Fancies! Or Uber-truffles… Or Tribbles…?

 

This is the result of the beater test – MeeA and Anneke loved them!

I have no idea what to call these, though… They’re not cupcakes, they’re not cake pops, they’re not truffles. I think “fancies” sounds nice?

This dark chocolate shell is filled with caramel, shortbread bits, and chocolate cake!

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The nice thing about this sweet treat is that it can’t go stale, like a cupcake, and you can serve them as a dessert – MeeA had hers with ice cream!
I’m working on a few different flavour combinations, and I haven’t found the right packaging yet – as soon as I have it sorted I’ll post a price list!

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Beater Testers Wanted!

I have something new – something uber-decadent, that you can’t eat more than one of – and I am going to need a few people to try them for me…

I love Pinterest (you can find me there), and there are SOOO many recipes and ideas that I want to try!
I spotted something there a while ago that I am going to try and make my own version of… I just don’t know what I’m going to call them yet!

So if you’re a fan of chocolate and caramel, and you would like to try 6 (not 12) of something for me, leave a comment!

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The terms of beater testing are as follows:

  • If you want to try this test, there’s a small price to cover the cost of the ingredients.
  • You must leave a comment on this post to tell me which one you would like to try.
  • I will then email you further details – an invoice, my EFT details, a collection date and my address and directions.
  • Your order will have to be collected from me in Midrand.
  • I will specify the collection date for the beta test.
  • Biscuits and sweets can wait for collection, but cakes, cheesecakes and cupcakes need to be collected the day they are baked, or a day later at most.
  • After you’ve sampled your beater test order, you must email me, write a blog post, or leave a comment and tell me what you thought – this is imperative as this is the whole point behind the beater-testing!

An Experiment With Apples!

I love trying new recipes, but baking for fun has gotten so expensive I rarely have the opportunity anymore.

Last weekend though, I was entertaining so I went digging through my thousands of recipes and found this one – a caramel apple upside down cake!

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It was very yummy indeed!
I’ll make a few changes when I make it again though. I’ll definitely make more of the caramel sauce and cook it slower so its more syrupy and soaks into the cake when I flip it over and I will definitely peel the apples. I go strictly by the recipe and peeling wasn’t stipulated, but you can’t just glide a cake for through an apple skin!
Ooh and I will serve it with whipped cream! It will be divine as a warm dessert!

I think I’ll be adding this one to my pricelist so give me a scream if you think you’d like to try it.

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I Tried My Hand At Iced Cookies!!

So what have I learnt from my experimentation with iced cookies?

That I need a LOT of practice!

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Apart from that, here are a few tips from a novice.
1. Once you find the right recipe- one that bakes nice and flat- bake your cookies the day before you want to ice them and several days before you want to serve them. The icing takes up to 24 hours to dry.
2. Do not underestimate the value of YouTube tutorials!
3. Decide on a couple of designs you want to try on your cookies. Trying to think of a design when you have your icing mixed and ready does not work.
4. Once your cookies are cooled and ready to ice, your mise en place is essential!!! Its a French phrase which means “putting in place”, as in set up.
5. Have three times as many piping bags as you think you’ll need. If you’ve never folded a paper piping cone, plastic disposable bags work really well and if you snip off the tip carefully you don’t need nozzles.
6. Mix your royal icing. I found that for me a 20 second icing was perfect for lines and a 14 second icing for flooding. What this means is that once you’ve finished mixing, count how long the icing takes to smooth out again. You want it a little runny for flooding, but for piping and lines it has to hold its shape.
7. If you’re not trying the wet-on-wet technique to start with, wait for the icing to dry!

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Holiday Baking!

Even when I’m on holiday I bake! Its something I love to do so I think its fun.

It has gotten rather expensive to bake for fun though, so when I have a chance to try something different without breaking the bank, I go for it!

This December holiday, I visited the Southdowns Mall Deeghuys store to get something my mom-in-law wanted, and I was smitten. They have an unbelievable range of frozen pastries that can be thawed and baked at home!
Copenhagens, cheese burger pies, custard slices, all kinds of bread rolls, cookies, pizzas, breads, cakes… I didn’t know what I wanted to try first, and they are so reasonable priced! I bought a bag of 20 frozen chocolate croissants for my MIL for R72!
I eventually settled on a roll of double chocolate frozen cookie dough, mini frozen custard Danishes, and frozen focaccias – spending less than R200, including the croissants!

Today I defrosted and then baked a focaccia – topping it with cherry tomatoes, caramelised onions and caramelised peppers. I completely forgot to add the feta cheese I’d bought!
It was easy, it rose beautifully – I defrosted it for four and a half hours, in which time it more than doubled in size!

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I then squished it flat and spread it out with my fingers (I’ll roll it out a little more next time), pressed the already cooled onions, peppers, and uncooked, halved cherry tomatoes into the raw batter, and put it in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.

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It was delicious! It’ll be even better with the cheese on and next time I’ll bake it for about 10 minutes before I put the toppings on. Ooh, and I’ll roast the tomatoes in Balsamic vinegar a little first.

And the best part – I still have 4 frozen focaccias in the freezer! I’ll be doing a few more for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the family.

I must just state – as per my Lady Bloggers pledge – that I was not asked or paid to write any blog posts about Deeghuys. I went there of my own accord, and I purchased the frozen goodies to experiment with using my husband’s Christmas bonus!