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Chocolate Fondant Dessert

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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!

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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:

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Chocolate Fondant Dessert
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • 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
  • chocolate curls (Grated chocolate or some flakes would work too)
  • Raspberries (I use Coles frozen raspberries)
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  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



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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.

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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

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Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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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

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Carrot Lentil and Salmon Patties

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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.

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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:

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Carrot Lentil and Salmon Patties
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 11
  • 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
  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.

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Until the next time…….


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I think homemade food is one of the loveliest gifts you can give to someone. Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, Easter, a new baby, a sad loss, a new neighbour, Mother’s Day or for this weeks post Father’s day, you can’t go wrong with food.

Knowing your recipients’ weakness  favourite foods will always win you extra brownie points.

I’ve put together a collection of Edible Treats For Father’s Day both savoury and sweet that I know either Zadada or my Dad enjoy, hopefully you’ll find something in my mix for your Dad too.

I’m going to be really disciplined and start with the savoury suggestions…..

This Deconstructed Pumpkin Salad has been inhaled super popular each time I’ve served it at a gathering. I’m not sure what our Father’s day plans are just yet but if we end up staying home for lunch this is on my must make list for one Zadada.


This Oven Baked Risotto with Chicken and Chorizo is a family favourite, another great lunch or dinner option, you could even make it in advance and reheat when you want to serve 😉


If Risotto isn’t Dad’s cup of tea than these Lamb and Rosemary Pies should be. As much as I know Zadada enjoys the Risotto I know how much he loooooooves savoury pies and my Dad is exactly the same. What is it with men and a good meat pie?


I hope you weren’t expecting too many savoury options hehehe but if you were check out my list of dinner options I’ve made, you’re sure to find something there for Dad.

Let’s move on to SWEET shall we?!

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