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Chocolate whiskey cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

3 Jan

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Happy 2017! If you have come to my site looking for a healthy way to start off the new year I am afraid you are out of luck. My first recipe for the new year is full of fat, sugar and alcohol, or as I like to think of it, the holy trinity of baking. Continue reading

Christmas peanut butter cookies

10 Dec

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Christmas in Sydney is a hot and humid affair. There`s none of the snow and ice skating and roasting things by a roaring fire. Here it is a swim after a cold seafood lunch and trying to avoid the flies and sunburn. Continue reading

Crazy easy brownies

29 Sep

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Hey all! Just a short post today as its my birthday! I’m quickly popping this recipe up before heading out to lunch with my fam. Continue reading

Strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

29 Aug

strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

I love baking loaf cakes. There is something so homely and humble about this style of cake, which lends itself to countless flavours. Continue reading

Salted dulce de leche crumble bars

20 Aug

salted dulce de leche bars

If there is a heaven I am willing to bet that dulce de leche flows freely from the taps. This sweet treat, made by gently heating sweetened condensed milk, is a fancy yet easy addition to almost any baked goods. And here’s a secret – adding a pinch of really good salt makes a good thing even better. Continue reading

Double chocolate giant skillet cookie – a big bickie that you bake in a frying pan!

29 Jul

Giant double chocolate bickie

 

 

I bake most days so generally the family is pretty blasé about my baked treats. This giant double chocolate skillet cookie is the exception. Upon pulling it from the oven I was met with a chorus of ‘oooh, yum!’, ‘that looks amazing!’, ‘I’m going to eat the whole thing’ etc etc.

Miss 10 adores white chocolate, so I used white choc chips for her. The Hungry Dad and I love dark chocolate so added them for us. Miss 8 has yet to meet a type of chocolate she didn’t adore so she would be thrilled with anything with a trace of cocoa in it.

As always, the simple things in life are often the best – this recipe is basically one huge chocolate chip cookie that you bake in a skillet / frying pan in the oven. Ensure that your pan has a metal handle – do not place a plastic-handled pan in the oven unless you want a toxic, stinking mess/ house fire/ both.

This easy baking recipe uses common ingredients you probably have in the pantry. Even if you do need to buy them to bake this, rest assured that you will use them for many, many other baking recipes.

Eating this giant chocolate skillet cookie warm from the oven was a highlight of my day – it is gooey and delicious and so utterly scrumptious that I may have eaten a great proportion of it without realising. Might just have to bake this again soon…

GATHER:

1/4 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

85 grams unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup white choc chips

1/4 cup dark choc chips

Double chocolate frying pan cookie

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180 Celsius and thoroughly spray a 20cm round oven-proof frying pan / skillet with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl use a silver spoon to beat together butter, vanilla and both sugars then beat in the egg until just combined.

Tip in the in flour, baking soda and all the chocolate chips and mix until just combined. Scrape into the pan and use an off-set spatula to even out the top.

Bake until cookie is light golden brown and just starting to set in the centre, around 18 minutes.

Let cool 5 minutes then slice into wedges to serve.

double chocolate skillet cookie

Vegan lavender and vanilla cake

22 Jul

Lavender and vanilla vegan cake

I am not vegan but the ongoing free-range eggs situation in Sydney is forcing me to come up with egg-free baking recipes. When you bake as often as I do – at least once a day – you go through a heap of eggs. And to paraphrase PETA, I’d rather go bake-free than buy battery hen eggs. Continue reading