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At last, I’ve found the time to test this recipe in the Hologen oven. As you will see, I have the larger oven that comes with a metal ‘extender’ that allows you cook things that ‘rise’ without it getting so close to the heating element and burning.

This recipe is so simple to remember, it’s ridiculous! and it works every time. Notice that in the ingredients list there are no weights. This will be explained.

Ingredients

Margarine

Sugar

Eggs

Self Raising Flour

Method

1. Decide how many small cakes you wish to make. For example, 2 eggs will make 10 – 12 cakes, 3 eggs will make 15 – 24 depending on the amount of mixture to each paper/cup.

2. Prepare your papers or silicone cups and preheat your oven to 180 with only the low rack. Place your papers or cups divided between the two round trays if you have the large oven. If you have the smaller oven, I would suggest you make the mixture in two batches, as it will not rise properly if you keep it sitting while the first half cooks. Drop me a line if you need any extra explanation.

3. Weigh your eggs (still in the shells!). You need the rest of the ingredients to weigh the same.

4. In a bowl, or processor, place the margarine (weighing the same as the eggs) and soften.

5. Add the sugar and beat until very soft and pale.

6. Add one egg with a little flour and mix well.

7. Add the rest of the eggs (one at a time) with a little flour each time and mix well.

8. Mix in the rest of the flour gently, but thoroughly.

9. Divide evenly between the papers/cups and place in the oven. BE VERY CAREFUL. Put one tray on the low rack and the other tray on the high rack. Place the ‘extender’ on the bowl, raise the lid using the release button, and cook for about 20 – 25 minutes. CAREFULLY change the trays around half way through cooking. The cakes should be well risen and slightly brown.

If you want to make them chocolate, replace an ounce or about 25-30 grammes of flour with cocoa. Chuck in a handful of sultanas or raisins to a plain mix. Add some coffee essense, or use vanilla sugar to add a bit of flavour. You can decorate with glace icing or butter icing. The options are endless.

Enjoy.

Have you ever wondered what to do with a random left over croissant or two? Well, here’s a recipe that will use them up either as an individual portion or in a larger bowl.

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Just about ready

Ingredients1-2 croissants

a little dried fruit (I used raisins)

a bare half pint milk (275ml)

2 level tablespoons sugar (or vanilla sugar)

1 large egg

Method

1. Lightly oil or grease 3-4 ramekins (for 1 croissant) or a larger straight sided bowl (for 2 or more croissants). A small souffle dish is ideal.

2. Slice the croissant(s) quite thinly.

3. Using the larger middle slices place a slice in the bottom of each ramekin, sprinkle in a few bits of dried fruit (and maybe a sprinkle of brandy or rum!)

4. Layer the slices with fruit until you have no more slices left.

5. At this point preheat the oven to 180 with the low rack in the bowl.

6. Into a jug or bowl measure the milk, add the sugar and the egg and whisk it well.

7. Pour over the croissant slices dividing evenly between the ramekins (you may need to use a spoon to get all the sugar).

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Ready for the oven

8. Sprinkle the top with a few more small pieces for dried fruit, cinnamon and some soft brown sugar.

9. Place on the low rack in the oven and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the custard is set and the top is domed and well browned. A larger bowl may take longer.

Once cooked, the top will sink as it cools. This should have a light, buttery flavour. Usually with bread and butter pudding, butter is spread onto the bread, but as this is made with croissants, which has a high butter content, additional butter is not necessary. Serve with rum and raisin icecream, or hot toffee sauce.

DSC02929As promised on the ‘Thoughts’ page here is a recipe for small sponge cakes. It’s a little difficult to find a ‘bun tin’ (or muffin tin) that will fit into the oven, but if you have the larger version you can place the paper cases on the frying tray. If you have the smaller oven placing them in circular sponge cake tin would probably work. You may have to experiment.

Place the low rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 190 degrees.  This makes about 8 good size little cakes.

Ingredients

85g butter or margarine

85g sugar

2 eggs

170g self raising flour, sieved

a little milk

Method

1. In a glass/china bowl cream together the butter (or margarine) and sugar. (I used castor sugar that has been in a jar with a vanilla pod.)

2. Add the eggs and beat well with a little of the flour.

3. Add the rest of the flour and fold it in gently until mixed well. You may need to add a little milk.

4. Mix to a soft (but not thin) batter. What my mother calls a ‘dropping consistency’.

5. Divide the mixture equally between the paper cases. Place in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes until risen and lightly brown on top.

Once your cakes are cooled you can decorate them how you like with either glace icing or butter icing. If you want to make them chocolate replace about 20-30g of flour with cocoa. I have put chocolate chips in mine. This is the first time I’ve made cakes in the halogen oven, but as I experiment more, I’ll post the successful recipes. Enjoy.

It’s that time of year when the good hearty meals appear and this is one of them. Served with baked beans and other vegetables, you don’t necessarily need any other carbohydrate.

Ingredients

50g plain flour per person

1 egg per 50g of flour

Seasoning, milk or water

2 – 4 sausages per person

A little oil

Method

With the low rack in the bowl, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

1. Place the flour and seasoning in a bowl and mix together. Make a small depression in the centre of the flour.

2. Break the egg(s) into the depression in the flour and beat well.

3. Add enough milk and / or water to make quite a thick batter.

4. Place the bowl to one side.

To make Toad in the Hole

1. Drizzle oil into an oven-proof dish.Prick the sausages and place in the dish (big enough to allow them all to sit on the bottom of the dish).

2. Cook for 5-8 minutes, turn once during the cooking.

3. Beat the batter again and pour over the sausages.

4. Cook for 30-40 minutes, until risen well and crispy on the outside. Serve immediately.

The batter may be a little soft on the inside, but that’s fine. What really makes a good Toad in the Hole is the sausages, go for the best you can afford and this will be great. I quite often just have this with baked beans, but you can serve whatever you like with it. You don’t need any potatoes, pasta or rice, although if the weather is very cold and you’re just back from a very long walk, then why not? Small jacket potatoes with lots of butter would be wonderful.

I’ve been trying to work out how to cook a cassarole in this new fangled machine and I think I’ve finally succeeded. Whether it was any quicker than a conventional oven I don’t know, but here goes anyway.

Ingregients

400 – 500 g of liver (I used pigs liver – it’s more forgiving!)

1 red pepper

1 red onion

Seasoning, herbs and some stock cubes.

Method

Place the low rack in the bowl and pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.

1. Chop the onion quite finely.

2. Cut the pepper into small pieces – the size is not important.

3. Place the onion and pepper in a large casserole or other oven-proof bowl (at least 1 litre in capacity).

4. Wash the liver and if necessary cut it into smaller pieces with scissors (I left the pieces as they came out of the packet).

5. Place the liver in the bowl with the onion and pepper and give it a good stir to mix it well together.

6. Add your favourite herbs and season with salt and pepper.

7. Dissolve the stock cubes in 300 – 400 ml of boiling water (I used one vegetable and one chinese). Pour this over the meat and vegetables and stir well.

8. Place in the oven and cook for 40 – 50 minutes. Check it and stir after 30 minutes.

I served with courgette, broccoli and a few new potatoes. Serves 3-4. You can substitute other meat if liver is not a favourite.

I decided to try a jacket potato in the halogen oven and so also dug out some chicken portions from the freezer which defrosted during the day. Again this turned out quite quick.

Ingredients

Large baking potato

Chicken pieces

 

Method

1. Place the low rack in the oven and preheat to 220 degrees.

2. Thoroughly wash the potato and prick it with a skewer or knife, then rub it with butter, margarine or a little oil.

3. Cook for about 30 minutes. This will depend on the size of the potato – check every 10 minutes or so.

4. Wash and dry the chicken pieces and add to the potato once it is fairly soft.

5. Cook for 10 minutes, turn the chicken over and cook for another 10 minutes or so.

Note: the cooking time will depend on the size of the potato and chicken pieces.

Serve with a salad or fresh vegetables.

Couscous

I love couscous – it is so simple. Whoever invented it should be given the biggest medal going.

Couscous is available in most supermarkets and looks very granular. Treat it as a carbohydrate and substitute potatoes or pasta or rice with couscous.

I allow 50g per person and just add boiling water and allow it stand for a few minutes. You can add all sorts of things from really basic peas or sweetcorn to the more exotic like crystallised ginger and finely chopped mango.

Method

1. Allow 50g of couscous per person.

2.Add 50ml of boiling for each 50g of couscous.  Allow to stand for a few minutes and then fluff up with a fork.

If you remember that 50ml of water weighs 50g and use a big bowl, you can weigh it all together!

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