Friday, 30 September 2011

Elvis brownies

So tonight I have the house to myself and decided to combine two if my favourite things listening to some loud Rock and Roll music while baking a new brownie recipe. The result? possibly my best brownies yet!

I thought I'd share the recipe with you because unlike regular brownie this one has a bit of a secret trick at the end....

Its an ice bath! yep, you heard it here first! letting your brownies cool in an ice bath will ensure they are crunchy on top and gooey in the middle, brilliant!



Recipe adapted by me from kingartherflour.com

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup cocoa
3 large eggs
3/4 cup of brown wholemeal flour
    Melt the sugar and butter in a microwave safe bowl for about a min on high. Add the salt and vanilla. Mix in the three eggs and your cocoa until combined. Do a bit of a dance around to your favourite Elvis song, then add the flour and pour into a greaseproof paper lined brownie pan. Bake for about 25 mins at 180 and then quickly place into an ice bath too cool! Viola! Elvis brownies:)


    I also wanted to share this FANTASTIC musician I discovered last month, I'm really enjoying his music. His name is Ben Howard and his album is called "Every Kingdom" and its released 3 Oct. All his songs are just hauntingly beautiful, I love his lyrics they are like pretty poems. His voice kinda reminds me of a combo of Bon Iver and Robert Pattinson, mmm whats not too like?

    "We stood
    Steady as the stars in the woods
    So happy-hearted
    And the warmth rang true inside these bones"


    The Pines by Ben Howard

    Friday, 23 September 2011

    Bloglovin

    I've heard that Bloglovin is the hip new Google Reader so I've added a link for any of you who use it. I personally prefer my Google reader, but hey its good to try new things sometimes.

    To 'Follow my blog with Bloglovin' just click the bloglovin button on the right hand side xx

    Monday, 12 September 2011

    Lemon yogurt cake

    Lemons are in season at the moment and I just can't seem to resist buying them when I see a huge bag of them for 3 dollars! But this in turn leads me to the problem of how am I going to use all these lemons, before they go bad? After trawling the internet last weekend I found this fantastic yogurt lemon cake. It takes about 5 mins to assemble and 30 to bake, the hardest part is waiting for it too cool before you devour it.

    After eating a piece of this cake it got me thinking just how much I love lemon things, lemon curd, lemon delicious pudding, lemon hand lotion.  

    (Lemon flutter from Lush)

    Lemons are one of those really versatile fruits, you can cook them in sweet or savory dishes and even preserve them so the lemon love can continue all summer long!

    Ingredients:

    • 1cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2-3 tsp of lemon juice
    • grated rind of 2 lemons
    • 3/4 cups oil
    • 1 cup of vanilla yoghurt
    • 2 cups of self-raising flour
    Syrup:
    • 100g caster sugar
    • juice of 2 or 3 lemons (depends on how tangy you like it)
    • Zap in microwave to desolve, about 30 seconds.

    Directions

    1. In a bowl, mix rind, oil, eggs and sugar with a fork.
    2. Add remaining ingredients and combine well.
    3. Pour into greased ring tin and bake at 180 C for 30 minutes.
    4. Take out and poke holes all over with a skewer and pour over the syrup.
    5. ENJOY!!

    Tuesday, 6 September 2011

    Caramel deliciousness

    What better way to spend an afternoon than baking a new treat? Today I decided to make what my Mum calls 'tan slice' but what my recipe book names 'oaty caramel slice'. I took some pictures of the process because really I just wanted an excuse to use my cool new android camera app.

    In other news I'm getting excited to see lots of movies in the next few weeks, its funny how some months there is nothing you want to pay $15 to see and other months you want to see everything! This month is one of the latter! The one I'm most looking forward to "The Help" which I'm planning on reading in the next little while ( thanks to my awesome sister for posting me the book!)

    Caramel tan/oaty slice:

    Base:
    1 1/2 Cup flour
    1/4 Sugar
    175 g butter
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 Cup oats

    Filling:
    1 can condensed milk
    2 tablespoons golden syrup
    50 gm butter




















    Beat butter sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, add flour and oats and mix until crumbs form and the mixture clumps together.




















    Meanwhile... in a pot add condensed milk, butter and golden syrup, let it bubble away on a low heat until the butter melts and it becomes caramel in colour ( takes about 5 mins). Press 3/4 of the base mixture into a slice tin ( 26 cm x 26 cm) and pour over the caramel sauce. Crumble the last 1/4 of the base mixture onto the top of the caramel sauce and then bake in a moderate oven until golden brown and the caramel is no longer 'wobbly' (about 25-30 mins).




















     Cool and cut into fingers.Mmmm Caramel deliciousness....

    Monday, 5 September 2011

    Pretty things and the week that was

    Beautiful warm Wellington weather L-R Scorching Bay, Breaker Bay, Sunset from our house.

    Yes! thats right it was sunny almost everyday last week and I managed to get outside and enjoy it on more than one occasion which was awesome! If this is any clue on the Summer we have to come then I am very hopeful of long summer days filled with swimming at the beach and big cones of homemade ice cream!

    I'm pleased to announce Wedding planning is going really well now, the trick is to decide on one thing and then stop looking (thanks for the tip Geraldine) Because otherwise you just get bombarded by pretty things and find yourself not being able to decide because you love them all! Here's a sneak preview of our wedding..... the church: Saint Barnabas, Roseneath.

     and reception venue...Wellington Rowing Club

    I think thats all I'm going to share on our wedding for now, 4 months to go and the rest of my ideas will have to be a surprise!

    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    Hello SPRING!!

    In honour of this lovely new season I have had a bit of a 'spring clean' of my blog:) I've added some new things (like a countdown for our wedding!) and of course a new season means a new blog banner. This year I've gone with some singing baby birds because who doesn't love seeing cute baby things? It pretty much the best part of spring! I especially love the new jumpy lambs and ducklings! oh yes! Spring is here and I am pleased (to say the least!).


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