Tag Archives: bake

Oreo brownies from scratch

20 Apr

 

IMG_0640.jpgMy weakness is home-made chocolate brownies. I can take or leave most baked goods – leave, usually – but when there’s a home-made brownie being offered I am all over it. Continue reading

Chocolate, cherry and coconut scone tray bake

4 Apr

 

Chocolate and cherry scone tray bake - The Hungry Mum.

I found myself with a hankering to make scones on the weekend. I made a batch of traditional scones before I had a light bulb moment: tray bake. With chocolate. And dried cherries. And coconut. Continue reading

Easy lemon tart recipe

2 Apr

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The older I get the more likely I am to say yes to a citrus cake or tart rather than chocolate. Back in the day I was a regular chocophiliac, as my dad would say, but now I much prefer the subtle zing of zest from any citrus fruit to chocolate. Continue reading

Passionfruit bundt cake – simple, six ingredients, from scratch

28 Mar

Passionfruit bundt cake. The Hungry Mum

I love baking bundts! There is something very satisfying about removing a bundt cake from its tin and being greeted with the sight of a regal-looking cake. Continue reading

Death by chocolate brownies

20 Mar

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DEATH BY CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

It has come to my attention that everybody loves chocolate. Not really a stunning insight, I hear you mutter. True, but let continue. It is a given that everyone loves choccy but whenever I post a really chocolatey recipe the crowds go wild. That is, as wild as you can be while expressing an opinion via a keyboard. Continue reading

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

Dulce de leche filled cookies

9 Mar

dulce de leche sandwich cookies - The Hungry Mum

Dulce de leche bought from the shops is good, but the stuff you make yourself is even better. This silky South American treat is made by cooking sweetened condensed milk at a very low temperature for many hours. This simple process of heating sweetened milk will change you life. You can use it as a filling between two cakes, dollop it over ice-cream, swirl it through whipped cream, eat it straight from the jar… 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

 

Mexican chocolate cookies

24 Feb

 

The Hungry Mum - Mexican chocolate cookies

I don’t have a sweet tooth, despite being a complete chocolate-lover as a kid. I really think I ate so much of the stuff back in the day that it doesn’t really do it for me any more.

What I do love is when chocolate is paired with something unexpected. The combination of chocolate and spices, for instance, is a real fav. I love the way the different tastes meld together and create a rich, interesting sensation that is a million miles from your average block of chocolate. Continue reading

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