It’s been a little while since my last baking session.  We’ve just had a few weeks where there has been a lot on.  It seems to go in waves doesn’t it?  There are weeks where it all seems to be manageable, then a few extra things get thrown into the mix and all of a sudden, it all get’s a little out of control for a while.  We had a couple of hours “lull” on Saturday afternoon, no parties to go to, no kids sport or plays to drive to, just a couple of hours at home…bliss!  So  I dusted off the baking gear and got myself organised.

Around the lead up to Easter, the food magazine issues always have some terrific recipes.  In the past week I’ve picked up the latest issues of both Donna Hay magazine and Delicious magazine.  It could’ve had something to do with the chocolate delights on their covers!  I’ve tagged lots of recipes in each magazine to try at a later date, but I needed to focus on lunchbox treats (or perhaps a sneaky late night treat with a cup of tea!).  Delicious magazine had a recipe for dulce de leche brownies….hello sneaky treat!

I deviated from the recipe with two ingredients.  Instead of using dulce de leche, I substituted a tin of top ‘n’ fill caramel.  It was an ok substitute as I was time poor and using what I could get my hands on easily.  However, when I do make these again, I will use dulce de leche.  As pure coincidence, the latest issue of Donna Hay had a recipe for making dulce de leche inside….. next time I’ll be making sure I have the time to make it!  The other substitution was made with Haigh’s drinking chocolate.  I’d run out of cocoa, and had the drinking chocolate in the cupboard (it was a little past it’s used by date…otherwise I wouldn’t have used it and would’ve saved it for hot chocolates instead!)

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The brownies were delicious!  Fudgy on the inside and a bit crunchy on the outer layer, with caramel swirled through them.  The caramel was a little tasteless due to my substitution.   I don’t think the drinking chocolate made much of a difference, although probably made the brownies a little sweeter than usual.  There have been no complaints from the family and I may have had a square with a scoop of ice cream (yum!).

For the second part of my baking afternoon I rolled out some Anzac biscuits.  I’ve been following the multi talented Kate Berry for a while now.  I like what she says and how she says it.  She’s also a beautiful photographer.  Her Lunchlady blog is another arrow to her bow.  Terrific food, made from fresh ingredients.  She’s all about knowing what is in your food and where it comes from.  Good stuff.   Currently she’s having a bake off with White Wings packet mixes.  You know she’ll win every time, but it’s soooo nice to see that the real stuff actually does look and taste so much better.  They were chewy, golden and delicious.  As they should be.  Thanks Kate!

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So, lunch boxes and sneaky desserts for the week are now under control.  Suppose I should now concentrate on what’s for dinner!

Have a great week!

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