line 2 flat pans with baking paper.
  • If you want you can blitz your sugar but I low the raw sugar taste. If you want to, do this first.
  • Add coconut milk and sugar to bowl. Mix speed 7/5 sec.
  • Add egg and mix speed 5/5 sec
  • Put flour and coconut in bowl and mix speed 4-5/10 sec or until its all mixed up.
  • This is a sticky recipe so don’t be alarmed.
  • Put teaspoon sized balls on to prepared tray and carefully flatten a little bit. Leave a bit of space between them.
  • Place into oven for 10-15 mins. Check afte r10 because you don’t want to burn them. Let cool before munching.

Tips:

Everything I make can be made in any mixer.

Makes about 15 cookies.

I made these another time and added more flour but they were hard balls. Less flour gives them a lovely puff.

Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

As they are nut free I’m guessing they are lunchbox friendly.

You could replace the flour for gluten free if you like, replace the egg for chia seeds soaked in a bit of water, and sugar with rapadura or Stevia if you like. (Please look up the replacement amounts if you replace the sugar as I don’t know this.)

If you want to share my recipes please do, but please give me the credit with a link back here…thanks

A lovely and light cookie. A must for coconut lovers

A lovely and light cookie. A must for coconut lovers

Justicemum’s Sausage Rolls – Thermomix

It’s getting harder and harder to find new foods the boys will eat. Marshal is so damn fussy these days, it’s sometimes hard to get him to even come to the table for meals.

So of course, like any mother, I worry about him getting the “right” amount of vitamins and minerals. We don’t eat too much crap, and if it is “sometimes” food at least its 96% homemade so I can control the sugar and salt content in everything.

He used to be such a good eater. I might have babied him for too long, spoon feeding him until he was almost 2. But he ate everything that was served. Maverick is the opposite. He has had to fend for himself from very early on. He’s the one that uses forks and spoons. I did baby lead weaning as I just didn’t have the patience to sit and spoon feed him. It’s the best thing I’ve done.

Vegetables...yum

Vegetables…yum

Last night I made sausage rolls in the hope that they were fun enough for Marshal to even try them. After a slow start and him munching down the pastry, I managed to get 2 of them into him. That’s a win in my book…just wait until you see what’s in them! I’ll be adding them to the menu from now on.

So here are:

Justicemum’s Sausage Rolls – Thermomix

Makes 10-20 depending on the cut. I made quite narrow ones (quicker cooling time for screaming kids.)

What you need:

  • 2 sheets puff pastry defrosted. I did not make this. I bought the frozen stuff although if you really want to make it I guess you could.
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ onion
  • 280gm mixed vegetables. I used pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, zucchini and celery. Use whatever is in your fridge so it doesn’t go off.
  • 40gm red lentils washed and rinsed
  • 450gm mince. I used pork mince but you could use beef or a mixture. Or mince your own.
  • ½ tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

What you do:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180oC. Line a tray with baking paper.
  • Turn on blades to speed 7 and put in garlic thru the lid.
  • Once crushed add onion. Speed 6/5 sec.
  • Add all vegetables. Mince speed 7/10 sec until it is all mixed together. Scrape down bowl.
  • Add mince, lentils, herbs and salt and pepper. Mince until it is all combined. Speed 6/5-10 sec.
  • Split the mixture between the sheets of pastry and make a log down one side. Make sure it goes all the way to the end. Roll the pastry up until you have 2 pastry and mince logs.
  • Cut each log into 10. About 1.5 cm wide each. You can cut them wider if you want. It might have a longer cooking time.
  • Place onto a prepared tray and bake in oven for 25-30 mins until golden brown.
  • Serve with your favourite dipping sauce.
Ready for the oven. Lots of filling!

Ready for the oven. Lots of filling!

These are so yummy and full of vegetables the kids won’t even notice.

You could also use half mince half kidney beans if you wanted to reduce the meat intake.

I don’t recommend freezing them, so if 20 are a lot, half the recipe.

Enjoy!

Finished and ready to eat!

Finished and ready to eat!

**If you want to share my recipes, you may, but please don’t steal my ideas. Also a link back to my blog would be nice…that’s all I ask.

 

 

My boys love dipping.

I am a messy cook. My husband hates it I’m sure. I don’t clean up as I go. I just make mess upon mess. The only thing that gets cleaned is Thermo…to make more food (and mess.)

When I'm cooking, it's incredibly messy

When I’m cooking, it’s incredibly messy

Yesterday I had some friends over for lunch. Last time they were down I went crazy with food. Down to making my own mayonnaise. This time I relaxed it a bit. I made 4 dips and that was it. But it was plenty. I loved the casual sitting around dipping and eating.

I love dips. My boys love dips and I love that they love dips. Now I use veggies and fresh ingredients, instead of buying dips, it makes it ok that I can give them a dip dinner. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

You can find the recipes here:

Gherkin dip

Guacamole

Beetroot, cashew and parmesan

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato

Yes I’m addicted to this website. Has some amazing recipes.

Dips...you don't get flavours like these when they are store bought.

Dips…you don’t get flavours like these when they are store bought.

Since I’ve had Thermo, I’ve become a food snob. It’s awful. I took Maverick shopping the other week, but after packing my home made healthy food and forgetting them on the kitchen bench, I had to buy him stuff. OH MY! The guilt I had for giving him “store bought packet food” was crazy. I knew he wouldn’t die eating it. Hell, he’d eaten it for months and he was fine. But the wave of “oh my God, I’m the worst mother” was intense.

I try to make new foods for the family, but end up throwing a lot out. Marshal will take a look at it, or sometimes not even look at it before he yells “I don’t like it, it’s disgusting”. Then continues to eat pasta, peas and corn for dinner. I’m sure he will change one day…right? RIGHT?

Maverick is my star pupil. He eats everything. Such a champ. He had a wonderful time dipping chips the other day over and over again. Luckily everyone was finished, I’m not sure we would have wanted toddler slobber mixed flavoured dips. I’m just happy with some mouthfuls he could still go “mmmm”.

My kitchen after the huge clean up

My kitchen after the huge clean up

 

Justicemum’s Cupboard Biscuits

I love making my boys biscuits. Except they ALWAYS seem to have a tonne of sugar in them. Every recipe I find has bucket load of sugar, and I keep thinking, “there has to be another way!”

So the other day I decided to make some biscuits that didn’t have sugar. Mmm, yuck? Well, yes and no , I named them the cupboard biscuits…I used what I had in my cupboard. Oats, coconut, dates…and then once baked, I thought something was wrong. I hadn’t added anything to flavour them except a few dates. You couldn’t even taste them!

The finished product.

The finished product.

I tried my luck with the boys. Marshal loved them. He even asked for more. Maverick even ate a few. I thought that was great. They ate the blandest biscuits ever. Yippee.

So I decided to make some more but this time add some golden syrup. They were too sweet for me and the boys and my mum ended up eating them. I think some also got smooshed into the floor.

Yesterday I made some more, but used maple syrup. Only a bit and some more dates. I thought they were pretty good…the kids don’t like them. Can’t win.

Guess I’ll be going back to making the cupboard biscuits.

If you want the recipe, here it is. (I made them in the Thermomix but you can do it in any food processor/mixer. I don’t discriminate!)

Justicemum’s Cupboard Biscuits.

Makes about 15.

What you need:

30 gm coconut oil (if you don’t have this, just use butter)

20 dates

140 gm oats

40 gm coconut

½ tsp baking powder

1 egg

Pinch salt

What you do:

Melt oil/butter for 1 min/50oC/speed 1

Add dates and mince on 10 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl.

Add everything else and mix on reverse for 20 sec/speed 4. If you find it not sticking together, I would turbo it for 2 secs NOT on reverse. It’s quite a sticky mixture.

Roll into little balls, place on prepared tray and flatten. Place into oven 180oC for about 10-12 mins until golden brown.

  • You could try adding some choc chips, sultanas, raisins or to sweeten them use ½ tbsp honey, golden syrup or maple syrup.
  • The good thing about these biscuits is they are school lunchbox friendly. Dairy, gluten, nut and refined sugar free.

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