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Shortbread Cookies


Ive made shortbread cookies a few times before, but this recipe is slighty different to the usual suspect. 

This recipe from Chelsea Winters cookbook ‘Everyday Delicious’ uses caster sugar and high grade flour which seemed quite odd to me, so i had to give them a try.

If you’ve tried any of Chelsea Winters recipes then you’ll know they are all pretty spectacular! Well this recipe is exaclty that, melt in your mouth delicious.

You will want to make a double batch of these babies, cause they won’t last long.

 

Shortbread

150g butter, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups high grade flour

2 tbsp cornflour

1/2 cup caster sugar

 

Preheat oven to 110C, Line a baking tray.

Cream butter for 5 minutes until smooth and pale.

Sift the flour and cornflour into butter, along with the sugar. bring it all together so the dough forms a ball. If dough is quite crumbly, give it a good knead till it comes together.

Wrap the dough in cling film and put in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm.

Roll out dough onto a clean bench and use a cookie cutter to cut a nice round cookie, place on to baking tray, prick with a fork.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour, remove and let cool for 5mins

Cookies keeps for 5 days in a container.

Enjoy! with a nice hot cup a tea.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 

If your a chewy chocolate chip cookie fan, then you’ll love this recipe. Chewy in the middle and crispy around the edges.
This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so you can bake half of the dough and freeze the rest.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

225g butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups of dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180.C

Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Cream butter and both sugars until nice and fluffy.

Add both eggs and vanilla, beat for an additional 2 minutes.

Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour until cookie batter is fully incorporated.  Finally add chocolate chips until well distributed.

The cookie batter should be nice and thick.  Drop about 2 tablespoons of dough or use a medium cookie scoop and place the batter onto the baking tray.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are nice and golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Enjoy!

If  your more of a soft cookie fan, then you’ll love this recipe Here.


Burnt Sugar Steamed Pudding 

Burnt Sugar Steamed Pudding 

This is a traditional steamed pudding recipe, from New Zealand that can be made in a Kai cooker, Hangi or at home. Either way it taste delicious.


Burnt Sugar Steamed Pudding

​2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 tsp baking soda

250g butter, cut into cubes

1 tsp mixed spice

3 eggs, beaten

Burnt sugar syrup 

4 tbls sugar

1 cup of water

To make the burnt sugar syrup, place the 4 tbsp of sugar into a saucepan on medium to high heat.

The sugar will start to brown, give the pan a little swirl.

Don’t burn longer than necessary it will taste burnt and bitter. 

Add the 1 cup of water to burnt sugar. Don’t panic if the sugar starts to harden, give it a stir and it will start to dissolve into the water. Take off the heat, Let cool.

In a large bowl, place flour and sugar, rub in butter until resembles breadcrumbs. Add mix spice and baking soda, give it a good mix.

Make a well in the middle and add beaten eggs. Lastly add burnt sugar syrup, give it a stir till fully incorporated. It should have a runny to cake mix consistency. 

Pour mixture into a greased pudding tin with lid. Either place in a large pot with simmering water or a steam cooker (Kai cooker)

Steam for 2 hours or until pudding springs back and a knife comes out clean.

Best served with Custard.

Tino reka te kai!

How to make Perfect Popcorn. 

How to make Perfect Popcorn. 


I know what your thinking, making popcorn is a simple task. Well I always used to burn popcorn on the stovetop, but with this easy method there will be no more burnt kernels.

I used to buy the microwave popcorn, but it’s not very good for you. So this is a much healthier option.

Perfect Popcorn 

1/4 cup oil (I used Rice Bran oil)

1/2 cup corn kernels 

Salt, to taste

Pour the oil into a large pot and heat to medium to high heat. 

Put 4 corn kernels into the oil, and place the lid on.

When the kernels pop, add the 1/4 cup of kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from the heat and count 30 seconds. 

Return the pot to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping. Make sure to shake the pot every now and then so the uncooked kernels drop to the bottom.

Keep the lid ajar (this is the trick to crisp popcorn)

Once the popping slows, remove the pot from the heat and immediately tip into a large bowl.

Sprinkle over salt to taste.

ENJOY!!


Chocolate Banana Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

My kiddies love these Muffins, they’re perfect for lunch boxes and also freeze well. 


Chocolate Banana Muffins

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup brown sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup milk

2 eggs

125g butter, melted and slightly cooled

2-3 mashed ripe banana’s

1 cup Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180C and grease a muffin tray.

Melt the butter and set it aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk and mashed bananas.

Add all the dry ingredients to the bowl, flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Mix.

Pour in the melted butter, mix till fully incorporated.

Fold through the chocolate chips, I like to add some to the top of the muffins before baking.

Spoon mixture into muffin tray.

Bake for 20 minutes or until Muffins are cooked through. 

Cool in tin for 5 mins.

ENJOY!

Homemade Hummus 

Homemade Hummus 

Hummus is so easy to make at home, and taste so much better then store bought. If you don’t have tahini leave it out, just add a bit more oil. You could also replace it with smooth peanut butter.

 

Homemade Hummus

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice

1/4 cup tahini or smooth peanut butter

1 small garlic clove, minced

2 tbls oil (I used rice bran)

1/2 tsp salt

Extra to taste, Mrs Rogers Chilli Lime Sea Salt (optional)

Sprinkle of smoked paprika, for serving

 

Add all ingredients into a food processor, and process until smooth and creamy.

Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process another 30 seconds or until well blended.

If hummus is to think add a bit more oil.

For a bit of zest and heat add some Mrs Rogers Chill and lime sea salt, or leave out.

Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve hummus with a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Store hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.

Serve with plain crackers and chopped up carrot sticks.

ENJOY!

 

Chocolate Weetbix Slice

Chocolate Weetbix Slice

A Kiwi classic and childhood favorite. This chocolate weetbix slice is a great recipe for the kids to get in the kitchen and make. Great for lunchboxes and children’s parties too.

Chocolate Weetbix Slice

6 weetbix, crushed

1 cup desiccated coconut

3 tbsp cocoa

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

250g butter, melted

Icing

50g butter

2 cups icing sugar

3 tbsp cocoa

4 tbsp milk

coconut, to decorate (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 180.C

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl or food processor, mix well.

Add melted butter to dry ingredients, mix till fully incorporated

Tip mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Press mixture firmly into tray with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

While slice is baking make icing.

Chocolate Icing

Soften butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, until butter has softened.

Add the icing sugar, cocoa and milk, mix till nice and smooth.

Once slice has cooled, spread icing on top.

Sprinkle coconut over the top to decorate (optional)

Allow icing to set before cutting.

ENJOY!