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Old fashioned jam and coconut pudding

19 Feb

Old fashioned jam pudding - The Hungry Mum

As I am typing this it is 30+ degrees Celcius in Sydney – hot, sticky, summer weather. So what is happening in my kitchen? Baking, of course1 I don’t let a little thing like stinking hot weather stand between me and my need to create sweet treats for family. So obviously this is just the type of weather to create a pudding!  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

Simple chocolate cornflake biscuits / cookies (Afghan biscuits)

2 Jan

Easy chocolate cornflake cookies - The HUngry Mum

Baking and reading are two of my favourite hobbies so you can imagine how happy I am when perusing the cookbook section of my local library. I love meandering through, taking my time to flick through the baking books to find the right ones to borrow. Continue reading

Easy Rudolph mini chocolate cupcakes

22 Dec

rudolph mini chocolate cupcakes

Everyone loves a cute cupcake and Christmas is the best time to get all ‘squee’ with your baking.

I have been baking for friends, family and neighbours as long as I can remember and these mini Rudolph mini cupcakes are always a hit.

This year Misses 8 and 10 took over baking and decorating duties for the neighbours as I attended to last minute Christmas duties. They were gratefully received by everyone, and after delivering them the gals came home clutching a giant box of chocolates

And aren’t the tins adorable? My friend from work, Stephen, frequents op shops and always stocks up tins for me. I use them to package up baked goods.

These cakes best made on the day of serving, or you can bake then freeze the uniced cakes. Bring to room temperature before decorating.

GATHER:

1 cup self-raising flour

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup marsala

125g melted, cooled butter

2 heaped tablespoons sifted cocoa

2 eggs

red M&Ms

choc bits

coloured M&Ms or choc drops for eyes

pretzels, broken in half, for antlers

reindeer cupcakes - the hungry mum

LET’S DO IT:

Line 2 mini muffin tins with mini muffin wrappers, pre-heat oven to 175C.

Add all ingredients into bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low speed until combined. Increase speed to high and beat for three minutes.

Spoon into wrappers, bake for 15-ish minutes/until a skewer instead comes out clean.

Place on wire rack. When totally cool ice with ganache {RECIPE BELOW}.

 CHOCOLATE GANACHE:

In a small saucepan over low heat melt 125g dark chocolate [broken into chunks] with 1/2 cup cream. Stir until melted, thick and glossy. Allow to stand 15 minutes until thick. Use knife to spread over cakes. Decorate the cupcakes to resemble reindeers.

rudolph cupcakes.

Sydney school holiday idea for kids: Australian National Maritime Museum

7 Apr

maritime1 School holidays in my opinion are a delicate line between ‘yay, a chance to spend some time with the kids without stress’ to ‘what on earth are we going to do all day every day?’ Continue reading

Great kid’s day out in Sydney – Powerhouse Museum

10 Jul

The Hungry Family loves a good museum and the Powerhouse in Sydney is one of our all-time favs. It was the first museum both gals went to as babies – Miss8’s first visit was to see an exhibition of costumes by Kylie Minogue [fan gal!] while Miss6 was so tiny that she was transported via baby carrier.

Recently we explored the Games Masters exhibition, dedicated to the art and history of video games. I’ve never been a fan but the Hungry Dad was positively drooling at the sight at row after tow of everything from old school arcade games like PacMan and Sonic the Hedgehog to Minecraft and more.
On our way from Parking at Darling Quarter [hint – there are clean toilets near the entrance to the car park and also a myriad of places to eat] we stumbled across the very pretty Winter Wonderland scene, complete with ice rink. Miss8 especially thought it was divine.

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Then it was to the Powerhouse, were we took in the Strictly Ballroom exhibition, which made me fall in love with the classic Oz film all over again. The feathers! The costumes! Arms, Clary!
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Next stop was the free science talk where Miss8 was pulled from the audience to be a volunteer to help make slime. What a wonderful assistant she made, creating gooey sticky green mess ☺
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Finally it was time to check out what we came for – video games. Try as I might I just can’t get excited by them but the gals enjoyed exploring games created waaaay before their time.
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Miss6 and I lined up to have a boogie to one of those dance games [you can tell I’m just not that into it] and we also hit a small room to jam to a Faith No More song [thanks, Hungry Dad]. Miss6 loved getting her riffs on.

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See powerhousemuseum.com/gamemasters/

Easy ice cream Christmas pudding [and simple home made Christmas chocolates]

17 Dec

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Firstly – an apology for the lack of photos with this post. I’ve been baking like a mad woman in the last few weeks for various Christmas-related events and even though I intend to photograph as I go for my blog it hasn’t turned out this way.

Sigh.

First up, a super easy Christmas ice cream pudding that I’ve been making for many, many years. I have no idea where the original recipe comes from but it is embarrassingly easy.

This is so simple and a perfect dessert for Christmas Day in Sydney, which is, without fail, a squillion degrees. I made nine desserts for my mother-in-law’s Christmas lunch on the weekend and this was the first thing to vanish.

GATHER:

2 litres best quality vanilla ice cream, softened

1 cup mixture of sultanas, currants and raisins

Good splash of rum

¼ cup glace cherries, chopped

2 tablespoons cinnamon

LET’S GET TO IT:

Soak the dried fruit [but not the glace cherries] in rum and leave overnight.

Line a 2-litre pudding basin with cling wrap, leaving overhang.

Working quickly tip the softened ice cream into a large bowl and stir in rum-soaked fruit, cinnamon and cherries.

If desired place some home-made chocolates [see below] in the base of the pudding basin, then add ice cream. Smooth the top then fold over the overhanging cling wrap. Wrap in foil and freeze overnight.

Home made Christmas chocolates

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I found a similar idea for these little chocs online and Christmas-afied them using red and green Christmas sprinkles from a baking store. Simply line two mini muffin pans with mini liners. Place 150g your choice of chocolate with a splash of canola oil in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted and glossy. Pour chocolate into mini pans until bottom is covered and then a bit more. Sprinkle over Christmas sprinkles and place in fridge for a few hours until firm. Remove and discard wrappers.

Miss 7 and I made these for her to hand out to her class. We bundled a few up in cellophane bags for all of her classmates. I should have taken a photo…