3 Ingredients Nutella Donuts

Today is the perfect weather for baking, it is cool, wet and lovely. I thought I would take advantage of this glorious weather and bake something using Nutella.

The reason I chose to bake with Nutella was because one of my Instagram friends @sweetandyummie has been requesting that I bake something using Nutella. I Googled several recipes and I stumbled upon a super easy recipe for Nutella donuts.

This recipe appealed to me to the most because it involved only using three ingredients, I will admit I slightly sceptical at first but I thought I would give it a try. The Nutella donuts took so little time to prepare that I was able to make them up whilst my baby was having a 30 minutes rest after lunch. The Nutella donuts were baked in only 8 minutes.

When the Nutella donuts were ready, I let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes. I then waited a further 10 minutes and then I spread Nutella and sprinkles on the donuts.

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The Nutella donuts tasted so good, the donuts were very chocolately and decadent. The donuts almost had a texture like mud cake. I accidentally ate three donuts in one sitting, they were just too moreish,

I really think this recipe can be quite adaptable, I might try to use the recipe to make them into cupcakes.

Watch this space ūüėČ

3 Ingredients Nutella Donuts recipe

adapted from the recipe by Lauren’s Latest-¬†http://www.laurenslatest.com/3-ingredient-nutella-doughnuts/

2/3 cup of Nutella (plus more for frosting)

1 egg and 1 egg yolk

6 Tablespoons of plain flour

Method

Preheat fan forced oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

Spray your non-stick donut pan with any type of cooking spray.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Distribute the mixture evenly into your donut pan (I placed the mixture into a zip-lock bag that has one corner snipped off, this allowed me to pipe the mixture into the pan.)

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and let the donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes, Gently remove the donuts from the pan and place them on a cooling rack. Let the donuts cool for further 10 minutes, and then spread the donuts with Nutella and sprinkle the donuts with sprinkles.

My favourite sweet eats for January

This month I have been obsessing over a few items that I used to be crazy about in the past. I just recently re-discovered them and now my love for these things has been rekindled.

¬†Zokoko’s Chocolate Milkshake

A chocolate milkshake is quite a simple thing to make and it is very hard to stuff up, this does not mean it is easy to make a great tasting milkshake. The chocolate milkshake at Zokoko is a great tasting milkshake and is probably the best chocolate milkshake I have ever drunk. Zokoko’s chocolate milkshake is made using Sungold milk and their delicious Zokoko Chocolate, I think these two things make the chocolate milkshake so awesome!

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Zokoko is located at: 3/84-90 Old Bathurst Road, Emu Heights NSW 2750

Black Star Pastry’s Strawberry and Waternelon Cake¬†

I have always loved this cake, but since I have been busy with the baby, I have not had time to eat this delicious cake. This week I went to visit Black Star Pastry to eat their pies and I fell back in love with this cake. The Strawberry and Watermelon cake is so delicious and not too sweet. The cake is also so refreshing too. I am seriously considering ordering this cake for my baby’s first birthday.

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Black Star Pastry is located at various locations, I love their Rosebery store: C1, 85-113 Dunning Avenue
Rosebery NSW

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie’s Gourmet Collection Milk Chocolate

I have been obsessing over this chocolate so badly this month. I actually ended up ordering 10 blocks of the chocolate. I am not normally a huge fan of milk chocolate, but this chocolate is too delicious not to love. The milk chocolate tastes so amazing and it literally melts in your mouth. I am so happy that I can purchase this chocolate online.

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Yarra Valley Chocolaterie’s website:¬†http://shop.yvci.com.au/index.php/gourmet-collection-test.html

What are your favourite sweet eats this month?

When did you first start baking?

I have always loved baking and my love of baking started when I was very young. My mum bought me the Superheroes Cookbook and I used to always bake cake and other recipes from the cook book. I used to love baking cakes for my friends birthdays.

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These days I find most my recipes on the internet, I do however have a tonne of cook books that I do not read. I always have a bad habit of buying cook books and never using them, I really should stop doing that. ūüėČ

When did you first start baking?

Green Tea Matcha Fudge

A few years ago I went through a phase of being crazy about baking with green tea matcha powder, I used to use it to make cupcakes and to mix it with ice cream. Since I was pregnant last year, I had decided to cut out caffeine and did not use green tea matcha powder any more. This week I decided that I would buy some green tea matcha powder and do some experimenting to see what I could make.

The first idea that I came up with was to make green tea matcha fudge. I figured that this would be the easiest thing to start off with. I ended up using the easy fudge recipe that I usually use, but instead I added green tea matcha powder.

The green tea matcha fudge did not take very long to make and was ready in 2 hours.

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The green tea matcha fudge tasted really nice, the fudge was creamy and was moreish.  The green tea matcha fudge did not bitter because I carefully added green tea matcha powder bit by bit before I got the consistency right.

What should I make next using green tea matcha powder?

Green Tea Matcha Fudge Recipe

3 and 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips

1 can of Nestlé Condensed Milk

50 grams of butter

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence

Approximately 2 tablespoons of green tea matcha powder (add more or less depending on your tastes)

Method

1. Line a square dish or baking tin with foil

2. Melt the white chocolate chips, condensed milk and butter in the microwave for 1 minute and 10 seconds.

3. Stir the ingredients together until ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

4. Stir in the vanilla essence .

5. Pour the fudge mixture into the pan and smooth the top with a knife.

6. Using a salt grinder, grind the salt evenly onto the top of the fudge.

7. Refrigerate the fudge for two hours.

8. After two hours cut and serve the fudge.

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter

As you may or may not have read, I developed an obsession for cookie butter last year. I really wanted to try Trader Joe’s version, but there was no affordable way to get it delivered from America. I ended up finding an alternative brand online. A few weeks ago my Aunty from America advised that she will be coming to Australia and she said she can buy me¬†Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, I was SO EXCITED!

My Aunty was due to arrive this weekend, but she ended up posting the¬†Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter instead. I was so surprised to have received it in the mail. ¬†Only natural that I decided to have a taste of it that same day.

My Aunty sent me two versions of the Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter ,¬†the smooth version and the cocoa version.

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The smooth version of¬†Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter was really nice, I think it actually tasted better than the Lotus version. The¬†smooth version of¬†Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter is actually not as sweet as I would have imagined, the texture is very smooth and creamy. I can definitely understand why Americans went crazy over this cookie butter.

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The cocoa version of¬†Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter was too sweet for me, Even though the cocoa version is 50% cocoa and 50% cookie butter, I felt like the cocoa part over powered the cookie butter part. I actually could not stomach a lot of the cocoa version, which is unusual for a sweet loving person like me.

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I am really hoping that I can get more of the¬†Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, I would really love to try the crunchy version. Hopefully one day shipping from America to Australia will be cheaper.

Further information on¬†Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter can be located on this website:

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1647

Flyin’ Fox Coconut and Milk Ice Blox

A few months ago my family and I went to Canberra to visit family. On the way to Canberra we stopped at Bowral for lunch and I went to visit my favourite health food shop Raw and Wild Health Market and Cafe. Whilst I was looking around, I stumbled upon the Flyin’ Fox Ice Blox range.

The¬†Flyin’ Fox Ice Blox range looked really interesting, what appealed to me the most is that the ice bloxs were made of organic ingredients. I noticed that there was a wide range of flavours such as mango and orange, chocolate and milk, coconut and milk and many others. I ended up buying the coconut flavoured ice cream because I am obsessed with everything coconut.

The¬†¬†Flyin’ Fox Coconut and Milk Ice Blox tasted really good and was perfect for that hot day in Bowral. The¬†¬†Flyin’ Fox Coconut and Milk Ice Blox had a nice delicious coconut flavour, you could taste that it was made with natural ingredients and it was so refreshing.

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I was really impressed with the ice blox that I did some research on the brand and I was quite impressed what I read. (I suggest you have a read)

I also found out that the ice blox are sold in some health food shops near me, when I get the time I will definitely stock up.  These ice bloxs will be definitely be a healthier alternative for my son when he gets older.

Flyin’ Fox Ice Blox website:

http://www.iceblocks.name/#about

*note: Sorry about the delay, I forgot to write my blog post about it last year. I blame my baby brain

Streets Coconut Fruttare

As you may have noticed I have an obsession for eating all things containing coconut, when I saw Streets Coconut Fruttare in the supermarket fridge I was naturally excited.

I had been eyeing off Streets Coconut Fruttare for a few weeks, but I did not buy it because I had promised my husband that I would not buy any new ice cream. The reason for this, was that our freezer is loaded with ice cream that I did not like and it is really become a problem, this is what happens when a person is obsessed with trying new food items. I ended up buying Streets Coconut Fruttare only because it was on special at Woolworths.

When I got home after grocery shopping, I immediately tried one of the Streets Coconut Fruttare. My immediate reaction was not good, I thought the ice cream had a terrible after taste. I also did not think the ice cream had a nice coconut flavour and it was not really creamy. Sadly I was not sold on the ice cream. I got my husband to have a bite and he agreed with me. Unfortunately I had to add this ice cream to the other disliked ice creams in my freezer.

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I felt so disappointed with the Streets Coconut Fruttare, I had high hopes for the ice cream. I think I much prefer the Flying Fox Coconut Ice Blox.

Streets Coconut Fruttare are available from all supermarkets

Strawberry Chocolate Pops

There is something very delicious about food on a stick, I cannot explain why, but I love it. One of my favourite food items on a stick is chocolate. I went to Spotlight the other day and bought another chocolate mould and I decided to make my own chocolate pops.

I am loving making chocolate from moulds, it really is so easy and they make very cute and delicious gifts. Placing the chocolate into the moulds is so easy, there is no tempering chocolate, all you need is to melt the chocolate in the microwave for a minute on 50% power.

The chocolate mould that I bought from Spotlight was specifically for making chocolate pops.  All I did was add the melted chocolate, tap the mould on the table and the place the stick on the bottom and roll it so it is covered in the chocolate.

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Two hours later and the Strawberry Chocolate Pops were ready, they looked so cute!

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The Strawberry Chocolate Pops tasted great and I loved the fact that they were so easy to make.

I think I will have to go back to Spotlight and buy more chocolate moulds because it is so fun to make.

Strawberry Chocolate Pops Recipe

250 grams of white chocolate

Queen’s ¬†natural strawberry essence

Queen’s red food colouring gel

Method 

Melt the chocolate on 50% power in the microwave for a minute

Mix the chocolate in the bowl until it is all melted

Add a drop of red food colouring

Add 1 teaspoon or less of strawberry essence

Mix together

Using a teaspoon spoon the chocolate into the moulds until full.

Tap the mould on the table softly until the chocolate has filled the mould and no bubbles are present

Cut the sticks in half and roll it in the chocolate mould until the stick is covered in chocolate

Place the chocolate mould in a container for two hours

When the chocolate is set, tap the chocolate on the table to release the chocolate.

Too easy!

Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

I have a confession to make, I am a pantry hoarder. We have a small pantry at home and I keep filling it with grocery items to the point that everything keeps falling off the shelves. The other day I found a packet of Oreos in the pantry and so I decided to look for a recipe that will involve using them.

I actually have no idea why I have a pack of Oreos in the pantry, I do not even like eating them. I assume that I was intending to bake with them. I should stop buying things that I intend to bake with, because I never get around to using them before they expire.

Finding a recipe to bake with Oreos was so easy, there were so many recipes online. I ended up choosing to make cupcakes, I was so happy to have found a easy recipe for Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes because I was too lazy to bake anything difficult.

For this recipe, I ended up changing the icing. I used my usual icing recipe and added crushed Oreos.

The¬†Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes were quite easy to make. Sally’s basic cupcake recipe really is a no-fail recipe, you literally add anything into it and it would work.

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The Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes tasted really good. The cupcakes were moist and the Oreos provided a sweet chocolately twist. If you are a chocoholic, you will love these.

Next time I may change the icing and only sprinkle the Oreos on top.

Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes recipe can be found on this website:

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/05/03/milk-chocolate-cookies-and-cream-cupcakes/

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Donuts

As I had mentioned in my previous post, I decided I would make cinnamon donuts.

I love a good cinnamon donut, I especially love it when you get to eat them fresh from the shop. I have fond memories of my mum buying me fresh cinnamon donuts as treat on the weekends., it was such an exciting moment.

For this recipe, I used the same recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but instead of nutmeg, I used cinnamon. I also did not let the donuts cool down, when they were out of the oven, I immediately rolled them in cinnamon sugar.

The Cinnamon Donuts tasted amazing, the donuts had the same cake like texture and they were moist, only this time they had a cinnamon taste.

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Next time I may add more cinnamon to get more of cinnamon kick. I am really loving making donuts, I think I may have to go to the shops and buy another heart shaped donut tin.

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Donuts recipe:

Chocolate Frosted Donuts.

*use cinnamon instead of nutmeg