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Milo slice and Milo icecream – two Australia Day dessert recipes

22 Jan

 

 

Milo slice and Milo icecream  The Hungry Mum.

Growing up my dad worked for Nestle, which means we had a plethora of items to keep any sweet-tooth person happy. Of all the treats dad would bring home my favourite was always Milo, a malted milk product that we would ladle into mugs of milk, or eat straight from the jar. Continue reading

Chocolate whole orange cake

20 Jan

Chocolate orange cake The Hungry Mum

My favourite flavour for anything sweet is chocolate orange. Always has been, always will be. For my birthday last year we visited the Blue Mountains, a stunning part of New South Wales surrounded by amazing bush – and amazing food. 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

Donna Hay chocolate and double coconut muffins

12 Oct

chocolate double coconut muffins

Many moons ago, in another life, I used to eat a chocolate chip muffin every day for breakfast. I commuted from one side of Sydney to the other and at the train station at my destination there was a muffin shop. I would alight, grab a behmouth of a choc chip muffin that probably had 10 gazillion calories and eat it on the walk to work.

It wasn’t until I started baking that I realised muffins weren’t supposed to be the size of a toddler’s head. Also, muffins are about a healthy a breakfast as birthday cake.  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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Christmas cookie recipe swap no-bake chocolate crackles

13 Dec

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So I was trawling Twitter one day in lieu of doing some chores and found a cookie swap hosted by the creative types at Real Housemoms, {I love} My Disorganised Life, and White Lights on Wednesdays. This had my name all over it so I jumped on board!

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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…

Easy old-fashioned cinnamon teacake

2 Oct

 

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – cinnamon is the new black. The older I get the less I’m interested in sickly sweet desserts and cakes but I still want something with a real taste. I love vanilla [real, actual vanilla – not the nasty synthetic stuff] and I love cinnamon. This cinnamon tea cake has both which makes it a real winner. Continue reading

Easy chocolate cake recipe

24 Apr

 

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This is a one bowl, super easy, kid-friendly chocolate cake. It isn’t glam and won’t impress baking experts but for morning tea or a fast dessert you can’t beat it. If you can turn on an oven you can make this chocolate cake, which is great served with ice cream, cream or even just a sprinkling of icing sugar on top.

Making it in a ring baking tin makes it look a little bit more fancy than using a round tin. You could fill the berries to serve if you want to up the glam factor.

It is from a book called Quick Mix Cakes by AWW.

GATHER:

125g melted butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cocoa powder [Dutch for preference]

1 cup self-raising flour

3/4 cup caster sugar

dash best vanilla

Easy chocolate cake - The Hungry Mum

LET’S GET TO IT

Preheat oven to 170C, and grease a ring pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Place everything in bowl of electric mixer and beat until smooth and mixture has changed colour.

Pour into pan, bake 35-ish minutes/until a skewer comes out clean.

Leave in tin 5 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool.

Easy chocolate cake recipe  -The Hungry Mum