Hiatus

I haven’t been here in a really long while. Spent two amazing months in California, and despite having a kitchen in my apartment, I did no baking. Shame on me. Now my weekdays are spent in an office for a 5 month long internship and my weekends will be spent mostly packing up my place because i’m moving. Bake days are rare but much much more appreciated.

I was determined to set aside last weekend to bake, but on Saturday I was ambushed by new developments that threatened to destroy these plans. What I did? I baked around them and inbetween them. I was that desperate for some bake time.

It was Victoria Sponge Cake day! I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Though, I did put too much cream in the middle and it oozed out the sides… but other than that it was a royal hit.

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Now to find the time to try out my Giant Cupcake Pan. *yikes!

Strawberry Smoothie

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Wednesday was a good day. After class I drove down to the track, changed into my workout clothes, plugged in my “After School Workout” playlist and I ran. Despite my heart rate reaching well above my maximum (220 – your age), I felt amazing. I felt this surge of energy that I had lost for days, almost as if I lost the weight of everything that had been dragging me down. So that night I went home happy, I made myself a wrap for dinner with melted cheese, chicken, cucumbers, and chilli and then I made a strawberry smoothie, and I was content.

I just love spending time in the kitchen. Like I answered in my Level 1 Spanish Assignment

¿Cual es tu lugar favorito de la casa? ¿Por que?

Mi lugar favorito de le casa es la cocina porque me gusta comer.

*Translated*

What is your favourite place in the house? Why?

My favourite place in the house is the kitchen because I like to eat.

Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies

For some bizarre reason, the internet works everywhere in my house except for my room. Maybe it’s the universe telling me I need to spend less time on the internet or I am right about technology hating me. So I packed up my wires, my books and my laptop and I made my way downstairs to find my dad watching TV in the living room, and when he watches TV he makes full use of the surround system and so then I ended up in the kitchen. Quiet and alone, perfect for completing assignments (you would think) I lasted for about 45 minutes and then I succumbed to this

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I had cinnamon on my mind.
“What would go with cinnamon and is easy to make?”
“Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies!! Mmmm sounds yummy…wonder if i can find a recipe for it online.”
I cannot emphasize enough how amazing it is that you can think of a recipe, nearly anything at all, search for it on google and get multiple results! Oh internet you wonderful portal of discoveries.. scary.. but wonderful.
Back to the cookies.
The cinnamon wasn’t in the cookie itself but rather coated around the cookie along with sugar. The cookies were really soft and crumbly and I loved the pretty cracks in them. I’ve been baking cookies a lot recently, they make such good company.

Little Joys

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A friend ordered some vanilla and chocolate cupcakes for her 21st birthday party and I baked some extra Earl Grey Lavender cookies for her as well. Baking for people other than your family can be rewarding but so stressful at the same time “What if they don’t like my cupcakes” “What if they think my cupcakes taste like crap”. I think I nearly kicked my stomach out from the inside with my paranoia. All that aside, you can always, and only get better and better with each try and I would be happy to bake for anyone!

Hope she liked them xx

Earl Grey Lavender Cookies

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Fridays are no school days, and having submitted my internship forms the night before, a bake day was in order. I was torn between Earl Grey Lavender Cupcakes and Earl Grey Lavender Cookies. Went through a ton of recipes in search for the perfect cupcake recipe but I was just wasn’t feeling it, so i typed in Earl Grey Cookies and I was immediately set. About 8 minutes after I put the cookies in the oven the kitchen started to smell like I was sitting in a field of lavenders sipping on earl grey tea. Soooooo gooooood.

The whole time I was making these I kept thinking “Mum will love these for sure!” and I was right. These cookies would be a perfect mother’s day gift. Put them in a pretty box, or a mason jar, tie some ribbons and it would look so pretty.

This recipe is adapted from Martha Steward but I used earl grey lavender tea leaves instead, eliminated the orange zest and cut the ingredients by half because I really didn’t need about 8 dozen cookies.

You will need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground Earl Grey Lavender tea leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

 Directions:

1. Mix together (with a spoon) flour, tea and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.

2. Mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.

3. Divide the dough into half and transfer each half to a piece of baking paper. Shape them into logs. I made my logs a little less round as you can see from the finished cookies above. Fold up the logs and freeze them for an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 175°C. Cut the logs into 1/4 inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on baking paper.

5. Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes until edges turn golden. Let them cool and your Earl Grey Lavender cookies are ready!

Will definitely be baking these again. They will make such pretty and dreamy gifts.

Heart-Shaped Jam Cookies

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So these cookies were supposed to be my Valentines Day plan, put them in pretty jars and give them as gifts to my family and friends but when my jar quest failed so did my cookie plan. Baked them today because i’ve been feeling slightly overwhelmed and baking keeps me sane and it is also healthier than retail therapy. My mum is a hardcore cookie fan so she was extremely excited about these to the point of saying “I love you” before every bite. I know some hearts look weird and out of shape but hey, no heart is perfect right?

Sister: How did you make them?

Me: Cut out a small heart on one cookie, spread jam on the one without the cut-out heart and then sandwich them together!

Sister: Oh that’s it? *Unimpressed*

These cookies are such pretty  and simple treats that will make anyones day. They definitely made mine.

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Decided to bake Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies to celebrate World Nutella Day yesterday! Oh Nutella, you truly make the world a happier and yummier place. I went through a couple of recipes online before finally settling on one and the cookies turned out great. Too yummy and so easy to make! The recipe only required four ingredients, flour, egg, chocolate chips and of course Nutella. I was a little skeptical at first “What!? No sugar!?!”, but I decided to trust that all that Nutella would be sweet enough and it was. Just writing about it is making me want to walk down to my kitchen and grab the whole tin.

Recipe here! 

Enjoy xx

Milo Crunch

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I imagined a recipe called Milo Crunch to have more Milo than anything else so I surprised and apprehensive when i saw that the recipe involved only 2 1/2 teaspoons of Milo and 250g of dessicated coconut. Even after slightly reducing the amount of desiccated coconut the taste of it still overpowered the Milo and i would have preferred it the other way round. They still tasted good though, wasn’t jumping up and down about them but they tasted good, maybe next time i’ll add in some rice krispies.