Recipe: Choc-Caramel Fudge Slice

This week at work we were preparing for our first ever Bake Off. Although, technically, we didn’t need to bake just had to make something ourselves rather than buying something from the local bakery. We had about 5 teams and each team needed to bring in at least one savoury and one sweet dish to be judged.

I decided to make something I’ve never tried making before (which is an excellent idea when 50 people have a chance of eating it and it’s a competition.. or maybe not) which was a Choc-Caramel Fudge slice. I’ve never made fudge before and I’m generally quite scared of cooking high sugar content foods because it usually ends up a burnt mess. Fortunately, they turned out well! Fudgey and slice like and delicious.

Choc-Caramel Fudge Slice

Choc-Caramel Fudge Slice

On the day I wasn’t sure how many people had brought in food and was concerned about how much there would be to go around. I didn’t need to worry as there was soo much food that it nearly didn’t all fit on the tables provided, I really cannot remember the last time I’ve seen this amount of assorted foods, it was kind of crazy.

All of the food!

All of the food!

One of the women in my team made a Pesto Plait, I’ve never heard of one before but she presented it wonderfully and it was so good! I voted for it as my favourite savoury food of the day. Thinking back though, as she was in my team, I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to do that.. oh well!

 

Pesto Plait - I want it all!

Pesto Plait – I want it all!

Initially I wasn’t too keen on the whole Bake Off thing, I’m not much for baking but as one of the team leaders I thought that I should at least show that I was participating and get my team into the spirit. It was actually quite fun though and it was interesting to see what everyone brought in and basically fill myself full of delicious foods. The fun didn’t end there though as we were allowed to take home some of it! I got pretty excited at this point and people were handing me all sorts of goodies so I wasn’t going to say no! It just means we get to have a second sweet food filled delicious day!

Bake Off Souvenirs!

Bake Off Souvenirs!

I ended up with four(!) cupcakes, these were amazing! I’m not even sure who made them but they tasted SO GOOD! 2 slices of cheesecake slice, which also, amazing! – My favourite sweet option of the day, a Greek custard tart.. thing (It has a name but I forget it) and lastly, the Heaviest Mudcake, I didn’t try any of this yesterday because apparently it was impossible to slice but when my team mate started slicing it up I was first in line.. she then gave me a massive slab so we will devour that later.

It was a fun afternoon (at work, so that’s a plus) and something that people really got interested in.

Now, onto my slice! I found this on YouTube and thought a video would be an easy way to make something. It turned about a bit more difficult than just reading instructions on a website or in a cookbook because the video goes so fast. As I mentioned, I was a bit scared of killing my fudge and the speed of the video didn’t help. As it’s a decent recipe I thought I’d get it written down for everyone to try and not be rushed ahead at each step.

Choc-Caramel Fudge Slice
Yields 25
Choc-Caramel fudge on top of a delicious biscuit slice base, delicious!
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Ingredients
  1. 200gm Butter
  2. 100gm Chocolate Biscuits (I used Chocolate Ripples)
  3. 100gm Shortbread Biscuits (I used Scotch Finger)
  4. 1 cup Brown Sugar
  5. 395gm tin of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  6. 3/4 cup milk chocolate buttons/melts
  7. 3/4 cup milk chocolate for drizzling
For the base
  1. 1. Bash 200gm of biscuits into fine crumbs, you can use a food processor if you like or just put them into a sealed plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin
  2. 2. Melt 80gm of butter in the microwave (add more if the mixture is a bit dry)
  3. 3. Add biscuit crumbs into a bowl and cover with the melted butter
  4. 4. Mix together until combined
  5. 5. Pour out into a greased and lined square cake tin
  6. 6. Put into the fridge to set
For the fudge
  1. 1. Chop 120gm butter into cubes
  2. 2. Pour Sweetened Condensed Milk into a saucepan
  3. 3. Add brown sugar and butter
  4. 4. Put saucepan on stovetop at medium heat
  5. 5. Mix together until combined and butter is melted
  6. 6. Keep stirring until the mixture comes to the boil
  7. 7. Once boiling, stir continuously for 4 - 5 minutes until mixture thickens
  8. 8. Take off the heat and add chocolate buttons/melts
  9. 9. Stir until melted and combined into caramel mixture
  10. 10. Pour onto prepared base and let set in the fridge
For the top
  1. 1. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts, making sure not to burn it
  2. 2. Drizzle over the fudge mixture
  3. 3. Place back into the fridge to set
To slice
  1. It's easiest to use a long knife for this, I used a bread knife and that worked well, depending on how long you let it set for you may need to dip it into hot water first.
  2. Any biscuit base should be fine, the combination of light and dark biscuits though is delicious.
Adapted from Cooking with Karma
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Recipe: Potato and Bacon Pizza

Have you ever decided it’s about time to start eating more healthy food and then been found as a sad, crying mess on the couch because you came to the realisation that it meant you couldn’t order a large pizza to eat by yourself while watching Lost anymore? Yeah.. me either.

Recently, I’ve been trying to be a bit healthier in my food choices but I’m not going to sacrifice my pizza and Lost re-watch ritual so I wondered what I could do as an alternative. Since the first time I ever tried a Potato Pizza I loved it – but found many places don’t make them and tend to stick with the standard tomato sauce base with toppings loaded on top and smothered with cheese – so trying to make a potato pizza seemed like an obvious choice to lighten up my pizza a bit and well, it tastes great!

My delicious Potato and Bacon pizza

My delicious Potato and Bacon pizza

I looked around for some recipes I could try but most of them weren’t really what I was looking for, until I stumbled on this recipe from taste.com.au. It was easy to make and didn’t involve to many ingredients to deter me from giving it a try (I have a habit of scanning a recipe list and getting lazy after about ingredient #6). I didn’t use as much bacon as suggested (only 1 rasher) and omitted the baby rocket altogether.

I’ve set this recipe as serves 1 (mostly because my plugin wouldn’t let me choose 1 – 2) because, honestly, I eat one to myself (as if I’d share this!) If my myfitnesspal tracker is anything to go by (which it might not be) this is 570 calories, so if that is to much for you, you could eat half and team it up with a salad instead.

The first time around making this we sliced the potato by hand, it was pretty difficult to get them thin enough to cook in time and so I ended up buying a Mandoline and put it on a  thin slice. It’s a time saver and the pizza tastes much better so if you’re going to make this, do yourself a favour and buy one. Just be careful though, they’re incredibly sharp, I was amazed by how easily it sliced through the potato.

You could use your own base for this but I chose to buy one. This is my 3rd attempt and my favourite so far.  The base is just a piece of Lebanese Bread, it was crisp and worked wonderfully with the potato. I don’t know what happens when you put cheese,  potato and bacon together but it is something amazing and just delicious!

 

Potato and Bacon Pizza
Serves 1
A easy and fast to make pizza that is delicious!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pizza base - I used store bought in this case
  2. 3/4 cup pizza cheese
  3. 1 medium potato, thinly sliced
  4. 1 rasher shortcut bacon, roughly chopped
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. Mixed herbs - I used dry Mixed Herbs.
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 200°C (395°F), slightly higher if not using a fan forced oven
  2. 2. While oven is preheating lay base down on a pizza tray and cover with 1/2 of cheese.
  3. 3. Layer potato over the pizza base, slightly overlapping each piece
  4. 4. Scatter Bacon pieces over Potato
  5. 5. Cover in remaining cheese
  6. 6. Add salt and mixed herbs (to taste)
  7. 7. Place into preheated oven for 10 minutes (turning after 5), slice and serve.
Notes
  1. I recommend using a Mandoline for the potato. The first attempt I didn't and the potato wasn't sliced thinly enough to cook in the required time.
Adapted from Taste.com.au
Adapted from Taste.com.au
Oh So Lazily http://lazily.org/

Recipe: Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle

Recently I stumbled upon Foodgawker and have found so many delicious things I’ve wanted to cook. I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed before now, people are making some amazing things and Foodgawker has all of it! I’ve started trying out a lot more things now because of it. Some have turned out well (like the Cookies and Cream Smoothie) and some not so well (like the 3 ingredient ‘icecream’) but it’s been fun just trying new things all the same.

One of the things I saw was a Broccoli pasta for 2 from Pinch and Swirl that looked interesting and easy. Originally, it had Walnuts in it… I decided to switch these out for Bacon and added a bit of minced garlic which ended up very tasty.

Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle

Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle

Most times that I’ve made this, I’ve put the Brie in a bit earlier and let it get all gooey and mix in with the other ingredients but this time around left it to later and didn’t allow it to melt quite as much. I think it had more flavour this way, even though I used less cheese than previous times.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can prep it all while your pasta is cooking. I place my pasta and water in the bottom of my steamer and steam the Broccoli on top which works fairly well.

Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 150gm short pasta (I used Trivelle, but any short pasta will work)
  2. 1/2 Head of broccoli, chopped
  3. 50gm of Brie Cheese, chopped
  4. 3 rashers short cut bacon, diced
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat frying pan to medium to high heat.
  2. 2. Bring water to the boil and place pasta in the pot
  3. 3. Begin to boil or steam broccoli
  4. 4. Once broccoli is nearly ready, add bacon and garlic to the frying pan and saute, turn down heat once browned
  5. 5. Add broccoli and a dash of olive oil to the pan and mix together
  6. 6. Once pasta is cooked, drain and add to the pan, mix through ingredients, adding extra oil if required
  7. 7. Add Brie to the pan and gently mix then serve into 2 bowls.
Adapted from Pinch and Swirl
Adapted from Pinch and Swirl
Oh So Lazily http://lazily.org/