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  • rosieben
    • #2
    • 21st Dec 08, 10:52 AM
    Christmas Pudding in the Microwave
    • #2
    • 21st Dec 08, 10:52 AM
    These are old recipes so you may need to adjust the times for higher wattage.

    I have made the first recipe - malt extract is something I would have never had in my store cupboard so I suspect I just left it out. I've not made the 30-minute pud, but I'm intrigued by the cooking method so may be trying this one out myself.

    Sorry, I cant give credit for the recipes as I've no idea where they came from, far too long ago!

    Enjoy!

    Microwave Christmas Pudding
    Just a reminder that you don’t add coins if you’re cooking in the microwave

    5 ozs plain flour
    3 tsp mixed spice
    6 ozs breadcrumbs
    8 ozs soft brown sugar
    8 ozs shredded suet
    4 eggs
    2 tbsp milk
    pint stout
    1 lb mixed dried fruit
    2 ozs chopped peel
    2 oz glace cherries
    grated rind of 1 orange
    1 apple, peeled and grated
    3 tbsp black treacle
    1 tbsp malt extract

    Lightly grease 3 x 1pt pudding basins (or 2 x 1 pint). Sift flour and spice into bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix well together. Mix in all other ingredients. Mixture will improve in flavour if left covered overnight in a cool place.

    Divide mixture between basins. Cover with cling film and pierce the cling film.

    (This is an old recipe and I suspect one that I used in my old 650 watt microwave. Adjust times for other wattage)

    Cook small puddings 5 mins
    Larger ones 7-9 mins

    Stand 5-10 mins before turning out.

    Pudding can be cooked and left to mature wrapped in greaseproof and then foil.

    On the day, reheat in microwave for 2 - 3 mins, depending on size, or in individual slices for 1 minute.


    30-minute Christmas pud

    Makes 1 x 2lb and 1 x 1lb puddings
    Prep: 10 - 15 ins
    Cook: 25 - 30 minutes

    Any Christmas pudding benefits from maturing time, so if you can, make puddings a few weeks in advance and store them in your fridge or freezer

    You will need:
    8 pint bowl; 1 - 1 pint bowl; 1 - 2 pint bowl.

    1 oz margarine
    2 tbsp black treacle
    8 ozs currants
    5 ozs raisins
    5 ozs sultanas
    8 ozs soft brown sugar
    1 tsp ground ginger
    2 tsp mixed spice
    6 ozs fresh brown breadcrumbs
    3ozs plain flour
    3 eggs, size 3, beaten
    Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
    pint stout

    Melt the margarine and the treacle in the large bowl (1 min on high). Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. This is when you can make the traditional wish but don’t add coins or charms if you’re cooking in the microwave.

    Cook uncovered on high for 6 minutes, stirring very minute, until mixture starts bubbling on the surface. This stage of cooking is very important.

    Lightly grease bowls with margarine and wipe off excess with kitchen paper to avoid coating the turned out puddings. Fill bowls with mixture and smooth the surface.

    Cover with a cap of lightly greased greaseproof paper and tie loosely. Cook on Defrost to allow the flavours time to blend and to enhance the colour.

    The 2lb pudding will take 23 - 25 minutes, the 1lb pudding will take 12 - 13 mins.

    The puddings are ready when dry on the surface and firm to the touch. Remove from microwave and leave to stand or 15 minutes. Turn out. Serve with brandy butter.

    Storage:
    Wash bowls and replace puddings in them. Store, covered, in a refrigerator for up to 2 months.

    Reheat:
    2lb pudding for 8 - 10 mins on defrost and 1lb pudding for 5 - 7 mins on Defrost.
    Last edited by rosieben; 13-12-2012 at 8:50 PM.
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 21st Dec 08, 12:31 PM
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    Pink.
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    • 21st Dec 08, 12:31 PM
    • #3
    • 21st Dec 08, 12:31 PM
    Hi rosieben,

    What a good idea for a thread. Here's a few more links:

    Microwave Porridge - How please?

    Microwave choc pudd - lost recipe - help!

    Microwave cakes?

    Microwave dumplings

    Is it possible to cook rice via microwave?

    Help microwave mashed potatoes!

    Making Tablet (Toffee) in the Microwave - Recepie Please

    Roux sauce in microwave?

    microwave cheese sauce recipe please

    Making Jam in a Microwave

    Pink
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 21st Dec 08, 12:36 PM
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    Pink.
    • #4
    • 21st Dec 08, 12:36 PM
    • #4
    • 21st Dec 08, 12:36 PM
    And here are some threads with suggestions of foods that can be cooked in the microwave:

    what can i cook in microwave - oven is dead!

    Help! Microwave cooking for a starving student!

    Microwave Magic

    Microwave Cooking a new Challange

    No kitchen...microwave only foods.. HELP

    Do you actually use your Microwave??

    Pink
  • rosieben
    • #5
    • 21st Dec 08, 12:40 PM
    • #5
    • 21st Dec 08, 12:40 PM
    Thanks Pink, that saved me a lot of work!!
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  • lovelyjubbly
    • #6
    • 21st Dec 08, 2:33 PM
    Micro Fudge
    • #6
    • 21st Dec 08, 2:33 PM
    This is a recipe for Microwave Fudge, Not sure where I found it, but I have made it and it is Easy Peasy and really works well.

    Tin of Condensed milk (around 400g?)
    125g Butter
    500g Castor Sugar
    put all in very large bowl (as it rises in bowl when it boils)
    cook on high for only 9-10 mins (mine is 850w)
    stir every 3 mins
    be very carefull it doesnt boil over
    after 10 minutes take out and add 5ml vanilla essence
    add any other flavours, or things like raisins, whisky, what ever you like
    eat when cool............I mean save till Christmas day
    look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves.
  • rosieben
    • #7
    • 27th Dec 08, 11:29 AM
    Microwave Soup recipes
    • #7
    • 27th Dec 08, 11:29 AM
    Here are 2 recipes for soup - maybe just the thing we need after all that rich food!

    These are old recipes where High = 600-700 watts. Higher wattage would obviously cook quicker. There's a conversion chart for different microwave wattages here

    French Onion Soup

    2oz (50g) butter
    1½ lbs (550g) onions, sliced
    4 stock cubes
    Salt and pepper
    3 oz (75g) grated cheese

    Place the butter in a large bowl and cook on HIGH for 30 seconds until melted. Stir in the onions slices to coat with the butter.
    Cover with cling film and cook on High for 8 minutes
    Dissolve the stock cubes in 1¾ pints (1 litre) boiling water , pour this over the onions, stir and re-cover
    Cook on high for about 15 minutes, stirring once
    Last edited by rosieben; 27-12-2008 at 12:03 PM.
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  • rosieben
    • #8
    • 27th Dec 08, 11:31 AM
    • #8
    • 27th Dec 08, 11:31 AM
    see notes in previous post re wattage and cooking times

    Cream of Mushroom Soup
    Serves 4-6

    2 oz (50g) butter
    1 small onion
    2 chicken stock cubes
    8 oz (225g) button mushrooms sliced
    Bouquet garni
    1 oz (25 g) cornflour
    pint (300ml) milk
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 fl oz (50 ml) single cream

    Place the butter and chopped onions in a large (4 pint or 2 litre) bowl.
    Cover with cling film.
    Cook on High for 4 - 5 minutes
    Dissolve the stock cubes in 1 pint (600 ml ) boiling water and add to the onion with the sliced mushrooms and bouquet garni.
    Re-cover and cook on High for 15 – 20 minutes.
    Remove the bouquet garni and either seive or liquidise the soup.
    Blend the cornflour with a little of the measured milk, then stir in the remaining milk.
    Add to the mushroom mix and re-cover. Cook on High for about 10 minutes, stirring once.
    Season to taste, pour in to a serving dish and swirl the cream on top
    Last edited by rosieben; 27-12-2008 at 1:21 PM. Reason: left half the instructions out, sorry Kazmeister!!
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  • rosieben
    • #9
    • 27th Dec 08, 11:41 AM
    • #9
    • 27th Dec 08, 11:41 AM
    Recipes here (pdf file) for

    One Layer Chocolate Cake
    Chocolate sour cream frosting
    Crispy cereal squares
    Microwave Brownies
    Last edited by rosieben; 27-12-2008 at 12:02 PM.
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  • rosieben
    Turkey Curry anyone? :)
    Chicken or Turkey Curry (see notes in post #1 re wattage and cooking times)

    oz butter or marg
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    2 level tbsp curry powder
    1 level tbsp flour
    1 pint chicken stock
    1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
    1 level tbsp tomato puree
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    2 tbsp mango chutney
    2 oz sultanas
    1 dessert apple, peeled, cored and chopped
    12 oz cooked chicken or turkey meat cubed
    Salt and pepper

    Place the butter or margarine and chopped onion in a casserole. Cover and cook on High for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is soft.
    Stir in the curry powder and flour and gradually blend in the stock. Re-cover and cook on High for about 4 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Stir the sauce after every minute.
    Stir in the Worcestershire Sauce, tomato puree, lemon juice, chutney, sultanas and apple. Re-cover and cook on LOW for about 10 minutes
    Add the chicken or turkey meat and seasoning, mixing well. Recover and cook on High for 3 - 5 minutes, or until heated through.
    Leave to stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving with boiled rice.
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    • kazmeister
    • By kazmeister 27th Dec 08, 12:26 PM
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    kazmeister
    see notes in previous post re wattage and cooking times

    Cream of Mushroom Soup
    Serves 4-6

    2 oz (50g) butter
    1 small onion
    2 chicken stock cubes
    8 oz (225g) button mushrooms sliced
    Bouquet garni
    1 oz (25 g) cornflour
    pint (300ml) milk
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 fl oz (50 ml) single cream

    Place the butter and chopped onions in a large (4 pint or 2 litre) bowl.
    Cover with cling film.
    Cook on High for 4 - 5 minutes
    Dissolve the stock cubes in 1 pint (600 ml ) boiling water and add to the onion with the sliced mushrooms and bouquet garni.
    Re-cover and cook on High for 15 20 minutes.
    Originally posted by rosieben
    Hi rosieben

    Thanks for this but is there some of the recipe missing, when do you add the conflour milk cream etc or am I being a tad dense

    Cheers
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  • rosieben
    Hi rosieben

    Thanks for this but is there some of the recipe missing, when do you add the conflour milk cream etc or am I being a tad dense

    Cheers
    Originally posted by kazmeister
    ooops! when I copied and pasted, I missed off the bottom bit of the recipe; I've corrected it now, sorry!

    Thanks for noticing Kaz
    Last edited by rosieben; 24-10-2010 at 2:25 PM.
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    • mirry
    • By mirry 25th Jun 09, 9:56 AM
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    mirry
    microwave cooking
    hi after getting my gas bill I was shocked at my usage.
    So I want to try to avoid baking cakes and biscuits in my gas oven ,
    I am wondering can they be microwaved ?

    Does anyone know
    of any recipes ?
    :confused:
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Jun 09, 10:12 AM
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    Pink.
    Hi mirry,

    There's an earlier thread that has recipes and links to other threads that should help so I've added your post to it to keep the suggestions together.

    Pink
    • rugbymum
    • By rugbymum 24th Oct 10, 9:03 AM
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    rugbymum
    Microwave Cooking
    Hi
    I know you guys on here are (between you) experts on all domestic matters, so here goes.
    I have an LPG stove (electric oven not installed yet), and ran out of gas yesterday afternoon (there then followed a frustrating afternoon trying to find someone open - HAH!).
    So I'm reduced to cooking with a microwave till tomorrow.
    What can I cook for us?
    Any & all suggestions welcome.
    Please no jacket spuds though - we have those twice a week as it is!
    At the moment I'm looking at beans on toast or toasted sandwiches.
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  • rosieben
    we have a small collection of microwave recipes here

    I use my micro a lot, especially now I don't have a hob

    I cook bacon, rice, pasta, eggs of all sorts, fish cakes and fish fingers, white fish in milk, frozen veg, stew apples and other fruit, cakes and shortbread, steam puddings, lemon curd, oven chips and I'm sure there's lots more

    I give jacket potatoes and wedges a few minutes blast in the micro before I oven cook them in the normal oven; I used to make my aunt a chicken stew when she was ill, took about 10 minutes! I cook chicken pieces (when they don't need to brown) and also made curries using jar sauces

    you need to (1) watch the timing, chips can end up like chunks of wood if overcooked! (2) think about containers, for the fruit, pasta and rice I use a big tall plastic jug, I use ceramic quiche, pie and lasagne dishes and (3) take the turntable mechanism out to fit the bigger dishes in

    I'll have a look for some ideas elsewhere

    have a look here for more ideas, including a 'roast' chicken recipe

    forgot to say that I know someone who always cooks 'boiled' potatoes in the micro: peel, cut up, place in lidded casserole with a little water, probably about a tablespoon, test after 5 mins or so to see if cooked (never tried this as I steam mine)
    Last edited by rosieben; 24-10-2010 at 9:56 AM.
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  • valk_scot
    Nothing in the freezer that needs using up? I've always got a selection of single portions of left overs that just need defrosted and reheated. Given that it's only for one day that's what I would do for food. Or do you have a slow cooker or Foreman Grill gathering dust somewhere?


    For two or more days I'd either dig out the camping stove or buy a single electric ring from Argos or somewhere. I did end up without a working kitchen for two weeks a couple of years ago and that's what I did, except I borrowed the ring.

    And really, if you like baked potatoes and they're easy, why not have them again? It is only for one day. It's not worth getting fussy for one day, as long as you get fed. That's what I'd be telling my family anyway!!!!
    Val.
    • rugbymum
    • By rugbymum 24th Oct 10, 1:10 PM
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    rugbymum
    rosieben - thank you very much for your advice. I didn't know you could do pasta - but I will give it a go.
    valk_scot - the two burner camping stove with grill & the mircowave is what I have been using since we moved in two months ago! No spuds, so it isn't simply a case of being fussy. We are no longer fans of jacket spuds under the circumstances
    Trust me, If I had anything in the freezer I would have used it up.
    Am in the process of cobbling together a chicken & pearl barley stew
    Last edited by rugbymum; 24-10-2010 at 1:22 PM.
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    MEMBER ABC 2010
    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 24th Oct 10, 1:16 PM
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    zippychick
    Rosieben, some fab links there thank you!

    A Couple of other threads

    DO you actually use your microwave?

    What do you cook in your microwave?

    I'll merge this later for you - let us know how you get on
    thanks
    Zip
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    • markandkate
    • By markandkate 24th Oct 10, 1:22 PM
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    markandkate
    If you have any treacle a sponge is a good pudding YOU can use syrup but it comes out the colur it goes in which may be a bit off putting.

    100 g butter/marg 100g syrup/treacle 200g self raising flour 1 egg. Mix melt butter and pour in treacle add flour and egg and a spot of milk if a bit too dry. Cook 4 minutes on high power should be enough but use a knife to test if it is cooked.

    I always use my microwave for custard too, mix custard powder milk and sugar and then keep cooking and stirring 30 seconds at a time

    Rice comes out well too
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