Miss Mixotrophy is back in the Thermomix swing of things, post ultra-cute baby. I’m happy about that, since she was able to whip up some yummy dips for Miss E’s birthday party in a matter of minutes!
Since its coming up to Christmas and some of you may be hoping and wishing very hard that Santa might be bringing you a Super-Dooper ultra awesome Christmas present of a Thermomix, she’s also sharing just how hard they can work for you in this recipe. No this is NOT a sponsored post, we do not receive payment any way for Mixotrophy’s thermie love (unless you call awesome dips and baked goods payment – *wipes crumbs from face*). I’m actually just hoping A1 reads this and gets the hint *ahem*…
So I’m pretty excited to be handing the reins over to Miss Mixotrophy this Monday, for this months Sweet Adventures blog hop entry. The theme? Cake & Three Veg, and it’s being hosted over at 84th and 3rd. Head on over for lots of delectable (and healthy right, I mean they have VEGETABLES in them) treats, including host JJ’s Cinnamon Cauliflower Coffee Cake with Caramel Sauce – cauliflower in a cake? Sounds, interesting - looks AMAZING!
So, over to Miss Mixotropy…
I can’t believe it’s November already! My last foray into the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop was way back in July. Since then, I’ve had a beautiful baby boy who is now twelve weeks old. He’s just amazing but oh my goodness, he is hard work! It’s only recently that I’ve felt up to doing some baking again and I’m very excited to be a part of this month’s SABH.
As a Thermomix consultant, and avid baker, I normally go a bit nuts in the kitchen and try to channel my inner Masterchef. Having a Thermomix makes this a lot more achievable which is why many top chefs use them every day.
Anyone with a young baby, however, will understand that ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ are very important adjectives to use when describing food and cooking. So, without further ado, I’d like to take you on a cupcake making journey and along the way show you some of the functions of the Thermomix that allow you to save so much time in the kitchen and make cooking and food preparation so much easier.
Fudgy Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes
Makes 12 – 18
- 300g raw almonds
- 200g beetroot, peeled and quartered
- 200g dairy free dark chocolate
- 200g sugar
- 4 eggs
- 80g corn flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake papers (depending on the size of your tray/liners, you might end up with leftover mixture – I did, so I made an extra few cupcakes).
2. Place almonds into TM bowl and mill for 15 seconds / speed 10. Set aside. No need to clean bowl.
3. Put beetroot quarters in TM bowl and grate for 8-10 seconds / speed 5, or until desired texture is reached.
4. Break up chocolate into small pieces and place in TM bowl. Grate for 5-6 seconds / speed 8. Heat for 2 minutes / 50 degrees / speed 3 or until chocolate is melted.
5. Add all remaining ingredients and mix for 10 seconds / speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula and mix for a few more seconds if necessary.
6. Pour mixture into prepared muffin tins and bake for 10-20 minutes or until cooked. When cooked, the cupcakes will lightly spring back when touched. If you test with a skewer, remember they will be slightly fudgy when cooked due to the chocolate.
7. Remove cupcakes from tin and cool on wire rack. Top with dairy free ganache (very quick and easy to make in the Thermomix) or dust with icing sugar. Or, just eat them as they are – which is what we did because they were all gone before I even had time to go to the pantry to get the ganache ingredients!
I’ve really only shown you the tip of the iceberg in terms of what a Thermomix can so, but you can see already that in just a few minutes we’ve:
• milled almonds into almond meal (think nuts into nutmeal, macarons, rice into rice flour etc.)
• grated beetroot (think chopping vegies for mains or salads)
• grated chocolate (think parmesan cheese, chocolate etc. – no more skinned knuckles!)
• melted chocolate (think melted butter, melted chocolate for ganache, temper chocolate for truffles etc.)
• mixed up a cupcake batter (cakes, muffins and cupcakes take just seconds!)
To find out more about Thermomix, visit the Thermomix in Australia website. If you’d like a consultant in your area to contact you, just fill out the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Oh, and if you’re sending Santa subliminal messages to bring you a Thermomix for Christmas, let him know that any purchase made before 7th January is eligible for 12 months interest free finance!