Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Butterscotch Biscuits

Quick to make and I always double or triple the recipe and freeze the uncooked flattened balls :)
If cooking from frozen allow an extra couple of minutes.

125g butter
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 1/4 cups self- raising flour

Beat butter, vanilla essence, sugar and golden syrup together in a bowl. Stir in sifted flour until all combined. Roll into walnut sized balls. Place about 5cm apart on greased oven trays and flatten with a fork. Bake for 15 mins (soft) or 20 mins (crunchy) at 180c.

* My children prefer them crunchy - to freeze the dough I line a container with freezer wrap or baking paper and the slightly flatten rolled balls onto it. You can do multiple layers you'll just need to flatten the balls first before adding layers between sheets of paper.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Choc Weetbix slice & Chewy Weetbix biscuits

I took this with me a friends house for an Undercover wear party. It disappeared fast! It is also a firm favourite with my children :) I found these recipes when I was trying to use up some weetbix that my children have decided they don't want for breakfast.

Choc Weetbix slice
7 Weet bix, crushed
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups SR flour
2 tlbsp cocoa
250g butter, melted
3 drops vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180c. Mix all ingredients very well until there are no dry patches. Press mixture into a lined lamington tray. Bake for 20 minutes. When almost cooked - prepare the icing mixture and ice within 2 minutes of removing from the oven. Cut into small pieces when cool.

1 cup icing sugar
2 tblsp cocoa

Mix together with enough hot water to make a thin icing.

Notes - the original recipe has 4 tblsp coconut and only 6 weet-bix.
Everyone loved it without the coconut but you could change it back if you wished.

Chewy Weetbix Biscuits
250g butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tblspns golden syrup
1 tspn bicarb soda
3 tspns boiling water
2 1/4 cups SR flour
9 crushed weetbix
1 cup choc chips

Cream butter and sugar. Add golden syrup and keep beating, then add bicarb dissolved in boiling water. Fold in flour, crushed weetbix and choc bits. Roll into small balls and place on trays and flatten slightly, leave enough room for spreading. Bake in 180C oven for 15 mins.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

So much for my new years resolution to blog more!
Seems I am blogging less this year.
I'm going to start adding a few more of my favourite recipes on here to share with you all.
I've even been working with a few gluten free recipes!

My blog of the day is hanigan family recipes - loving those cute easter eggs!! YUM!

Friday, 2 January 2009

Easy Tuna Dip

Thank you to another Lisa for this recipe! Here is my version. This was a huge hit on Christmas Eve at my place.

Easy Tuna Dip

250g (8oz) cream cheese
185g (6oz) can tuna in brine or springwater
4tbs sweet chilli sauce

Drain tuna really well. (I tipped mine into a sieve and left it to drain for about 5 mins - stirring it a couple of times. If your can is slightly larger it won't make any difference to the finished product.
Allow cream cheese to soften, then beat it with electric mixer till it is soft and fluffy.
Stir in tuna and chilli sauce and mix until all combined.
Taste and add more sweet chilli sauce, to your own taste.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with hard biscuits, as the dip sets once you refrigerate it.

Recipe can be halved.
If using the soft cream cheese in the tub you won't need to whip it first.
Also you can cheat and buy the tuna with chilli in one of the foil sachets and just stir that through the tub of soft cream cheese!
Also works with light cream cheese.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

2009 - Nurture

This idea originally came from scrapbook guru Ali Edwards in 2007.

Here is the spiel from her blog:

"one little word

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.

Last year I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January - a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. Last year my word was something I wanted to bring into my life in a more tangible way."
2008 was "Less" - which I really didn't do well at. I think most of the things I was aiming for didn't happen due to my own procrastination.

2007 was "enough" - which was the beginning of my journey to a simpler life and the year I stopped buying "stuff" just for the sake of it.

2009 - I have chosen "nurture".
Nurture [nur-cher]

-verb (used with object)
1. to feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring.
2. to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
3. to bring up; train; educate.

4. rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
5. development: the nurture of young artists.
6.something that nourishes; nourishment; food.

Over the next few weeks I am going to set a tangible goal for each month, that reflects the word nurture.