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Chocolate, Nut & Dried Cherry Slice
Slice is in effect a giant cookie that is baked in a shallow-rimmed baking pan and then cut into slices before serving. Slice is popular in Australia, served for morning or afternoon tea, and the variety of flavor combinations is astounding. Recipes for slice have one thing in common, they are very easy to put together and they have a relatively short baking time.
In this recipe, I am making good use of my Convection Microwave Speed oven to reduce the baking time to 10 minutes and also to melt the chocolate that I will spread over the baked slice.
½ cup unsalted butter softened
1 tsp lemon zest
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
½ cup chopped dried cherries
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
7 oz dark baking chocolate
Grease a ¼ sheet pan (approx 10 x 6") and line it with parchment leaving an overhang around the edge for easy removal and heat the Speed or Convection oven in the Convection mode to 330 degrees.
Cream the butter, lemon zest, and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg.
Fold in the nuts and cherries, then add the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt.
Spread the mixture into the pan and place in the oven. Touch the +Microwave option (if using a Speed oven) and use the default setting or select a low microwave setting. Set the timer for 10 minutes. When you remove the pan from the oven the slice should be a little soft as it will continue cooking.
Place the chocolate in an oven-safe container, cover it, and melt using the 90W or recommended setting in your microwave. Remove the cooled baked slice from the pan, place it on a cutting board, and spread the melted chocolate evenly over the base. Let it set before slicing.
Makes 12 pieces
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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots
Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.
In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.
1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs
1 - bunch fresh sage leaves
¾ - cup olive oil
1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 - cups tangerine juice
2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 - cups, packed light brown sugar
1 - cup water
½ - teaspoon whole cloves
2 - cinnamon sticks
1 ½ - lbs baby carrots
Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan.
Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.
Bake for 2 hours.
Combine the butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.
Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.