Category Archives: Sweets

Brownie balls

I was very late to the protein ball party. I shouldn’t have been given my love for peanut butter, but better late than never right? I must also confess to having a MASSIVE girl crush on Zoe Foster Blake so when she mentioned something on her Instagram account about bliss balls and Thermomix I literally went out the next day to stock up on ingredients. However the recipe I found wasn’t the best and the emd result was quite dry. Also I used some Skippy peanut butter that had been languishing in my pantry ever since the husband last made a trip to Costco and got sucked in to their ‘extra crunchy’ sales pitch. 

They lied. 

Also, it has a strongly artificial taste of something which I can’t put my finger on but is definitely not good for you. 

When I decided to give these babies another shot, I discovered that I could literally whip up my own peanut butter too instead of using the stuff in the jar. A very exciting day in this kitchen, lemme tell ya. 

Ingredients

3/4 cup raw almonds or preferred nuts

1 tbs cacao or cocoa powder

12 pitted dates

2 tbs peanut butter

Shredded coconut, optional

2 tbsp maple syrup (the original recipe uses agave syrup and says honey or rice malt syrup are possible substitutes, and also that you might not need as much if using fresh medjool dates which are super sweet.)

Method

Pop cocoa powder, dates and peanut butter into your Thermomix bowl and blend for 20 secs/speed 6.

Add the nuts in and press the turbo button a couple of times until the mixture is well combined and the nuts have been chopped coursely. 

Test the mixture, you should be able to roll a tablespoonful into a ball quite easily. If the mixture is too crumbly, add a touch of water. 

I rolled my balls in shredded coconut to finish them off but you don’t need to do this, I just love coconut and also think that it makes the end product look pretty 🙂 

 


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Sea salt pecan praline clusters

What a nice feeling it is to not just be making puree! I normally make something small for my neighbours for Christmas, and this recipe is super easy to make. I didn’t bother with the vanilla in the original recipe and upped the salt content as I prefer a more savoury flavour. The original recipe calls for 150 pecan halves which screwed around with my brain a bit (it’s not like they TELL you on the packaging how many pieces there are, nor can you ask someone to count out 150 halves for you if you’re buying per weight!) So I did the job for y’all. 50 halves is approximately 100g. Bingo.

Ingredients
60g brown sugar
90g raw sugar
100g thickened cream
40g butter
300g/approx 150 pecan halves
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt (plus additional for sprinkling if you wish)

Method
– Throw all your ingredients into your Thermomix bowl.
– Cook for 25 mins/Varoma/Reverse/Speed 1.
– Place spoonfuls of the mixture on baking paper to set. I had roughly 3 pecan halves per spoonful.
– Devour, or give to people. But only people you like. 🙂

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Vanilla custard

Recipe from this blogpost

After overestimating the amount of chocolate custard I was going to get, I had to whip up a quick filling so I wouldn’t waste my pastry casing. I knew from my Thermomix demonstration that custard was pretty simple to make, so I raided the pantry to see what flavour I could make. I found some Heilala vanilla bean paste so vanilla it was!

Ingredients

90g raw sugar
30g cornflour
3 eggs
700g milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Method

Put sugar and cornflour in TMX, mill on 10 secs/speed 9.
Add eggs, milk and vanilla bean paste, and heat for 7 mins/90 degrees/speed 4.

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Cool custard down and use however you want! I poured it into my pastry casing and dusted some cocoa powder over the top.

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Chocolate tart filling

Recipe adapted from this blogpost

We had been invited to a friend’s place for dinner and I was in charge of dessert. I had a tart pastry languishing in the freezer and it took me 10 mins max to whip up the filling and pop the pie in the oven! If you’re less lazy than I am, the recipe above also teaches you how to make the pastry. Funny story, I got it in my head that there would be too much filling in this recipe, so I bought and opened another pastry before realising that there the chocolate filling was only JUST enough for one tart. So I ended up throwing together a custard for tart numero dos so nothing would be wasted. Custard recipe’s on its way too!

Ingredients

200g good quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
150g cream
2 egg yolks
50g sugar

Method

– Preheat your oven to 120 degrees celcius.
– Place chocolate into TMX bowl and grate for 6 secs/speed 8.
– Add cream, heat for 6 mins/90 degrees/speed 2.
– Add egg yolks and sugar, mix for 1 min/speed 3.

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– Pour into pastry casing. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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I decorated the top with some mandarin segments to hide the cracks, but you can also dust some cocoa powder on top if you like!

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