Saturday, December 17, 2005

Domestic Goddess

Today has been spent getting most of my Christmas baking out of the way.
This year, instead of buying ridiculously expensive presents for my friends, I'm going to make them all individual hampers, as we are saving for a house deposit and every dollar counts (I'm not being a grinch, honest). Also, I'm making icecream for dessert on Christmas day, so I'm right into the baking at the moment (I just hope my hips don't enjoy it as much...).
Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my recipes with you all, since I'm sure you're all very interested in them (at least you can pretend to be interested...)

1. Cookie and Cream icecream

600ml cream
1 cup condensed milk
I packet chocolate biscuits

Whip cream, condensed milk and vanilla for approx 10 minutes with electric beater, or until thick and creamy. Mix in roughly chopped biscuits and transfer to a suitable container (an old plastic icecream container is good). Freeze overnight.

Note - before serving, allow to soften for five minutes as I broke a spoon the first time I made this. It gets very hard.

2. Chocolate balls ( I know what you're thinking Boo, but please try and keep your mind out of the gutter)

1 packet plain biscuits (I used Nice biscuits but non-aussies won't know what they are)
I can condensed milk
3 tablespoons of coccoa
1/2 cup descicated coconut
extra coconut for rolling

Mix dry ingredients together. Add condensed milk and mix. Form into small balls, roll in coconut and chill in fridge or freezer.

3. Almond Biscotti

3 and 3/4 cups self raising (all purpose) flour
2 cups sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
4 large eggs
1 t vanilla
1/4 t almond extract
1 and 2/3 whole blanched almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped

Mix dry ingredients. Whisk eggs, vanilla and almond extracts and add to dry indredients, forming into a dough (you may need to add a T of milk to mix properly). Add almonds and knead several times. Divide into forths and form into logs. Place on greased and floured trays and bake for 35 minutes at 180C. Cut into segments and bake 7mins either side or until slightly brown. Cool and store in an sirtight container.

I would give you the recipe for my Nana's famous German Shortbread biscuits, but then she would come back from the grave to kill me. So, I won't risk it.


Hieronymus Anonymous said...

I thought nothing naughty at all. Honest!

ScarletManuka said...

Sure Boo, whatever you say!

Mort said...

Non-Aussies won't know Nice biscuits, eh? I think we do....

Very nice with Tea, good dunk-weight ratio and a lovely coconutty flavour.

BTW that ice-cream recipie sounds scrummy.

accipiter said...

I never really got much involved in the whole festive Christmas cooking tradition; roasting a ham, mashing some potatoes, and maybe making a pudding was about the most complicated I'd do. When I was in Russia, though, I did get a recipe for a rather tasty fruit tea punch concoction that they made there for the Christmas season. I've since run across a similar thing a few times in the US, where they call it "Russian tea" and make it with weird things like Kool-Aid or Tang and it is good for threatening the children with if they misbehave.

Boil 1.1 litres (4 2/3 cups) of water. While you're waiting for that, slice up one lemon and drop it in a pot with 160 mL (2/3 cup) water and let it simmer.

To the first pot when it starts boiling, add 2/3 cup sugar, 1 stick of cinnamon, and about four tea bags (you can use all sorts of different varieties, although I warn you that using green teas gets a bit weird). Turn down the heat and let it all stew for about ten minutes. At the end of that time, pour the liquid from the lemon/water mixture into the big pot, and add about 450 mL each of orange juice and pineapple juice. Let it all get well heated, and it's done. You can let it cool, too, and keep it in the refrigerator.

ScarletManuka said...

Apologies Mort. Boo hadn't heard of lamington's or Lemon Lime and Bitters before so I assumed Nice biscuits were another one of those odd Aussie things.

Forgive me?

accipiter said...

Actually, I think I've seen Nice biscuits here, too. They seem to get around a bit.