Caramel Slice

Caramel Slice

A soft and buttery biscuit base, gooey caramel and chocolate icing… one of life’s winning combinations! Make it, you won’t be sorry. Ingredients: 185g softened butter 80g white or castor sugar (sorry, it’s a weird amount in cups) 285g flour 1 can condensed milk 2 Tbsp golden syrup 60g butter 45g butter 1 1/2 C icing sugar 2 Tbsp cocoa powder 1 Tbsp water Preheat oven to 180C (160C fanbake).  Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper, leaving it to overhand for easy removal. Beat the butter (185g)…

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No Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

No Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

A last minute decision on Valentines Day to make something sweet (after my failed cake) resulted in me stumbling across this recipe.  No chocolate means you can usually make them with what’s in your cupboard and they’re super quick!  The texture is a bit like a pre-mix boxed brownie which is still really good, and for a fraction of the price so you really can’t complain. This is the sort of recipe which is great to get the kids in the kitchen.  There is almost no way to mess it…

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Salted Caramel Cookies

Salted Caramel Cookies

A buttery biscuit which serves as a bowl for thick, rich salted caramel?  Don’t mind if I do. These thumbprint style cookies are amazing.  I’ve made them at least twice now, and I think about them often.  The biscuit is my favourite style of cookies, so buttery and soft and it balances perfectly with the caramel.  If you insist, make your own caramel, but it’s much easier and just as delicious to buy it pre-prepared. You can subsitute caramel for any type of filling, ie. jam or curd.  I’ve even…

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Chocolate Mint Brownie

Chocolate Mint Brownie

Brownie is good as it usually comes, but why not add peppermint filling and chocolate ganache?  This is a real adults brownie… so rich you really will only eat one piece! Chocolate Brownie 200g butter 400g good quality chocolate (I used Whittakers 50% dark block) 1 1/4 C soft brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 3/4 C flour 3/4 tsp baking powder 3 eggs Melt together butter and chocolate either in the microwave, or over a gentle heat on the stove. Remove from heat and allow…

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Christmas Baking: Brandy Snaps

Christmas Baking: Brandy Snaps

  It’s that time of year!  If you’re wanting to get some Christmas Day desserts sorted early, why not try making your brandy snaps at home?  They’re actually really easy and taste delicious! Brandy Snaps 55g butter ½ cup brown sugar 3 tbsp golden syrup ½ cup flour ½ tsp ground ginger Melt together butter, golden syrup and brown sugar in a pot over medium heat.  Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes.  Stir in flour and ground ginger until combined. Place teaspoonfuls on a tray lined with…

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Christmas Tree Brownies

Christmas Tree Brownies

  Double Chocolate Brownies – Adapted from Taste 90g unsalted butter 180g dark chocolate, chopped 2 Tbsp oil 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line a round 20cm pan iwth baking paper Place butter, chocolate, cocoa and oil in a bowl and microwave until melted. Stir together until smooth and cool for 5 minutes. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs and vanilla on medium speed for 4 minutes…

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Lemon Brownies with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Brownies with Lemon Glaze

I told you I was on a bit of a brownie thing. I haven’t made any traditional type chocolate brownies yet, but I found some lemons that were starting to feel a bit soft and decided a lemon slice would be good, until I googled lemon brownie and saw all the delcious pictures.  I was sold, and I’m so, so glad I made these.   They’re soft and fudgey in texture, with that kick of icing on the top that really balances it out.  It’s also very simple to make. The…

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Brown Butter Cookie Bars with M&Ms and Oreos!

Brown Butter Cookie Bars with M&Ms and Oreos!

For some reason this week, I’ve decided to dive head first into the world of brownies.  Oh how I have some delicious recipes up my sleeve!  The first one I decided to try was a blondie with oreos and m&ms (incase over half a block of butter wasn’t bad enough!).  This turned out differently than I expected, and the recipe isn’t one I would call a brownie… it’s more like a browned butter cookie – hence this becoming a brown butter cookie bar recipe. You could swap out the oreos…

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Whittakers Hundreds and Thousands Cupcakes

Whittakers Hundreds and Thousands Cupcakes

These were one flavour of cupcakes I made for the SPCA Cupcake Day a couple of weeks back.  A fluffy vanilla cupcake with hundreds and thousands chocolate chunks, strawberry buttercream and topped with another piece of the Whittakers chocolate and sprinkles.  Judging by the photos my cupcakes were pretty popular so I will get the other recipes up soon!             ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————   Whittakers Hundreds and Thousands Cupcakes 115g softened butter 1 Cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2…

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Pineapple Lumps Cake

Pineapple Lumps Cake

It looks like there are lots of steps to this cake, but I promise it’s not too bad!  Bake a cake, make some buttercream and some ganache!  Pineapple Lumps are a NZ favourite so this would go down well with however eats it! Pineapple Lumps Cake 200g Dark Chocolate, chopped 200g butter 1 Cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 3 Tbsp cocoa 1/2 cup milk Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm…

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