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A Morning Coffee With Me…

Hi there and how are you today. If you have come over from Pips place, welcome! I’m Simone, come into my lounge and lets find a spot to sit down on the couch. I can put the kettle on or would you like a coffee. I love using my coffee machine, a latte or cappuccino?

It seems so long ago now but back in May I enrolled in a fantastic blogging course called Blog with Pip. I met some lovely new friends and even learnt some new things about blogging too. I might even go back and enrol for the July group.

Now although the course has finished, our last thing to do is to share our 5 things that we are loving right now and join in with Pip over at meet me at mikes. She is hosting A Cuppa Tea with Me so her May students can share some things about themselves. Unfortunately I don’t drink tea as I love coffee too much. The only time I have drunk tea is when I had morning sickness with all five pregnancies and last check, I am not pregnant! But I might put the kettle on and grab a tea bag if I feel the sniffles coming along. A nice warm cuppa will fix that.

So, with our nice warm drinks and a special morning treat here are my five things I am loving right now…

1. My cup of coffee. I always have one in the morning at around 9.30 am. It’s my routine and I love it. And if I have done some baking for the kids, I will indulge in a treat for testing purposes of course! Baked good seen here were Jam rolls made with small bread rolls and baked in the oven. I made these for the kids breakfast this morning. School holidays have started so I get to try out some new breakfast recipes. These were very nice and the kids liked them, tick!cupcoffee 2. Venturing out and going for a walk with my hubby. Exploring new parks and places. Enjoying some ‘we’ time.

hubbytree copy3.  I am finally using my overlocker my hubby bought me two years ago for my birthday. I joined in The Hottie Project which is hosted by Lisa from Big Little. I have missed being able to sew. But not anymore, there will be more sewing projects to come!hottieproject14c4. Baking in my kitchen. Just making, baking and making! I love trying new recipes and the best bit is I have lots of helpers to test them for me. I made this for breakfast last Saturday. It is a german style oven pancake. Very yummy, hubby and I had two servings! We had a good reason, we needed that extra serve so we could finish off our coffee!cupcoffee5. Using my Nikon D3200 dslr camera. Hubby bought this for me for christmas. I love photography. I am learning all the time how to use my camera and enjoy jumping into the car and finding places we can visit to take photos. This photo was taken on my birthday weekend getaway. Hubby and I went to Daylesford for a weekend and found this church between towns. It was a beautiful church just sitting there in the open between fields of grass and fences.daylesfordtripWell, what a lovely chat we have had! I am glad that you dropped by. Now don’t leave it too long between visits. I would love to put that kettle back on. There might just be a freshly baked treat sitting on the bench cooling.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

See you next time,

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P.S. Normally I do a post about what is happening in my garden or parks that I have visited. Anyone can join in and you share your garden, someone else’s or a park that you have been to. All you do is link your blog via the linky at the bottom of my post. But since we are having a tea party today I have postponed it. I don’t want to miss out on all the fun. I love having a chat and meeting new friends. There might even be some of you that would like to join in next time. The more the merrier, I say!!

 

 

Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Marble Cake and Almond Cake recipes

SnSmarble2 SnSalmond2I love doing some baking on the weekends. Trying out new recipes is always fun and eating the end results is even better. Sunday was upon us and it was time to get in the kitchen and bake.

I picked out a Marble cake recipe I found on Pinterest. I haven’t made a Marble cake in ages. There were so many different styles of recipes to choose from. SnSmarble1

Marble Cake recipe
 
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Best eaten on the day it was baked.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 175 gms butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups caster sugar + 3 tlbs extra caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup hot water
  • 1 tlbs instant coffee powder
  • red food colouring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C.
  2. Line a large cake pan with baking paper.
  3. In a small bowl, add the hot water, coffee powder, cocoa powder and 3 tlbs sugar and mix until smooth with no lumps. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a mixing bowl add the butter and beat it until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until combined. Next add the vanilla essence and beat until light in colour.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix.
  6. Then add the sifted flour, baking powder and salt, mix until combined.
  7. Divide the mixture up into 3 bowls. Add red food colouring to one of the cake batters and mix until combined.
  8. Then add the cocoa mixture to one of the other cake batters and mix well.
  9. You can then add the plain, chocolate and pink cake batter randomly into the cake pan. Then you can swirl the mixture with a knife or spoon.
  10. Bake in the oven for 45 to 55 mins. Check with a cake skewer to see if it's done.
  11. Remove for the oven and cool in the pan for 5 mins. Then cool completely on a cake rack.
  12. We iced the cake with just a chocolate icing. I don't have the exact measurements as I just mix it together and go by feel. The ingredients I used was icing sugar, cocoa, butter and milk.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from sailusfood

The recipe I used was okay but I found that the cake was only a one dayer cake. One dayer meaning best eaten on the day of being baked. It was really nice on the day but I had a piece this morning and felt it was a bit dry. I ended up putting it in the microwave for 10 secs and that made it better to eat. The cake has a small amount of instant coffee in it and the kids said that they could taste it. I could taste a slight hint of coffee which was nice but I might omit that next time and see if it makes a taste difference. Some of the kids didn’t like that you could taste the coffee. If I make this recipe again, I would definitely do some changes.SnSmarble3SnSalmond

Now this Almond Cake is our favourite recipe at the moment. My hubby and kids requested that I make this again. It is an easy recipe to follow and quick to mix together.

Almond Cake recipe
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar (I used 2 pkts of vanillin sugar and then filled the rest up with caster sugar)
  • 1 lemon, zested and finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour (I used ½ cup of plain flour and ½ cup almond meal)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tlbs sliced almonds
  • 1 tlbs raw sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 150°C fan forced/170°C
  2. Line a 9 inch cake pan with baking paper.
  3. In mixing bowl, add vanilla sugar and finely grated lemon zest .
  4. Add eggs, one at a time and mix.
  5. Add in salt.
  6. Mix in the flour and melted butter until combined.
  7. Pour batter into the cake pan.
  8. Sprinkle raw sugar and almonds on top.
  9. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Remove from oven, cool several minutes before taking out and transfer to a cake rack.
  10. You can eat it warm or at room temperature.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from shugarysweets

The Almond cake we find is a perfect accompaniment to our afternoon cup of coffee. It has a great texture and is not too sweet. The last time I made it, I thought the kids wouldn’t like it because it had the almonds on top but I was surprised, they really like it. When the kids request that I make a cake again, I know that it has their tick of approval!SnSalmond3 Happy baking!

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Baking, Sundaybakingsunday

Sunday Baking Sunday

SnSalmond1By request from hubby and kids, I made the almond cake again. It’s a lovely cake and you just want to keep eating it.SnSmarbleI also made a marble cake. I haven’t made one of these cakes in ages. It was very nice.

These are the cakes that I made for joining in with #sundaybakingsunday on instagram. The recipes will be posted up on my blog tomorrow.

You too can join in with the lovely Annette @igiveyoutheverbs with her #sundaybakingsunday.  Just tag your photos with #sundaybakingsunday. We would love to see what everyone is baking.

Did you bake on the weekend? Did you try any new recipes?

Happy baking!

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Baking, Sundaybakingsunday

Sunday morning baking

I had been wanting to make these two pull apart baked goodies since last weekend. But since we had left over homemade pizza, my sunday baking sunday wasn’t accomplished. So with no left overs in sight, I woke up yesterday with excitement that I could get into my kitchen and make these two yummy treats.lemoncake1lemoncake5

Lemon Pull Apart
 
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This is best eaten on the day it is baked. Serve it warm.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Biscuit dough:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Rolling mixture:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, I used flaked almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Biscuit dough:
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients.
  4. Crack eggs into a measuring jug then add enough buttermilk to fill up to 1 cup. Lightly mix eggs and buttermilk with a fork.
  5. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients.
  6. Mix only until flour is incorporated, handle as little as possible to make light biscuits. The dough will be sticky and in order to roll into balls you might need to add a tiny bit more of flour. The dough should still be slightly sticky.
  7. Separate pieces of dough and roll into 17 balls.
  8. Rolling mixture: Combine the rolling mixture ingredients and roll the balls of dough in this mixture.
  9. Place the covered balls in a 9" round pan lined with baking paper.
  10. Bake at 170ºC fan forced/190°C for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Once out of the oven, immediately turn over onto a plate.
  12. Cool slightly and drizzle with glaze.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from mennonitegirlscancook

lemoncake lemoncake3This was a delicious cake. After its finished baking, you need to turn it over so the cakes crunchy topping will be on the bottom. The texture is so nice with the softness and crunchiness. I found this cake to be refreshing almost as it has the lemon in it. It had just the right amount of lemon flavour. The cake was lovely for an afternoon treat, perfect!

chocloaf1chocloaf2Now I always like to make something with a bit of chocolate in it. I thought I would give this Chocolate pull apart a try.

Chocolate Pull Apart
 
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This is best eaten on the day it is baked. Serve warm.
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Recipe type: Yeast cake
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2½ tsp dry yeast
  • ¼ cup + ¼ tsp granulated sugar
  • 120gms unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 90gms butter, room temperature
  • 170gms chocolate (dark or milk), chopped
  • For the icing
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • ½ - 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk up in the microwave until just warm. You don't want it to hot. Add in the yeast and ¼ tsp sugar, gently whisk until the yeast is dissolved. Let it sit for 5 mins. Then whisk in the melted butter and egg yolk.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, ¼ cup sugar, salt and stir. Make a well in the flour and add the wet ingredients. With the dough hook set to low, combine the ingredients, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture becomes sticky. Turn the speed to medium and kneed for 6 minutes until the dough forms a ball around the dough hook. If this does not happen by 5 minutes, add 1 - 2 tbsp of flour until it does. Remove the dough from the bowl, and form it into a ball. Rub the inside of a large bowl with butter/oil (not olive oil) and then roll the dough in the bowl to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for about an 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  3. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it into a large rectangle. Spread the 90gms of butter on the dough leaving a half inch border on all four sides. Sprinkle the chocolate onto the dough, making sure to leave the half inch border. With the dough in front of you, the longest side placed horizontally, begin by rolling the dough tightly from the bottom to the top. Once you have reached the top, pinch the ends tight, and then with a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough into 1 inch rounds.
  4. Line a loaf pan with some baking paper and then place the dough rounds into the pan in a messy fashion. The messier they are, the prettier it will look once baked. Cover with a cloth and let double in size for 40 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan forced/170°C
  6. Place the chocolate rolls into the oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until they are brown on top and soft on the inside. Remove from the oven.
  7. Icing: With a hand mixer, beat ¼ cup of cream cheese and ½ cup of icing sugar until combined. Slowly drizzle in ½ - 1 cup of heavy cream, until the icing has reached a pourable consistency.
  8. Remove the chocolate pull apart from the loaf pan and drizzle with the icing. Serve warm.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Flourishingfoodie

chocloaf3chocloaf4This was lovely, chocolatey and gooey. The icing on it was amazing. I could have just eaten the icing out of the bowl. The kids enjoyed getting stuck into it. It was a lick your fingers baked treat. Although it was yummy, I felt it was quite heavy and not very light in texture. It was very filling. I only ate one piece and unfortunately couldn’t have another piece of the Lemon pull apart. This pull apart would be suited for a dessert aswell. I found it was a bit too much for an afternoon tea.

Overall, both were very nice. They are both best eaten on the day. The kids enjoyed eating both of them and licking fingers included! I love baking for the kids and love knowing that they enjoy eating my yummy baked treats!

Happy baking!

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Baking, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Sunday morning baking

cakehnt1 applecake So as I promised here are the recipes for these two cakes that I baked for Sunday baking sunday. The first cake recipe came from a gorgeous handmade magazine called Hundreds and Thousands. The two girls that put together this great mag are Mezz from mezzmakesstuff and Taz from butterandbuntings. The pages are full of interesting things to read such as recipes, craft ideas and places they visit. They also have a blog for the mag and you can find them at hundredsandthousandsmag.blogspot.com.au.hntmag hntmag1 hntmag2 hntmag3They have sold out of this issue but are currently putting together issue 2, Yay! Now the second cake I adapted from a recipe that was over at the lovely Annette from igiveyoutheverbs. Her recipe was a Date, Carrot and Honey Loaf. I didn’t have dates or honey what I did have was apple, coconut and carrots. But I thought adding carrots to apple and coconut didn’t sound like a good combination. So I replaced the dates with apple and replaced carrot with coconut. I didn’t have enough honey either so I just used brown sugar. I followed the recipe exactly the same just some of the ingredients were different. It turned out pretty good. The kids weren’t to keen on it though they much preferred the Hundreds and Thousands Cake.

Hundreds and Thousands Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 75gms melted butter or coconut oil
  • 200ml honey (I didn't have enough honey so I used ⅔ cup sugar)
  • 200ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 generous splashes of vanilla extract (I used 2 tsps of vanilla essence)
  • 200gms plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 block of cream cheese for the icing (I didn't have cream cheese so I just did a vanilla icing mix with icing sugar, butter and milk)
  • ⅓ cup honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/ 180°C
  2. Sieve the baking soda and flour into a large bowl or mixer.
  3. Add all the other ingredients then the melted butter/oil. Mix well until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into 2 greased and lined round cake tins (I just poured the cake batter into one round tin)
  5. Bake for 15-20 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Icing: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add ⅓ cup honey and a dash of vanilla. Mix well and taste. Spread on one cake then put another cake on top and spread the rest of the icing over cake. (I just iced the top of my whole cake as I made just one. I didn't halve it.)
  8. Sprinkle with hundreds and thousands.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from the hundreds and thousands mag. You can find the blog here hundredsandthousandsmag

Apple and Coconut Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of chopped apple
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 60 gms butter chopped
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • ½ cup coconut
  • Raw sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced /180°C
  2. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  3. Place chopped apples, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan.
  4. Stir over a medium heat until the apples have softened.
  5. Add the chopped butter and stir until melted. Take off the heat and add vanilla essence.
  6. Add the sifted flour and coconut and gently mix until combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and spread out until even.
  8. Sprinkle over the top with raw sugar.
  9. Bake for 30-40mins or until the skewer comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from igiveyoutheverbs

cakehnt2This cake was a success and the kids really enjoyed eating it. It was a simple and easy cake to make and it turned out soft and moist. The kids have requested that I make this again, please muuummm!!applecake1Now this cake was pretty good. The apples were nice and soft. The texture was alright but next time I would like to make the recipe again and maybe change it abit. I would also like to try making the recipe that I adapted this from and see if there is any texture difference between the two. cakehnt3 This is what was left of the Hundreds and Thousands Cake, just enough for the kids to take to school today for their lunch boxes. Yum Yum, make again please mum!! Happy baking!

Baking, Sundaybakingsunday

Sunday Morning Baking

Every Sunday morning I spend time in the kitchen baking for our afternoon tea. The kids (Master 8, Master 10 and Miss 6) have swimming on a Sunday around Midday. We have a late breakfast so the kids don’t eat a full lunch before swimming. Once we get back we have an early afternoon tea. We have done it this way for awhile now and it seems to be working. Plus the bonus thing is, I get to try out recipes that I find on Pinterest. I love Pinterest!!

sundaybakingcollageFor this Sunday baking I made a Swedish Almond Cake and a Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake. I found both these recipes on Pinterest. I have pinned them to my baked goods board. I am always adding to my Pinterest boards so if you want to check out what I have pinned for the day, you can follow me on pinterest.

I have also joined in with #sundaybakingsunday on Instagram. If you would like to join in, just tag your photos with #sundaybakingsunday. I would love to see what everyone is baking.

Did you bake on the weekend? Did you try any new recipes?

If you would like to see what I bake for sunday baking sunday, , you can see me @withvintageandme.

Happy baking x

 

Baking, Cakes, Lunch box goodies

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

choccupcakechoccupcake1I try and bake what I can for the kids lunch boxes. I prefer giving them homemade goodies rather than the store bought packaged snacks. If I end up running out of baking time during the day, I will bake them something at night. Once we have had dinner and washing the kids down is done, I will head into the kitchen and make something. I try to pick out a recipe that is not too involved and is simple, easy and has a quick cooking time.

I jumped on Google and found these simple Chocolate cupcake recipe. I didn’t have enough butter so these were perfect as they have oil in them instead. I cut back on the sugar quantity and didn’t add any icing. I don’t like adding icing to the kid’s snacks when I cook them for the lunch boxes. The less sugar the better. And it saves me wiping out their lunch boxes!

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
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Recipe type: Lunch box goodies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • I cup plain flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp granulated coffee powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanillla essence
  • ½ cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/180°C
  2. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coffee powder to a mixing bowl. Mix with together with a spoon or use a mixer.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla essence to flour mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add the boiling water and carefully mix until combined. The mixture will be runny.
  6. Fill up cupcake liners evenly.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Test with a cake skewer, it should come out clean.
  8. Once cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cake rack.
  9. You can put icing on them if you wish but I left them plain. Better for the lunch boxes.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe has been adapted from the recipe over at Add a Pinch

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