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Baking, Pies, Recipes

Egg and Bacon Pie

I always remember my mum preparing this egg and bacon pie in our kitchen at my childhood home. Sometimes I would help her put the pie together or sometimes I would just watch. We usually had this for dinner on a Friday or Saturday night. And the best bit of the pie was the pastry bits that mum would arrange on the top. Mum would always put enough on top so my sister and I would get some each.

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Baking, Cakes, Kids, Lunch box goodies, Recipes

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

I love baking, it brings joy to my kids, my family and myself. The pleasure of making something for someone else and seeing them enjoy it makes me happy.

I have been baking ever since I can remember. I loved helping mum in the kitchen. We made lots of wonderful recipes together and always had something yummy for our lunchboxes. In high school, I chose the cooking class and loved it. I have always wanted to create my own recipes. And until recently I started to do so. The recipe today is one of my creations, and I am really happy with how it turned out. I made this Apple and Cinnamon cake on Sunday for our afternoon tea. My cake testing team sat down, and I sliced each of them a piece and waited for their review. They loved it! They all went back for a second slice. So, today I am going to share with you my own Apple and Cinnamon Cake recipe, enjoy!

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Apple and Cinnamon Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125 gms melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 to 2 apples, peeled and sliced (I used golden delicious)
  • raw sugar for the top of the cake
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C
  2. Line a 20 cm/ 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar and cinnamon, mix gently until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl/measuring jug add the eggs, milk and vanilla essence, whisk together.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Then add the melted butter and slowly mix in.
  7. If using an electric mixer, beat on low until combined or combine together gently if mixing by hand.
  8. Pour cake batter into the cake tin.
  9. Arrange the sliced apples on top of the cake and sprinkle with raw sugar over the top.
  10. Bake in oven for 55 mins or until the centre is cooked.
  11. Remove the cake from tin and place onto cake rack to cool.
  12. Enjoy!
Notes
Created by with vintage and me ♥

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The cake was a success! It was light and moist. There is a slight cinnamon taste which we loved. If you want a stronger cinnamon taste then you can add some more. The apple on top with the raw sugar was yummy. The kids even enjoyed the topping when sometimes they don’t want anything on top. The cake was really nice warm too. The leftover slices were still nice and moist the next day so a plus for the kid’s lunch boxes.

I hope you enjoy baking this cake as much as I did.

Happy baking!

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Baking

This morning…

I got out of bed this morning, did some morning stretches and felt a twinge in the shoulder area, 2 seconds later there was pain. So I’m sitting on the couch now trying to type this with one hand. I was hoping to post my Apple and Cinnamon cake recipe today, and I feel terrible that I can’t.applecakeHopefully, I can get enough rest today and share this recipe with you tomorrow.

Trying to rest my arm,

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Baking, Doughnuts, Recipes

Home-made Doughnuts

This post is an entry into the Nuffnang ‘Fresh Recipe’ Network Competition, thanks to BRITA. Check out betterwithbrita.com for inspiration and exclusive recipes by Gary Mehigan’.

On occasions at our house, we delve into the wonderful world of home-made doughnuts. I always thought that making doughnuts from scratch would be too difficult. Well, I can tell you right now that they are very easy to make. I don’t make them very often though as they are a special treat. But when we do, we thoroughly enjoy them!brita16

Home-made Doughnuts
 
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Recipe type: Doughnuts
Serves: lots
Ingredients
  • 2 tlbs instant dried yeast
  • 1 cup warm filtered water *
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I use 1 cup milk with 2 tlbs vinegar)
  • 180 gms melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5-6 cups plain flour
  • 2 tlbs baking powder
  • 2 tsps salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • icing sugar and milk for glaze
  • sugar and cinnamon for cinnamon mix
  • *you can substitute the filtered water for unfiltered water.
Instructions
  1. Add the warm filtered water to a large bowl and whisk in 2 tlbs of yeast until dissolved.
  2. Then add buttermilk, melted butter, sugar, 2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well with a large spoon until combined.
  3. Add 2 more cups of flour and mix in. It will start to form into a soft dough, keep mixing.
  4. Add another cup of flour and again mix in. At this time I scrape out the dough and place it on a floured surface. I then start kneading the dough and add the rest of the flour if needed. The dough needs to be soft and not sticky. If you need to add more flour, please do.
  5. Once the dough is ready, you can roll it out on a floured surface to ½ inch/1.2 cms.
  6. Using a round dough cutter (I used a 2½ inch/6.3 cms) cut out the doughnuts and place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. I also cut out the middle of the doughnut dough with a small cutter from a biscuit cutting set.
  7. Once all the doughnuts have been cut out and placed on a tray, let them rise until they have doubled in size (about 45 mins)
  8. For cooking: I use my deep fryer. Temp 170°C. Cooked on each side for 1 min.
  9. I cook 4 doughnuts at a time. When they are done, I either glaze them with the icing mix or cover them in the cinnamon mix. Then they are placed onto a cake rack lined with baking paper.
  10. After all doughnuts are cooked, you can make a tea or coffee and sit down to eat them.
  11. Enjoy!

brita I use filtered water in my doughnut recipe. I find it makes a difference to the mixture, it gives the dough an aerated feel. The final product also comes out light and moist.brita2Whisk together warm filtered water and yeast.brita3 Add buttermilk, melted butter, 2 cups of flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.brita4Mix well, until all combined. You will have a wet mixture that looks like this.brita5 Keep adding flour until your dough is soft and not sticky.brita6 Roll out dough until 1/2 inch/1.2 cms thickbrita7Cut out doughnuts with a round cutter.
brita8 Cut out a hole in the middle with a small cutter (I used a small biscuit cutter from a biscuit set)brita9 brita10Once all the doughnuts are cut out, place them on a baking tray. Let them rise until they have doubled in size.brita11 Setting up the deep fryer.brita12The glaze and cinnamon mix are ready.brita22Watching the doughnuts cooking in the deep fryer.brita14Cooked for 1 min on one side and ready to be turned over.brita13 Covering the doughnuts in the glaze.brita15Covering the doughnuts in the cinnamon mix.brita17 Doughnuts are done and ready to be served.brita18 brita19 They are the best doughnuts. They are delicious, soft, fluffy and just sooo gooood!brita20We all love them especially the kids.
brita21Sometimes we have some left over, and sometimes we don’t!

Do you have a recipe that you only make for a special treat? 

Happy doughnut making!

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Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake

Ever since we bought some walnuts from the Farmers Market, I have wanted to make a cake with them. A couple of months ago I started to join in with Fabulous Foodie Friday over at CreateBakeMake. Last Friday Lauren posted a cake recipe that included walnuts in it. Yay! I found a recipe to use the walnuts. Let’s get in that kitchen and bake a Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake.walnutchiacake

Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C.
  2. Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Add sugar and vegetable oil to a bowl and beat for 2 - 3 minutes until combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well before adding the next egg.
  5. Add the sifted flour, nutmeg and cinnamon and then add the grated carrot, coconut, walnuts, sultanas and chia seeds.
  6. Mix ingredients together until they have just combined.
  7. Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked when a skewer is inserted in the middle.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before carefully removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
This recipe was adapted from CreateBakeMake.

walnutcake Add vegetable oil and brown sugar, beat together.walnutcake1walnutcake2Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined. walnutcake4 Sift flour, cinnamon and ground ginger.walnutcake5 Chop up some walnuts.walnutcake3Grate some carrots.walnutcake6 Add chopped walnuts, grated carrot, sultanas, coconut and chia seeds.walnutcake7 Mix gently until combined.walnutcake8The cake turned out great. It smelt really good and I could have cut a slice while it was still warm.walnutchiacake I ended up putting some vanilla icing on the cake. I was going to leave the cake plain, but I thought it would entice the kids to eat the cake if it had some icing on top. I am starting to enjoy baking cakes with different ingredients in them. I just can’t tell the kids what’s in it!walnutchiacake4I used white chia seeds instead of the black chia seeds, otherwise my kids would be asking me what are the black things in the cake!
walnutchiacake1 walnutchiacake2See, you can’t see the white chia seeds.walnutchiacake3 Sliced and wrapped, ready for the kid’s lunch boxes. I look forward to hearing what they say when I pick them up from school today.

Do you like trying different recipes? Do you hide ingredients in the goodies you bake?

Happy baking!

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Baking, Cakes, Kids, Recipes

Chocolate Birthday Cake

On Sunday was a combined birthday celebration for my two boys. The boys were turning 9 and 11. Their birthdays are a day and two years apart. Don’t ask me how we did that, I wish I could tell you but it just happened. Maybe someone could tell me how that happens, anyone!!

For each year, instead of making it two separate parties we combine it for our family. We get together for lunch at our house and make it a special day. This year I set up the table with Lego colours and made up some Lego lolly bags. boysbirthday boysbirthday1 boysbirthday2boysbirthdays2Now sometimes I make them a birthday cake each but this year I asked them if they wouldn’t mind if they share a cake. They didn’t mind so I made them one BIG chocolate cake!boysbirthday3It was huge. I made two chocolate cakes and joined them together with icing. The chocolate cake recipe I used was lovely and moist. I baked the cake in a 26cm/10inch springform tin. I didn’t want alot of height in the cake as I was joining them together so this recipe was perfect.

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Chocolate Birthday Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 125 gms melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C
  2. Line a cake tin with baking paper (I used a 26 cm/10 inch springform tin)
  3. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the sugar and mix.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla essence and milk. Mix until combined.
  6. Then add the melted butter and mix well.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the tin.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 40 mins. Test with cake skewer if needed.
  9. Once cooked, take out and cool for 5 mins in tin.
  10. Transfer cake onto cake rack to cool completely.

boysbirthday4I didn’t have two of the same size tins so I made the cake twice. It didn’t take long and I was happy with the end result.boysbirthday5I decorated their cake with Lego chocolates and some other delicious treats. I bought some Lego moulds off Ebay and made the chocolates myself. It was fun and the kids really liked them.boysbirthdaysboysbirthdays1We all had a great day. The kids enjoyed their birthday celebrations and thanked everyone for their cards and pressies.

Today was a bit of a slow start for us all. I think after yesterday we needed a stay home day.

What was your weekend like? Did you have any family celebrations?

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Baking, Cakes

Chocolate Cake topped with Oreos

Now normally I make a cake from scratch. On some occasions though I do use a packet mix. I have had a packet cake mix in the cupboard just sitting there for awhile now. It was left over from a family gathering we had ages ago. When I bake a cake for family get togethers, I like to make a big cake. I also like to decorate it and I find that the packet cake mixes hold well when I cut shapes out and then slap all that icing on.

So, my master 10 asked if we could use that cake mix. I said sure. I saw a cake on Pinterest a few weeks back that had oreos on top. Yes, I have been waiting that long to make a cake with oreos. Every weekend has passed and the oreo cake has been pushed to the end of the to do list. Well finally there was a window of time where my boy and I could whip together the chocolate cake mix and get those oreos out of their packet!sebcake1sebcake2 sebcake3sebcake4sebcake5The licking of the beaters! That is the best bit of cake making in our house.
sebcake7The cake turned out really well. I baked it in a smaller cake tin so it had a good height. I had to leave the cake in the oven a bit longer but I kept checking on it. The oven temperature was 150°C fan forced so there wasn’t enough heat to burn the top of the cake.sebcake8 sebcake9The perfect companions for a piece of chocolate cake, coffee and cream.
sebcake10We had four slices left for the kids lunchboxes. I like it when a cake doesn’t last long in our house. That’s when I know that everyone has enjoyed it.

What have you been baking lately? Do your kids like helping out in the kitchen?

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