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Monday, 23 May 2011

Garlic Prawn Pasta & Cheats Chocolate Fondant "the donna hay way"

Sundays are such a perfect day to get in the kitchen and create a feast before you go back to work. Yesterday I was feeling a little unwell but i wasn't going to let that stop me on the first day of my "the donna hay way" challenge. Feeling a little fluey my taste buds were not working so I gave the fast, fresh and simple cook book to my husband (his name is Brendan but i call him horn). Horn's choices were Garlic Prawn Pasta & Cheats Chocolate Fondant (which is his favourite dessert at the moment).

Off to the shops we went, i had been putting off buying dariole moulds for a while so today i had to bite the bullet and get them. I purchased them from the crate at Q Super Store i got six for $21. Then off to Coles to buy all the ingredients, normally i would buy seafood from a fish shop but since it was raining, the produce was from Australia and they looked fresh and big i bought the prawns from the deli.

I think the hardest part of this challenge will be following a recipe to a tee, i am normally a little careless with measurements and timing. I normally wing it, so to make sure i followed the recipe exactly i carefully measured everything out before i began cooking.
400g of Angel Hair Past or Spaghetti
( I used Barilla Spaghetti No. 5)
90g Butter
2 Tbs Olive Oil
8 Garlic Cloves, Sliced
2 Tsp Chilli Flakes
2 Tbs Shredded Lemon Zest
24 Green Prawns
(I used Banana Prawns)
2 Tbs Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Flat Parsley Leaves, Roughly Torn
Salt & Pepper

1/4 Cup Plain Flour, Sifted
1/2 Cup Icing Sugar, Sifted
3/4 Almond Meal
2 Egg Whites
100g Butter, Melted
160g Dark Chocolate, Melted
4 Small Squares Dark Chocolate Extra
With my donna hay magazine free gift- electronic timer in hand i began cooking and following the recipe to a tee.

Garlic Prawn Pasta "the donna hay way":
Cook the past in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 8 -10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and keep warm. While the pasta is cooking heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and oil and cook until butter has melted. Add the garlic, chilli and zest and cook for 2minutes. Ass the prawns and cook, stirring for 3minutes or until prawns are tender. Add the pasta, juice, parsley, salt and pepper to the pan and toss to combine. Serve with a simple green salad. Serves 2

Lady Dash did:
The recipe in the caption has been double to suit my family, so it should have served 4 people but it only served 3.
To prepare the dish it took me 45mins- the prawns probably took me 25mins so if you wanted to cut the preparation in half you could buy the prawns already peeled and deveined for a little extra.
Barilla Spaghetti No. 5 took 8mins, which i would probably recommend cooking the pasta before you start the sauce as the sauce was finished a little before the pasta.
I didn't serve it with a green salad as we were having dessert and i cannot eat pasta without parmesan cheese so i had to add it.

Lady Dash says:
The dish itself was nice, good amount of mild heat and was silky and glossy, it scored a 9/10 with Horn (husband) and a 7/10 with Matty (brother), we would eat it again.

Cheat's Chocolate Fondant "the donna hay way"
Preheat oven to 150degrees. Place the flour, sugar, almond meal, egg whites, butter and melted chocolate in a bowl and mix well to combine. Spoon half the mixture into the 4 x 1/2- cup capacity (125ml) lightly grease dariole moulds. Divide the extra chocolate squares between the moulds and top with the remaining mixture Bake for 20-25mins or until cooked but soft in the middle. Stand in tin for 5-7 mins before turning out. Serves 4

Lady Dash says:
To melt the chocolate i put it in an microwave safe bowl and zapped it for two mins.
To grease the moulds I used melted butter from the recipe.
The chocolate squares i used where too long and thin so the centre wasn't really really gooey like it should have been, i recommend breaking the chocolate squares in half and putting them side by side in the mixture.
I was really scraping the bowl for the 4th mould so make sure you are even with your measurements (i had to pinch a little of the the others).
I baked the fondants for 23 mins.
I let the fondants stand in their tins for 6 mins.
Must serve with ice-cream and berries.

Lady Dash says:
This recipe was easy easy easy, it looked great and impressed the boys with two 10/10's. I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate so having the berries and ice-cream made it much more enjoyable for me, i would probably give it a 7/10.

Total Cost: $34.33 (not including ice-cream & berries)

Happy Cooking, would love to see you photo's if you give it a go!