Fruit & Nut Biscotti from scratch

These beautiful cookies are loaded with lots of nuts and fruits. I really love the taste and also the texture of it.  I didn’t double bake these cookies as I loved the texture which gives  a feel  of nutty cake.

Normally biscotties are baked two times. If you do not the texture of this cake you can always double bake to leave longer.

If you like you can double bake these for keeping longer. It didn’t stay longer at my place. It will be a  real treat with a coffee or to give away for Christmas.

This recipe will make 25-30 slices.

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Slice the log in to thin slices. 

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Banana & Condensed Milk

Though banana bread can be done in different ways , one of the best ways is with condensed milk. To get the colour and add some sweetness I added molasses in it. But you can totally omit molasses from this recipe too.

This bread is not very sugary  as I didn’t add much sweetness to this bread. One way this bread is healthy with less oil and sugar. The other thing is you can serve this with a cup of coffee with extra butter or jam if you wish.

Where ever I go I order banana bread with my coffee. I always noticed that there is a huge difference from cafe to cafe. Don’t try from commercial type places as they put preservatives to keep longer.

I have so many different versions of banana bread types. Please browse in my channel or under the cake section if you like banana bread.

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Chocolate Eclairs From Scratch

Hazelnut & Chocolate Slice

I couldn’t stop eating this slice. I love this a lot. Hazelnuts and chocolate goes really well with each other. Adding Irish cream makes it more rich in taste too. Make sure to roast the hazel nuts before using.

I have done this slice a lot of times. But if I make it at home I am the one who finishes it all the time. Once with out adding any cream I added only Irish cream. OMG the taste was awesome. if you are serving kids do not add any liqueur. You can add different flavours that goes well with the chocolate.

 

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Hamburger Rolls

Hamburger rolls are so simple and easy to make. From the money you buy 6 you can make 15 with out a problem. All you need is a bit of patience. I always do a larger batch and leave in freezer to use later.

Making bread at home is a good way of not having any preservatives and unnecessary amounts of sugar and oil. The other thing is tastes much better than a shop bought.

This recipe will do 12-15 buns. you can always multiply or divide this to get larger or smaller batches.

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Cafe Style Banana & Chocolate Muffins

I love banana in any type of a cake. These muffins are one of my favourite muffins. You can do them in a larger batch and freeze them like I do. When ever you want them its there for you in freezer.
These are good for kids lunch boxes too. Add less sugar if you don’t mind. You can cut them in half and serve with cream or ice cream too. These are cafe style muffins and they are really large. You can do them in small muffin pans too If you do them in regular ones you will get 24 muffins or more. So divide the recipe by 2 to get a smaller batch.

To get the recipe for making your own  self raising flour click here

To see how to line baking trays click here

 

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Green Pea & Ricotta Cannelloni

One pot meals for busy night is an ideal option. This recipe is so easy to do. You can cook and freeze this meal with out a problem. The other way is to prepare and bake is the next day. When you have time prepare everything together for all busy week days. Plan the week ahead. So it is so simple to do.

Having spinach with ricotta all the time I thought of doing with green peas. This was so nice and creamy and so easy to prepare too. Instead green pea you can use any other kind of a legume for this too.

This recipe will serve four people.

I boiled two cups of frozen peas. Put the peas in to a pot with salted water and cook until tender.

 

Other than that you will need 2 eggs, a bottle of  pasta sauce or home made pasta sauce, 1 tsp garlic , and one finely sliced onion.

1 Pack Cannelloni and a tub of ricotta cheese

Drain the cooked green peas and lay the cannelloni on the tray.

Mash the boiled green peas until mushy.

Add eggs, onions, garlic, salt and pepper in to the mashed peas and mix well. After add the ricotta and mix well.

Later it will look like this. Put that in to a snap lock bag.

Cut the end of the bag and fill the cannelloni and lay them back to where they were.

 

Pour the tomato sauce on top. Spread it nice and even.

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Sprinkle the cheese on to. Bake on 180c about 1/2 an hour or until golden brown on top.

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Serve hot.

 

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Easy to Make Crunchy Sesame Cookies

These cookies are so easy to make and this is a big batch. Divide the recipe by 2 to do a smaller batch .If you like you can add more roasted sesame seeds in to this recipe too. Adding  more sesame gives these cookies a unique taste.

Sesame seeds are used in many Asian cooking and baking too. It has a nutty flavour and a crunchy texture too. Sesame used for making Tahini and halva and many other dishes. Sesame oil is used in Asian cooking too.

My mum used  to make a nice sweet slice using a lot of sesame seeds. Not like these days when I was a child my mum had to separate sesame and throw the tiny stones mixed to it. When she sun dry them we use to grab a hand full of sesame and run away. They are from my childhood memories.

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Madeira Cake

Madeira cake is a really moist  cake that is very simple to make. The texture is very similar to a butter cake. Traditionally , lemon is added to the cake. So With the same recipe you can do two different types of cakes. Adding lemon zest gives a tangy fresh flavour.

This cake a real treat for an afternoon tea or even to go with a good tasting coffee. This can be done a day before for more flavour. freeze this cake up to three months . You can slice as you wish and pack in individual bags for  easy thawing.

 

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Condensed Milk Bread

My hobby is baking and gardening . I love experimenting bread every weekend. Its spring here in Australia and that means I am baking bread again. In winter its hard to proof. But still I used the warm oven  for proofing. So you can see more bread soon.

This bread sounds hard but very simple to make. Its worth putting the effort to bake this beautiful bread at least once. The bread is so light and soft. I prefer this just like the milk bread. So tasty with butter and jam. 🙂 Even you can use with savouries too.

This stays out two days with out a problem and also last about 4 days in fridge. Can freeze up to three months too. To get the softer crust add butter on top of the bread. Leave the bread covered with a clean tea towel about 5 minutes. You can get a glaze as well as a softer crust this way.

If you want to spoil yourself with more condensed milk add several spoons on to a slice of bread ………………. 😀   I did…..Yum…

 

 

 

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