Nazzy Baker’s Blueberry Macaron Recipe

When Costco has a sale on baking goods, you can be sure to find me there… just buying random ingredients to use in my baking experiments. I happened to find a huge bag of almond meal two weeks ago, and without a second thought it was in my trolley.

Once unpacked the bag of almond meal stared at me for days on end, every time I opened the pantry. I just didn’t know what I was going to make with it.

That was until last weekend, when I suddenly thought of Macarons. I had not made these delicious cookies for months, and wasn’t sure I would get the recipe right after so long…

As it turns out though, the recipe worked a treat, and these Macarons were an absolute hit!

Have a go at making your own Macarons! You can change the colours and flavours as preferred. And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, just try it again! Practice makes perfect!

Blueberry Macarons Recipe:

Macaron Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups of icing sugar sifted

1 cup almond meal sifted

3/4 cups caster sugar

1 tsp salt

3 large egg whites at room temperature

Pinch of cream of tartar

1/2 tsp blueberry flavouring oil

Gel food colouring (navy, super black and violet)

Buttercream Filling Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 cups sifted icing sugar

1/2 tsp blueberry essence oil

Gel food colouring (violet)

Method:

1. Sift the almond meal and icing sugar together into a bowl. Add the salt.

2. Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy, and then gradually add in the caster sugar and whip until you see stiff peaks. (You should be able to hold the bowl over your head upside down without the mixture falling out).

3. Fold the almond meal and icing sugar mixture into the meringue mixture until combined.

4. Add a few drops of colour and the blueberry flavouring to your macaron mixture and gently fold through. Be careful not to over mix.

5. Pipe the mixture into rounds on a baking sheet, and allow them to rest for approximately 20 to 30 mins or until the top of the cookies are dried out.

6. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees, for approximately 15 – 20 mins, rotating the tray halfway through. The cookies are done when they easily peel off the baking sheet.

7. To make the buttercream, while the butter until light and creamy, and then add the icing sugar. Beat the ingredients together, until combined. Add the colour, and flavouring.

8. Once cooled, pipe the buttercream onto one half of the cookie, and using another half, sandwich the two together.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you have a go at making these Macarons for your loved ones! If you would like to collaborate with me, or, if you would like to make any suggestions or even provide some feedback, please feel free to contact me.

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Until next time…. happy baking!

xxx Nazzy Baker xxx

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Nazzy’s Vanilla Cake Recipe

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and I apologise for my lack of content. While I have not taken a break from baking and sharing on Instagram and Facebook, I did need a bit of a break from blogging. After a lot of reflection, I am back, and I hope to make nazzybaker.com bigger and better this year.

With so much to look forward to, I thought I would share my first bake of 2019 with you all.

This cake was made for my dad, who is a massive fan of a cuppa tea and a slice of plain vanilla cake in the afternoon after work. On my recent trip to Queensland, Dad asked if I would bake a plain cake for for him.

I found a few recipe ideas, rummaging through a few ancient cook books. With so many great recipes, I took notes on ingredients I liked. How often do you see a recipe that calls for butter and oil?? I added that to my list of things to try, and at the end of this exercise, let’s just say that I was on a mission in mums kitchen, to make the best tasting cake ever.

This is the recipe I used:

Ingredients:

370g Plain Flour

370g Caster Sugar

4 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

230g Butter softened

1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

295 ml Whole Milk

90 ml Vegetable Oil

3 Large Eggs

Method:

1) Cream the butter and caster sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

2) Whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

3) Add the whisked wet ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar slowly while mixing on medium speed until combined. Note: adding the wet ingredients too quickly may result in curdling.

4) Sift the dry ingredients into the mixture, and continue to mix until a batter forms and all the ingredients are well mixed. Try not to over mix your cake batter.

5) Pour the batter into a cake pan and bake in a preheated oven at 150 degrees Celsius, till cooked and golden brown. The low temperature of the oven will allow the cake to cook slower, and rise more evenly.

*** Nazzy Baker’s top tip:

Lining the outside of your cake pan with damp paper towels and clean damp tea towels, and then baking your cake, will result in a more even and moist cake due to the slowed cooking process and the steam generated from the damp towels.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you have a go at making this cake for your loved ones! If you would like to collaborate with me, or, if you would like to make any suggestions or even provide some feedback, please feel free to contact me.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @nazzybaker and like and share this post with your friends.

Until next time…. happy baking!

xxx Nazzy Baker xxx

Date and Sour Cherry bread, topped with crushed honey almonds

The cravings for raisin toast on the Easter long weekend were real. With all the major shops closed, I decided to make my own fruit bread for breakfast with ingredients I had in my pantry. Who would have thought that sour cherries and dates would be a match made in heaven? Certainly not I! That is, until now… Try making this loaf yourself, and tell me what you think!

Nazzy Bakers Date and Sour Cherry Bread with crushed honey almonds:

Ingredients:

600g strong bread flour

350ml Luke warm water

2 tsp instant yeast

1 cup chopped dried sour cherries

1 cup chopped dried dates

Egg wash

Method:

1) Add flour to a large mixing bowl, and sprinkle over the yeast, and mix till the yeast is incorporated into the flour.

2) Add the water, and mix to form a dough.

3) To the dough, add the dried fruit and knead to combine.

4) Allow the dough to prove in a warm place, covered in cling film (plastic wrap).

5) When doubled in size (after an hour or so), knead the dough again and shape the dough as desired.

6) Allow the dough to prove again.

7) Brush the top of the loaf with egg wash, and then sprinkle over some honey almonds (optional).

8) Bake the bread in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown.

9) Serve warm or cold, with butter.

I hope you have enjoyed this post:) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Facebook messenger, or by email : nazzybaker@gmail.com

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

Nazzy Bakers White Chocolate Mango and Coconut Mud Cake

A few weeks ago, I was asked to create a show stopper cake for an event I was to attend.  I needed a cake recipe that would give me a WOW factor result. Of all my experimental cake flavors, one of the most loved has got to be my mango drizzle cupcakes. Coming close in second place is my white chocolate mud cake. I decided to combine these flavors, and add a bit of coconut, and came up with the following recipe.

I cannot begin to tell you how delicious this cake tasted. Its just something you will have to try making and tasting yourself 🙂

Nazzy Bakers White Chocolate, Mango and Coconut Mud Cake:

Ingredients:

Cake:

300g White Chocolate buttons

200g salted butter

1 cup of milk

¾ cup caster sugar

2 large eggs lightly beaten

2/3 cup self-raising flour

1 cup plain flour

½ cup of desiccated coconut / 1tsp coconut essence

Filling:

1 kg Frozen Mango cubes

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

Ganache:

675g white chocolate buttons

225g cream

 

Method:

  • Ganache: Heat the cream in the microwave for 1 minute, add the chocolate buttons and heat in short bursts until the chocolate and cream are well combined. Leave the ganache to cool.
  • Filling: Add Mango, sugar and water to a saucepan, and cook until the water evaporates. Blitz the mango mixture to a smooth thick mixture.
  • Cake: Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Grease and line cake pan with cake release spray and baking paper. Place chocolate, butter, milk and sugar into a saucepan and stir on low heat continuously until well combined and smooth. Allow the mixture to cool. When cooled, add the coconut essence and eggs and stir until combined.  Sift the flours into a large bowl, and then add the chocolate mixture in, one cup at a time, mixing well between additions. Once all the ingredients are combined and mixed well, pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until cooked.  Allow the cake to cool.
  • Assembly: Slice the cake in half, and pipe a border around the edge of the cake with ganache. Fill the center with the mango filling. Stack the next layer of cake on top. Cover the sides and top of the cake with a layer of ganache, and smooth it with a palette knife if you wish to cover the cake with fondant.

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

Nian Gao – Chinese New Year Cake

Nian Gao is a Mandarin word that means higher year. It is a name given to a Chinese sweet made from glutinous rice flour.

While Nian Gao can be eaten all year round, it is most popular at Chinese New Year celebrations.

As part of my exploration into multicultural desserts, this year I decided to try making Nian Gao. I’ve never attempted making an Asian inspired dessert before, and to be honest the procrasti-baking was real! It took a while, but I braved up, and tried my luck…

The recipe I used was adapted from one I found at the following link, with a few twists of my own.

https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/baked-chinese-new-year-cake-28077

Nazzy Bakers Chinese New Year Cake : Nian Gao

Ingredients:

500g glutinous rice flour

4 large eggs beaten

1tsp coconut essence

2 1/2 cups caster sugar

3 cups milk

3 tblsp melted butter

1/2 cup toasted desiccated coconut

Method:

1) Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2) Whisk together all the wet ingredients.

3) Then add the sugar and glutinous rice flour and whisk again well.

4) Pour the mixture into a greased and lined baking dish.

5) Bake the cake for 20-25 minutes, then sprinkle the toasted coconut on top, and bake again till cooked and browned on the top and sides.

6) Once cooked, allow the Nian Gao to cool, and then cut into squares and serve.

** I had some dried rose buds, which I crushed and sprinkled over for some colour

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

Nazzy Bakers Christmas Tree Fidget Spinner Cookies

With Christmas coming up, I’ve been scratching my brain for ideas for edible kids gifts! Here’s something I came up with! I hope you are inspired to give it a go 🙂

The template can be found on the website in the Nazzy Bakers Templates section, along with my sugar cookie recipe! 


1) Cut out template 

2) Place cut template onto rolled cookie dough, and carefully cut out the Fidget Spinner shape.

3) Place shaped cookie dough onto a lined baking tray.

4) Cut out shaped to make the Fidget Spinner cookie bearings. I used piping tips for circles, and rolled some cookie dough to form the rods.

5) Place bearing parts onto the lined baking tray, with the cut out Fidget Spinner cookie dough. 

6) Bake in a pre-heated oven until golden brown.


7) Once cooled, prepare your royal icing to pipe and flood the cookies. I used forest green colouring for these cookies.

*first pipe the outline:


* then flood the cookies with a looser consistency royal icing and allow to dry for several hours:


8) Once dry, start preparing the bearings:

*place a drop or two of thick royal icing onto the circular pieces.


* Then position the rod into the drop of icing and hold firmly till in place. (I had to shave the sides of my rods in order for them to fit).  Once in place, allow to set for several hours.


9) while the bearings are setting, start decorating your Christmas trees as you please. I used a simple design, as I was trying to get this blog out to you asap! You can be as elaborate as you please 🙂


10) Once the cookie decorations are dry, pipe a drop of icing onto the other bearing part (circular cookie). Place this on top of your semi assembled Fidget spinner, and Once positioned, allow to set overnight.


11) Time to play with and eat your Christmas Tree Fidget Spinner Cookie!! 😜


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Nazzy Bakers Dolphicorn Cookies

What do you get, when you cross a dolphin 🐬 with a unicorn 🦄 ? A dolphicorn of course!

These cookies were inspired by my sister who is turning 30 this year. A lover of all things marine related, my sister has always had a fascination with dolphins. More recently however, she has been talking about unicorns and how she wanted a unicorn cake to celebrate her birthday. 

I decided to cross the already gorgeous dolphin, with the mystical unicorn in an edible form, and came up with these cuties 😍.

If you would like to make these, click the link below for the template and sugar cookie recipe!

1) Print and Laminate Nazzy Bakers Dolphicorn Cookie Template.

https://nazzybaker.com/dolphicorn-template/


2) Make the sugar cookie dough and allow it to rest.

3) Cut out the Template shapes, place onto the rested and rolled cookie dough, and cut out the dolphicorn shape.


4) Once cut, place the cookie shapes onto a lined baking tray, and bake till golden brown.



5) Once cooled, decorate your cookies with either fondant or royal icing.

I chose fondant decorations for these, and used a combination of teal, white and black fondant.



I used edible gold paint for the horns.

For the cheeks, I made a mix of bright pink petal dust and sheer sheen petal dust and added some lemon juice to get a “paint” consistency.

Voila!! Herewith the end result!! Now to post them to QLD without them breaking 😬 #challengeaccepted

“Happy Birthday to my favourite 30 yr old sister ❤️”  

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx