Sweet Treats

Jam Dodger Squares

This is a fun recipe to make with the kids, its super easy, hard to make a mistake, and best of all it tastes great.  I suggest cutting it smaller than I did, my squares were quite filling.  I’d go with 4 across and then into squares from there.

The USA has Jam Dodgers and we use to have them many years ago  in Australia, however we now don’t and instead I used a Strawberry Shortcake  Biscuit.  The fun for Little Fox was arranging the biscuits on top in the cool pattern.

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Jam Dodger Squares

Ingredients
175g Butter
250g White Chocolate – chopped
250g Caster Sugar
3 large Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract
300g Plain Flour
3tbsp Strawberry Jam
11-13 Biscuits
Ingredients
Method
1. Preheat oven to 180C degrees.
2. Grease and flour lamington/slice pan.
3. Put the butter and chocolate into a medium heavy based saucepan and place it on a Med-low heat, stir continuously.   Jam Dodger Squares
4. Once fully melted, remove from the heat.
5. In the electric mixer, add together your sugar and eggs and mix on medium until combined.
6. Gradually pour in the melted chocolate to your egg mixture, ensure that it is slightly cooled so it doesn’t cook the egg whites.
7. Remove from mixer, and add flour in 2-3 parts and mix by hand.
8. Ensure it is fuly combined.
9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
10. Using a teaspoon, put spoons of jam aroudn the top and then lightly swirl.
11. USing the 11-13 Biscuits, arrange into a pattern on the top, placing lightly so they ‘float’.
12. Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
13. Once removed ensure it is fuly cooled down before cutting into squares.

Makes 15-20 Squares.

Breakfast

Double Dutch Chocolate Waffles

Waffles 1What could taste any better on a Sunday morning than Chocolate Waffles with homemade chocolate sauce and berries.  My mouth watered as Miss Fox announced “let’s make Chocolate Waffles this morning”!

It didn’t take long before the waffle iron was heating up (we got ours a few years ago in the Boxing Day sales form Harvey Norman) and I love how you can make a batch but have at least half a dozen spare to use the next day.

Double Dutch Chocolate Waffleswaffles chocolate mixing
and Homemade Chocolate Sauce
Ingredients
90g Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Dutch Processed Cocoa
1 Cup Milk
1 1/2 Cups Self Raising Flour
200g Cooking Chocolate ( I used a mix of milk and dark)

Method
1. Melt butter in the microwave for 20 seconds.
2. Place butter & sugar into a large mix bowl and combine together.
3. Add one egg at a time and stir well.
4. Then add in the cocoa, half milk and half flour, stir until combined.
5. Add in the remaining milk and flour, and mix through.
6. Melt chocolate in micowave (or on stove top in heavy based sucepan), and then add melted chocolate in to the bowl in 3 parts to ensure it doesn’t seize.
7. Once fully mixed to a batter (thick cream consistency), you can add the batter in the heated waffle gridle/iron as show in picture.
8. Cookie for time on the counter or 4 minutes approximately.

Waffles pic 2

 

Home Made Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients
250g Chocoalte
125g Cream (I use thickened light cream)

Method
1. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl broken up into the squares.
2. Pour cream into a small saucepan and place on low heat on stove top.
3. Heat cream until it just starts to bubble but not boil.
4. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate in the bowl.
5. Start to stir chocolate straight away and keep stirring until all chocolate has melted into the cream.
6. Pour into a small jar to use on waffles.

Waffles make 8-10
Keep covered, last 2 days.
Serve with strawberries and cream or ice cream optional.

waffles chocolate

Sweet Treats

Lamington Slice

Lamington SliceWith Australia Day just around the corner we always like to come up with an Aussie traditional dessert as such.  Often putting a slight twist on it.

So we have taken the ever loving Lamington, which traditionally is a sponge or butter cake, raspberry jam centre layer and covered in a dark chocolate glaze and coated in coconut.  I think the taste is pure delight.

Here we have a version we have made in a slice.  A butter cake with fresh raspberries stirred through it, covered in a dark chocolate frosting glaze and the coconut dusted on top.

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Lamington Slice
Ingredients
125g Butter – soft
1 Cup Castor Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Lamington slice 23 Eggs
1/2 Cup Self Raising Flour
1 Cup Plain Flour
Juice of half a Lemon
1 tsp Lemon Rind
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Fresh Raspberries

Method
1. Preheat the oven at 180’C degrees.
2. Place Butter and Sugar in mixer and mix on medium until the sugar is dissolved and the mix is fluffy, add one egg at a time, mix through with vanilla.
3. Add the flour half of each at a time.
4. Add in the Lemon juice and rind.
5. Pour in the milk in 2 parts and mix in thoroughly.
6. Take the bowl off the mixer and manually stir through the raspberries, breaking them up slightly but not changing the colour of the cake mix.
7. Pour the mixture into a prepared Lamington Tin.
8. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 mins.

Chocolate Frosting
Ingredients
150g Dark Cooking Chocolate
2 Tbsp Butter
2/3 Cup Icing Sugar
1/4 Cup Cocoa
2 Tbsp Cream
Dessicated Coconut

Method
1. Place Chocolate and Butter in a microwavable bowl and put in for 30 seconds on high.
2. Remove and stir until the chocolate has fully melted into the butter, mix well.
3. Next stir in half the icing sugar.
4. Micorwave cream for 20 seconds, stir this in gradually to avoid it seizing the chocolate (ensure it heated)
5. Stir in the other half of the icing sugar.
6. Spread over the cake slice.
7. Dust with a thick layer of dessicated coconut, you may need to do twice if first coat melts in.
8. Leave to set and then slice into square and service. Cuts into 12-15 squares.

Sweet Treats

Super Healthy Brownies

Hello all, this is our new Mummy Daughter Food Blog, welcome to Fox Who Cooks.
I am Traci (Mummy) and with my daughter Miss M, we hope to take you with us on a fabulous journey of our passion for all things baking and cooking, we love to cook together in our kitchen.  We are big on healthy nutritional school lunches and hearty dinners as Dad works long days at the factory.

We love to make cooking fun and inclusive, my little Fox is often in the kitchen apron adorned.  She has a collection to choose from Snow White, Elsa inspired, Elephants, Pastel, Masterchef… she is a girl on a mission with her recipe journal in hand and our cookbook collection!

First one up with have a delicious and healthy Brownie recipe we made today, with a secret ingredient of 2 zucchinis, you get a sweet treat and a serve of veggie all in one!

Let’s get cooking!

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Cooking

Super Healthy Brownies

2 cups Plain Flour

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

1 1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

1 cups Castor Sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 Egg

2 Tbsp Milk 

3 Tbsp Water

2 cups Grated Zucchini (2 small zucchinis)

  1. Pre heat oven to 180′ degrees celsius.  Grease and flour your lamington or slice tin.
  2. Grate your 2 small zucchinis into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl add your dry ingredient together, flour, cocoa powder,Super Healthy Brownies 2 bicarb soda and salt, whisk together.
  4. In a third (large) bowl place sugar, oil, vanilla
  5. and egg.  Mix together well until sugar is starting to dissolve in liquid.
  6. Next add in the bowl of dry ingredients, to the bowl of wet.  Stir together until fully combined.
  7. Add the grated zucchini into the mix, with a spatula fold through until the zucchini is fully mixed in.
  8. Finally add in the water and milk.  Fold this through well.
  9. Pour mixture into prepared lamington slice tin.
  10. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes, check centre is cooked before removing, some ovens may vary 5 minutes.