One of the best kitchen items that I have is a Thermochef. My husband bought me one last Christmas and I do use it every day. When hubby suggested getting me one I did my research and thought it would be an invaluable kitchen item. I certainly could not justify spending high dollars on a Thermomix, but the Thermochef does virtually the same and at a lesser cost = bonus!
Since then I seem to bake even more - luckily I rarely eat sweet dishes but my family certainly enjoys them.
Owning a "thermie" is like being part of an exclusive club. There are so many websites, books and online clubs that are purely devoted to thermomix recipes. If you have considered getting one, I strongly urge you to do so; they are a wonderful addition to your kitchen and since Christmas (7 months ago) I have only brought out both my Kenwood mix master and food processor just once. Otherwise the "thermie" does it all, more efficiently and quickly as well.
I was home a little early last night so thought to google an apple cake, as there were 5 little green ones on the bench screaming at me to be eaten. I typed into my phone "thermomix apple cake"and at the top of the search bar popped up Easy Caramelised Apple Cake.
I didn't see that there were separate Thermomix instructions, I simply popped in the butter and sugar to cream, added the cinnamon, vanilla and eggs one at a time and keep creaming with the butterfly in place. When the apples were browned I added them with the flour, cream and milk and lightly mixed for 1 minute on low without the butterfly.
So thank you Sammie for this excellent cake which will definitely become a family favourite.
CARAMELISED APPLE CAKE
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1.5 cm pieces
3/4 cup (160g) sugar
125g unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (130g) cream
1/4 cup (80g) milk
Preheat oven to 180Celsius/160Celsius fan-forced. Grease and line base of a round cake tin or line with baking paper.
Heat two tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar melts. Add apples and cook for 5 minutes stirring regularly until browned. Set aside and leave to cool.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla, cream and milk. Mix to combine. Add the apple mixture and fold in gently. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and shake gently to smooth top.
Bake for 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius not fan forced. Grease and line base of a deep round cake tin or line with baking paper. Heat two tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar melts. Add chopped apples and cook for 5 minutes stirring regularly until browned. Set aside and leave to cool. If using raw sugar, mill for 5 seconds on speed 9. Chop butter for 5 seconds on speed 8. Add butterfly and mix for 1 minute on speed 4, scraping down lid and sides of bowl half way through. Remove the butterfly. Add vanilla to TM bowl. With the blades running on speed 3, add the eggs one at time, through the hole in the lid, this should take about 30 seconds after each egg has been added. Then add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cream and milk and mix for 10 seconds on speed 4. Scrape down the sides, then mix for another 10 seconds on speed 4.Add the apples the cake mixture and mix for 10 seconds on reverse speed 3 using the spatula to assist.Using a spatula, transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top. Bake for 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Do you have or have you considered getting a Thermomix or Thermochef?
Do you google recipes for inspiration whilst in the kitchen ready to cook?
Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn xx