Sunday, December 12, 2021

Ginger Sponge, made in Thermomix.

 My hairdresser requested a Ginger Sponge for Christmas. I have never made a traditional sponge as my Mum was the Queen of Sponges. Especially the Passion Fruit one. 

I did a test run in my 50 year old Kenwood. However smoke started to billow at the end of 20 minutes. So I consulted Cookidoo in my new 6. 

I took the recipe from Cookidoo and substituted some of the flour with the ginger spices. Excellent result and far easier, ( no triple sifting of dry ingredients or adding sugar gradually ) 

Pre heat oven 350 degrees.
Brush the sides and base of  1cake pan ,  22 cm x 7 cm with cake release or butter
Line the base of  cake pan with baking paper.  
The cooked cake will fill the pan. 


Ginger mixture
2 teaspoons cocoa
2 teaspoons ground ginger  
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
Mix together in small bowl and then push through a fine strainer into another room bowl. 
Set aside. 

4 jumbo eggs, ( I used 5 large )
125g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
128 g plain flour ( you won’t use all )
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Pinch of salt.

Insert butterfly and add, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
Beat 6 minutes/100 degrees/ speed 4
Then beat,  6 minutes/ speed 4
Set scales and add ginger mixture.
Add  baking powder and enough flour to weigh a total of 128 g. ( you will have a little flour leftover. )
Mix 4 seconds/ speed 3. 
Remove butterfly and gently stir flour into mixture with spatula. 
Pour into pan.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Test with wood skewer. 
 ( under cooked will sink in the middle, over baked will be dry )
Run knife around tin and leave in tin for 10 minutes before removing. 
Allow to cool completely before cutting  in half horizontally. 

Use eggs at room temperature 
For an extra ginger hit , I minced some preserved ginger with lemon juice then added pure icing sugar to spread on top. 
The original Ginger Fluff Sponge is lighter and more fragile in texture. 
Fill with cream.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Oatmeal crisps

 These light crispy oatmeal biscuits are to be included in my Xmas gift boxes. They are a light shortbread biscuit.  You may leave them plain or add a topping of choice. 

Makes 36 using a 1 inch spring loaded icecream scoop. 

This recipe was adapted to TMX from Lovelylittlekitchen blog. 


1 cup of butter, ( 227 g )

1/2  (cup caster sugar, ( I used Raw caster sugar ) 120g

1 teaspoon vanilla 

1 cup of plain flour, 150g

1 1/2 cups of rolled oats, milled in TMX to a powder. ( 20 seconds , speed 9 ) 135g


Cream butter , vanilla and sugar for 1 minute , speed 4 , scrape down.  Mix for 30 , speed 4 seconds.

Add flour and milled oats. Mix 20 seconds, speed 4. 

Tip into a bowl so that it is easy to scoop out. 

Set oven to 350 f, ( 180 c)

Place 1 inch size balls on lined baking tray. Spread with damp fingers to 2 1/2 inches. 

Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light brown around edges. 

Let set up on tray.  Then remove to wire rack. Store in Air tight container.