Lindt Lindor coconut dark chocolate 

I will be honest in saying that I haven’t been fond of Lindt chocolate lately, I just felt like their chocolate didn’t taste as good anymore, this all changed when I got to try the new Lindt’s Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate range.

Whilst walking through Woolworths I was offered a Lindt Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate ball, I took one but did not have any expectations. When I got home I tried the chocolate and was pleasantly surprised, the Lindt’s Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate ball tasted really nice! The dark chocolate part of the Lindt’s Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate ball was really smooth, melted in my mouth and was it bitter, the coconut filling was creamy and the coconut flavour of the filling tasted real and not artificial. 

 Lindt’s Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate comes in various forms, you can buy it in bar form or as balls, the balls come in boxes and bags, I personally prefer Lindt’s Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate in bar form. 


I have to admit that Lindt’s Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate is now my new favourite chocolate, I love it so much that I went to Coles and bought 15 bars because they were on sale for only $1. (Bargain)

I totally recommend that you try this chocolate, I’ve even gotten my friends addicted to this chocolate.

Lindt’s Lindor Coconut Dark Chocolate range is sold at all major supermarkets. 

Baking for charity

As part of my 365 Days of Ness kindness challenge, I decided to help out my local Rotary club by baking cupcakes for free for their morning tea fundraiser, I was so excited to help out. Rotary’s morning tea fundraiser was to help raise money for the Queensland drought relief.

I ended up only baking 45 cupcakes because unfortunately I ran out of sugar and could not bake anymore, plus I did not want to wake up my toddler to go to the shops. I now wish I could have baked more cupcakes and maybe some chocolate brownies because there was not much available at the stall.

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When I brought the cupcakes to the Rotary stall they were so excited and very surprised that I had baked so many cupcakes.

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Many of the patrons at the stall were eager to buy a cupcake.

I could not stick around to help out at the stall because I had an appointment to go to, but I got an message from Rotary and they said they raised over $600 from the morning tea and thanked me for my valuable contribution. They also told me that the cupcakes went fast and people liked them.

I was so pleased that I could help out and that the morning tea went so well.

xx

 

 

 

Cupcakes for two 

Does anyone remember that scene in the movie Bridesmaids when Annie bakes that amazing cupcake for one? Just like Annie, I have days when all I want is one or two cupcakes and cannot be bothered making a whole dozen. 

Today was one of those days when I felt like eating just one cupcake, so I searched Google for a recipe for cupcake for one and one of my favourite bloggers’ recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction came up and of course I used this recipe.

I was totally amazed how easy the recipe was, I ended up adding one teaspoon of yoghurt to add some moisture to the cupcakes. 

The cupcakes were ready after only 12 minutes. 

  
The cupcakes tasted amazing, they were  really delicious and moist. I will admit that I was really surprised how well the cupcakes turned out. (Excuse the wonky cupcake lol)

I ended up being really lazy and I made a basic cream based icing. I decided not to pipe the icing (too tired.. Mum life). Thankfully the basic icing still worked really well with the cupcakes.

  
I am not sure that knowing how to bake cupcakes for two is a good or bad thing, one thing I know is it is definitely a dangerous thing to know.

Cupcakes recipe for two can be found on this website:

Sally’s Baking Addiction Cupcakes for two

PSA: Grumpy Donuts at Single Origin Roasters

Okay, so this is not really new news, but I thought I would make a public service announcement anyway. I am so over joyed that my favourite donuts, Grumpy Donuts are sold at Single Origin Roasters, but from what I have read, it seems to be only on certain days, I suggest following Grumpy Donuts Official  and Single Origin Roasters on Instagram for updates and news.

Go get these buttered brioche donuts and other donuts now before they run out! Run….!

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Banana cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Once again my mum went crazy and bought us too much fruit and we never got around to eating it, in particular we still had a bunch of over ripe bananas left over, so I decided to bake banana cupcakes.

Instead of using the same old recipe that I usually use, I decided to Google a new recipe and found a great banana cupcake recipe by this great blog called What Jessica Baked Next , I only just discovered her blog and I already love it.

The recipe was pretty easy to follow, the only thing that I did not want do was to use a mixer and as you know I hate using mine, so I ended up using my good old wooden spoon and a whisk, it was certainly a good arm work out.

I ended up baking the banana cupcakes for 14 minutes rather than the 18 minutes that the recipe required and the banana cupcakes turned out really well. Making the icing was so much hard work without a mixer, but the icing really looked great when it was finished. When the banana cupcakes cooled down, I piped the cream cheese icing onto the cupcakes. The banana cupcakes looked great and I was so pleased.

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After decorating the banana cupcakes, I put the cupcakes in the fridge and then took them into work the next day. My work colleagues said they really liked the banana cupcakes, they said the banana cupcakes tasted really moist and delicious. I had a taste of one and I too really the banana cupcakes, the texture of the banana cupcake was really moist, the addition of cinnamon was perfect and the cream cheese really was a delicious addition to the cupcakes.

I will definitely make these banana cupcakes again soon, I might search through her website to see what other recipes I can use.

Banana cupcakes with cream cheese icing recipe can be located on this website:

What Jessica Baked Next- Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Ciccone and Sons

Yesterday was my day to do whatever I want and I was super excited at the possibilities of where I could go and eat, one of the places I went to was Ciccone and Sons.

My friends on Instagram have all been regular visitors of this place and have all given rave reviews, I really wanted to go, but with an active toddler it seemed impossible. 

Ciccone and Sons is actually a small shop and I almost walked past the place, because the shop is so tiny incomparison to fruit shop next door. 

When I arrived at Ciccone and Sons I was in awe of the simplicity of the shop, as well as the varieties of gelato available on the menu, I had already decided prior to my visit that I would order the stracciatella gelato.  I opted for the smallest size.

 

When the gelato was being scooped up, it just looked a gigantic serving that looked impossible to eat up, the guy working there said the gelato just came out of the deep freezer and was still a little bit hard.

  
The stracciatella gelato tasted really nice, it was not too sweet like some gelatos that I have previously eaten, it was milky, creamy and delicious. The stracciatella gelato also had lots of chocolate in it too. From eating their gelato you could tell that it was made with quality ingredients. (I was told that they make their gelato in small batches).

I really want to go back to Ciccone and Sons to try their other flavours, their menu changes regularly, so the options to try are endless and exciting.

Ciccone and Sons is located at: 

195 Regent Street, Redfern. 

* Ciccone and Sons only accepts cash and has no eftpos available.

Check out their Instagram Ciccone and Sons for further information.

Flour Market Sydney

When I read about the Flour Markets at the Sydney Boys High School, I was so super excited, so many of my favourite sweet brands were going to be there, the markets sounded like heaven. 

Forward on to the eve of the Flour Markets and I was so pumped to be going the next day, I had planned my day and what I wanted to buy, I already pre ordered my Butterbing cookie sandwiches .

I arrived at the Flour Markets at 9:10am, when I walked into the gate at the school I felt a huge burst of excitement, like a little girl going to Disneyland for the first time, I  may have almost run inside to join the queue.

  
The queue for the Flour Market was SO LONG that I almost thought about not going inside, but I forced myself to line up. Lining up was torture for this 35 degrees Celsius weather.

  

 The queue that formed behind me shortly after was also very long.
 
45 minutes later and I finally made it to the front of the line, the wait at the front of line was torture, the sweets were so close to me that I felt like I could touch them, but they made us wait a while before we could enter. 

At the entrance there were lots of cardboard boxes to put their goodies in which were given to patrons after they paid the $2 entry fee. The staff then announced that it was cash only. (lucky I already knew this).

 
 Whilst waiting in the front of the line I overheard someone say that Andy Bowdy had sold out on his desserts, my heart sunk. 

 
Finally I was allowed in, I had a look around to see where I should go first, my first stop was Woah Nelly Donuts.

  
Lucky for me Woah Nelly had plenty of donuts in stock, I decided to buy just one donut, I ended up buying one birthday cake donut.

  
My next pit stop was Butterbing, I was dying to check out their stall. The Butterbing stall was almost virtually empty, I was so glad that I had pre ordered my Butterbing.

  
  

My next pit stop was Grumpy Donuts, I was dying to try their cookie dough donut, thankfully they had some of those donuts in stock. 

  
  
My last pit stop was to join the very long Brooklyn Boy bagels queue, I ended up buying a cinnamon and raisin bagel and two plain mini bagels.

After that pit stop I walked around to check out the rest of the stalls and I then decided to leave because the markets were getting too crowded. 

Here is my small market haul:

  
Overall I enjoyed visiting the Flour Markets, I just think next time the organisers should stipulate limits to how many of the popular items people could buy so that everyone can have a chance to buy the popular items. Eg- Andy Bowdy’s sweets, these items sold out very quickly.

  
Flour Market’s website:http://flourmarket.com.au/

Iced Vovo Cupcakes

I have to confess that I love biscuits, my 1030am daily ritual consists of drinking a cup of strong tea and a few biscuits on the side which I dip into my tea. When I think back to my younger days, it appears that this habit started when I used to dip biscuits in my Dad’s cup of tea, this is something that my Dad likes to remind me of because he finds it amusing. 

One of my favourite biscuits back  in those days was Arnott’s iced vovo biscuits, they were a lovely treat and reminiscent of my childhood, so it was only natural that when I saw the recipe for iced vovo cupcakes, I got quite excited. 

I was supposed to make these cupcakes for Australia Day celebrations, but unfortunately I fell sick and so I ended up making them a few days later. When I was making these cupcakes, they actually reminded me of those marshmallow jam biscuits that I used to also like, I think they were called jam mallows. 

I actually ended up changing the recipe, I used my favourite cupcake base recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and added desiccated coconut. I followed Not Quite Nigella’s recipe for the rest of the recipe.

My biggest concern about this recipe was making the marshmallow icing, but surprisingly this was really not too hard to make. The marshmallow icing turned out lovely. 

The finished cupcake looked lovely.

  
I did not actually eat one because I am on a diet, so I got my mum’s neighbour’s to taste test them for me. They said the cupcake was lovely and moist and the marshmallow icing was delicious and a nice change from the usual buttercream icing. I was so pleased that it tasted good.

I cannot wait to make these cupcakes again soon!

Iced Vovo Cupcake recipe: /2015/01/20/iced-vovo-cupcakes/#recipe

Happy new year!

Happy new year to all my lovely readers! Thank you for support and lovely comments, I cannot wait to share more recipes with you this year. 

Here is the first thing that I baked this year, vanilla and choc chip cupcakes. 

  
What should I bake next? Should I conquer my fear of baking sponge cake and macarons?

xxx

Butterbing Cookie Sandwiches

Some people have a bucket list of things that they want to do, I have a bucket list of things that I want to eat, when I saw a photo of Butterbing’s cookie sandwiches, I knew that these delicious morsels must be added to my bucket list. 

Last week I went to Melbourne with my mum and my toddler, my main reason for the visit was so that I could eat all the foods on my bucket list, unfortunately due to circumstances that I won’t mention, I didn’t get to eat everything. Luckily however I got to eat a lot of Butterbing’s cookie sandwiches. 

I managed to discover that this cafe called Cafenatics in The Emporium sold Butterbing’s cookie sandwiches. When I arrived at the display cabinet, I was so in awe and wanted to eat all of the cookie sandwiches.

    
I decided to buy one coconut and one vanilla bean cookie sandwich. I didn’t want to buy more in case I didn’t like them.

 
 I decided that I would try the coconut Butterbing cookie sandwich first. The cookie sandwich tasted amazing, the cookie part tasted like a chocolate brownie, slightly crunchy and chewy in texture. The coconut filling tasted creamy and tasted like real coconut and was not too sweet. I was so in love with these cookie sandwiches and became instantly addicted.

  
The next few days I ended up buying two Butterbing cookie sandwiches each day and I also bought some to take home to Sydney. Unfortunately the cafe gave me a peanut butter cookie sandwich instead of the gingerbread cookie sandwich, I was so devastated because I was looking forward to trying the gingerbread version. 😞

I cannot wait to eat more of these cookie sandwiches again soon, my friend tells me that she saw some on sale at the Brewery Yard Markets in Sydney, hope they sell them there again soon.

Butterbing’s website: https://butterbing.neto.com.au/