Prosciutto and caramelised banana upside-down quinoa cakes!!!!

Goldilocks would have been so proud… Just the right amount of salty and sweet, just the right amount of crispy and soft, and just the right size to leave you longing but not wanting!

A variation on sue shepards recipe for upside down pineapple polenta cakes…. This one is richer in flavour, but not as sweet, and a million times easier to prepare due to the lack of soaking and refrigeration time.

I have made and absolutely love the pineapple version of these guys, but you can have that recipe as a variation of what I have decided is a winning recipe for a Sunday brunch date with coffee! (Yes I’m on about coffee again, yes I know it’s not great for fructards… No I truly don’t care as its the sole pleasure in the food world that I point blank refuse to give up!)

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Prosciutto and caramelised banana upside down quinoa cakes

ingredients

150g low fat vanilla yoghurt (ff)
80g butter softened
1/2 C castor sugar
1/2 C Glucose
2 tsp of vanilla essence
3 eggs
1/2 C quinoa
1 C water
1C Gf flour mix
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp zanthum gum

4 slices of prosciutto
1 banana halved lengthways skin on

Preheat oven to 180deg.

Microwave the quinoa and water for
10 mins in a microwave proof dish.
Mix the butter, yoghurt, sugar, glucose and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.
Add the eggs one at a time and mix in thoroughly between additions.
Once quinoa is ready, you can add this to the mix. It’s fine if its still hot.
In a non stick fry pan, add the prosciutto and flip after 1 min. Remove from fry pan, add the banana cooked side down and reduce heat. Cook the bananas until the skin blackens, then remove.

Into a regular sized 12 pan muffin tin put 12 silicon muffin moulds. (If you don’t have these then lightly grease the tins, or use paper ones. Having the inserts helps with the upside down part).

Cut the banana (still in the skin) just through the fleshy part into 12 pieces, 6 for each half. Place the caramelised side into the bottom of each of the muffin moulds. Distribute the prosciutto evenly across the 12 moulds.

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Sift the flour, zanthum gum, baking powder and soda into the mix then stir.
Portion between the 12 moulds.

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Bake for 18-20 mins, or until golden tops and they spring back when touched. Allow to cool for 5 mins before turning out on a wire rack. Allow another 5 mins to cool before running a knife around the inside of the mould and lifting it out.

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alternatives

Making these with the same recipe but substitute the prosciutto and banana for any of the following….

1 can of crushed pineapple (make sure it’s in pineapple juice not pear)

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Or

1 1/2 C Stewed rhubarb (200g rhubarb stalks chopped, 1C water 50g glucose, grated ginger and orange zest boiled for 3 mins)

Or

You can make them in 15cm tins and top them with yoghurt and strawberries

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Johnny cash last seen at “QUINT” richmond

QUINT
cafe
323 VICTORIA STREET ABBOTSFORD 3067
p / 9429 1665 e / quintcafe@gmail.com

http://www.quintcafe.com.au/

Johnny cash stepped right out of walk the line, did a ‘Benjamin Button’ of 10 years anti-ageing and stepped foot onto the polished concrete floor of “Quint”. Amid the  comfy retro  furniture ‘Johnny’ coolly went about his business serving up amazing coffee complete with a smooth nutty flavour, and nailing the fructose free options that adorned quint’s menu.

Let me add that there are standards on the menu that include (lactose and GF… together)! So I went about changing their menu and serving up a fructose free number for a weekday lunch date. The once lactose and GF quinoa porridge with poached rhubarb was rocking mouthwatering thoughts and a few adjustments later ‘Johnny’ flashed us a no worries kind of a smile. Quinoa porridge made with milk rather than the coconut milk on the menu (brown sugar and honey free, minus pistachios). Ok so technically I forgot to ask for no pistachios as I was super excited, but no-one seemed to notice me pick them off the top.

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Its the type of place that doesn’t realise it’s in the middle of little vietnam. Its too cool to be caught up in the bustle. The type of place that couldn’t care less that you have taken an hour to order lunch because you are too busy catching up on stories of late, over your amazing coffee (on a week day anyway).

The menu had multiple fructose friendly options, or easy adjustments, and they genuinely seemed to care that there was nothing in your lunch that might so much as look at you in an inconvenient way.

‘Johnny’ we will be back to enjoy your gracious hospitality and delicious dinning!

The Mamasita’n dream!

1/11 Collins St  Melbourne VIC 3001
(03) 9650 3821

Nestled in the upstairs of a pretty dingy building in the city, is the epically amazing ‘not so secret’ that is Mamasita. As far as upmarket new age Mexican, they have nailed it. Then there is there service…. It couldn’t be better if you tried. These guys seem to be rocking the ‘knowledgeable, happy-to-be-at-work, I’m-awesome-at-my-job’ combination that makes the Mamasita experience what it is.

We headed in for a surprise Bday… now there are a few things you need to know… (you cant book unless its a table of 8-10, and you have to do set menu, otherwise you can do the walk in option, and most nights of the week at most times your looking at about an hour wait on the stairs smelling the gloriousness that is Mamasita before being seated- so worth either option)… Set menu for us, and what a menu it is!

Upon arrival you are asked if there are any food intolerances amongst the group – 1x vege, 1x fructard…. didn’t phase them. A couple of questions later and the Man-waiter-extraodinaire was totally under control (questions being my preferences, not what is fructose!?). He apologised for the fact that I would not be eating the same meal as the others….. hindsight says he should have apologised to the others as, as far as I’m concerned mine was better…..

Did I mention that when your dining as a walk in, they have an allergy menu. Basically let you know the items on the menu that they can’t remove the following from; dairy/egg/onion/garlic/chilli…. Oh and the whole menu is gluten free already!

Here’s how I went…

Entrée, exquisite~! no other words for it. I was served up avocado salsa with corn chips… I didn’t know you could make it taste that good. The avocado was even served in its own skin… sorry it looked so good it got eaten before I took piccys.

Tostaditas
2.5 inch fried tortilla with toppings –words cannot convey the flavour explosion…

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We then moved on to rounds 3&4 -Tacos 6 inch soft shell tortilla with filling & Comida para la familia Shared food for the family

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photo (13)Crispy skinned salmon on a bed of quinoa salad and coriander…..mmmmmmmm

And then to top it off mamasita rocked my world with their amazing choccolatey goodness

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Thank you Mamasita for reinventing my belief in fructose free flavour! I couldn’t recommend this place more highly! We loved coming, and we WILL be back…..

I have been here for another set menu experience before, 5 out of the 10 were food-retarded… 1x vege, 1x dairy/soy/gf, 1x gf, 1xonion free and me….. same experience… no worries…