Do you like cake as much as me? Well then I think you need to head on down to Australia’s first ever Cake Bake & Sweets Show - the country’s biggest live event dedicated to everything baking. Sounds like heaven, right?
Cake Bake and Sweets is a 3 day event that takes place from 21 - 23rd March 2014 at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park. There will be something for everyone – each day is packed full of celebrity demos, competitions, classes and interactive workshops.
I’m super excited to be attending the Sunday session, and hope I get to rub shoulders with the likes of these special guests:
♥ Duff Goldman, star of Ace of Cakes on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD Channel (USA)
♥ Eric Lanlard, star of Baking Mad on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD Channel (UK)
♥ Adriano Zumbo, patissier extraordinaire
Highlights of the show include:
- Delicious kitchen by Kitchenaid
- The Walk of Wedding Cakes
- Cake Decorating Theatre
- Bakery Theatre by Devondale
- The Australian Cake Decorating Championships
- The Taste of Chocolate
- Dessert Table Showcase
- The Marketplace
- The Expo
- Hands on classes (fees apply)
- The Classroom
- Take and Make classes (fees apply)
And I have a double pass to giveaway for the Cake Bake Sweets Show to a lucky reader! You must be available on one day between 21-23 March and able to get to Sydney.
Good luck and I hope to see you there!
My nickname for these pancakes is “Faileo Pancakes”. Why? Because I started off with a paleo pancake recipe and then covered it in caramel. Just because. And it’s DELICIOUS. Plus it’s super easy and gluten free! Forget the usual flour, milk and sugar – the base recipe uses just 3 ingredients – bananas, eggs and baking powder.
And why am I making pancakes? Because it’s Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) of course! Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
I had such a great response to my single serve Lonely Girl Pancakes that I created another single serve pancake recipe. You’ll be making this, a LOT.
- 2 medium bananas, ripe to overripe
- 2 eggs
- ⅛ tsp baking powder
- Butter, to fry
- 3 tbsp caramel sauce (I used Bonne Maman caramel spread)
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
- Mash 1½ bananas in a bowl, then crack 2 eggs in and whisk until combined. It doesn’t have to be super smooth, I like the batter quite chunky.
- Add ⅛ teaspoon of baking powder and coconut (if using) to the mashed bananas and egg mix and stir to combine.
- Pour approx 1 tablespoon of batter per pancake into the frypan and cook over medium low heat.
- Flip after bubbles appear across the surface, cook for about one minute more until golden on both sides.
- Heat a little more butter in the frying pan and fry the slices of banana with a spoonful of caramel spread until golden.
- To assemble, stack pancakes and smooth a teaspoon of caramel between every second pancake.
- Top with pan fried bananas and a little more caramel.
If you want to make these pancakes truly paleo, skip the caramel and throw in a handful of berries before you cook them. Very delicious and healthy too.
And thanks to Australian Eggs, I have a special pancake-themed prize pack to give away!
This giveaway pack (RRP$50) includes:
- Mixing bowl
– Pancake Rings
– Eggs Easy As apron
Enjoy the recipe and good luck!
I love reminiscing about the childhood treats from my youth – fairy bread, chocolate crackles, Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cakes, honey joys and more. This month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop is hosted by the lovely Sophie from The Sticky and Sweet with the theme Childhood Favourite. Today I will be sharing with you two of my favourite childhood sweet treats, reinvented into a tasty hybrid treat with an adult twist.
So I present to you… the Chocolate Joy. A Chocolate Crackle x Honey Joy concoction that has been given a very adult dress up. For overseas readers, a chocolate crackle is traditionally made of rice bubbles, copha, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut, whilst a honey joy is caramel in flavour and made of cornflakes, butter, honey and sugar.
I took the concept of a basic chocolate crackle and swapped out the rice bubbles for cornflakes. I used a mixture of 70% dark chocolate and butter to coat the cereal instead of cocoa powder and copha, and made a salted caramel topping to echo the flavours of a honey joy.
- 300g 70% dark chocolate
- 50g butter
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 3 cups cornflakes
- Store bought caramels (like Werther’s Caramel Chews)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Melt the dark chocolate and butter together in the microwave in short bursts on medium.
- In a large bowl, mix the cornflakes and coconut together.
- Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the cornflakes and coconut, and stir until each piece of cereal is coated.
- Transfer the mixture into mini baking cases arranged on a tray – I use about a heaped teaspoon of mixture per case.
- Put the tray in the fridge to set whilst you make the cheat’s salted caramel.
- Melt around 15 Werther’s Caramel Chews (or similar caramel lolly) over a low heat. Add in sea salt and stir.
- Drizzle caramel over each Chocolate Joy. Tada!
And the result? A rich and chocolately crunchy treat that isn’t too sickly – with a nice salty and sweet drizzle to top it off. Bring these to your next birthday or fete and the adults will go wild! Thank you Sophie for thinking of such a fun theme!
What’s your favourite childhood treat?
Happy World Nutella Day everyone! February 5th is the day the internet likes to celebrate this amazing spread. Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso declare today a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.
I am obviously a BIG fan of Nutella and love using it in my recipes whenever possible – for example my Butter Cookies with Nutella, Chocolate Pavlova with Nutella and Strawberries, Nutella Cheesecake, Ferrero Rocher Cake with Nutella Buttercream… ok ok I guess you get the point. I’m a big fan of Nutella.
I wanted to create a Nutella version of my Dark Chocolate Fudge recipe and make it a little more grownup with roasted hazelnuts and sea salt to counteract the sweetness. And the result? Smooth and creamy rich fudge, with a satisfying crunch from the hazelnuts and a hint of saltiness – I can’t even deal with how deliciously addictive this stuff is. My work devoured the entire container in a day (as I couldn’t have it hanging around at home!)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 225g dark chocolate
- 400g can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup Nutella
- ¾ cup toasted hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 180ºC. Arrange hazelnuts on an oven tray and roast for 10 mins.
- Transfer roasted nuts to a clean tea towel and gently rub off the bitter hazelnut skins.
- Roughly chop hazelnuts, put aside.
- In a heavy saucepan over a low heat, melt butter and dark chocolate until melted and glossy.
- Add in sweetened condensed milk and then the Nutella, stirring vigorously to combine (it will thicken quite a bit).
- Finally add in the chopped hazelnuts and stir until distributed throughout.
- Pour fudge into a 20cm square lined baking tray. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Cut into squares and ENJOY!
Popsicle mania seems to have swept the internet recently and I’ve seen all sorts of wonderful concoctions being whipped up. I was speaking with the lovely Erika recently over a cocktail (or three) and we were enthusing about our love for popsicles – or icy poles, as they’re known in Australia. Not only are they simple to make, but they’re the perfect way to cool down. And with the recent heatwave that has swept Australia, we will need a stash on hand at all times!
This popsicle was actually inspired by a salad I recently had that featured pomegranate, mint and haloumi. It was light, delicious and refreshing with a contrast of flavours and textures that I thought could work well (don’t worry, I omitted the haloumi from my popsicle!)
- 2 cups Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea (or iced tea of your choosing)
- 1 cup water
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 small bunch of mint
- Combine iced tea, water and juice of ½ a lime and stir until combined.
- Cut pomegranate into sections and de-seed. Set aside.
- Finely chop 1 tablespoon of mint leaves. Mix into pomegranate seeds.
- Pour ice tea mixture into popsicle moulds and fill half way, sprinkling in the pomegranate seed and mint mixture.
- Freeze for an hour, then take out and put in a whole mint leave into each mould. Top the rest up with remaining ice tea mixture and a few more pomegranate seeds.
- Freeze for another 4 hours.
- To remove the popsicles from their mould, quickly run them under a warm tap to loosen, then gently pull out.
I had grand plans of freezing my popsicles in 4 stages so the pomegranate seeds were dispersed evenly, though lack of time and patience got in the way and I froze them in a 2 step process (this ensured the mint leaf didn’t sink and stayed suspended in the middle).
And the result? A refreshing, not-too-sweet popsicle that I thoroughly enjoyed on my balcony on a hot day. I loved crunching down on the pomegranate seeds and getting a burst of flavour, and the white tea gave it a nice kick. Heaven!
And as an ode to my salad that inspired this recipe, I used the leftover pomegranate and mint to make a quick salad with haloumi and rocket. All it needed was a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic and it was the perfect accompaniment to my lunch.
Sweet Adventures Blog Hop: How to link-up
The January Popsicle Party theme hop is open for linkup until 11:59 pm, Friday 24 January [AEST Sydney time].
- Add a link to this post somewhere in your post – You won’t be able to link up in the hop without a ‘backlink’ to this hostess post included in your post.
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I had an intense pancake craving the other weekend, but had no one to enjoy them with and didn’t want stacks of leftovers. So I thought I’d improvise a single serve pancake recipe partially out of curiosity, and partially because I have no self control and would end up eating the remainders cold, straight out of the fridge.
*oh and yes, the title of this recipe is tongue in cheek. You don’t need to be lonely to make it (I wasn’t). Hell, you don’t even need to be a girl.
I’ve experimented with single-serve dessert before in my Microwave Mug Cake Series so I figured I’d apply the same principles. It’s a pretty flexible recipe, I had fresh blueberries and coconut on hand so I used that, but you can use whatever flavours your heart desires!
Lonely Girl Pancakes – A Single Serve Pancake Recipe
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
1/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp flavourless oil (I used sunflower)
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp shredded coconut
1/4 cup of blueberries
Cheats Berry Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup frozen berries
1 tsp icing sugar
1. Sift dry ingredients into a jug and mix.
2. In a separate bowl (I just use a mug), whisk together the egg, milk and oil until combined.
3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until well combined. If using additional flavourings, such as berries or coconut, add now and stir gently to combine.
4. Lightly grease a non-stick fry pan and heat to a medium temperature.
5. Making this mixture in a jug will make it easier to portion out the batter – make this to your preferred size. I made 5 pancakes about 10cm in diameter.
6. Cook until bubbles form on surface, flip and cook the other side until lightly browned.
7. Serve either with a garnish of extra berries and coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup, or see below for a Cheats Berry Sauce.
Cheats Berry Sauce Method:
1. Put frozen berries in a microwave-proof container, cover it with paper towel or a slightly askew lid. Cook on high for 30 seconds until hot and bubbling.
2. Add in icing sugar and whisk, combining the sugar and breaking down the berries into a sauce.
3. You can add a teaspoon of water and strain this if you want a smooth sauce, otherwise the whisk will sufficiently break the berries down to a thick and delicious sauce.
I added a scoop of my Coconut and Salted Caramel Ice Cream I had left over and it was a winning combination!
Make it vegan – Substitute 1 egg for 1/2 a mashed banana. Substitute milk for soy or almond milk.
Make it healthier – Substitute the plain flour for whole wheat or coconut flour. Omit the sugar and oil and add extra berries for sweetness and moisture.
Make it naughtier – Substitute the berries for chocolate chips. Substitute the milk for ricotta. Add a drizzle of homemade salted caramel sauce
How do you like your pancakes in the morning?
2013 seems to have flown past so quickly that it’s now the 9th of January 2014 and I still haven’t posted my wrap-up post! 2013 was a busy, exciting and sometimes stressful year. I travelled a lot – both domestically and internationally, the blog has been steadily attracting more attention and I feel my photography skills are evolving, I sold my cupcakes at a cafe and directly to customers, I gained many new freelance design clients, I produced and sold my own range of mini food and travel magazines, and I am finally getting the ball rolling on a few personal dream projects (which you will hear more about soon)!
I actually found it quite interesting to go through Google Analytics and find out what recipes my readers loved most this year, and am sharing my 5 most popular recipes:
These cupcakes are fun to make and heavenly to eat, so I am not surprised this came in as my #5 most popular recipe!
A rare healthy recipe for Love Swah, but this recipe I created was a hit with health nuts and dessert-lovers alike!
I took the humble red velvet cupcake and jazzed it up for Valentine’s Day – by icing it with white chocolate buttercream and hiding a delicious treat in the centre – a Lindt ball!
I managed to include not 1 but 2 types of alcohol in this boozy cake delight for St Patrick’s Day! Adding beer to chocolate cake may sound weird, but I honestly think it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever made.
And… drumroll please… my most popular recipe for 2013? This one won by a landslide!
I did a series of Microwave Mug Cakes this year that were all really well received, but after my “breakfast in a cup” banana bread-style mug cake got featured on The Kitchn it really took off!
I hope you all have had a great start to 2014 and I look forward to sharing it with all my lovely readers. Thank you for your support!
I’ve always wanted to try and make my own ice cream, and have had limited success with no-churn ice creams and sorbets. But the texture was always not quite right, and I knew I needed some machinery to get the job done.
The ice cream maker is simple to use and produces drool-worthy ice creams (and can do frozen yoghurt, sorbets and whatever else your mind can dream up… possibly some kind of alcoholic slushie?). However, it does require organisation and time. The freezer bowl needs to be frozen 12+ hours before you start making your ice cream, something I didn’t initially realise (well, I would if I had read the instructions properly) but after this minor set back I was good to go! After I had churned my cream mixture for the recommended 20 minutes, it was still a little soft for my liking so I transferred it to the freezer for a final freeze per the instructions. And the result? Delicious, flavourful, creamy ice cream filled with coconut and salted caramel swirls. Watch out Ben & Jerry’s!
Here is my cream concoction in the maker in the early stages of being churned. You can see the flecks of vanilla bean scattered throughout.
As the ice cream mixture thickens and reaches nearly the end of its churning inside the machine, I trickle in the salted caramel.
The mixture is then transferred to an air tight container for a final freeze, a little more salted caramel is drizzled over the top and swirled (you can never have enough, right?)
**Please remember to freeze your freezer bowl per your maker’s instructions prior to starting this recipe**
- 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
- ½ cup caster sugar
- 2 cups (500ml) thickened cream
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
- 2 tsp coconut extract
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 120ml water
- 1 cup thickened cream
- 2 tsp sea salt
- Dissolve the sugar into the water in a heavy bottomed saucepan and let it bubble away over a medium heat.
- The mixture should turn a golden caramel colour after around 5 minutes. DON’T stir the caramel mixture – the sugar will crystallize.
- Once the caramel has reached the desired colour, take it off the heat and add the salt and cream. Stir furiously as the caramel will want to harden quickly.
- Pop the caramel cream mixture in a small bowl and put it in the fridge to help cool down quickly.
- Use a hand mixer on a low speed to combine coconut milk and sugar until dissolved.
- Stir in thickened cream, vanilla bean seeds and coconut extract and mix until combined.
- Cover mixing bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Turn on your ice cream maker, pour the mixture into the freezer bowl and allow to mix until thickened – around 20 minutes. Pour in ⅓ of salted caramel and mix until just combined.
- Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and drizzle over a little more salted caramel and swirl. Place in the freezer for around 2 hours, or until firm.
- Serve in scoops with a generous drizzle of leftover salted caramel!
If you got an ice cream maker, what would be the first thing you make?
Love Swah was gifted the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker by Kitchenware Superstore. Opinions expressed here are my own.
I LOVE gingerbread and make it regularly using a recipe I’ve been baking since I was a kid. When Brasserie Bread offered us the chance to take a gingerbread decorating class I couldn’t wait! I have done a bread making course with Brasserie Bread before, and find their courses informative, fun and most of all DELICIOUS (both times I have gotten to sample a selection of their breads at the end and died a little of happiness).
I went along to the class with foodie friends Dining with a Stud, Corridor Kitchen, VegeTARAian, Cooking Crusade and Cats Love Cooking, and we were buzzing with excitement even before we started snacking on the lollies (which were intended for decorative purposes, ehem).
We were each given a big slab of gingerbread dough and we got to work rolling out to about 4mm thick. Then we cut out shapes using a array of cookie cutters including the festive standards of a Christmas tree, stars and baubles, followed by the less standard shapes of cats, dogs and a cupcake!
Gingerbread making heaven!
We put our shapes on a big baking tray and it was sent off to the ovens to bake. Whilst we waited, we were given some shapes that the team had prepared earlier for us. I had great fun decorating them with royal icing, and did you know the green icing was naturally dyed with spinach and the pink with beetroot?
Our cookies are now out of the oven and baked to golden perfection. There is nothing better than chomping down on a freshly baked piece of gingerbread. I took all mine home “to decorate” however my housemates and I thought they were so delicious we ate them… all.
And a class at Brasserie Bread wouldn’t be complete without a tasting of their fine breads along with some Pepe Saya butter and delicious cheeses.
And Brasserie Bread have kindly let me share their gingerbread recipe with you!
- 560g organic unbleached plain flour
- 2.5g salt
- 2.5g baking soda
- 10g ground ginger
- 2.5g ground cinnamon
- 2.5g ground nutmeg
- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g soft brown sugar
- 160g golden syrup
- 30g whole egg
- 40g egg yolk
- 20g egg white
- 125g icing sugar
- Squeeze of lemon
- Preheat oven to 160C. Sift flour, baking soda and spices together with salt.
- Cream butter, sugar and golden syrup in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the egg and egg yolks slowly.
- Add the dry ingredients in batches.
- Mix thoroughly, then shape into a rectangle log. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- On a lightly floured bench, roll dough out to a 3-4mm thickness. Cut out shapes and place on baking paper (off cuts can be remoulded and used again).
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes until very light golden colour.
- Cool on trays, then store in an airtight container until ready to use.
- Mix together egg whites with a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Gradually stir in sifted sugar then whip until light and fluffy.
- Colours may be added and could include beetroot juice (for red) and spinach juice (for green).
If you need a last minute idea for entertaining your kids before Christmas than this is the perfect idea at only $20 per child!
Gingerbread Decorating Classes (suitable for ages 5-12):
Click here or phone 1300 966 845 for current availability.
Saturday 21 December, 9.00-9.30am
Sunday 22 December, 9.00-9.30am, 10.00-10.30am, 11.00-11.30am, 12.00-12.30pm, 1.00-1.30pm
Monday 23 December, 9.00-9.30M
Tuesday 24 December, 10.00-10.30am, 12.00-12.30pm, 1.00-1.30pm
Swah attended Brasserie Bread’s Gingerbread Decorating Class as a guest of Brasserie Bread.
I was super excited when I found out that this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop was truffle themed! No, not that delicious smelling mushroom, but a ganache-filled chocolate treat. My mind whirred with Christmassy ideas… snowman truffles with a spiced centre? Truffles decorated as mini Christmas puddings?
I finally settled on the idea of Christmas bauble truffles – I initially was going to make them white chocolate and coconut, and at the last moment changed it to lime. Not only did it taste delicious but the flecks of green in the ganache made it suitably themed! And, this is a big call, but I think these white chocolate and lime truffles taste better than those white choc Lindt balls I go nuts over. Really, try it for yourself.
These definitely ended up more “rustic” (ie messy) than I hoped, as I ideally I wanted a perfectly round truffle to hang from my Christmas tree. But alas when the truffles dry, the melted chocolate naturally flattens a bit on the bottom.
- ⅓ cup thickened cream
- 250g good quality white chocolate, chopped
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 300g white chocolate melts
- Heat the cream in short bursts in the microwave until simmering hot.
- Add the chopped white chocolate and stir until it’s melted and smooth.
- Stir in the lime zest, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
- Scoop out ganache into balls using a melon baller or teaspoon. Gently roll the balls in your hand for an even finish.
- If the weather is hot, put the balls back in the fridge for 30 minutes on a tray lined with baking paper so they don’t stick.
- To add their hangers, use a toothpick or skewer to pierce a hole directly through the truffle.
- Cut equal lengths of elastic and tie a knot at the bottom.
- Thread the elastic through the truffle, the knot will ensure it doesn’t pull completely through.
- Melt the remaining white chocolate in the microwave.
- Dip each truffle into the melted chocolate, coating evenly. Return to the baking tray to harden.
- Pipe a little circle around the base of the string with white chocolate or an edible cake gel pen to make it look like a bauble.
- Decorate your tree!
I loved getting creative with this recipe (and enjoyed eating them even more). I hope you like these Christmas baubles too!
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