5 spice plum sauce

This sauce makes a quick and simple chicken or pork stir-fry very tasty with a dash of oyster sauce, or serve it straight from the jar with grilled chicken or pork steak.

600 plums
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon schezwan pepper
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon star anise
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
1 cup rice wine vinegar
2 apples
2 cups brown sugar

dry roast and grind the spices, or use ground spices or a five spice blend.

Peel and dice onion and chop garlic, sauté the onion and garlic in a little oil, in a heavy based pot with the spices for about 2 minutes until the onion is soft. Add the plums with the pip removed, vinegar, chunky chopped apples, with the core removed, and simmer gently until cooked, about 20 minutes. Puree and add sugar and simmer for another 45 minutes or until the sauce has reached setting point. Test setting point by putting a little on a small plate and putting in the refrigerator until its cold to see if it is at the desired thickness. Pour immediately into sterilised jars to store.

In the thermomix; add peeled onion and garlic chop 5/speed 5. Add spices and sauté 4 minutes/100c speed 1. Add plums with pips removed, apples with core removed, vinegar and cook 30minutes/100C/speed 1. Puree speed 10/1 minutes. Add sugar and cook 30minutes/speed 1/100c. Check to see if it is at setting point (see above)  and pour into clean sterilised jars.

 

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Bircher Muesli, coulis and vanilla yogurt

 

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I have made a fair bit of yogurt before owning my TM5 but probably haven’t made it as regularly or as well as I do now. To make yogurt it’s basically putting yogurt (culture) in warm milk to make the next batch and I have had a fair bit of success with an old thermos. I will try this recipe in the thermos soon for non thermomix owners to see how it goes. I have tweaked the automated recipe on the TM5 to make a thick vanilla yogurt.

Vanilla yogurt
1 litre milk, I use a UHT from the cupboard room temp
80 grams milk powder
50 grams sugar
120 grams yogurt, save some from your last batch
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

*I buy a kilo pot set natural yogurt and freeze it in 120 portion so that I can defrost it and start from fresh every now and then

Coulis

I make a coulis from fresh or frozen berries or stone fruits and then mix that up with the yogurt for a flavoured yogurt. Or even fresh fruits could be pureed. Make small batches of frozen fruit as you need it or a large batch of fresh fruit if you have time and freeze it ready to go.

300 grams jam fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or apricots etc.)
50 grams sugar (to you taste, some fruits won’t need it)
60 ml water

Put all ingredients in a heavy base pot and simmer for about 10 minutes, puree and strain

Frozen yogurt

Mix your yogurt and coulis together and freeze in ice cubes to whizz up in the thermomix or blender to make a frozen yogurt, or freeze them in icy-pole moulds.

In the thermomix

Put all ingredients in bowl, cook 10 minutes/speed 1/100C. Puree speed 10/ 1 minute and strain

Breakfast trifle

Here is a old breakfast trifle recipe of mine (from 2 years ago!! and I still use it all the time) but you could use any nuts, seeds, coconut, fruits that you like. Blitz them in the thermomix or blender

https://eloiseemmett.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/beakfast-triffle/

Serves 4
1 ½ cups rolled oats
2/3 cup apple juice
1 Tablespoons sultana
1 teaspoon dried pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon almond flakes
1 grated apple

600 ml yogurt

2 punnets berries

To make the Bircher muesli, grate the apple into a bowl and mix with the oats, juice, sultanas, seeds and almonds. Refrigerate overnight.

Serve the muesli layered with the yogurt and fresh berries

 

 

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!