Here is the perfect Christmas Day Menu showcasing the delicious Australian Macadamia Nut, try one or try them all....
CHRISTMAS SPICED MACADAMIASThese Christmas spiced macadamias have all the flavours and spices that embody the Christmas spirit.
1 cup unsalted macadamias
1 egg white
⅓ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
Icing sugar to serve if desiredMETHODPreheat oven to 150°C, fan forced. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Whip the egg white in a medium sized bowl until starts to foam. Combine the sugar spices and salt and mix well in another bowl. Add the macadamias to the egg white and coat evenly, remove the macadamias and add to the spice mix and coat evenly.
Place the coated macadamias onto the prepared tray in one layer and separate them individually. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the coating mixture has hardened.
Allow to cool to room temperature on the tray.
To serve sprinkle with icing sugar.
MACADAMIA CHRISTMAS HAM
Add some extra flavour to your ham this festive year and impress your guests with a macadamia Christmas ham.INGREDIENTS
7-8kg leg of ham on the bone
½ cup ginger marmalade
100g brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup macadamia butter*
¼ cup Davidson Plum chili sauce (or sweet chilli sauce) 150g macadamias, finely chopped
*Macadamia butter is available at some farmers markets, specialty stores or it is easy to make your own see here.METHODPreheat oven to 180°C, fan-forced. Position an oven shelf in the lowest position and remove all the other shelves.
Use a small sharp knife to cut around the ham shank (end of the leg) in a zigzag pattern 10cm from the end. Carefully remove the skin from the ham in 1 piece by running the knife and score the fat in a diamond pattern. Place the ham in a baking dish lined with several layers of non-stick baking paper.
Combine the marmalade, sugar, mustard, macadamia butter and chilli sauce in a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until the marmalade melts. Brush the ham with half the marmalade glaze to evenly coat. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
Press the macadamias firmly onto the ham and brush with remaining glaze. Bake for a further 15 minutes or until nuts are lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and set aside for 15 minutes to rest before carving.
SUMMER PRAWN SALAD WITH CARAMELISED MACADAMIASEnjoy this modern summer salad at sunset with a glass of wine.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons cold water
1 cup macadamias, roughly chopped
Macadamia salad dressing
¼ cup macadamia oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
12 large cooked prawns, peeled leaving tails in tact
1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 red chillies, finely sliced
4 radishes, finely sliced
750g watermelon, cut into 3cm wide wedges, rind removed
150g feta, crumbled
¼ cup mint leaves, torn
Preheat the oven to 180°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
To make the caramelised macadamias, combine sugar and water in a bowl. Add macadamias and toss to coat in the sugar mixture. Place the nuts on the baking tray and roast for 8 minutes or until crisp and caramelised. Set aside to cool.
Combine all the dressing ingredients in a glass jar with a lid and shake well. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the prawns, onion, chillies and radishes and pour over the dressing. Lay the watermelon wedges on a serving plate and top with feta and the prawn mixture. Sprinkle with caramelised macadamias and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
And of course two options for Dessert
1. MACADAMIA AND FRUIT MINCE CHRISTMAS TARTSThese tarts are a delicious treat!INGREDIENTS
3 small green apples, peeled, cored, cut into small pieces
½ cup (60g) raisins or sultanas
¼ cup (30g) cranberries
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground mixed spice
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon orange zest plus juice of 1 orange
½ cup unsweetened apple juice
¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of brandy or rum
2 tablespoons raw macadamias, coarsely chopped, roastedMETHODFor the fruit mince, combine all ingredients in a saucepan, except for the brandy or rum and the macadamias. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft and the mixture is thick. Stir in the brandy or rum and macadamias and allow to cool completely. Set aside.
2. MACADAMIA AND TROPICAL FRUIT CHRISTMAS CAKEFilled with traditional Christmas flavours and spice, this is the ultimate Christmas dish.INGREDIENTS
750g mixed dried fruit
50g sun-dried mangoes, roughly chopped
50g sun-dried pineapple, roughly chopped
50g dried peaches, roughly chopped
50g sun-dried bananas, roughly chopped
50g dried papaw, chopped
½ cup crystallised ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flaked coconut
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely grated
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
⅓ cup raw macadamias, finely chopped
1 tablespoon golden syrup
250g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
5 large eggs, lightly whisked
2 cups plain flour, sifted
½ teaspoon finely grated nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons mixed spice
raw macadamias for decoration
cranberries for decoration
brandy, extraMETHODCombine dried fruit and brandy in a glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside overnight, stirring occasionally, to macerate.
Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a 22cm x 7cm deep round cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and side with two layers of non-stick baking paper.
Add ginger, coconut, apple, zests of orange and lime, macadamias and golden syrup to the macerated fruit mixture. Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until combined; add the eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of the sifted flour in between each egg addition.
Combine the remaining flour with nutmeg, cinnamon and mixed spice and fold through the creamed sugar and eggs until well combined. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, tap the pan on the bench-top to settle the mixture and scoop center into a slight hollow to allow for rising. Place macadamias and cranberries in a circular pattern on top of cake, alternating between the macadamias and cranberries.
Bake in preheated oven for 2½ - 3 hours, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven. Brush with extra brandy, wrap pan in two clean tea towels and set aside to cool completely. Once cooled, turn cake out onto a wire rack.
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