Tag Archive | baking

Mothers day idea

Hi all,

Mother’s day is just around the corner. So what better excuse to bake some cupcakes for your mum πŸ™‚

Ingredients:
Sr flour 186 grams
2 eggs
120 g butter
120 g caster sugar
120ml milk

Method:
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time then add sifted flour and milk and you have it! Put them in patty tins and bake for ten to fifteen min at 180c.

For icing: add icing sugar and strawberry food coloring and butter.

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My sister took photos of it to make a card :

Have you got plans for mother’s day? Have you got her a present yet?

Coconut and cranberry cookies

Hi all,

Did some baking today πŸ™‚ Really easy but tasty too πŸ™‚ Coconut and cranberry cookies.

Ingredients:

1 & 2/3 Plain flour

1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cranberries

1/2 cup shredded coconut

150 grams butter (melted)

1 egg (lightly beaten)

Basically you mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients. Roll the mixture into small balls and put on a grease proof tray and pop into the oven 180 degrees C for about 12 minutes and voila πŸ™‚

Simple and tasty food – that’s what I love πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday everyone!

 

Pastry snack attack

Sometimes I get hungry and need a quick snack so i will whip up something quick. Usually I raid the freezer first. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s super quick and you don’t have to be a masterchef to make it.

Ingredients needed:

Puff pastry
Toppings:
Savoury : cheese, oregano, bacon, ham
Sweets: Brown sugar

It’s so simple. All you need to do is slice the puff pastry in long strips and then put the toppings you want on top of them and onto an oven tray and into an oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.

The ones I made I put brown sugar for sweet ones and for savoury I put mustard on one and a cheese dip and oregano.

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They turned out delicious and it was a quick snack πŸ™‚ You can always make some dips to dunk them into to.

What do you like to make when you want to whip up a quick snack?

Spanakopita

Hi all,

Decided to do some baking! Today we are baking spanakopita – these are filo pastries filled with spinach, ricotta and feta. Very easy to make and so very delicious.

To make them:

You will need:

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Feta cheese – we used danish feta cheese but you can also use Greek feta

One egg

Melted butter for brushing in between the layers of pastry

Method:

Defrost the spinach – they come in cubes so just put in some water and microwave

Add the ricotta ( around 250g) the spinach (200g) danish feta – 100g and one egg and mix in a bowl

It will look like this

Defrost the filo pastry *take note* that filo pastry is quite delicate and fragile so you will need to be careful when separating layers and it also can dry easily so when not using, place a damp cloth on top to keep it semi-moist.

Brush with the melted butter and layer 3 layers on top of each other.

Depending on how big or small you want your spanakopitas – cut the pastry into 2 or 3 horizontally.

Place mixture in and then fold like triangles. Brush with egg or butter and then bake.

Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven for 180 degrees and tada!!!

These are so good and really fast to make πŸ™‚ The recipe makes about 24 πŸ™‚ (which are nearly all gone by the way)

Let me know if you try this or have any good variations on the recipe!

Making bread

Hi all,

Hopefully your weekend has already started or you are winding down to the weekend πŸ™‚ For those already in Aus we have started ours πŸ™‚ But the weather in Melb is.. hmm not very warm.. Autumn has come and that means rain and colder weather hmph. So in this weather – what do you do? You bake! Well that’s what I do to warm the house up πŸ™‚

I made this in the past but just haven’t had time to post up but its Challah – Jewish bread. It’s delicious! Seriously so good! Just need a lot of waiting time for the bread to rise though but the end result is your own bread!

See the recipe here

If you have the time and you are stuck indoors – I recommend this recipe. Mmm soo good!

Have you ever made bread before? What recipes do you use? Happy weekend!

Lemon semolina cake

Hi all,

So I really felt like baking and I did as soon as I woke up πŸ™‚ I guess you could call me morning person πŸ™‚
So today I decided to make lemon semolina cake πŸ™‚ initially I wanted to make Nigella’s lemon polenta cake but we had no polenta so I had to resort to this semolina cake πŸ™‚ *Thanks Shinyprettythings for making me crave this!

To make it you will need:

1 cup castor sugar

125 g of butter/margarine

1 Tablespoon lemon rind/orange rind (I didn’t have much lemons so I had to use a bit of orange ;))

2 eggs

2/3 cup of semolina

1 1/2 cups of Self raising flour

1/2 cup of milk

Lemon syrup : 1 cup of castor sugar, 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/4 cup of lemon juice

Method:
Preheat oven 180 Degrees.
Cream butter, sugar and lemon rind. Add the 2 eggs one by one. Then add the semolina, SR flour and milk.
Pour into a lined cake tin and bake for approx 35 to 45 min depending on your oven.
Lemon syrup – put the sugar, water and juice and boil over a stove until thickens.
Once the cake is out of the oven, poke all over with a skewer and then pour half of the lemon syrup over it. This will cause the lemon goodness to seep into the holes and into the cake making it moist and delish! πŸ˜‰ and voila you’re done πŸ™‚
Happy Sunday everyone! Any good recipes to share? I would love to hear them!
Melbourne weather is crazy at the moment! Rainy Β when it was boiling this morning!

Gingerbread men

I love eating gingerbread! This weekend I felt like baking so I looked up a gingerbread recipe from Taste.com and amended it because I didn’t have treacle/golden syrup. Here is the recipe for those who are interested :

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125 grams butter/margarine (I used margarine)
Β½ cup of brown sugar
1 egg (separate the yolk)
Β½ cup of treacle/golden syrup -(I used honey instead – makes it smell so yummy)
1 Tbsp of ground ginger (If you like yours more gingery – add more )
2 Β½ cups of plain flour
1 tsp of bicarb soda

Icing:
Egg white
1 cup Pure icing sugar
Coloring
Optional – lollies/choc for decorating

And the fun begins πŸ™‚

Method:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees


Cream the margarine and sugar together in a bowl.


Add the egg yolk and honey and mix well


Add the ground ginger, plain flour and bicarb soda and mix until it becomes like a dough.


Knead the dough lightly and put it in clingwrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes

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Time to roll out the dough and cut out gingerbread men or in my case all sorts of shapes sizes and my bro attempted to build a house – which became a tomb haha


Put on trays and bake for 10 min or until golden brown
Leave to cool and then have fun icing and decorating!

Icing:
Whisk the egg white until it forms peaks, add the icing sugar gradually and then refrigerate

End result : TADA!!

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