Banoffee roll

Banoffee Roll

INGREDIENTS

  • 70g butter, at room temperature
  • 120g (2/3 cup) dark brown sugar, lightly packed, plus 2 tbs extra
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoons water, boiling
  • 600ml thickened cream, whipped to firm peaks
  • 3 large bananas
  • 300g jar salted caramel dessert sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons caster sugar

METHOD

  • Step 1
    Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan forced. Grease a 3cm-deep, 24.5 x 37cm (base measurement) rectangular cake pan and line with baking paper.
  • Step 2
    Use electric beaters to beat the butter and sugar in a small bowl until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla bean paste and egg yolks and beat until the sugar almost dissolves. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Step 3
    Use electric beaters to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Use a large metal spoon to fold the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the egg whites until just combined. Combine the bicarb and water in a jug and fold into mixture until just smooth. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and gently spread to the edges. Bake for 15 minutes or until the surface springs back when lightly touched. 4
  • Step 4
    Place a piece of baking paper on a tea towel. Sprinkle with the extra brown sugar. Turn the warm cake onto the paper. Remove and discard the top sheet of paper.
  • Step 5
    Starting from the short side closest to you and using the paper as a guide, gently roll up the cake. Set aside for 2-3 minutes. Gently unroll the cake by about two-thirds. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Step 6
    Reserve 1/3 cup cream. Completely unroll the cooled cake and spread with remaining cream. Thinly slice 1 of the bananas and arrange over cream. Spoon over 1⁄2 cup of the caramel sauce. Carefully roll up the cake and transfer to a serving platter.
  • Step 7
    Line a baking tray with foil. Lightly grease. Cut the remaining bananas into 5mm-thick long diagonal slices. Place on the prepared tray. Sprinkle liberally with the caster sugar. Use a kitchen blowtorch to melt the sugar until it caramelises.
  • Step 8
    Microwave the remaining sauce in a heatproof bowl on High for 1 minute or until warmed. Allow bubbles to subside. Top cake with reserved cream and caramelised banana. Drizzle with sauce.

Find out how to choose the best cookware

When cooking dinner the other evening for my family, I noticed that my pots and utensils were looking a little old and tired. They had become a little rusty on the base and I noticed little dents and marks on the sides of the pans. It was only when I sat and thought about it, that I realized I had bought the cookware set over 20 years ago, so no wonder they were looking a bit tired.

So, I just knew that I needed to buy an entirely new cookware set. However, having not bought kitchen cookware for many years, I had no idea what the best cookware brand was to buy. This was when I started to do a little research in order to find out what the best brands on the market were and found reviews by Cook with Tina and a few became instantly noticeable. I started by doing a simple Google search for the best cookware brands and the 3 brands that kept springing up were as follows.

Three Best Cookware Brands

Circulon, I found make fantastic non-stick cookware and a quick search on Amazon resulted in many 13-piece- cookware sets, all around the $200 mark. Cuisinart make a range of stainless steel cookware that is also non-stick. When searching on Amazon, again I found many stainless steel sets, but I was particularly struck by a 10-piece stainless steel set costing around $150. Faberware were also highly recommended and make non-stick pans in both aluminium and stainless steel. Once again, by searching on Amazon I found a 10-piece stainless steel set for around $80.

Satisfied Feedback

All of these brands had high customer satisfaction and positive reviews. As I had not bought any kitchen cookware for 20 years I decided to splurge and buy the Circulon 13-piece set. But, if you have a modest budget, it is good to know that there are quality products out there at affordable prices. I’ve now been using my new cookware for a few weeks and I love it. It cooks fantastically well and is easy to clean. My pots also look sparkly new. Hopefully they’ll last me another 20 years.

Budget Lover Cookware

However, most of us can’t afford high-end cookware. One of the most frequently asked questions especially on cooking demo forums is “how do you go get the best cookware at pocket-friendly prices?” Most people have this tendency to default to a non-stick type of pan. A non-stick type of pan is fine for low heat applications such as making an omelet. But for a higher heat application, you should not use it because it can leach some of the chemicals into your food. You can get your cooking stuff at very cheap cookware sets if you have the right strategy.

Features If You’re Looking For A Cheaper Option

The following are some of the factors that you need to know when looking for cheap but very efficient cookery. Look for the thickness of the bottom in all your cookery. Why should you go for those pans that have a thick bottom? A nice thick bottomed pan conducts heat very well and what you are really into is a pan called an induction-ready pan. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to buy an induction stove, it just means it has a nice thick bottom on it and it is going to distribute the heat very evenly.

Thick-Bottomed Cookware

Why thick-bottomed cookware are the best. The reason why those pans that have thick bottoms are efficient is because you can sauté without sticking. The biggest problem you are likely to have when you saute and it sticks is cold and hot spots. With a nice thick-bottom pan you don’t have to worry about this. You will not have any cold and hot spots you will just have perfectly distributed heat.

High Heat

When you are looking for a cookware, especially for high heat applications, ensure that they have a nice thick bottom. Always stay away from the coded pans except just for low heat applications. The bottom of your cookery is very crucial and that is why you need to always ensure that your pans have the right bottom depending on your application.

5 Signs of High Quality Juicers

How Do You Pick Good Quality Juicers

Saying that you need a good and quality juice maker is one thing and getting exactly what you need and is good for you is another thing. Before you go to the market and get a product that will give you problems until the last minute get answers to this question. How do you pick good and quality juicers?
High Quality Juicers
In many cases the sellers will trick you to buy any product as long as they are making profit and they will not care. Reality will hit you once you start using the product.

Things to Consider When Looking For Juicer

Noise Level
Did you know that there are juicers that make a lot of noise that they will disturb everyone in the house including your neighbors especially at night or in the morning? I hope you do not want to get your hands on such a juicer.
Juicers vary in terms of how much noise they product. Triturating and slow-moving masticating juicers are known to be very quiet as compared to cheap centrifugal juicers especially if they are of high speeds.


Power

What exactly would a juicer be without the right amount of power? Power in a juicer determines how much work you can do and how easy will it be. If you do not also want to find it difficult to extract juice form fibrous leaves such as spinach or wheat-grass then go for a powerful juicer.

Ease of Use
No one really wants a machine that will give him or her headache when trying to use it. The best juicer is one that you can use without any problem of operating it. At the same time it should be able to serve most of your needs irrespective of being easy to use. This is the whole idea. Find a juicer that is easy to disassemble and assemble.

Size
You can imagine how boring and inconveniencing it would have been having a very big and bulky juicer. Making it even difficult to carry around and occupying the whole space in your kitchen. At the same time it would not be right to get a very small juicer with very little capacity such that you will have to extract again and again to get enough. All these factors matters a lot when you are looking for the best juicer. Look for a juicer of the right size the will serve your needs effectively.

Price
As much as you are looking for the best juicer, consider the price. Whether you are not ready to dip deep into your pocket make sure that you do not get a poor quality product for the sake of money.

My Review on the Mr. Coffee Espresso Machine

Detail on the Mr Coffee

Mr. Coffee is a pretty famous and reputable brand in the business of Coffee and espresso makers, standing in competition with big companies like Breville and De’Longhi, because of the quality of its products and their affordable prices and you also can consider espresso maker under $200 reviews as it really will give all the satisfaction for the money that you spent on it. Today, I’ll be giving a review about a machine that has caught my eye for a long time, and it is none other than the “Mr. Coffee ECMP1000 Barista Premium “!

This machine is an all in one for your coffee requirements, as it is a complete package for both baristas and beginners. It is up to you how you want to use it, as it provides full freedom of options and a large variety of functions. If you just want to quickly brew some coffee because you overslept and are late for work, just press the one touch control panel button to easily start the brewing process. Or if you want to tailor it according to your needs, you can spend as much time as you want going through each option for the ultimate experience and taste.

Mr. Coffee Espresso Machine

The machine looks very heavy and is made of stainless steel, but is small and doesn’t require much space. In simple words, it is compact and made of premium quality materials. The best thing about this espresso maker is its design. It doesn’t follow the ordinary look of an espresso machine, but tries something unique by adding a milk reservoir in the front, preferably for easily storing milk for future use. It comes with a built-in steaming wand, so it is not limited to only making coffee. So, if you want to, you can simply boil the milk and drink or store it as the tank is easily removable.

The controls look simple, but are extremely versatile. There are 3 buttons vertically stacked, each for one coffee type, that is, for brewing cappuccinos, espressos or lattes. The functions depend on the times you press the button how long you hold them. For example, pressing the espresso button once will start brewing the espresso, while pressing it twice will queue another one, and holding it will allow you to customize your shot.

The bad thing is that it gets easily clogged when finely grinded beans are used. This can be a problem for those who don’t have that much time to clean their makers every day. It also has some issues with consistent brewing, and gets cooled down very quickly. So, you have to wait for 10-15 minutes after making 5 cups of espresso or cappuccino.
Overall, this product is great for the price, provided you can care for it daily. Also, if you are a person who consistently pulls shots of espressos every while now, this espresso maker is not for you, as that task is out of its reach.’


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Easy recipes for kids to make all by themselves

Do your kids like to work in the kitchen? Since we spend so much time preparing healthy food, it only made sense for me to train my 4 boys early on to help out. Part of their training has involved learning lots of easy recipes for kids.

Teaching kids to be independent in the kitchen has multiple benefits:

  • First of all, it’s a big help for you. If a child can get himself a snack, that’s one less thing for mom or dad to do.
  • In addition, cooking is fun for kids. It makes them feel important and grown up.
  • Also, cooking teaches important life skills.
  • Cooking (and cleaning up) increases their self-confidence because cooking may be somewhat of a mystery to kids until they start doing it themselves. Something as simple as making their own scrambled eggs can be a big deal!
  • It’s very satisfying for kids to be able to cook something and serve it to others since not all children can do so.
  • Being involved in the cooking encourages kids to try new foods, which is most noteworthy!
  • Cooking together with your kids is fun, and, as a result, it’s a great way to spend quality time together!

Here are 20 easy recipes for kids to make all by themselves

  1. Toast and scrambled eggs
  2. Easy cinnamon coffeecake muffins
  3. Grilled cheese sandwiches
  4. Smoothies
  5. English muffin pizzas
  6. Oven-roasted potatoes
  7. Stove-popped popcorn (a weekly staple in our home, made by my 14-year-old)
  8. Chocolate chip cookies
  9. Walking tacos (especially if you have the ground beef already cooked)
  10. Homemade applesauce (made extra exciting if you use a spiral peeler!)
  11. Tomato soup
  12. Quesadillas
  13. 2-ingredient banana pudding
  14. Hot cocoa
  15. Easy herbal tea
  16. Easy homemade wheat bread (a little advanced, but such an accomplishment!)
  17. Hummus (let your kids customize with their favorite spices)
  18. Veggie plate with homemade ranch dressing for dipping
  19. Fruit with creamy lemon dip
  20. Homemade whipped cream (so fancy!)

Reference: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com