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

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

A Nazzy Baker and Henna by Maziah Collaboration 

Two Sundays ago, I was lucky enough to do a Henna cake Collaboration with Sydney Henna artist Maziah, (aka Henna by Maziah)!

Not only was she so lovely to work with, but her work is also so amazing!

In order to prepare for her amazing work, I covered two foam cakes with white fondant, and set them on a fondant covered cake board. I love the combination of electric orange and electric pink for Henna themed events, and was inspired by my sisters henna night from a few months ago.

When Maziah arrived, I whipped up a batch of royal icing (at piping consistency) and coloured the icing orange and pink.

She started piping soon after, and seemed so at ease with the piping bag and icing 💕 I can only imagine how different it would be to piping Henna designs with a henna cone… but she did not seem phased at all!

As she was piping, I added silver balls to add a bit of bling while the icing was still wet.

To keep myself busy, I also piped some royal icing flowers, to use around the cake as fillers.

Once her design was piped, and she left, it was time for me to add a bit of ribbon, and personality, and Voila!!! Our cake was done!

Herewith the photographs of this Collaboration, of which I hope there will be many more 💕

A big thank you to Maziah, and my in-house photographer for all your hard work!


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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

Nazzy’s take on the Argentinian Alfajores 

Friday nights at my place are usually spent watching the food network, Food Safari on sbs, The Living Room’s chef Miguel, and Better Homes and Gardens fast Ed. (It’s a battle of the channels, flicking to each show during ad breaks)

Last Friday night I was inspired by an Argentinian Chef who made the traditional caramel cookie called Alfajores.

Alfajores can be described as a crumbly shortbread cookie, sandwiched with a caramel filling also known as dulce de Leche.

On Saturday morning, I set out to shop for all the ingredients I needed to make the Alfajores. I was determined to nail this recipe so that I can make it again for Eid celebrations in 3 weeks time 🙂

I happened to do just that! They were a huge success, and were demolished in no time by family and friends – which is always a good sign.

Here’s how I made them:

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups flour

2 1/2 cups corn flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup butter

3/4 cups white sugar

3 egg yolks

1tsp vanilla essence

2 cups Dulce de Leche ( thick milk caramel)

Method:

1) Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

2) Add the vanilla essence and beat to combine

3) Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating them into the butter and sugar mixture until fully mixed in

4) Add the baking soda and baking powder and mix again

5) Add in the flour and corn flour, and gently fold through until the mixture forms a dough. This part can get messy, and it helps to use your hands to form the dough.

6) Once the dough is made, wrap it in cling wrap, and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

7) Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper, and then using a round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds.

8) Once cut, place the dough circles onto a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown.

9) Allow the cookie rounds to cool on a cooling rack

10) Sandwich the cookie rounds together by piping onto one round, the dulce de Leche, and then top with another cookie round.

11) Serve your Alfajores with a cup of tea or coffee 🙂

These are mine:


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Nazzy Bakers Lemon and Coconut Delight Cake

I was approached a few weeks ago by a good friend, who asked me if i didn’t mind baking a cake for the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea to raffle off for some much needed funds. As usual i was happy to oblige, and donated this beauty to the good cause.

“When life gives you lemons… bake my Lemon and Coconut Delight Cake!”

Here’s #howididit:

1) I started off by using a vanilla cake recipe, substituting vanilla essence for coconut and lemon essence. I used the equivalent of 1tsp each. To the mixture, I added 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.


2) Once the mixture was ready, I added the zest of one lemon and gently folded that through the mixture. I then baked the cake at 180 degrees Celsius until it was golden brown and cooked.

3) As the cake was cooling  I quickly made a lemon and sugar syrup to drizzle over the cake to give it a moist texture, and to enhance the lemon flavour. Once cooled, I drizzled it over the cake and let it soak through.

4) I prepared a cream cheese buttercream recipe with 1kg icing sugar, 125g butter, and 250g cream cheese and milk as needed to make the desired texture icing. Once prepared, I set aside a bowl with 3 tblsp of icing to colour with yellow food colouring.


5) I covered the cake with the icing and smoothed the sides the best I could, with a cake smoother. I then dabbed some yellow icing around the cake, and smoothed the cake with the smoother again to get the following look:


6) I then made a white chocolate ganache for the drip effect and applied that to the top and sides of the cake.

7) Then… For the decorations, I used toasted coconut, white chocolate shards (with coconut and lemon zest),  macarons and candied lemons.


Here is the finished cake:


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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx