Baking Conversions

Quite often I would find a recipe that may need conversions from ounces to grams or from tablespoons to grams etc, I found this website to be the most helpful. This website takes the confusion out of working out conversions.

Website:

http://www.butterbaking.com/conversions/

Cookie Butter Chocolate Domes

I will make a confession, I may have gotten a tad obsessed and bought three more jars of cookie butter. I think it has become obvious that I am clearly a cookie butter addict, I think I need to stop eating it, otherwise I may turn into a jar of cookie butter.

Whilst laying on the couch eating spoonfuls of cookie butter, I decided I would look for more cookie butter recipes . I stumbled across a recipe for Cookie Butter Balls. The recipe ticked all my boxes, it was easy to make and it looked delicious. I decided that instead of making Cookie Butter Balls, I would make them into Cookie Butter Chocolate Domes.

The reason why I opted for the dome shape, because they reminded me of the type of chocolates that you find in chocolate boxes, plus I think it looks nicer. I may have hesitated slightly when I noticed in the recipe that I had to do some chocolate melting and coating, which is something I HATE, but I really wanted to make them, so I powered on.

One thing that scared me the most about this recipe, was the large amounts of sugar in the recipe. I ended up using a tad less icing sugar in the recipe, but unfortunately in the end the Cookie Butter Chocolate Domes tasted too sweet for my liking.

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Nevertheless despite the Cookie Butter Chocolate Domes tasting so sweet, I was very impressed with my chocolate coating. (pats self on back). I think that for the first time I was able to get a smooth perfect finish for my chocolates. I discovered that the secret to getting a shiny coating was to leave the bowl of melted chocolate on top of the warm water, this meant that the chocolate would not harden up quickly.

If I choose to make these Cookie Butter Chocolate Domes again, I may try to find a recipe that uses less sugar.

Cookie Butter Chocolate Domes recipe can be found on this website:

http://www.epicuricloud.com/blog/2013/2/6/chocolate-covered-cookie-butter-balls

Caramel Chocolate Snow Balls

In continuation with my no bake recipe crusade, I decided to Google more ball recipes. I wanted to use up the Digestives Biscuits that I had left in the pantry. I ended up finding a very easy recipe for Caramel Chocolate Snow Balls.

The recipe for Caramel Chocolate Snow Balls was very very easy and right up my alley. I was able to make the Caramel Chocolate Snow Balls whilst my baby was sleeping in less than 10 minutes. I was so happy that I finally got to use the Nestlé Top “N” Fill Caramel that has been sitting in the pantry for months.

The Caramel Chocolate Snow Balls tasted very nice, they were not too sweet and had the same chewy-fudge like texture like my previous recipe for Chocolate Balls. I really loved the addition of desiccated coconut and toasted desiccated coconut and the caramel flavouring was actually quite mild.

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I think I have a easy no bake recipe winner, what sort of ball should I make next?

Caramel Chocolate Snow Balls recipe can be found on this website:

http://www.bakers-corner.com.au/recipes/truffles/caramel-choc-snowballs/

Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker

When I saw the Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker online, I got so excited. I was intrigued how this small contraption could make ice cream so easily, and of course I was quite sceptical. Nevertheless I bought the product anyway.

The Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker claims that you can make ice cream in minutes by simply squeezing and shaking the cone device.

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I tried using the Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker four times and to my disappointment, it did not really work, Each time I got chilled mixture and not ice cream. The mixture looked like melted ice cream and in minutes it melted back into sauce.

(yes I followed the instructions)

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I am apparently not alone with my thoughts on the Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker, because other people have had the same problem. There are of course people who claim it works.

I have decided to give up and will throw this in the bin, it is not worth wasting my time and effort.

Sigh…

Chocolate Balls

When it is a 40 degrees Celsius day and it is not a wise idea to use the oven, what can myself as a baking addict do? The answer is to Google easy no bake recipes. I ended up finding a recipe for Chocolate Balls on 4 Ingredient’s website.

I really like some of the recipes on 4 Ingredient’s website, they are always so simple and only require the use of 4 ingredients. In my opinion they are geniuses. I chose this recipe for Chocolate Balls, because it is so simple to make and did not require the use of the oven.

The Chocolate Balls were made in no time at all, I had all the ingredients ready to go in my pantry. I was so happy that I finally got use some of the 3 kilograms of desiccated coconut that I bought from Costco. The Chocolate Balls ended up tasting very nice, they were not too sweet and had a nice chewy fudge type texture. Whilst eating them, I almost felt like I was eating something healthy. The Chocolate Balls even got the thumbs up from my Husband who does not have a sweet tooth.

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I think I may try to add something other ingredients into the Chocolate Balls, I was thinking maybe some dates or some nuts, the possibilities are endless.

The Chocolate Balls recipe can be located on 4 Ingredient’s Website:

https://www.4ingredients.com.au/recipe/chocolate-balls

Sweet Eats in Canberra

For my birthday, my family and I went to Canberra for the weekend. Many of my friends associated Canberra with boredom, but I corrected them and told them that Canberra is one of the best places for eating.

I was so excited to go to Canberra, I had drawn up a list of sweet places that I should visit. There were so many other places that I wanted to go to, but it was too hard with a teething 7 month old baby.

Here are some places that I visited:

Penny University Roasters

I had heard so many great things about this café. I was drawn to this café mainly because they sell my beloved cronuts. Unfortunately for me, they only sell cronuts Wednesday-Sunday. I was so devastated! Nevertheless, I ate here anyway. I ended up ordering two breakfasts, because I got serious breakfast envy when I saw my Husband’s Croissant French Toast.

The Croissant French Toast was so amazing that I was having a food orgasm whilst eating it. The Croissant French Toast is a croissant made like a French Toast and is filled with caramelized banana, topped with strawberries, cinnamon mascarpone and maple syrup. The combination of all those ingredients worked so well, and I did not find it too sweet. This Croissant French Toast was to die for!

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I also ended up ordering a hot chocolate. I always order a hot chocolate when I visit new cafés. Most of the time when I order a hot chocolate they have been disappointing. The hot chocolate at Penny University Roasters did not disappoint. The hot chocolate was made with real chocolate, you just have to give it a stir to mix the chocolate in the milk. The milk was not too hot and was frothed to perfection.

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For coffee lovers, my Husband said their coffee is amazing. (I do not like coffee)

Hopefully I can re-visit soon so I can try their cronuts.

Penny University Roasters is located at:

15 Kennedy St, Kingston ACT 2604

Ricardo’s Café and Patisserie

Ever since I saw their photo of their Cronuts on Facebook, I have been obsessing over visiting Ricardo’s Café and Patisserie. I ended up going to Ricardo’s Café and Patisserie on my birthday. When we arrived at Ricardo’s Café and Patisserie, it was so packed, so we decided that we would not eat there. I went inside and lined up to order my Cronut. Whilst lining up, I noticed they had many amazing looking desserts in their displays.

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The Cronuts looked very nice. I thought that the Cookie Dough Cronut was filled with Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, but the staff working there told me it is Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream made into a mousse.

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In the end I decided that I would buy a Cookie Dough Cronut and the Gay Time Cake.

When I got back to the hotel I tried the Cookie Dough Cronut, my first reaction was “too sickly sweet” , I could not eat any more of the Cronut.The filling was too sweet for me, however the Cronut itself was nice.

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Next I tried the Gay Time Cake, and once again I found it to be too sweet for me, I just found the whole dessert to taste too sugary. The mousse inside the cake was a nice texture though.

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I honestly felt that whilst their cakes look good, I did not think they tasted good.

Ricardo’s Café and Patisserie is located at:

Jamison Plaza Bowman Street Macquarie, ACT 2614

Mr Frugii

A visit to Canberra is not complete until you make a visit to Mr Frugii at the Old Bus Depot Markets. I had been dying to get my Mr Frugii Ice Cream fix for weeks. I ended up buying a large and a small tub of the Pavlova Ice Cream. This time the Pavlova Ice Cream was made with mango ice cream. As usual, it tasted amazing.

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Mr Frugii is located at the Old Bus Depot Markets:

21 Wentworth Avenue, ACT.

Sundays 10am-4pm

Dutch Divine

I happened to stumble across Dutch Divine at the Old Bus Depot Markets because I noticed there was a large crowd gathered around her stall. I went and had a look and noticed lots of home made delicious biscuits, Stroopwafels and Caramel Waffles. I ate a sample of her goods and I was so impressed. The Stroopwafels were amazing and I immediately fell in love with her Almond Delicates Biscuits. The Almond Delicates Biscuits were very buttery and had a lovely hint of cinnamon. I ended up buying three packets of her Almond Delicates Biscuits.

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Dutch Divine is located at the Old Bus Depot Markets:

21 Wentworth Avenue, ACT.

Sundays 10am-4pm

Overall I had a fantastic time in Canberra, I probably would have eaten more sweet things, but I could not stomach any more sweets. I cannot wait to visit Canberra again soon. There are so many new cafés that I want to try.

Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)

Boiled rice and I are not friends. I have so much trouble boiling rice, that I opt for buying the microwave version instead. So as you can imagine, when it comes to making rice desserts, I get scared and run for the hills. This time I thought I would be fearless and try to make Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding from scratch.

Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding is one of my favourite Thai desserts to eat. At one stage I was buying Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding a few times a week. I had a craving for Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding, so I decided that I would try making it myself, Once again I went searching on Google for the easiest recipe.

Making the rice part of the Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding was actually not that scary, The instructions of the recipe was pretty straight forward. What I liked about this recipe, was that the rice only had to be soaked for four hours as opposed to overnight like other recipes. I was really quite impressed with my efforts.

The Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding tasted just like the authentic ones that I used to love eating. The Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding tasted divine, the rice was sticky, sweet and slightly salty and the addition of the coconut milk sauce, and topping it off  with ripe in season mango made it perfect. The only problem was that the Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding was a serving for several people and I was only making it for myself.

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My next challenge will be to conquer my fear of making Coconut Tapioca Pudding, last time I tried to make it, it was a disaster! (watch this space)

Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding recipe can be found on this website:

http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaidesserts/r/mangoricepuddin.htm

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