In my everyday life I’m the absolute opposite of a hoarder…. until it comes to kitchen appliances… and then I’m TERRRRRIBLE!!! Honestly, if there was some kind of illness that makes people think they need every single kitchen gadget in the world, I have that. And a serious case of it too!
Yep, I’m the person who thought that a bread maker would be the best idea ever (and it was for about 2 weeks). And don’t even get me started on how I ‘neeeeeeeeded’ a salad spinner (what!?), a deep fryer (turns out I couldn’t handle the smell), or the cool little apple corer (ummm…). I could go on and on. But to cut a long story short, I love cool new kitchen-y things. It’s my only hoarding obsession and I shall happily continue with it forever.
Needless to say, I virtually squealed, star-jumped and then rolled around on the floor, when I found out that I was going to be able to try out the new Tefal Cuisine Companion. You see, when Will was a newborn, I’d watch the morning shows on TV while I fed him, and I’d seen this cool cooking food processor advertised on there a few times. I was totally sold by the whole ‘all-in-one-cooker’ thing (as you know, I have a serious dislike towards having to cook dinner… every. single. night!). On a random side note, I was also completely sold on a paint roller, which lets you paint your walls without any drips… AMAZING!! Unfortunately my walls don’t need painting 🙁
Anyway, back to the Tefal Cuisine Companion! This is a pretty awesome cooking food processor. When I opened the box, I thought my head was going to explode (in a good way!) with all of the blades and accessories. After playing around with this for a few days, I decided that the best question to ask is not ‘what does the machine do’, it’s ‘what doesn’t the machine do’! So, I’ll tell you. It doesn’t wash, fold or iron your laundry. It doesn’t pour you a glass of wine. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t vacuum your house. But apart from that, it pretty much does everything.
It’s called an ‘all-in-one kitchen wonder machine‘… and yep, it totally is. You can hang up your apron now because this thing will make your sauces, steam your meals, cook your rice, slow cook your dinner, make your yummy soups, blend your smoothies… and best of all, whip up your fave desserts, pastries and ice-creams – literally all at the touch of a button.
One of the things that I found really interesting about the Cuisine Companion was the fact that there were 4 different blades (this was totally new to me). You just pick which blade to use depending on whether you want to whisk, beat, stir, chop or knead. Pretty cool, right? You can also choose between 12 speed settings and temperatures ranging from 30-130 degrees, which means you can virtually ‘set and forget’ – and then go and kick back with a glass of wine and a bit of Netflix watching (ok.. ok.. so maybe that’s not exactly what the instruction manual says to do… but go on… do it anyway!).
But lets get to the totally delicious stuff… this crazy-yummy Clinkers Chocolate Brownie Ice-Cream Cake. Can I just say that you must, MUST make this! OMG it’s sugarific-goodness at it’s very best. I used my favourite chocolate brownie recipe and converted it to the Tefal Cuisine Companion. I was a bit worried that I’d totally muck it up, but it was super easy! Then chopped the Clinkers in the food processor and mixed through the ice-cream (on a little side note… the food processor can actually make ice-cream itself, but I used a store-bought one to save on time).
Then it was just a matter of layering the brownie and ice-cream layers together and popping it back into the freezer. Once the ice-cream was set completely hard, I made a chocolate ganache (in the Cuisine Companion, of course!), poured it over the top and decorated the ice-cream cake with extra Clinkers, waffle cones and sprinkles (gosh I loooooove sprinkles – they’re just so darn pretty!).
And so that, my friends, is my absolute favourite recipe that I’ve made in the Cuisine Companion. Sure, the dinners were delish too… but come on… this is a Clinkers Chocolate Brownie Ice-Cream Cake!!! There’s just no beating that (well at least not in my happy little sugar-filled world).
The Tefal Cuisine Companion can be purchased from any department or electrical store for $1699. Additional accessories can be purchased seperately – shredder slicer ($149.95), steamer basket ($199.95).
- 150g dark chocolate melts
- 150g butter, chopped
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- 1 ¼ cups plain flour
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 300g Clinkers (set aside 50g for decoration)
- 1.25 litres vanilla ice-cream
- 250ml thickened cream
- 300g dark chocolate melts
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
- Grease and line 2 X 20cm round cake tins with baking paper.
- Place the Ultrablade into the bowl of the Cuisine Companion.
- Add the chocolate melts to the bowl.
- Grate the chocolate by mixing on Speed 12 for 1 minute.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl with the spatula.
- Swap to the kneading/crushing blade and add the butter.
- Melt on the dessert program, 90 degrees, 4 minutes.
- Pour the chocolate into a bowl and set aside to cool.
- Wash and dry the bowl and kneading/crushing blade.
- Place the blade back into the bowl.
- Add the eggs, brown sugar and caster sugar.
- Mix on Speed 10 for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- Add the melted chocolate mixture back to the bowl and mix for a further 20 seconds on Speed 8.
- Add the sifted flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
- Mix on Speed 8 for 30 seconds or until combined.
- Divide the mixture evenly between the two prepared cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Allow the brownies to cool in the pans for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack until completely cooled.
- Line one of the 20cm cake tins with long overhanging pieces of plastic wrap.
- Place one of the cooled brownie cakes into the bottom of the tin, pressing down firmly. Set aside.
- Place 250g of Clinkers into the bowl of the Cuisine Companion.
- Chop with the Ultrablade by pressing Turbo until small chunks remain.
- Swap to the kneading/crushing blade.
- Add the softened ice-cream to the bowl.
- Mix on Speed 10 until completely combined.
- Spoon half of the ice-cream mixture over the top of the first brownie cake (in the tin) and spread it out evenly.
- Place the second brownie cake on top of the ice-cream and then top with the remaining ice-cream.
- Cover with the overhanging pieces of plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 4-5 hours or until completely frozen.
- To make the ganache, place the chocolate melts into the Cuisine Companion bowl.
- Grate the chocolate with the Ultrablade by mixing on Speed 12 for 1 minute.
- Pour the grated chocolate into a separate bowl and set aside.
- Place the cream into the bowl.
- Insert the kneading/crushing blade.
- Heat for 3 minutes and 30 seconds at 70 degrees, Speed 4.
- Add the grated chocolate.
- Mix on Speed 5 for 1 minute.
- Pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Take the ice-cream cake out of the freezer and place it onto a serving dish.
- Pour the ganache onto the middle of the top of the cake and use the spatula to spread towards the edges, allowing the ganache to drip down the sides (you may not need all of the ganache).
- Place the ice-cream cake back into the freezer for 20 minutes or until the ganache has completely set.
- Remove the cake from the freezer and decorate with waffle cones, extra Clinkers and sprinkles.
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