Friday, July 4, 2014

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread~

Feel like some banana bread? Sometimes I have random cravings.. and hoping my bananas will quickly ripen! This is a delicious banana bread with a twist~ or should I say "swirl" hahha! Super quick and super easy :D

Cinnamon Swirl Banana bread
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

Ingredients
Banana bread
2 cups (250g) plain flour
3/4 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
60g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups ripe banana, mashed (about 3 bananas)
1/3g (80g) plain/vanilla yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla essence

Cinnamon Swirl
1/4 cup (50g) caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Simple Glaze
1/2 cup (60g) soft icing sugar
1 tbs heavy cream

Chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line a loaf pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, bicarb soda, salt and cinnamon.
3. In a separate large bowl beat the brown sugar and butter on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in mashed banana, yoghurt and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon - do not overmix. Batter will be thick.
4. Spoon half batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar swirl ingredients. Top with remaining batter. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely on wire rack.
5. Make glaze by combining icing sugar and heavy cream. Add more icing sugar if needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over banana bread and top with some chopped walnuts (optional).
my not so cinnamon "swirl"

This banana bread is super moist! and the glaze gives it a nice sweetness :D

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Work Catering #47: Bacon week!

So apparently it's Bacon week in Australia this week (22 - 28 June). Who knew that something like this existed? Not me! But I looked it up and quite a few famous dessert places are producing bacon desserts! Such as a maple bacon zonut from Adriano Zumbo or Kevin Bacon flavoured gelato from Gelato Messina. It just so happened that I was watching Masterchef and was inspired by this dessert of Peanut Butter Mousse with Grilled Banana and Maple Bacon Crumb made by Emelia~ I also had some leftover bacon from home made brunch the other day (it was sooo good! post to come soon ^^) so decided to do something whacky!! So here's the recipe for my bacon inspired recipe!!!

Bacon and Maple Caramel Slice
Recipe adapted from Baker's corner and also inspired by Epic Millionaire's shortbread by SORTED Food

Ingredients
3 rashers of streaky bacon
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (40g) desiccated coconut
125g butter, melted
100g butter, extra
2 x 395g cans sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup (80ml) maple syrup
200g dark chocolate melted
1 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbs maple syrup, extra

1. Preheat oven to 180oC and line a tray and a rectangle baking pan (20 x 30cm) with baking paper.
2. Place the bacon on baking tray and cook for 15 minutes, until very crispy, leave to cool.
3. Blitz the bacon in a food processor until resembles crumbs.
4. Combine flour, sugar, coconut and 3 tbs of bacon crumb in medium bowl. Add melted butter and mix well. Press mixture firmly into base of prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool.
5. Place extra butter, condensed milk and syrup in medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until smooth. Pour over base and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Allow to cool.
6. Combine melted chocolate, oil and extra maple syrup until smooth. Pour evenly over slice. Sprinkle with remainder of bacon crumb.
Specks of bacon
the signage might have turned people off xP


The overall consensus was that the bacon flavour was not that pronounced... could do with a bit more bacon XD My other suggestion would add some salt flakes into the caramel for a "salted caramel" filling ^^

I also had limited time to bake so made this no bake fudge! Super quick and easy! Only need a microwave!

Cookies and Cream Fudge
Recipe adapted from Kirbie Cravings

Ingredients
1 packet (150g) Oreos, crushed into smaller pieces
3 cups (510g) white chocolate
1 can (395g) condensed milk

1. Line 23cm square baking pan with foil.
2. Combine chocolate and condensed milk in large bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir until smooth and all chocolate melted.
3. Sprinkle half crushed Oreos across the bottom of the pan. Pour chocolate on top. Sprinkle remaining Oreos on the surface and gently press to flatten the surface.
4. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight until set. Cut and serve!
Lotsa Oreos!


looks like cookies and cream cheesecake xD

Hope you enjoy these super sweet and crazy recipes!!! Especially the bacon one! hehe.. can't wait to see what my next flavour combination will be!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Work catering #46: Citrus week~

Winter has arrived!!! Time to stock up on vitamin C~ haha so decided to use citrus in my bakes this week! I've used orange and lemon as I have an abundant supply at home (we have a lemon tree ^^). Disclaimer: the vitamin C levels in these bakes are probably not enough to protect you from the flu or colds =p and the sugar probably outweighs the health benefits.. but HEY! they are tasty ^___^

Orange Zested Cranberry White Chocolate Bliss Bars
(I just realised I named all my photos wrong =_=")
Recipe adapted from Mels Kitchen Café

Ingredients

Blondies
113g butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
113g white chocolate

Frosting and topping
250g cream cheese, softened at room temperature
3/4 cup soft icing sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp freshly grated orange zest
113g white chocolate, melted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line rectangular (20x30cm) baking pan.
2. Melt butter in microwave. Stir in brown sugar until well combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time until combined. Stir in vanilla essence and orange zest.
3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until well combined. Fold in the cranberries and white chocolate.
4. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Be care not to overbake... I think I may have). Allow to cool completely in pan.
5. For frosting, beat cream cheese and icing sugar together using electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and half the white chocolate.
6. Spread frosting on cooled bars. Sprinkle with cranberries and orange zest then drizzle with remaining white chocolate over the top. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

having fun drizzling the white choc
new style of cut! the triangle!
should be "zested orange" T_T
Lovely colours... of autumn! hehe
Lemon Lemonies
Recipe adapted from Bakerella
Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbs lemon zest
3/4 cup (170g) butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
3 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Icing
1 1/2 cups soft icing sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line 23x23cm square pan.
2. Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and zest together with whisk.
3. Add melted butter, lemon juice, eggs and vanilla and stir until completely combined.
4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.
5. For lemon icing, sift icing sugar in medium bowl. Add lemon juice and zest and mix. Add enough water until you reach smooth consistency. Pour over lemonies and let rest until icing sets. Place in the fridge to speed things up.
6. Cut into small bite size pieces and enjoy~
I like the light and crumbly texture~
bite size lemonies!
with zesty icing!!
So hope you are all well and staying away from catching colds! I still have so many recipes to blog about!!!
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Work Catering #45: For peanut butter lovers

I'm not sure how we came about the topic but my friend and I started talking about peanut butter and baking. To be honest, I haven't baked a lot with peanut butter. I know it's quite popular in America but the craze hasn't really caught on in Australia. It's not that I don't like peanut butter.. I used to have it on toast and in sandwiches all the time when I was younger! So when I came across this recipe for Peanut butter stuffed brownies, I decided I would make this for all the peanut butter lovers out there!

Peanut butter stuffed brownies
Recipe adapted from Sallys Baking Addiction

Ingredients
1/2 cup (115g) salted butter
230g dark chocolate
3/4 cup (150g) caster sugar
1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup + 2 tbs (80g) plain flour
2 tbs (16g) cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt

Peanut butter filling
3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter
1 cup (120g) icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbs (30ml) milk
2 tbs each chocolate chips and peanut butter chips (I used butterscotch chips)

1. Melt butter and dark chocolate in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly for 10 minutes.
2. Make peanut butter filling by beating peanut butter, icing sugar, vanilla and milk together with electric mixer until combined. The mixture will be thick. Set aside.
3. Adjust oven rack to lower third position and preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line 23cm square baking pan with baking paper. 
4. Whisk sugars into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Add in vanilla. Gently fold in flour, cocoa powder and salt. 
5. Pour half of the brownie batter into prepared baking pan. Take large chunks of peanut butter filling and flatten with your hands. Place flat pieces in an even layer on top of the brownie layer. 

Pour the remaining brownie batter on top. Top with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Bake for ~35 minutes or until skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Don't overbake them!
Can u see the peanut butter layer??
There's the peanut butter fudge layer!
Another easy slice I baked was this Chocolate rough slice. It's egg free! And kind of tastes like a rum ball but slice version~ Coconut lovers will love this slice!

Chocolate Rough Slice
Recipe adapted from Baker's Corner

Ingredients
Base
1 cup self raising flour
1 tbs cocoa powder
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup caster sugar
125g butter, melted

Topping
1 tbs cocoa powder
3/4 cup condensed milk
100g dark chocolate, melted
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 cups desiccated coconut

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Line an 18cm x 28cm baking pan with baking paper.
2. Combine base ingredients in large bowl and press into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes until golden.
3. Combine topping ingredients in another bowl and spread over base. Cool and then cut into slices.
Rough looking? haha
Smaller portions look nicer

Coconutty and chocolatey!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Work Catering #44: Cookie Dough Brownies!

How did I not discover this before!? Cookie Dough + Brownies :D :D!! Another brownie variation ^^" I do like finding different brownie recipes.. adding berries, nuts, cream cheese... and now COOKIE DOUGH :D The cookie dough is raw but don't be afraid because it's eggless and acts like a frosting for the brownies.

Cookie Dough Brownies
Recipe adapted from The Baker Upstairs


Ingredients
Brownies
1/2 cup (113g) salted butter
225g dark chocolate
1 cup caster sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line rectangle baking pan (20x30cm).
2. Melt butter and chocolate in medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. Stir in sugar into cooled mixture until combined. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Mix in vanilla.
4. Gently fold in flour and salt. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top with a knife.
5. Bake for ~30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (it's better to underbake these brownies than overbake as they will turn out too dry).

Cookie dough
3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 tbs milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

1. Beat butter and both sugars in medium bowl with electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla and mix until combined.
2. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips with spatula.
3. Spread an even layer on top of the baked brownies.
So yummy!!! it's like cookie and brownie all in one!
The chocolate chips really give great texture and flavour~
I was reading a cook book and found a recipe for some cookies! They looked really good.. simple and delicate.. so I decided to make them...

However mine didn't exactly look like the pictures in the book XD
Coconut and Chocolate Sandwich cookies
Recipe adapted from Sugar and Spice by Callie Maritz and Mari-Louis Guy

Ingredients
250g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup (200g) caster sugar
2 1/2 cups (250g) fine desiccated coconut
2 cups (280g) plain flour
1/4 cup (30g) cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate, chopped + extra for decoration
80ml thickened cream

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy.
3. Add coconut, flour, cocoa and baking powder and mix through.
3. Roll the dough into about 60 balls with your hands and place on baking tray. Press each one to slightly flatten. Press a small block of chocolate into the middle of each biscuit. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove and allow the biscuits to cool completely.
4. Make chocolate ganache by melting chocolate and cream in a heat proof bowl over pot with simmering water. Allow to cool or even refrigerate to thicken.
5. Sandwich two biscuits together with chocolate ganache.
Yummy biscuits :D
OK so they don't look super pretty...
but still taste good =p

These turned out a bit bigger than I would have liked... tastewise, a little bit dry but the ganache helps with that :) It kind of tasted like an Anzac cookie because of the coconut.

More coconut recipes coming soon :D oh and brownie recipes ^_^

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Work Catering #43: Have a Chai Latte (cheesecake)

Hello all! A belated post from work catering a few weeks ago~ Work has been pretty busy this month >_<" but still have been baking! Just not as much posting~~ hopefully will get round to it soon!

I only recently discovered Chai Lattes a couple of months ago! Call me stupid... but I always thought lattes were just another type of coffee.. and I dont like coffee! Only did I realise that it was more the chai spices and milk! really yummy :D AND... my friend also introduced me to the chai tea powder!!! Apparently they use this same one in cafes so now i can just make it at home :)
makes awesome chai lattes!
I've also been experimenting with the chai tea powder in my bakes! Made these chai tea vanilla flavoured "takorons" and the recipe I'd like to share today... chai latte cheesecake!! If you have any other chai inspired recipes or suggestions, let me know :D

Chai latte cheesecake
Recipe adapted from Taste.com
Ingredients
Base
250g ginger nut biscuits
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
80g butter, melted

Filling
500g cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tbs instant coffee powder
1 tbs boiling water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 160oC/140oC fan-forced. Grease and line rectangular baking pan (20x30cm) with baking paper.
2. Process biscuits, cinnamon and ground ginger until resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add butter and process until combined. Press mixture over base of prepared tin. Refrigerate while making filling.
3. For filling, beat cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating in between each addition. 
4. Dissolve coffee in boiling water. Stir coffee mixture into cream cheese mixture. Pour over base and smooth the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and chai tea powder. 
5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until filling is just set. Allow to cool to room temperature then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight before serving.
I love the sprinkle of cinnamon/chai tea powder for the finish^^
delicious squares!
close up of cheesecake~
The ginger nut biscuits are a great match for this cheesecake and the flavour is not too sweet. It may not appeal to all taste buds... I guess only if you like chai latte?? haha and cinnamon spices ^_^

Next up... another bundt cake :) I have previously made this for a friend's birthday but never saw what the inside looked like xD now I know... a tip.. maybe chop the apples into smaller pieces :)

Apple Swirl Bundt Cake
Recipe adapted from Magnolia Days


Ingredients
Cake
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups plain flour
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tart apples (Granny Smith recommended)
2 cups caster sugar + 3 tbs, divided
1 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp vanilla essence

Glaze
1 tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
4 tbs milk

1. Preheat oven to 180oc. Grease a 10 or 12 cup bundt tin.
2. In medium bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
3. Peel and chop apples into small pieces and place in large bowl. Sprinkle with 3 tbs caster sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Stir to coat apples and set aside.
4. In a large bowl, add remaining 2 cups of sugar and oil. Beat using electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes to combine. Add eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition. Add orange juice and vanilla and beat to combine.
5. Add flour mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth and combined. Do not over-mix.
6. Pour a third of batter into prepared bundt pan and spread evenly. Spread one half of the apples evenly over the batter. Repeat layers. Top with remaining batter and spread to cover apples. 
7. Bake for 1 hour or until skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes then remove cake from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack.
8. Prepare glaze by mixing butter with icing sugar. Add milk and mix until desired consistency they drizzle over cooled cake.
Take a slice :)

swirl~~
Due to the apple pieces being so big... they fell out >< that's why there are a lot of holes..
Still have quite a few recipes to blog about ^_^" so GET BAKING!!!