My Thermomix confession

I’m almost scared to write this post. I feel like I am talking out against the cult. I worry that I’ll be ostracized like a leper from a community that prays before the Thermomix, but I’m taking the chance.

I just don’t love the Thermomix.

Of course I’ve used it. I had to after I spent $2000 on it *bows head in shame*. I was even momentarily taken in on the night I ground and dry roasted my own spices. But I can’t serve roasted spices or even curries every night of the week.

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Nutella French Toast Rolls for the soul

Little Pencil has been sick with the flu for the last week. It’s been a bit awful. He’s been “proper” sick – lying in his bed only moving to come and lie in my bed so that he can watch TV.  He hasn’t even gone downstairs to play x-Box which is more of an indicator of his illness than his 39.6 fevers.

But yesterday he started to nag me for Grand Theft Auto again so I knew he was feeling much better. Next step was to get him to eat something because seriously he’s thinner than paper after not eating much for a week (even though I made him proper Chicken Soup!). When he woke up this morning and asked for Nutella French Toast Rolls I knew recovery was complete.  I made them faster than he could change his mind and quickly put up a picture on Instagram (because they look scrumptious).  SO many people asked for the recipe I decided it was worthy of a blog post.
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Is this an Easter Egg or is it a cheesecake? Or is it just bloody delicious?

It didn’t take me more than 5 seconds to decide to make these No Bake Cheesecake Easter Eggs when I saw them on Paula Joye’s website, Lifestyled here. 5 seconds and I was already thinking who I could serve them too, what I would serve them on etc. I spent far too much time worrying that they wouldn’t look like they did in Paula’s pics because my food seldom looks like the recipe book image.

But in the end I decided I’d go ahead – what was the worst that could happen? If they looked bad I just wouldn’t mention them to you 😉

But imagine my surprise when they were as easy as she promised and they looked great (other than the fact that I made the yolk too runny).  I only made one change to the recipe on Lifestyled which I will outline as we go. (For ease of shopping I have bolded the ingredients you need.)

First: Get your husband to chop the tops off some hollow chocolate Easter Eggs. This was actually the hardest part which is why I outsourced it. Mr Pencil promised that if the chocolate is cold and you use a serrated knife it’s really easy.

cutting the chocolate

After you’ve prepped the eggs stick them in the fridge to cool.

chocolate cases

Then mix the following ingredients together (I doubled these quantities as I was making eggs for 18 people)

150g cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Beat  1/2 cup thickened cream till it stands and then whisk it together with the cream cheese mixture

cheesecake mixture

Pop the combined mixture into a piping bag and simply squeeze it into the cold chocolate cases then chill for 30 minutes and allow it to set.

cheesecake in case

Easy as.

The original recipe suggested you make the yolk out of some combination of passionfruit pulp, apricot jam and butter. I  decided to just go for icing. So I mixed about a cup and a half of icing sugar with 1tbs of butter and an egg white (best icing recipe ever) with a few tiny drops of red and quite a few drops of yellow food colouring to resemble yolk colour and then I piped it onto the egg whites. My icing was a bit runny but it was okay

eggs

Done. And Proud

easter egg

Mars Bar slice (that doubles as a birthday cake)

Today is Nat’s birthday. Nat is the amazing Editorial Coordinator at Mamamia and she is simply the kindest, most gentle, beautiful and helpful person you are ever likely to meet. She also loves my Mars Bars Slice so they are part of her birthday present today. Actually I made them last week because I thought her birthday was last week – ooops. She got them a week early but I kept the post for today! Sneaky.

Anyway look how easy they are

Melt about 200grams worth of Mars Bars

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Add in 100grams of butter while the Mars Bars are melting and mush it all up together over a low heat

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When it’s all smooth(ish) add 1 and 1/2 cups rice krispies and mix it all up. Then pour it into a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pop it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

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Then melt two packets of Cadbury’s melts in the microwave and pour the liquid chocolate over the rice krispies

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Pop it back in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Then remove and slice. Like this

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Enjoy and wish Nat happy birthday here