Friday, September 23, 2016

Pumpkin Apple Smoothie, Braun PureMix Blender Review

I have been without a blender for a few years. It all changed last week,  Braun Household Product company sent me a new PureMix Blender 7172BK to review. I jumped on the opportunity. I was especially keen on trying out Braun's Smoothie2GoCups, included in the Pure Mix Blender Set.
Smoothie2GoBlending Set is compatible with all Braun JB 7 jug blenders, type : 4142, 4142 4144.

 Blender arrived Friday, via Fedex and I was so excited to try it out.

Loving the seasonal fruits I decided to make pumpkin puree using the Braun Pure Mix Blender, and with Smoothie2Go Cups I made delicious Pumpkin Apple Smoothie.
I bought a large edible pumpkin at a local farm, and I blended it to smooth velvety texture using the puree speed setting. 

Blender has 7 pre-set blend functions

 Glass pitcher is termal resistant and can hold up to 56 fl.oz. /1.6L.
Specially designed pitcher shape and higher positioning of the blade system delivers optimal blending results every time.

 Watch the Braun PureMix Blender in action and learn how to make delicious Pumpkin Puree and Pumkin Apple Smoothie. All in my video.

Pumpkin Apple Smoothie Recipe
1 medium apple, peeled and dices
2tbl oats
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4tsp cinnamon
1/8tsp ground ginger
1/8tsp freshly zested nutmeg
1/4cup milk
1tsp honey

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Unicorn Apple Pie Pop Tarts

I  needed edible magical unicorn in my life and I made these adorable Unicorn Apple Pie Pop Tarts.
Aren't they super adorable!?

For the  Dough  (makes 9, 3x3inch pop tarts)
2cups all purpose flour
1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
10tbl unsalted chilled, cubed butter
2 egg yolks
1/4cup chilled milk, or water
1/2tsp vanilla extract

In the food processor : process  flour, sugar and salt for 10 seconds.  In a small dish whisk together milk, egg yolks, vanilla.  Through the feed tube add butter to the flour mix and pulse, approximately 10 times, until butter is the size of peas.  Gradually add milk mixture and pulse until dough starts to come together. Gather the dough into a ball, flatten it to shape a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

For the Filling
2cups dices, peeled, washed apples
juice of half lemon
lemon zest of half lemon
1/4cup sugar
1tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp freshly zested nutmeg
3tbl flour
1 to 2 tbl butter 

Combine all the ingredients except flour in a small sauce pan. Cook on medium heat, until apples are soft. Remove them the heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir in flour and use as the filling. 

Bake pop tarts at 400F until golden brown around the edges, about 18-20 minutes.
Unicorn horns will be done faster, 10 minutes or so.

For Unicorn Horns
 Use dough scraps to make the horn.Watch the video to see how.
To decorate horns use luster dust mixed with some vodka or lemon extract. Brush the mixture onto the baked and cooled horn. Set aside.

For the Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tbl milk, control the consistency by adding 1 tbl of milk at a time, add more if needed to reach semi fluid consistency.
Use Electric food coloring to color the glaze in variety of colors.
Fill the small sandwich bags with the glaze and decorate baked and cooled pop tarts.
Watch the video how to decorate them with glaze, luster dust and edible silver glitter hearts or stars.

Tools used
Brush from this Wilton Brush Set 
Wilton Edible Glitter Hearts - used in the video 
Kitchen Aid Food Processor - I've had it for 5 years and I use it a lot and it's excellent.


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