I've been experiementing with a few recipes in the kitchen lately.
Nothing overly adventurous, mainly because our oven carked it before Christmas which is really annoying and restricts what you can bake or roast! It's amazing how creative you become when you don't have an oven. We have been BBQ-ing and eating outdoors a lot of the time. And the cooktop has been getting a workout!
Anyway, I have long wanted to try and make my own coconut butter. I don't own a fancy nancy Thermomix..just an old food processor and while it took FOREVER to blend the coconut, it eventually turned out okay. So easy. Just dump the whole packet of shredded or dessicated coconut and process until the oils release and the whole thing blends into a smooth mixture.
Great buttered onto toast or added to some recipes.
I decided to make these chocolate cups after buying Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar Chocolate book.
They actually turned out really good.. I filled some with the coconut butter and others with crunchy peanut butter. They are not for milk chocolate lovers - they taste like dark chocolate which is fine if you enjoy a more bitter, dark tasting chocolate. I think I will ease up on the cacao in future batches. It was probably just a tad too chocolatey but I am keen to try these again.
I've also made a sugar free custard.
I used the Teresa Cutter recipe for making the perfect custard and I must admit, I had huge success. It wasn't as smooth and thick as a usual custard but I think that's because I didn't stir and boil it enough. But it was really good. I used rice malt syrup instead of maple syrup though. And I stirred it through some left over rice I had after making fried rice for dinner. I do love rice custard even if it does look like the rice cereal you give babies when they first go onto solid food. ha.
No one else in the family wanted any but I loved it!