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Banoffee roll

Banoffee rollMix, bake and whip up a frenzy with this show-stopping creation.

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.

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.

Source:  Author: Kerrie Ray, Image credit: Jeremy Simons, Publication: Taste Magazine

Link to recipe on taste.com.au

Roast duck, cherry & couscous salad

Roast duck, cherry & couscous saladThis quick and easy duck salad is perfect for a busy weeknight, with juicy orange flavours and the rich, savoury taste of duck.

Ingredients

  • 420g pkt Luv-a-Duck ready roasted traditional duck breasts
  • 125g pearl couscous
  • 100g (1⁄2 cup) whole-wheat couscous
  • 125ml (1⁄2 cup) boiling water
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 160g (1 cup) morello pitted cherries
  • 2 oranges, segmented
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 
chopped
  • 1 cup fresh continental parsley leaves, chopped
  • 40g (1⁄4 cup) pistachio kernels, toasted, chopped
  • 3 green shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoons Dijon mustard1 2/3 cups (250g) plain flour

Method

Step 1  Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan forced. Place duck breasts on a lined tray. Roast for 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice.

Step 2  Cook pearl couscous in a saucepan of boiling salted water for 8 minutes or until just tender. Drain. Refresh under cold running water.

Step 3  Place couscous in a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and 1 teaspoon oil. Cover. Stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork to separate grains.

Step 4  Place combined couscous, cherries, orange segments, mint, parsley, pistachio kernels and shallots in a large bowl. Whisk remaining oil, orange juice, lemon juice, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl. Season. Add half the dressing to the couscous mixture. Toss to combine. Divide among plates. Top with the duck and pour over remaining dressing.

Source:  Author: Katrina Woodman,  Image credit: Jeremy Simons,  Publication: Taste Magazine

Link to recipe on taste.com.au

Raspberry custard brioche tart

Raspberry custard brioche tartMake your celebration extra delicious with this raspberry and custard tart with brioche base.

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (1 sachet/7g) dried yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 120g butter, softened, chopped
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg yolk, lightly whisked
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds
  • 250g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Icing sugar, to dust

CUSTARD FILLING

  • 3 Coles Australian Free Range Egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Method

Step 1  Combine flour, caster sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add eggs, milk and orange rind. Beat on low speed for 5 mins or until dough is smooth and elastic. With the motor running, gradually add butter, 1 piece at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat for a further 6-8 mins or until dough is shiny, smooth and elastic. Cover with a clean tea towel. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 2 hours or until dough doubles in size

Step 2  Meanwhile, to make custard filling, use an electric mixer to beat egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the flour. Beat to combine.

Step 3  Bring milk and vanilla just to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Gradually add to the egg mixture, whisking well after each addition. Transfer to a clean saucepan. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 mins or until the custard boils and thickens. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 mins to chill.

Step 4  Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 22cm fluted tart tin with removable base. Turn brioche dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Shape into a 25cm disc. Press into the prepared pan. Brush edge with egg yolk. Sprinkle with white sugar and almond.

Step 5  Spoon custard over brioche dough, leaving a 2cm border. Sprinkle with raspberries. Bake for 10 mins. Reduce oven to 180°C. Bake for a further 20 mins or until golden brown and cooked through. Set aside for 1 hour to cool. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Source:  Publication: Coles Magazine

Link to recipe on taste.com.au

Trumponomics and investment markets

Oliver's Insights

Since Donald Trump was elected President back on November 8, 2016 we have focussed on whether we will see Trump the rabble-rousing populist or Trump the business-friendly pragmatist. Despite lots of noise – particularly via Trump’s frequent tweets – for the most part Trump the pragmatist has dominated so far.

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