Birthday CCU Undercover: Little Rock Cafe

– Posted in: Breads + Scones, Miscellaneous

NB: This post says it was posted on the 12th of August but it was the 13th in Australia :D

CCU woke up, a grin widening from ear to ear. She was 17, the big 1-7? Naah, just 17 :D – the big one would be coming in a year but she was so not going to think of that!
She didn’t feel different, nor did she feel particularly older but OMG, she was 17 and she felt very very excited :D :D :D

To celebrate son anniversaire, she [had her daddy ;)] treat her whole family to a wonderfully big and luscious breakfast. Toast dripping with butter, pancakes… what else could a girl want to turn 17 with???


Yep, that’s right, it’s my 17th birthday today :D
Exciting, awesome and a little frightening (at the prospect of getting closer to 18) but hey, whatever right? Live in the moment thing happening right here no? :D

Anyway, as family tradition for any birthday, we all go out for dinner to a nice place. As you can see by my reviews, I have had more than enough dinners lately so I mixed it up a little and we all went out for a nice, local breakfast :)

In the neighbouring suburb to my own, a chilled out 15 minute drive, lies a small cafe which wafts the most amazing smell, be it breakfast or lunch. You can see why I wanted to go no?

It is so small, cosy and already the quality of food is evident when you see the fantastic array of cakes and muffins on display *birthday swoon!*

Can you believe that they prefer to have a booking on the weekends? Small it may be but unpopular it was not! Had we arrived only 10 or 15 minutes later, there would not have been space for 6 people! We were luckily seated and even though it was outside, the heater was very strong and warm to beat the August winds and the covering was sturdy. So many plusses!

Now we got to ordering. Drinks first of course! My grandparents and parents, being the adults they are, of course opted for the as-large-as-they-can-get cappuccinos. According to all, they were perfectly hot and with a beautiful flavour. I just love how it looks :)

Large Cappuccino ($4.30)

Another thing that I love the look of was my own drink, the Vienna Chocolate. No, not hot chocolate. Way too low class :P – I mean seriously, can’t you see I am sophisticated now, a grown up? Geez, I don’t want marshmallows anymore!

*Everything in italics is a big fat lie! :P – who could ever be too old for marshmallows?

Regular Vienna Chocolate ($4)

Anyway, getting back to the review, it was beautifully presented and I loved the flavour of the chocolate itself. I did however have an issue with them using the totally artificial tasting canned whipped cream on top and the chocolate itself barely burnt my tongue. Just a bit hotter would have been tonnes better, especially in the biting cold!

Next, we got served. Literally :D
My dad was the only meaty man of the day, and ordered the typical big breakfast with perfectly cooked sausages and crispy bacon, nestled alongside the classics like hash browns and buttery scrambled eggs.

Bacon, Eggs, Sausage & Mushroom served w/ grilled tomato, toast & hash brown – dad chose the eggs to be scrambled ($17.90)

My brother and Baba (grandpa) got the big vegetarian breakfast, which looked absolutely incredible. I loved the addition of avocado to it, as my mum pointed out, it was so well rounded and the perfect breakfast to kick off the day with – protein, carbs, good fat and vegetables! According to my brother, the avocado worked perfectly with the other delicious components such as the butter sautéed mushrooms and roasted tomato. My Mumma (grandma), shared with Baba and they also ordered an extra side of thick cut toast. Yum right?

Vegetarian Big Breakfast – Eggs (both chose scrambled), mushrooms, hashbrowns, grilled tomato, avocado, baby english spinach with toast ($15.90)

Speaking of thick cut toast… ma and I shared two dishes. Let me talk of the toast first, which was fantastic, and the best dish second! (telling you what? That it is better than fantastic? You bet it was :D)

2 Slices Thick Cut Toast w/ Jam or Spread – Thick Country Style ($3.50)

The toast is actually thick cut. Not semi-thick, not fat as a loaf, but perfect. White bread as it was a special occasion, slathered in butter, it really did not get better.

But then it did. We ordered one serve traditional pancakes, minus the whipped cream, with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. Oh. Wow. These pancakes stole the show and were the apple of my eye for this breakfast. They were SO super fluffy, it is NOT even funny. This fluffiness worked in such a way that it soaked up the syrup. And then it became a delicious, slightly soggy, fluffcake. Doused in more maple syrup. Heaven…

Pancakes served w/ Maple syrup or jam, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream ($8.90)

Seriously this was definitely a birthday brekkie to remember :D
Thanks family of mine, love you guys to bits!!!

General Information

  • Friendly service, pretty efficient, though my mum’s second order for a coffee was forgotten (it seems to be a theme of forgetting the second drink, something all restaurants should work on!)
  • Water was provided without asking, cutlery was given :)
  • I think napkins on each table (extra) would be a nice touch

    They did have salt and pepper though :D
    And sugar too!

Rating: 8/10

Booking: Recommended on weekends

Address & Contact Details

Shop 101, Stockland Mall
375-383 Windsor Road
Baulkham Hills, 2153

Phone Number: 9639 4446

Little Rock Cafe on Urbanspoon


Now, what is a birthday without a birthday cake right? Well, we did have a cake. My lovely grandparents very generously bought me home, 1 week early, a HUGE chocolate mudcake from Michel’s Patisserie, topped with ganache and beautiful white chocolate shells. I would have taken a picture of it but I was a little preoccupied with eating it…

But I am borrowing my neighbour, PDS’s photo, of when I gave her slice when we were studying together – Neighbour perks for the win :D

So then I was definitely going to make another cake for my birthday. And I couldn’t make something chocolatey because

a)  My family is slightly anti-chocolate
b)  I had just about eaten an entire mudcake over the week (but who gains weight when there is a treadmill… I mean… birthday magic ;))

So I decided upon this crispy, delectable, spice filled, caramel flowing, nutty apple strudel. You heard me. Sounds like quite a treat right? :)
Yes, yes the flaky delicious golden puff pastry was not made by me BUT WATCH OUT, because when I get some proper time, that is my next quest ;)

When heated up, the caramel adds a whole new sweet dimension and you fall in love with the concept of a strudel all over again my friends, I promise you!

Caramel Apple Strudel
Adapted from: Beyond Kimchee

Serves: 8-10


  • 2 sheets puff pastry, room temperature (I had mine out 5 minutes from the fridge and it was fine, and this is in winter!)
  • 4 pink lady apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 3 tbs white sugar
  • Few drops lemon juice
  • 2 tbs orange zest
  • 2 tbs flour/cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup caramel chips
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs golden syrup
  • 2 tbs bread crumbs
  • 1 egg + milk/melted butter (for brushing)


  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C
  2. Chop apples into small pieces (I left mine a little bit, next time smaller) – need to have 2 cups of chopped apple
  3. Mix together apple, spices, white sugar, zest, lemon juice and flour – set aside for 20 minutes so that the apples can release their juices
  4. In a separate bowl, combine nuts, chips, brown sugar, syrup and bread crumbs
  5. Roll out the puff pastries to make it as thin as possible (approximately 10 inches by 12 inches) – be very generous in how much you flour your bench, hands and rolling pin
  6. Sprinkle half the nut mixture in a column near the middle of one pastry and top generously with apple mixture
  7. Lift up the front side of the pastry and cover the apples and then start rolling all the way
  8. Pinch the ends and tuck underneath. Repeat with the remaining pastry and mixture
  9. Place both logs on a baking sheet with baking paper on it, seams down
  10. Brush the top with chosen wash.
  11. Slit a few holes to allow steam to escape
  12. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until pastry is golden brown – serve warm as desired with cream/ ice cream/both :D


  • If you can, keep the pastry at room temperature inside an airtight container because the fridge makes the pastry soggy and not as crisp – this is a good method for up to 2 days
  • To reheat, preheat oven to 190 degrees C, cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes – remove the foil carefully (very hot) and serve
  • The caramel may leak out of the pastry and that is ok but it is boiling hot so be careful taking the strudels out of the oven

Et voila, my birthday ‘cake’ :D
Have a wonderful week to all! Also, this is my BIRTHDAY POST PART 1: Why? Because, I haven’t celebrated with mes amis yet… stay tuned ;)



146 Comments… add one

beccysfoodies October 13, 2012, 12:54 pm

happy (belated) birthday!! and this looks incredible!! ahhhhh i am soooo making that strudel sometime.. very soon! :)

Carolyn Chan September 17, 2012, 3:25 am

Gosh so sorry to be so late to wish you happy 17th ! I am drooling over something as simple as that Vienna chocolate :)

Choc Chip Uru September 17, 2012, 3:34 am

No problem my dear friend, thank you so much :D

Choc Chip Uru

Karen August 23, 2012, 9:49 pm

Sorry that my birthday wish is belated. I know you must have had a wonderful day. You are such a sweet young woman that we have all gotten to know and admire for not only your baking skills but your kind and thoughtful comments on our blogs. Happy, Happy Birthday even though it is late.

thelady8home August 20, 2012, 7:12 pm

Happy belated birthday Uru! I am so sorry I am late in wishing you!

This is possibly the best year to be in – not an adult, so no real responsibilities, yet almost an adult, with all the sensibilities. Yes, it’s great to be 17 :D

And you are a Leo too! I love Leo people, the gorgeous, mighty, roaring and rocking people.

And what a terrific review – you make simple toast look something exotic. Loved it. I did skip the recipe though as apples and I don’t talk to each other.

Choc Chip Uru August 20, 2012, 8:09 pm

Thank you so much my friend for your wishes – no responsibilities? Hmmm I need to talk to my mum ;)
I’m so glad you enjoyed the review and you and apples are not friends??? Ok you can make an all caramel strudel :D

Choc Chip Uru

Bam's Kitchen August 19, 2012, 1:06 am

Happy Birthday CCU! You are such an accomplished lady at such a young age. I am very proud of you! Take Care, BAM

Nami | Just One Cookbook August 18, 2012, 4:05 am

Aw, Happy 17th Birthday Uru!!! Gosh I wish I am 17 again.. oh scary I’m like plus 20 years Grrrrrr…. Being young is good. ;-) I love your undercover series. I love to check what people are eating. =P And I’m gong to try your Caramel Apple Strudel. I usually make with just apple, but I think I deserve to indulge with little more sweetness in it. :D Hope you have a wonderful year Uru. Hugs!

mybeautfulthings August 17, 2012, 4:33 pm

Happy Birthday to you! What a beautiful breakfast with avocado and scrambled egg and hash browns and ……
Have a fabulous year ahead and keep cooking! xx

Becky August 16, 2012, 6:14 pm

Happy Happy Birthday CCU!! Lovely posting for a lovely girl! Enjoy 17, may it be a wonderful year for you! August 16, 2012, 2:07 pm

Happy “17th” Birthday to you, CCU!!! It really is a special time in your life, so enjoy every minute! Looks like you’re off to a good start with that breakfast…delicious looking!!
Your Apple strudel looks incredible…totally yummy served with that ice cream!!

Jenny @ BAKE August 16, 2012, 1:05 pm

happy birthday! sounds like you had an amazing day! that strudel looks incredible!

Becky August 16, 2012, 12:27 pm

Happy Belated 17th B-day. Looks like your b-day breakfast was a smash! and your chocolate Mudcake cake was amazing, too. You have the same b-day as my Mom, and Gina, SP Cookie Queen. You are in very good company.

I can’t believe that you are only 17. Your baking prowess belies your years. I could be Grandma, and I have never even made apple strudel. I need to change that:) Have a great B-/day year!

libishski August 16, 2012, 12:24 pm

Happy belated Birthday! Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic birthday celebration – well-deserved too :) xoxo

aidaweb101 August 16, 2012, 10:37 am

OMG!I’ve just realised that we share the same birthday!!!!
Aaallll the best to you ,my friend!I had a great 17th and I hope
that you did too!!!I You are an awesome girl and the best cook!
Love from Aida.

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:42 am

Aaaah, you’re an August 13-er too? SO COOL :D
And same age too? Sisters from different.. countries… ok so I will work on it :P
So glad you had a good one!
And thank you so much!

Choc Chip Uru

Ambreen August 16, 2012, 6:35 am

Happy belated birthday, best wishes for the year ahead! Lovely breakfast, that’s a great way to enjoy your 17th birthday. And the apple strudel looks super irresistible :)

Tessa August 16, 2012, 3:53 am

Happy Birthday!!!

Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 16, 2012, 1:17 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY :) So sorry i’m a bit late! WOO HOO Sweet 17!!! Gosh i feel so old hehe hope you had an amazing day! This looks like a great cafe to visit and i love love love thick THICK TOAST hehe ENJOY! xox

yummychunklet August 16, 2012, 1:09 am

Everything looks delicious! Happy Birthday!

The Scrumptious Pumpkin August 15, 2012, 8:12 pm

You are too funny – I can remember many, many years ago when 17 seemed old! But your best years are still to come. And it looks like you definitely know how to celebrate! Happy birthday! :)

grace August 15, 2012, 7:52 pm

apfelstrudel makes me swoon, and that’s all there is to it. lovely! meanwhile, the highlight of your breakfast plates for me was that generous portion of perfect avocado!

Allen @ Cook! Bake! Share! August 15, 2012, 3:41 pm

Happy Birthday! Enjoy 17! And, yes, that was a perfect “birthday breakfast”! Allen.

Just Baked August 15, 2012, 2:55 pm

I can’t wait for fall because I love caramel apples. What a great idea to put those flavors in a strudel. This looks delicious, CCU!

Jennie August 15, 2012, 1:54 pm

Happy Birthday, Uru!!! It looks like you had an amazing birthday celebration. You’re never to old for marshmallows… ever!

This strudel looks amazing, and I am totally drooling as I’m reading the recipe.

Susan August 15, 2012, 12:16 pm

Happy Birthday, CCU! What a wonderful time with your family. The restaurant looks wonderful. Too bad I live so far away!

machisan August 15, 2012, 11:32 am

Happy Birthday! wonderful breakfast. yummy!

Joanne August 15, 2012, 11:27 am

Happy birthday chica!! Going out for breakfast sounds like a nice way to change it up for your special day.

Katerina August 15, 2012, 6:13 am

Happy birthday ! This is a beautiful age! You must cherish it as much as possible! You had such a great day full of tasty food! The studel looks amazing!

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 15, 2012, 4:57 am

17 years young and just look at all you’ve accomplished!! I love breakfast and would think having it with family couldn’t be better… and a strudel to top it all off.. magnificent! Happy Birthday CCU!!! xoxo

Dana @ Simply Romanesco August 15, 2012, 4:25 am

Happy Birthday, girl! This strudel looks overwhelmingly delicious; and so did your previous recipe, Maple Berry Coconut Skillet Cobbler! Great recipes to welcome autumn or to relax after an excruciatingly hot summer day. Greetings from Pittsburgh! :)

kyleen August 15, 2012, 3:00 am

HAPPPPPY SEVENTEENTH. Damn, I know exactly how you felt. I’m seventeen and a half right now and I’m kind of scared about turning eighteen. Eighteen sounds so old, but to think that seventeen is a mere six months away freaks me out. I still feel like a baby sometimes!

Celebrating with food? DEFINITELY the way to go. All that food looks so scrumptious!

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:39 am

You will be absolutely fine my friend, I promise :D :D
Think about the positives, the freedome right?
Thank you thank you thank you :)

Choc Chip Uru

My Inner Chick August 15, 2012, 1:53 am

B I R T H D A Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!
The world is MUCH more interesting w/ you inside of it :) Xxxx

Liz August 15, 2012, 12:34 am

You sure know how to celebrate, my friend! And that strudel looks outstanding! I’ve never made one with puff pastry, but I will now :)

amy donovan (@amy_donovan) August 14, 2012, 10:05 pm

Happy happy birthday, friend! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. And that strudel looks amazing – will definitely be trying it!

Emily @ Life on Food August 14, 2012, 9:53 pm

Happy Happy Birthday!

lisa lawless (@lisaiscooking) August 14, 2012, 9:21 pm

What a delicious birthday! The cappuccino and the vegetarian breakfast look amazing. And, the cake and strudel were fantastic treats too. So fun!

Miriam August 14, 2012, 6:57 pm

Looks amazing!!!!! Happy B-day :)
Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Juliana August 14, 2012, 6:35 pm

Happy Birthday my dear! From the pictures you sure had a great breakfast…and the strudel looks fabulous!
I hope you are enjoying your week :)

Jen @JuanitasCocina August 14, 2012, 6:17 pm

Your apple strudel looks amazing!!! And I want to go eat with you when you’re undercover! You go to the best places!

elena-sweetlife August 14, 2012, 5:53 pm

Happy Bday Uru!!!!
you had a really amazing breakfast and I love your cake!

Heather August 14, 2012, 5:25 pm

Happy Birthday! What an amazing Birthday Celebration :)

Abby August 14, 2012, 4:59 pm

Happy happy birthday!! What a fun celebration :) and that apple strudel is to die for!!

Eva Taylor August 14, 2012, 4:23 pm

Happy Birthday CCU…oh to be 17 again. No, I take that back, I like the age that I am.Your birthday breakfast sounds great, what a nice little place to have reasonably close to you (15 minutes is not bad). The scrambled eggs looked amazing, so fluffy and creamy.
The chocolate mud cake certainly looks like a celebratory dish…but I have to say my favourite is your Strudel; the addition of the caramel chips would just take it over the top. My Mom used to always add walnuts to her apple strudel recipe (she used phyllo pastry instead of puff pastry which I think is more Germanic). I will have to keep the caramel in mind next time I bake strudel. Thanks!

Eva Taylor August 14, 2012, 4:23 pm

Darn, can you fix the typo in breadfast, should be breakfast. thx

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:36 am

All fixed my friend :D
Thank you for your wonderful wishes!
And I will definitely try it with phyllo pastry next time, thanks for the tip!

Choc Chip Uru

Purely.. Kay August 14, 2012, 3:54 pm

Do I see pancakes, chocolate, and eggs.. Oh yes I am in heaven ont his post. Definite heaven :)

Swathi August 14, 2012, 3:50 pm

Happy birthday, it is sweet seventeen, enjoy as much as possible. Once become older, you will be busy with lot of things, not time to do anything. I like your restaurant review, your streudel looks beautiful and delicious. Love that cake. too.

Kiran August 14, 2012, 3:36 pm

Happy Birthday my dear! Wishing you more happiness and success in the future :)

Barbara August 14, 2012, 3:24 pm

Happy Birthday!! That is some kind of wonderful breakfast, too.
Love your caramel strudel! With some cinnamon ice cream I would be in heaven.

Dara August 14, 2012, 3:15 pm

Happy Birthday!!! Great birthday nibbles – you are quite the accomplished cook.

Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 14, 2012, 3:01 pm

Happy birthday Uru! It’s only a year away from being 18 and that’s when the real excitement comes. ;)

Love the looks of your strudel! I will attempt it at some stage, you make it look super easy! :)

applec August 14, 2012, 1:49 pm

I just love those little cafes with all the tempting pastries. What I like most is being able to resist and enjoying a wonderful breakfast of eggs and toast. It makes me feel so much healthier ;)

That apple strudel recipe is to die for! So good!

Kate August 14, 2012, 1:15 pm

Looks fantastic! Happy Birthday!

Ridwan August 14, 2012, 11:30 am

Have a great birthday to you sweet seventeen :) I was,,,long,,long time ago :) great way to celebrate birthday with yummy-lycious breakfast foods, I love that Viena chocolate mmm with whiped cream even better :)

Blackswan August 14, 2012, 10:59 am

The Vienna Chocolate is so inviting! No, I should say, everything here is so inviting! Happy belated bday to your precious one :)

Cakelaw August 14, 2012, 10:43 am

Happy birthday CCU!!!!!!!!! Hope you had a fab day. And your caramel apple strudl turned out just gorgeous – great job.

Sawsan@ Chef in disguise August 14, 2012, 8:45 am

Happy birthday! wishing you a year full of magic CCU :)
I can’t wait for birthday celebration part 2

Lisa at fLVE August 14, 2012, 8:12 am

Omg! Happy Birthday Week and Month! Woohoo! You only turn 17 once…enjoy it!!! Now I feel very old. Lol.
Slightly off key, but singing anyway, “Happy Birthday to you, happy brithday to you, happy brithday to C.C.U. Happy Birthday to U! :)

Angie@Angie's Recipes August 14, 2012, 8:09 am

Happy, Happy Birthday! That’s a BIG breakfast.

Tisa August 14, 2012, 4:34 am

Happy, happy birthday, beautiful Uru. How did I miss it? Congratulations on turning 17, girlie! Hope your day was a fantastic one. I’m sure you’ll achieve all that you’ve set out to be (and more) and be proud of the things you’ve done so far. Looking at this blog how can you not pat your wonderful self on the back each day ;-)) Keep on pressing on! And, of course, the strudel looks great. Would be a perfect fit for my anti- chocolate husband ;))

Rhonda August 14, 2012, 3:37 am

Happy Birthday!! The streudel looks amazing!!

lynabelles August 14, 2012, 3:36 am

Uru! Wow turning 17, a great big delicious breakfast, and a hearty dessert! What more could a girl ask for! Happy birthday may you have 17 more, and another 17 after, and another, and another! I wish you all the best my dear friend, have an awesome year ahead! :)

Reem | Simply Reem August 14, 2012, 2:33 am

A Very Happy Birthday to you my dear!!!
Wishing you loads n loads of Happiness and Success….
Lots of Love – Reem

Savory Simple August 14, 2012, 1:49 am

This strudel sounds scrumptious!

thehungryartist August 14, 2012, 1:46 am

OMG! Happy Birthday!! I can’t believe you are only 17! I completely keep forgetting and think you are way older than your years (that’s a compliment ;) !) I can’t believe also that you come from a family of anti chocolate! You have so many amazing chocolate yummies on your blog. But I have to say, the apple strudel looks so amazing. I will have to make this for a special occasion!
Have a great 17th year! :)

caitsfoodtherapy August 14, 2012, 1:42 am

Happy belated 17th birthday, CCU! Hope it’s one incredible year! :@) <3

Profiteroles & Ponytails August 14, 2012, 1:41 am

I hope you enjoy every last minute of being 17! Looks like you had a great breakfast with your family. Now that is what I call a LARGE cappuccino — I can’t imagine the caffeine rush after drinking one of those babies.

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:33 am

Thank you so much my friend :D
And yep, can you believe my mum wanted two? :P

Choc Chip Uru

Reeni (@Reeni_Spice) August 14, 2012, 1:33 am

Happy Belated Birthday my dear friend! I hope you had a dreamy day! Everything looks so good especially the apple strudel. Apple season is right around the corner in my neck of the woods. I can’t wait.

Sandra August 13, 2012, 10:30 pm

What a delicious celebration!

The Squishy Monster August 13, 2012, 10:16 pm

Happy Birthday, my dear friend! May all of your wishes come true!! I love your spirit and energy and only good things shall come to you!!

All That I'm Eating August 13, 2012, 9:23 pm

Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a great day, your breakfast looks great.

Promenade Claire August 13, 2012, 9:07 pm

It’s official, you are a Grand Dame !! Happy Birthday my friend :) August 13, 2012, 8:30 pm

HAPPY birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, if only I could eat that apple streudel through my computer screen! :D

Geni - Sweet and Crumby August 13, 2012, 8:19 pm

Happy Happy Birthday CCU! :) I wish you many more happiest of birthdays as well. What a great time with your family and that food is making me drool! Your apple strudel looks DIVINE! You are such a pro! :)

Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today? August 13, 2012, 7:27 pm

Happy birthday! And both your birthday breakfast and and the cake looks great.

Jenn and Seth August 13, 2012, 6:19 pm

happy birthday!!!! looks like a great breakfast to celebrate! and that strudel looks incredibly yummy!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me) August 13, 2012, 6:16 pm

Happy Birthday, Uru! What a special breakfast! That apple streudel looks amazing. I do believe I would have had THAT for my birthday breakfast. Yup. Put a candle in it. Enjoy every minute of 17. Every single second :)

Hannah August 13, 2012, 4:38 pm

Gosh, sounds like you should have replaced the Vienna chocolate with extra marshmallows! :P

Suzie August 13, 2012, 3:09 pm

Happy belated birthday! All the breakfasts look so good. I haven’t been out for breakfast in a long time, I need to go. Your strudel looks amazing. I hope you had a great birthday, it’s sounds as though you did :)

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook August 13, 2012, 3:00 pm

Happy happy Birthday! What a super way to celebrate, breakfast is a great idea! Everything looks perfectly amazing, looks like a terrific day :)

Annie August 13, 2012, 2:19 pm

Wow!! Happy birthday, girl! I barely remember 17 ;-). Breakfast is a lovely way to celebrate, but I’m looking forward to the bash with your friends! xoxo

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 13, 2012, 2:01 pm

Aw, happy birthday! This strudel looks like a wonderful way to celebrate!

Jenbeans August 13, 2012, 1:17 pm

Happy birthday CCU – may you have many more years filled with love, happiness, also known as sweet decadent delicious baked yummy goods!

Emma @ Food, Fork and Good August 13, 2012, 1:06 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ahhh 17, one year till the big 1-8! It will fly by. Gorgeous pics, a well deserved birthday breakfast! Made me drool, brilliant recipe too cheers! x

Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) August 13, 2012, 1:00 pm

Happy happy birthday, Urvashi! Hope you had a fabulous day and some one baked you a big big cake! :)

Your strudel looks amazing! The thought of caramel chips is making me drool!

hotlyspiced August 13, 2012, 12:45 pm

What a fabulous assortment of food. Happy birthday Uru and I’m glad you had a great celebration. How lovely to be taken to breakfast with all your family. The servings are enormous so I’m quite sure no one left hungry xx

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:31 am

Haha we could barely speak after our breakfast ;)
Thank you so much my friend!

Choc Chip Uru

Kelly @ My love affair with running August 13, 2012, 12:34 pm

Happpy birthday! Sounds like you had a great day, shared with family, good food and plenty of the sweet stuff :) That strudel looks delicious! I love a good, non-chocolatey dessert!

Cher August 13, 2012, 12:24 pm

Happy, birthday. Such a fun age – I hope you enjoy every moment.

navane64 August 13, 2012, 11:33 am

What a way to celebrate such a joyous occasion and my, my, everything looks so heavenly. Btw, Happy Belated birthday to you Ms and god bless.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 13, 2012, 9:46 am

Happy Birthday Uru! I can’t believe that you are 17-you are so mature! :D

girlinafoodfrenzy August 13, 2012, 9:13 am

Happy Bday Uru! Wow, the best way to kick off your big day with loved ones and tasty foods and strudel! All of it looks amazeballs and your flakey, caramel apple strudel is a winner!

Gabby @ the veggie nook August 13, 2012, 9:11 am

Oh man that avocado on your brother’s plate looks awesome!

Happy birthday Uru! So glad you had fun with your family :) And you aren’t getting old don’t worry!!

Mich - Piece of Cake August 13, 2012, 8:24 am

Happy birthday, CCU! Both the mud cake and strudel look wonderful, perfect birthday treats!

thecompletecookbook August 13, 2012, 7:43 am

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday filled with everything that is sweet.
:-) Mandy

Starr August 13, 2012, 5:41 am

Happy Birthday CCU!… Pancakes with ice cream is definitely something I’m going to have to try, and your strudel looks divine. Seems like you had a perfectly delicious birthday :-D

Treat and Trick August 13, 2012, 5:22 am

Happy Birthday my friend! That sweet treat looks awesome!

Marina@Picnic at Marina August 13, 2012, 5:20 am

Aww, happy birthday, Uru! What a wonderful age! Enjoy! :)

Food Stories August 13, 2012, 4:52 am

OMG … Happy Birthday CCU … Oh to be 17 again :)

Zoe August 13, 2012, 4:48 am

Happy Birthday, Uru! Your strudel looks amazing… Is this part of your sweet 17 celebration?

mybakingempire August 13, 2012, 4:44 am

Happy, happy birthday! (You still have a bit over 2 hours left here.) Looks like a fab day with a yummy start… and I can’t wait to try the puff pastry recipe! I have some chilling in my freezer as we speak!

Maureen August 13, 2012, 4:13 am

That strudel looks devine!

Your birthday breakfast looked pretty good too but I can’t get used to ice cream and pancakes for breakfast. :)

Tandy August 13, 2012, 4:01 am

Birthday blessings dear CCU *hugs*

Asmita (@FoodieAsmita) August 13, 2012, 3:32 am

Happy Birthday Uru!
The apple strudel looks amazing!

mjskit August 13, 2012, 3:12 am

Happy Birthday!!!! Looks like you had a wonderful day and then made yourself and family a sweetly delicious dessert!

kitchenriffs August 13, 2012, 2:06 am

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a terrific celebration. Great looking strudel, too. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this – thanks so much.

ann allen August 13, 2012, 1:59 am

Happy Birthday, Have a wonderful day and a wonderful year ahead may all your dreams come true, love annie

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:30 am

Thank you so much Annie, too sweet :D


Ramona August 13, 2012, 12:41 am

Happy Birthday my friend!! I hope you had fabulous birthday and wishing you a wonderful year ahead!! The meal out looked wonderful and the apple strudel looks spectacular!! Well done. You have done such a lovely job on your blog and I can’t wait to see what you come up with before you turn 18!

Hannah (BitterSweet) August 13, 2012, 12:18 am

Man, I never would have guessed that you’re only now turning 17- You’re still just a young pup! ;) Lucky though, since you have such a bright future ahead of you. Hope you have a very happy, and of course very delicious, birthday!

Jennifer Eloff August 13, 2012, 12:11 am

Happy Birthday – may you many more wonderful birthdays. I was depressed when I turned 30 and after that 40 and 50 were a breeze. Haha!! The pastry looks naughty but nice! I’m sure making pastry will be a breeze for you.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart August 13, 2012, 12:03 am

HaPpY HaPpY BiRtHdAy Uru!!! Another great review and it looks like you had quite the celebration. From the Vienna Chocolate to the pancakes and Mudcake and your beautiful apple strudel! I wish you a very happy and healthy year and many many more to come! When you turn 18, though….I think we should throw you a big virtual birthday bash! : )

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:27 am

Thank you so much my friend and thank you for thinking so sweetly for me :D
A birthday virtual bash? You really are a sweetheart :)
I would love to throw you one too!

Choc Chip Uru

cookingactress August 12, 2012, 11:56 pm

Everything looks so delicious and amazing!!

AND AHHHHH HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that you’re scared of 18. I’m totally terrified of the impending 23, though. Because…then…I’ll be almost in my mid twentiiiies, blechhhh

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:25 am

Haha thanks thanks thanks :D
And no way, big kids for life no??? :D :D

Choc Chip Uru

cookingactress August 21, 2012, 8:57 pm

For truth!

annesturetucker August 12, 2012, 11:51 pm

Wow, happy, happy, happy birthday, friend :-) You are such an amazing girl :-) So glad you had a wonderful day with lots of delicious treats!

Kambrook (@KambrookAU) August 12, 2012, 11:50 pm

Happy Birthday… I love the look of your apple strudel:)

Michelle August 12, 2012, 11:43 pm

Happy birthday to you!

Cindy Kerschner August 12, 2012, 11:42 pm

Happy birthday Uru! You have your whole life ahead of you to live, eat and enjoy! Bless you! Cindy

Hot Rod Cowgirl August 12, 2012, 11:13 pm

Happy Happy Birthday!!!! Love the food and photography:)

Kristy August 12, 2012, 10:23 pm

Happy birthday!!! I remember 17 well… Enjoy it! That apple strudel looks delish!!!

viveka August 12, 2012, 10:21 pm

Happy Birthday … what a great review and post. Pity is it too far away for me to try out. Apple strudels one of my favorite desserts – one of my mentor Chef’s made the best in the world without any doubts, he are dead since 6 years now. Still do you micro wave French toast.

Kim @ Treats & Trinkets August 12, 2012, 10:02 pm

Happy Birthday Uru!!!!! As an adult (pbffft) I’m proud to say that I prefer hot chocolate with extra marshmallows over coffee any day. And don’t worry too much about 18 (It hardly feels different from 17)

Balvinder August 12, 2012, 9:50 pm

Happy Birthday My Guru Uru! At your age a cake is necessary. I celebrated my birthday during my weekend vacation without a birthday cake.

Your crunchy apple strudel looks so professional. I can understand why your family is so anti chocolate. With advancing age your habits do get change,though I love eating a piece of chocolate everyday.

Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious August 12, 2012, 9:39 pm

Happy Happy Birthday Dear Friend!!! You’re such a special blogger friend. I hope you had a fantastic celebration. Everything looks so delicious.

kalamitykelli August 12, 2012, 9:33 pm

Happy happy birthday! 17 was one of my favorite years as a young person – it even sounds lovely saying it, “Seventeen”. I love the review (I’m going to figure out a way to make eggs and avocadoes now!) and the pastry has given me something to make next time I make vanilla ice cream! Wonderful post!

saffronandhoney August 12, 2012, 9:22 pm

Happy happy birthday!! Hope you had a delectable and wonderful day!

Kathleen Richardson August 12, 2012, 9:04 pm

Enjoy your 17th birthday, CCU. You’ll be 18 all too soon, then almost 67 like me!! No, I’m not laughing. I love hearing about all your family’s eating-out adventures. A question, though. The prices (not just today’s) seem very high compared to what I’m used to here in the Southern Tier of New York State. Are you eating at high end restaurants or are those reasonable prices for Australia? I’m sure you gave your grandparents huge hugs and kisses for that amazing, early b’day cake they brought you. It sounds so-o good and aren’t you lucky no one loves chocolate as much as you, which means you got to eat most of it. Whew… Happy birthday, again, CCU!

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:21 am

Thank you my friend, very much :P
And yes, time will go by quickly which is why I enjoy every moment right now :D
The prices are actually much higher in Australia :S, though I cannot say why, so yes, this is actually considered very reasonable :P
I did give my grandparents a huge kiss and hug and they knew exactly what I was looking for! :)

Choc Chip Uru

Veronica August 12, 2012, 8:52 pm

Wow, that certainly was a fabulous birthday breakfast feast!Love perfect, fluffy pancakes. I love your strudel too–fabulous! Happy birthday, Uru!

Simply Life August 12, 2012, 8:52 pm

oh that coffee looks perfect great photos! happy bday!

A_Boleyn August 12, 2012, 8:47 pm

Congratulations on reaching the ripe old age of 18. :)

Unfortunately, with the advanced years, my metabolism slowed down and I couldn’t keep indulging in the tasty desserts and pastries that I got spoiled with when I was a young ‘un. Just a word to the wise. :) My SIL celebrated her b’day on Saturday (she’s 2 years older than I am) but we still had a great Lebanese meal including desserts today so I guess you still have to treat yourself on special occasions.

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:17 am

Haha I will keep that in mind my friend, and when I reach 18, I am going to cut back :P (jokes!)
And of course celebrating on special occasions is the best!

Choc Chip Uru

Spoon Feast August 12, 2012, 8:47 pm

Happy 17 CCU! Don’t eat yourself silly, but have great fun.

livinglearningeatingg August 12, 2012, 8:44 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The Caramel Apple Strudel looks amazing, but how can anyone be anti chocolate? I just had a bunch of chocolate and yes, I can reconfirm that it’s amazing :P Cafes >>> Restaurants any day. Stiff restaurants aren’t really my scene, but bakeries and cafes are adorable :)

Choc Chip Uru August 17, 2012, 10:16 am

I am so with you my friend, I want to celebrate comfortably, not in formal clothes in which if you eat a litte, they tighten :P
Thanks for the wishes!

Choc Chip Uru

Glamorous Glutton August 12, 2012, 8:37 pm

Happy Birthday. That mud cake looks amazing. GG

thekalechronicles August 12, 2012, 8:29 pm

Happy BIrthday, CCU! You were an awesome sixteen-year-old and now you are going to be an awesome seventeen-year-old. Love the caramel apple strudel — now is the perfect time for apple desserts in California with the first apples just in.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen August 12, 2012, 8:29 pm

Pancakes with ice cream and maple syrup, that is really a birthday celebration! Happy, happy birthday sweetie! Enjoy your 17!

apuginthekitchen August 12, 2012, 8:23 pm

Happy Happy Birthday!! 17 wow, I think I remember my 17th birthday (a very long time ago) Your breakfast feast and cake and strudel are mouthwateringly delicious, made me terribly hungry just seeing your pics and reading the description of each dish. Congratulations on turning 17, you are wise beyond your years and very accomplished. Best wishes!! Can’t wait to see and read what happens on your 18th!!

on thehomefrontandbeyond August 12, 2012, 8:01 pm

Happy Birthday – look at all you have accomplished in your short life!

Year Of Healthier Living August 12, 2012, 7:55 pm

Oh Happy Birthday!!!! What a lovely breakfast! Have a wonderful countdown year to 18!!!

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