Sour Cherry Lamingtons

It’s Australia Day today, and we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of cherries in stores, due to cherry season, and the Lunar New Year.

Chinese people value cherries, as their red colour symbolises prosperity and good fortune, and their round shape symbolises perfection and eternity.

Walking through Costco, I stumbled upon boxes and boxes of the fruit, and decided to buy some. Inspiration struck, and I decided to make Lamingtons with a twist, to celebrate Australia Day.

While I didn’t use any of the cherries in my recipe, they were the source of my inspiration. Instead, we shared them with the family, while reflecting on how fortunate we are to live in such an amazing country!

The recipe is, as follows:

Ingredients:

50g plain flour

50g self-raising flour

50g cornflour

4 large eggs

150g caster sugar

4 tsp sour Cherry essence

500g icing sugar

100ml water

Desiccated coconut

Method:

 

1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

2. Grease and line an 8 inch square pan.

3. Sift the flours three times until well aerated.

4. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and caster sugar together until light, fluffy and triple in size.

5. While continuing to beat, add in the essence and combine.

6. Next add in the flour mixture and fold through with a metal spoon, ensuring that the air in the mixture doesn’t deflate.

8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tray, and bake until cooked through.

9. Line a cooling rack with a sheet of baking paper, and turn the cake out into it, to allow it to cool.

10. Start making the icing, by sifting the icing sugar and mixing the water and essence into it. If the mixture is too runny, add extra sifted icing sugar. The mixture should be thin enough to coat the sides of the cake, but not make the cake soggy.

11. Cut the cake into small squares. I measured 3cm cubes, and ended up with 49 Lamingtons.

12. Once cut, coat each cube of cake with the icing mixture, and then roll them in the coconut.

13. Serve the Lamingtons once they have dried slightly, or, store them in an airtight container.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you have a go at making these Lamingtons 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


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


Chinese Almond Cookies

I admire so many things about the Asian cultures, people and their food. I especially love that I get to share in a bit of the culture by living in multicultural Western Sydney. The hustle and bustle of the marketplace, people calling out for you to try their fresh produce, families enjoying freshly made meals, teaching their children about their roots, just fills me with joy!

I wanted to try making something traditional to celebrate Chinese New Year 2019. If you frequent Asian grocery stores like I do, there’s a good chance that you will have seen these cookies before. Some of you may have even had these as treats growing up. The soft, crumbly, almond flavoured delicacies are truly amazing, especially paired with a cup of tea! The great thing about them is, you can have them any time of the year…

Give them a go, with my version of the traditional recipe, below.

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Meal

2 cups Plain flour

1 cup cubed Butter

1 cup caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 tsp almond extract

Method:

1) Cream together the butter and sugar.

2) Add in the flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and almond extract and combine to form a dough.

3) Chill the dough in the fridge for an hour at least.

4) Roll the dough into balls, place them on a greased and lined baking tray, and flatten them slightly with your palm.

5) Give each cookie a slight egg wash, and place one piece of sliced almond in the centre of each.

6) Bake the cookies in a pre- heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown.

** the cookies will be soft, but will harden slightly as they cool. Don’t be impatient, leave them on the tray to cool completely before packaging the cookies.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you have a go at making these cookies 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


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


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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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx


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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Nazzy’s Date and Coconut Sugar Cookies

With Eid coming up again soon, I was experimenting with ingredients over the weekend. With pantry staples, and a bag of pitted dates, I was able to come up with the following recipe. These cookies were so easy to make, and not too costly either 👏🏽

They could be packaged individually as a gift for your friends or family, or, you could make a quick batch to serve with tea or coffee. Give them a go 💕

Ingredients:

200g caster sugar

200g softened butter

1 beaten egg

1tsp coconut essence 

350g flour

50g desiccated coconut

1/2 a cup of pitted and chopped dates 
Method:

  • Cream the softened butter with the caster sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add to the mixture 1 beaten egg and mix well.
  • Add a tsp of coconut essence 
  • Add in the sifted plain flour, desiccated coconut and chopped dates and mix to form a cookie dough.
  • Allow the dough to rest, and heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Once rested, roll out the dough and cut into required shapes.
  • Place the cut cookie dough onto lined baking sheets and then bake until golden brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool, and then decorate and package as required.


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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx


Its A Girl – Puzzle Cookies

Mr 2 has just become a big brother! To help him get involved in welcoming his little sister home, I decided that I would make him a gift of an edible puzzle, announcing the arrival of his sweet baby sister 💕

It turns out that Mr 2 currently likes the tv show “Hey Duggee”. I drew inspiration from the character sets and came up with the cookies you will see below!

Here’s #howididit:

1) I made a sugar cookie dough:

  • Cream 200g of softened butter with 200g of caster sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add to the mixture 1 beaten egg and mix well.
  • Add a tsp of vanilla
  • Add in 400g of sifted plain flour, and mix to form a cookie dough.
  • Allow the dough to rest, and heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Once rested, roll out the dough and cut into required shapes.
  • Place the cut cookie dough onto lined baking sheets and then bake until golden brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool, and then package as required.

2) Once chilled, I rolled out the dough and placed the puzzle template onto the dough.

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


3) I cut the dough to the size of the template.

4) Then I cut the individual puzzle pieces and labeled them.

5) Using each puzzle piece, I cut the dough to make the puzzle

6) Once cut, I placed the pieces onto a baking tray and baked them till golden brown.


7) I repeated steps 3,4 and 5 with fondant while the cookies were cooling.

8) Once cooled, I stuck the fondant pieces onto their matching cookie pieces using edible glue.

9) I then smoothed the fondant with a smoother and let it dry.


10) Once the fondant was dry, I painted the cookies with food colouring mixed with a couple of drops of lemon juice, and added some fondant decorations.

11) I added some sparkle in true Nazzy Baker fashion, and Voila!!! The puzzle was done!
I’m yet to see Mr 2’s reaction, by I have my fingers crossed that he likes his gift. 😬

You can make puzzle cookies for a variety of gifts… follow me to see what other uses I have for this cool puzzle template 💕


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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx


Mothers Day Honey, Coconut and Macadamia Cookies

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums and mother figures out there. I hope you have all had a wonderful day, and that you were treated like the Queens that you all are!

Last weekend, I visited The Macadamia Castle which is located between Byron Bay and Ballina In Knockrow NSW. Our little family, drive between Brisbane and Sydney several times a year, and we have become quite fond of a few stops along the way. The Macadamia Castle being one of them.

This year I decided to incorporate our road trip stops into my baking blogs, as they have been a tremendous source of inspiration for both myself and my family.

With the Pacific Highway upgrades, people tend to miss out on some of the wonders little townships have to offer, and so I am hoping my new little project “On the road with Nazzy Baker”, will inspire you to stop by these places and discover what they have to offer.

I walked out of the Macadamia Castle last Friday with a big bag of goodies and a whole heap of “bakespiration”.


The first recipe I thought I would try is a recipe for my mothers day Honey, Coconut Macadamia cookies. #hereshowididit

1) Cream 200g of softened butter with 200g of caster sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2) Add to the mixture 1 beaten egg and mix well.

3) Add a tsp of coconut essence and 1tblsp honey. (You can adjust these measurements to suit your taste)

4) Add in some chopped macadamias. I added some chopped coconut and honey flavoured macadamias, however you can use plain unsalted nuts too.

5) Add in 400g of sifted plain flour, and mix to form a cookie dough.

6) Allow the dough to rest, and heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

7) Once rested, roll out the dough and cut into required shapes. I chose hearts to show my love on Mother’s Day.

8) Place the cut cookie dough onto lined baking sheets and then bake until golden brown.

9) Allow the cookies to cool, and then package as required.

Here’s a picture of my gift :

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx


Nazzy Bakers 1hr edible gift idea:

To those of you that follow me on Instagram, you would know that these cookies had a “parenting moment” attached to them. The caption on my Insta story being – “wait till you hear the story behind these cookies” 😂 Well, here it is:

Last week Sunday, I braided miss L’s hair to make it easier for her to manage at her schools swimming carnival. I thought that I had done an amazing job, and felt pretty great about it till I received a message from her teacher on Monday afternoon saying that little miss had managed to get a comb stuck in her hair. 

Why? Why would she have needed to comb her hair? I would have done that? How bad is it really? I’m sure I can fix this! These were just some of the thoughts that went through my mind on the 45 minute bus ride home. ( yes I am a bit of a panic button)!

I get to my stop, and spot my husband waiting patiently for me to check the damage. I ran to the car only to find madam fast asleep with a big blue comb twisted beyond reason into the front of her curly thick hair. I tried in a panic to undo it, quickly coming to the realisation that there was no way in heck that this was going to come out without scissors. I cut the comb off, and much to my relief, she only lost about an inch off the bottom of her already layered fringe. 

This could have been so much worse though. Her teacher had spent a phenomenal amount of time after the swimming carnival to try to remove the comb, and untangled it the best she could.

I can only imagine how frustrating this must have been for her, especially after a day at the carnival and managing so many kids. In her message, the teacher apologised that she couldn’t get the comb out as if she was to blame. My heart instantly felt gratitude towards her and every other teacher out there that work tirelessly, going above and beyond for our kids ❤️

I decided that I would send something special in to school the next day to show my appreciation! Miss L got onto making a “Thank You” card for her teacher, while I got onto making these cookies. 

1 hour from start to finish, #hereshowididit:

1) I started out by making a shortbread cookie dough


2) I rolled the dough and cut out some heart shapes


3) I baked my cookies at 180 degrees Celsius until they were slightly brown and cooked


4) Once cooked, I allowed the cookies to cool, and started rolling out some marbled fondant that I had made and stored a few days prior. 

(Marbling technique used in previous blog post: https://nazzybaker.com/2016/09/29/nazzy-bakers-navy-and-ivory-marbled-cookies/)

5) Once rolled, I used the same cutter to cut heart shapes out of the fondant.


6) Once cut, I brushed each fondant heart with sugar glue and stuck each heart to a cookie.


7) I decided to add a personalised message using my cookie lettering embosser. To add a bit of bling in the usual Nazzy Baker way, I added a touch of gold leaf to each cookie 😍


8) I packaged the cookies into self adhesive cellophane bags, and then into a pretty gift box.


9) Voila! An edible gift made in an hour! 


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Nazzy Bakers Dino foot cookies

Meet Mr Dino! The little guy that helped me make these scrumptious cookies to match “NazzyBakers Jurassic Park Cake”.

I first started by tracing Mr Dinos foot using a pencil and paper.

I the cut out the template as in the picture below.

I then rolled out some cookie dough, and cut around the foot template.

Once cut, I placed the cut dough onto a lined baking sheet and baked the cookies at 180 degrees Celsius till they were cooked.

Once cooled, I covered each foot with green and brown marbled fondant to get the following effect:


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