Chocolate Fondant Dessert

  Hello lovelies! Before I get to today's bundle of deliciousness I need to share with you that this will be my last blog post for a while :( I'm in n...

Read More »

Jelly Cake

A few months back Zadada's Grandfather and I were having a conversation at my kitchen bench as we do (at least once a week), we were discussing his up...

Read More »

Mango Chia Ice Blocks

I'm not sure what the weather is up to in your neck of the woods (feel free to let me know) but things really started to heat up here over the weekend...

Read More »

Apricot Date and Coconut Biscuits

With term 4 creeping up I've started thinking about those school lunch boxes again, not too much but just a little bit. I love recipes that you can ma...

Read More »

Easy Vegetable Nachos

  This post is brought to you by Mission Foods and Nuffnang.   For a while now I've had it in my mind that I wanted to share Zadada's famous (well in...

Read More »

Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream

I'm back, school holidays and all! Wasn't sure whether I'd be able to get a second recipe out to you guys this week but thanks to a homeday, the 2 old...

Read More »

Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles

School holidays are upon us here at Zamamabakes HQ as I'm sure they are for a good bunch of you lovelies too. Having the 3 kidlets home on my 'bloggin...

Read More »

15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake

  Rocky Road, Cheesecake and Tim Tams all rolled into one marvellous package, what's not to love? Think no fuss and by that I mean NO BAKING and NO DI...

Read More »

Chocolate Fondant Dessert

Chocolate Fondant Dessert feature

 

Hello lovelies!

Before I get to today’s bundle of deliciousness I need to share with you that this will be my last blog post for a while :(

I’m in need of a little (ok maybe a bit bigger than little) break. The great news is Zamamabakes isn’t going anywhere, all my recipes are still going to be here in this delicious little piece of cyber space and if ever you have any questions I’ll still be here to answer them, I’m just not adding anything new for a while and my Social Media pages will be on hold too.

You may ask why I’m in need of a bigger than little break?……….. Well to put it simply life has got a whole lot busier than when I first started  blogging almost 2 1/2 years ago. I can feel things starting to become a little more overwhelming than usual, my midnight blogging finishes at least 5 times a week are starting to catch up with me.

Running a blog takes up a LOT of time! I know for it to operate well, not half heartedly I need to be giving it 110% and right now I’m not in the position to be doing that. I’m sure all the lovely parents out there are aware, being a Wife, Mum, Part-time worker takes up lots of time too. Something has to give for me to maintain a healthy balance and for now that’s the blog.

From the bottom of my heart I would like to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you, my gorgeous readers, for your support, encouragement and most importantly making my recipes, telling others about them and coming back to make more, you guys are FABULOUS!!

Even though I’m taking an indefinite break (who knows what might happen once Miss 4 starts school in 2017!) I want you guys to keep creating deliciousness, as I said all my recipes are here to stay and I’ll be checking in for any questions you have. You may even find me doing a random guest post on other blogs here and there.

And because I hate goodbyes (I don’t know anyone who loves them??) I’m only saying UNTIL THE NEXT TIME………..

Thanks again my lovelies!

Danniellle xx

 

 

It’s now time for that bundle of deliciousness!

 

Chocolate anyone?

This little treasure is one to more than satisfy the very best of any chocoholic’s cravings!

Chocolate fondant 2

I’ve been meaning to share this Chocolate Fondant recipe with you for ages. You may have heard me speak of my cousin Michael before, if you’ve made the Oven Baked Risotto with Chicken and Chorizo  or Easy Peasy Beef Cheeks on the blog, you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about. Short of the long……. Michael is a lovely cousin of mine who is extremely passionate about creating delicious food, every time we catch up the conversation makes it way to food, I love it! And this recipe is one Michael made for us a few Christmas’ ago. It’s definitely fit for the blog, thanks for letting me share it with everyone Michael.

I was always under the assumption that a chocolate fondant had to be gooey in the middle like a lava cake but if you google images of a Chocolate fondant you’ll get a fair few pictures like that but every so often you’ll find images similar to the ones here in this Chocolate Fondant Dessert post.

Regardless of the different images and perceptions of a Chocolate Fondant you need to try THIS Chocolate Fondant Dessert, if you love chocolate you’re going to love this treasure!

Think fudge, think of the most moist chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten, think super delicious brownie and you’ll be on your way to getting a bit if an idea of what to expect from a mouthful of this delicious Chocolate Fondant Dessert. The best way of course is actually tasting and touching……..go on you know you want to!

Raspberries and ice cream always make the perfect finishing touches to any chocolate dessert, perfect to balance out that delicious chocolaty richness, coffee would be lovely too, if you drink coffee that is, I don’t so it’s ice cream a raspberries all the way for me!!

Here’s your How-to:

Chocolate fondant collage

 

Chocolate fondant dessert 1

 

Chocolate fondant 4

Chocolate fondant 6

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Fondant Dessert
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 250g dark eating chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 250g butter, chopped (recipe says unsalted but I'm the salty sweet queen so it was salted for me, yum!)
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • TO DECORATE
  • chocolate curls (Grated chocolate or some flakes would work too)
  • TO SERVE
  • Raspberries (I use Coles frozen raspberries)
  • Vanilla Ice cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160C fan forced.
  2. Grease a reasonably deep (at least 5 cm) 20 cm round cake pan, line base and side with baking paper.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water, stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add the chocolate and butter, cook stirring over a very low heat until smooth.
  4. Sift flour into a large bowl, slowly whisk in the eggs one at a time. Gradually whisk in chocolate mixture until mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Place pan into a baking dish with enough boiling water to come halfway up the side of the cake pan.
  7. Bake in moderate oven for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from baking dish and allow to cool in pan.
  9. Refrigerate for 12 hours.
  10. When ready to serve wipe base and side of pan with a hot wet cloth.
  11. Turn the cake out onto a serving plate and decorate with chocolate curls (grated chocolate or a flake works too!)
  12. Serve with vanilla ice cream and raspberries.
  13. Enjoy!

 

Until the next time, when ever that may be……..

Zamamabakes xxxx

 

 

  Hello lovelies! Before I get to today's bundle of deliciousness I need to share with you that this will be my last blo...

Read More »

Jelly Cake

Jelly cake feature

A few months back Zadada’s Grandfather and I were having a conversation at my kitchen bench as we do (at least once a week), we were discussing his upcoming 80th birthday and what he might like to do for it and of course cake was a topic of discussion too!!! I asked him, what is your most favourite cake? His reply……..’Jelly Cake Dannielle’, ‘mmmmmmm well there you go’ I said, ‘can’t say I’ve ever made a Jelly Cake’ (my thinking cap was already ticking away), Zadada’s Grandfather just chuckled his cheeky chuckle that always sneaks out when he’s happy (every time we see him to be exact), I think he was onto me and my ticking thinking cap!

I’d heard of Jelly Slice (but never made one) and I’d made little Jelly Cakes before (like lamingtons except you sub jelly for the chocolate bit) but I knew the jelly slice theme was most likely going to be the key player in this Jelly Cake I was about to attempt.

There was a little bit of experimenting with the middle creamy looking layer, I actually thought I might cheesecake it up a bit, but after thinking about the consistency I decided to keep things simple and just jellify the middle creamy layer.

The end result was

A few months back Zadada's Grandfather and I were having a conversation at my kitchen bench as we do (at least once a we...

Read More »

Mango Chia Ice Blocks

Mango Chia Ice blocks feature

I’m not sure what the weather is up to in your neck of the woods (feel free to let me know) but things really started to heat up here over the weekend I’m talking 30+ degrees, perfect weather for a long weekend, perfect weather for a beach visit and perfect weather for making ice blocks.

beach 11

Spring (apart from the uninvited slithering friends it sometimes brings) is one of my favourite times of year, warm days for enjoying ice blocks followed by cooler comfortable nights (the ones you can still enjoy your doona with), that’s a win win in my books.

I'm not sure what the weather is up to in your neck of the woods (feel free to let me know) but things really started to...

Read More »

Apricot Date and Coconut Biscuits

Apricot date and coconut biscuits

With term 4 creeping up I’ve started thinking about those school lunch boxes again, not too much but just a little bit.

I love recipes that you can make ahead of time, seal away in a container and pop into the freezer all ready for that quick grab when those daily lunch boxes are being made (for me that’s usually the night before).

The kidlets love a good biscuit in their lunch box and just quietly I love one dunked in a good 

With term 4 creeping up I've started thinking about those school lunch boxes again, not too much but just a little bit....

Read More »

Easy Vegetable Nachos

Easy Vegetable Nachos feature

 

This post is brought to you by Mission Foods and Nuffnang.

 

For a while now I’ve had it in my mind that I wanted to share Zadada’s famous (well in this house at least) recipe for Easy Vegetable Nachos. They are so yummy, easy to put together, packed full of veggies, 80% of our little family love them, Miss 4 gives them a go and Zadada cooks them (what more could a Mum/Wife wish for?)

When Mission Foods recently invited me to review some of their edible treasures I knew the time had come to introduce Zadada’s Nachos to the blog!

My sights were firmly set on the Red Quinoa and Chia Wraps, I knew we could turn them into the chip component (easy peasy bake them off in the oven) making Zadada’s Easy Vegetable Nachos even healthier, all I had to do was convince Zadada to

  This post is brought to you by Mission Foods and Nuffnang.   For a while now I've had it in my mind that I wanted to s...

Read More »

Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream

Homemade choc chip and berry swirl ice cream feature

I’m back, school holidays and all!

Wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to get a second recipe out to you guys this week but thanks to a homeday, the 2 older kidlets standing in as extra kitchen hands and one Miss 4 co-operating and having her day nap I was able to get this little treasure made, edited and written up ready for you all to get creating with.

Last week Miss 8 bought home an Ice Cream recipe her gorgeous, thoughtful teacher photo copied for her from a book at school (just don’t ask me what book?!). I got handed the photo copy and the request was made ‘Mum can we make this while we’re on school holidays?’ And you guys know me, never one to decline any opportunity to create in the kitchen (especially something “sweet”), ‘sounds like a great plan to me’ I replied……..and so operation Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream began to hatch, no plain vanilla ice cream in this neck of the woods!

homemade choc chip and berry swirl ice cream scoop

homemade choc chip and berry swirl icecream long

We had everything we needed right here at home, conveniently I had

I'm back, school holidays and all! Wasn't sure whether I'd be able to get a second recipe out to you guys this week but...

Read More »

Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles

Easy Beef and vegetable noodles feature

School holidays are upon us here at Zamamabakes HQ as I’m sure they are for a good bunch of you lovelies too.

Having the 3 kidlets home on my ‘blogging’ work day means getting to straight to the point a little quicker, my time is more theirs at the moment.

I thought I’d share one of the family dinners “we’ve” (Miss 4 has a go) been enjoying of late…..Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles.

Here’s a sneak peek at what dinner looks like most weeknights before Zadada arrives home from work.

easy beef and vegetable noodles taste testers

That cheeky little 4-year-old Monkey at the front takes a good hour to eat her meal if I don’t assist (even with the broccoli removed), that’s why I still assist! I should mention if it was chicken nuggets and chips on her plate it would be inhaled (that’s the only exception and very much a sometimes/Mummy needs her sanity kind of meal!).

What I love most about this Beef and Vegetable Noodle dish is how easy it is to throw together, it’s budget friendly (mince is good like that), and you get to give

School holidays are upon us here at Zamamabakes HQ as I'm sure they are for a good bunch of you lovelies too. Having the...

Read More »

15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake

fifteen minute rocky road cheesecake feature

 

Rocky Road, Cheesecake and Tim Tams all rolled into one marvellous package, what’s not to love?

Think no fuss and by that I mean NO BAKING and NO DISSOLVING GELATINE, also think super delicious, rich, chocolaty edible heaven on a plate and you’ll be a few steps closer to knowing how amazing this 15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake really is.

Chocolate lovers I know I’ve said this before but you are in the right place!!!

Desserts that look the goods, taste delectable and require minimal time and effort to create are my cup of tea, this 15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake fits that bill perfectly!

It seems you guys think along the

  Rocky Road, Cheesecake and Tim Tams all rolled into one marvellous package, what's not to love? Think no fuss and by t...

Read More »

Toffee Apple Pastries and 4 Minute Custard PLUS a Breville Quick Touch Crisp Microwave GIVEAWAY (RRP $449.95)!

Toffee apple pastries and four minute custard feature

This Review and Giveaway is brought to you by Breville and Marmot Inc.

I’m sure you all get those ‘I really wish there was something here at home to have for dessert tonight’ cravings, and end up settling for less with a couple of scotch fingers to dunk in your cup of tea. Not that there is anything greatly wrong with the scotch fingers and tea, but wouldn’t some homemade toffee apple pastries and 4 minute custard be so much more appealing? Zadada and I definitely thought so when I recently whipped us up this yummy dessert to satisfy those ‘I really wish’ cravings.

Would you believe me if I told you the entire dessert pictured above (you’ll find my recipe plus a brilliant GIVEAWAY further down the page) was whipped up in my newly gifted Microwave from Breville? I would understand if you were doubting my ability to cook puff pastry in a microwave, I mean what kind of

This Review and Giveaway is brought to you by Breville and Marmot Inc. I’m sure you all get those ‘I really wish there w...

Read More »

Carrot Lentil and Salmon Patties

Carrot Lentil and salmon patties feature

Some weeks the whole meal planning notion goes right out the window, as much as my life and brain function so much better when I plan and organise, some weeks the wheels fall off.

Last week was one of those weeks, where if it didn’t rain busy it poured busy…….birthday celebrations, parent teacher interviews, scout adventures, extra work commitments, Father’s day celebrations, not that I’m complaining I just wish things could space themselves out sometimes (in a perfect world Dannielle!).

One of my sweet thoughtful friends said to me ‘I know sometimes it’s hard to see how the week will work, but just take it day by day, hopefully it will be over before you know it’. And what do you know here I am tonight writing about it and we somehow made it out the other side.

The good news is I’m starting to get some routine back (well sort of, I still have 3 loads of unfolded clean washing on my bedroom floor).

Last week was definitely a ‘wheels falling off’ kind of week in the meal planning and washing maintenance department.

Friday night I managed a quick grab (non-planned) grocery shop, Sunday for Father’s Day I made sure Zadada got one of his favourite home cooked meals (lamb cutlets, gravy and veggies, he’s not hard to please) but didn’t get to do any major meal planning for the coming week, this week (my brain just didn’t have the space) so it’s kind of been a make-the-most-of-what’s-already-at-home kind of week.

I thought you might like to know what I made for dinner last night (Tuesday night). Tuesday was a home day (I love home days!) around lunchtime I started thinking about what I should make for dinner, so did a quick scout between the pantry and fridge and come up with …….Carrot, Lentil and Salmon Patties served with a side of my Easy Fried Rice and some steamed green beans.

carrot lentil and salmon patties dinner

I haven’t made a batch of salmon patties in ages in fact I think the last time was a post I did almost 2 years ago ( I did say ages). Looking at that 2-year-old post I figured a bit of a revamp was in order.

These Carrot, Lentil and Salmon Patties are perfect for a make-the-most-of-what’s-already-at-home kind of meal. Keep a big tin or 2 of salmon and lentils in the pantry as staples, some veggies in the fridge or freezer and you’ll have a quick and easy go to healthy balanced family meal. For the record my fried rice had a few substitutions (you may notice the broccoli) I didn’t hear any complaints though and I avoided having to make a special trip to the supermarket.

Here’s Your How-To:

Carrot lentil and salmon patties ingredients

 

carrot lentil and salmon patties in the bowl

 

carrot lentil and salmon patties mixture

 

carrot lentil and salmon patties flou rolling

 

carrot lentil and salmon patties

 

Carrot lentil and salmon pattie closeup

5.0 from 1 reviews
Carrot Lentil and Salmon Patties
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 11
Ingredients
  • 415g tin pink salmon drained & flaked
  • 400g tin lentils drained
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • egg lightly whisked
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup of plain flour to roll patties in.
  • 2- 3 table spoons rice bran oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except flour in a bowl.
  2. Using wet hands mould together ½ cup portions of salmon mixture to form a patty. Flour both sides of patty.
  3. Lightly oil a non-stick frying pan and heat to medium temperature. Cook patties 3-4 minutes each side or until golden. Remove from pan and place on absorbent towel until ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy with your favourite serve of salads or steamed veggies and fried rice.
  5. The patties make a great sandwich/burger filler too.
  6. Enjoy

 

Do you have any go-to easy dinner dishes you keep up your sleeve for the weeks when the wheels fall off? I’d love to hear what they are, feel free to share in the comments below.

Next week I’ve got something exciting happening for you so be sure to check your inbox. If you haven’t already subscribed to my blog make sure you do so you don’t miss out on any deliciousness or excitement, just look for the subscribe prompt in my sidebar over to your right and fill out that little email address box.

subscribe 1 2015

 

Until the next time…….

Zamamabakes

Some weeks the whole meal planning notion goes right out the window, as much as my life and brain function so much bette...

Read More »