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.

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

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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

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 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’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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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 💕


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 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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