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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Salt overdose.

There is a reason why I don't cook.

I can bake, but if you ask me to cook, make sure you have back up.

It never turns out right.

Just doesn't. No matter what I do.

I feel sorry for my future Husband. (shh...this is between me and you.*bribes you with cupcakes*)


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This is what I do.

Buy ingredients. Check.

Measure out ingredients according to recipe. Check.

Follow as instructed. Check.

Be disappointed with outcome. Check.

Blame recipe. Triple check.


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Looks delicious, right?

Sorry, but pictures lie. 

The recipe stated 30grams of salt for the pizza dough...and I stupidly followed. It was a trusted Masterchef recipe too. The pizza topping altogether is not bad. The base? Oh. My. God. It was like consuming one week's worth of salt intake in one slice of pizza. 

At least I learned my lesson today.

Always follow your natural instincts. Trust it. 

If it says, "This is not right". Then, it really is not right. 

Oh well, there is always next time.


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For now I'll just stick to baking, thanks.


Top Tips:

  • The best pizzas have no more than 3 - 4 toppings. 
  • Always mix yeast with lukewarm water and keep the dough in a warm environment. 
  • Always trust your first instinct and use common sense. Don't be like me. 
  • Be prepared to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Even famous Chefs make mistakes too. 
  • Never give up. 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Peanut Butter Cups

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Peanut butter makes the world go round. It makes me happy. Especially in the mornings. on toast. Sometimes I like 'em crunchy. Sometimes I like 'em smooth. My condolences to all who are allergic to peanuts. and eggs. and dairy. and meat. Basically, all foods. ...except vegetables, like olives. and capsicum. and anchovies. and eggplant. I could go on. You don't have to tell me, I already know I'm fussy. Thank goodness for chocolate. Dark chocolate. Mmm...

Now add chocolate and peanut butter together. Oh, yeah. 

What do you get?

Adorable little Peanut Butter Cups.


But you see, American imports are not cheap in Australia. I remember craving Cap'n Crunch cereal for a few weeks straight a while back and searched all around town to get one. In the end, I gave up. I sacrificed my craving. $13 for a box of cereal is just not worth it. The same goes for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Not only is it pricey, it is ridiculously sweet.

So, what was I left to do?

Make my own. If only I knew how to make cereal.

Here's what you'll need.

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Icing sugar, smooth Peanut butter and chocolate. (I always prefer dark.)

Oh, and some butter.

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Mix the 3/4 cup Peanut butter with sugar and butter. Easy.

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Lay out miniature brown paper cups on the table. The smaller, the better. Mini = cute.

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Melt your chocolate buttons in the microwave until it is smooth and silky...

like this
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Now take a teaspoon of chocolate and spoon it into your paper cups.

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Spoon the sides well.

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Once the chocolate has hardened, pipe the peanut butter filling into the cups. If you don't have a piping bag, you can spoon it in. But piping makes life easier. We'd all prefer an easy life. 

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Then finish by coating the top with more chocolate. 

Ta da!

Peanut Butter Cups
Makes approximately 30 - 36 cups

Ingredients
375g Nestle Chocolate Melts (milk or dark)
¾ cups Krafts smooth Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup icing sugar, sifted.

Method
1. Melt half the chocolate in the microwave until smooth and silky. You can also do this in a saucepan over boiling water but using the microwave is quicker and easier.

2. Use a small spoon or small paintbrush to coat insides of the paper cups with the melted chocolate, making sure to cover the bottom and sides well. Allow to cool. If it's still not set within 10 minutes, transfer them to the freezer until it hardens. You can use mini muffin pans to stop them from sliding around.

3. Combine peanut butter, butter and icing sugar in an electric mixer. Mix on low - medium speed for about 2 minutes or until combined. Pipe peanut-butter filling into each cup until three-quarters full.

4. Spoon melted chocolate into each cup to cover. Again, you can let it set by itself or transfer it back to the freezer for a few minutes. These peanut butter cups are best eaten within 2 - 3 days. 

Enjoy.