Anzac Biscuits

With every great recipe, there is usually a lovely story behind it. When I read my Twitter friend @thestickysweet’s blog post about Anzac Biscuits and the history behind it, I felt inspired to bake Anzac Biscuits.

To be honest, in the last few weeks I had been book marking many different Anzac Biscuit recipes on my iPad. I did intend to bake them at some point, but I was too busy going through a cake baking obsession. But last night, I felt empowered to bake these biscuits, and who could not after reading @thestickysweet’s blog post.

I had never baked Anzac Biscuits prior to last night. I always became lazy and resorted to buying them from the store. Now that I have discovered a great recipe, I shall be baking Anzac Biscuits for myself more often.

The Anzac Biscuit recipe was really easy to follow. The steps were really straight forward, definitely my kind of recipe.

The end result was lots and lots of delicious golden brown crispy Anzac Biscuits. The Anzac Biscuits were so delicious and moreish, that I could not stop at eating just one, and surprisingly nor could my Husband who does not like sweet things.

 

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I think I will have to add this Anzac Biscuit recipe into my baking journal, because it is definitely my new favourite biscuit recipe.

The Anzac Biscuit Recipe can be found here:

http://www.thestickyandsweet.com/anzac-biscuits/

 

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The Ultimate Chocolate Cake from Zokoko

For some strange reason, I have not felt like eating chocolate mud cake. I cannot explain why and my friends were thinking I must be unwell. But today when I went to Zokoko to buy some cocoa powder, I could not help eyeing off the The Ultimate Chocolate Cake from Zokoko.

Seeing this cake, was like love at first sight. My eyes were mesmerised by this delicious creation. The chocolate cake looked so chocolatey and the ganache looked so perfect. I was so mesmerised that I forgot what I had gone into Zokoko to order in the first place. I ended saying goodbye to my diet and  ordered a slice of the Ultimate Chocolate cake.

When I got to my car, I had to take a look at the cake slice. The chocolate filling inside was so thick and looked so rich, I was drooling.

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As soon as I got home, I took a bite of the cake. With that one bite, I seriously thought I had died and gone to chocolate heaven. The Ultimate Chocolate Cake was so rich, dense, moist and delicious.

A few more bites later, I was defeated. I could not eat the whole slice of cake, it was too much for me to eat. I actually ended up drinking two large cups of Pu-erh tea afterwards because I was feeling guilty about the chocolate that I had consumed.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Ultimate Chocolate Cake from Zokoko. I really think the use of good quality chocolate, makes  the difference.

Zokoko is located at:

3/84-90 Old Bathurst Rd  Emu Heights NSW 2750

Phone: 1300 965 656

Website:

https://www.zokoko.com/

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It is amazing how quickly food items expire, or maybe it is because I buy too much of one thing and forget about it. If there is one thing I have learnt from my trip to Africa, is do not waste food.

This morning when I was looking through our pantry, I noticed that we had one bag of nearly expired Cadbury Chocolate Chips. I really wanted to use them up by baking something simple. So after much thought and procrastination, I decided to make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

All I had to do to make the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, was to use the usual Banana Bread recipe I use and then add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Simple.

When the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was cooked, it looked and smelt divine.

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I contemplated eating this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread for breakfast this morning, but I felt like it would be too much sweetness for the morning.

The standard Banana Bread recipe can be found on this website:

http://food.ninemsn.com.au/recipes/ibanana/8336571/best-ever-banana-bread

Chocolate and Sour Cream Cupcakes

Usually when someone is bored, they may occupy themselves by watching a movie, reading a book or going for a run. When I am bored, I bake. I will even bake something when I am tired after work. I just love baking.

This week, I have been going crazy changing my favourite recipes. There were a few failures and definitely a huge mess in the kitchen. (a mess which my Husband thankfully cleaned up for me).

One cake recipe that was successful was Chocolate and Sour Cream Cupcakes. I got the idea to make these cupcakes from searching random recipes on the internet. I was not too happy with some of the Chocolate and Sour Cream Cupcake recipes, so I decided to use my Twitter friend @thesuzchef’s existing Coconut and Sour Cream Cake recipe and change the recipe  to suit myself.

The recipe was so simple, I replaced the coconut and added 1/4 cup of cocoa instead. I also made the cake into cupcakes.

The cupcakes smelt so delicious when they came out of the oven. The next step was to conquer my enemy, the icing!

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For the icing, I decided it was time to confront my laziness and finally use a mixer. For the first time in almost a year, I used my Kenwood Tri-Blade mixer to make the icing. It was actually a lot easier to use than I had imagined. The first one was cream cheese icing, which worked really well and tasted great. The second one I made was vanilla buttercream icing. I found the buttercream icing to be too sweet. I also realised that I still need to improve on my icing skills. Icing and I are clearly still not friends.

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Overall I thought that the Chocolate and Sour Cream Cupcakes were a delicious and lighter alternative to the Mississippi Chocolate Mud Cupcakes. The cupcake texture was fluffy, moist and soft. I was really happy with how they tasted and so were my “guinea pigs” who tried the cupcakes.

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The Suzchef’s coconut and sour cream recipe can be found on her blog:

http://thesuzchef.blogspot.com.au

The Cream Cheese Icing can be found on this website:

http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/cream-cheese-icing-L9478.html

The Buttercream icing recipe can be found on this website:

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21468/butter+cream+icing