Yummy Macadamia Florentines Made With Breakfast Cereal

Florentines are a cafe classic with their nutty, fruity, toffee crunch. And don’t forget the chocolate!

My eldest son has about 3 different types of breakfast cereals on the go. His favourite through winter and at the moment is porridge with brown sugar. This means that some of the other cereals have been left all alone in the pantry. So, I decided to find a recipe to use up the left over cornflakes.

Florentines are usually made with flaked almonds. I didn’t have any in the pantry – but I did have some macadamia nuts (surprise, surprise!).  They work brilliantly with the sweetness of the dried fruit and crunch of the cornflakes.

Do you have lonely breakfast cereals in the cupboard? Why not find a recipe to use them up.

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Perfect Thai Chicken Meatballs The Kids Will Love

Show me a kid who doesn’t like meatballs, and I’ll give up chocolate or pineapple juice, or even both! Well, maybe I won’t go that far, but I’ll definitely be surprised.

Meatballs are perfect for kids – small, bite-sized and tasty. They are also perfect for entertaining. These are full of flavour, but still ok for kids. If you prefer a little more heat, feel free to add a finely chopped chilli to the mixture. They also have the added bonus of being baked rather than fried.

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Heavenly Vanilla Cupcakes Topped with Buttercream Icing

What’s not to love about cupcakes? They’re a little piece of heaven in your hand. A delicate cake topped with sweet buttercream, ganache or fresh cream.

Growing up in my family home they were never known as cupcakes – They were always patty cakes and my mother regularly cooked big batches for us. Most of the mixture would be cooked, ready to be iced when cooled. The remaining mixture would be incorporated with some mixed spice and dried fruit, to be baked and enjoyed by my father (who doesn’t really like icing!)

Cupcakes are a perfect addition to an afternoon tea party, a sweet treat in a child’s lunchbox, or a great portion controlled birthday cake. These ones were baked for my husband’s grandmother’s 91st birthday morning tea. The extended family was getting together to celebrate with her and I knew the delicate pink buttercream would be a perfect addition to the morning tea. Unfortunately my eldest son wasn’t well, so I stayed home with him while hubby took our youngest son along. Our little one worked the room like a pro, giving cuddles and smiles to everyone!

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Homemade Whoopie Pie Recipe

Delicious Jaffa-flavoured Whoopie Pies

Are whoopie pies the new cupcake?

Since they appeared on Masterchef, whoopie pies have been increasing in popularity here. It makes sense, seeing as the U.S. had a similar resurgence for whoopie pies. They are a cross between a cake and a biscuit, then sandwiched together with buttercream or ganache.

Whoopie pies are best eaten on the day of baking, but still ok the next day (That’s if there are any left!). And they really aren’t that difficult to prepare. I’ve noticed some packet mixes appearing on the shelves in the supermarket, but don’t be afraid to make them from scratch. I’ve made Jaffa flavoured whoopie pies here – My orange tree in the backyard is laden with ripening fruit. Another recipe I’m looking forward to trying is here.

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Vegemite Scrolls Recipe

5 Steps To Making Awesomely Aussie Cheese and Vegemite Scrolls

Vegemite. That strange black spread that is uniquely Australian.

It’s actually very rich in vitamin B, which is essential for growth and development in children.

These days, it seems that all babies progress from soft, mushy baby food and eventually end up eating Vegemite sandwiches. I like to bake with it, and make Cheese and Vegemite scrolls. I’ve made them previously for my mother’s group and all the kids enjoy them. My eldest son also enjoys helping make this recipe.

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