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Brownie sandwich cookies with salted caramel creme filling25. June 2014

I’ve been trying out different cookie recipes in the hopes that I will come across a nice one that we can use to make ice-cream sandwiches for Father. This is recipe no.3 that I have just tried out and not only was it a nice, quick and easy one to follow, but these suckers came out pretty delicious. They’re a little soft and chewy and the ones that I baked for a minute less worked quite nicely with an ice-cream filling because they remained a bit soft.

The original recipe below by Bakers Royal, uses a salted creme filling for the centre, which also sounds amazing. Definitely going to try that next time around. Salted caramel is like magic happy potion, I can slurp that stuff down till the imaginary cows come home. 

Took some snaps of the process along the way, I used 3 different types of chocolate so that they were bitter sweet instead of overly sweet, I used a dark Lindt, a dark Cadbury and some Cadbury milk chocolate. And then all I did was leave out the salted caramel part and instead I sandwiched vanilla bean ice-cream between 2 biscuits.

Happy baking x







* Please note the recipe is for 1/4 cup of flour–not more. To prevent a thin batter make sure to beat the eggs and sugar for FIFTEEN minutes – don’t mix it for less time or it will result is a thin batter. Beating it that long will emulsify the batter and help to create a thicker batter - I did exactly what this warning says, I mixed it for 15 minutes and it totally worked. 

Brownie Cookie (taken from Bakers Royale adapted from Donna Hay)

  • 340 grams chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder, sifted


  1. Place 200 grams of the chocolate and the butter in a saucepan over low heat and gently stir until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  2. Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat for 15 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add in flour, baking powder, melted chocolate mixture, remaining 140 grams of chocolate and mix to combine. Set aside to to stand for 10 minutes. Spoon a little under a 1 tablespoonful of the mixture, onto parchment lined bake sheet. Bake for about 8–10 minutes or until puffed and cracked. Allow to cool completely on trays.

Salted Caramel Creme Filling (by Bakers Royale)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioner sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salted
  • 1/4 cup caramel (recipe below)

To make caramel creme filling:

  1. Place butter in a bowl and beat until creamed. Add in confectioner sugar and salt and beat until lightly combined, then add in caramel and beat until combined.
  2. Spread a  tablespoon and a half of caramel creme on underside of one brownie cookie, add a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and then place a second brownie cookie on top.

Homemade salted caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ c heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional, for salted caramel sauce)


  1. Place sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat and stir the until sugar has dissolved. Dissolve any crystals forming on the side with a wet pastry brush.
  2. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high.
  3. At this point do not stir the mixture directly. Now and then, using the handle, give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute or so.
  4. After 3-4 minutes the mixture will turn from a light amber to medium amber and then finally to a dark reddish brown color. Once the mixture starts to smoke, add the butter and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling). Set aside to cool completely.








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The Tart Tart11. April 2014

Stumbled across this super cool food blog called The Tart Tart, it’s run by Linda, a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and photographer and it makes me so hungry I could cry massive hungry tears of sadness. It looks likes she’s a beast in the kitchen as well as behind a camera, because everything on her site makes your mouth and eyes water.

I have a lot of baking to do today for some orders and for a friend’s birthday, so last night I went looking for some inspiration, found it here definitely.

- I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, a.k.a. Elysian Fields of the most spectacular produce on the planet, from where my love for fruits and vegetables was born. On any given Saturday, you can find me at the Union Square Greenmarket, stalking stalks [of celery] and heads [of cabbage]. Otherwise, I’m probably cooking in my tiny New York kitchen, photographing the fruits of my labor in a designated work space way out in the boondocks of my apartment, or siphoning off the wifi at my local cafe.



Tomato soup 


Fig Tartlets


Brooklyn blackout cake


Butternut squash, sage and pine nuts pasta


Decadent hot chocolate


Blueberry sour cream ice-cream


Apple cider doughnuts


Sweet Potato Fries


Honey Cupcakes


Pistachio cake with honey buttercream icing


strawberry short cake


Paneer Curry


Black Sesame Macarons


Chocolate thumbprints cookies


Summer Greek style pasta


Asparagus tempura

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Baked goods. Good goods. Get in my mouth goods.20. March 2014

Thought I would share some of the delicious looking things I have been seeing on Pinterest lately…. enjoy. All links are below the pictures.



Blueberry Meringue Pie


Chocolate cake- there’s no recipe for this one, but the lady describes what it is, I just like how it’s been decorated – I’m going to try it


Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake


Lavender cupcakes


Chocolate celebration cake


Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts


Salted Caramel S’mores Tart


Six-Layer Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Buttercream Cake


chocolate and zucchini cake

peanut butter-chocolate-cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter cake


Plum, Rosemary, and Brandy Cakes


Honey bombolini with vanilla bean custard


Lingonberry Gingerbread Cakes


Lemon tart



Meyer lemon iced raspberry yogurt cake


Orange-Olive Oil and Chocolate Cake, with flaked salt


Chocolate Chip Layer Cake


Chocolate mousse cake

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Local Milk23. January 2014

Local Milk a.k.a Beth, Elizabeth Evelyn has a really cool blog with really cool photos of food that she makes and scenes that she styles. I follow some of her boards on Pinterest and she really has a good eye for things. I went through her blog and pulled some food shots (which all come with recipes, so don’t fret) off for your drooling pleasure.

So here is Beth and her amazing work…How delicious does all this stuff look?



Coconut tres leches cake


Peanut butter and dark chocolate layer cake with fleur de sel


Faux Smoked Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder


Grilled sausage with herbed muscadine sauce and roasted corn & okra goat cheese


Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Shortbread


Cornmeal Brown Butter Scones


Crème fraîche, cornmeal, & pumpkin coffee cake + pepita streusel


Stinging nettle and ricotta ravioli


Tomato ginger muffins


Brown butter waffle cake


Salted spicy double chocolate chilli cookies


Vegan Ginger Ice Cream Sandwich


White peach, rose and basil pies


Pear, gorgonzola, and walnut pie


Rapini & Potato Pizza

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Top with Cinnamon23. September 2013

These awesome looking baked goods and sweets that would make any pudding compartment surrender in seconds, come from a young baker named Izy who runs a cool blog called Top with Cinnamon. She comes from a long line of bakers and is particularly influenced by her Italian-American mom.

I think if I had to see Izy walking down the street, I would kidnap her and force her to force feed me these magnificents every single day.



Salted Caramel + Nutella Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


Pistachio, Mint and Olive Oil Fudge Brownie Ice Cream


Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancakes


Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars




Healthy 3-ingredient Chocolate Fudge Sauce


Healthy Banoffee Parfaits


Texas Sheet Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting


Swedish Chocolate Cake


Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt


Cinnamon Roll Baked Doughnuts


Coconut Angel Food Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies06. February 2013

My friend Adi and I are going to have a choc chip cookie competition one of these days. We both think that our cookies are the best, but we all know that in this world (i.e. Illovo, Corlett Drive) there can there can only be one winner. The recipe that I have tried a few times and love, is this one (click on this link). The cookies come out good every time and not too chewy, which is what I really like. But today I decided to try a different recipe out just for fun and to see if they are better than the ones I swear by.

I found Liz’s Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies on Pinterest and decided to give them a whirl, my love handles also felt like chocolate biscuits and when they holla I come a running. I’ve never made brown butter cookies before and there is a little more preparation that goes into these in comparison to the ones I normally make, but I was up for the challenge.

They came out nice, but they are quite a sweet mouth full! Between the brown and white sugar and the choc chips you are pretty much eating an explosive does of sugary goodness that may pr may not give you diabetes. But I think that if you had to have more than 1 of these you might land up loosing a few of your pearly whites, which is never a good thing. Ever. Ever.

These cookies are good, but I prefer the ones I normally make and I’m definitely going into battle with those. Adi, you ready?








1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 large egg

2  tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup oats (not quick-cook)

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup chocolate chunks



In a small sauce pan, heat the butter, whisking constantly until browned.  Remove the saucepan from heat and continue to whisk for an additional 30 seconds.  Set aside and let the butter cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, chocolate and oats.  Set aside.

Once the butter has cooled, mix it with the two sugars until combined.  Mix in the egg and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture and combine with hands until a dough forms.  Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the edges and bottoms are golden brown.










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