Celebrity cook, TV presenter and writer Alana Lowes is encouraging everyone to tip the balance in the fight against cancer this May by sharing one of her favourite recipes for the perfect Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
The Cancer Council Ambassador is committed to making every cup count in the fight against cancer, and is inspiring everyone to get involved by mixing it up in the kitchen.
Prep time: 10-15mins (plus pastry defrosting time)
Cook time: 30-40mins
1 sheet of puff pastry, defrosted
1 small garlic bulb
1 tin (400g) of cannellini beans
¼ cup crème fraiche
Juice of 1 lemon
Micro chives or chives, chopped
Preheat fan-forced oven to 190°C.
Wrap the garlic bulb in foil and place onto a baking tray and then into the oven. Cook for approximately 30-40mins or until soft and browned.
To make the pastry cups, grease 2 x 12 hole patty pan baking dish, grease one mould inside, grease the other mould on the underside. Using a 5cm cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds from the defrosted pastry sheet. Press the pastry rounds into the greased patty pan and place the other patty pan on top (the one with the greased underside). Place into the heated oven and cook for approximately 18-20mins or until the pastry cups are golden and flaky. Set aside to cool.
To make the filling, peel the roasted garlic cloves and place in a food processor along with the cannellini beans, crème fraiche and lemon juice. Blitz to a puree. Season with salt and pepper.
To assemble, pipe the filling into the cooled pastry cups and top with the chopped chives.
The official Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea date is Thursday, May 28 and morning tea hosts will gather in living rooms, community centres, schools and workplaces to celebrate and raise more than $2.5 million for cancer research, education programs and patient support services in 2015.
Alana said it was a privilege to be involved with such a long-running campaign that supports sufferers and their families diagnosed with cancer.
“I certainly don’t need any excuse to enjoy food and Australian’s Biggest Morning Tea brings together two of my favourite passions – eating and raising money for cancer research, prevention and patient support,” Alana said.
“I am so honoured and excited to be a part of this fantastic campaign and hope that my recipe will inspire you to host your own Biggest Morning Tea this year and help a wonderful charity!”
Alana has created an exclusive, mouth-watering recipe, Roasted Garlic and White Bean Tartlets, for those looking to impress their morning tea guests this May.
For more morning tea secrets and scrumptious recipe ideas from our celebrity chefs, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au.
May is Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea time and there’s never been a better excuse to switch the kettle on, tee up your friends, family and workmates and help tip the balance in the fight against cancer.
Whether it’s a simple morning tea with workmates, a high tea with friends or a school bake sale, you’ll be helping the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85.
All you need to do is sign on to host an event and start planning! Visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.auor call the Fundraising Hotline on 1300 65 65 85 to find out more.
Thursday, May 28 is the official date of Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, however morning teas can be held any time throughout May or early June.
For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.