Dark Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Bites

These look kind of amazing! I am a sucker for anything that has both chocolate and ice cream! Loving the peanut butter cup moulds, will be searching for those on ebay today : )
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The temps have been in the 100’s lately, apparently I made the ‘good weather’ comment too soon. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do when I’m in the process of melting, is heat up the kitchen. However, I have felt like eating ice cream…but really, when is a bad time for ice cream?

This seemed like the perfect time to try out a recipe I’ve been drooling over since last month. Bakerella created these easy Brownie Sundae Bon Bons which were great inspiration for my take on a tropical ice cream bites. 

One of my absolute favorite candy bars is the Mounds bar. Dark chocolate surrounding gooey coconut…yeah, it’s heaven I tell you. So I paired dark chocolate with Coconut ice cream for a delicious ice cream version.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Bites

I found the Peanut Butter candy molds at Michaels for a few bucks and to my…

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Crazy, Amazing, Dare to try…?

OK, when I first saw this one I almost fell off my chair!

READY FOR IT?

Chocolate-Dipped Coffee Ice Cream Glazed Doughnut Sandwiches!

Here is the link to the recipe… I found it on http://www.thefancy.com, one of those web sites that you can sit on for hours just scrolling through pictures of anything and everything.

http://www.tastespotting.com/features/coffee-ice-cream-glazed-doughnut-sandwiches-rec1ipe

I will admit I have a major sweet tooth, but I’m not sure if even I could handle these. Beside the point really, because they look amazing = )

doughnut-ice-cream-sandwiches-with-coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recommend you hit the link and search the blog itself for some culinary delights, I know I will be… http://www.tastespotting.com/

 

Amazing Coffee and the best Baristas!

Nothing goes better with your favourite sweets than a good cup of coffee…

My absolute Favourite would have to be Fiori!

http://www.coffeeshrine.com.au/  says:

Fiori Coffee is slow roasted to ensure the flavour and body is fully developed  without getting the charry flavours that would mask the true beauty in the bean.
Winner of the coveted Equal Golden Bean Award, Fiori Coffee won a medal in all of the five categories they entered from over 500 submissions. The main award goes was grabbed by Fiore as the  roaster with the highest combined point score in the two main categories of “Milk Based” and “Espresso”.
Committed to bringing you a range of ethical and sustainable coffees , Fiore Coffee work directly with  preferred importers and their Honduran Grower to always source the best ‘Specialty Grade’ lots after tasting many samples. For true artisan coffee … try some today

The Imp Cafe says: 
If you like good coffee, you’ll love Fiori. Come over to our place and let us show you what makes it so special. 

http://www.loveofcoffee.net/ says:

Fiori Coffee Award Winning Gournmet Coffee at the The CSR Golden Bean

Perth based specialty coffee roaster Fiori Coffee have taken out a number of prestigeous awards yet again at the CBR Golden Bean Competition with the only gold medal in WA, plus a silver and two bronze.

Now in it’s fourth year, The CSR Sugar Golden Bean Roaster Competition & Conference has attracted over seven hundred entries from Australia’s 330 coffee roasters, making it one of the biggest coffee roasting competitions in the world.

Last year Firori Coffee won the competition outright.

Out of over 700 entries from 330 coffee roasteries Australia wide Fiori Coffee’s Kenyan Dorman AA topped the list in the ‘Filter’ category for the gold.  They received the silver medal for our Ethiopian Natural Harrar in the ‘Retail Filter’, Bronze for the Fiori Blend in the ‘Milk Based’ category and Bronze for their Organic Blend in the ‘Organic’ category. Firori Coffee trained two young roasters to championship winning level this year using their traditional equipment and artisan methods. It takes massive dedication and skill to roast on fully manual equipment but in turn they are now true craftsmen.

Try it and see what you think. It’s described as: Smooth, rich and aromatic http://fioricoffee.com/

Head to some of these fantastic WA coffee shops to try your first Fiori:

  1. Vanilla Bean, South Terrace, Fremantle
  2. The Imp Cafe, 863 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park http://www.theimp.com.au/

stay tuned for more cafe recommendations as I scout around the burbs…

Fun & Easy Recipes I’ve Found!

No-Bake Blueberry Truffle Tartlets!

These little beauties, look scrumptious and so easy to make! They are sure to impress your house guests when your short on time for dessert, just add cream or ice cream, yum. Or to really impress, got the girls popping over for afternoon tea, why not make it high-tea style with these little tarts on your tiered cake stand… Either way they are delicious! Be sure to follow this ladies blogs, she has amazing recipes and absolutely divine photography.

http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2012/08/no-bake-blueberry-truffle-tartlets.html

http://pinterest.com/loveandoliveoil/

https://twitter.com/loveandoliveoil

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Rocky Road! 

Rocky Road on pink cake stand

I dont think I’ve ever met anyone who doesnt love Rocky Road!

It can be made with so many different ingredients and there are a lot of different variations.

Once you have the basics in control, add whatever you desire…. Yep that right pretty much anything!

I suggest these ingredients as your starting point:

  • 500g melted chocolate (any kind)
  • 1 Tbsp copha
  • 200 g marshmallows (necessary ingredient I believe) = )
  • Optional added variations:
  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (whatever you like, even salted goes great with the sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 100 grams of sweets

Substitute your sweets with any of the following:

  • Glace Cherries
  • Sweet dried fruit
  • Turkish delight
  • nougat
  • any colourful sweet lollies

Basically let your imagination run wild!!!

Don’t be scared to scale this recipe down and top your cakes or cup cakes with it or even add it to ice cream…

If you have any great Rocky Road ideas, comment below and share : ) 

Here is a good variation of Rocky Road I found from the Better Homes and Gardens web site:

This one looks a lot like a slice but sooooo yummy!

Better Homes and Gardens Logo

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/recipes/r/-/14452821/rocky-road/?cmp=fb

Rocky Road made by Better Homes and Gardens

Preperation time: 15 mins (+ 1 hour chilling)

Makes: 24

This slice is full of surprises and has something in it for everyone.

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Ingredients

300g white chocolate
200g milk chocolate
300g dark chocolate
200g marshmallows, chopped
100g dried pineapple, chopped
60g shredded coconut
120g shortbread biscuits, broken into small pieces
80g salted peanuts, finely chopped
NotesThis rocky road uses dried pineapple, but you could use dried strawberries for a delicious change. They’ll add bright colour as well.

Method

1. Line a 27 x 18cm slice pan with baking paper. Put white chocolate in a microwave-proof dish and melt on medium/50%. Repeat with milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Put marshmallow, pineapple, coconut and biscuit pieces in a large bowl.

2. Pour white chocolate into prepared slice pan, then top with half the marshmallow mixture. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until just firm. Pour over milk chocolate, then top with remaining marshmallow mixture. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until just firm.

3. Pour dark chocolate on top and scatter with peanuts. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Use a knife to mark into squares, then refrigerate for a further 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into pieces along marked lines to serve.

  • Author: Fast Ed – Better Homes and Gardens Magazine – March 2011
  • Photographer: John Paul Urizar

Follow this link for a Cadbury recipe! http://www.cadburykitchen.com.au/recipes/view/the-ultimate-rocky-road/1/

I also recently hosted a Tupperware party where we made rocky road in the classic Tupperware Jel Ring!

http://www.tupperware.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/aus/website/SiteTools/NewsletterArchive/June+2009/June+2009+-+Recipe

http://www.tupperware.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/AUS/website/productgallery/productcollections/bakebasics/bake+2+basics+jel+ring

Raspberry Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

http://www.partysuppliesnow.com.au/resources/4/457/Raspberry-Fudge-Swirl-Ice-Cream

I’ve always been unsure about making ice cream, but this recipe looks nice and simple to follow… I will attempt it and post some of my pics shortly… 🙂

This recipe isn’t a ‘from scratch’ recipe, but if it’s succesful, I will attempt a harder one and keep you posted

Raspberry Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

Recommendations for Eating Out in Perth

Vanilla Bean

95 South Terrace, Fremantle , 08 9433 3445

 No web site (that I can find) for this cafe, but I highly recommend Vanilla Bean for its coffee and brekky!  It’s just out side of the ‘busy’ part of Freo on South Terrace and is definitely a hidden treasure for non locals… I always have the fruit toast, which comes from Mills Bakehouse on Norfolk Street in Fremantle and is absolutely divine. The service is great, the food is fantastic and the coffee (Fiori) is always perfection! Try it this weekend in your freo outing!

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The Beaufort Street Merchant

I love this place, it’s gorgeous and homely.

http://www.beaufortmerchant.com/

If you go you must try Orange and Cardamom pancakes with orange blossom syrup and quark!

Orange and Cardamom pancakes with orange blossom syrup and quark

Basic Recipes 101 – Sweet Pastry

Tart Shell

 

To get you started!

My fave Sweet Pastry recipe!

This recipe is what I remember of my tafe lecturers Pastry recipe a few years ago! Its simple and easy and works everytime!

Once you have mastered a beautiful pastry base, you can be as creative as you want with your fillings! Think of all the times you’ve been for a coffee and have been interested in the unique sounding pie flavours in the cabinet. Pecan and Chocolate, Rhubarb and Raspberry, Honey and Almond, Chocolate and Caramel Nut, Banana Cream…. with a little imagination you can make some delicious pies! Start off with this sweet pastry recipe and let your imagination run wild…

Sweet Pastry:

Tip: don’t over mix the flour in this recipe, to be safe, stop your mixture just before the ingredients are all combined and finish combining with your hands to ensure the pastry doesn’t shrink.

Makes: 1 large tart or 12 small tarts

Ingredients:

  • 160 grams butter
  • 120 grams cake flour (or plain flour is fine)
  • 80 grams castor sugar
  • 40 grams of egg (or 1 egg)
  • Extra 120 grams of cake flour (or plain flour is fine)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the butter, cake flour and castor sugar in a mixer on low speed with a beater to form a crumbly consistency
  2. Turn the mixer down to lower and add the egg slowly
  3. Add the extra flour until just combined, but do not over mix as this will cause the pastry to shrink later.
  4. Place the pastry in the fridge covered with plastic to allow to harden slightly (this allows the pastry to be rolled easily and not stick too much).
  5. Grease a muffin pan or pie tin(s) (depending on what size and shape you want)
  6. Roll out pastry in small amount to 5mm thick and cut out circles 88 mm wide (roughly a mug size wide, if you don’t have cookie cutter) sprinkle some flour on the work surface and the rolling pin avoid sticking.
  7. Place cut out circles into greased muffin tin and blind bake. Or if making a large pie, roll out an amount about 10mm larger than the pie tin over the tin using the rolling pin, or if you can pick up with hands, but be careful of the pastry tearing.

Blind Baking:

  1. To prevent them becoming soggy, shortcrust pastry cases need to be partially cooked before adding moist fillings. This process, known as blind baking, seals the surface and results in a crisp pastry case.
  2. Line the base and sides of an uncooked pastry case with non-stick baking paper and fill with rice. The rice only needs to cover the bottom of the pastry (no need to fill).
  3. This stops the pastry bases rising during cooking. Place on a baking tray and cook in an oven preheated to 200°C for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Step 2: Remove the pastry case from the oven and remove the baking paper and rice. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes until light golden.
  5. Once pastries are baked, remove from muffin pan immediately and cool on cooling wire.

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