Delicious Lemon Brownies

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I love getting a bag of lemons given to me, our wee tree is getting there but only have 3 lemons from it so far! The next decision is what to make with them. A few months ago Pinterest was full of Lemon Brownie recipes, I was intrigued – I am a little slow on the uptake but I finally made them today and they are delicious! Lovely lemony smell filling the house and a lovely fresh alternative to our decadent chocolate brownie you will find elsewhere on my blog.

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In all I used 5 small lemons, you may need less – using both the zest and the juice – this recipe includes a lovely drizzly lemon glaze which adds to the taste and texture of the Yellowie (totally think it should be a word – if its not already I’ll claim it!) Different varieties of lemons have a different taste to both the zest and juice – Meyer lemons are often the most popular as they are not as tart, but any lemons will do.

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup Sugar
115g Butter
3/4 cup Plain Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Lemon Glaze

1 heaped cup Icing Sugar
4 tsp lemon zest
1/3 cup Lemon Juice (adding a little at a time)

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Method

Pre Heat oven to 170C.

Prepare a 25 x 25 cm baking tin or slice pan with baking paper or grease well and set aside.

Prepare your zest (using smallest side of grater) and lemon juice and set aside.

Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy (approx 2-3 minutes), add flour and salt and combine well.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. Pour this into the flour mixture and beat at a medium speed until smooth and creamy – up to 2 minutes more.

Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes (check at 20). The brownies edges should only just begin to go golden and a skewer in the centre will come out clean. Ensure you do not overbake it or it will be dry 🙂

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Prepare Lemon Icing Glaze once the slice has cooled completely.

In a small bowl add the icing sugar (sifted if required) lemon zest and slowly add the lemon juice until you get the desired consistency – should be able to pour easily but not too runny. You can do this glaze in two layers if you would like a thicker layer – simply allow a few minutes to set in between pouring next half of mixture.

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Cut into small squares and serve. Store in an airtight container.

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Grandma’s Chocolate Squares

Grandmas Chocolate Squares

I was blessed to know my wonderful Grandma into my early 20’s until she passed. She was a busy Wife to a Sheep Farmer, a Mother to seven, a Grandma to 21 and by now would be a Great Grandma to lots & lots of Great Grandchildren!

She was very special to me and some of the fondest memories I have of her are baking and preparing meals for her family & grandchildren and I am delighted to have many of her recipes, passed on by my Mum who was her eldest daughter.

Grandmas Chocolate Slice

My mum has been making this slice for years, it is so  tasty, a simple slice to prepare and a great one to whip up quickly with basic ingredients.

 

Ingredients

115g butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 egg
1 Cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
3 tsp Cocoa
1 Cup Coconut
1 Cup Sultanas

Basic Chocolate Icing

1   1/2 Cups Icing Sugar
1 Heaped Tbsp Cocoa
1 tsp Melted Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp Hot Water

Method

Preheat Oven to 170C.

Cream butter and sugar together until pale and creamy.

Add egg to butter mixture and beat in well.

Add Flour, Baking Powder, Cocoa, Coconut and Sultanas and mix until well combined.

Pour into a greased or lined slice tin (18 x 27cm) and press down until smooth. The lined tin works best as easy to lift out once cooled.

Bake for 25 minutes.

You need to ice slice while still warm. To prepare the icing combine the icing sugar, cocoa, butter and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add the water a little at a time until you get the desired consistency. Once removed from oven spread the icing over the still warm (but not hot) slice until it is evenly covered, it will melt onto the slice so a little goes further.

You can decorate with a sprinkling of coconut or chocolate hail if desired once iced.

Remove slice from pan once cooled and cut into small squares. Store in an airtight container.

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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love the combination of orange and chocolate – it just works so well. These cookies are the perfect combination, lots of chocolate chips, a soft and crunchy cookie with a hint of orangey goodness.

This recipe is really easy to make using the basics from the pantry and one orange – cannot get much easier than that!

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This recipe makes approx. 30 cookies.

Ingredients

170g butter softened
90g soft brown sugar
90g castor sugar
2 medium eggs
320g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
200g Chocolate Chips
Zest of 1 Orange (finely grated)

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Method

Preheat oven to 180C

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and set aside.

Cream the butter, brown sugar and castor sugar in a food mixer until pale and creamy.

Add the eggs one at a time on high until well combined.

On a low speed or with a wooden spoon fold the flour into the creamed mixtre. Mix in the chocolate chips and orange zest and gently combine.

Roll tablespoon sized pieces of dough into balls and pop onto greased or lined baking trays leaving an inch or so between to allow to spread.

Using your hand or a fork gently pat the balls flat. Baking for 13-15 minutes until lightly golden.

Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack, store in an airtight container.

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These are sooooooo good, of the first batch only about 10 made it to the cookie jar – the smell and taste ensured the visitors ate them warm straight from the oven!

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‘Frozen’ Snowflake Cookie Recipe – Yum!

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For our recent Frozen Birthday Party I wanted cookies to fit the theme so snowflakes were perfect! A cutter from our local kitchen store was $4.99 and will be well used at Christmas each year also.

It is not easy finding a great cookie recipe to use shape cutters with, some are too crumbly, dry, and a pain to work with but this one works really well, it is a really tasty biscuit on its own at any thickness so could be used as a basic cookie or rolled out and used with any shape cookie cutter, it is lovely and buttery and crisp – like a nice shortbread.

You can have the cookie on its own, or with sugar sprinkled on top, with pretty icing, dipped in chocolate or sandwiched with jam or icing! 😀

The recipe is simple but you will need to make it in advance as it needs to be refrigerated for a few hours before it is hard enough to work with. Do not be alarmed when its first made as it is super soft and hard to imagine it will come together to use with a cookie cutter or hold its shape!

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Ingredients

225g Unsalted Butter (I used normal and it was fine)
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Egg
2 Cups Flour

Method

Combine the butter and sugar together in food mixer until it is pale and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally and then mix the salt and vanilla well into this mixture.

Add the egg and beat well.

Slowly add the flour and mix until only just combined.

Place some plastic wrap or gladwrap on the bench and tip the mixture into this. You can either gently mould it into a flat ball shape if you wish to roll it out later for cookie cutters, or you can manipulate it into a roll in the wrap to later cut into 1 cm slices.

Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours to several hours if you wish to cut slices off it.

Once out of the fridge gently knead the dough and on a well floured surface roll out the dough to the desired thickness, we went quite thin but could also be thicker and just cooked longer. You may need to flour the rolling pin too to ensure nothing sticks.

Use the cookie cutter to cut the shape and gently transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cook at 160C for 13-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them from about 12 minutes on to ensure that they do not begin to brown at the edges, they should be pale golden underneath when done.

Cool on the tray for 3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

For the Frozen Party Snowflake I added blue sugar crystals to the top for the icy effect before I baked them, you could add red or green for Christmas, or even add some food colouring to the recipe to make cookie shapes for whatever theme you need.

These were very popular at the party with kids and adults alike.

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The cupboards are bare so thought I would track down a new cookie recipe for the kids lunch boxes tomorrow and came across this one in the old recipe books so gave it a whirl and they are seriously yum! The house smells of scrummy chocolately chocolateness and there possibly isn’t anything better than that! My son gives them a 10/10 and my husband said he could not possibly critique until he had eaten a few more…….so I take that as a good sign! 😉

The recipe is a simple one, I doubled it so the cookie jar will remain full for more than one day and I am really pleased with the result

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Ingredients

125g Butter, softened
1/3 Cup Caster Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa
3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips or Drops
Method

Preheat Oven to 160C

Cream the butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until creamy and smooth, it is easier to use a food mixer for this.

Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

Combine the self raising flour and cocoa and add to the mixture and blend well, fold in chocolate chips to finish.
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Grease a baking tray – or I lightly spray it and cover with baking paper – and roll tablespoon sized balls of mixture and add to tray – leaving an inch either side of dough. Gently press the ball with a damp hand – you can add chocolate drops to the top for added fanciness if you desire!

Bake for 13 minutes, the cookies will appear soft when you take them from the oven but they will firm up on standing.

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Cool slightly on tray then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Table Hammocks – Simple Fun for Kids

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After having the kids home sick all week I was desperate for something to keep them quiet but happy and came up with this! A new take on the usual sheet over the table tent – we created table hammocks! And it was so easy and they had hours of entertainment – simply using a queen sized sheet tied over the top of the table 🙂 (Turns out this is not an original idea – but it was to me ha ha – the joys of Google prove me wrong but happy to share my version :-))

(Please ensure that you take all practical steps to ensure safety for your little ones and do so at your own risk with constant supervision,  consider the child’s age, strength of your table, child’s understanding and size of your child before you set this up please- I cannot accept responsibility for you trying this at home)

What you need:

Queen sized sheet
Strong Sturdy Dining Table (a Must!)

How:

Simply take two opposite corners (on the diagonal) of the large sheet bring them up from underneath the table tie them on top of the table. We tied it width ways across our table (which is approx. 1.2m wide) You may want to try a few times to get the sheet the right height – high enough so they are off the ground – not too high so they are kissing the table! 😉 You will need to tie a tight strong double knot.

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Once you have the sheet tied to a suitable height, take your little one under the table and teach them how to hop in – bottoms first in the very centre of the hanging sheet – then gently lay back and lift their feet, after a few tries they will be away! Once they are in they can pull the sides of the sheet out a little to make a wider hammock if needed so their shoulders are supported – the other corners of the sheet make a comfy cover if they want to snuggle down in there and pull them over like a blanket.

When they are ready to get out – teach them to gently roll out and come out of the table on their hands and knees to ensure they do not bang their heads.

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This is one of those activities that is so simple and easy BUT you need to use common sense. My table is very very strong solid wood – I know it would not collapse under their weight and I did not allow them to swing when they are in there so they did not bang their heads etc and also taught them the safe way to get in and out. I double knotted the sheets and checked it from time to time to make sure the knot was still strong.

So my 3 loved it – we started with only one hammock and quickly needed to accommodate all of them under there – they took in a wee table with some fruit on it, books, teddies and dollys, even the ipad was played on under there. It made a special place just for them – somewhere quiet they could be and create their own special world. We covered the whole table with a large sheet so it was cosy and snug in a little world made for 3.

And it saved my sanity on a sick day!

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Feel free to ask any questions if you are not sure how to set it up = but try it a few times first and see how it goes – remember the opposite corners on a diagonal on the sheet.

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My Mum’s Vanilla Biscuits

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Today I would like to share with you a recipe from my Mum – I am quite sure she did not invent the recipe but in my mind it may as well be hers! These cookies were a constant when I was growing up – the go to cookie recipe for any occasion and they are so so tasty. They are crispy, buttery, sugary and great with either sultanas or chocolate chips. A really basic recipe that takes no time to whip up.

Ingredients

125g Butter
250g Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Egg
250g Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup of Sultanas or Chocolate Chips

Method

Preheat Oven to 175C.

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence together until smooth and creamy. Add egg and mix well. Combine dry ingredients including sultanas or chocolate chips and blend until all mixed through.

Roll a tablespoon sized amount of mixture together in damp hands and pop on a cold greased or lined tray. Press slightly with a damp fork.

Bake for approx. 13 – 16 minutes until slightly golden in colour.

Remove from the oven and after a few minutes remove onto a wire rack or newspaper to cool completely. They will be soft when removed from oven but will crisp up on standing.

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Easy as that! Store in an airtight container and they last well – if you don’t eat them all that is!

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