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Easy Easter mini cupcakes

18 Mar

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I think I enjoy Easter more than Christmas. Come December 25 everyone is racing around like a headless chook, and the stress is palpable.

From a baking perspective – which is my usual perspective as I am always baking – standing in front of an oven for hours on end in 35 C heat is simply awful.

But by Easter the weather has cooled and baking is more pleasant. Continue reading

Better than a box mix white cake recipe

4 Mar

 

white Cake From Scratch

I often hear people say they don’t have time to make a cake from scratch so they use a packet mix. I am here to dump all over that argument.

This super fast and simple white cake uses stuff you already have in the pantry and takes mere moments to throw together. Don’t have an electric mixer? Beat it by hand like I did. Scared it will fail? Don’t be – it is fool-proof and requires no specialist equipment or knowledge.

Unlike a packet mix you know exactly what is going into this cake – real, actual ingredients that your great-grandmother would recognise. No fake flavours or artificial colours, just the backbone of baking recipes the world over: butter, milk, sugar, flour, eggs. You could even leave the vanilla out if you didn’t have any and the end result would still be a beautiful cake that you can dress up or down. Throw some ganache over the top, make buttercream frosting, sprinkle over icing sugar or make a simple icing sugar and boiling water paste and drizzle over.

In my local supermarket a 1kg bag of self-raising flour costs 75 cents, butter $1.30 and a bag of sugar is $1. Much cheaper than some of the packet mixes on the shelves.

Just bake this delicious white cake it and promise me you will never buy a cake mix again.

GATHER:

115 grams butter at room temperature, diced

¾ cup caster sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plan flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

White cake from scratch -  The Hungry Mum

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line a 20cm round cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

Sift together the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream together the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy – you can do this by hand or in the bowl of an electric mixer.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla.

Sift the flour mix over the batter and beat until combined, then add the milk and beat until all mixed together.

Pour into the pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes / until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Sit in pan for ten minuted before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

When cold ice or decorate however you want. I used my buttercream icing / frosting: buttercream icing / frosting:

125 grams butter, diced, at room temperature

1 cup sifted icing sugar

A few tablespoons milk

Beat butter in bowl of electric mixer on high for three minutes or until pale.

Turn beater off then sift over the icing sugar. Put beaters on low and beat to combine, then add enough milk to make a spreadable consistency. Use a palette knife to evenly spread over the top of the cake.

White cake from scratch

 

Baileys chocolate hearts tarts recipe

11 Feb

 

Baileys chocolate tart

Give me a holiday and I will find an appropriate dessert to bake for it. Christmas? Try my eggnog cookies (seriously, try them – they are amazing – https://thehungrymum.com/2015/12/20/christmas-eggnog-cookies/) Easter? How about some Easter brownie cookies decorated with mini chocolate eggs – https://thehungrymum.com/2014/04/16/easter-chocolate-brownie-biscuits-cookies/

And for Valentines Day, may I present the most amazing dessert that will melt the heart of the one you love: chocolate heart tarts with Baileys. So smooth. So rich. So delectable. So boozy. Continue reading

Easy green and gold Australia Day trifle recipe

25 Jan

 

Green & gold trifle  for Australia Day - The Hungry Mum

It’s the day before Australia day and you’ve been invited to a BBQ and asked to bring a dish. Forget the potato salad, ignore the dips and crackers: this green and gold trifle is simple to make and will turn you into a dessert champ.  Continue reading

Easy Australia Day dessert: Inside out lamington cupcakes

23 Jan

Easy Australia Day dessert Inside out lamington cupcakes - the hungry mum

This is such a speedy, easy and fun recipe that you have no excuse for not making it this Australia Day!

Many Australians mark Australia Day with a barbecue at a friend’s house, a picnic, or a day at the beach. These easy inside out lamington cupcakes would be a hit at any Oz Day celebration. Staying home for a quiet one? A batch of these cupcakes would be the perfect companion!  Continue reading

Easy peach basil sorbet – no icecream maker needed

18 Jan

peach basil sorbet - no churn! By The Hungry Mum

Before I start this recipe a confession: I dislike peaches with a passion. Growing up we had a peach tree in the front yard and my brother and his mates took great delight in throwing over-ripe peaches onto the road for cars to drive over. SAfter being driven over multiple times the smell of ripe, pungent fruit would linger and linger. That smell would be enough to turn anyone off for life… Continue reading

No churn rum and raisin ice cream

29 Dec

rum raisin chocolate ice cream

I love an easy, no churn ice cream recipe! Even if you are living in a part of the world currently covered in snow and frost, I promise you that your guests would be thrilled to be served a bowl of home made chocolate, rum and raising ice cream.  Continue reading

Cheat’s salted caramel pecan pie cookies

23 Nov

salted caramel pecan pie cookies

These salted caramel pecan pie cookies are so easy and so delicious! I made them on the weekend for a dear family member’s birthday party. Tom, the birthday boy, thought they were one of the yummiest things he has ever eaten and as this man has a sweet tooth I take that as high praise.

They have the taste and look of pecan pies but in cookie form – how great is that?

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Blueberry Dutch pancakes

29 Jun

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Like most people I love a lazy Sunday morning – the type of day when you can sleep-in then stay in your jammies for hours. Like most people we are always go go GO so a lazy Sunday is a rare event. Last weekend we managed to sneak in a slow start. The cherry on top of a relaxed morning at home is a delicious breakfast that you would never usually have time for. Continue reading

Meringue with drunken strawberries & pepper

22 Dec

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This recipe is perfect for Christmas and I’ll tell you why:

It combines a few different building blocks which means you can adjust the quantity to suit numbers.

It allows you to make the elements in advance and assemble just before serving, meaning less stress and more chat.

If guests don’t like strawberries they can just have the meringue. Or vice versa.

The colours are reminiscent of Christmas.

It is easy – let’s face it, by December, when Chrissy get-togethers are in full swing, you need something that doesn’t require hours in the kitchen using every utensil you own.

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