Month: October 2013

GF Crownies (cookie brownies or is it brownie cookies?)

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that I’m terrible at making cookies. I managed to pull off theseΒ but I needed something gluten-free so I searched for aΒ delicious –delicious being the key word here- chocolate cookie that wouldn’t taste dry or crumbly and instead be moist and very, very tasty. These, my friends, are those cookies. They were chewy in the middle and crunchy around the edges with lots of chocolate. They were a big hit and I’ll admit, I sneaked some for my own personal supply. GF crownies (adapted from Yammie’s Gluten Freedom) – 2 cups chocolate chips – 2 1/2 cups icing/powdered sugar – 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa – 1 tbs cornstarch – 3 egg whites, room temp – 1/4 tsp salt Method Preheat oven to 175C/350F and line a cookie tray or baking rack with grease-proof paper. In a large heat-proof bowl melt 1 cup of chocolate. Do 20 seconds at a time to make sure you don’t over do it. Keep stirring between heating and take out as soon as it’s melted. In …

Thomas the tank engine cake

My workmate wanted me to make her lovely little boy a colourful cake for his 5th birthday. Something to do with trains was the only criteria and since heΒ adored Thomas I knew what to do. This was the first time I worked with fondant, using it only for decorations such as the tunnel entrance, train tracks and train signs. I had thought about covering it in fondant but honestly, I’m sure a 5 year old little boy would like the taste of frosting much more than fondant. I have to admit I was pretty pleased with my effort. I spent a little time just thinking about what it should look like and asked his mum if he had some spare trains I could borrow for it. Lucky for me he had the whole gang, which she took in a very sneaky fashion. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the inside but I can assure you it is bright orange and blue. Very bright orange and blue. This was the 3rd cake I have been …

cream cheese brownies (the best ever) + oreos

I have made these brownies at least 7 times in one month, my friend has asked me to make them for him at least 4 times. If that isn’t a testament to how good they are then I don’t know what is. They are the most delicious brownies I think I have eaten… EVER. They’re moist, chewy, crispy, oh so chocolatey and everybody loves a little Oreo goodness, am I right? The recipe is Β super simple to make and has not failed me yet. It combines a delicious vanilla and chocolate brownie base with ribbons of velvety smooth cream cheese. Oh man I think it’s time to make these again. Oreo cream cheese brownies (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction) Brownie base – 2x large eggs – 115g/4oz butter, unsalted and softened – 1 cup sugar – 2 tsp vanilla extract – 1/4 cocoa powder – 3/4 tsp white vinegar – 3/4 cup plain/all-purpose flour – 1x package Oreos, crushed (approx. 12) Cream cheese topping – 1x package cream cheese, philadelphia – 1/4 cup sugar – …