Blogger Recipe Series: {Happiness Is} Fathima Kathrada’s Snickerdoodle Biscuits

Fathima is the creative brain behind HAPPINESS IS, which is not only her illustration and design business but also her blog where she shares her love of cats, coffee shops ,and her beautifully created illustrations.

I first met Fathima over coffee when she was awesome enough to review our MACARON OF THE MONTH BOX. Our next meeting was at the NATIONAL COOKIE SWAP where I tasted her SNICKERDOODLE BISCUITS and have been lusting after them ever since. Now you have to understand that to me any baked goods covered in cinnamon are basically heaven sent, and these beauties were no exception. So when she told me that she would be sharing her Snickerdoodle recipe I did about 100 backflips (on the inside of course) and very politely thanked her.

I personally cannot wait to try this recipe out myself and I see it possibly becoming a weekly treat in my home.

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These are probably my absolute favourite homemade biscuits. This recipe reminds me of when I was little, my mom used to make them a lot and I’ve always loved their cinnamony flavour. They’ve got a lovely warm, comforting kind of taste and are pretty quick and simple to make, so no hassle! Great to have with tea while snuggled up on a cool winter day

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Snickerdoodle Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 250g margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3ml cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • pinch of salt

Sugar & Spice Mixture Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Method:

  • Sift together the dry ingredients.
  • Cream the margarine and sugar together. Add in the egg and beat well.
  • Add in the vanilla essence and the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Roll dough into small balls the size of a walnut and then roll in the sugar & spice mixture.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 180ºC for 8 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Thank you to Fathima for sharing! You can find out more about her and Happiness Is on her blog or follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Do you love this recipe as much as I do? Let me know if you try it and for an extra bit of yum, why not add a rolo to the centre of your dough before you bake it! ( You are welcome! )

xxx Viveshni

photo credit: northerncook.wordpress.com / tastykichen.com

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Blogger Recipe Series: {My Go 2 Girl} Parushinee Naidoo’s Chocolate Brownies

Parushinee has every girl’s dream job. She is a professional personal shopper,fashion stylist,gifting guru and event planner. Running her lifestyle concierge business, My Go 2 Girl, she has her finger on the pulse of current trends. I first met Parush a year ago when she was working on a marketing campaign that involved macarons. We quickly realized that we were similar in that we were both trying to get our businesses off the ground while still maintaining our roles as full time wives and mothers.

Parushinee has a great sense of style and class and it’s reflected in the work that she does and the unique and creative concepts that she comes up with. This week she is sharing with us her decadent but simple recipe for Chocolate Brownies. What more could you ask for!

INGREDIENTS Sugar, chocolate, vanilla and eggs….these are a few of my favourite things. I was a late bloomer when it came to baking. Confronted with my daughter Shyla’s first birthday, I decided to try and bake my first cake, ever. I’m sure my husband still has nightmares about that day, but 7 hours later, I had a fairly pretty, though somewhat lopsided butterfly cake. I have come a long way since then and now the creaming sugar and butter is second nature. I love the science of baking, the anticipation, the smell that fills my kitchen and the challenge of presenting something that tastes and looks amazing.

I must say though, I love simple recipes that turn out to be fabulous masterpieces. That’s why I love my chocolate brownie recipe so much. It’s a one bowl recipe, which I so do love because it means minimal clean up. The real beauty is in the brownie itself….the gooey chocolate centre! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoy making it and eating it.

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Chocolate Brownies

INGREDIENTS

  1. 250g melted butter
  2. 2 1/3 cups of castor sugar
  3. 90g good quality cocoa powder
  4. 1 cup of plain cake flour, sifted
  5. ½ teaspoon of baking powder, sifted
  6. 5 eggs
  7. 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  8. 1 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 165 0 Line 2 x 20cm square baking tins or one large slice tin with baking paper
  2. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed.
  3. Sprinkle in cocoa powder and mix until combined and has a gooey consistency.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to mix through before adding the next
  5. Rain in flour and baking powder with electric mixer on low speed , beating until well combined
  6. Stir through peanuts and chocolate until combined
  7. Pour equal amounts into tins and smooth over the surface with a palette knife
  8. Bake for 40min until firm edges but still a little soft in the centre
  9. Leave to cool for at least 30min before slicing. Alternatively you can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge.

Be sure to let me know if you’ve tried the recipe and how it turned out.

Enjoy!

xxx Viveshni

My Favourite Vanilla Sponge Recipe

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When I was younger I was never into baking. I really can’t say that I was one of those people that you would always find in the kitchen with my mother, trying to help and picking up tips. This comes as a surprise to a lot of people, especially considering it’s the way I pay the bills these days, and that its such a huge part of my life.

I do have one very clear memory of being around 7 and deciding that I was going to bake cupcakes for my mother and surprise her when she got home from work. Needless to say, with a batch of ingredients that was limited to flour water and sugar and a whole lot of blue food colouring I ended up with not so yummy blobs of blue dough. My mother, being the amazing mother that she is, still took a bite and ooohed and aaahed at how delicious they were. (She still does that!)

These days my recipes are a bit more structured and my cakes and cupcakes taste a heck of a lot better. One of the recipes that I first used to bake cakes is a Vanilla Sponge Cake recipe.

The sponge is light and fluffy and tastes amazing even with a simple vanilla buttercream. I still use this recipe for my vanilla layer cakes and it’s a winner every time.

Vanilla Sponge Cake

480g flour (4 cups)
2tsp Baking Powder
1.5 tsp Baking Soda (Bicarb)
Pinch of Salt
225g of Unsalted Butter
400g (2 cups) Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Essence
4 Large Eggs
2 Cups of Buttermilk

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, light and fluffy.
Add in the vanilla essence and mix
Add in the eggs one at a time, making sure that you scape down the bowl properly after each egg is beaten in
Add the buttermilk. Don’t be alarmed if the mixture looks curdled, it’s meant to 🙂
Add the flour in 3 batches, mixing until it’s just combined. Be careful not to overmix. The batter does not need to be perfectly smooth.

Empty the batter into 2 10″ lined cake tins and bake for 40 minutes.

The cakes are done when a skewer comes out clean or the sponge springs back when gently pressed in the centre.

Leave the cakes to cool before removing from the cake tins.

Frost as you like or enjoy like I do, with some ice cream !

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Some Of My Favourite Things: Strawberry Smoothies

Since I’ve started on my paleo quest I have fallen in love with strawberry smoothies. They’re so easy to make.
Stick 1 banana for every 400g of strawberries into a blender and whizz away. Pour out and drink!

There’s no set recipe so add more banana or less, honey, yoghurt or whatever else makes you happy.

Sadly I don’t have a picture of my own to post but that’s only because they’re so good that they never last long enough for me to photograph them :p

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