Monthly Archives : April 2019

Leftover Easter Eggs? We have just the thing…

With a hoard of Easter chocolate in the house, we thought it may be a good time to share with you one of our favourite recipes created in the brilliant Houno oven. 

Indulge your taste buds with the easiest recipe ever for a classic chocolate brownie. Follow our preparation and tips for the best baking results.

700g Sugar
225g Butter
5 Eggs
250 ml Espresso
700g Dark chocolate
350g Plain flour
350g Walnuts

1. Melt the butter and add the chocolate, stir until the chocolate has melted.
2. Whisk the egg, flour, sugar and espresso together well.
3. Then add the melted butter and chocolate and continue to whisk.
4. Line a 60mm tray with a piece of baking paper and pour the mix into the tray.
5. Once baked let the brownie cool before serving.

Bake using the following steps
– Preheat – 190°C – 1 min
– Note – Insert product (An alarm will sound)
– ClimaOptima – 175°C – 30% Humidity – 25 mins

IDS top tip!
Add nuts or white chocolate buttons for a different style of brownie.

Enjoy baking and please don’t hesitate to send us comments or share pictures of your recipes on social media using hashtag #IDSrecipes


National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!


It’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! Even though its only three small ingredients, bread, butter, cheese, it’s proven to be the most popular comfort food IN THE WORLD!

The Ancient Romans were the first civilisation to make a cooked bread and cheese sandwich, but many cultures have invented their own take on the ancient dish. In France, people enjoy Croque Monsieur (a grilled ham and cheese sandwich) while in Switzerland it is customary to melt the cheese and toast the bread separately before combining them. The classic American grilled cheese sandwich emerged in the 1920s when inexpensive cheese and affordable sliced bread became available. It is now a staple in cafés, diners, and school cafeterias across the country.

To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, we decided to test out our Eco Turbochef Oven against a traditional panini machine.

First up, we tried the traditional panini grill, which after five minutes, produced a rather squished looking toasted sandwich.

So we decided to up our grilled cheese game with the Eco Turbochef Small Oven with it’s single motor vertically circulating air impingement, top-launched microwave system and stirrer to help ensure even distribution of air and microwave. This Turbochef delight served us up the perfect grilled ham and cheese sandwich is just one minute 10 seconds!


Was this just an excuse for the team to eat cheese toasties on a Friday morning? YES. Was it worth it? Absolutely! If you’d like to try any of our catering equipment for yourself, do visit our showroom which also includes a variety of second hand equipment or give us a call on 01934 813686.