Sunday, March 21, 2010

Recipe of the Week - Dessert Pizza

I was making pizza scrolls the other day and thought it might be nice to make some dessert pizza...
It was an experiment, but the verdict was in - and it was good.

If you want to make a dessert pizza here's what you need..
1 Cup Self Raising Flour
1 Tablespoon Caster Sugar
15 Grams Butter
90 ML Milk

Your choice of toppings (we used: left over dulche de leche, chocolate ganache, strawberry jam, mini marshmallows, choc chips, crushed peanuts.)
and here's the printable
Knead dough on a floured surface
Roll out onto a baking paper lined tray. I'm not good at circles!
Spread your favourite topping over the base of the pizza. We used 1/4 strawberry jam, 1/4 dulche de leche, 1/2 chocolate ganache.
Dulche de leche on the left, chocolate ganache on the right.
Sprinkle your extra toppings over your bases. We used choc chips, mini marshmallows, crushed peanuts etc.
Chocolate ganache & mini marshmallows.
Dulche de leche, sea salt and chocolate chips.
Chocolate ganache, crushed peanuts and chocolate chips.
Strawberry Jam and chocolate chips. (I like chocolate chips!!)
Once you've put all your toppings on, place it in the oven on 200 degrees celsius.
Cook it for about 20-25 minutes. It's ok if some leaks off the sides.
You can see here that the mini marshmallows completely melted. They ended up being a bit crunchy. I'll have to rethink that quarter next time.
Cut into slices and serve.
My favourite was the strawberry jam and chocolate chips. It tasted like one big scone!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Flowers for my Nan

I made these for my Nanna a little while ago when she was in the hospital having an operation.
She is a baking genius. One day I hope to be just like her.
She always had fresh home made biscuits in her cookie jar and would make fresh scones when people came to visit. I don't even think she needs to read recipes! She's amazing.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday Tutorial - Pots of Gold

Want to make these pot of gold toppers?
You Will Need...
Black fondant, yellow fondant.
Circle & rectangle cutters. Small round cutter (I used the end of a piping tip). Gold Shimmer Dust (optional)
Cut out a circle of black.
Cut a rectangle of black, and then cut the rectangle in half long ways.
Roll 2 small sausage shapes.
Attach the 2 small sausage shapes to the bottom of the circle with a little water.
Cut out 6 or 7 small circles of the yellow.
Attach 3 of the yellow circles to the top of the black circle with a little water.
Put the black rectangle over half the yellow circles and the black circle, creating the "lip" of the pot.
Attach the remaining yellow circles with a little water to create a "mound of gold"
Brush yellow circles with gold dust.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Recipe of the Week - Chocolate Stout and Baileys Chocolate Cake.

Did anyone not watch Masterchef when it was on? I loved it! I bought the masterchef cookbook for my brother because he wanted to make the Beerimisu that Chris made in one of the episodes.
We ended up making it for Christmas dessert.. I think we might have made it wrong, because we just weren't that blown away with it? If anyone else has made it, tell me what you thought...

Anyway... because of this we had 3 bottles of chocolate stout left over. Plus 2 bottles of baileys in the cupboard (completely unrelated to the beeramisu). So I thought I would make something that would be suitable for St Patrick's Day.. You can find the printable recipe here.

You Will Need..
Grease and line 2 cake tins. (I used 22 cm round ones. You can use anything you want.)
Place the cocoa, butter and stout in a saucepan on the stove.
Stir until butter is completely melted. Leave to cool down a little.
In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and the sugar and mix together.
Add the baileys and the 2 eggs and mix together thoroughly.
Add the chocolate mixture and mix until there are no more lumps. (You can use your mixer if you want to. But I never do with this cake.)
Pour mixture into your tins and place in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. Until a skewer inserted in comes out clean.
When cakes are cooked, sandwich together to a layer of baileys buttercream.
Just make your favourite buttercream recipe, adding 2 tablespoons Baileys.
I used a different memory card when I took pictures of the finished cake and am unable to locate it.. Once I have found it, I will update with pictures. :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thursday Tutorial - Leprechaun Toppers

Want to make these leprechaun faces for St Patricks Day.
Follow these simple instructions!!
You Will Need...
Light Green, Dark Green, Orange, Skin, Yellow & Black balls of fondant.
Square, rectangle, mini flower, mini heart, circle cutters & black edible marker.
Cut out a circle from the skin (this will be his face)
Attach a nose with a little water
Cut the same size circle from the orange, and a small flower.
Cut the small flower in half, and carefully cut a scalloped edge around the circle. (this will be his hair and beard)
Attach with a little water.
Cut out a square and a rectangle from the light green.
Cut the rectangle in half, and a little bit off the edge of the square. (you don't need to keep those extra bits)
Place half a rectangle over the bigger bit of the square to form a hat.
Cut out 3 small hearts from the dark green, and roll a sausage shape.
Attach the sausage shape to the hat first, and then the hearts positioned like so over the sausage shape. (this will be the clover)
Roll out a thin piece of black, and attach to the edge of the hat. Place a little square of yellow over the black.
Attach the hat to the top of the head.
Use the black marker to draw on some eyes, a mouth and a little black square within the yellow.