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Boiled Chocolate Cake

This is THE chocolate cake recipe you neeeed in your life.  First of all its a basic recipe, nothing fancy, nothing expensive but the result is a moist chocolatey chocolate cake – that you will make again and again!  The best part is only one saucepan to wash up at the end!  Read the tips at the end of recipe to make sure you get the best possible result!

Boiled Chocolate Cake Recipe
The best chocolate cake -Boiled Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1 teaspoon bi-carb soda

4 tablespoons cocoa

250 grams butter

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4 eggs

3 cups self raising flour

Method

Preheat oven to 180

In a large saucepan add sugar, water, bi-carb soda, cocoa and butter (ingredients above line)

boiled chocolate cake
Ingredients ready to be boiled

Bring ingredients to the boil.

boiling chocolate cake
boiling chocolate cake

Cool mixture completely.

cooled boiled chocolate cake
allow the boiled ingredients to cool

Beat in eggs and flour until smooth (whisk or electric beater)

Pour into cake tin lined with baking paper and spray with oil. (Either round or rectangle)

Prepping my baking tin
How I prep my cake tin – the nanna way!

Bake for 35 – 40 mins for rectangle cake or 60 – 70 mins for round.

Allow to cool, slice in half and ice using this chocolate icing

Eat, and make again and again.

 

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Tips

  • This makes a large cake – what the USA would call a sheet cake (if baked in a rectangle tin or pyrex dish.)  Perfect for birthday parties & school things.  But equally great round when you can cut in half and ice and the end result is an impressive large cake.
  • Saucepan choice is important, this is a large cake and it all goes in here and is boiled so make sure it is a large saucepan!
  • Do not over boil – i did this the first 847 times I made this cake – don’t get distracted! Boiled sugar is not easy to clean up.
  • Make sure the mixture is cooled before you add the eggs you don’t want scrambled half cooked eggs in your cake.
Boiled Chocolate Cake
Boiled Chocolate Cake

 

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

I made this for the first time, last night. It was amazing, straight up! Ha I’m so modest, but seriously you will want make this over and over again, I even finished my bowl before my husband. I was in “can’t talk must eat” mode – it was that good!

The ultimate chicken pasta bake
The best Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked diced chicken (BBQ chicken, grilled, steamed)

1 onion diced

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon oil

2 garlic cloves

600ml cream

200g sliced mushrooms

250g chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)

250g cream cheese

250g pasta

1/2 cup grated cheese
METHOD

1. Boil water and cook pasta to your liking.

2. In a large fry pan – melt butter, oil  and cook spinach (if frozen).

3. Add diced onion, garlic, mushrooms and spinach (if fresh).

Chicken and spinach pasta bake
The spinach, mushroom, garlic and onion cooking.

4. Add cream cheese and cream, bring to boil and then turn down to low.

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Add cream to spinach and mushrooms.

5. Stir through chicken and keep on low.

6. Drain pasta and add to sauce.

7. Pour pasta into casserole dish and top with grated cheese.

8. Bake at 180 degrees for 10 -15 mins until cheese is melted.

9. Enjoy !

Chicken and spinach pasta bake
Baked and ready to eat!

Chocolate Flake Cheesecake

no bake chocolate cheesecake recipe
Chocolate flake cheesecake recipe

This chocolate cheesecake recipe is amazing! Rich and decadent but not so much that you’re unable to eat the whole piece (or maybe thats just me!)  Great dessert to make the night before and not have to do anything else to, in my books a winner all round!  The chocolate base is the perfect match to the smooth creamy filling with flake in the filling and of course on top as well!  Perfect with fresh strawberries or alone – this cheesecake is so good you don’t need anything to serve with it!

Ingredients

2 pks of chocolate ripple biscuits
200 g butter
1 large lemon
500 g cream cheese
400 ml condensed milk
250 ml thickened cream                                                                                              teaspoon of chocolate essence or vanilla essence
5 flake chocolate bars

Chocolate cheesecake
Perfect when served with fresh berries

Method
1. Crush biscuits in a food processor or blender until fine crumbs
2. Melt butter, and mix into the crushed biscuits, press into spring form tin.  Fill bottom first and around the edges of tin as well
3. Put into fridge to set while making filling
4. Beat the cream until forms soft peaks
5. In a separate bowl beat together cream cheese and condensed milk until it becomes thick and smooth
6. Juice lemon and stir through the mixture
7. Carefully fold through the cream and essence into the cream cheese
8. Carefully crumble 4 flake bars into the mixture and stir to even distribute
9. Pour over crust, sprinkle last flake on top and allow to set for 3-4 hours

the perfect slice of chocolate cheesecake
perfect slice

 

chocolate flake cheesecake recipe
Chocolate flake cheesecake recipe

Summer Pavlova Recipe

If I had to name a dessert that was my favourite it would be a pavlova.  I detest bought ones – the middle all gooey and eggy is not my thing at all – there has to be soft centre but the crunchy crust is the best part! I believe pavlova is the perfect summer dessert.  Easy to make the day before and leave the dressing until serving.  I think it is probably the dessert that I get asked to make the most – seconded only by my rocky road.

summer pavlova recipe
Summer pavlova recipe

 

I got this recipe from my recipe book – Everyday Cooking. If you ever see this book I suggest you buy it, it is by Helen Bunney and was a recipe book used by Home Ec departments – so many great recipes (mine was published in 1979 so I doubt it is still in print). Its a great basic recipe that I have made single, 1 1/2 and double batches of and it works every time. My tip is to bake it directly on the serving plate. A pavlova is notoriously hard to change from baking tray to serving tray without cracking – so cut that step out and find a serving plate that is oven safe. I had a wonderful white serving platter I used for years as my pavlova plate but in my new house it doesn’t fit in my oven!

Ingredients

4 Egg whites

pinch salt

1 cup castor sugar

2 teaspoons corn flour

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

  1. Brush tray lightly with water if it is your serving tray – if you are baking pavlova on a different tray to serving spray water onto baking paper.  The water creates a steam so to crisp up the bottom for easy transfer.
  2. Beat egg whites and salt until firm peaks are formed. (meaning when you lift the beaters out of the mix, the egg whites keep their shape)
  3. Keep beating and add sugar gradually, keep beating after each sugar is added.  continue to beat until sugar is dissolved. (to test if the sugar is dissolved rub some between two fingers and check there are no grains left)
  4. Lightly fold in sifted cornflour and lemon juice.
  5. Turn mixture onto baking plate and use a spoon to create a circle of approx 20 cms.  Or into 6 miniature pavs.
  6. Bake at 120 degrees for an hour or until pavlova is dry to touch.
  7. Leave pavlova to cool completely and then dress with whipped cream and strawberries, banana, passionfruit or sprinkle with chocolate.
  8. TIPS I often leave the pavlova in the oven over night with the door slightly ajar to cool.  The slower the pavlova cools the better chance you have of it not cracking. If you baked the pavlova on a different tray to serving tray get someone to help you can left two edges of the baking paper each and transfer onto your serving tray.
summer pavolva
summer pav!

Never Fail Scones

These scones, are the only recipe that I have ever used. Easy and always, always turn out perfect.  The original recipe comes from a school recipe book from St Augustines Primary School, but I have altered it slightly!

scone recipe
delicious never fail scone recipe

Ingredients

3 cups SR Flour + extra for rolling

1/2 cup castor sugar

pinch salt

100 grams butter

1 1/4 cups milk

Method

Preheat oven to 240 degrees

In a large bowl sift in the flour and salt.  Using only your finger tips rub in the butter into the flour until all butter is rubbed and it looks like tiny crumbs.

Add sugar, stir in and make a hole in the middle of the mixture.  Pour all milk into the hole and mix in using a butter knife (so the mixture doesn’t stick as easily).  Mix until you have a combined ball with no flour left around the sides of the bowl or the bottom.

Sprinkle the extra flour onto your bench and gently knead out the dough until it is 2-3 cm high.  Using a scone cutter or a glass, dust rim in flour and cut out scone.  Place cut scones on a baking tray touching each other.

Roll your dough off cuts together and cut out more scones until all dough is used.  Should make 12 large scones.  Dust scones with extra flour.

Turn the oven down to 210 degrees and bake scones for about 18 mins until nice and browned.

Serve as fresh as possible with whipped cream and raspberry jam!

scones with jam and cream
scones with jam and cream recipe

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

This cupcake recipe is no-fail!  They are easy and delicious.  You will make them over and over agin, by far one of my most asked for recipes!  Coupled with this chocolate butter icing it is the perfect classic flavour combination.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing Recipe

RECIPE VANILLA CUPCAKES

3/4 cup castor sugar

2 cups self raising flour

125 grams butter

2/3 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Beat all ingredients together until thick and mixed well.  Normally 2-3 minutes if you use an electric mixer.  The mix should be smooth and a consistent pale colour.

(Occasionally i need to add an extra 2 tablespoons of milk, it seems to be every 3rd time, it may be the size eggs i have used?  But be aware if you use smaller eggs, or the mixture is very thick, add a dash more milk.)

Spoon into patty pans in a muffin tin, bake at 190 degrees for 12 mins.

Bake at 210 degrees if you want peaked tops for 12 mins.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

RECIPE CHOCOLATE BUTTER ICING

The reason this chocolate icing is better then all other icings is the vanilla essence.  It might sound like a simple or unnecessary addition but once you add it in once you will always add it.  The vanilla takes it to another level in the flavour category!

2 cups icing sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

3 tablespoons soft butter/margarine

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa.

Add milk, vanilla and butter, beat for 2 mins on high until smooth.

Spread on and eat!

If you want to pipe this icing, use 2 tablespoons of milk and butter.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

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Chocolate Slice

An easy peasy chocolate slice that is yummy and moist!

CHOCOLATE SLICE RECIPE

125 grams of butter

1 dessert spoons of golden syrup

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons of cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup SR Flour

1/2 cup coconut

2 tablespoons milk

Method

In a saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar and syrup.

Allow to cool and then beat in egg.

Stir in sifted flour and cocoa.

Add coconut, milk and vanilla and stir until smooth.

Line your baking tray with baking paper, pour mixture in and smooth with knife or spatula.

Bake in a small slice tin at 180 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes.

 

Best iced while hot.      CHOCOLATE ICING

This recipe makes a lovely smooth glossy icing that “sets”  so great for school lunches and easy to pour over the chocolate slice while still warm.

1 Cup icing sugar

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 tablespoon hot water.

Mix together until smooth and then pour over slice while still warm.

Sprinkle with 100’s and 100’s or coconut!

EAT, EAT and EAT!

 

Peanut Butter and Oat Clusters

Peanut Butter and Oat Clusters

Peanut Butter and Oat Clusters, are a delicious and easy snack.  They are ultra versatile so you can use this recipe as a base and change the ingredients to suit your diet requirements.  For example you could use coconut oil instead of butter or sultanas instead of chocolate chips.  But personally I think peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations known to man so – thats what I went with!  Once made and set on a tray pop them into a container or zip lock bag and store in the freezer or fridge.  Perfect snack for anytime, maybe even breakfast because you know it has oats in it!

Peanut Butter and Oat Clusters
Peanut Butter and Oat Clusters

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup rice bubbles

1 cup sultanas, chocolate chips (anything that takes your fancy)

Method

Melt together butter, peanut butter and honey, stir until smooth.

Pour over rolled oats and rice bubbles, stir until everything is coated.

Add dried fruit or chocolate chips.

Compact the mix into spoonfuls and place on lined baking tray or a silicone mini muffin tray – both work out well!

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Free style clusters and mini muffin clusters
Free style clusters vs mini muffin clusters


Place in the fridge until set.

These are 100% freezable so once set place into container or zip lock bag and put some in the freezer for later.

Peanut Butter and Oat Clusters

My sausage rolls!

This sausage roll recipe is quick easy and great for hiding vegetables in!

Perfect Sausage Roll Recipe
Perfect Sausage Rolls

These sausage rolls are easy to make and versatile too, really good to use up anything lingering in the fridge!
Ingredients
500 grams sausage or chicken mince
1 diced onion
1 grated zucchini
1 grated carrot (Any grated vegetable is fine. If you grate very finely it is hardly noticeable!)
1/3 cup sauce (sweet chilli, BBQ, tomato chutney, salsa -anything!)
3 sheets of pastry
Tablespoon milk

Separate pastry sheets, so they defrost a little.
Mix mince, vegetables and sauce.

Sausage mix with vegetables and sauce
Sausage mix with vegetables and sauce

Slice pastry in half, spoon mix into a log shape up the middle of the pastry, roll half of pastry over.

Sausage rolls
Place mixture into the middle of the pastry piece.

Using the back of the spoon, pack the mince against the pastry – add or remove mince as needed.
Fold over again so the seam of pastry is facing down.

Perfect Sausage Rolls
Using the back of the spoon, push filling into the pastry.

Place on baking tray, seam side down, glaze with milk.

Sausage rolls
Sausage rolls ready to place in the oven – seam side down

Cut each roll into four peices.
Bake at 180 c for 20-25 mins until golden brown.

Perfect Sausage Rolls
Perfect Sausage Rolls

No Food Processor Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls
Bliss Balls

Out of not having a food processor necessity – I made this recipe. I still wanted to get onto the bliss ball bandwagon but I didn’t want to buy a food processor (I’m holding out for a thermomix!)
Anyway, I find these really do hit the spot when you need a sweet treat that is relatively healthy!
Ingredients
1 cup of dates chopped
1 cup of nuts or seeds chopped. I use raw cashews and chai seeds to fill the gaps of the cup
2 tablespoons of cocoa
1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (optional)
1 tablespoon of protein powder (optional)
coconut to roll in

Bliss ball preparation
Bliss ball preparation

What you do
1. In a saucepan place the dates with 1/4 cup of water, place on medium heat until reach a slight boil. Allow to slow boil for a couple of minutes until soften. Take off heat and drain.
2. Allow to cool.
3. Add cocoa, protein powder and oil, mix in.
4. Add chopped nuts and seeds, stir in.
5. Allow to cool completely and roll into balls.
6. Store in fridge, makes 12 – 15 balls depending on size.
Don’t eat all at once, you will find that – that many dates are NOT your friend :-)
Great to be put in the freezer to snack on whenever you need them, once set put a couple in a zip lock bag and put them in your work freezer great for the 3pm snack!

Bliss Balls
Bliss Balls

no processor bliss balls

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