Hello. Are you still out there? It seems like life insists on getting in the way of my blogging. Anywho, lots to do ;)
26th of April will bring the 3rd year anniversary of this little blog! Any idea as to how it should be celebrated? Recipes, pretty cakes, giveaways or a blog make-over? all ideas are most welcome! :)
While you think, I’ll talk about biscuits :) I like HobNobs, and found a recipe for homemade HobNobs on Cookie Madness, but it seems to be gone from her site now.
However, here is my converted version of homemade HobNobs!
A perfect tursday evening. My boyfriend watching football (or soccer, if you happen to be American), me spamming him with random crap from the internet (cats, anyone??) – ah, romance :) (appearantly, we are not winning the game at the moment…)
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I know. I know. Please don’t hate me, I really have wanted to be up to date with my blogging! But then exams happened, and life happened and I got sick… So let’s get up to date, shall we?
Exams are passed! Yay! I have begun working as a lab instructor on a fist year course in inorganic chemistry, also fun :) I have been a substitute teacher in the same course, in place of a friend who went two weeks to Japan (nope, not jealous. not a bit. at all.). Despite not being in Japan, I still had a lot of fun trying to be a teacher! December is here, meaning Christmas, presents and snow!!! (and yes, we do have snow, and yes, I am ridiculously fond of snow)
On the not-yay part I can’t seem to get rid of my stupid Cold and coughing. not yay at all.
But lots of stuff has happened in Internet-Land as well! Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen had a pretty little baby girl! (Congratulations!!) Georganne from LilaLoa did a 12 days of Christmas cookie project, and a 12 day tour of South Korea, which was awesome! SweetSugarbelle is also doing a twelve days of Christmas cookie project, also very cool! And in general fun stuff is happening all over Blogland, you should go check it out! After you make these coconut bars, of course!
Adapted from wilton.com
You will need:
170 g butter
250 g flour
110 g sugar
½ tsp salt
4 egg Whites
170 g sugar
60 g flour
200 g of dessicated coconut
1 tsp vanilla sugar
200 g of dark chocolate, very finely chopped
Mix all the ingredients for the crust, until a crumbly dough forms. Line a 25×35 cm baking dish with parchment paper and spread/press the dough crumbs evenly in the pan. Bake at 200 degrees for approximately 15 minutes until just set.
Meanwhile chop the chocolate very finely, and prepare the filling by beating the egg whites lightly with the sugar and vanilla, until just frothy, and fold in the flour and coconut.
When removing the crust from the oven, sprinkle over the chocolate, let it melt slightly and spread evenly with a spatula. Now drop spoonfuls of the filling over the chocolate, forming an even layer (or at least relatively even).
Place back in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the coconut is golden and looks delicious! Let cool and slice into bars with a large knife!
Share and enjoy :)
Trick-or-Treaters coming to my parents house tonight will get homemade marshmallows or homemade toffee :)
Delicious, puffy pillows of sugary goodness! :)
To make these you need
12 sheets of gelatine (husblas)
2×120 ml glucose syrup
450 g sugar
120 ml water
1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla sugar
½ tsp salt
Soak the gelatine in 3 shifts of cold water.
Pour 120 ml glucose syrup into the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, and set on ‘low’.
Melt the soaked gelatine (in the microwave or over a double boiler), and pour into the mixer, continue to whisp on low.
Combine sugar, water and remaining 120 ml of glucose in a saucepan, and boil until the sugar reaches 115 degrees Celsius, then pour into the mixer. Now increase the speed to medium/high and beat for 7 minutes, before adding the vanilla and the salt. Then beat an additional 1-5 minutes on highest settings, until peaks of the mixture hold their shape.
Pour/spread the mixture in a greased dish, and let set for several hours (6 or so). dust with powdered sugar, and slice with a greased knife or pizzacutter, and coat the pieces in powdered sugar.
Delicious homemade toffee!!!
This is so delicious, it is kind of like Daim, but so much bette Continue Reading…
So, the craze of late in the cake world (and by late I mean a couple of years) have been cake pops, lead by the fabulous, amazing, talented Bakerella!
Now, as it happens, I am not a huge fan of cake balls, they are slightly too much for me (though, I might just not have found the right balance yet). But in the cake world everything evolves, and oreo truffles came after the cake balls, sort of as a “quick” cake ball. These truffles feature oreos and cream cheese, but I think I have found a better way! (at least, if one is not a huge fan of cream cheese, as the young man I live with isn’t).
I substituted cream cheese with mascarpone. And no, mascarpone is not a cheese, despite often being called so. It is more of a solid cream, and tastes exactly like double cream – yum!
1 pkg. of oreo biscuits
2 tbsp. mascarpone
Blend or crush the oreo biscuits, and mix in the mascarpone. Eat straight from the bowl with a spoon (or your hands, I won’t judge).
If you are set on making truffles, place the mixture in the fridge to set a bit, 10 minutes or so, then roll balls of the mixture.
Now, if you want to cover the truffles in chocolate, place the balls in the freezer to set up, melt chocolate and dip! Otherwise, roll the truffles on cocoa powder and enjoy!
One of my very good friends recently defended her Master’s thesis, and if that is not an occasion for cake, I don’t know what is! :)
She is slightly obsessed with owls, so I made use of the owl pan I purchased in the spring, and my tiny little triangular fondant cutters. I actualy had my boyfriend cut triangles while I adhered them to the cake, but after roughly 5 minutes, I took over, he was not as speedy as I had hoped ;)
The cake was plain chocolate cake, and was devoured at the reception following her defence.
This little cutie was made for a kindergarden Fall Party :) A happy little snail!
I used this chocolate cake, and was told that the cake was well recieved :)
Can anyone guess which shapes the tins I used to make the snail with had?