Mussels with Crème Fraiche and Herbs

This recipe is from Vorwerk International.
Thermomix® time: 27 min
Total time: 60 min

Ingredients  Mussels

  • 80 g shallots, cut in halves
  • 5 sprigs fresh parsley, leaves only
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g Pineau de Charentes or 100 g Sherry
  • 1-2 pinches ground pepper
  • 1500 g bouchot mussels, fresh, cleaned
  • 100 g crème fraîche
  • 3 egg yolks

Preparation

  1. Place shallots and parsley in mixing bowl and chop 10 sec/ speed 6.
  2. Add butter and sauté without measuring cup 4 min/ 120°C/ speed 1.
  3. Add Pineau de Charentes and pepper. Set Varoma dish in position and add mussels in it. Close Varoma and steam 20 min/ Varoma/ speed 1. Set Varoma aside and keep warm. Strain the cooking water using a fine sieve above a bowl.
  4. Place cooking water, crème fraîche and egg yolks in mixing bowl and mix 15 sec/ speed 10, then heat 3 min/ 80°C/ speed 3. Meanwhile, remove one of the 2 shells from each mussel. Keep the mussels in their shells in the Varoma to keep hot. Serve the mussels in shallow dishes, and spoon over the sauce.
Tip: If you are short of time, omit the stage of removing one shell from each mussel, and simply leave the mussels in the whole shell.
Variation: This recipe can also be prepared with 1500 g clams. Regular mussels can be used if the Bouchot variety is not available.
Background information: Pineau is a speciality of western France, it is a rich golden fortified wine, approx 17% ABV, made from grape must.

 

Cereals and Raisins Bread

Thermomix® time: 2 min

Ingredients Cereal and Raisins Bread

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 50 g butter
  • 350 g flour
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 250 g milk
  • 100 g raisins
  • 10 g sesame seeds
  • 10 g flax seeds
  • 1 egg yolk

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  2. Place honey, butter, flour, sugar and milk into mixing bowl and mix 10 sec/ speed 6.
  3. Knead 1 min/ dough mode.
  4. Add raisins, sesame and flax seed and set 1 min/ dough mode.
  5. Shape by hand small breads with the help of two spoons, brush with scrambled egg yolk and sprinkle with some more seeds.
  6. 6. Bake for about 30 minutes in a silicone tray.

Christmas stollen

Thermomix® time: 8 min
Total time: 2 h 20 min

Ingredients Christmas stollen

STOLLEN

  • 80 g mixed dried fruit
  • 40 g raisins
  • 40 g currants
  • 80 g rum or brandy
  • ½ lemon, zest only, no white pith
  • 80 g butter, softened
  • 70 g caster sugar
  • 90 g full cream milk
  • 60 g water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30 g fresh yeast or 1 tbsp dried instant yeast (2 sachets)
  • 1 tsp natural almond extract
  • 550 g plain flour, plus 2 tbsp extra to dredge fruit
  • 20 g flaked almonds

GLAZE

  • 180 g icing sugar
  • 20 – 40 g lemon juice

 

Preparation

STOLLEN

  1. Place a ceramic or glass bowl onto mixing bowl lid, then weigh mixed dried fruit, raisins, currants and 60 g of the rum or brandy into it. Set fruit aside to soak for a minimum 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Place lemon zest into mixing bowl and grate 10 sec/ speed 9. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula, then repeat grating 10 sec/ speed 9. Transfer into ceramic or glass bowl with the dried fruit.
  3. Place 60 g of the butter into mixing bowl and melt 2 min/ 50°C/ speed 2.
  4. Add sugar, milk and water and heat 2 min/ 60°C/ speed 2.
  5. Add egg, egg yolk, yeast, almond extract, flour and remaining 20 g of the rum or brandy and mix 6 sec/ speed 6, then knead 1 min 30 sec/ dough mode.
  6. Add a little extra flour if dough appears too sticky. Transfer dough into a well-floured ceramic or glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size (approx. 1 hour). Clean and dry mixing bowl.
  7. Line a baking tray (20 x 30 cm) with baking paper and set aside.
  8. Add flaked almonds to ceramic or glass bowl with the fruit, then drain off rum or brandy. Sprinkle 2 tbsp extra plain flour over fruit and stir to combine with spatula. This allows the flour to dredge the fruit (take up excess liquid).
  9. Transfer proved dough onto a silicone bread mat or floured work surface and briefly knead in dredged fruit mixture.
  10. Roll dough into an oval (28 x 10 cm), then take one side of the oval and fold over so that it extends just past the middle. Take the other side of the oval and fold so it overlaps the first.
  11. Place dough onto prepared baking tray, then cover with a kitchen towel and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size (approx. 1 hour).
  12. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place remaining 20 g of the butter into mixing bowl and melt 1 min/ 50°C/ speed 1. Brush melted butter over proved stollen on baking tray. Clean and dry mixing bowl.
  13. Bake for 10 minutes (180°C), then reduce oven temperature to 160°C and bake for a further 20-30 minutes (160°C), until Stollen sounds hollow when tapped on the underside. Cover with aluminium foil if the Stollen is browning too quickly. Set aside to cool completely.

GLAZE

  1. Place icing sugar into mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/ speed 10.
  2. Add lemon juice and cook 1 min/ 100°C/ speed 1. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula, then mix 10 sec/ speed 2. Pour sugar glaze over the top of cooled Stollen, then slice and serve.

 

UTENSILS: Thermomix parts: Spatula, Measuring cup. Useful items: ceramic or glass bowl, plastic wrap, baking tray (20 x 30 cm), baking paper, silicone bread mat, rolling pin, kitchen towel, pastry brush, aluminium foil
SERVING SIZE: 12 slices (1185 g total).
DIFFICULTY: easy.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES per 1 slice (1 portion): Energy 1625 kJ / 387 kcal. Protein 7 g. Carb 67 g. Fat 9 g. Cholesterol 48 mg. Dietary fibre 3 g.
PRICE LEVEL: low.
This recipe is from Vorwerk International.

 

Spiced Nuts

Thermomix® time: 2 min
Total time: 20 min

Ingredients Spiced_Nuts

  • 30 g olive oil
  • 30 g maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 500 g whole nuts, mixed, unsalted

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place oil, syrup, paprika, garlic, salt, chilli flakes and pepper in mixing bowl then mix 1 min/ 37°C/ speed spoon.
  3. Add nuts and stir 1 min 30 sec/ reverse position/ speed spoon . Spread out on prepared baking tray, discard garlic, then bake for 10-15 minutes (180°C). Leave to cool then serve or store in an airtight container until required.

 

TIP: If using salted nuts, omit the salt.
UTENSILS: Thermomix parts: Measuring cup. Useful items: baking tray and paper, airtight jars or containers.
SERVING SIZE: 1 total recipe (approx. 500 g).
DIFFICULTY: easy.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES per 1 total recipe: Energy 14506 kJ / 3467 kcal. Protein 117 g. Carb 71 g. Fat 302 g.
This recipe is from Vorwerk International.

 

Energy Bars with Honey

Thermomix® time: 3 min

Ingredients Energy Bars

  • 160 g butter and a bit more to grease
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 120 g honey
  • 400 g multi-cereal muesli with tropical fruits
  • 100 g peanut butter

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC.
  2. Line a baking tray with tracing paper greased with butter.
  3. Place butter, sugar and honey into mixing bowl and set 2 min/ 100ºC/ speed 2.
  4. Add cereals and peanut butter and set 1 min/ reverse position/ speed 2.
  5. Spread dough into the tray, with a height not superior to 1 cm. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
  6. Cut in small rectangles while hot and let it cool. Wrap in tracing paper and reserve in hermetic boxes.