Berry Pops

Looks Naughty, but it’s actually Nice.

A fun way to start your day with a healthy breakfast treat.

This is a definite Kids in the Kitchen recipe where Mini-Me simply loves to help out, making her breakfast icy-pops. They’re fun, They’re fast & They’re absolutely fabuliciouz!

But these 3 ingredient wonders aren’t just for kids! This is also a fantastic way for you grown-ups to get a healthy start to your busy days too when you’re on the run.

Nothing could be easier! Simply pop into a mixing jug 250g of any type of delicious berry that floats your boat & give it a good old whazz up with Mr Buzzy (aka stick blender), before decanting 340g of Coconut Yoghurt into the jug, along with a teaspoon of local raw honey. Give it another jolly good mix up, then pour into awaiting icy pop moulds & pop into the freezer to set.

Now you have no excuses to not get that great, healthy start to your day!

Tanz Tip – I have allergies & with having moved around the country so much, the very first thing I do in a new area is to seek out a jar of local raw honey! It’s the quickest way to expose my body to the local pollens & it’s absolutely fabuliciouz too.

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Strawberry & Cream Muffins

Delicate delights to tempt your tastebuds with over a cup of tea.

It’s nice to be just a wee bit naughty sometimes. Mini-Me joyously licked the beaters dripping with frosting & Hubby’s eyes lit up like it was Christmas when he plodded in from a hard day’s work to find these awaiting him. It’s these little moments that mean the absolute world to me. No matter what else life may be throwing my way, I am always grateful for my wee Fam-Bam & cherish these simple memories the most.

Time is my most valued luxury.

Pre-heat your oven to 200c so it can get nice & warm whilst you make the batter. Also ensure you’re prepared & ready to go by lining  a 12 cup muffin tray with pretty paper cases.

To start these gorgeous wee muffins, grab a mixing bowl & in goes 225g of plain flour along with 1 teaspoon of baking powder then stir in 140g of caster sugar with a wooden spoon.

In a mixing jug, pour in 100ml of milk before cracking in 2 eggs. Then gently melt 140g of butter over a low heat & ever so slowly trickle the melted butter into the milk & eggs. The trick to doing this without cooking those eggs is to grab a balloon whisk & get a good solid stirring action happening before you start the butter trickling in. It is imperative that you keep that whisk moving the entire time & for a wee bit after all the butter is incorporated in. In the spirit of a certain blue fishy, “Just Keep Whisking, Just Keep Whisking”.

Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients then start pouring in your wet ingredients a little at a time, stirring it in as you go. Just be mindful not to over-mix it.

Spoon a blob of batter into the bottom of each patty case then plop just a teaspoon of strawberry jam into the centre of each one before dolloping the rest of the batter on top of each to seal the surprise inside.

Pop those in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. When they’re firm to the touch, lift them out to set aside on a cooling wire.

To make the gorgeous simply must have frosting, grab another mixing bowl & in goes 50g of softened butter, 85g of icing sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk & a squirt of Vanilla Paste (that would be about 1/2 a teaspoon for the more accurate among us). Using your hand held electric beaters, beat that lot until it’s nice & smooth, finger dip-able lusciousness!

Spoon over a wee bit of frosting onto the top of each muffin & decorate with a half strawberry.

Toblerone Fondue

Sweet strawberries dipped seductively in Decadently rich chocolate

~ have I got your attention? 

This one goes out to all the lovers! For those who adore the simple pleasures unashamedly. Those who wish to indulge quickly, without too much build-up ahead of the main event. It’s a classic for good reason.

To keep this one Gluten Free, I use the Mountain Bars available from Aldi, but if you don’t have any dietary requirements then the original recipe calls for Toblerone Bars.

I use 4 Mountain Bars which is 400g, but I believe the Toblerone Bars may work out at 375g as the closest.

Set yourself up a Bain Marie, which is a pot of gently simmering water over which you set a heatproof bowl, being very mindful to never allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl.

Break up the chocolate into the bowl & add 150ml of luscious Double Cream. Then just stir that until it melts into a glorious dark liquid.

Have chilled strawberries at the ready for dipping & you’ve got yourself some instant romance!

Tanz Tip ~ using the Toblerones or Mountain Bars, elevates this chocolate fondue to a whole new level with the nutty, nougat bits spread throughout.

Blueberry Granita

A sneaky way to add a fabuliciouz superfood to Mini-Me’s diet & then have fun sticking out colourful tongues at each other!

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This is as easy & simple as it gets! Just 4 basic ingredients to whip up a refreshing treat on these scorching hot Summer days!

Into a small saucepan goes 125g of blueberries & cover those with a wee bit of water before adding in 2 tablespoons of caster sugar & the juice of a lemon.

Pop the pan onto a medium heat to cook until the blueberries are just popping open & the sugar has dissolved.

Turn off the heat & grab good old Mr Buzzy (aka stick blender) to whazz that mixture to a smooth liquid consistency.

Pour it into a freezer proof container & place in the freezer to set, stirring with a fork every 20 minutes.

The Granita is set when it has changed colour & all the liquid is gone.

Of course, you could just pour the blitzed puree into ice-cube trays & use it to cool down beverages too.

Banana Coconut Ice-cream

Just 4 everyday pantry items

will whip up this cool, tropical treat packing a huge flavour hit!

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It is hot!!!!! We’ve been sweltering through 40c sweat laden days here in Melbourne & although I am from the tropics, our heat is not like this! Mini-Me loves home-made ice-cream the best on days like these & when it’s this easy to make, she gets right in there with me! We have a great time together in the kitchen & I know that she is making her own life memories as I smile, remembering my Nan & how we would be in her kitchen together. So the cycle of life continues. It’s the simple things which make me happy.

For this totally easy icy treat, simply pop 500g of sliced bananas into a bowl along with 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/4 cup caster sugar & 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice. Blend that lot up until nice & smooth with your hand mixer then pour into an ice-cream machine for whatever the specified churn time is on your particular machine.

If you don’t have an ice-cream machine, don’t despair! Just pour the mix into a container, pop into the freezer & give it a stir every so often.

That is it my friends! So easy to have luscious, flavourful, home-made ice-cream!

Tanz Tip – to get fancy, I sprinkle some roasted coconut chips on top.

Lemon Cream Pie

Lusciously Airy with a Refreshing Citrus Pop,

this is such an easy pie to whip up.

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You are not going to believe just how simple this recipe is & it sure does pack the WOW factor in your mouth! Hubby & Mini-Me both go absolutely nuts over this one, declaring it to be better than Chocolate Cake, now that’s a BIG CALL from those two!

Begin by crushing up a packet of biscuits into crumb. I use a Gluten Free Arrowroot one but previously (before GF), I used the Arnott’s Nice Biscuits. Melt 1/2 cup of butter & add that into the biscuit crumb before mixing it all thoroughly. Press the bikkie base firmly into a pie dish. Pop in a 160c oven for just 5 minutes, then allow to cool.

Meanwhile, let’s make the filling.

In one bowl, decant a tin of condensed milk & add in 1/3 cup of lemon juice gradually so you can incorporate each addition properly. Then pop that aside to stand for a few minutes whilst you do the next bit.

In a second bowl, beat 2/3 cup of thickened cream to a beautifully thick consistency. This is where all the lightness comes from so make sure you beat enough air into it.

Simply fold the cream through the mixture in bowl 1, very carefully to maintain that air.

Pour the filling onto the bikkie base & pop it in the fridge overnight to set.

Sprinkle it lightly with cinnamon just before serving.

Peppermint Patties

A refreshing sweet treat to enjoy with your cuppa.

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Well hello & Welcome to 2018! I’m back! This year, I intend to step up the blog to the next level! Don’t worry, I will be staying true to my core identity here of Few Ingredients, Maximum Flavour BUT this year, I shall be moving beyond the basic into more fabuliciouz territory whilst maintaining SIMPLICITY as the key to my recipes. I do hope you’re as excited as I am to get cracking in the kitchen cranking out home-made goodness.

For my first recipe of 2018, I’m taking a look at what to do with all those leftover candy canes from Christmas! Why, you bake biscuits, of course!

Grab yourself a mortar & pestle to pulverise a dozen leftover candy canes. Now if you don’t have one of these wonderful kitchen tools, then pop the candy canes in a heavy duty plastic bag & whack them good with your rolling pin! Just think of all the angst you’ve just been through with any difficult times during the festive season & you’ll have those things fully crushed in no time! Then just set that aside.

Into a mixing bowl goes 1/2 cup of softened butter along with 3/4 cup of caster sugar. Cream those together before adding in 2 eggs & giving it a jolly good stir. Pop in 2 cups of self raising flour & get that incorporated into a lovely dough.

Right, back to those crushed candy canes. Scoop out 3 tablespoons & set that aside for later, then add all the remainder into the biscuit dough. Make sure you really mix it in well so that gorgeous minty-ness spreads right throughout the whole thing!

Next comes the fun part! Rolling balls! Simply break off bits of the dough & roll into balls between the palms of your hands before placing on baking paper lined trays. Make sure you leave a decent amount of room between each ball as these bikkies spread!

Pop those into a 175c oven for 15 minutes to turn a lovely golden shade.

Meanwhile, remember the reserved candy cane dust??? Mix 3 tablespoons of icing sugar through with it & keep at the ready.

When the biscuits come out of the oven, leave them on the trays for a couple of minutes to firm up & you also don’t want to burn your fingers! When they’re cooled slightly to be able to pick up, just press the top of each biscuit gently into the spiked up icing sugar mixture to coat it generously before popping onto a wire cooling rack.

Seriously, these Peppermint Patties are so absolutely fabuliciouz, you’ll be stocking up on extra candy canes just to be able to make them!

Chocolate Dacquoise

Decadently Rich Chocolate is encapsulated between Crunchy Meringue Layers,

This is not your average Christmas Pav!

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When I asked my friends what they think of on the table for Christmas, the overwhelming response was the good old Pavlova! Most Aussies really look forward to the sweet punctuation mark at the end of a fabuliciouz celebration meal. But I couldn’t just do the standard pav for you, as sensational as it is & yes I will be making one for Christmas Day myself! This is my Grand Finale to my Festive Feast on a Budget series. All please applaud the magnificent Chocolate Dacquoise.

Now this recipe may seem intimidating at first, but trust me, it’s just a lot of little simple steps that all come together at the end for a Show Stopping WOW dessert that will be talked about all year long!

Start off by marking out 3 x 9 inch circles on baking paper & cutting those out, leaving a small bit around each one to be able to handle. Spray some baking trays with a wee bit of spray oil & stick them on.

Next, you’ll need to separate 6 large eggs with the whites going into one bowl & the yolks into another. Cover the yolks & set those aside for later, depending on where you are in the world you may like to pop them in the fridge.

Pop the egg whites into the bowl of your mixer with a pinch of salt & beat at medium speed until they’re nice & frothy.

Turn your mixer up to high speed & gradually add in 1.5 cups of caster sugar. Keep beating it until stiff peaks form.

Turn your mixer off & gently fold through 1.5 cups of almond meal along with 1 tablespoon of cornflour.

Spoon the meringue mixture into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle & pipe 3 spirals onto your prepared baking paper circles.

Those go into a 150c oven for 1.5 hours to crisp them up. After you pull them out of the oven, let them sit for 10 minutes before carefully peeling off the paper & popping on a cooling rack to completely go cold.

Now, onto the Chocolate Filling!

Break 250g of dark chocolate into a heatproof bowl & melt that over a pan of gently simmering water. Set it aside to cool.

In another bowl, beat 375g of softened butter until it’s gloriously pale & creamy. Set it aside too.

Retrieve the reserved egg yolks from earlier & place them into the bowl of your mixer. At high speed, beat the yolks until they’re pale & thick.

Now grab a small saucepan. Into it place, 1 cup of caster sugar along with 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to a boil, without stirring or touching it, until it reaches 115c (soft-ball stage).

Now comes the assembly part.

Remove the sugar syrup from the heat as soon as it reaches temperature & in ever such a tiny trickle, pour it into the egg yolks whilst they are beating slowly. Keep beating it until the mixture is cooled off so you don’t scramble those eggs!

Next, gradually beat in the butter, then comes the chocolate & finally add in 2 teaspoons of vanilla paste.

When your Chocolate Filling is all combined then you’re ready to assemble the cake.

Simply put one of the meringue circles onto a serving plate, cover it with a third of the filling, then place another of the meringue circles on top of it, smother in another third of the filling & finally top it off with the remaining meringue circle & the rest of the filling.

Crown your gloriously decadent creation with fresh berries & let it snow down some icing sugar!

Double Chocolate Ginger Ice-Cream

Decadently creamy chocolate ice-cream that nobody can quite pick what that secret ingredient is!

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The long anticipated wait is over! Today is my day to make my offering for this years ‘Spice It Up’ Advent Calendar! HOORAH! What an incredibly exciting honour it is to be chosen to participate in this worldwide special event. I’d like to take a moment to thank Jenny from http://www.jennyisbaking.com for her tenacity in organising such an amazing project. Her organisational skills are awe-inspiring & I applaud you, Jenny, for successfully seeing this magnificent Advent Calendar into fruition. Such a wonderful way to celebrate the giving spirit of Christmas with strangers right around the world.

Here in Australia, Christmas means Summer. Our Festive Season abounds with scorching hot days & balmy nights. It’s a time for beach cricket, prawns on the Barbie, good times with mates & trying to gobble your ice-cream before it melts!

But Christmas is also a time of watching the budget closely for a lot of families. That is why, this year, I am bringing to you FIVE amazing recipes before Christmas to help keep the Festive Feast indulgent without leaving you broke!

The first in my Festive Feast on a Budget series is this fabuliciouzly sumptuous Double Chocolate Ginger Ice-Cream! It’s so incredibly rich & the secret ingredient of GINGER is just enough to leave everyone guessing what on earth makes your ice-cream so much more special than all the rest! And it only takes just 5 standard kitchen staples!

Into the bowl of you mixing machine place 600ml thickened cream along with a 395g can of sweetened condensed milk, 200g of melted dark chocolate & 1 teaspoon of ground ginger. Beat that lot until they’re incredibly thick & creamy.

Next, simply fold through 1/2 cup of white chocolate bits gently so you don’t knock all the air out of it.

Pour the mixture into a container & pop in the freezer to set BUT if you are fortunate enough to have an ice-cream machine, like me, pour the mixture into the bowl & churn for whatever amount of time your particular machine recommends before popping it into the container to set in the freezer. Trust me, the results are well worth the extra time.

Check out all the Advent Doors on the link below & check back every day as we’re only HALF way through!

http://jennyisbaking.com/2017/11/30/food-advent-calendar-spice-it-up/

Strawberry Chips

Celebrate the arrival of Summer in Australia with these 

Sweet pops of naturally healthy goodness.

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With all the excesses of Festive Feasting, this is a lovely wee recipe to let you feel good about indulgence again. Whether you enjoy them on their own as a sweet snack or use them as garnish to punctuate your other luscious treats, they are sure to be a winner!

The beauty of these Strawberry Chips is just how EASY they are to make too! You get a lot of bang for your buck on this one.

Simply chop the tops off your strawberries before halving or quartering, whichever size floats your boat. Then lay them on baking paper lined trays & pop them into a 100c oven for 3 hours.

That’s it!

Told you this one was super easy!