Thursday, 8 July 2010

Granny-Style Jaffa Slice

Not the most "flash" treat I've ever made, in fact, I have to admit that it's rather...modest and homely. But it tastes awesome! Too bad making food seriously dampens my appetite *sigh*.

Ingredients for base:
230g butter
1 cup coconut
2 cups flour
1 cup icing sugar
4 tsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder

Pre-heat oven to 120-150 degrees.

1. Use a sponge roll tin and grease before lining with baking paper. I know my tin is non-stick, but this helps so much in removing the slice.

2) Cream the butter and add the icing sugar. When these are combined add the rest of the dry ingredients and combine. I would not suggest using an electric beater because the mixture gets real thick at this point. Instead, I used my fingers as if I were making apple crumble.

3) When the mixture looks like this...

4. ...Press into the baking tin and toss in the oven for eight minutes. When it comes out, allow to cool and start with the next part.

Ingredients for marshmallow filling:
1 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 rounded tbsp geletine
Orange Essence

5. Put sugar and gelatin in pot on a medium-low heat until it starts to boil. When it does boil, turn it down to low and leave for ten minutes.

6. When ten minutes are up, remove from stove and let it sit to cool for ten minutes. Add the orange essence. I used about two teaspoons.

7. Use electric beater to whip the gelatin mixture.

8. Add the colour. I wanted orange so I combined yellow and red. I added quite a lot of colour, but I have found that when the mixture expands, the colour fades.

9. It should start to look like this...

10. Pour over slice and leave to set. This can take a few hours.

11. Next, get white chocolate and melt in a bain-marie. Or you can microwave till it melts. Do not use full power as the chocolate will burn, instead put it on a defrost setting.

My biggest fear with a bain-marie is getting water in the chocolate. Water + melted chocolate = one big lumpy impossible mess.

12. Spread chocolate lightly over marshmallow.

13. Voila! Finito. As I said earlier, not my best cooking but its tasty.

I swear I'm gonna be fat when the term re-starts.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Holidays = making people fat

Too much time has seen Stef and I spend heaps of money and way too many hours than is appropriate to create a baby card for someone we don't even know. We did it because dad asked nicely and it provided a cool challenge. We decided to use blue (cuz it's a boy) but add a retro vibe to the card. We even put a pop-up inside. And made an envelope...And made marshmallows.

Yes, we went way over the top for someone we've never even heard of before Tuesday. It was fun though.

The marshmallows are vanilla (blue) and orange (orange) flavour with toasted coconut. They were tasty, albeit, I'm not that fond of marshmallow.

I attempted a recipe from the new Frankie Magazine recipe book "Sweet Treats". I made the cherry balls with a slight twist, I added rum instead of copha and it was glorious! So tasty. They have coconut, glacé cherries and the rum (oh the rum!) then they were dipped in milk chocolate. They were devoured before they were even a day old. Poor babies.

I managed to save two though, which I decorated up and gave to my boss to cheer her up a bit. I'm becoming a domestic fiend.

Right-o. That's all for now.