Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Funny/Cute/Pretty











Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chunky Cookies & Cream Brownies



I have a cookbook that is so battered and covered in spills, I have had it since I was 10 years old.
It's a favourite.
It's a kid's cookbook.
It taught me how to cook.
It taught my friend how to cook (when he was 19 and we moved in together with my man).
I love it.
It's easy.
The food is yummy.
It's not like these modern cookbooks for kids, this one has real food, homestyle meals.

One of my favourite recipes is for chocolate brownies.
No chocolate required.
Another thing I love is that most recipes you will already have everything in your pantry that you need.
This brownie recipe makes delicious, fudge-like brownies. Melt in your mouth, chocolate gooey treats.

I had some cookies and cream chocolate lying around and thought I would do some recipe manipulation!
So here is the original.... From my much loved book...



I altered it a little.
I used wholemeal flour.
I added another 1/2-1 cup flour to thicken it up a little so it was a bit more solid.
I added 1 cup of roughly chopped cookies and cream chocolate.
I baked it for longer, until the top was crisp and the bottom was soft and gooey.



Mmmm yeah it was good!



A few months ago I found a kid's cookbook set in Target which looked similar to the ones I have (I have the first and second of these cookbooks, both fantastic!) so I couldn't resist of course!
I got home and unwrapped them and flicked through.
There was one on kid's party foods, with some great ideas for parties for little ones.
Another looked yummy, but I have yet to explore it fully since the next two I flicked through were very familiar!
They were exactly the same as the two I have but with new cover photos!
Now the hoarder in me wants to put these with my other cookbooks and hold on to them forever.
But then I thought, what is the point in that?
I think I might give them away instead.
I'm going to do something new this time though.
I'm going to do a giveaway on my Facebook page.
So if you haven't "liked" my page, pop on over here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Little Miss Bake-A-Lot

This past weekend was a busy one.
Sunday was my darling husband's birthday.
So of course I had to make him a cake!

I found a silicone castle cake mold at our local Kmart and thought it would be fitting for my prince charming.
I whipped up a delicious batter for a caramel mud cake and the baking began.
There was a minor problem though....
The recipe did not make enough batter to fill the mold!
I knew that mud cakes don't rise very much so this would mean I would have to get creative!



The cake came out perfectly, no major disasters of crumbling walls. Phew!
But it had peaked up a little so the base was far from flat....
I started to trim it off.....Oh dear, it started to crumble away before my eyes!
I stopped, and decided on a different approach.
A little girl came in to "help me" and we rushed through the decorating...



And finally, it was done!
Silly me didn't get enough choc honeycomb so the moat was a half sized one, but still delicious filled with the salted caramel sauce I had made.



I somehow found a place for it in our fridge and left it for the next day... The birthday.
Finally, it arrived!
With no bits missing, by some miracle.
I pulled out the candles, and cracked holes in the chocolate layer to push them in...



Then the birthday boy blew out his candles...



We sliced it open...



Then the fun began!







But that wasn't the only baking I have done lately.... This week has been busy...



Experimenting with a new frosting recipe.
And making chunky cookies and cream brownies...



I'll share the recipe for those chocolate treats.....
Tomorrow!