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Easy caramel tarts


With some friends coming over to visit the other night I needed to bake something sweet to share.

I was however feeling lazy and was not in the mood to visit the supermaket.

Grabbing 2 sheets of puff pastry, I blind baked 24 shells in a mini-muffin tray using a teaspoon of rice in each shell.

While it was mildly tedious to remove the rice afterwards, it was completely worth it in the long run.

Each shell was then filled with a teaspoon of Nestlé Top ‘n’ Fill, and refrigerated overnight.

The good news was that the pastry stayed crisp and was an instant crowd pleaser.

The recipe could be tweaked in any number of ways, adding a slice of banana on top of the caramel and some whipped cream – instant mini banoffe pies!

Making caramel from scratch (salted caramel anyone?!!) and topping with ganache would leave everyone in a sugary delight.

One of these days I will learn to make pastry from scratch, but until then I will continue to let puff pastry do all the hard work for me.

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Foody, wordy


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Broccolini pie


Last night the Lochness Monster was happily surprised to come home and find me baking pies.

After buying 2 pie tins from Everten last week I thought it was time to hit the kitchen.

The end result was the broccolini pie of my dreams.

This beautiful, versatile vegetable is highly underrated. Largely I believe this is due to people not knowing how to cook it properly.

Lightly steam these beauties to your desired level of bite, then finish off in the frypan with herbs or garlic.

Once prepared it can be served with rice, pasta or meat. In this case it was used as the main attraction to make a tasty pie.

The only thing that is better than one of these pies? Two of them!

If you have yet to try this magnificent vegetable get out and try some today. You can thank me later.

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Foody, wordy


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