Thursday, March 28, 2013



Ruth from Makey-Cakey was our March 2013 Daring Bakers’ challenge host. She encouraged us all to get experimental in the kitchen and sneak some hidden veggies into our baking, with surprising and delicious results!

I quite like these kind of challenges every now and then - where you don't have to stick rigidly to a  specific recipe but can put up some of your own favourites or research and try out something new.

First up I bought some sweet potatoes (kumara in New Zealand), cooked and mashed them  and baked them into some cookies (biscuits).

I have made sweet potato muffins many times so thought I'd try out cookies for the challenge.

 They turned out well but are not at all crunchy - more cake textured - but still taste good.They have raisins and peanuts added.

Second up I wanted to make something with green peas, so a look around the internet and I found these Sweet Pea and Ricotta cupcakes over at Cupcake Project - I left out the basil and made The Hummingbird Bakery's cream cheese frosting. You  do need to process the peas really well - better than I did - so they are not so visible.

This was a fun challenge - thanks Ruth - check out everyone else's efforts over at The Daring Kitchen

Saturday, March 2, 2013

What To Do With Leftover Muesli ?

Muesli Chocolate Chip Biscuits - Cookies

Had some muesli just sitting there, it had lost favour with the consumers of the household, the waste-not-want-not streak in me couldn't throw it away - so muesli cookies it was!

This is a simple recipe that makes about 28 cookies - kind of balanced as they contain muesli and wholemeal flour to offset the chocolate chips and sugar ! Kids will love them and can easily burn off the energy.
2 cups muesli
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
115g (1/2 cup) butter, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Preheat oven to 180°C (375°F)

In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. 

In a separate bowl, mix together butter, light brown sugar, and vanilla. Then mix in the egg.

Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well to combine. Stir in chocolate chips and muesli.

Shape into balls and place on a lightly greased baking tray or tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.
Enjoy !