HELLO MY FRIENDS..HELLO

Hiya everyone! Hows it all going?? Me – flat out! School holidays, seeding time, almost back to school time..lifes been a tad chaotic lately!
We had some friends come and stay the night during the holidays, so there was 5 adults and 9 kids to feed and hang out with which was great. Cooked up my fave feast, lasagne, which got cleaned up in one sitting and the kids didnt even eat it – good old sausage sizzle for them! Think I can honestly say, it was damn good!
Yesterday and today, kids and I have been on a baking mish to get some food stocks up before they start school on Monday, so we’ve made zucchini slice, Donna Hay triple choc brownies & 7th heaven slice! My zucchini slice recipe is already on here, but the other 2 are coming right up!

First was the D.H.T.C.B’s…

Ingredients
200 g good – quality dark chocolate, chopped
200 g butter, chopped
1 1/2 Cups dark brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
200 g good – quality milk chocolate, chopped
2 1/4 Cups walnuts, chopped (200g) (we didnt use any nuts cause the kids arent really into them)
1/3 Cup plain flour
1/4 Cup cocoa powder

Directions
Preheat oven to 180&deg<C. Grease a 3cm deep, 16cm x 26cm (base) slab pan. Line with baking paper, allowing 2cm overhang at both long ends.
Combine dark chocolate and butter in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on MEDIUM-HIGH (70 ) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon, until almost melted. Stir until smooth. Stir in sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla to chocolate mixture. Mix well. Stir in milk chocolate and walnuts. Sift flour and cocoa together over chocolate mixture. Stir to combine.
Spread brownie mixture into prepared pan. Smooth surface. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre has moist crumbs clinging. Set aside to cool.
Cut brownie into pieces.
These are delish cut into slabs and served with a dollop of double cream and some choc ganache, along with a coffee or hot chocolate..=)

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Next comes a recipe given to me by Aunty Chris, via an ipad app, My Recipe Book which we both have and can share recipes with..comes in pretty handy!
This one is my…

7TH HEAVEN SLICE

ingredients
250 g granita biscuits
100 g butter, melted
1/3 Cup glace ginger, finely chopped
1/4 Cup sesame seeds
395 ml sweetened condensed milk
1/3 Cup (1/3 cup) shredded coconut
1 Cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
250 g milk or dark chocolate

Directions
preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius
crush biscuits to a fine crumb, mix in melted butter
press mixture into slice tray
sprinkle over chopped ginger and sesame seeds
pour over condensed milk and press coconut and macadamia nuts on top
bake for 30-35 minutes or until slice has turned caramel colour
remove from oven and cool
melt chocolate and pour over the slice
cool again and cut into slices

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The kids and I have also been having some fun over the holidays, so I'll say goodbye with a few happy pix of us…thanks for visiting and happy baking xx

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