Tag Archive for: Cakes Slices & Biscuits

Vanilla Crunch Slice

05 Aug
August 5, 2014

Sometimes I just fancy a piece of slice. Saying a ‘slice of slice’ just seems a little weird, and try saying it 10 times very quickly. Not a bad little tongue twister.

When it comes to whipping a treat up to have at home, easy is the main ingredient I look for. The easy factor of this slice is well and truly present. By using a food processor all the ingredients are combined in a snap. Then it is a case of pressing the mixture into a slice tin to bake.

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Macadamia, White Chocolate & Oat Cookies

18 Jun
June 18, 2014

If I had been on top of things, I would have shared this recipe with guys back in April (when it was due to be). In April I would have called these cookies, macadamia and white chocolate Anzac biscuits. Instead, Anzac Day rolled up, said hello, we played a game of two up together, and it left again. All without this recipe being shared.

macadamia white chocolate cookiesWith the addition of white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, they hardly resemble Anzac biscuits at all. They do hint at it with the oats, coconut and golden syrup, but it is the white chocolate and macadamias that are the heroes.

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Easter Egg Cake

14 Apr
April 14, 2014

I do like to keep things simple, and that includes entertaining at Easter.  Of course simple doesn’t mean dull or boring.  I wanted to create a dessert that would bring a smile to adults and children alike at the end of Easter Sunday lunch. 

A dessert, which resulted in a hazelnut sponge cake, filled with glorious chocolate cream, surrounded by chocolate tiles and adorned with more chocolate, Easter eggs.  For those entertaining the troops, there are a few do ahead elements, which will make your life easier on the day your guests arrive.

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Hazelnut, Orange & Chocolate Cookies, Vegan & Gluten Free

08 Apr
April 8, 2014

Last week I shared my little experiment in the kitchen making gluten free vegan choc chip cookies.  The experiments continued and the result are these hazelnut, orange chocolate cookies. 

A sweet treat for those with a gluten intolerance, as well as vegan for those that swing that way.  I do emphasis the ‘treat’, again there is sugar in these as they are not in anyway designed to be healthy.  They’re biscuits, very tasty ones at that.

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Choc Chip Cookies, Vegan & Gluten Free

27 Mar
March 27, 2014

Yes it is possible to make delicious gluten free, egg free and dairy free chocolate chip cookies.

It’s funny how recipes play out when you are experimenting in the kitchen.   Or at least how my mind works in any case.  Originally I was making gluten free choc chip cookies.  Then it occurred to me that if I swapped out the butter and used coconut oil and used cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips, these cookies would be both gluten and dairy free.

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Pear & Almond Cup Cakes

08 Mar
March 8, 2014

I often purchase spare of the moment ingredients I see, temptation too overpowering.  I usually have no idea on how I will use said ingredient, but I am overwhelmed with the need to have them.

This doesn’t present such a problem when they are pantry items.  I have a list of pantry items waiting for me to play around in the kitchen with them.  The problem is when it is fresh produce, like unusual fruit or vegetables, or simply in season, which grab my attention.

This is what happened with these pears.  I spent the Saturday out shopping and have a lovely lunch with Amanda.  On venturing into the local Asian grocery store, I spied these mini pears.  I apologise now that I have no idea what variety they are, just small, cute as a button little pears.  I just had to have them.

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Chocolate, Sour Cherry & Almond Cookies

03 Feb
February 3, 2014

You may recall my pork & veal recipe from a few weeks ago, made for lazy picnic in the park.  I whipped these cookies up to take along as well.  What’s a picnic without sweet indulgent treats?

chocolate sour cherry biscuitsWhip them up I did.  These are quick and easy with minimal fuss. I adapted the recipe from the Bourke Street Bakery Cookbook.    My rendition has more flour than the original.  I found that the BSB recipe way too sticky to handle in a hurry.  The BSB recipe is meant to be sticky, and you place the mixture in the fridge a few times during their making process.  I didn’t have time to mess around and the addition of the extra flour worked perfectly. I also added slivered almonds to stretch the recipe to make more cookies. Read more →

Rosie’s Kitchen Almond Meringue Biscuits, Recipe to Riches

16 Oct
October 16, 2013

This week’s episode, number eight, is about Food for Thought.  The healthier alternatives on our supermarket shelves, gluten free, sugar free etc.

Firstly the two golden ticket winners that didn’t get their recipes on the shelves this week.

Elizabeth’s sugar free slice came about due to her daughter Poppy suffering from Kawasaki Disease.    The whole family went sugar free.  Nice looking slice, apparently really tasty.  Sadly in the end the chocolate raspberry sugar free slice, though sugar free, was way too sweet as there was an overabundance of natural sugars in it.  Elizabeth was sent packing after batch up.

Rebecca had a super food for baby, using quinoa, prepared fresh and snapped frozen in cute little shapes.  Cute baby cubes, frozen in plastic shaped ice cube trays.   There were a few hiccups in the preparation of these cubes in the batch up kitchen.  We had a little drama of the baby food potentially not reaching health safety standards.  In the end drama is resolved via a few phone calls and Rebecca makes it through to the final round.

Unfortunately, like the Highlander, in the end there can be only one.  In this case it is Rosie who is the episode victor with her gluten free almond biscuits.  I am sort of glad the baby food didn’t win.  It meant I didn’t have to steal/borrow/hire a baby to taste test for me, the alternative was to eat it myself.  Adult taste buds, therefore wouldn’t have been an accurate road test, I am pretty sure I would of hated it. Read more →

Pink Lemonade Ombre Cake

27 Sep
September 27, 2013

The challenge is an ombre cake.  That’s cool, I’ve not made one of those before.  Hmmmm, let’s make the cake a pink lemonade cake, because I’ve not made one of those before either.  Icing?  Yes I need to ice it.  Let’s pipe flower rose thingies, because I’ve never piped icing onto a cake before.  Oh hang on, let’s make the iced rose thingies dual coloured, because the YouTube video (obviously a pro that has made rose thingies many times before) makes it look like a breeze, and I’m an idiot.

The challenge has been set by friend, fellow blogger, MasterChef contestant 2011 and cook book author, Billy Law.  Billy has started the ‘Have You Eaten? Baking Club‘.  But Sara, ‘Have You Eaten?’, that’s a interesting  name for a baking club.  Well, it just happens that the baking club has been named after Billy’s delicious cookbook of the same name.

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Road Test: Sweet Billie’s Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Recipe to Riches

25 Sep
September 25, 2013

Already up to episode five of Recipe to Riches Australia, the dessert episode.  The weeks seem to be flying along.  No sooner have I road tested and written about the winner, than I seem to be doing it all again.

I would like to confirm to all my readers that the reviews I am writing are totally independent.  I am not working with any of the companies involved in making the TV show Recipe to Riches, Woolworths or any of the contestants from the show.  Some people have wondered and I have noticed since I started writing these posts that there is at least one blogger working with Woolworths on reviewing the products.  Please note I have no part in that.  What you read here on Belly Rumbles, during the course of this season, is totally my thoughts and views.  Plus of course the thoughts and views readers in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who have been reading my findings, and for all your lovely comments.  Keep the comments coming, I love hearing what you all think of each weeks’ products.  Let’s face it, everyone’s tastes buds are different, and we all have different views on how things should taste, look, smell, be packaged etc.  That’s what makes us all the amazing individuals that we are.

So on to business, who were our golden ticket winners this week?  Thankfully it wasn’t the guy dressed up as Elvis’ fruit lasagne, so excited about his creation that he had to sing it to the Judges.  Also thankful it wasn’t Daniel’s prawn ice cream.  The dessert finalists were; Read more →