September 24, 2008

Strawberry Bread

This recipe comes from a recipe site: Recipezaar . There are so many recipes on this site, and it comes in handy if you're looking for a specific recipe or some inspiration.

It is delicious, I wish I could eat it every day! I made a couple of slight changes, but if you want to see the original recipe, click on the link above. Now, on with the recipe!


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup plain wholemeal flour, 1/2 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour a standard glass (8x5") loaf pan.
  2. Rinse, hull and cut the strawberries into quarters (or smaller pieces if you're using huge strawberries); place in a small bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend together the remaining sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until foamy, then add the vanilla and melted butter. Make sure the melted butter isn't too hot-just barely melted.
  5. Stir in the strawberries. Combine the two mixtures, blending until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before removing the bread from the pan.

September 22, 2008

Honeycomb choc chip cookies

More and more cookies!! Made these for a get together and my mum said that of all the cookies I've ever made, they are her favourite. :)


Makes about 24 small to medium cookies

Ingredients:

125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup self raising flour
1 handful of choc chips
1 cup chopped honeycomb pieces

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius, and line two cookie trays with baking paper
2. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy
3. Beat in egg and vanilla essence
4. Stir in flour until just combined
5. Fold in honeycomb and choc chips
6. Roll spoonfuls into balls and place on prepared trays
7. Bake for about 9 mins or until very slightly golden.
8. Remove from oven and cool on trays.

September 21, 2008

Mince and Rice Pie

I remembered that I told my good friend Sumara I was going to blog this, and just realised I haven't done so yet! So, here it is; Mince and Rice Pie.

The idea for this recipe grew as I was cooking it, I wanted to make something for dinner that I hadn't made before, and this is something I thought I could throw together without too much fuss. The best thing about this recipe (in my opinion) is that you can change the ingredients a bit to make a different flavour, so doesn't get too boring if you make it more than once in a week. Would go very well with a salad too.

I used a 28cm springform pan for this, greased with canola oil spray, and lined with baking paper, but I'm sure you could use any other similar sized pan, though you may not be able to get the pie out of the pan in nice wedge shapes. It tastes the same either way of course.


Ingedients:

500g Beef mince
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 carot finely chopped
1/2 zucchini finely chopped
2 cups beef stock
1 cup uncooked white rice
1/2 cup chopped sundried tomato
1/2 cup grated cheese
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
100g baby spinach

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
  2. Cook mince, garlic, and onion in a saucepan large enough to hold all ingredients, drain any fat from the pan.
  3. Add carrot and zucchini and mix well.
  4. Add the stock and rice, and bring to the boil. Then reduce heat to allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes (or until rice is cooked).
  5. Stir in sundried tomato.
  6. Add beaten eggs and milk, stir to combine.
  7. Lightly grease and line a 28cm springform pan with baking paper, press pie mixture into pan.
  8. Top with grated cheese and bake in the oven for about 40 min or until the top of the pie is slightly golden.

September 19, 2008

Disaster and success



Tried to make up my own version of custard slice. It did not work. :(
= Disaster

Ok, well it tasted pretty good, but it didn't stay together...

On the plus side, that low fat banana bread recipe I posted a while back turns out excellent with strawberries
= success!


September 16, 2008

Success! Cheesecake Slice!


I successfully made up a cheesecake slice recipe! This got the thumbs up at our father's day get together. Yay!

White Chocolate Cheesecake Slice with Milk Chocolate Swirls

Ingredients:

Base:
180g (approx.) Crushed biscuits (I used Arnott's "Nice" biscuits)
100g melted butter

Topping:
500g Cream cheese
250g white chocolate, melted
1 tsp gelatine, dissolved in 1/8 cup boiling water
150g milk chocolate, melted (to swirl on top)

Method:
  1. Line a 27cm x 18cm slice tin with baking paper.
  2. Mix melted butter and crushed biscuits together in a bowl, and press firmly into prepared slice tin. Refrigerate until firm.
  3. Beat cream cheese until smooth
  4. Add melted white chocolate and beat until combined
  5. Beat dissolved gelatine and 1/8 cup boiling water into cream cheese mixture.
  6. Pour cream cheese mixture over prepared base and distribute evenly.
  7. Swirl melted milk chocolate throughout cream cheese mixture. (I used a bamboo skewer to do this, but a knife would probably do)
  8. Put in fridge for a couple of hours until set.

Voila! No baking necessary this time!

September 13, 2008

Milk and White Choc Chip Cookies


Another cookie recipe made up by me. I made these as part of a present for my sister's birthday, since she loves cookies so much.

Makes about 24 small to medium cookies

Ingredients:
125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 and 1/2 cups self raising flour
3 handfuls of milk and white choc chips


Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius, and line two cookie trays with baking paper
  2. Cream butter and sugars together
  3. Beat in egg
  4. Stir in flour until just combined
  5. Fold in choc chips
  6. Roll spoonfuls into balls and place on prepared trays
  7. Bake for about 9 mins or until very slightly golden (depending on if you like your cookies softer or crisper, bake for a little longer if you prefer the crisper sort).
  8. Remove from oven and cool on trays.

September 4, 2008

Photos but no recipes...

I made a cake for my sister's birthday on the weekend. I think I've found something that I'm not so good at baking: cakes. I don't know if it was just the recipe, or if it was my lack of cake-baking skills, but this cake I made turned out only "so-so".... it didn't turn out fluffy and light like I thought it would, but it tasted ok (mostly because of the white chocolate icing I think). Anyway, I didn't think it was particularly worth sharing this recipe unless someone actually wants it. It's just a vanilla cake.

I thought I might share a photo anyway: