Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ricotta Gnocchi


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As an Italian pasta is a huge part of our lives. From Penne to Spaghetti, Lasagna to Cannelloni we like it all! I have always loved the traditional Potato Gnocchi served with any sauce you have, but I decided I'd try and work out a Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe. After many trials I have finally perfected my recipe & now you can enjoy it too!


INGREDIENTS

800g Plain Flour
1kg Ricotta
400g Pecorino
300g Parmigiano Reggiano
2 Eggs
Salt & Pepper

METHOD

Add Ricotta, Pecorino and Parmigiano Reggiano to a large bowl & break it up with a wooden spoon.
Whisk the eggs in a bowl and then add it to your cheese mixture.
Add a sprinkle of Salt & Cracked Pepper
Slowly add your flour to the mixture, one cup at a time until it starts to form a soft dough.
Once formed turn out onto a floured board or bench top & knead until smooth, adding more flour as needed. It's okay not to use the whole 800g of flour.
You should reach a soft but smooth consistency that holds its shape when rolled into small logs.
Take a section of your dough & roll it out into a log, approximately 2cm thick. Flatten the log to form a rectangle & cut your Gnocchi into small rectangular pillows. Place the Gnocchi on a lined tray 1/2 a centimeter apart. Continue until you have used all your dough.
Your Gnocchi is now ready to be cooked in salted boiling water if you plan on serving them immediately.
If not, put the trays of Gnocchi into the freezer for 1 hour, then remove & portion into freezer bags or snap lock bags. These freeze so well & are easy to cook from frozen.
Serve with your choice of pasta sauce.

Enjoy! xxx


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Chocolate Cake



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One of my favorite recipes to date, this one bowl Chocolate Cake is incredibly moist & very simple to make. Unlike a traditional Mud Cake or Devils Food Cake, this cake is very light & not overly sweet so it pairs perfectly with my Chocolate Frosting. This recipe may be the perfect one to try next time you're asked to bring a dessert to your next celebration. 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder/granules
1 cup milk 
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Chocolate Frosting


METHOD:


Preheat oven to 180ยบ C. Prepare two 9-inch cake tins by spraying with canola spray & lining with baking paper.
Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coffee powder to a large bowl. Whisk through until combined well.
Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and whisk together until well combined. Carefully add boiling water to the cake batter & continue to whisk together for 1-2 minutes.
Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake tins. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the chocolate cake comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
Frost cake with Chocolate Frosting

Enjoy! xxx

Chocolate Frosting



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A simple frosting recipe that can be used for any kind of cakes or cupcakes. Try it with my Chocolate Cake!


INGREDIENTS:
340g butter, softened
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
5 cups pure icing sugar
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon instant coffee powder/granules

METHOD:
Add butter to a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer & beat until pale & smooth.
Sift cocoa & icing sugar into a bowl & set aside.
Once the butter is pale add sugar/cocoa mix and milk to butter by adding 1 cup of sugar/cocoa followed by about a tablespoon of milk. After each addition has been combined, turn mixer onto a high speed for about a minute. Repeat until all sugar/cocoa and milk have been added.
Add vanilla extract and coffee powder and combine well.
If frosting appears too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears to wet and does not hold its form, add more pure icing sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.


Enjoy! xxx