Posts Tagged ‘ dessert ’

Guilt-free chocolate fudge cake

November 23, 2011
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Guilt-free chocolate fudge cake

As you may or may not know, Stud and I have been on a health kick in the lead up to our wedding. We have swapped our ice cream and ice magic desserts for strawberries and yoghurt and hey, we’re ok with that (for now ;)) but when you are going somewhere like a picnic, all you can think about is brownies or cookies or some other kind of crazy good but unhealthy dessert that’s reasonably portable. So I turned to google (as you do) and up came a “Guilt-free chocolate fudge cake”. Guilt free chocolate fudge? Yeah whatever! I shouted at taste.com.au but after reading the ingredients, I found out why. Tofu! Hmmmm – maybe if I don’t tell anyone there’s tofu in it, they might like it upon first bite and then not care? Its worth a shot for some low cal cake and hey if it...

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Easy peasy apple tart

November 21, 2011
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Easy peasy apple tart

To go with the stuffed squid I made one night, I wanted an easy dessert to use some of the apples we had. I thought crumble, I thought pie, but then settled on a light apple tart that couldn’t be easier. Ingredients 2 granny smith apples (you can peel them if you like but I think the green looks pretty) 1 sheet bought butter puff pastry Melted butter Vanilla bean ice-cream, to serve Method Preheat oven to 180°c. Thaw out pastry sheet and cut a circle (I used a dinner plate as a guide but you could even use tea cups and make individual desserts). Brush circle with butter and fork places that will be covered by apple. Core apple, cut in half and slice thinly. Brush apples lightly with lime juice for a bit of flavour and to prevent browning. Arrange apples as desired on the puff pastry,...

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The Great Australian Pavlova Blog Hop

November 18, 2011
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It’s amazing what can happen when you are on Twitter! Majority of the people I follow on Twitter and regularly connect with, are foodies (duh!). A part from the occasional celeb like Drita from Mob Wives (LOVE, and I’m not ashamed to say so!), my entire Twitter universe revolves around food. So I guess its not surprising that late one night while in a convo with Delicieux, Hungry Australian, JJ, and The Capers of the Kitchen Crusade about Reeses and their many uses, Hungry Australian mentioned she was doing a Pav for her next post. An hour or so (and a hogged Twitter feed) later, and we he had decided to do a blog hop! Now pardon my newbie ignorance, but I had no idea what a blog hop was lol! But I kind of got the gist of it a few emails later. Its quite simple actually –...

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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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Frozen vanilla yoghurt

July 4, 2011
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Frozen vanilla yoghurt

I’m a procrastinator. Stud will attest to this. It’s not even my (or his) opinion. It’s a full blown, honest fact! I put off cleaning, important duties (you know, bills, etc), making things (well in honesty, I don’t put them off, it’s more bursts really. So I do, do it, but only when I am in the mood and then can go months before finishing it hence we have lots of little unfinished crafty bollocks all over the house), you know, anything that isn’t as fun as cooking and I can think of a good reason. It’s pretty much the same with this post. At the end of summer, (in an attempt to slim down to fit in to a wedding dress) I wanted to make an alternative to ice cream that would keep us full and satisfied but also tasted great. So I went searching for a great...

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A rosy Red Velvet and Rich Vanilla verticle layer cake

May 30, 2011
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A rosy Red Velvet and Rich Vanilla verticle layer cake

Am I crazy enough to make my own wedding cake? No! Stud begs to differ. I have mentioned to him that after watching many a program on Lifestyle Food, even the best of bakers won’t make their own wedding cake as it’s just too stressful. Please don’t misunderstand me and think I put myself up there with the best of bakers, or even good ones! I like to bake, I like to cook, anything that involves food, and I’m pretty much a fan. But when it comes to one of the most important cakes of our life and the stressful week leading up to the most important day of our life, I’m pretty sure I’ll crack under pressure. It also doest help when everyone who tried this cake was on Stud’s side. I’m fighting a losing battle! I had been meaning to make a red velvet cake for a...

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1st birthday jungle cake

March 31, 2011
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1st birthday jungle cake

I have never been a massive fan of children. Anyone who knows me is aware of this and I was very sure to prep my family at an early stage that there might not be any grandkids. So when my best friend Ariane and her husband gave birth to their beautiful baby boy Nathan and asked me to be his Godmother my first reaction was “Ummm are you sure??” apparently they were! A year on and it was the little mans first birthday party on the weekend so in his honour, I decided to attempt making a cake. Cakes I can do, fondant covered cakes with fondant animals, I wasn’t so sure about. I had told his mum I would make it and would do a “dry run” early on so I knew whether or not I could make it happen (and also whether or not she should call...

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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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A very Studdy Christmas

December 31, 2010
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A very Studdy Christmas

I love Christmas. No, just so we’re clear, I mean I freaking LOVE Christmas. I had been whining since August about putting up our Christmas tree and finally in November when i was having a very bad day, Stud caved to make me feel better. Most people say its bad luck to erect the tree before December but I say phooey to that! How can anything to do with Christmas be bad luck?? This year was extra special. Not only was it our first Christmas in our new home that we actually own (hence wouldn’t have to worry about sticking/nailing/hanging decorations for fear of permanent damage and no bond back) but also, Stud’s parents were visiting from overseas and it would be his first Christmas with them in 12 years. I wanted to make the dinner as special as the occasion so had been planning the menu for a...

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Cake pops

December 15, 2010
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Cake pops

A good friend of ours is pregnant and when I found out there was a surprise baby shower for her, a billion thoughts went running through my mind and started fighting with each other on what to make. Thinking of trying my hand at fondant, I went out and bought some from a cake supply place near me and also grabbed some food colouring gel and powder to make it baby blue. Fast forward a month and who the hell has time? Well that’s not true. Its not that I didn’t have time, it’s that I was meant to do a ‘dry run’ prior to the event and kept putting it off due to, well, laziness. So about two weeks before the event I had narrowed it down to either the cake with fondant (risky without a dry run) or some simple cake pops. Ding ding! We have a...

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