Monday, 29 October 2012

Haunted Halloween Gingerbread house

Last year for Christmas I made my first ever gingerbread house and it was so much fun I thought I'd make a haunted gingerbread house for halloween this year.

The gingerbread recipe was really crunchy and delicious! I used this recipe from which I liked so much I think I'll use it just for regular cookies, they'd be really good with a cup of tea!

Basically to make the house all you need is a template, some cooking paper and some patience!
I made my own house template but you can download them off the internet just by searching for 'gingerbread house templates'.

The finished house after about 3 hours of waiting and icing and waiting... I was done:)
I decided to make a little zombie graveyard behind the house...
The glass stained windows were one of my favourite parts, you just place a boiled sweet into the cut out holes and the oven does the rest while its baking. Pro tip don't cook them on baking paper because no matter what you do the lollies get stuck at the back. I recommend using a silicone baking mat for all of the pieces.
The pieces waiting to be assembled below...
A close up of one of my zombies
More of my 'gingerdead men'
My inspiration:

Sunday, 14 October 2012

I've found the 'Cookie Time' recipe:) (Well pretty close)

If your from New Zealand then no doubt you know the deliciousness that is a Cookie Time cookie very well. They are so addictive! if we ever have any in our house they never last more than a couple of days because you honestly can't stop eating them (especially those tiny Christmas ones they make). I found a recipe online for them or something VERY smilar and now they are my new favourite cookie recipe!

Of course I had to share with you blogger friends

1 cup butter

3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups plain white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C Grease an oven tray.
2. Cream the butter , white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs into the mix one at a time, and then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, then stir into creamed mixture.
3. Fold in the chocolate. Place rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking tray.
4. Bake until light brown, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to rack to cool.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Alcoholic cupcakes

My friend Tania recently made some vodka cupcakes and that got me thinking about what other possibilities there are for alcoholic treats?

I found there are heaps of amazing alcoholic cupcakes already on the market in cupcake stores especially the champagne cupcake and the margarita, these are some of the awesome flavours that Miss Melicious cupcakes make...

They are an Auckland based cupcake store that have just released a cupcake cookbook (which I can't wait to read!)

My only alcoholic cupcake attempt so far is a baileys cupcake which I made for Saint Patricks day. They were pretty good but the Baileys only came through in the icing not the cake.

I guess thats because when alcohol cooks it gets burnt off and so the flavour doesn't seem to really stick in the cake. Most of these recipes have a plain cake base and the alcohol is placed into the frosting or the filling.

What about a Lemoncello cupcake? Oh boy, oh boy! I really love Lemoncello but it's pretty full on (strength wise) I think in a cupcake it would be toned down just the right amount to be perfect!

I dont actually own any lemoncello but I do own a peachchello so I might have to try making those instead.

Hey are a few more delicious treats you could make...

Malibu cupcakes

Frangelico cupcakes

Cosmopolitan cupcakes

What I dislike about alcoholic cupcakes and baking is that whenever you read about them in a book or online they use the word 'Adult treats' it just seems disturbing to me but hey if you can get past that (which I'm sure you will) the possibilities for delciousness are endless really.

Happy Baking <3


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