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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Amira's Cupcakes

Makes 12 medium size cupcakes


1 1/2 cups self raising flour, sifted
3/4 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teas vanilla essence
2 eggs, lightly beaten
125g margarine

1.         Preheat oven 180oC.
2.         Line cupcake pans with paper cases.
3.         In a large bowl, mix together flour and sugar until combined.
4.         Add milk, vanilla essence, eggs and margarine.  Mix with electric mixer until well combined.
5.         Fill cupcake mixture in paper cases 3/4 full.
6.         Bake at 180oC for 20 minutes or until cooked when a skewer comes out clean.

Philly or Butter Icing

1 cup icing mixture or pure icing, sifted
1 tab philly cheese or 1 tab margarine
dash of milk, keep adding bit by bit for a smooth consistency
tiny bit of pink or red food colouring
2 drops strawberry essence

Place all icing ingredients in bowl and beat with electric mixture or round spoon until smooth.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Amira's Baklava

Give this a go, it is so so yummy and easy to make.  My mum makes this without a recipe and so quickly, like most passionate baking mums.  She's my rock and inspiration.


1 ½ cup crushed walnuts
1 ½ cup crushed almonds
2 teas cardamom powder
1 teas cinnamon powder
½ cup sugar
1 egg white
1 packet (375g) filo pastry
100g unsalted butter, melted

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
4 cloves
2 tab lemon juice


1.                  Preheat oven at 180oC (170oC fan forced).  In a large bowl mix together walnuts, almonds, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder and sugar.
2.                  Remove the filo pastry from its packet and lie flat on the work bench. Cover with a dry tea towel.  Working with one sheet at a time, brush melted butter on the surface, fold in half and add a layer, about 3 tablespoons of nut mixture along one edge to the other closest to you.  Roll up to enclose the filling and place log in appropriate size oven pan.  Repeat with all the other filo.
3.                  Place in oven and bake at 180oc (170oC fan forced) for 30 minutes.
4.                  Meanwhile while baklava is baking, make the syrup as follows.
5.                  Place in a medium size saucepan, sugar, water, cinnamon stick, cloves and lemon juice.  Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved.  Continue to cook and boil until reduced and sticky.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
6.                  Once baklava has cooked, remove from oven and immediately pour the cooled syrup over the hot baklava.  Allow the baklava to soak up the syrup and cool.  Serve straight from the pan and then store the rest in an airtight container.