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Recipes tagged with: Baking

Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts
  • Time: 1 hour, 45 mins
  • Complexity: medium

Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts

It's not very often that I manage to bake something that looks as pretty as it tastes, but these adorable Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts are finally fitting of that category!

This was a recipe I developed over Christmas time when I was feeling notably festive and wanted something that is easily shared between family and friends. With a gooey caramel filling, encased in a gorgeous shortbread base, and then topped with white chocolate and a single raspberry, you'll definitely get a few comments for delivering these to the table!

Peanut Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Peanut Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding

My love of peanut butter continues into the world of puddings and this particular recipe combines one of my faves, Sticky Date/Toffee Pudding, with the wonderfulness that is peanut butter!

Dubbed my Peanut Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding, this is rich, decadent and oh so delicious on a cold winter's night with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side! (Thanks to Felicity Cloake for the inspiration from her Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe!).

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
  • Time: 40 mins (plus 4 hours refrigeration time!)
  • Complexity: easy

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

Cookies and Cream is one of, if not my favourite ice cream flavour so when I am dreaming up desserts (which happens very frequently), thoughts of cookies and cream often float through my mind. This cheesecake is oh so delish and is a total cookies and cream indulgence!

White Chocolate Chip Vanilla Pudding Cookies
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: very easy

White Chocolate Chip Vanilla Pudding Cookies

I hadn't actually heard of 'pudding cookies' until quite recently but the alluring placement of the word pudding in the title was enough enticement to get me inspired! This is another of my own creations and while I haven't tried a pudding cookie baked by someone else, I'm fairly comfortable that these are a good depiction - they are at least how I imagined pudding cookies to taste! 

They are quite sweet, but the white chocolate and the vanilla flavouring is a simply gorgeous match! The texture is soft and almost moist. Enjoy!

Chocolate Gooey Caramel Cookies
  • Time: 40 mins (plus 1-2 hrs refrigeration time)
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Gooey Caramel Cookies

Caramel is almost always best when preceded with the word gooey and these cookies do that word combo complete justice! Filled with caramel choc chunks plus the addition of a caramel candy in the centre, these are soft, chewy and oh so gooey! 

Admittedly I had a bit of a spread-o disaster when creating this recipe and didn't heed my own instructions - patience is a virtue I tend to ignore in the kitchen! So to avoid ending up with a single cookie the size of the tray, make sure you do adequate chilling time in the fridge and give your cookies some space on the tray. 

Shaz's Snickers Slice
  • Time: 2 and a half hours (includes setting time in between!)
  • Complexity: difficult

Shaz's Snickers Slice

Oh how I love caramel. You put caramel with just about anything and you'll have my attention quicker than you can say 2 for 1 shoe sale! Well maybe not that quick...Anyway, while I tend not to really eat chocolate bars that often these days, I have always been a big fan of Snickers, so it was a natural creative progression for Snickers to provide the inspiration for my latest experimental baking adventure. An adventure that, although had its hiccups along the way, I deem very successful!

This slice is quite decadent, but the saltiness of the caramel and peanuts prevents it from being untolerably sweet. There is a rather tricky layer of nougat in there too, but worth the effort. It is totally delicious and one of my best yet!

Gingerbread Men
  • Time: 20 mins (plus 30 mins chilling time and 20 mins icing)
  • Complexity: medium

Gingerbread Men

There's something so whimsical and lovely about Gingerbread Men - even if you don't like ginger! And everyone has their own recipe to whip up a batch for the littlies at Christmas time, including yours truly!

This has been a wee while coming, having made my fair share in the past, but I feel like I've reached a good place with these cookies! Icing is always my crux... but the beauty of these is that they still look adorable when the icing is quite clearly a homemade job!

Daddy's Dark Chocolate Mud Cake with Salted Caramel Ganache
  • Time: 1 hr 20 mins (plus refrigeration time)
  • Complexity: advanced

Daddy's Dark Chocolate Mud Cake with Salted Caramel Ganache

The name might be slightly misleading for this decadent cake, as my father is about as capable in the kitchen as Stevie Wonder, so where does the naming come from? Well quite recently it was my dear old pop's birthday and being a fan of chocolatey goodness, I knew I had to do something special!

This cake could easily be used as a dessert, it's rich, decadent and definitely indulgent but not in a 'make you feel sick after one bite' kind of way. The cake itself is dense, moist and almost a blur between a flourless chocolate cake and a mud cake - best made in advance and it will fudgey itself up in the fridge. The caramel is simply delicious and could be used in a tonne of recipes! Be warned, the sheer density of this cake can make your caramel squeeze out the sides, but hey, just cover those parts up with more dark chocolate ganache!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been experimenting with cookies for quite a while, and this recipe is one I thought worthwhile sharing! My Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies take the flavour of a classic chocolate chip cookie and give it a soft but chewy consistency - it's the perfect cookie to serve with a glass of milk. 

Tan Slice (Caramel Crumb Bars)
  • Time: 1 hour (plus cooling time)
  • Complexity: medium

Tan Slice (Caramel Crumb Bars)

It's a kiwi classic, a close relative of caramel slice and one of my personal favourites from the bakery cabinet. Up until recently, I didn't actually realise the name Tan Slice is a New Zealand thing and for some of you out there, you may know it by another name such as Caramel Crumb Bars. Regardless, this slice is simply divine! 

I have quite the penchant for anything caramel, so while I have provided the traditional Tan Slice recipe, I would recommend doubling the quantity (or one and a half if you're not quite that daring!) of Caramel Filling to replicate that ridiculously thick layer that is sickeningly satisfying! 

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies

If you're after a sweet treat combining the best of bedfellows: white chocolate and macadamia nuts, in a deliciously dense and moist blondie base, then my White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies are for you! 

I only recently heard of the Brownies white counterpart, The Blondie, and was determined to develop a recipe that reflected how I imagined they should taste. I must admit, I did far better than I thought and I am quite proud of this recipe. It's divine decadence with a beautiful soft sweet base filled with chunks of white chocolate and macadamia nut. Yum!

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookietime Cookies
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookietime Cookies

Another chocolate chip cookie to add to the Chicks Cookbook, but this one is different yet again! Unintentionally, this one is remarkably similar to the 'Cookietime' cookies, us kiwi's should all know and love. It's quite dark, has a beautifully rich flavour and the texture is sort of hard on the outside and a coarse crumby consistency on the inside. 

A cookie that Cookie Monster would enjoy me thinks! 

Smartie Pants Cookies
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: very easy

Smartie Pants Cookies

I've always had a fondness for Smarties, even though I don't eat a lot of them, but they just seem so colourful and playful! This is probably why I felt the need to include them into a cookie, because cookies are about happiness and so when you add the two together it's a match made in... well, the oven really, but you get what I mean! 

These cookies are soft but with a slightly crispy exterior. If you eat them without the Smarties (I know... why would you?) then they might not be very sweet, but with the chocolate Smarties in each bite they balance out to be quite tasty!

Whole Wheat Fruit English Muffins
  • Time: 20 minutes prep (plus 1hr, 20mins rising time) + 20 minutes cooking
  • Complexity: medium

Whole Wheat Fruit English Muffins

Nothing beats the smell of hot cross buns, cinnamon, and mixed spice, and these wee treats are something I absolutely adore. After buying them excessively from the supermarket, I was positive they must be able to be done at home and I was right! 

This recipe for whole wheat fruit english muffins is gorgeous popped in the toaster and then coated in some delicious New Zealand manuka honey! Or if you want to, change out the flour and exclude the spice and fruit to make some nice breakfast muffins - toasted with tomato and cracked pepper on top!

Elmo Cupcakes
  • Time: 40mins plus icing time
  • Complexity: medium

Elmo Cupcakes

He's not my favourite Sesame St character, but I couldn't resist creating this awesomely adorable Elmo from Sesame Street cupcake for Red Nose Day (charity) bake off at one of my previous workplaces. The red theme went through most of the baking present, but I must say... I did happen to take out the crown! Woop woop :)

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