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Rocky Road

Hey everyone!

Do you remember from yesterday in my Well Naturally post I said that I would be sharing with you today a yummy recipe? Well, along with the Well Naturally No Sugar Added chocolate family blocks that we got to taste test, there was a packet of No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Melts.

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And there was a little leaflet with some very yummy recipes.

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What recipe should I choose? Hmmm??

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ROCKY ROAD!! Delicious chocolatey, nutty, marshmallowy rocky road!

Rocky Road
 
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Recipe type: Sweet treat
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 200gms Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Melts
  • 45 gms marshmallows, roughly chopped
  • 50 gms dried cranberries
  • 50 gms macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Line a small square baking tin with baking paper.
  2. I used the microwave method to melt the chocolate. Melt in a microwave container and microwave for periods of 30 seconds on 50% power until it is almost melted. Make sure you stir the chocolate after each 30 seconds. Be careful not to overdo it, so remove the chocolate when it's mostly melted and stir to melt the rest.
  3. Add all of the other ingredients and stir until it's all combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and place it aside to let it set or you can place it in the fridge to set for 20 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Place chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl

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Melt on 50% power in 30 second bursts

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I weighed all of my ingredients:

45 gms of marshmallows

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50 gms dried cranberries

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50 gms macadamias

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All the ingredients ready to be covered in delicious dark chocolate

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Place them all in to the chocolate

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And stir until they are all covered and ready to put in the baking tin (not shown)

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All ready to eat, yummy Rocky Road

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I love using dark chocolate for making rocky road. And now having found the Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate melts that means I can make rocky road more often and eat loads more!  I like knowing that in some of the baking that I do there is less sugar in the ingredients. I try to reduce the sugar content in most of my recipes when I can. I think it is better for you and better for the kids.

Now I know there is another recipe that I can use these yummy Well Naturally No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate melts. My Cranberry Cashew Clusters! The melts will be perfect for these choccie treats.

What is your favourite recipe that uses chocolate melts?

Don’t forget I am giving away 2 x Well Naturally No Sugar Added Chocolate packs worth $35 each. You can head over to here to enter the competition.

Enjoy some choccie goodness!

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Baking, Breakfast, Kids, Recipes

French Toast Bites

I think these French Toast Bites have to be one of my favourite breakfasts at the moment. They are simple to make and just use a few ingredients. I used a loaf of home-made bread that I had baked the day before. I cut it into nice thick slices and then into bite size pieces. You cover them in an egg and milk mix then brown in a frying pan. Once cooked they get covered in a sugar and cinnamon mix. The first two bites didn’t make it to the plate as I had to test them!

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5.0 from 1 reviews
French Toast Bites
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • A loaf of bread ( I used my day old home-made bread. I cut about 4 thick slices then cut them into bite size pieces)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup of milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, for greasing the pan
  • Cinnamon and sugar mix
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Slice your bread into 1 - 1.5 inch slices. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and ¼ cup of milk until combined. The mixture should be of a thick consistency. Pour in a shallow dish or plate, whichever is easiest for you.
  3. On another plate, mix together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  4. Soak the bread slices in the mixture for about 2 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan. Place however many slices of bread that fit the pan and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Melt more butter in skillet pan for the next batch, if needed.
  5. Once each French bite is cooked, you can then transfer to the sugar mix and coat until covered. Then place onto a serving plate.
  6. Serve immediately with butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and/or fruit.
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

The kids had maple syrup and icing sugar on theirs while I added some fruit to mine. After everyone had finished breakfast, there were a few left, so I just left them out on a plate and every time we went by the plate one of us grabbed another one. They were very nice just on their own without any toppings.

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I am going to be making these again soon, and I will take some more photos to show you how easy they are to prepare. I was short of photos for this yummy recipe as the school holidays was full of sleep ins and late breakfasts. The kids were very hungry the day these were made, and they asked “do you have to take photos, we are hungry!”

Happy baking!

What is your favourite breakfast at the moment?

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Breakfast, Kids, Recipes

Pancakes

My kids love pancakes. If they could, they would have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A while ago when it was Pancake Tuesday, I made pancakes for dinner, and we had all the trimmings. The kids thought that was ace and have since requested when can we have that again!

I am always on the look out for a yummy pancake recipe. I have tried a few and have even tried putting together my own recipe. I know when the pancakes haven’t turned out as the kids will tell me that they weren’t that good, or they were better than the last pancakes I made. They are very good at telling me yay or nay. I have my own taste testers!

I came upon this recipe while looking on Pinterest and decided to give this one a go. Well, the pancakes turned out great. They were fluffy and soft. They rose quite well and tasted really good. We like our pancakes fluffy and to have a bit of height. The kids said that these were the best pancakes that I have made so far.

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4.0 from 1 reviews
Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and milk together with a whisk. Pour this into the dry ingredients and mix until combined but do not overmix.
  3. Then slowly pour in the melted butter and gently mix in.
  4. The batter should still have lumps.
  5. Heat a pan over medium-low heat and add ⅓ cup batter. Cook pancake 2-3 minutes on first side, until edges look slightly dry and bubbles begin to form on top. Flip the pancake and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve with maple syrup, some fresh fruit or whatever you fancy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Love Grows Wild

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Do you have a favourite pancake recipe that you use? 

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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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Chocolate, Recipes

Cranberry Cashew Clusters

These are sooo goood! Just three ingredients and you have little clusters of choccie goodness. Cranberry Cashew clusters are easy to make, all you need to do is melt, mix and set.

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Cranberry Cashew Clusters
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 375 gms dark chocolate melts
  • 140 gms dried cranberries
  • 150 gms cashews
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in a large bowl (I followed the instructions on the chocolate packet and I used the microwave)
  2. Once the chocolate has melted, add the cranberries and cashews and mix well.
  3. Drop 2 teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Leave to harden at room temperature.
  5. Once set you can indulge in a few while putting them in a container!
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Ocean Spray

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Sometimes for variation I add some chopped up marshmallow and use peanuts instead of cashews. You could probably use sultanas instead of cranberries too.

You can make any different combinations and add a whole lot of nice things in. Just make sure you have enough melted chocolate to cover the extra ingredients.

Do you make any little treats that just have a few ingredients?

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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, 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

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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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