Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mummy meals

A friend of mine has had her second baby boy a few weeks ago, hubbie has just gone back to work, her parents have left and she is home alone with the little men! So I signed the roster that came round to cook a few meals for them.

Tomato, rocket & ricotta tart

2 ripe tomatoes sliced
1 packed of ready made puff pastry
2 cups of ricotta
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup cream
1/4 grated parmesan
ground nutmeg
1 cup of finely chopped rocket
egg for brushing 

Heat oven to 200oC (400F). 
Place tomatoes in a colander, sprinkle with salt & set aside.  Unroll dough and roll out a little bit so its 1/4" think. I made this quantity into 2 but you could do one big one.  One went on a floured baking sheet and the other in a foil flan dish (for ease of transport).
Mix ricotta, eggs, cream, parmesan, nutmeg, S&P in a bowl. Add in rocker and stir to combine.  Spread this mixture over the dough leaving a border which you then fold over to encase the filling.  Brush pastry with egg and bake in the oven for 40mins or until golden.

Blueberry cake

1 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup plain flour
75g (2 1/2 oz) cold unsalted butter
2 cups of plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
125g (4oz) softened butter
1 cup of caster sugar
3 beaten eggs
1 cup soured cream
2 cups blueberries

Make the topping first.  Roughly rub in the 75g of butter to the brown sugar & 1/4 cup flour until its slightly breadcrumb like.
Preheat oven to 180oC to 350F. Sift flour, baking powder & salt into bowl. Cream butter and sugar until pale and slowly mix in eggs (I do spoonful at a time to stop it curdling).  Add dry ingredients and alternating with soured cream until all are incorporated.
Pour mixture into 2 loaf tins or one 9" round. Sprinkle with blueberries & topping mix.
Bake until a skewer comes out clean (my 2 loaf tins took about an hour). Cool in tin then turn onto wire rack.  

Both recipes ever so slightly adapted from bill granger ones.

1 comment:

  1. Yummy yummy! So glad we were the lucky recipients of these tasty treats!
    We are already well into both the tart and the blueberry cake - who says you can't have dessert for lunch!

    Thanks so much for bringing these over - such a huge help :)
    I am writing down these recipes as we speak
    -H xoxo