S’mores Slice

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I don’t if it’s a Kiwi thing or just a family thing, but growing up S’mores didn’t feature in the list of treats to make – in fact it wasn’t until reading The Babysitters Club (quality 90s reading there!) that I even heard that they existed.

But despite this I definitely have an appreciation for the classic S’more. It’s not surprising really – anything that teams together marshmallow and chocolate is a winner in my books! But without a fireplace or regular camping trips S’more still don’t make much of an appearance in my life.

Then last week I spotted this pin while trawling Pinterest and knew I just had to give it a go – it just looked incredible! Why make S’mores one by one when you can make S’mores slice?

The trouble with the original recipe is that – as you would expect – it’s very American. While I could have popped out to the American store and bought the ingredients I (a) didn’t feel like making the trek and (b) couldn’t bear the thought of paying through the nose for the required graham crackers and corn syrup. So I decided to take a Kiwi twist on the recipe and adapt it to be made from classic Kiwi ingredients.

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Peanut butter & chocolate dipped cupcakes

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We’ve had a bit of heartbreak in our house this weekend – our wonderful little Norman passed away.

Norm was an integral part of our little family, so we’re feeling a little miserable at the moment – for such a tiny critter, she made a huge impact on our lives and her absence has left our house feeling pretty empty. There’s a lot of silence – no snuffling, clinking of her water bottle, or thumping as she has a scratch. It’s too quiet for our liking.

As a four year-old rat she was a bit of a marvel. Not only is four rat years around 200 human years, she also conquered everything from colds to tumours! We had a few scares with her over the years resulting in several late-night sprints to the emergency vets, but in the end it was age that took her – she was her usual snugly self on Thursday night, then when I went to wake her up for a play in the morning she was gone.

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Guest Post: Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Hi everyone!  It’s Melissa from Baking Makes Things Better here; I’m beyond honoured to be guest posting on High Tea with Dragons today. Congratulations to Kirsten and Kevin on their wedding and I hope they are having an amazing time on their honeymoon!

Pecan Pie is one of the first things I made and posted about back when I started up Baking Makes Things Better (and I really should re-visit the post and take some new photos for it, I think the photography skills have evolved a little since then).  I love Pecan Pie – it’s not that common in New Zealand but it is a delicious dessert that comes from the cuisine of the Southern United States, and boy do I think they know their desserts (I still need to try Kirsten’s Key Lime Pie)!

I’ve always wanted to try a chocolate version of Pecan Pie so this is a slight variation on my original recipe.  This pie would go great with cream, custard or ice cream, but is also amazing on its own.

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Milk chocolate buttercream

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Ingredients

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 2/12 – 3 cups icing sugar, sifted

Method

  1. Break chocolate into pieces and melt in microwave in 30 second bursts, mixing between each.
  2. Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until pale and creamy. Add 2 cups of icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  3. Add melted chocolate and mix until well combined. Add more icing sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Beat until light and fluffy.

Caramel Slice

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With less than two weeks left till the big day, Saturday saw Kevin ‘kidnapped’ and whisked off on his stag-do – which kicked off with some rather haphazard chest waxing in our lounge! Filled with sympathy for him – and knowing he wouldn’t be feeling too good in the morning – I decided to be super nice and bake him one of his favourite treats, caramel slice.

Caramel slice is one of Kevin’s all-time favourite treats, right up there with lemon meringue pie. Both are things I don’t make too often, which causes a bit of grumbling on Kevin’s part every couple of months.

So I burrowed through my recipe books until I came across a recipe that looked different enough to keep me interested, caramelly enough to keep Kevin happy and with a bit of room for interpretation. I found the perfect recipe tucked inside the Bluebells Cakery recipe book and got cracking.

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Peanut M&M Chocolate Biscuits

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Ever feel like time is getting away with you? Yeah, me too – especially at the moment! Every waking moment seems to be filled with something to do; packing, planning, organising… the list is endless. With such a shortage of time at the moment, I’m all about finding easy, quick and (of course) delicious recipes that I can throw together on a Sunday afternoon.

Biscuits are great for times like this – they’re easy to prepare, quick to bake and don’t need any dressing up before they’re ready to eat. The trick is finding a recipe you love! Luckily I’ve done a bit of the leg work, so that’s exactly what today’s recipe is – a basic biscuit packed with flavour that only takes a few minutes to get mixed up and in the oven.

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Chocolate & peanut butter mug cake

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Ever have those nights when you desperately want something sweet for pudding, but the cupboards are bare and you don’t have the time (or energy) to bake something from scratch? Me too!

Well, did you know that with just a few ingredients you’re bound to already have in your pantry you can whip up a delicious mug cake – a flavoursome, warm cake for one that’s mixed, baked and eaten straight from a mug.

This recipe for chocolate and peanut butter mug cake is my absolute favourite – it’s warm, chocolatey and moist with a delicious, creamy peanut butter surprise tucked away in the middle. Not a fan of peanut butter? Don’t worry, just leave it out – the cake still tastes amazing.

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Red wine cupcakes with whipped chocolate icing

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There are two things in life that are almost guaranteed to bring people together – wine and food. Whether it’s at drinks with colleagues on a Friday or dinner with friends on the weekend, the two things go hand in hand perfectly.

I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but generally when I think of wine and food my mind leaps to all things savoury – cheeses, crackers, chips, casseroles, BBQs… for some reason sweet things don’t come to mind, though I know there are countless dessert wines around.

With this in mind I decided to challenge myself a bit and incorporate wine into some baking. It took me a bit of thinking (and a little Friday night research!) to nut the recipe out, but it eventually came together – red wine and chocolate cupcakes!

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