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Molecular Gastronomy: Custard Ravioli Spherical Recipe

Custard Spherical Recipe Alginate bath: 5g (0.18 ounces) Sodium alginate molecular gastronomy kits available here 25g (0.88 ounces) or 2 Tbsp sugar 1 litre (0.26 gallons) distilled water Mix together the sugar and sodium alginate (this helps to stop it clumping). Put half the water in a blender and sprinkle the surface with a little of the sodium alginate mixture - blend 10 secs, repeat until ... »

chcolate spherical served with raspberry agar gel, vanilla air and chocolate brownie

Molecular Gastronomy / Cooking: Chocolate Spherical Recipe

The kids loved these sphericals, although I think they may have enjoyed playing with them on their hands even more than eating them. So how do you make them? Well put simply you add sodium alginate to a container of water and then add calcium salts to the liquid that you want to make into a ... »

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How to Make Sugar Decorations for Desserts – Spun Sugar Recipe

  Add some crunchy texture and some wow factor to your next dessert with these easy and highly versatile sugar decorations.  This recipe is not suitable for children due to the high temperatures of the sugar syrup - but they will love eating it when it's ready. Ingredients: Approx 1 cup or 213g (7.51 ounces) sugar 1 tablespoon glucose syrup ... »

how to make lemon meringue cupcake recipe

Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe

These are one of my favourite cupcakes, light fluffy italian meringue offset with tangy lemon curd and vanilla cupcake. Vanilla Cupcakes: Make the cupcake using the vanilla cake recipe on the bottom of this post: vanilla cupcakes While they are cooking make your lemon curd and italian meringue. Lemon curd recipe 165g (5.82 ounces) or 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 eggs plus 2 yolks zest ... »

chocolate orange ganache frosting for delicious rich chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcake with Ganache Frosting Recipe

  Chocolate ganache can be infused with any flavour you desire, so do some experimenting. For these cupcakes I used orange and topped them with a jaffa.  You can eat them as is, or heat in the microwave until the ganache melts down over the warm cake. Serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. For ... »

mint chocolate cup cake ganache

Cupcake Frosting – Chocolate Mint Ganache Recipe

Rich chocolate cupcakes with creamy mint chocolate ganache and a slice of peppermint crisp.  You can eat these as is or heat them in the microwave, let the ganache melt down over the warm cake and serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. For the chocolate cupcake recipe I use best ever chocolate cake ... »

chocolate entremet

Chocolate Glacage [glassage]/ Chocolate Mirror Glaze


How Not To Cook That!

My baby was asleep so I had at least 40 minutes to make a chocolate glaze, tidy the house and do the washing.  Previous recipes for chocolate glaze that I had used did not give the thick coat and smooth mirror finish that I was after, so I was trying a new recipe. The glaze was ... »

cake decorating lettering tutorial

Four different ways to do fondant lettering

  Fondant Lettering Techniques 1. Print, Trace, Cut:  This is good for logos, like the ninjago one that have specific lettering styles.  Print it out on the computer the size that you need and cut it out.  Roll out your fondant on some baking paper, place the cut out paper letters on top and cut around them ... »

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Master Chef Gold Bar Recipe

After watching the Master Chef New York episode I really wanted to taste the 'gold bar' dessert. Unfortunately the chef did not share his recipe with the world. Based on the layers that the contestants described here is my version- minus the gold leaf that adorned it. I did find several sources of gold leaf online ... »

spoonful of dulce de leche thick caramel

Dulce de Leche Recipe Thick Caramel

Dulce de leche is a thick, caramel milk-based sauce. I have seen many recipes for it that involve simmering an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in a big pot of water for several hours. I have tried this in the past, despite warnings that it might explode. It worked fine but still had that ... »

chocolate tuile recipe

Chocolate Tuile Recipe

These paper thin tuiles provide a crispy element to a dessert and give it a classy finish. Pictured above with the 'masterchef gold bar' 90g (3.17 ounces) or 1/4 cup Glucose Syrup 180g (6.35 ounces) or 3/4 cup plus 1Tbsp and 1tsp Caster Sugar 2 teaspoons of water 120g (4.23 ounces) dark Chocolate Place Glucose syrup, sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. ... »

how to make a thomas the tank engine kids birthday cake recipe how to cook that ann reardon

Thomas The Tank Engine Birthday Cake

  If you have little boys, then sooner or later you are likely to be making a train cake, possibly even a Thomas the Tank Engine.  The train itself is fairly simple: slabs of cake, coated in butter cream with biscuit wheels, licorice details and carriages filled with lollies.  But the face is tricky. It does ... »

non soggy cake pops recipe how to dip and decorate

Raspberry & White Chocolate Cake Pops Recipe, Dipping and Decorating

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake Pops Recipe, Dipping and Decorating These cake pops are what I call 'moreish', they make you feel like having just one more... Here's a video to show you how to make, dip and decorate them. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 5 min Total time: 1 hour Yield: 16 cake pops Serving ... »

Homemade food for baby – Stage one

Making your own baby food is not hard to do and as babies don't eat much you can make a lot of meals in one go and freeze them. You will need: * Freezer space * A blender - not essential, so only buy if you are going to use it for other things later (they are good ... »

First Food for Baby – A diary

When your baby is 4-6 months old it is time to start introducing solids.  This can be daunting for many first time parents.  What do you feed them? How much should you give? When do you start?  Read the latest information here and then scroll down for a diary of the first couple of weeks ... »

lego ninjago cake how to cook that

How to Make a Lego Ninjago Cake & How to make Italian Meringue Frosting

Italian Meringue Frosting With a new baby in the house, this cake needed to be simple to make. We had a lego themed party which went down a treat - read about the party games here.  The cake is a layered chocolate cake with chocolate mousse covered in Italian meringue.  The figures and words are ... »

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LEGO Man Biscuits

Have you ever started something and then half way through wished that you hadn't.  That is how I felt about these biscuits.  But the kids were so excited about them that I could not abort the mission.  (Don't let that put you off making them, perhaps just don't attempt it if you are sleep deprived ... »

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Star Wars AT-AT Cake

When my eldest son asked for a star wars AT-AT walker cake (All Terrain Armored Transport) my immediate thought was that it is not really a cake-friendly shape.  So I suggested we had a ginger bread 'cake' instead. To my surprise the kids ate all that was on their plates and even asked for more.  Which, as ... »

how to cook that ann cake pops recipe step by step with photos

Recipe Cake Pops that Taste Good

Cake Pops seem to be everywhere in the US, even starbucks has them, yet I have heard very little of them here in the land down under.  Their decoration can range from pretty, like my ones above, to extraordinarily intricate designs.  So I thought I'd give them a go. I made three mistakes on my first ... »

Sugar Paste / Fondant Basics for Cake Decorating

Sugar Paste / Fondant Basics for Cake Decorating

Where to get fondant / sugar paste Sugar Paste or Fondant can be purchased from most cake decorating stores. If you don't have one near you then buy 'orchard white icing' from supermarkets (if you are in Australia). Alternatively you can make marshmallow fondant or normal fondant at home. For a review of eight different types of ... »

chocolate ganache

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

This is easy to make and can be used to top any chocolate cake or hot as a sauce with desserts. Using the proportions below, it will set about as hard as butter in the fridge.  So it is good for truffles or for if you want it to hold its shape when piped. ... »

honey comb recipe how to cook that

Honeycomb Candy Recipe

Honeycomb Ingredients 365g (12.87 ounces) or 1 2/3 cup plus 1tsp caster sugar 140g (4.94 ounces) or 1/3 cup plus 1Tbsp glucose syrup 110ml or 1/3 cup plus 2Tbsp water 1 tsp bicarb 1/2 tsp baking powder Instructions )   Gather everything you need including a pastry brush in a cup of water, a bowl lined with non-stick paper, bicarb and baking powder measured out ... »

Gingerbread House Recipe

Gingerbread House Recipe Summary: To make your very own ginger bread house firstly you need to design a house out of paper, stick it together and check it works. Then make your ginger bread dough. To make a house the size of the one pictured above, you need to double these quantities. If you don't have ... »

chocolate cake

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever   Have you ever been disappointed by a dry and tasteless chocolate cake? Well then this is the recipe for you. This is my all time favourite chocolate cake recipe. It makes a rich moist cake that tastes like chocolate. The photos below are from making four times the quantities listed ... »

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