With the weather starting to cool down in the evenings, in some parts of Australia, it is time to start thinking about all those delicious winter recipes that we loved last year. There is something comforting about putting on the oven and making a warm dessert for the family. Keep reading for 3 winter warmers to add to your recipe list, to provide comfort and cosiness this winter season...
Ingredients: 3 eggs (separated), 3/4 cup caster sugar, 1/4 cup self-raising flour, 1/4 cup desiccated coconut (plus 1 Tablespoon extra), 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon lemon zest and 50g butter (melted).
Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Grease a ceramic 4 - 6 serve dish. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is creamy and pale. In a separate, smaller bowl, beat the egg whites until peaks form. Into the first large bowl, fold in the flour, coconut, lemon juice, zest and melted butter. Fold through the egg whites. Pour the pudding mixture into the dish and sprinkle over the extra coconut. Bake for 25 minutes until it is puffed and golden.
Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon of soft brown sugar, 410g tin of pear halves, 8 walnut halves. Cake: 1/2 cup of wholemeal plain flour, 1/2 cup of raw sugar, 1/2 cup of lite milk, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of sunflower oil, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spray inside a round cake tin with spray oil, then place in the baking paper and push it in so it sticks to the sides and base. Next, spray inside the baking paper and sprinkle around the soft brown sugar. Place the walnuts inside the centre of the pear halves and place them face down on the bottom of the cake in. Put in 4 halves, or however many you can fit. For the cake, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Stir in the sugar. In a separate bowl beat together the egg, milk and oil, then mix into the dry ingredients until smooth. Pour the mixture evenly over the pears and bake for 35-40 minutes, until firm to touch. Turn it out onto a serving plate and serve hot with custard.
Ingredients: 4 Granny Smith apples (peeled, de-cored and thinly sliced), 70g margarine (room temperature), 1/2 cup oats, 1/3 cup plain flour, 1/4 cup desiccated coconut, 1/4 cup raw sugar, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
To stew the apples: Place the apples, nutmeg, mixed spice and cinnamon in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring the saucepan to the boil and simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the apples are soft. Stir occasionally. Remove apples from heat, drain any excess water and place into four ovenproof mini ramekins.
To make the crumble: Preheat oven to 160 degrees. In a bowl add oats, flour, coconut and sugar. Once margarine has reached room temperature, gently rub into the mixture using your finger (it should resemble bread crumbs). Spread this on top of the apples in the ramekins. Bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly golden in colour. Change the setting to grill and brown the tops. Serve hot with a dollop of yoghurt.
Enjoy these warm, delicious dessert recipes during the autumn, winter and spring months, especially if you live in the colder states. They are pure comfort food which are sure to warm up your house, your heart and your belly!