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Panforte recipe

Panforte recipe

  Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts. The name literally means ‘strong bread’ and refers to its spicy and strong flavour. This traditional desert dates back to at least 1205 when it was used a tax payment to monks and nuns. If only we could pay our taxes with baking still! Panforte will add a sense of class to your Christmas gatherings and you can impress your guests with your historically important baking! Ingredients 5 tablespoons (40g) Dutch cocoa powder 2 1/2 cups (325g) mixed nuts eg. pistachio, almonds, macadamias, toasted and very coarsely chopped 3/4 cup (110g) flour 1 cup (200g) chopped candied citron or quality mixed candied fruit 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper pinch of grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder 85g dark chocolate, chopped 1 cup (200g) honey 1cup (200g) sugar extra cocoa powder for dusting powdered sugar for dusting   Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 165°C 2. Line the bottom of a 22-23cm springform pan with baking paper. Spray the pan with nonstick spray and dust the inside, including the sides, with cocoa powder 3. In a large bowl, mix the cocoa powder, nuts, flour, candied fruits, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg and chilli 4. Melt the chocolate then stir it into the nut mixture 5. Heat the sugar and honey in a pan with a thermometer until the temperature reaches 115°C 6. Pour the hot honey syrup over the nut mixture and mix together well. Scrape combined ingredients into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula 7. Bake the panforte for 35-40 minutes, …

Stained Glass Chocolate Recipe

Stained Glass Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients 380g dark or white chocolate (good quality) 100g candied orange, diced 12 red glace cherries, diced 75g pistachios, chopped 100g candied figs, diced Optional chilli powder or ginger powder pearl sugar   Instructions 1. Line a sandwich loaf tray with baking paper. 2. Melt the chocolate 3. If using chilli or ginger powder, mix it through 4. In the bottom of the tin spread half of the following ingredients: candied oranges, glace cherries, pistachios, candied figs and pearl sugar 5. Pour the chocolate on top. Spread the other half of the ingredients on top of the chocolate 6. Shake and tap the tin to make sure everything will set in the chocolate 7. Place in the fridge until cool 8. Remove from the tin and slice on an angle.  

vegan anzac biscuits

vegan anzac biscuits

~ a recipe by The Health Chef – Teresa Cutter. This vegan Anzac biscuit recipe will give you a healthy option when you are looking for an afternoon sweet snack.   Ingredients   1 and 1/4 cup blanched almonds, skin off  (see notes) 1 cup flaked almonds 1 cup coconut flakes 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup macadamia nut oil 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda 1 tablespoon water   Method   1.  Preheat oven to 120C.   2.  Place blanched almonds into a food processor or blender and pulse several times until a medium to fine textured meal forms.  Sieve meal into mixing bowl and place larger bits back into food processor to pulse and then sieve again.  Don’t overgrind as the meal will turn into almond butter! 3.  Add the flaked almonds and coconut to the almond meal.   4.  Combine honey and oil in a small saucepan and heat gently.   5.  Mix the bicarbonate soda and water in a glass, and then pour into the honey mixtures.  Keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the honey begins to froth and changes colour.   6.  Add the honey mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until well combined.  Add a little water if needed to combine the mixture.   7.  Use a 1 tablespoon or melon baller to scoop the mixture into small cookies.  This recipe will yield about 18 – 22 cookies (if you can avoid eating the mixture as you go along!).   8.  Bake the cookies on a low pre-heated oven at 120C for about 30 minutes, or until golden.   Notes   The blanched almonds in this recipe are required …

Nuts about Nuts

Nuts about Nuts

Ciao! I’m Trudy, the newest member of the Kitchen Angel team. I’ve been a long time fan of all things Italian so when I was offered the chance to work in a fun environment where I got to sample and tout the benefits of the Kitchen Angel products, many of which are gluten, dairy and preservative free I jumped at the chance! What makes Kitchen Angel products so unique and delicious is that they are made from whole nuts. Using our super duper special machine we crush the nuts whole to make the delicious baking mixes which are our signature products. Working with nuts to produce these products means Mario, our head chef, is particularly discerning when it comes to sourcing his supplies. He personally heads out to test the nuts before he purchases them to ensure their quality and freshness. Having access to some of the best nuts around means we also are able to sell them on to our customers in handy little packs, perfect for the office or your handbag. Being a vegetarian, nuts are a fantastic substitute for protein for me and I always make sure I have a packet of hazelnuts or almonds with me for when I feel the energy slump hit. Lucky for me (and you!) our different nut packs are incredibly affordable. Next time you are in store check out our selection of nuts or if you aren’t able to visit in person you can always buy online. Ciao!

did someone say christmas?

did someone say christmas?

  Did someone say it’s less than 3 weeks to go?   Did someone put their decorations up in November, once Halloween was over?   Ok, so there’s no denying it.  That time of year is practically upon us now and if you haven’t already NOW is the time to start getting organised.  Or at the very least, make a cup of tea, sit down with pen and paper and start to plan for the festive season.  Well if Santa is writing his list and checking it twice, then so should you for goodness sake!   So to keep it short and sweet for you seeing as you could probably use this time for other purposes, here’s our top 5 gifts for the foodie at heart this year:   Our no. 1 pick is for those who want to look as good as their food – the cute new Kitchen Angel apron, designed and made in Australia.     For no. 2 we’re thinking of the host with the most.  Or you.   Stelline baking mix pack.  Just add egg whites to this pack and you’ve got a couple of batches of stelline biscotti.  This makes the perfect gift or dessert to take to your party host.   Coming in at no. 3   An Ellis Benson tea towel medley.  These beautiful, bright, packaged delights are great as a gift on their own, as a stocking filler or added to a hamper with a bunch of other kitchen goodies.     Almost there.  For no. 4 we’re going with mixed nuts.  Into DIY gifts?  Then your choice of our mixed nuts, raw or flavoured and packaged in …