All posts tagged: baking

Blueberry & Almond Lattice Pie

Pies are one of my favourite things to eat and bake because they’re crispy and chewy with a delicious filling. This pie in particular is blueberry, but it also has a super yum layer of almond meal and sugar hidden inside. The greatest thing about pies is that they require very little effort but always look stunning. If you’re not up for making a lattice top, just use a single piece of pastry and cut out some cute shapes with a cookie cutter! The very tasty looking pictures of the pie (pictured above) are from my recent Woodland Wedding Inspiration food post . If you think that pie looks good you should see the wedding cake! Click here to see the post. The most important thing when baking pies is to get that golden brown colour on top, so if you think you’re pie is too light by the end of the recommended cooking time, turn up the temperature and leave it until it browns. Pie is even better when served with some (or a lot …

Woodland Wedding Inspiration

I got the idea some time ago for this shoot. I bought a woodland creatures cookie cutter set from Ikea, it had a bear, elk, fox, squirrel and hedgehog. At first I thought it would be fun to do a little woodland theme for the cookies but then I kept thinking about adding more things and then before I knew it it turned into this! The theme of this wedding cake table is woodland. It includes lots of lovely green foliage such as ivy and beautiful dark red fruits and berries like grapes and blueberries. The naked cake is a really simple yet beautiful option for a wedding cake. Adding fruit, flowers and/or foliage makes the cake look stunning and it’s definitely possible (and cheap) to make this cake yourself. All of the food featured is actually really simple to make, it just requires nice presentation. I’m hoping this post will inspire brides-to-be, guide DIY brides on what desserts to consider or at least help with choosing food/cakes and presentation/theme. The food featured in this post …

Low calorie fudgey brownies

Low calorie? Brownies? When have you ever heard those words in one sentence before? You guys better believe it because I can never lie when it comes to brownies. Now there is a brownie option for those trying to go healthy or lose weight, and they are wheat free too! These seriously fudgey brownies are so rich and chocolatey that you’ll be satisfied with one square, as impossible as that sounds, and they’re only 62 calories a square. If you aren’t on any particular diet you’ll still want to bake a batch of these babies because they are scrumptious and literally take 2 minutes to put together. If you’re feeling daring, and I know you are, serve these brownies with a nice big spoonful of my homemade vegan nutella, yummm! The main ingredients here are oats, greek yoghurt, cocoa powder and stevia sugar replacement, a natural alternative to sugar that has fewer calories. Per serve (9 total serves) there is 62 calories, 5g protein and 7g carbs. This recipe can be found on myfitnesspal under ddbagel …

Never-fail brownies

  I remember when I couldn’t really bake brownies very well. They always came out really flat and not at all chewy. I don’t know what happened, I always followed the recipe but they never came out like they were supposed to. Then one day, out of the blue, I could make them! I finally conquered delicious, chewy and chocolatey brownies. These brownies are fool-proof! You won’t ever have to worry about them failing, they’re so quick and tasty! I can whip up a batch in just a few minutes and they taste so goddam good, really nice and chocolatey. My other brownies are super delish too, but I don’t have cream cheese in the fridge all the time. I have the ingredients for these brownies at all times, so if I’m craving brownies all of a sudden, these certainly satisfy that itch. You and I are friends, right? You’re not going to judge me if I sit down with a plate of brownies and a pile of cream, right? You know I would never judge …

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 these but I needed something gluten-free so I searched for a 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 he 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  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 – …

Rainbow cupcakes

These are seriously the greatest thing ever. I am so in love with rainbow cupcakes, just look at them! Aren’t they just the prettiest things you’ve ever seen? They make an ordinary vanilla cupcake pretty spectacular and are super easy to make. You just need to put some food dye and voila! Rainbow awesomeness. I paired these with a simple yet tasty vanilla buttercream slightly tinted pink. Rainbow cupcakes – 115g butter, unsalted – 2 eggs, lightly beaten – 200g self raising flour – 140g caster (superfine) sugar – 1 tsp vanilla essence – food dye Buttercream frosting – 1 1/2 cups butter, unsalted – 6 cups icing (powdered sugar) – 4 tbs milk – 1tsp vanilla essence – food dye Method Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a muffin tray with cases and set aside. In a large bowl beat the sugar and butter until creamy and lighter in colour. Add the vanilla and combine. Pour the lightly beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Sift the flour and fold gently until combined. Separate the batter evenly …

Pink ombre cake

This is only the second cake I have ever frosted, so I think this recipe will be super helpful for beginners! This cake looks very pretty and you can pick any colour for it. I chose pink because the person I was making it for loved pink, but I can imagine it would look amazing in shades of blue or orange. The limit is your imagination! First of all, make sure you have a reliable vanilla cake recipe as your base and choose your colour! You’ll want to make three cake layers and colour each a different shade of the main colour, light to dark. I used some food colouring drops to control the colour. When I baked the layers I used two lots of cake mix. One I split into two batches and coloured one batch the lightest pink and the other the darkest shade of pink. For the second cake mix I used it as the main section and coloured it a medium shade. Bake each of the cake batches according to the …

Cinnamon & butter mini muffins

These were a really nice quick treat. Soft and fluffy muffins with a light crunch thanks to the cinnamon and sugar topping. It’s nice to have something like this available in the fridge when you need something small and quick to eat. I did plan on doing that and having lots in the fridge….but I kind of kept eating them as I was cleaning the kitchen. Don’t look at me like that! I couldn’t help it, they were just so yummy. I’d like to see you try and stop yourself from eating them all. The recipe is super quick and easy! Only takes a few minutes to whip them up and then 20 to bake. How great are recipes like that? I always have recipes like this and this one handy when I need to make something delicious and quickly. Cinnamon & butter mini muffins – 85g/3oz butter, unsalted melted – 280g/10oz plain (all-purpose) flour – 1 tbsp baking powder – 1/4 tsp nutmeg – 1/4 tsp salt – 2 eggs – 115g/4oz caster (super …