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Vintage Glam Mud Cupcakes – Happy Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2013
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Vintage Glam Mud Cupcakes – Happy Mother’s Day!

Last year I made mum a Berry & Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Lemon Drizzle for Mother’s Day. A simple but very effective (she said it was one of my best) way of saying I love you, and thanks for putting up with me for 30 years. This year, I wanted to do something with a little more pizazz. Something that still says I love you, and thanks for putting up with me for 30 years, but also creates a sense of beauty with everyone it comes in contact with (with minimal effort of course). Last week I was given a box of Queens new Soft Sugar Pearls. You guys know cachous? They’re pretty much the same thing, only slightly larger and way softer – meaning you can consume more and not break a tooth….win! So I wanted to use these as a perfect way to add some old school...

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Adults Only Creme Egg Cupcakes

March 24, 2013
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Adults Only Creme Egg Cupcakes

I wasn’t sure I was going to make this months SABH. March has been a bit of a blur in the DWAS household. With Stud’s parents arriving the first weekend, Stud’s birthday the weekend after, a 5 night stint in Melbourne for Grand Prix and then our US trip next weekend, this was really the only free time we had to get everything in order ready for said trip…..and I got sick. Argh!!! Pity party over, I did decide to whip up a little batch of Easter cupcakes with a twist. Remember the ones I made last year? I thought I’d go with the same principal but make then a little nostalgic, and a little bit naughty(er). You see this months hop is a Cocktail Party theme, and in our trip to Melbourne last weekend, a night at Polly produced a “Violet Crumble Martini”. Yes, you read that right. It...

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Black Sesame and White Chocolate Cookies

October 7, 2012
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Black Sesame and White Chocolate Cookies

We have a tradition in our family that we don’t do cards for birthdays. We buy a chocolate bar or some lollies, you know, something edible rather than a card that may just get thrown away anyway. Father’s Day and Mother’s Day also fall in to this category, so this year I baked I baked for my daddy! Using my grandmother’s trusty choc chip cookie recipe, I used a combo I had been meaning to try for ages – black sesame and white chocolate. Black Sesame and White Chocolate Cookies Makes 28-32 cookies Ingredients 70g butter 45g black sesame paste 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 egg 1 3/4 cup self-raising flour 1/2 tsp salt 150g roughly chopped white chocolate buttons 75g black sesame powder Method Preheat oven to 170. Cream butter, black sesame paste, sugar and vanilla. When fluffy, add egg and...

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Easter feaster – to add to your chocolate hangover

April 11, 2012
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Easter feaster – to add to your chocolate hangover

I know I’m a little slow on the uptake with posting these recipes, but life can really get in the way of blogging sometimes and a long weekend is not for being stuck at the dining table posting recipes. Unless it’s raining. Or really cold. And there’s nothing on TV. As usual, I made my Easter gifts for the family. I like that I can mix and match to whatever they like and I know exactly what goes in to my fillings. I also get to experiment when I have a few things just lying around the house. This year, I went with peanut butter cream filled milk chocolates, white chocolate ganache and cranberry filled dark chocolate, peanut and milk chocolate bunnies and eggs, dark chocolate bunny pops and some fig and white chocolate hot cross brioche buns. Ugh! *breathe* Ok it’s a mouthful, but it was fun and...

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Chocolate caramel Easter egg cupcakes

April 6, 2012
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Chocolate caramel Easter egg cupcakes

Happy Easter peeps Well as you know, the supermarkets (and Sydney in general) have been packed with Easter goodies since about, oh I don’t know, JANUARY! So although it’s the weekend of chocolate, I’m almost all chocolated out……almost. So here’s a little recipe that uses a few of your leftover eggs and jazzes them up a bit. Everyone loves a cupcake with a surprise, and this little baby opens up to a caramel filled egg. JOY! The icing also has flecks of crunchie through it. And let’s face it, who DOESN’T love sprinkles??? Warning to parents: your kids may be hyper after this cupcake. For this, I take no responsibility :/ feed them at your own risk!! Chocolate caramel Easter egg cupcakes Adapted from Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book, The Essential Recipe Collection for Today’s Home Baker Ingredients 3tbs cocoa powder ¼ cup hot water 1 ¼...

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peanut Butter Cream

February 20, 2012
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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peanut Butter Cream

So what did you guys do this Valentine’s Day? Me? I made whoopie. Get your mind out of the gutter! Ay? No! Well, maybe, but that’s none of your beeswax!! teehee No, what I meant was, I tried my hands at whoopie pies and hey, they were a hit! When the “Love at First Bite” gauntlet was thrown for February’s Sweet Adventures blog hop challenge, I had a billion recipes running through my mind. Narrowing down those recipes to something I hadn’t tried before, and something that was really special to me and my new husband, I had a pretty tough decision to make. So like any food blogger who cant choose between two dishes, I took the only road I could, and did both. This post however, contains only one of those recipes (stay tuned for the other later in the month). A quick welcome and thank you...

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Choc Coated Pumpkin and Marshmallow Bars

November 15, 2011
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Choc Coated Pumpkin and Marshmallow Bars

So I’m not big on Halloween. Which is pretty unusual because I’m a freaking nutter for Christmas. Easter isn’t as high on the list as Christmas but it’s also pretty cool. But yeah Halloween was never as massive in Australia as it is in the US so I’ve never done anything particularly Halloweeny before. Ever. Until now! Ok I’m sliiiightly delayed. I know, I dropped the ball. But really, I did make this for Halloween….really! My workmates and family (who devoured it all) can attest. But I guess in actual fact, you can make this for any time. It’s that, damn, good! When I think of Halloween, the obvious choice is things like ghosts, goblins and ghouls but when I think of the food, pumpkin is the first thing that comes to mind. I’m a massive fan of pumpkin in savoury dishes but have never really tried them in...

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Chocolate Orange Mousse

January 5, 2011
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Chocolate Orange Mousse

Stud likes oranges. Well, he likes seedless oranges which is actually a lot harder to find that once thought but when I found them, I bought him a bag full to chow down on after dinner. I couple of oranges in to that bag, he decided he liked them, but not enough to eat them all the time hence a bag full was not warranted. Not wanting to waste anything, I tried here and there to add to dishes and with a couple of oranges left, we had friends coming over for dinner. I already had the main sorted so I decided to use them for dessert and make a chocolate orange mousse. I didn’t exactly allow for setting time when I was making these last minute but due to dinner taking longer than expected and us being stuffed after devouring it, the mousses set just in time. I...

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Adults-Only Snickers Tart

July 29, 2010
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This is up there with one of my all-time favourite desserts. It’s so more-ish that my thighs are still screaming at me! As are that of my friends and family. I ended up having to give the rest of it away so that I wouldn’t eat it. It’s like it spoke to me. Screamed at me actually. I’m scared to make it again. But here for you is the Adults-Only Snickers Tart adapted from Epicurious.com Ingredients Crust: Non-stick vegetable oil spray 1 1/4 cups plain flour 5 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, diced 1 large egg, separated 2 (or more) teaspoons ice water Filling: 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar Pinch of salt 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/3 cup honey 1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 1 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup creamy (smooth) natural peanut butter (made with only...

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