Guest Post #6: A Double Whammy

Hi everyone, I am hitting the books and trying to pass the last exams of year 11. Can you believe there will only be one more year of school left then? I am SO stoked :D :D
Anyway, a couple of months back, I asked for your guest posts during this period and I was lucky enough to get a huge response – thank you all so much!
I promise you will not miss me, in fact, you will groan when I come back, becase I have so many wonderful guestposts lined up for you all! I hope you discover some wonderful new bloggers who tantalise your tastebuds like they do mine! Enjoy mes amis!
Should you need to contact me, I am more than at service through my email: gobakeyourself@yahoo.com.au or just leave a message on my facebook page: Go Bake Yourself

Also a significant note, I lost over 60-70 followers through some freak wordpress issue so please, if you were one of them and you have recently visited again, resubscribe – thank you!
Now I leave you to it… :)

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Since I savouried you up with that amazing last guest post, I decided you all deserved a huge whammy of delicious sweetness! Enter the fabulous Amy (Ames) from the blog A Melbourne Girl At Heart! Yeah, that’s right, she is an Aussie :D

Review and photography genius with a wonderful cooking talent, if you have not visited her blog by now, read these recipes and I promise you will be running to it :)

Enjoy!

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Hello to all of CCU’s readership!  This is Ames from ‘a Melbourne girl at heart’!  I chose to name my blog as such because being born and raised in Melbourne, it’s the city that will always be apart of me and it’s something that would never change no matter what life throws at me :).  But this blog isn’t about me so let’s get on with the recipes (that rhymes hehe)!

So, my hope is that by the time this post gets posted, I’ll have already began cooking through Donna Hay’s ‘fast, fresh, simple’ cookbook.  I first fell in love with Donna Hay’s way of cooking when her show, ‘fast, fresh, simple’ was televised on one of our cable TV channels.  With all the commitments that need to be juggled, I often don’t have the time or energy to do as much cooking as I would like.  However, after watching a number of episodes of Donna Hay’s show, I thought, “Hey, it doesn’t actually take that long to cook yummy food!”  Hence, when Book Depository had their 10% off sale, the first thing on my list was to purchase that cookbook!

Since I know CCU has a sweet tooth, I thought I’d share two short, sweet and simple recipes that we’ve made in our household from Donna Hay’s ‘fast fresh, simple’ show (which also features in the cookbook of the same title).

Note: please excuse the dodgy photography – this was before I started using a DSLR :P

#1: Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 cups (160g) desiccated coconut
  • ice-cream, to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F)
  2. Place the egg white, sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine
  3. Line baking trays with non-stick baking paper
  4. Place an egg ring on the tray and fill with 2 tablespoons of the mixture
  5. Press with the back of a spoon to flatten and remove egg ring
  6. Repeat with the remaining mixture
  7. Bake the macarons for 10–12 minutes or until a light golden colour
  8. Cool on trays. To serve, sandwich the macarons together with your choice of ice-cream

#2. Cheat’s Chocolate Éclairs

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250ml) double (heavy) cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
  • 12 sponge finger biscuits, halved lengthways
  • 125g dark chocolate, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon vegetable oil

Method:

  1. Place the cream, vanilla and sugar in a bowl and whisk gently until thick
  2. Place the bases of the biscuits onto a chopping board (Donna Hay suggests wire rack but we didn’t have one handy at the time)
  3. Spoon on the cream mixture and top with the remaining biscuits
  4. Mix together the chocolate and oil.
  5. Spread chocolate mixture over the tops of the biscuits

Voila!  Enjoy :)

Thanks CCU for letting me guest post on your awesome blog!  Keep up the great work :).

♥ Ames

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Ames I think you have everyone in a serious knot! How are we possibly suppose to decide between both these gorgeous desserts – quick and outstanding, I guess both it will have to be :D

Thank you for guest posting such stunning recipes!

To see more smiles, more recipes and more Ames, check out her totally awesome blog now!

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101 Comments

  1. Tammy says:

    Hello!! Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment on my cookies.

    You have such a fabulous site…everything looks delicious! These desserts look fabulous…I want to try it all! Fabulous guest post, Ames!

    Well, toodles for now dahling,
    Tammy<3

  2. hotlyspiced says:

    Chocolate eclairs were a favourite of mine when I was growing up. If I ever walked into a cake shop, that is what I’d buy. I think I’d have to start with making these cheat’s eclairs. And don’t we all love Donna and haven’t we all benefited from her cookbooks xx

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  4. Zoe says:

    Both are really cool dessert ideas! If less time spent baking, there is will more time enjoying these desserts :D

    What a great guest post! Will hop over to introduce myself to Amy…

  5. Hmm, we call them pancake rings here. :) Very easy macaroons – and I like the shape and putting chocolate between two of them – double yummy! The eclair cookies are cute – most ingenious. :) Hi Uru! All the best with your exams, my friend. (((HUGS)))

  6. viveka says:

    Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich – will happen one day … just like everything about it and I have never met a calorie I haven’t loved. *smile – on file for an other day.

  7. A_Boleyn says:

    Two amazingly tasty desserts that don’t seem TOO difficult to put together with a few ingredients.

    The macaroons especially were a revelation. It gave me the idea for a strawberry shortcake type presentation … drizzle some strawberry puree on a plate, fill the macaroons with sliced macerated strawberries, and decorate with a whole partially sliced strawberry and whipping cream. Very grownup and fancy. :)

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    Very nice guest post and the recipes could not have been better selected!
    I love the large scale macaroons, I’m definitely borrowing this idea! Thanks.

  9. spicegirlfla says:

    wow… double the deliciousness! How creative too, great recipe!!! My daughter is struggling to adjust to back to college as a senior this year, she has to get her head back into the game but she’s almost done! graduates in December!!

  10. Ames says:

    Thanks CCU! This turned out great :) Why choose when you can have both? :D

    Looking forward to sharing further recipes and yumminess with your readers soon ^^

    • Ames says:

      Oopps, I just realised there’s a mistake in the title of the first recipe –> should be ‘Macaroon’ not ‘Macaron’ >.< yikes, horrid error on my part ! Please change it when you can, thanks dear!

  11. I love the guest posts but will be very glad when you are back. These look great, Love ice cream sandwiches and Amy’s are fantastic. Best of luck with the finals, and one more year to go, the light at the end of the tunnel right? I have no doubt you will do well.

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