Snickerdoodles …

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  Donuts are my weakness and I think that’s why I love these Snickerdoodles so much.  That smell of sugary cinnamon when these come out of the oven sends me weak at the knees.  These biscuits are like little pillows of fluffiness, mildly chewy and absolutely delicious.  Enjoy!     Snickerdoodles …   Print Author: Mrs Organised Recipe type: Biscuits/Cookies Ingredients ... 3 cups plain flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, at room temperature ¾ cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 2 large eggs 2 … read more

Chocolate Weetbix Slice …

Chocolate Weetbix Slice

      I have a real sweet tooth and every now and then I crave chocolate!  Do you know the feeling?  I’ll take it any way it comes but I do have a soft spot for this particular Slice … I think because it satisfies my love of chocolate but I also think I’m drawn to the coconut flavour as well.  It’s a simple recipe that looks good and tastes even better.  I usually decorate my Slice with Freckles but really, you could use anything that takes your fancy.  This is also a great recipe to whip up if you’re throwing a kids party because you can make it ahead of … read more

Easy Peasy Apple Slice …

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  This is a super easy and delicious slice … it’s perfect as dessert with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of cream and freezes really well.  Enjoy!       Easy Peasy Apple Slice …   Print Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients ... 1 cup sugar 2 cups self-raising flour 3 large green apples, cored, peeled and chopped into 1 cm chunks ⅔ cup butter, melted 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon sugar, extra ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Method ... Preheat oven to 180C and line a slice tray with baking paper. In a large bowl, add the sugar, … read more

Cherry Ripe Biscuits …

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  If you’re a fan of Cherry Ripes, then these biscuits will be right up your alley.  Chocolatey and fudgy with delicious chunks of Cherry Ripe scattered through, these are sinfully good … just be sure to hide them from the kids or they’ll vanish before your eyes.  Enjoy!   Cherry Ripe Biscuits …   Print Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients ... ½ cup butter, chopped 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 1 ¼ cups brown sugar, firmly packed 1 egg ¼ cup self-raising flour, sifted 1 cup plain flour, sifted 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda ⅓ cup cocoa powder 5 large … read more

Kitchen Hints and Tips # 9 … How to Prevent your Cakes, Cupcakes and Muffins from Burning on the Side and Bottom …

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  Do you ever find yourself wondering why your cakes, cupcakes and muffins end up being crusty or appear burnt-looking on the side and bottom?   It can be very frustrating but here are some simple tips that might prevent this from happening:   Change your cake tins and muffin trays to a lighter colour. Dark coloured pans absorb and reflect more heat, whereas light coloured pans absorb and reflect less, therefore, a lighter coloured pan is less likely to burn your baked goodies.   Get to know your oven. Not all ovens are the same and … read more

Kitchen Hints and Tips # 8 … How to Substitute Buttermilk in a Recipe …

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  When I’m cooking or creating a new recipe, I try to use ingredients that I would normally find in the fridge and pantry … things that I cook with all the time.  It’s not only easier, it’s often cheaper and it also means I don’t buy things I won’t fully use or ingredients that I don’t like or am unfamiliar with.  In those instances, I try to find a substitute by modifying something that I already use. One such ingredient is buttermilk and I occasionally stumble across a recipe that needs it. It's not something I usually keep in my fridge or buy because I find … read more

Kitchen Hints and Tips #7 … How to Cut your Slices Perfectly …

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  When I was learning how to cook, one of the things that frustrated me most was cutting a freshly made slice only to end up with it looking like someone had taken to it with a chainsaw. No matter how hard I tried, I used to crack the beautiful chocolate surface or get crumbs from the first couple of cuts all over the remaining pieces … sound familiar?   Well, many years, lots of trial and error and loads of practice, here are a few things I’ve learned to help you cut your freshly made slice, perfectly.   To remove your slice successfully from … read more

Kitchen Hints and Tips #5 … How to Bake without Sifting your Ingredients …

Kitchen Hints and Tips #5 … How to Bake without Sifting your Ingredients

  I love to bake and, over the years, I’ve made a huge variety of beautiful biscuits, slices, muffins, cakes, etc. They’re all tried and true recipes that give me confidence they’ll turn out perfectly every time.   I also love finding new recipes but any new recipe must pass the test and meet the following criteria, it must:   be simple … I don’t like recipes that are complex and much prefer recipes where the instructions are clear, logical and easy to follow with the ingredients listed in the order in which they’re needed.   be quick … read more

Pineapple Carrot Cake …

Pineapple Carrot Cake

  I do love cake, and nothing is more delicious than a beautifully moist cake that’s packed with flavour … Hello, Pineapple Carrot Cake! This is a fairly dense cake that won’t rise much in the cake tin and once iced it’s more like a very, thick slice. You can probably freeze this cake but I’ve never had the chance because it never lasts long enough. As soon as my kids smell this in the oven, the come running! Enjoy!   Pineapple Carrot Cake …   Print Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients ... 1 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon bicarb soda … read more

Chocolate Chip Cookies … 60 Freezable Cookies …

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  Who doesn’t love a deliciously soft, gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie … one that melts in your melt and begs you to eat just one more!   Well, these cookies certainly fit that description and my only advice would be to get them into the freezer once they’ve cooled or they just might vanish right before your eyes. This is a great little recipe because it also goes a long way to create 60 cookies that freeze perfectly. Enjoy!     Chocolate Chip Cookies … 60 Freezable Cookies …   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins … read more

Lemon and Coconut Muffins …

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  Life has been pretty crazy the last week or so and as a result, my little blog has suffered from lack of attention!  But I'm back on track again and have a lovely muffin recipe to share with you.  These sweet little treats are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids and are perfect for school lunches.  Whip up a batch, toss them in the freezer and you're good to go!   Lemon and Coconut Muffins …   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 18 mins Total time 33 mins   Author: Mrs Organised Serves: 15 Ingredients ... 2 ½ cups self-raising ¾ … read more

Gingerbread Men …

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  Making Gingerbread Men is so much fun and a great cooking activity to share with kids. My girls have always enjoyed making and decorating these little guys and we’ve now got quite a collection of cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes.   A great recipe to make on the weekend to include in lunchboxes through the week, these biscuits will store well in a sealed container for up to a week. This is also a lovely recipe to make at Christmas time to give out as gifts. Enjoy!     Gingerbread Men …   Print Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients ... ¾ cup … read more

Apple and Sultana Muffins …

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  Wow … Christmas has been busy with lots of lunches and dinners to attend so it was lovely later this afternoon to have some quiet time at home which I spent baking.   The kids will be back at school before we know it and I love to get a head start on baking morning tea treats to build up a bit of a supply in the freezer. A couple of times each week I’ll include muffins in school lunchboxes and this recipe is just perfect for that.   These muffins freeze really well and the grated apple guarantees they’ll be delicious and moist. Enjoy!     Apple and Sultana … read more

Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins …

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  Here’s a great new muffin flavour I tried over the weekend.  They were gobbled up super quick leaving me only 4 to freeze for lunches … next time I think I’ll make a double batch! Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins …   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Mrs Organised Serves: 14 Ingredients ... ¾ cup milk 1 tablespoon vinegar 2 ½ cups self-raising flour, sifted (I used gluten free) ¾ cup caster sugar 1 ½ tablespoons poppy seeds 125g butter, melted 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 orange rind, grated finely ¼ … read more

Citrus Slice … No Baking Required …

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  Here’s a gorgeous slice that’s quick to make, requires no baking and is perfect for afternoon tea when friends drop by for a cuppa.  Enjoy! Citrus Slice … No Baking Required …   Print Prep time 20 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Mrs Organised Ingredients ... 1 packet Marie Biscuits, crushed 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 cups desiccated coconut 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons lemon rind, grated Icing 1 tablespoons butter 1 ½ cups icing sugar 1 – 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice desiccated coconut, extra Method ... Melt butter … read more