Tag Archives: baked

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

Simple summer trifle with sugar cookies

11 Jan



raspberry trifle. The Hungry Mum

This is one of those throw-together-in-a-flash desserts you need during a Sydney summer. It is hot, people have dropped round for a drink that turned into dinner that turned into dessert and now you need something sweet. 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

Christmas eggnog cookies

20 Dec



This was the first Christmas I have ever tried eggnog and let me state for the record – I am in love!

In Sydney Christmas is a hot’n’humid affair, with temperatures usually in the mid 30C so our drink of choice on the big day is beer or champagne. I don’t know anyone who has tried eggnog – many people I mention it to haven’t even heard of it.

But big supermarkets start stocking it in December and this year curiousity got the better of me. I bought it, tried it, loved it. I created eggnog cupcakes, which you can see here https://thehungrymum.com/2015/12/07/one-bowl-eggnog-cupcakes-for-christmas/

I wanted to play around a bit more so I found this recipe for eggnog cookies at http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/11/melt-mouth-eggnog-cookies/

I tweaked it somewhat, including reducing the sugar by half. And replacing the rum extract with real rum. And doubling the amount of cinnamon 🙂

I also didn’t bother making the butter topping, as lovely as it looked, cause it was just too hot to spend another minute in the kitchen.

These eggnog cookies were packaged up in pretty tins and given to neighbours for Christmas.


2 1/4 cups plain flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

170 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature, diced

1/4 cup caster sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 teaspoons dark rum

1/2 cup eggnog



Preheat oven to 180 C degrees.

In a large bowl use a fork to whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon – set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and both sugars until pale and creamy.

Beat in egg yolks one at a time, then stir in vanilla, rum and eggnog.

Turn to low speed and add flour mix, one tablespoon at a time, until just combined. Roll dough balls the size of a ping pong ball and place on tray, then gently flatten paper lined baking sheets. Allow space for them to spread.

Bake for 13 – 15 minutes.

When cold sprinkle with icing sugar.


One bowl eggnog cupcakes for Christmas

7 Dec


Can you believe I only tried eggnog this week? As it is high summer in Australia at Christmas we are likely to quaff chilled champagne than a warm custard-like drink, but I have to say I quite liked it. Continue reading

Easy chocolate peppermint cake recipe

18 Nov

chocolate peppermint cake - the hungry mum

This is the story of a cake that almost wasn’t eaten. I made this simple chocolate peppermint cake from scratch to take to my friends at the newspaper where I work as a journalist. Then, the next morning, the usual pandemonium to get out the front door ensued and cake got left behind. Poor cake. Continue reading

Boozy chocolate bundt cake with dulce de leche from scratch

15 Nov

Boozy chocolate bundt cake with dulce de leche

I kept seeing recipes for cakes/cookies/brownies with dulce de leche, a thick caramel sauce that tastes like heaven. Often these recipes would suggest buying the dulce de leche at a deli. Problem was, when I did eventually track down the dulce de leche it was super expensive. Quite honestly, the price was unjustifiable. So I did some research and blamo – I found you could make dulce de leche easily from scratch at home.

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