Saturday, March 31, 2012

Something sweet to end the week

Whoopie pie, Moon Pie, little cakes with a cream filling... whatever they're called, they are cakey and delicious.

I have been wanting to try Whoopie Pies again for a while, after my last attempt resulted in flat pancake like things.

I also thought it was about time I baked for my work mates again, as the past few weeks have been exceptionally stressful and hard. I asked one of the girls what flavour she felt like and she immediately yelled back at me "SALTED CARAMEL". The challenge was set. I started looking through my favourite blogs for salted caramel posts and found a recipe for Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Buttercream. YUM.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

More bananas (and Nutella)

Continuing on with today's banana theme, I have made some banana cupcakes with Nutella frosting (guess that also means I'm continuing the Nutella recipes). We've been taking advantage of the cheap bananas recently, but they start going brown before we get the chance to use them all, so have been freezing them. The freezer was getting a little full, so thought it was about time I baked something with bananas. 

Normally I double this cupcake recipe to make sure there's enough, but this banana version of my usual cupcakes turned out to be a bit bigger, so I made way too many. I'm trying to loose weight at the moment, so thought I'd get other people to eat these instead of me. I've frozen a few for my toddler's lunches this week, I also made an early morning call on my brother and his girlfriend, and finally took some to today's play date. They were pretty delicious, but if I kept them at home I'm sure I'd find a way to ration that because they have bananas and Nutella that it would be ok to eat them for breakfast... you see why I had to unload them :-).

Saturday morning banana pancakes

I have seen people eat pancakes in so many ways and with so many flavour combinations. I remember when I was in Canada visiting my friend, her boyfriend at the time covered his pancakes with a thick layer of icing sugar and then drenched it with maple syrup. My teeth hurt just watching him. And years ago there was this great place in West End (Brisbane) which served "Canadian" pancakes, which were large, fluffy pancakes with crispy bacon, caramelized bananas and maple syrup. They were so hard to resists.

In my ripe old age of 27 though, I've grown out of having sweets for breakfast. I crave savoury (or just coffee most mornings). My toddler however loves anything sweet at any time. This morning I thought I'd surprise him with some banana pancakes. They had a lovely banana flavour and were light and golden. I suggest you pop on the kettle and whip yourself up a batch tomorrow morning!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pumpkin Swirl Bread for Baby Munks

A few weeks ago I made some bread and it was so delicious that it was all gone before I could take a photo and post onto this blog. I did get a chance to share a few slices with some of the girls at work, but most of them missed out. So, yesterday my very good work mate mentioned that normal, boring toast was making her preggo belly gag but she was craving my sweet pumpkin bread (she didn't use the word craving, but it works better in this instance). So with another evening free and some left over pumpkin puree in the freezer, I thought Baby Munks should get her* bread. 
*The sex of Baby Munks has not yet been determined, but I'm guessing it's a girl. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

No bake baking

I saw a recipe online about a month ago and have been waiting for my chance to make it. My baking motivation has been a little low over the past month, but last weekend my brother and his lovely girlfriend came over for dinner so I dusted off my mixing beaters and got back into the kitchen.  

This recipe comes from My Baking Addiction. The first thing that caught my attention was the use of Nutella. I've seen so many Nutella recipes lately, but this one was too hard to pass. Also, it was a cheesecake - no challenge.

So here it is. I recommend you try it. It was silky smooth and beautifully rich. I could only manage to eat half of mine, an absolute shocker for me, but it was amazing.