April 25, 2009

ANZAC Biscuits


It's ANZAC day today, so I made ANZAC biscuits.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line 2 cookie trays with baking paper.
  2. Place the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture.
  5. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined.
  6. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on prepared trays , pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

April 20, 2009

When will I be a "proper" cook?

I don't know about you, but there are some things that although you can buy it in the shops, if you can also make your own home-made version, you feel like a "proper" cook.... there are some such things I'd like to make, they include the following:
  • Jam - I really want to try and make apricot jam, and I think it'd be cool to try pear jam as well. I don't know why I want to make these when they are readily available at the shops (ok, I have only seen one brand that makes pear jam). Can anyone recommend a recipe?
  • Passionfruit curd - no idea what I'll use it for yet, but I want to give it a go
  • Yogurt - Just so I can make up my own flavours like pear and coconut.
  • Preserved lemons - I don't know why & I don't know what I'll use it for!
  • Home-made ravioli and pasta - Just so I can say I have made it and see if it really tastes any better than the store-bought version
Such things would also probably include making your own butter and cheese, but I think I'll pass on these and keep buying them in the shops (not so exciting...)
What about you? Is there anything you want to make that would make you feel like a "proper" cook?
I have more things to blog, but no time at the moment, so I will leave you here for now. I made pear pikelets the other day, they were so good! I will blog the recipe next time....

April 5, 2009

Apricot Shortbread Crumble Slice

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I haven't been baking much. We have just moved and the only thing I have made since then that wasn't dinner was our favourite banana bread. I must say that I am impressed with the oven!

A while back, I made this slice, but never got around to blogging about it. It's not my favourite, but it was quite nice. I made it for a Kitchen Tea, but all the chocolate-type slices were eaten before this one. Obviously jam is not as popular as chocolate.


This recipe is adapted from Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars by Nicole at Baking Bites

Apricot Shortbread Crumble Slice
Makes about 24 small slices

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
250g butter, softened
1 large egg
3/4 cup apricot jam

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees C. Lightly grease and line a 9-inch slice tin with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the butter and egg until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Set aside 2 cups of the mixture, and pour the remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Press down firmly and evenly, into the pan to cover the base.
  4. Spread jam over the shortbread layer. Sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over the top. If the mixture is too wet to sprinkle, simply break it up with lightly floured fingers and spread it out.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool in pan before slicing.