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.

Condiments/Preserves

Sandwich Pickles

Little Miss 8 LOVES her pickles, amzingly she loves alot of unusual foods (in my books) but that are really good for her health.  Fermented or pickled foods is something that is great for the gut, if you can hook your kidlets onto them, fantastic.  A great way to get them hooked, is to get them into the kitchen to help prepare them.
Here we have a really simple pickling recipe for Pickles! Just like at McDonalds sshhhh.

Sandwich Pickles Marley

Ingredients :
5-7 Cucumbers (Continental or Gerkins) – Sliced
1 Lrg or 2 Sml Brown Onions – Finely Sliced
1 Tbsp Salt
1 1/2 Cups White Vinegar
1 Cup Castor Sugar
2 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Coriander Seeds (can use fennel seeds)
Pinch Tumeric

Method :
1. Put all of the sliced cucumbers and onions into a large glass bowl.
2. Sprinkle with the salt.
3. Cover with gladwrap and set aside for 24 hours.
4. Rinse the cucumber onion mixture in a colander until cold water.
5. Pat dry with paper towel.
6. In a medium saucepan, put your remaining ingredients of the vinegar, sugar, both mustard and coriander seeds and the tumeric.
7. Cook over a medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolves, this will take approx 4-5 minutes.
8. Now add the cucumber mixture and bring to a simmer.
9. Whilst hot pour your cucumber mix (pickles) into your sterilised/prepared jars.
Link on how to sterilise jars :
http://www.taste.com.au/quick-easy/articles/how-to-sterilise-jars-and-bottles/Hq3pJOE1

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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.