Let’s Bake! (Halloween Spider Cookies Edition)

Hey! Halloween is a week away and I’m getting into the Halloween spirit by baking something ‘spooky’. It’s not that spooky, but I was flicking through Pinterest, and came across this pin.

It seemed perfect, and totally within my baking skills, so I gave it a shot. I used my faithful chocolate chip cookie recipe, and made a batch of those.

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Once they had cooled, I melted the remainder of our chocolate chips, threw it into a ziploc bag and piped to my best ability. I’m pretty happy with how they came out! I admired them and took lots of pictures! I remembered that Rory had some spider decor, so I grabbed them for props. Seemed appropriately spooky.

Fun fact, later on when I went to grab a cookie, I forgot how I’d decorated them and had a mini heart attack when I was about to eat one. I thought it was a real squished spider in the cookie until I remembered how I’d decorated the cookies.

Extra fun fact, can these really be counted as spiders since I gave them only six legs instead of eight?

They still taste like cookies in the end so I’m happy.

What spooky treats do you guys plan on making?

Angela.

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Let’s Bake! (Apple Cinnamon Muffins Edition)

I blame all my American and European blogging friends for this, you guys with all your talk of fall..and apples…and cinnamon.

I really wanted to make muffins with those two ingredients, and I found this promising recipe from Robyn at Add a Pinch, which is incredible and amazing! Go have a looksie.

Okay, let’s get into it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (+ 2 teaspoons for coating apples)
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (+ ½ teaspoon for coating apples)
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
For the Topping:
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup ground cinnamon

You need a few bowls for this. First, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.

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In another bowl, throw the diced apples and 2tsp of flour together to coat them.

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In one more bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Make sure the butter is really soft, cause this part got annoying for me as it took ages to cream. Add in the egg, one at a time. Then mix in the vanilla.

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Fold in the flour mixture into your cream bowl, alternating it with the milk. Mix it a little, until it’s just combined.

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Now fold in the coated diced apples.

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Get your tins and spray them, so the muffins don’t stick. Scoop the batter in. You want them to be almost full but not really. Bake them for around 25 minutes at 180 C. Keep a close eye on them, you want the toothpick to come out clean.

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For the topping, melt the butter in one bowl. In another bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.

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Once the muffins have mostly cooled, dip the tops in the butter, then the topping. This part was a lot of fun.

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Without the topping
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With the topping

Now you got some muffins! They are so good!! I ate a few (as did Rory), and the next day we ate some more for breakfast.

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What kind of muffins do you guys like?

Angela.

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Let’s Bake! (Pancakes Edition)

**Hey guys! I’m reposting this in celebration of National Pancake Day, which is probably not celebrated in New Zealand, but it sounds amazing and I’m gonna go have some pancakes now!**

I have a habit of baking pancakes every Sunday now though. So I thought I’d share my recipe I use with you! It’s written in my notebook, and I don’t remember where it originally came from. It’s foolproof though!

Let’s make sure you have all the ingredients!

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp oil

Optional

  • 1 banana (or whatever you want to add to the pancakes)

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In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

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Make a well in the centre.

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Pour in the milk.

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Throw in the egg.

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Pour in the oil.

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Mix it all together until it’s all smooth.

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Now you can add the extra optional stuff. So for this one, let’s mash a banana.

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Throw it in with the rest.

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Let’s mix it all up again.

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Now the batter is ready, time to set up the pan. Make sure to add some oil so it doesn’t get sticky.

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I use around 1/2 cup of batter for each pancake.

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Now it’s pretty self explanatory. Pour it onto the pan. I like to move the pan around so the pancake gets bigger.

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The general rule of thumb of when to flip is it to look and see if there’s lots of bubbles. That’s what I do anyway.

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Now flip it over nicely. Or try to anyway.

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But hey if your rip it, just shove it back together and keep cooking it.

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Now keep cooking the rest.

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I forgot to take photos of the rest. But this recipe normally makes around six pancakes.

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Now add whatever toppings you want. We only have syrup, so I added lots.

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That’s all for this Let’s Bake! Be sure to check out the other ones for more food pictures 😛

Angela.

 

Let’s Bake! (Carrot Cake Edition)

It’s been too long!! I haven’t baked anything in ages, not since this whole moving business, so it was really fun to bake something again! Let’s bake a carrot cake!

So I’ve mentioned this recipe before in Share A Favourite Recipe!, but it’s amazing, and my go-to recipe for carrot cake. It’s very small though, a dessert designed for just two people. But you can easily double or triple it. I will be using the original recipe in this post.

Here’s what you’ll need.

For the Cake:

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup packed grated carrot (from 1 small carrot)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

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For the Frosting:

  • 3 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

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Let’s get started!

First things first, you need to grate the carrot. You only really need half of a carrot to fill 1/4 cup. I ate the rest of my carrot 🙂

In a medium bowl, beat together the oil and sugar.

Add the egg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat together again.

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Beat in the carrot. You want to just break it up a bit into the batter.

Sprinkle in the flour and baking powder.

Mix them together a little. Try not to overmix though!

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Now add the mixture into the prepared tin. I’ve gone with a square loaf tin.

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Place it in the oven at 180 degrees. Bake it for 20-24 minutes. Until the toothpick comes out with little moist crumbs clinging to it. That’s the ideal stage anyway.

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Let the cake cool completely. While you do that, you can start working on the frosting. For the frosting, make sure everything is at room temperature or there will be lumps.

So, add in the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla essence and beat it together till light and fluffy.

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By now the cake should be completely cool. So you’ll want to tip it out so you can add the frosting.

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Just spread it on. I always love this part. It’s relaxing.

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Now you can garnish the top with walnuts. I’m not the greatest fan of walnuts, but they do look good on top of carrot cakes.

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Now the cake is all done! As always I like to take lots of photos of it. You can eat it immediately, but according to the original post, it tastes best when left in the fridge for at least a day. I can never wait that long though!

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Angela.

Let’s Bake! (Coconut Macaroons Edition)

Look, a new baking post! This weekend, I wanted to do something new with the leftover coconut I had, and I came across this recipe. I’d never made macaroons, and the recipe looked simple enough. This makes 24 cookies.

Also, if you are looking for healthy food options, this is in no way, shape or form anything related to that.

So, let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 5 cups dessicated coconut (it’s a looot)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

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In a large bowl, add the flour, coconut and salt.

Mix together. Also, there is so much coconut. It’s insane. You could probably half the recipe actually. But too late for me!

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Pour in the condensed milk and vanilla essence.

Mix it together!

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After a while though, the spoon was getting stuck. So you need to stick your hands in and get messy.

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Line baking trays with baking paper, or parchment paper. Whatever it’s called.

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Now you have to scoop out the cookies onto the tray. It’s super sticky, so I used two spoons, to roll them into little balls and place them on the trays.

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Now, you put them in the oven at 180 degrees. Bake them for 12-15 minutes or until the coconut is toasted.

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Coconut goodness. I’m not kidding with how coconutty they are. If you’re not into coconuts you may not like this. If you do, then great!

That’s it for another baking post!

Angela.

Let’s Bake! (Banana Crumble Muffins Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Banana Crumble Muffins Edition)

Helloo!! Welcome to another baking post, today is another muffins post!

This time, I tried Banana Crumble Muffins. You guys know I’m a fan of crumble on top of muffins, it just puts it over the top and so much more scrumptious! You can find the recipe here. This recipe was enough for 12 muffins.

First make sure you have everything you need.

For the muffins:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil

For the crumb topping:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter

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Let’s get started!

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Let’s Bake! (Lemonade Cupcakes Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Lemonade Cupcakes Edition)

While going through Anni’s blog for my Have You Met series, I came across all her delicious looking cupcakes. So I decided to try her Lemonade Cupcake recipe. Be sure to check out her post as she is the one who originally shared it 😀

Also, I can’t wrap my head around mls and grams, as I go by cups, so I’ve done some conversions.

As always, first make sure you have what you need.

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
  • 1/4 cup (almost) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup (almost) Fanta (or other orangey sodas out there)

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (almost) cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (not quite 3/4 but more than 1/2) sour cream
  • 1 package vanilla pudding powder

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Let’s Bake! (Blueberry Crumble Muffins Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Blueberry Crumble Muffins Edition)

I’m back with another baking post! The possibilities are endless when it comes to baking.

For my first muffin edition, I wanted to do blueberries. You can find the original recipe here! I’ve stuck with the original recipe quantities, as it makes 12 muffins which is what I wanted. This was originally going to be a lemon and blueberry muffin but I still don’t have lemon zest so I just scrapped it. I shifted the recipe around a little as I took in comments from previous people who had tried the recipe before. Anyway, let’s get into it.

Make sure you have everything you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (5 tbsp and 1 tsp)
  • 1 egg

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In a medium bowl, pour in all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, blueberries, and salt).

Then mix them all together.

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In a bigger bowl, pour in the wet ingredients (milk, oil and egg).

And mix it all up.

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Put the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients.

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Mix it a little. Not too much though, the batter is meant to be lumpy apparently.

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Now get the muffin trays that you just bought that morning cause you remembered you didn’t have any. Grease them a little, and throw in the muffin/cupcake liners.  Once that’s all set up, pour the batter in each, filling it around 2/3 of the way.

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This next bit is totally optional, but I love adding cinnamon and sugar on top to make a crust or “crumble” as I like to call it. Get a bowl and pour in a teaspoon of cinnamon and brown sugar (or more if you want, depends how much crumble you want). Mix it together.

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Then just use your fingers to grab some and sprinkle it over each muffin. I wish I did more looking back, I will next time.

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Now they’re ready to be put in the oven. I baked them for 20 minutes at 175 degrees. Basically use the toothpick test. If it comes out clean, then they’re ready.

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Ta-da! Muffins!

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I impatiently waited for them to cool, took the obligatory photos which I always do. Then immediately ate two while Rory ate one. When he realised I had already demolished twice as much as him, he ate an extra one too. They were delicious, and even better when warm!

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I’m keeping this recipe as a go-to muffin recipe, it was so easy and they came out great! I’ve missed baking, even though it hasn’t even been that long since I last baked. There’s something tranquil about baking, and also, you get to eat something you made from scratch which is always a bonus!

Angela.

Let’s Bake! (Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies Edition)

Hey! Welcome to another baking post! I mean, they’ve all been variations of cookies, but what can I say? I love cookies.

Anyway, you can find the original recipe here. I have halved it as per usual, as well as made some substitutions, as I didn’t check I had everything before making it. I used lemon juice, instead of extract. The lemon taste was very faint because of that, so I would suggest using extract or zest if you want a more lemony taste. I also never have corn syrup, but my maple syrup was out too, so I just used honey.

Let’s start baking!

  • 85g butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup (I used honey)
  • 1 tsp lemon extract (I used 1 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

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