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Marsala chocolate coffee biscuits

18 Jun

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My all time favorite dessert is tiramisu. Having said that I am loathe to make it as 1) it generally makes a shedload and 2) I would eat the entire shedload due to point 1)

Oh, what a luscious desert it is – mascarpone, coffee, alcohol, crunchy, sweetness, creaminess… it is everything you could ever want in a dessert.

I wanted to take my favourite aspects of this dessert – namely, coffee, chocolate and alcohol – and use them as a base for a small little biscuit, or cookie.

I was so happy with the way these Marsala chocolate coffee biscuits turned out. They were so easy to make and even easier to eat. Ensure you allow resting time for the dough before baking.

These little bickies – I made them petite but if you want to make them bigger just adjust the baking time – are so fudgy and delicious. I don’t have a sweet tooth but found myself constantly reaching for another biscuit, especially when I was having a coffee.

I am a coffee snob and only drink real coffee ie espresso-based. If you don’t have access to espresso you could substitute instant coffee but it won’t carry the same richness of flavour.

 

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GATHER:

120g butter, chopped and softened

¾ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup golden syrup

1 egg

3 tablespoon cooled espresso

2 tablespoons marsala

2 cups plain flour

¼ teaspoon cocoa

Icing sugar to serve

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Let’s get to it:

Line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

In bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment beat butter, sugar and golden syrup until pale and fluffy – around four minutes.

Turn off beaters, scrape down bowl with a spatula, then with beaters on low speed beat in egg, espresso and marsala until combined. Add flour and cocoa and mix until combined.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place mixture in fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 180°C and then roll small balls of the dough into walnut-size balls and place trays.

Bake for 8 minutes then sit on tray for five minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

When cold dust with icing sugar and serve.

 

 

 

Double caramel self-saucing pudding

8 Jun

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I can only speak for my family but caramel is the queen of flavours when it comes to desserts, milkshakes, sauces, macarons… anything sweet really. So when I was thinking of making a dessert for the Hungry Family it was obvious that caramel would figure in there somewhere. Then I hit on an idea: instead of one lot of caramel, why not double it? Continue reading

One bowl vegan cookies and cream cake

3 Jun

 

 

Vegan cookies & cream cake - The Hungry Mum..pngAre Oreos a hit in your house? They are at Casa Hungry with the under 12 set but the here adults find them sickly and bland. As they are often on sale in the supermarket I usually buy a few packets with the intention of adding them to baked goods, but usually find I am piped at the post by Misses 9 and 11 who love taking them to school. Continue reading

Vegetarian Mexican lentil loaf

27 May

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Trying to find a meal that my whole family eats is a thankless task yet I have struck gold with this simple recipe. Continue reading

Easy melt-and-mix chocolate berry cake

15 May

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If you are looking for an easy, delicious, one bowl, melt and mix chocolate cake you have come to the right place! I love melt and mix cakes for their simplicity and speed. By melting the butter and adding it to the cake mixture you are saving time without sacrificing any of the taste. Continue reading

Mixed berry and apple crumble

6 May

 

Mixed berry & apple crumble.jpgYou know the cold weather has arrived when I start making apple crumble for dessert. Sydney has FINALLY got some cold weather and I couldn’t be happier. I know I am alone in my feelings about cold weather – everyone I know is absolutely Team Summer. Continue reading

Lime coconut cheesecake squares

2 May

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I have a bit of a fixation with cream cheese of late. I just cannot get enough of baking recipes that use this creamy, unctuous ingredient. I also love pairing cream cheese with savoury ingredients – I am looking at you, smoked salmon – but when there is a block of cream cheese within arm`s reach I WILL turn it into a sweet treat. Continue reading

Easy sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce

28 Apr

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In another lifetime I worked as a waiter in an olde-worlde, ancient English pub. This gorgeous pub was in a teeny tiny country village and people travelled the skinny, windy roads from villages all around to eat there.

It was here that I first tried one of the most popular deserts on the menu – sticky toffee pudding. Now it is a household name of a dessert but back then it was just getting its name out there, at least in Australia. Many was the time that I would just have this delicious, warming dessert for dinner after a busy waitressing shift at the pub. Ahhh, youth…

This most English of desserts gets its caramel-y taste from the addition of pitted dates and brown sugar. When baked it creates a moist, golden, melt-in-the-mouth pudding that is the perfect way to end a wintry night.

Back at the pub they served the pudding with its traditional caramel sauce, which I have updated by making it salted caramel sauce. The salt cuts through the sweetness and provides a nice contrast to the sugar.

Whenever I make this dessert even the non-sweet eaters cannot resist a wedge. Served warm, drizzled with the salted caramel sauce, and maybe a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side, it is such a luxurious cold weather dessert that couldn’t be easier to make.

It is a great dessert for feeding a crowd – as it is quite rich a small square goes a long way.

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GATHER:

250g pitted dates, snipped with scissors into chunks

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 1/2 cups boiling water

125g butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups self-raising flour

 

Salted caramel sauce

50g brown sugar

50g caster sugar

50mL golden syrup

125mL double cream

75g  unsalted butter, cubed

half to one-and-a-half teaspoons best quality salt [I use pink Murray River salt]

Let`s get to it:

Put dates and bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl then pour over boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180°C and spray a 20cm square cake tin with non-stick spray and line base with baking paper.

In bowl of electric stand mixer with paddle attachment beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale then beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat until incorporated before adding the next egg.

Fold in the flour and date mixture with a silver spoon and stir until incorporated.

Pour batter into pan and bake for 35 minutes. Set aside while you make the sauce.

Salted caramel sauce:

Melt butter, sugars and syrup in a small heavy pan and simmer for two to three minutes. Swirl, don’t stir, occasionally.

Slowly pour in cream and half a teaspoon of the salt and stir before tasting. Add a little more salt at a time if you desire.

To serve: Cut pudding into squares, place in serving bowl, then drown in salted caramel sauce. Best eaten warm.

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Cheat`s mini Easter cheesecakes

13 Apr

 

IMG_1535.jpgI am hosting Easter brunch for the family this year and as usual, most of my effort is going on desserts.

Oh sure, there will be savoury dishes – and mimosas, hurrah! – but all the fun stuff is always sweet stuff.

Miss 11 is helping and has already baked three chocolate cakes to be transformed into an Easter-themed showstopper cake.

And Miss 9 will be helping to make waffles for the hordes in my fancy new-ish waffle maker.

But the part of the meal I am looking forward to the most – aside from aforementioned Mimosas – are these delicious individual Easter-themed cheescakes.

I love baked cheesecake and was thinking of making one large cheesecake but instead went for mini cheesecakes.

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I decorated these cheat`s mini Easter cheesecakes with candy Easter eggs. Mine are M&Ms and I have to say I don`t love all the colours in the pack (I`m looking at you, orange) but I could not find the Cadbury version with the pastel version. That`s probably coz I bought them weeks and weeks ago, before all the good Easter stuff was out.

May the bunny be kind and may your Mimosa be never-ending.

 

GATHER:

12 Granita / plain sweet biscuits

2 x 250 g cream cheese brought to room temperature, diced

2 eggs at room temperature

3/4 cup caster sugar

Rind of one large lemon finely grated

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

36 candy-covered Easter eggs

100 grams white chocolate.

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LET`S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 150C.

Get 12 cupcake wrappers and line them up on the bench, then carefully place a biscuit in the bottom of each wrapper. Then place each wrapper into a hole of a muffin pan.

Beat cream cheese in electric mixer until smooth, scrape down sides of bowl with spatula, then beat in sugar in three lots until combined.

With mixer on low beat in eggs, lemon rind, juice and vanilla until smooth.

Use an ice-cream scoop to dollop batter on top of each biscuit – leave a 1cm gap at the top.

Bake for 17 minutes until the cheesecake no longer has a wobble and is beginning to turn lightly golden around the edges.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.

When cold melt white chocolate in microwave on low setting in 15 seconds increments until melted – depending on the brand of chocolate you may need to add ½ teaspoon of canola oil to help it melt evenly.

Place a small amount of melted chocolate in the centre of eacg cheesecake then place three eggs into the melted chocolate, using it as a glue to set the eggs.

Place in fridge until serving.

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One bowl vegan chilli chocolate cake

30 Mar

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Easter is almost here, people! That means it is time to dust off the Easter egg basket and get your fat pants on coz it is chocolate time. Continue reading