Lemon and Blueberry Sponge Cake

Lemon Sponge Cake

Lemon and Blueberry Sponge Cake

This delicate Lemon Sponge Cake is layered with Anathoth Farm Lemon Curd and fresh berries to make a luxurious dessert, that is perfect for little hands to recreate this Mother’s Day.

The inclusion of Lemon Curd in the frosting makes the icing light and fluffy with a hint of  tart lemon for bite. Finished with fresh berries, this Lemon Sponge Cake is truly something special.

Also, f you’re pressed for time, or baking experience, why not purchase an unfilled double layer sponge cake to use.

Ingredients – Sponge Cake

  • 1/3 cup of cornflour
  • 1/3 cup of plain flour
  • 1/3 cup of self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup of  caster sugar
  • ½ pottle of Anathoth Farm Lemon Curd – to fill
  • Mixed berries – to serve and fill. I used blueberries but raspberries and strawberries are wonderful to use too!

Ingredients – Lemon Curd Frosting

  •  90g cream cheese
  • 30g butter – cubed, at room temperature
  • 30g Anathoth Farm Lemon Curd
  • ¾ cup of icing sugar

Method

  1. Grease 2 x deep, 20cm round cake tins (or different tins, as directed in individual recipes) and line bases with baking paper. Sift flours and 1/4 teaspoon salt together three times to aerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl on medium-high speed for 6 minutes, or until mixture is thick, pale and tripled in volume.
  3. Gradually sift flour mixture over egg mixture while simultaneously folding in with a large metal spoon until just combined. Divide mixture between prepared tins. To level batter, gently spin tins on kitchen counter. Bake for 20 minutes (or as directed in individual recipes), or until cakes have shrunk away from the sides slightly and spring back when gently touched.
  4. Turn out on to baking paper-lined wire racks. Carefully peel away baking paper, then leave to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, Using an electric beater or kitchen mixer beat the cream cheese, butter, Anathoth Farm Lemon Curd and icing sugar until pale and creamy.
  6. When the cake is cooled, top one half with ½ a pottle of Anathoth Curd Lemon Curd and a selection of mixed berries, place the remaining half on top and place in the fridge to set for ten minutes.
  7. Remove the cake from the fridge, top with a the Lemon Curd frosting, decorate with mixed berries and serve.

Enjoy!

Mexican Dip in Jars

Mexican Dip Jars

Mexican Dip in Jars

Equipment

  • 3-4 small glass jars with lids

Ingredients

  • 250g of cream cheese – room temperature
  • 250g of cottage cheese – room temperature
  • 400g of red kidney beans – drained
  • 1 avocado – diced into small cubes
  • 2 cups of McCain Corn Kernels – cooked and cooled
  • 1 red onion – finely diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes – diced into small cubes
  • Green shallots – chopped
  • Corn chips to serve

Method

  1. Combine cream cheese and cottage cheese in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Ensure your glass jars are dry and at room temperature then carefully layer with cheese mix, beans, avocado,  McCain Corn Kernals, red onion, tomato and sprinkle with shallots.
  3. Serve with corn chips and enjoy!

Tip: if you need to transport your dip to a picnic, BBQ or sporting event simply screw of the lid for spill-free fun!

Tuna Patties

Tuna Fish Cakes

Tuna Fish Cakes

Ingredients

  • 500g of golden delight potatoes – cut into 2cm cubes
  • 425g of tuna – drained
  • 2 cups of McCain Peas, Corn and Carrot mix – cooked and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups of breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup of chopped shallot greens
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Chips – to serve
  • Mixed green leaves, dressed – to serve
  • Tartar sauce – to serve
  • Vegetable oil to fry

Method

  1. Add diced potatoes to a large pot of cold salted water, bring to the boil over a high heat and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until to potatoes are soft to touch.
  2. Meanwhile, place drained tuna in a large mixing bowl and use a fork to break into flakes. Add McCain Peas, Corn and Carrot, 2 tbs of lemon juice, shallots, eggs, season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine.
  3. Drain potatoes, mash and allow to cool to just above room temperature. Add potatoes and ¼ cup of breadcrumbs to tuna mixture and mix well to combine. Divide into 12 even portions and shape into 6cm patties.
  4. Place remaining breadcrumbs in a small bowl and coat each pattie.
  5. In a large fry pain add vegetable oil to coat the base and heat over a high heat, reduce heat to medium and add tuna patties in batches, cooking for 4 minutes each side or until golden. Repeat with remaining patties and allow to drain on paper towel once cooked.
  6. Serve with McCain Italian Herbs Mini Roasts, salad and tartar sauce.

Enjoy!

Mexican Fries

Chips of the World – Mexico – Carne Asada Fries

Mexican Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of McCain Superfries Shoestring
  • 500g of rump steak – cut into strips
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • Hot chilli sauce to serve
  • Sour cream to serve
  • Finely sliced shallots to serve

Method

  1. Cook McCain Superfries Shoestring as per packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a medium pan over a high heat, reduce heat to medium, add steak strips and cook as desired.
  3. Remove chips from the oven and evenly divide chips and steak amongst serving plates, scatter with shallots and serve immediately with sour cream and hot chilli sauce.

 

Chips with Gravy

Chips of the World – Canada – Poutine

Chips with Gravy   Ingredients

  • 1 packet of McCain Superfries Crinkle Cut
  • 220g of cheese curds or baby bocconcini – quartered
  • Thick gravy to serve
  • Roughly chopped flat leaf parsley to serve

Method

  1. Cook McCain Superfries Crinkle Cut as per packet instructions.
  1. Remove chips from oven and place them onto a serving platter, ladle gravy over the chips, sprinkle with cheese and parsley and serve immediately.
Homemade Easter Eggs

White Chocolate Easter Eggs

Raspberry and White Chocolate Easter Eggs

It’s your turn to be the Easter Bunny as you create your own delicious, chocolate treats!

Lemon Curd and Raspberry Jam are swirled through the middle of white chocolate eggs to make each Easter treat a fun-filled surprise. With a simple and easy to follow recipe, the little ones will love creating their very own colourful Easter eggs and licking the bowl clean.

Equipment

  • 1 set of Easter Egg moulds

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of Anathoth Farm Raspberry Jam
  • 1 jar of Anathoth Farm Lemon Curd
  • 440g of good quality white chocolate – dark chocolate with the raspberry variety is delicious too!

Method

  1. Break white chocolate into a medium sized microwave-safe mixing bowl, place in microwave for 2 minutes on high, stirring half way through.
  2. Remove bowl from microwave and stir until chocolate is smooth and lump free.
  3. Pour a small amount into each mould casing and tilt from side-to-side to ensure the chocolate had coated all sides, leaving the centre empty. Place in the fridge and allow to set for 2 hours.
  4. In a small mixing bowl mix equal parts melted white chocolate with Anathoth Farm Lemon Curd and in another mix equal parts melted white chocolate with Anathoth Farm Raspberry Jam. Remove moulds from fridge and spoon Anathoth Farm white chocolate mix into the centre of each. Top each mould with plain melted white chocolate and return to fridge overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours to set.
  5. Remove from fridge and allow to stand for 2 minutes before carefully removing the chocolates from moulds.

Enjoy!

Bacon and Egg Chips

Chips of the World – Australia – Aussie Fries

Bacon and Egg CHips

 

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of McCain Superfries Steak Cut
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ tbs of oil
  • 6 rashers of bacon – diced into 1cm cubes
  • BBQ sauce – to serve
  • Chopped chives – to serve
  • Lemon cheeks – to serve

Method

  1. Cook McCain Superfries Steak Cut as per packet instructions.
  2. Place 1 tbs of oil in a large fry pan and heat over a medium heat. Add the eggs and allow to fry until whites are hard and yolk is still runny. Meanwhile, place 1/2tbs of oil in another large fry pan and heat over a medium heat. Add diced bacon and allow to cook until golden brown and starting to crisp.
  3. Remove McCain Superfries Steak Cut from the oven and divide amongst four serving plates. Top with BBQ sauce, bacon and 1 egg per serve. Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve with lemon cheeks.
Orange Syrup Cake

Orange Syrup Cake with Cardamom Cream

Orange Syrup Cake

My Orange Syrup Cake served with Cardamom Cream is moist,  crumbly and super moreish. The addition of sour cream to the cake batter, along with the syrup pour makes for a wonderfully soft and creamy centre that will keep you coming back for seconds and thirds.

Made with a scrumptious Orange, Barley and Passionfruit Syrup from NZ’s Barker’s of Geraldine, it couldn’t be easier to whip up in your kitchen mixer and with a never-fail recipe it’s perfect for even the most inexperienced of cake bakers.

Ingredients

  • 125g butter – cubed, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml of sour cream
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 2/3 cup of Barker’s of Geraldine Orange, Barley and Passionfruit Syrup
  • 200g of double cream
  • 2.5 tsp of ground cardamom

Method

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180C and grease and line a 22cm round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Using an electric beater or kitchen mixer beat the butter and sugar in a large bowel until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined. Add the sour cream and 1/3 cup of Barker’s of Geraldine Orange, Barley and Passionfruit Syrup, reserving the remaining syrup for cup for later use.
  3. Sift the flours into the mixture and stir until just combined. Spoon into the prepared cake tin and smooth the surface. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, place the double cream into a small bowl, add ground cardamom and stir well to combine.
  5. Remove the cake from oven and while hot use a bamboo skewer to prick the top of cake all over, pour over the remaining 1/3 cup of Barker’s of Geraldine Orange, Barley and Passionfruit Syrup allowing the cake to absorb the syrup as you go. Set aside for 15 minutes to cook slightly, remove from tin, cut into slices and serve warm with cardamom cream.
Potato with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Chips of the World – Spain – Patatas Bravas

Potato with Spicy Tomato Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 packet of McCain Superfries Steak Cut
  • Chopped flat leaf parsley – to serve
  • Aioli – to serve

Ingredients – Bravas Sauce

  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion – finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 1 tbs of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp of sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 tsp of sugar

Method

  1. Cook McCain Superfries Steak Cut as per packet instructions.
  2.  Heat oil in large fry pan over a high heat, reduce heat to medium and add onion and garlic. Fry, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add tomato paste and stir to coat onion and garlic. Add sugar, sweet paprika and chilli powder to the pan and fry for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add tinned tomatoes, stir and allow to reduce, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until mixture has thickened.
  3. Remove McCain Superfries Steak Cut from oven, top generously with Bravas sauce and aioli, sprinkle with chopped flat leaf parsley and serve.
Apricot Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Apricot Hot Cross Buns

If you’re anything like me Easter not only heralds the start of an annual chocolate binge how to get diabetes 101 but also the start of a breakfasts filled with deliciously sweet and spice Hot Cross Buns served with lashing of butter.

So, if you’re bored with chocolate eggs? Why not bake my apricot glazed Hot Cross Buns on Easter morning and you’ll be a hit with family and friends. These golden, fruit-filled buns are rippled with Apricot Jam and finished with an Anathoth Farm Apricot Jam glaze making them a perfect freshly baked treat for any Easter gathering.

Ingredients

  •          1 ½ cups of warm milk
  •          2 tsp of dry yeast
  •          ½ cup of caster sugar
  •          60g butter – melted
  •          1 egg – lightly whisked
  •          4 ½ cups of 00 flour
  •          1 tsp of salt
  •          3 tsp of mixed spice
  •          1 tsp of cinnamon
  •          2 cups of dried mixed fruit
  •          2/3 cup of Anathoth Farm Apricot Jam
  •          1/3 cup of cold water

Method

  1. Combine the milk, yeast and 1 tbs of sugar in a small bowl. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 10 minutes or until frothy.
  2. Combine the milk mixture, 1/3 cup of Anathoth Farm Apricot Jam, butter and egg in a jug and whisk to combine. Combine 4 cups of flour, salt, mixed spice, cinnamon, remaining sugar and mixed fruit in a bowl and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre, pour in the milk mixture and use a wooden spoon to stir until just combined, then use your hands to bring the dough together.
  3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and place in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
  4. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C. Punch the dough down with your fist to remove excess air. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 16 even pieces and shape each portion into a ball. Arrange dough portions on an oven proof pan, leaving a 1cm gap between. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes or until dough has risen 2cm.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the remaining flour and water together in a small bowl until a smooth paste forms. Place in a small plastic bag such as a sandwich bag and snip off the end. Pipe a continuous line down the centre of each row of buns, lengthways and widthways, to form crosses. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 160°C and bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. The buns are ready when they sound hollow when tapped on the base.
  6. Turn onto a wire rack. Place the remaining Anathoth Farm Apricot Jam in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until jam melts. Brush hot jam over the buns. Serve warm with butter and your choice of Anathoth Farm jam.

Enjoy!