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Pesto and pistachio muffins Thermomix recipe

Pesto and pistachio muffins Thermomix recipe

Looking for something deliciously different? Try these delicious pesto and pistachios muffins.
Savoury muffins I hear you say? Yes absolutely! They taste just as good as the sweet alternative.
These delicious pesto and pistachio muffins are soft, fluffy, very light and truly scrumptious.
Serve them straight from the oven with a nice green salad for a quick and healthy dinner. They also make a very good alternative to sandwiches for lunch boxes (Not in a school though because of the nuts!!). How about adding them to your scrumptious brunch?
Packed full of flavours, you can make them on Sunday and then freeze for the rest of the week. Cake for lunch anyone?!
The first time I made pesto and pistachio muffins, was to bring them for an aperitif, where they were gone in seconds – literally!
We’ve also eaten them as a family dinner, still warm from the oven with a side salad and some green beans.
They are simply scrumptious and a total doddle to make. This is a great recipe to use leftover pesto.
The Momo touch:
  • You will go from raw, unchopped ingredients to ready to bake in under 10 minutes.
  • Grate cheese, add the rest of the ingredients and mix it all, all in one bowl – easy peasy!
  • No need to use tons of pots and pans and no washing up at all since Momo will clean itself!
As ever if you’ve enjoyed these pesto and pistachio muffins, I’d be extremely grateful if you could leave a comment below.
Bon appetit – Enjoy x
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Pesto and pistachio muffins Thermomix recipe

Looking for something deliciously different? Try these delicious pesto and pistachios muffins.

Savoury muffins I hear you say? Yes absolutely! They taste just as good as the sweet alternative.

These delicious pesto and pistachio muffins are soft, fluffy, very light and truly scrumptious.

  • 80 grams gruyere cheese
  • 50 grams fresh basil
  • 50 grams pine nuts
  • 10 grams olive oil
  • 100 grams milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 180 grams self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 60 grams pistachio
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C.

  2. Add 80 grams gruyere cheese to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5

  3. Add 50 grams fresh basil, 50 grams pine nuts, and mix for 5 seconds / speed 6.

  4. Add 10 grams olive oil, 100 grams milk, 3 eggs, 180 grams self-raising flour, and salt & pepper. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 4. 

  5. Add 60 grams pistachios and mix for 10 seconds / speed 3. 

  6. Transfer the dough to muffin cases / mould. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on size. 

 

Awesome sausage rolls – Thermomix recipe

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Aww sausage rolls, the perfect treat for any occasion from snacks to canapes with a drink – it’s not a party without a good sausage roll! – or make them a bit bigger and serve them for an easy dinner with a simple salad!

They are so versatile too, add your favourite herbs or dried fruit, and totally transform the flavours.

Once you’ve had a go and tasted a home-made sausage roll, you will never go back to a shop bought one again.

They can be cooked well in advance, frozen then defrosted and warmed through when needed.


 

Makes about 16

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • About 10 sage leaves
  • 15ml olive oil
  • 400g sausage meat
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 250 g ready-made puff pastry
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 free-range egg
  • Ground pepper

Let’s go…

  1. Add one red onion, halved, one garlic clove and 1 tbsp Dijon mustard to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 400g sausage meat, 10 sage leaves, 2 pinches of nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 5.
  3. Cut pastry sheets in half lengthways into 2 long rectangles.
  4. Divide the meat mixture between each pastry strip and spread out in the middle.
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese (optional).
  6. Roll and cut each strip into mini sausage rolls.
  7. Space each sausage roll out on a baking tray. Brush with egg wash and top with ground pepper.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Smoked salmon, comte and cream cheese bites – Christmas recipe with or without a Thermomix

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Smoked salmon, comte and cream cheese bites – Christmas recipe with or without a Thermomix

These little fluffy bites are gluten free, low carbs and whisked together in minutes. What more would you want…

This recipe makes 36 bite-sized mini muffins which look beautiful sprinkled with fresh chive.

My children also love them in their lunch box.

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Makes 36

Active time: 2 minutes – Total time: 17 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 100g comte cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 250g cream cheese – Philadelphia type
  • 200g creme fraiche
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • A small bunch of fresh chive
  • 100g smoked salmon, roughly chopped

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Lightly grease mini muffin tray. This is the one I use. (affiliate link)
  3. Add 100g comte cheese to the mixing bowl. Grate for 5 seconds/speed 5. Set aside.
  4. Add 6 eggs, 250g cream cheese, 200g creme fraiche, a small bunch of fresh chive and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 3.
  5. Add the smoked salmon. Mix for 10 seconds/reverse speed 1.
  6. Pour into greased muffin tray. Sprinkle grated comte on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Cranberry and brie bites – Christmas recipe with or without a Thermomix

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Cranberry and brie bites – Christmas recipe with or without a Thermomix

Cranberry and brie bites are so easy to make, I’ve made them so many times for parties. They are incredibly simple to throw together yet always get polished off in minutes. I just love how beautiful and tasty they are.

If I am perfectly honest, I cheat all the way with this recipe – shop bought puff pastry and ready-made cranberry sauce.  With a little help from your Thermomix, you could easily home make both.

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Makes 24.

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 400g cranberry sauce
  • 300g creamy brie

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Lightly grease mini muffin tray. This is the one I use.
  3. Roll out the 2 sheets of puff pastry. Cut each of them into 12 squares. Place each square in mini muffin tray cups.
  4. Add about 3cm brie cheese to each cup.
  5. Top with 1 tsp cranberry sauce.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Two salmon pate – Christmas Thermomix recipe

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Two salmon pate – Christmas Thermomix recipe

Whip up this creamy, delicious salmon pate in no time, great served as a dip or as a starter with blinis or toasted sourdough.

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Serves 8 to 10 as a starter, more as a dip

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 750g fresh salmon
  • 125g smoked salmon
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 100g Greek-style yoghurt
  • 50g salted butter, at room temperature
  • A few sprigs of chive
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Let’s go…

  1. Place zest of one lemon in the mixing bowl, chop for 3 seconds / speed 7. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the fresh salmon into the Varoma dish, making sure you leave gaps for the steam to circulate. Fill the mixing bowl with 700g water. Place Varoma dish into position and cook for 18 minutes / Varoma / Speed 1.
  3. Empty the water from the bowl. Remove the skin from the salmon. Flake it with a fork.
  4. Add 125g smoked salmon, 50g butter, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 lemon juice, 2 egg yolks, 100g Greek-style yoghurt, the lemon zest and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 3. Scrape down the sides.
  5. Add the fresh salmon. Mix for 20 seconds / Reverse speed 1.
  6. Taste to check the seasoning as smoked salmon can vary greatly in its saltiness. Add more salt, pepper or lemon juice if needed. If you do, mix again for 20 seconds / reverse speed 1.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate until needed.
  8. Serve sprinkled with chopped chive.

This pate is so easy to make yet I can promise you it impresses every single time.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Croque Monsieur Thermomix recipe – the real one so that you can pretend you’re seating at a Parisian café reading Sartre

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Croque Monsieur Thermomix recipe – the ridiculously French one so that you can pretend you’re seating at a Parisian café reading Sartre

If you associate croque monsieur with a simple ham and cheese toastie, think again!

A proper croque monsieur, like the one you find in all good boulangeries in France, is made of baked ham and cheese and smothered in a velvety, smooth bechamel sauce.

It is so easy and comforting, makes for super quick dinner and is so damn delicious!

Once you’ve mastered this recipe, the next step is the croque madame – same recipe, just with a fried egg on top.

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Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £5.58

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 500ml milk – £0.32
  • 40g salted butter – £0.26
  • 60g plain flour – £0.03
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg – £0.05
  • 150g grated gruyere cheese – £2.02
  • 8 slices white bread – £0.30
  • Dijon mustard – £0.10
  • 4 slices ham (not wafer thin) – £2.50

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Add 500g milk, 40g butter, 60g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the Thermomix bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. That’s your bechamel sauce.
  3. In the meantime, place 4 slices of bread on a baking sheet. Brush with Dijon mustard.
  4. Spread a good dollop of bechamel, top with a slice of ham, and some grated gruyere.
  5. Top with another piece of bread. Smother in bechamel sauce and sprinkle with more gruyere cheese.
  6. Cover the 4 croque monsieurs with foil and cook in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the foil and cook for a further 5 minutes until the topping is slightly brown.

Serve warm with a simple green salad.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Cheesy mashed potato pancakes – with or without a Thermomix

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Cheesy mashed potato pancakes – with or without a Thermomix

Now I am not going to lie – we very rarely make this recipe here.

Not that it’s hard or lengthy to make – it’s actually pretty simple – but it requires LEFT OVER mashed potato and anyone who owns a Thermomix will know that the basic mashed potato recipe is so delicious and full proof, that leftovers very rarely exist.

You can obviously use fresh mash – but it’ll need to be chilled for this particular recipe. So be warned and allow extra time!

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To freeze – freeze after step 3, defrost thoroughly before proceeding to step 4

Gluten-free – replace plain flour with gluten-free option.


Serves 12

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 spring onions – top and bottom trimmed
  • 600g cooled mashed potato
  • 125g grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 100g plain flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Creme fraiche for serving

Let’s go…

  1. Place roughly chopped spring onions into mixing bowl and chop 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 600g mashed potato, 125g cheddar cheese, 1 egg and 3 tbsp plain flour. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 4.
  3. Using your hands, divide the mixture into 12. Flatten each portion into a pancake about 1cm thick.
  4. Cover both sides of each pancake with the remaining flour.
  5. Heat up vegetable oil in a frying pan.
  6. Fry the pancakes until they’re golden brown on both sides, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.

During step 2, you can ‘load’ the pancakes with all sorts of ingredients:

  • fried onions & bacon bit
  • ham, pepperoni, chicken
  • peppers of any colour, sundried tomatoes, sweetcorn
  • herbs such as fresh basil, oregano
  • pretty much any cheese: mozzarella, halloumi, feta, gruyere

Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche and some more chopped spring onions.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Ham and cheese buns – with or without a Thermomix

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Ham and cheese buns – with or without a Thermomix

Stuffed buns are perfect for lunch boxes (for adults and kids alike), to take on a picnic, to serve as an aperitif or to have for a simple dinner, served with a green salad.

I made these with ham & cheese. Alternatives can be brie & cranberry, goats cheese, pesto, olives, chorizo, bacon, mozzarella, feta & sun-dried tomatoes. Fill them generously with what’s in your fridge, you can’t really go wrong!

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Can be frozen

For gluten-free, replace plain flour with buckwheat flour

For vegetarian – vary filling as above: brie & cranberry, goats cheese, pesto, feta and sundried tomatoes etc etc.


Active time: 20 minutes – Total time: 2h47

Makes 12 buns

Ingredients:

  • 200g milk
  • 70g salted butter
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 15g fresh yeast
  • 400g plain flour
  • 6 slices ham, roughly chopped
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese, roughly chopped
  • 6 tsp mustard (we use Dijon mustard here but you can use whichever one you prefer)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Let’s go…

  1. Add 200g milk, 70g butter, 1tsp sugar and 15g fresh yeast to the mixing bowl. Mix for 3 minutes / 37C / speed 2.
  2. Add 400g flour and 1tsp salt to the bowl. Knead for 4 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a damp cloth or cling film and leave to rest in a warm place for one hour.
  4. Flour your work surface and split the dough into 12.
  5. Roll out each piece into an oval / rough rectangle shape.
  6. Spread 1/2 tsp mustard, a generous portion of ham and cheddar cheese into each rectangle.
  7. Roll everything together into a log, and cut three slits into the top of each bun.
  8. Place the logs onto greaseproof paper, cover and allow to rise for another hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  10. Brush the buns with egg yolk.
  11. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, onion powder, garlic powder (optional)
  12. Bake for 25 minutes.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Bacon and cheese scones in the Thermomix

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Here in the UK, when you attend a Thermomix demo, you get to make and taste delicious cheese scones, which we then enjoy with a pea and mint soup.

Since adding Momo the Thermomix to our family about a year ago, I have made the classic cheese scone recipe so many times I’ve lost count – tonight we added bacon to it and very nice it was too. So I thought I’d share…


Bacon & cheese scones in the Thermomix

Makes 8

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 200g lardons or bacon rashes diced
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 120g butter diced into 1cm
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 120g cheddar cheese
  • 250g milk

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 220C
  2. Add lardons to the Thermomix bowl. Turn on for 4 minutes / 100C / slow speed / reverse speed. When cooked drain in a colander and set aside.
  3. Add flour, butter and salt to the mixing bowl. Mix on Turbo / 1 second / 5 or 6 times. 
  4. Add cheese and chop again Turbo / 1 second / 3 times.
  5. Add milk. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 4.
  6. Add lardons. Knead for 30 seconds.
  7. Tip out onto a floured mat and gently bring the dough together.  Press out with hands to about 3cm thickness.
  8. Using the spatula, cut into 8 scones and place onto an oiled & floured tray.
  9. Cook in the oven for 18 minutes at 220C.

Best enjoyed warm with a bowl of soup or just as they are.

Delicious. Bon appetit x


 

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Cream & onion crackers with Momo the Momix

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Probably my favourite things about having a Thermomix, is that it’s just so easy and quick to make things that you would usually buy. The idea of making my own crackers had not even crossed my mind – ever. I mean, why would you? Must be so difficult hey?!

But with the help of Momo the momix, making crackers is so simple, they are delicious too and you know that there are no nasties in them! Win win win.

We’ve made these with cream and onion but feel free to adapt to your own taste, experiment with whatever herbs and spices you have in the cupboard. Don’t forget to comment below with your suggestions.

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Homemade cream and onion crackers with a Thermomix

Ingredients:

  • 40g salted butter
  • 150g plain flour
  • 70g creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons onion granules
  • 10g caster sugar
  • a pinch of pepper

Let’s go…

  1. Add the butter to the Thermomix bowl
  2. Turn on for 1 minutes, temperature 80C, speed 2
  3. Add 150g plain flour, 70g creme fraiche 2 tbsp onion granules, 10g caster sugar and a pinch of pepper
  4. Turn on for 15 seconds, speed 5
  5. Make a long sausage out of the dough and wrap into cling film. Leave to set in the fridge for an hour.
  6. Preheat your oven to 170C
  7. Cut the ‘sausage’ into slices, about 1/2cm thick
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 170C

Enjoy with a dip, like our roasted red pepper and feta cheese one.


 

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