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SISTER vs SISTER: MOTHERS DAY BAKING

Vanessa’s LEMON BUTTER MOMENTS

Who can resist a tin full of melting moments made by your kids? – I certainly can’t. My love of melting moments actually started whilst on maternity leave with Jake now 5 years. A Plunket (NZ postnatal care) friend Sarah, with a baby...

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Ingrid’s LEMON WHIPPED SLICE

I’m always surprised when someone says to me Happy Mothers Day, or refers to me as a mum. I still feel very much the daughter even though I have two scalliwags myself now. Maybe it’s because our mum, Val still looks after Vanessa and...

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Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by Vanessa Opera 3 Comments

SISTER vs SISTER: SLICES

Vanessa’s ALMOND, CRANBERRY AND SPECIAL K SLICE

All kiwis know a slice from the Edmonds Cookery book, mine would have to be the ginger crunch. I don’t know it from baking it myself, its from scoffing so much of it any time it showed up at a gathering or morning...

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Ingrid’s TOASTY THREE JAM SLICE

Vanessa and I both worked at our local bakery when we were in high school, in fact Vanessa used to be my boss on the weekend shift, which didn’t go down too well with me. I just didn’t like being told how to do things by my older...

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Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Vanessa Opera 2 Comments

BLOGGER vs BLOGGER: VALENTINES BAKE OFF


Flourless chocolate peanut butter brownies

I couldn’t resist these brownies from Karen of Sydney blog, Citrus and Candy. Made with hazelnut meal instead of flour these gluten free slabs are easy to make, ultra fudgy but light. Package them up with this Sweet Treats Bakery box and you’ve got the perfect Valentines treat for your special someone. Vanessa


macaroons

When a recipe combines my two daily ‘must haves’ chocolate and espresso coffee I’m instantly paying attention. These Chocolate and espresso melting moments created by Allison of Pease Pudding blog would be such a special treat on Valentines Day. Pile them high on a glass cake stand with a dome  and wait for the response. Ingrid  

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by Ingrid Opera No Comments

CHRISTMAS BAKING WITH KIDS

Easy chocolate chip cookie mix!

Christmas is a busy and expensive time. Like I said in the last post, there is nothing better than a (good) homemade Christmas present. When you have kids, there are many presents to buy, not just for them but for their teachers, daycare staff and friends.
My son loves to get involved in anything I am doing and cooking is no exception. Its always messy, pretty hectic and fingers crossed what we cook works out!
These cookies are really easy, in-fact I would say “no-fail”. They are also the sort of cookie you can adapt and add what ever you want.

Really easy to make – Chocolate chip cookies

I bought chocolate buttons instead of chips because they were the cheapest at the time, in hindsight next time I would go for the chocolate chips as they look better. We did try crushing them up with a rolling pin but doing this with a nearly 4 year old boy – wasn’t that successful!
Another tip is to make the cookies small, just a teaspoon full is all you really need. You will probably have to bake a few batches but they don’t take long at all.

A great gift for daycare or kindy friends or even the teachers!
Now for the credits, the recipe came from “Allyson Gofton, BAKE”. The only change I made was adding real vanilla paste. You could add dried fruit, spices, nuts or white chocolate – really anything would work! It seems a really forgiving recipe meaning if you get the exact amounts a little wrong, it really shouldn’t make a huge difference. If you have baked with kids you will know what I mean!
I plan to wrap them in cellophane with a ribbon and a hand stamped swing tag with either a name or Merry Xmas. I saw on Facebook that “OFFICE MAX” has the entire alphabet for about $30. I am going to hunt them down.
The book

Allyson Gofton toll house cookies

What you need 

175 grams butter
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup caster sugar
2 eggs
2¼ cups flour (I used self raising and NO BP – worked fine) 
1 tsp baking powder

2 cups chocolate chips
 
How to make 
Beat the butter and sugars together until light and creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour and baking powder evenly over the creamed mixture. Sprinkle over the chocolate chips and fold together.
Place heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture onto a greased baking tray, leaving room for the biscuits to spread.
Bake at 180ºC for 20 minutes or until the biscuits are beginning to lightly brown and are firm to the touch. Transfer to a cake rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
 
Happy Baking 
Vanessa 
Posted on: December 10th, 2011 by Vanessa and Ingrid 7 Comments