2 packets butter cake mix
1 quantity Vienna Cream
assorted sweets (as shown)
1 packet toy cowboys and Indians
Make cakes according to directions on packet. pour three quarters into well-greased Dolly Varderi tin, spoon remaining mixture into 12 greased patty pans. bake patty cakes in mode rate oven 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked when tested. Remove from oven. Reduce heat to moderately slow, cook large cake 1 l/4 hours or unt il cooked when tested. Cool in tin 10 minutes. turn on to wire rack.
When cold, trim top evenly with serrated knife, place cake, broad end down, on board covered with coloured foil, cover cake with Vienna Cream, decorate with sweets, as shown, press wooden skewers into top, posi tion cowboys and Indians on board. Ice patty cakes and serve separately.
Note: DollyVarden tins are available in kitchenware departments of most large stores,or search the net.
Country Fried Steaks with Chipotle Gravy
If you’re looking for recipes using ground beef, you’ll love this recipe for Country Fried Steaks with Chipotle Gravy! Instead of using steaks, this is a more budget-friendly version of the classic recipe that the whole family will be sure to love.
Cooking Time: 30 min
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper ( smoked jalapeños) in adobo sauce, divided
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups saltine crackers (about 37 crackers), finely crushed, divided
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper; coarsely ground
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup beef broth
Adobo sauce is a type of hot sauce or marinade used in Mexican and Southwestern cuisines. Adobo is a Spanish word for “sauce” or “marinade,” and the dark red adobo sauce is used in many contexts in Mexican food. Its main ingredients are typically chile peppers, garlic, and vinegar, though variations are common. Tomatoes, onions, and a variety of herbs and spices often complete the recipe.
To prepare patties:
1. Finely chop chipotle pepper.
2. In a separate bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of the chipotle pepper, beef, ½ cup of the crackers, ¼
cup of the buttermilk, egg, salt and black pepper; mix well.
3. Shape beef mixture into four irregular-shaped patties, about ½ inch thick.
4. Place flour in first tray. Pour ¾ cup of the buttermilk in second tray and place remaining 1 cup cracker crumbs in third tray.
5. Lightly dredge each patty in flour, shaking off excess; dip into buttermilk and then into crackers, pressing gently to secure crumbs to patty.
To cook patties:
1. Add oil to skillet (do not use stainless cookware); heat over medium heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering.
2. Place patties in skillet; cook 4-6 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F and patties are no longer pink in center.
3. Remove patties from skillet to paper towel-lined plate (do not wipe out skillet).
To prepare gravy:
1. Add 2 tablespoons of the flour from the tray to the skillet, whisk until smooth.
2. Gradually add broth and remaining 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper, whisking until smooth.
3. Cook 1-3 minutes or until gravy comes to a boil, whisking constantly. Whisk in remaining ½ cup buttermilk.
4. Cook 1-3 minutes or until thickened, whisking constantly.
5. Serve gravy over steaks.
Typically made with cube steak, ground beef is used here to make this a more budget-friendly recipe.
In a pinch, you can make a quick buttermilk substitute. Combine 1½ tablespoon white vinegar with enough milk to measure a total of 1½ cups. Let stand 5 minutes. The acid will sour and slightly thicken
Mince &Vegetable Cups
Serves: 4 , Preparation Time: 10 min , Cooking Time: 40 min
• 1½ Tbsp olive oil –
• 200 g Lean beef mince
• 1 small carrot,peeled,grated
• 1 small baby marrow, grated
• 2 Tbsp (30 ml) tomato paste
• Spaghetti Bolognaise sachet
• 1/4 cup frozen peas
• ¼ cup grated Cheddar cheese
12 slices wholewheat bread
1. Preheat oven to 200°C
2. Brush a muffin tray with oil
3. Using oil, brown mince in a non-stick pan
4. Add carrot and baby marrow and cook for a further 3-4 mm
5. Add tomato paste, Bolognaise Cook-In Sauce and
200 ml hot water
6. Simmer for 10 mm or until liquid has evaporated
7. Stir in peas and season with salt and pepper
8. Use a rolling pin to flatten bread slices
9. Use a 10 cm round biscuit cutter to cut 1 round from each slice
10. Use bread rounds to line base and sides of greased muffin holes
11. Bake bread cases for 5 mm or until crisp
12. Spoon 2 Tbsp mince mixture into each bread case
13. Sprinkle with cheese
14. Bake for 12-15 mm or until heated through.
Great for the kids!
2 packets gingerbread cake mix
1 quantity chocolate Vienna Cream
small assorted sweets
1 icecream water
2 chocolate biscuit sticks
green food colouring
Make up one cake mix as directed on packet, pour into greased 23cm x 12cm (9in x 5in) loaf tin, bake in moderate oven 50 minutes or until cooked when tested. Make up second cake mix as directed on packet, pour half the mixture into greased 25cm x 8cm (10in x 3in) bar tin, bake in moderate oven 30 minutes or until cooked when tested. Pour remaining cake mixture into greased patty tins to make extra patty cakes for future use, bake in moderate oven 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked when tested. Turn on to wire racks to cool. Cut bar cake in half horizontally, pin together at top with toothpicks, place on top of loaf cake to form rc as shown
Spread chocolate Vienna Cream evenly and smoothly all over cake Overlap sweets on roof to repress tiles, press licorice log along top of roof tiles. Use wafer for door and sweet door knob, secure with small stick. Use large sweets for windows and halved jubes for frames. Secure small sweets and leaves with small sticks to chocolate biscuit sticks to represent flower beds. Use chocolate sultanas for path. Tint coconut with a few drops green food colouring, sprinkle over board represent grass.
1 packet butter cake mix
1 quantity Vienna cream
green musk sticks
small piece fabric
toy cooking utensils
1 white marshmallow
toy cups, saucers, plates
Make cake according to directions on packet, pour into greased 28cm x 1 &m (11in x 7in) lamington tin, bake in moderate oven 30 minutes or until cooked when tested. Turn on to wire rack to cool. Cut cake, cut 10cm (4in) off each end of cake, Ieaving 8cm (sin) piece in centre.
Assemble cake, as follows, on prepared board: place one 10cm 14in) piece of cake on board, top with 8cm (sin) piece, place second 10crn (4in) piece on its side behind 8cm (3in )piece, secure with toothpicks it necessary, trim cakes so they’re even. Cover cake evenly with Vienna Cream.
Cut musk sticks into thin strips. press on to edges of cake. Arrange cachous, to represent oven door: press thin strip of licorice into icing at the two top ends of door to represent handle. Cut small piece of fabric into rectangle. carefully hang it over door handle to represent tea towel. Press coloured sweets on to splash back to represent dials. Wind licorice into tight coils to represent hotplates, place on top of stove. add cooking equipment.
To make eggs. halve a marshmallow, flatten slightly, then place yellow sweets in centres. Chocolate ”bullets” represent sausages, Jaffas in saucepan represent tomatoes. To hang remaining kitchen equipment, push toothpicks into either side of stove. Arrange cups, saucers and plates along top of stove.
Have fun and good luck.
1 packet butter cake mix
100g packet lime jelly crystals
1 quantity chocolate Cream
2 x 150g packets chocolate biscuit sticks
2 musk sticks
assorted food colouring
assorted round sweets
small paper umbrella
1. Make cake according to directions on packet, spoon evenly into greased deep 20cm round cake tin, bake in moderate oven 50 minutes or until cooked when tested. Turn cake on to wire rack to cool. Make up jelly as directed on packet; refrigerate until it is set.
2.Trim,top of cake so that it is flat; cut around top about 1 cm in from edge to represent wall of swimming pool. Using small sharp knife, hollow out centre of cake to 2.6cm deep to form a recess for the jelly.
3.Spread sides and edge of cake with chocolate Vienna Cream. Arrange chocolate biscuit sticks evenly around cake. leaving an opening of about 5cm . Use musk sticks and licorice to make ladder. Mash set jelly with fork, spoon into the recess of the cake to represent water.
4.Paint stripes of food colouring on to small round sweets to represent beach balls. Small dolls can be pushed through jube rings to represent children in rubber floats. Spread a little cream on heads of dolls, dip in green sprinkles (these represent bathing caps). Bathing suits can be painted on dolls with nail polish. Rubber mattress is made from jelly snakes trimmed to about 6cm and joined together with a little chocolate cream. Add paper umbrella.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
Cook time: 0:45
2-1/4 pounds sweet potatoes
2 cups milk
3 tbl brown sugar
3 tbl butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1 dash pepper
1 dash cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1 bag marshmallows
1. Mash sweet potatoes by putting through a sieve or beating in an electric beater or using a potato masher or food mill.
2. Add milk gradually (if you add it too fast it splashes and is hard to mix in).
3. Mix in remaining ingredients.
4. Put in buttered casserole.
5. Heat through (bake in slow oven (250 deg. F) for 20-30 minutes, or in microwave).
6. Cover top with marshmallows.
7. Return to oven until marshmallows are slightly melted and a bit brown (if the oven is too hot, the marshmallows will disappear!) This step cannot be done in the microwave.