Ruth’s Gingerbread (egg free)

gingerbread-house

I’ve always loved to bake, so of course I love to make gingerbread at Christmas time. However, I didn’t have a recipe which I really loved. Last Christmas Eve, my lovely next door neighbour Ruth, dropped in to wish us a Merry Christmas. She gave me a bag of gingerbread biscuits her daughter had made. With my first bite, I told Ruth I must have the recipe! The gingerbread has a rich colour, perfect level of spice & most importantly, the texture is firm, not crumbly, which makes it perfect for making gingerbread houses!

Ruth is in her mid eighties & has lived in the house next door for over 50 years. She said the recipe was packed away in a cupboard, with her oldest recipe books, but she would try to find it. I’ve reminded her a few times & whenever I saw her she’d say “I must find that recipe for you dear”. Anyway, a few months ago, Ruth gave me the recipe. I first converted ounces to grams & then converted the recipe to make in my Thermomix.

This recipe also has no egg, so if there’s an egg allergy or intolerance in your household, you will love this recipe!  To make a full gingerbread house – multiply this recipe by 1.5

Ingredients:

100g Butter, cubed
110g brown sugar
80g treacle
340g plain flour
30g cold water
1 heaped tsp ground ginger
1 heaped tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda

Method:
1) Place butter, sugar & treacle in TM bowl, melt 2 minutes/70°/speed 2 (you may need to increase the speed at the start if the butter is cold).  Scrape down the sides of the bowl & melt further 1 minute/70°/speed 2.

2) Add remaining ingredients, mix 10-20 seconds/speed 5 (or until ingredients are combined).

3) Knead for 2 minutes on dough setting.

4) Tip out gingerbread onto Thermomat or clean surface. Use your TM spatula to get the dough out of the bowl. Wrap in glad wrap & refrigerate for 15-20 minutes only. Pre heat oven to 170°C

5) Roll out gingerbread on a non stick mat & cut shapes as desired. Remember not to cut on your Thermomat though!

6) Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool completely, before decorating or assembling a gingerbread house.

Notes:

Don’t leave the gingerbread in the fridge for more than 20 minutes, as it will be too hard to roll out.

If you happen to leave your gingerbread in the fridge overnight & it’s too hard to roll, you can chop it up into pieces, put in the TM bowl & knead for a minute. Add small amounts of water through the hole in the lid, until the dough returns to rolling consistency.

 

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Broccoli Salad with Craisins & Almonds

Broccoli Salad

One of my lovely colleagues at Thermomix passed on this amazing salad recipe – thanks Melinda!  I made this salad at home recently, to serve with a piece of steak & also made it at a demo, to rave reviews.   This salad is full of flavour & colour, but like so many Thermomix recipes, is so very easy.    This salad is especially delicious when you make your own Mayonnaise in your Thermomix.

This recipe is actually based on the Broccoli Salad from the Everyday Cookbook & Janine Babauskis modified the recipe as it is today.  Janine used to work for Thermomix & there is not much she doesn’t know about her Thermomix.  She also presents many of the cooking classes at the Alyce Alexandra cooking school in South Melbourne.  If you receive a Thermomix owners newsletter from me, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Alyce Alexandra & their classes.   By going along to any class, you’ll pick up so many tips from Janine, not just about your Thermomix, but cooking in general.

Ingredients:
180g broccoli florets, roughly chopped (about 3/4 head)
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 green apple, quartered
1/4 red onion
1 stick celery, roughly chopped
1 red capsicum, seeds removed & roughly chopped
1 handful of craisins
100g slivered almonds (toasted)

Dressing Ingredients:
100g Mayonnaise (homemade or good quality)
10-15g pomegranate syrup
1/4 tsp salt or to taste

Method:
1) Add broccoli, carrot, apple, onion, celery & capsicum to TM bowl, chop 4 seconds/speed 4.5
2) Scrape down the sides of the bowl & repeat chopping for 1 second at a time/speed 4.5, until desired consistency is reached.
3) Add craisins, almonds, mayo, syrup & salt, stir 5 seconds/reverse/speed 3, or until combined.
4) Taste & add extra syrup or salt if required.

 Notes:

 If you’re making your own mayonnaise in your Thermomix, make it first & scrape out the mayo into a jar or bowl.  You won’t need to clean the bowl, just add the salad ingredients & start the recipe.  I’ll usually have my TM spatula handy, in case I need to mix the salad through the lid.
 
 Feel free to add ingredients to your mayonnaise – the recipe in your cookbook is a basic mayo.  You can add things like garlic, parmesan or apple cider vinegar for a different flavour.