Quick Onion Pasta

Caramelised Onion PastaBeing a new Mum I am in desperate need of quick, easy & filling meal ideas. As you can imagine, I have very little time on my hands anymore – juggling my new responsibilities as a parent!

This gorgeous pasta dish only takes about 30 minutes to make & is incredibly tasty. Just what I’ve been looking for! (Recipe adapted from The Silver Spoon: Pasta cookbook.)

Here is what you will need to feed 2 hungry parents. (Easily doubled)

  • 40g Butter
  • 2 Large Onions
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 200g Fusilli Pasta *
  • 15 – 20g Freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt & Pepper

* or any dried shaped pasta of your choice

First job – peel & slice the onions as thinly as you can.

In a large, non stick frying pan – melt the butter over a low heat.

Add the onion into the pan and cook over a gentle heat for about 20 minutes until the onions have gone soft & golden brown. Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat as this could make them crispy.

Quick Onion Pasta

Quick Onion PastaMeanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. When it is cooked, before draining, Reserve a little of the water for later. (About 100-200ml)

Add the thyme to the onions and season well with salt and pepper. Give it a stir.

Quick Onion PastaTip the cooked pasta into the frying pan with the onions & add the reserved water. Stir it all up and warm through for a minute. Season with more salt & pepper if you think it needs it.

Quick Onion PastaDivide between two bowls, top with a generous sprinkling of the grated parmesan cheese and devour!

Quick Onion PastaI don’t know about you but I am a huge onion fan. To me, any food that stinks is all good in my books! This really is delicious though and perfect for those of us with busy lives. Only taking about 30 minutes from start to finish to make, no excessive pot washing to do afterwards & those hearty carbohydrates keeping you fuller for longer – it answers all my prayers! A meal I am more than happy to add to my repertoire & one I think you should too 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies – until next time.

Miss KitchenMason

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Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies (Resize to fit)-3With all the beautiful colours of Autumn surrounding us at the moment, I wanted a bake that would reflect that for this week’s post. These beautifully eye catching stained glass biscuits do just that! And not only are they delightfully delicious,  they are also stunning to look at too, don’t you agree?

So without further ado, here is what you will need to make approx 24 cookies.

  • 125g Unsalted Butter, Room Temp
  • 100g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 Beaten Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 1 Bag Boiled Sweets (assorted colours)

Essential Equipment

  • 6cm Round Cookie Cutter
  • Any Leaf Shaped Cutter (approx 4cm)

This week, I have also created another step by step video tutorial for you to enjoy.

And here is the usual step by step guide:

To make the dough, cream together the butter & sugar in either a stand mixer or a large glass bowl using an electric hand whisk. Mix until light & fluffy.

Add in the egg & vanilla extract and mix until smooth & light.

In thirds, sift in the flour. Mix with a wooden spoon until it comes together to form a crumbly dough.

Flatten into a disc, wrap in cling film & refrigerate for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, sort the boiled sweets into colours then blitz each colour individually in a food processor until almost powder. (Small ‘crystals’ are fine.) Set to one side until needed.

Remove the dough from the fridge & roll out to approx 3-4mm thick in-between 2 sheets of baking paper. Using the 6cm round cutter, cut out discs and place them onto a baking tray. Refrigerate for a further 20 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 190°C/Fan 180°C.

Place 12 of the dough discs evenly apart on a lined baking tray. Then, using a leaf shaped cutter of your choosing, cut out the centre of each disc. (Don’t throw these away, either roll them up and reuse the dough or bake them as they are – they’re so cute!)

Carefully fill the centres with the powdered sweets. Use whatever colours you like but try not to get any on the actual dough itself. (Don’t throw any leftovers away! See end of post for why.)

Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Keep a close eye on them. The biscuit should be just browning on the edges & the centres should have melted and will likely be bubbling.

Allow to cool on the tray for about 5 minutes until the centres have gone hard. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat the process for the remaining discs.

Store in a metal tin. (Metal tin’s ensure they keep their crunch whereas a plastic tub will make them go soft.)

Stained Glass CookiesAnd there you have it! Aren’t they just beautiful? I think they look so effective and you could easily adapt them (using different cutters) to suit any occasion or season. For example, why not swap the leaves for Christmas trees & snowflakes? Then add a hole in the top, thread through a pretty ribbon and BOOM! Gorgeous Christmas tree decorations! Another great thing is that you will likely have quite a bit of powdered boiled sweets left over. Simply transfer these to food bags & store in an airtight container ready for you to use on your next stained glass creation.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post my lovelies, until next week.

Miss KitchenMason.

Chocolate Cinder Toffee

Chocolate Cinder ToffeeSo Halloween is over. Up next? Bonfire Night!

I know what you’re thinking… you want a super quick, super easy, naturally vegetarian AND gluten free recipe right? Give this chocolate cinder toffee a go and I promise, you won’t regret it! Alternatively referred to as hokey pokey or honeycomb, it’s like making your very own, home made Crunchie bars. Awesome right?

In other news this week, I’ve also tried something a little different for you lovely lot. It’s the first ever KitchenMason step by step video! I hope you like it.

Alternatively, here’s the usual guide you’ve come to know and love.

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 150 – 200g Milk Chocolate*

* for Gluten Free, check the wrapper as some are/some aren’t.

Line a 25cm square tin with baking paper and grease lightly with oil. Or, like me, just use a silicone tin as it won’t stick.

In a large pan, add the honey, golden syrup and sugar. Mix it all together now as it’s not wise to do so when over the heat.

Chocolate Cinder ToffeePlace the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil.

Bring the mixture to 145°C (it will take approx 2-3 minutes from boiling point – if you don’t have a thermometer, watch the video to see what it should look like.)

Now for the magic. Immediately turn off the heat, chuck in the bicarbonate of soda and give it a good whisk until you can’t see any more bicarb.

Quickly pour it into your prepared tin and leave to cool & set for 30 minutes.

When it’s hard, cut into large chunks.

Chocolate Cinder ToffeeEither in a microwave or a glass bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, gradually melt the chocolate until smooth.

Place a sheet of greaseproof paper onto a baking sheet. Then dip each piece of cinder toffee into the chocolate, and allow to set on the sheet.

Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Cinder ToffeeSee, I told you it was quick and easy!

It’s gorgeous stuff, I absolutely love it. Like glistening gold dust smothered in a smooth, silky chocolate coat… drool. Yeah, they ain’t gonna last long that’s for sure!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post, until next time my lovelies.

Miss KitchenMason