Sunday, May 30, 2010

Date Crumble Slice

Mmm! Date crumble slice! It's like a crumble, but in a slice. And it's very rich but very yummy.
Here's what you'll need to make it:

2 cups chopped pitted dates, 1/3 cup sugar, 185g butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 1/3 cup of plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda, 1 1/2 cups rolled oats.

First up, combine dates, 1 cup of water and sugar in a saucepan.

Cook, stirring for 10-15 mins or until dates have absorbed liquid.

This is what they should look like. Set them aside to cool.

Meanwhile, you can make the crumble. Cream butter and sugar together in electric mixer.

Sift flour and bi-carb soda over the creamed mixture.

Stir to combine. Add oats and mix together.

Press half the crumble mixture over the base of a greased and lined pan. I didn't get a picture of that because my camera kept going flat.
Then spread the date mixture over the top of the crumble base.

Gently press the remaining half of the crumble mixture on the top. Bake for 35-40 mins or until golden.

Mmm yummy! Some cream or ice cream would be good with this as it is quite rich.
The full recipe is here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hello Kitty biscuits

How cute are these?! Hello Kitty biscuits with tiny cute little faces! They also tasted pretty good, just in case you were wondering.
Here's the recipe:
You will need 250g butter, 2 cups plain flour, 3/4 cups caster sugar and an egg.

Process or mix with a mixer the butter and flour.

The mixture should resemble fine breadcrumbs.

Add the sugar and mix to combine.

Add egg and mix until mixture comes together.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.

Divide in half, wrap halves in plastic and chill for about 30 mins.

Roll dough on a floured surface until 4-5mm thick.

Here's where the fun part comes: cutting shapes out of the dough! At least, it was fun for me. Aww too cute!

The Hello Kitty cutters came with a cutter

and a cute little imprinting thingy. They are similar to these Star Wars cutters that Bakerella has.

Bake for 8-10 mins in a 180 degree oven until golden. I think I baked these for a little less time because they are pretty small. They were really yummy and buttery. The full recipe is here.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Banana Muffins

I had been wanting to make banana muffins for ages, so today I thought I would make some. They are kind of like a cupcake with the addition of cream cheese icing, but they still have a muffin-y texture. The full recipe is found here, but I changed it around a bit.

Ok first up we need to mash a banana.

You will also need butter, brown sugar, an egg, self-rasing flour, bi-carb soda and milk.

Sift 1 and 1/2 cups of flour into a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of bi-carb soda.

Set aside for now.

In a seperate bowl, beat butter until fluffy.

Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and beat until well combined.

Add mashed banana and beat until combined.

Add the egg and mix.

Add a third of the flour and mix on low speed until just combined.

Add half the milk and mix on low speed.

I couldn't decide which pouring shot to use...

Repeat process, then add remaining third of flour.

Place teaspoonfuls of mixture into paper cases and bake in 180 degree oven for about 10 mins (I used mini cupcake cases). And yes, I did eat one straight out of the oven.

I also made 3 bigger cupcakes out of the leftover batter. As you can see, I over filled them and they spilled out over the sides. But thats ok, they still tasted good!

For the cream cheese icing you will need cream cheese (of course), icing sugar and grated lemon rind. I also added some lemon juice.

You'll only need 125g of the cream cheese.

Add some icing sugar to the cream cheese

and some grated lemon rind. Beat it about a bit.

Spread, pipe or um swirl your icing on the cupcakes.
Enjoy :)

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