Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Capsicana Chilli Cook Sauce - Review

Capsicana Latin American Cooking Sauces

Along with these Capsicana Latin American cooking sauces I was sent some cute 'Worry Dolls' - children in Guatemala tell the dolls their worries and then place them under the pillow before they go to sleep!

There are three different sauces in the range from the countries of Peru, Brazil and Mexico.

We enjoyed trying the mild Chilli and Honey Mexican Cook Sauce which serves two - this is a beautiful sticky sauce which oozes quality. There is a quick and easy recipe on the outside of the pack which uses a few simple ingredients of chicken, onion and peppers, or on the Capsicana website there are other delicious recipe ideas. Nacho's loaded with grilled cheese, sliced avocado and sour cream accompanied our meal.

Mexican Meal made with Chilli & Honey Mexican Cook Sauce

There are two more products in the range:
Peruvian Chilli and Lemon which is medium heat - and based on Peru's famous green chilli 'Aji Verde' sauce.
Brazilian Chilli and Coconut is a hot sauce which features frutuscens chillies.

The person behind the brand is Ben Jackson who created these sauces after finding it impossible to get authentic Latin American sauces in our shops and food isles.

RRP: £1.99/100g pack which serves 2.
Stockists: Waitrose, Whole Foods and Amazon.

Disclaimer: We were sent products for review purposes.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Plum Frangipane Traybake

Plum Frangipane Traybake

I bought the plums from Bridgnorth market last weekend, they were perfectly ripe, none of this ripen at home nonsense which basically means they go mouldy and never get to ripen.

A cake cum pudding is always a favourite here and the cake batter can all be mixed quickly in one bowl.

I made my own custard but hubby said Bird's custard is best with everything!

Plum Frangipane Cake with Custard
Unlike me don't forget to bang your tin down on the work surface a couple of times before baking
otherwise you'll end up with large air bubbles in your bake like above
I made the cake in my Thermomix (the instructions are in italics) conventional instructions are below. For best results make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature.

200g softened butter
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
250g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds
1tsp almond extract
2 tbsp milk
6 red plums, halved and stoned
25g flaked almonds

You will need: 30cm x 20cm x 3cm baking tin - greased and lined with baking parchment.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Add the butter, caster sugar, flour, eggs, almond extract, ground almonds and milk to the bowl of a stand mixer, beat for 2 minutes until smooth.
Place the butter, caster sugar, flour, eggs, almond extract, ground almonds and milk in the TM bowl Mix 20 Secs/Speed 5.  Scrape down and Mix 10 Secs/Speed 5.
3. Dollop the cake batter into the tin and level. Press the plums into the top of the cake mixture in rows cut-side up. Scatter the flaked almonds over the cake batter and plums. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until risen and golden.
4. Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack to cool before turning out. Sift icing sugar over the cake. Serve with custard or cream.
5. Cut into squares. Can be frozen, thawed and warmed in a microwave.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Winter Puddings - Free ebook

Posh Bread and Butter Pudding

It's that time of the year again when we turn to comfort food and delicious warming British puddings. Kitchen Delights has put together a free ebook of delicious recipes including a family favourite apple crumble, Bakewell tart with a crunchy iced topping, steamed lemon Pudding with mixed berry jam, baked apple and the above, only for grownups, luxurious bread and butter pudding with sultanas soaked in brandy!

The PDF is very quick to download here.