Sweet Treats

Cinnamon Apple Slice

Little Fox loves to make a school treat with me on Sundays in preperation for the week again for everyone to have.  It doubles in value if you can put it with ice cream after dinner a few nights.

This week was no exception with a school favourite of our Cinnamon Apple Slice, I highly recommend it, super easy for the kids to do almost single handedly.

Cinnamon Apple Slice

Ingredients
2 medium Pink Lady Apples – peeled, cored and cut into 1cm pieces
1/2 can Pie Apples (not shown in photo as I swapped out 2 apples)
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1/2 cup Brown or Raw Sugar
125gm Butter – melted
1 large Egg
1/3 Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Raw Sugar (Topping)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon (Topping)

Apple Cinnamon SLice 1

Method
1. Preheat oven on 190C degrees.
2. Peel, Core and Cut up the apples and place into a bowl.
3. Add the dry ingredients and stir through apples.Apple Cinnamon SLice 2
4. Melt butter in microwave on 20 seconds and mix through the mixture.
5. Add the beaten egg and milk and stir lightly to combine thoroughly but not over mixing or it will break up the apples.
6. Pour the mixture in a prepared lamington tin (greased & floured).
7. In a small bowl combine the raw sugar and cinnamon, stir and sprinkle over the top of the wet cake mix creating a topping.
7. Then place the lamington tin with batter into the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until golden on top.
8. Remove and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes for cutting.  Be aware if you tip out the cake before cooling it will break or crack.
9. Cut into squares to serve.

Makes 15-18 sqaures.
Keeps for 4 days if covered with plastic and kept cool.  If it sweats it will grow mildew.

Apple Cinnamon SLice 3     SImple-Apple-Slice-Recipe

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.

Sweet Treats

Orange Cake Slice

Oranges and Lemons in recipes and treats is definately my favourite thing to add, and Little Fox is a huge lemon fan.

So to thrown in a citrus item for the school holidays we came up with an Orange Cake Slice to snack on between meals.Orange Cake Slice ingredients

Orange Cake Slice
Ingredients
125g Butter
3/4 Cup Castor Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Orange – Zest and Juice of half (or 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 Cups Self Raising Flour

MethodOrange Cake Slice
1. Pre heat oven to 180C.
2. Put the butter and sugar into a large bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.
3. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix in.
4. Add the zest of one orange, and the juice of a half cut orange.
5. Beat this through well.
6. Seive in the flour and mix together until fully combined to the batter.
7. Pour into a prepared pan (I used a lamington tin).
8. Put in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
9. Remove and cool before turning out of the tin (approx 20 mins)

Slice Icing
Ingredients
2 Cups Icing (Confectioners) Sugar
2 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp Orange Zest
2 Tbsp Orange Juice

Method
1. Add all ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
2. You need this to be a thick but smooth consistancy to frost the cake without it runny off.
3. To check run your spoon through centre and see how long it takes to fill the space, 10+ seconds
4. Pou over the cool cake and run a knife or spatula to smooth it evenly.
5. Add sprinkles or embellishments.

Orange Cake Slice 1

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

Lemon Delicious Slice

One of our favourite things is lemon, anything lemon, we’re talking Lemon Pie, Lemon Cake, Lemon Curd, Lemon Meringues, Lemonade, Lemon Tarts, Lemon Icing, Lemon Chicken….. and especially Lemon Delicious and Lemon Slice!

So when life….. (you know how it goes)

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Ingredients : IMG_6844
Base
1/3 Cup Castor Sugar
1 Tbsp Cornflour (Corn Starch)
1 1/3 Cups Plain Flour
150g Butter – Cold Cubed
1 ts Vanilla Essence

Top Layer
2/3 Cup Lemon Juice
4 Eggs (small to med, 3 if large)
1 tsp Lemon Rind – finely grated
1/3 Cup Plain Flour
Icing Sugar – Dusting to serve

Method :
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and prepare lamington/slice pan with butter and baking paper of alfoil.
2. In the food processor add the dry ingredients then whilst pulsing add 1 cube of butter at a time, after all butter cubes are added then mix in the vanilla.  The mixture should be crumbly.
3. Press the mix into the prepared pan and press down evenly into a firm base at an even level.
4. Prick the base all over with a fork.  Place in the oven and bake the base for 15 minutes.
5. Remove from oven to cool.
6. To make the topping first squeeze the juice of lemons into the bowl (2/3 cup should be approx 2-3 sml to med lemons).
7. Crack eggs seperately and and whisk then add to the lemon juice (dont crack straight in as the citrus will burn the egg whites), mix well.
8. Add the rind finely grated and the flour and stir together until all ingredients are well combined.
9. Pour the topping mix over the base, only when the base is cool to touch.
10. Place back into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
11. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.
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Makes – 15 to 18 squares
Recipe adapted from the Retro Womens Weekly Cookbook.

Dinners

Roasted Pumpkin Feta Tarts

The best thing about the recipe is that it is fuss free and quick to prepare in 2 parts.  A great thing to cook on a sunday to have ready for the week.
Can be made in indivdual tart tins for entree or a glass small lasange dish for a slice style or in mini muffin tin for lunchbox treats.

Pumpkin Tarts 2

Ingredients :
1/2 Qld Blue Pumpkin (or Butternut) – good because these are tasty & firm, not watery
1 Red Onion – Lrg Diced
2 Tbsp Fresh Basil
Drizzle Olive Oil
Salt
Black Cracked Pepper
3 Eggs
1/4 Cup Milk
100g Danish Feta Cheese
1/2 Cup Plain Flour
Puff Pastry

Pumpkin Tarts 1Method :
1. Peel and dice pumpkin up into 1 inch cubes, and place into a baking dish with onions and basil, dizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.
2. Bake for 30-40 minutes until sightly golden (shown in above photo)
3. Prepare pan/s or tin with greased in butter and lined with puff pastry.
4. In a seperate bowl whisk in eggs, milk, and flour.  Then add the feta cheese cubed.
5. In prepared tins, pan or dish place the pumpkin/onion mix divided evenly into each tart, then pour the liquid mixture into each one evenly.
6. Crack pepper over the top.
7. Place into the oven on 180 degrees and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden dpending on your oven this may take more or less.
8. Remove and serve. Or cool and place into containers in fridge for lunches.