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Caramel slice and Condensed Milk

I have had my Thermomix for over a year now and I am still amazed at the things I can do with it. This week I my fellow consultants have enlightened me and shared a few fabulous recipes. The first being Condensed Milk.

What to say about condensed milk? I love this stuff. So much so that I have been known to eat it by the spoonful straight from the jar. My husband also has an affinity with it from his days in the Army Reserve when they would get a tube of condensed milk in their ration packs. And who wouldn’t love it? Condensed milk is simply cow’s milk from which the water has been evaporated. It is most commonly found in the form of sweetened condensed milk which can last for years, unrefrigerated and unopened. Condensed milk has been around since the 1800’s and was used by soldiers in the American Civil War. By the late 1860’s, condensed milk was a major product and is now used widely around the world.

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Did you know you can make your own condensed milk very easily in the thermomix? Here is the recipe I used – Condensed Milk.  It only takes 6 minutes and the amount equals that of the can you buy from Woolies. The taste and consistency are exactly the same and you can make it for a fraction of the price!

For a marriage made in heaven, my condensed milk recipe met up with a recipe for Caramel Slice. This recipe comes from another consultant from my Team (thanks Catherine!) and can be found here on the Recipe Community. It is decadently delicious as only caramel slice can be. The base is what I love about it. It has coconut in it which gives it a lovely chewy texture. Be sure to bake the caramel until golden brown so it sets properly. The dark chocolate on top adds a richness to the slice. In fact, it proved to be a little rich for my son and the neighbour’s kids. Kid 2 wasn’t keen and Neighbour age 7 declared, “Well, I wouldn’t put it in my Top 5, but it is still ok”!! They always turn up with wide eyes when they smell something baking and have now become rather discerning!

Personally, I wasn’t at all deterred by its richness. I also took it to work and it was promptly polished off! Definitely in my Top 5!

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Porridge

It’s Autumn in Sydney and the weather has certainly gone downhill since 1 March. Rain, rain and more rain. The temperature has dropped, the doona has gone onto the bed and it felt like the perfect morning to make porridge.

I hadn’t made porridge in my Thermomix thus far and after a customer raved about it, I thought I’d give it a try. I have to say I’m impressed!

I am a fan of porridge. It’s so warming and a hearty way to start the day. I love it with brown sugar or golden syrup. I love it with banana on top. I also really love it with stewed apricots and prunes.

I usually make porridge either on the stove or in the microwave. None of those fake flavour packets…I always make it from scratch. Now on the stove top, you need to stir it and the saucepan is a pain to clean afterwards, especially if you don’t get it into water straight away. Microwave porridge turns out well but boy, do you have to keep an eye on it. If you’re not careful, it boils over and then you’ve lost your porridge and you’ve got yourself a cleaning job instead.

Thermomix porridge is beautiful and creamy. There’s no mess and the bowl is easy to clean. I used the recipe from the Every Day Cookbook, but halved it. It made a lot of porridge. Enough for 2-3 people so beware, the original recipe makes enough for an army. I used hot water, instead of cold and I reduced the time to 9 minutes instead of 11 for the halved quantity. I’m on my own this weekend and as I sit here listening to the rain bucketing down at 9 o’clock in the morning I am thinking of the rest of my family who are camping. Yes, I said camping. All weekend. They left yesterday afternoon in the rain and it’s still raining. Maybe my leftover porridge won’t go to waste because they might be home any minute. How miserable. I’m glad my porridge and I are inside, in the warm, dry house.

Anyway, back to porridge. If you haven’t tried it in the Thermomix, give it a go. It’s great!

Here are a few other versions I found on the Recipe Community.

Fruit Porridge

Apple and Sultana Porridge

Gluten Free Low GI Porridge

Power Porridge

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