Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge Recipe – BPAY Competition

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BPAYis having a competition and you could win $3000 😀 I sure could use $3000 so I’ll show you my entry in a little bit!

What is BPAY?

BPAY is a payment method that banks use to allow you to pay bills quickly and easily without having to deal with many separate companies. For example I can now pay my water, electricity, rent, phone etc bill from internet banking through BPAY in about 10 minutes rather than the long boring task this used to be 15 years ago when you actually had to go to each place to pay. Therefore I can now spend more time filming nail art tutorials, yay!

About the competition!

Everyone loves things short and sweet. They put smiles on faces and give us a warm glow inside. So we at BPAY figured if we could take a long arduous task like queuing at the post office to pay a bill and make it a short and sweet process online, the world would be a better place. And so we did.

To enter, you need to write either:

1. A recipe

2. Give a film synopsis

3. Pen a love poem

4. Write a short fiction

BUT the catch is you need to do that all in 120 characters or less.I decided that I would write one of my favorite quick, easy, lazy fudge recipes. It takes about 5 minutes to make and is pretty much impossible to screw up! This is what I came up with…

Put butter, 1pack marshmallows+block choc in container. Nuke 30sec, cool in fridge, cut, STUFF FACE WITH FUDGE!

111 characters, oh yeah 9 characters to spare=champion!

So want to see the long version of it?

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So cut off a slice of butter.

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And stick it into the microwave safe container.

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Add the marshmallows…

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Break the chocolate into pieces…

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Add that too!

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So this is what you should have…

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Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mine is 1100w so if yours is different please adjust the time.

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Use a spoon to mix it all up, the marshmallow should be liquid and sticky. Don’t worry if the rest of the ingredients are still solid because the marshmallow will melt them nice and slowly.

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Mix until it looks like this:

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If it gets hard before it’s combined just put back in the microwave for another 10 seconds and remix.

You want to end up with something like this…

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Cool the whole thing in the fridge until it’s hard again.

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Cut into squares…

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And enjoy!

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Deeeeeelicious!

So if you think you can do something awesome in under 120 words here’s how to enter…

You can enter via the BPAY competition website, SMS or by Twitter, with the best entry from each category winning $3,000. Not bad for 2 minutes worth of effort, just like paying your bills via BPAY.

To enter:

1) Online, visit www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au and follow the prompts.

2) Via SMS, text your name, category and your 120 character entry to 0427 777 743

3) Via Twitter, tweet the category and your 120 character entry to @BPAYSS

Category names:

Love Poem = POEM, Recipe = RECIPE, Short story = STORY, Film and Book synopsis = SYNOPSIS.Hope you enjoyed my superfast marshmallow fudge and give it a try! I only got that one piece because when I went to get some later it was all eaten *_*

Good luck in the competition!

Violet's Strawberry And Cream Ice Tea Recipe

Iced tea is my favorite Summery drink and it’s so cheap and easy to make there’s not really an excuse to spend lots of money on other drinks!

Fruity teas work the best for this, my current favorite is the T2 Strawberries and Cream. Absolutely delicious!

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

Violet's Awesome Apple Pie Recipe!

James and I have been obsessed with a TV show called Pushing Daisies. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. Well we finished the series (it was cancelled ater 2 seasons) and since seeing all of the delicious looking pies on the show (the main character owns a pie shop) I’ve had a bit of an obsession with making pies.  When we first started dating I used to make apple pies all the time but then we got busy with work and it just wasn’t a priority.
But now I am a pie making machine and I’ve been trying all kinds of different flavours. So I figured I would show you how I start with the basics. I can’t remember where this recipe came from, it’s been in my recipe file for years and I think it came from a book my Grandma gave my Mum from the 1960’s. Anyway, here’s how I make apple pies!

Violet's Awesome Apple Pie Recipe

Easy Macaron Recipe – The Adventure Continues…

Macarons… they’ve become a serious obsession now.

I blame Lolita brands for this obsession. If they didn’t keep including them in prints or in sweets deco maybe I could forget about how melt-in-your-mouth-delicious they are… maybe I could ignore the fact that they are incredibly pretty… and maybe I could stop thinking about how I desperately want one for breakfast today with a cup of tea…

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But no!

And so it goes on until one day I got so frustrated I decided to make them myself. I suppose that’s in keeping with the spirit of this blog ^_^

I searched and searched for a recipe. Many were too complicated with things like measuring the temperatures in the room and comparing the humidity to get the correct amounts for different parts of the world!? Macarons are apparently the most fickle of all deserts.

Finally just as I was about to give up a friend sent me a link to Not Quite Nigella’s Recipe. It seemed easy enough but I wasn’t too keen on the idea of pistachio as I wanted James to actually eat them too. I kept searching until I found the Tasted By Two version. Seemed easy enough… and so the experimenting began! After maybe 10 batches I have modified the recipe for our kitchen/temperature/humidity/what ever other ridiculous things macarons are scared of. I am not a baking purist, I just did what worked! These techniques might not work for you but I assure you that my result was freaking awesome 😀

So here is everything I’ve learned about macarons and my modified version of the Tasted By Two Recipe:

What you need:

Ingredients for chocolate macarons with chocolate filling-

For the outside bit:

  • 65 grams Almond Meal
  • 80 grams Icing Sugar
  • 40 grams  Caster Sugar
  • 1 table spoon Cocoa Powder
  • 50 grams Egg White at room temperature
  • Oil spray
  • Pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • Cooking chocolate
  • Butter
  • Thickened cream
  • Icing sugar

Utensils-

  • Scales
  • Sieve
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric beater
  • Baking trays
  • Spoon etc
  • Piping bag/Small plastic bag

Gather everything together 😀

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James doesn’t like chocolate much either so he asked for some blueberry flavored ones.

I used tinned blueberries, crushed them and added to the mixture just before piping.

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This is easy enough, you just need to add slightly more of the dry ingredients to counter the wet of the blueberries. If you’ve made a couple of batches you should be able to roughly guess at what the correct consistency should be.

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My absolute FAVORITE flavor is green tea with pistachio filling. OMG this is seriously awesome. All you need to do is add 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder to the mixture instead of your chocolate powder. I’m using one from Tea2 but any will work.

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Green!

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They all look so pretty!

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When you come back to the macarons the icing should have formed a very slight shell, you should be able to touch the top without getting your finger wet. Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius. When the oven is ready you can put in the tray and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes you should be able to see the little crinkly bottom feet, if not something has gone wrong! Cook for another 4 minutes and then allow them to cool on the bench.

This is a picture of the first time I tried to make them, they weren’t very pretty but you can see the little crinkly feet I’m talking about…

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Leave the macarons to cool while we make the filling.Basically all that is involved in that is melting chocolate in the microwave, adding a little cream, butter and a little icing sugar so it doesn’t go solid again. Very delicious. Be sure to taste it along the way 😉

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The pistachio variation on this is basically crushed pistachios with butter and icing sugar to make a delicious paste:

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Now it’s time to remove the macarons from the tray and turn them over… the bottoms should look like this:

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Below is a good example of failed bottoms. The reason this didn’t work is because they weren’t cooked long enough so the insides were liquidy. They stuck to the (stupid) baking paper and collapsed when being removed. Still tasted good though.

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Take a half and spread some filling on, pop another half on top and you’re done 😀

Taadaa! Success!

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And here are the delicious green tea ones:

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So there you have it! No longer will I be a slave to sweets deco and brand prints! Next time I crave macarons I’ll bloody well make some! 😀 Mine may not be the prettiest ever made but they tasted damn good and nobody complained so I’m happy!

Hope you all enjoyed the adventure as much as I enjoyed eating all of the failed and successful batches of macarons!

Violet's Epic Cake Recipe – Day 4

This is my guide to baking an epic cake.

Yes it’s seriously epic! Those of you with dial up might want to not continue because there are around 50 photos! Trust me though, it’s totally worth it because the end result is both pretty and delicious!

So here’s roughly what you need for epic cake:

-3 standard cake mix bags (I know cheating :P) If you are in Australia get the Home Brand butter cake because it is AWESOME and it’s only 60c per bag. -Eggs -Milk -Butter Milk -Fondant icing -Ingredients for royal icing (check this recipe it’s great) -Milo (or just plain old chocolate powder if you’re not in Aus) -Red and green food dye

Gather your ingredients.

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Preheat your oven following the instructions on your packet mix.

This cake requires 3 different layers, 2 of plain butter cake and 1 of my version of red velvet cake. We’ll make the red velvet version first.

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Add an egg! Eggs look so gross XD

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Add in the butter milk, you should use however much milk the packet mix says to, mine said 3/4 of a cup. For the other layers you should use plain milk.

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Mix it all together

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And then beat it to death! It should be nice and fluffy ^_^

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Once it’s fluffy add 3 table spoons of Milo and beat it in.

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Now add some red food colouring, this is why it’s called red velvet cake and it makes for a really pretty effect when it’s finished.

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Pour it out into your cake tin, I use a silicone one because it’s easy to get the cake out of.

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Put it in the oven until it’s cooked all through 😀

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Turn it out onto a rack to cool and make the other 2 layers.

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The other two layers should not have milo, food colouring or butter milk in them. They should just be plain old butter cake following the directions.

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If your cake breaks when you turn it out, just use some icing and glue it back together 🙂

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Once your 3 layers have all cooled down it’s time to cut the tops off them. The reason you cut the top off is so you can get a nice flat cake and it doesn’t look like a gigantic lump on top ^_^ It’s much easier to ice a flat cake! So get a knife and poke it in the side towards the middle and start working your way around. Keep going until you’ve done the full circle. Use the knife to lift the top off (and eat it because by now you’ve spent forever staring at cakes bloody baking and you’re probably hungry).

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Once you have 3 flat layers get some icing (I’m using Betty Crocker) and cover the top of the red layer/

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Once it’s covered use the plate you had it on to flip it onto one of the plain layers.

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Cover the top of the red one again and flip the last layer on to it. This is what you should end up with!

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Cover the entire thing with icing ^_^

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One for the cake, one for the cook!

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Now get your fondant icing and roll it on the bench top. If it’s too hard pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds, if it’s too sticky dust it with icing sugar. Once you’ve rolled it out, drape it over the whole cake. It should end up something like this… You can see that I’ve repaired a crack by putting water on my finger and rubbing it. It’s going to be covered in icing so no one will ever notice!

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Now it’s time to decorate! Make some royal icing in the colour of your choice, mine is pink! Put it into a piping bag and start decorating! Ok mine isn’t very even but this was my first time using a piping bag so it’s ok!

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I tried to make it very decorative, there is a big heart on top, scalloping on the outside and lots of little bumpy bits. Whatever you do as long as you put effort in everyone will enjoy it!

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Now put it in the fridge to cool and it’s time to learn how to make icing roses 😀 Grab some fondant icing and colour it pink with food dye. You do this by putting a tiny amount on and kneading it until it’s pink. Make sure to do this on a surface that you can clean easily, food dye will stick to EVERYTHING. Maybe wear gloves, look at my hands, they’re all red XD

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So let’s start making a rose! Pinch off a little bit of icing and roll it in a ball.

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With your finger squish one side of the ball…

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Pick it up and roll the squished end in on itself like the photo below. You should make a bunch more squished balls, these are the petals.

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Roll the second petal onto the first but on the opposite side like below:

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Keep making petals and placing them around the part you’ve already made. You should over lap the next petal slightly with the one you’ve just done.

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As you go you should use your finger to push the petals out a bit.

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Once you think you have enough petals roll the bottom of the rose together with your fingers so it’s a bit rounded.

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Make a bunch of them 😀 This is what you should end up with!

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Now bring out your cake from the fridge. Mix up a bit of royal icing and colour it green.

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I put a bunch of green icing in the middle of the heart and placed the flowers on top.

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I make a lot of flowers in different sizes so….

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…I can shape them into a heart too!

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Yay! Finished 😀

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NOM NOM NOM!

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Delicious cake…

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I think the flowers really make the cake… and they are delicious too ^_^

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And the best bit… When you cut it open it looks even prettier!

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How pretty is it? And the red velvet is delicious!

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Now serve with thickened cream…

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And enjoy!

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So there you have it, it’s delicious! What do you guys think? What’s your favorite type of cake? Let me know if you make your own epic cake!

Mochi Strawberry Daifuku Recipe Tutorial of Awesome

I hope you’re all ready for a no fuss mochi recipe!

Ok first off let me say that there are a bajillion photos ahead so if you’re on dial up this may not be the post for you… Now without further ado let me present….

Cooking with Violet and Susie!

Today on the Cooking with Violet and Susie show we will be preparing Mochi which will then be made into Strawberry Daifuku (also known as the yummiest thing on earth).

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