Friday, November 25, 2011

Emergency Brownies

Over at Karen Blixens Jul blog this week I did a post on the perfect Secret Santa present.

Often with Secret Santa, your knowledge of the person is as limited as the amount of money you have to spend. That is why these 'Emergency Brownies" are a fantastic gift idea. Most of the ingredients you will already have in your cupboard and you can buy a cheap jar from a discount shop. Plus, it looks great and has that personal homemade touch.

Behind the scenes - shooting the Emergency Brownies

Ingredients in the Jar (designed to fit into 1L capacity jar)
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup (plus 2 tbsp extra) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Nuts of choice (I used macadamias, peacans and wallnuts also great)
If you want double choc brownies also add chocolate chips (if not add extra nuts)

Layer the above ingredients in the jar in the following order: sugar, coco powder, flour (with baking powder and salt added), then add chocolate chips and nuts in desired quantities to fill up jar.

Attach the following instructions to the jar

Ingredients:
3 lightly beaten eggs
150g softened butter

Directions:
Pour contents of jar into bowl and mix thoroughly
Add butter and eggs
Stir until completely blended
Spread batter into lightly greased slice pan
Bake in 180 degree C oven for 30 mins
Cool and cut into 2 inch squares.

The finished product!

Download the Emergency Brownies Instruction Card here.

Download plain recipe card (without Emergency Brownie heading) here

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mini Christmas Puddings

Over at Karen Blixens Jul Blog, I did a post about making mini Christmas puddings.

I love Christmas pudding, I would even insist on having it if it was 30 degrees outside. But these mini-puddings are a great alternative, they are cute, cold, have chocolate and extra alcohol in them - perfect.

They are really quick and simple to make if you buy a pre-made pudding. But since Lion's doesn't deliver to Denmark I made my very first pudding - it was worth it, it was so delicious.

My next post on Karen Blixens Jul Blog will be on Wednesday - so stay in touch!



Mini Christmas Puddings

350g cooked and cooled pudding
125 g good quality dark chocolate
100g white chocolate
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
60 ml sherry, brandy or spirit of choice
red and green glace cherries or red and green snakes

Method

Break up the pudding in a bowl. Melt the dark chocolate in a double-boiler and add melted chocolate to pudding, combine well. Roll heaped teaspoons of pudding mixture into little balls and place on tra to cool. Hint: keep a small bowl of water beside you and keep you hands moist when rolling the puddings, the mixture won't stick to your hands. Once the mixture is cool and the mini puddings have set, melt the white chocolate. Dribble a little bit of the white chocolate on top of each pudding to resemble icing. Let cool slightly. Cut cherries or snakes into little pieces to resemble a red berry and green leaves. Place one red cherry and two leaves on top of each pudding. Cool and eat.


If you want to try your hand at making a Christmas Pudding, below is a really tasty recipe.

Steamed Christmas Pudding

450g (3 cups) mixed fruit (currents, sultanas, candied orange peel, glace cherries)
120g (3/4 cup) chopped seedless dates
125g (3/4 cup) chopped raisins
3/4 cup water
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
100g butter
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/ cup plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice (ground cloves, nutmeg)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons dark rum (whiskey or brandy can also be used or orange juice for an non-alcoholic alternative)

Method

Combine fruit, water, sugar and butter in saucepan. Stir constantly over heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered 6 minutes, stir in soda. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, cool to room temperature, then stir in eggs, sifted dry ingredients and rum.

Place mixture into a well-greased 10 cup steamer or basin, steam for 5 hours.

How to steam pudding
Fill the pudding mixture into well-greased aluminium or ceramic steamer (2 litre, 8 cup capacity). Cover with pleated baking paper and foil, securing with kitchen string or lid.

Place pudding in large boiler with enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of steamer. Cover with tight-fitting lid, boil for 4 hours, replenish boiling water as necessary during cooking time. When cold, store pudding in steamer in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. If storage time is to be any longer, remove the pudding from the steamer after 10 minutes, cool to room temperature, wrap in plastic wrap or bag then foil, store in refrigerator.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Guest blogging debut

Hi Everyone,

I have some very exciting news - this week I had my guest blogging debut over at Rosendahl's (Danish homewares) new Christmas blog - Karen Blixens Jul.

For those who are new to Wife and Baggage to Follow here is a little introduction to who I am and why I am doing this.

I am Miss H, a 27 year old career orientated woman who has given it all up to follow my partner J from Australia to Copenhagen. I began this blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and family back home as well as a place for me to talk about the trials and tribulations, and yes also the joys about being an expat.

For me, the biggest trial has been trying to find a job. It took moving overseas for me to get a reality check about how people and places have been affected by the recession. I have a post graduate degree and five years experience in Public Relations and Communications and a year down the track I am still job hunting.

That is why this guest blogging gig couldn't have come at a better time. Combining my passions of food, being creative and communications has culminated in seven great blog posts aimed at inspiring others in the lead up to Christmas.

As the blog posts are in Danish, I will also be posting the recipes here in english and providing some great behind the scenes photos.

So stay in touch.

Miss H