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Test driving Tim Tam Brownies Recipe

November 3, 2012
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Step 1. Gather the ingredients

Brownie Mix
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 pack Tim Tams

Step 2. Combine all ingredients (except Tim Tams)

Oops! ‘Scuse fingers. No shell please

 Step 3. Spread a layer of brownie goo in a pan

Hmm…. maybe I should have used 2 packs of brownie mix

 Step 4.  Mmmmm Tim Tams

Wishing I’d bought 2 packs of Tim Tams. 1 and a bit for brownie testing, some for eating

 Step 5. Cover with more brownie goo

It becomes rapidly apparent I needed more brownie goo, and there was going to be precious little left in the bowl for me to lick

 Step 6. Cook for 30 minutes at 190C

 Step 7. Lick the bowl

Yummmmmmmmo

 Step 8. It’s done when a skewer comes out clean, then cool in the pan for 15 minutes

Ouch! I burned my mowf on the skewer

 Step 9. Remember that you should have used baking paper to line the tin

Dammit! Wonder if I can stick it back together with the fudge?

 Step 10.  Try drowning it in faux cream to see if that helps

The good news is…. because it’s faux cream, logic declares it’s full of faux calories

VERDICT: Tim Tam brownies are not as nice as they sound.  Apart from all the cooking problems that may have been related to my lack of skills – the chocolate melts, but the biscuits stay hard.  In fact the biscuits get harder.  Maybe if you crushed the biscuits up, or soaked them in something for an hour or two first… but I think you’d be better off making brownies AND having Tim Tams.

Rainbow Cake in a Jar

December 10, 2011
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A couple of months ago I decided to make rainbow cake in a jar from this recipe:

As you will notice, the recipe is both straightforward and easy to follow.

In my defense however, it is done using imperial measurement units rather than the more civilized metric units used in Australia.

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So I had to improvise a little 

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Which, in hindsight, is probably where the wheels fell off.  Oops

  • Firstly, I decided to use a white mud cake mix instead of a normal cake mix.  Because I like chocolate
  • Secondly, I chose to guess at what a pint was – and settled on “about the size of a chicken tonight jar”.  Because that’s what I had in the cupboard
  • Lastly, when the recipe said “lightly grease the inside of the jar” – I took that to mean “empty half a can of spray oil into the jar and swish it around a bit”.  Because apparently I’m stupid

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The lessons I learned from all of this were

1. A pint is a lot smaller than I thought it was

What a pint is:

A Cup

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What I thought a pint was:

A CupA Cup

A CupA Cup

A CupA Cup

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2. Use something a little runnier than mud cake mix

3. Use a wide necked jar or smaller spoons

4. Food colouring stains stuff and you really don’t need as much as you think you will

5. Greasing the jars does not mean half filling the jar with oil

6. When the cake isn’t cooked after the suggested 30 mins – put it back for a little bit longer, not another 30 mins.

7. Wiping down the inside of the jars would almost certainly  have been a lot easier BEFORE the cake and spray had been baked into them for an hour.

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Food Math: Holy healthy promotional deliciousness

March 7, 2011
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In honor of tomorrow the 8th March being Pancake Day, (Shrove Tuesday) and this week being National Bacon Week in Australia, here is a lovely bacon-y,banana-y, pancake-y breakfast recipe. Many thanks to Liz for sharing it with me!







Chocolate banana pancakes with bacon. YUMMO!!!

Food Math: Perfect food

December 23, 2010
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What is perfect food you ask?



It’s Baconey

It’s Chocolatey

It’s Sprinkley

It’s on a Stick

 

 

It’s Chocolate Coated Bacon With Decorative Sprinkles

 

YUMMO

 


52 things to celebrate in December

December 1, 2010
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1st

  • Eat a Red Apple Day
  • Pie Day
  • World Aids Day

2nd

  • National Fritters Day
  • Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3rd

  • Day of People with Disabilities

4th

  • Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • Santas List Day

5th

  • Sacher Torte Day
  • Volunteers Day

6th

  • Gazpacho Day

7th

  • Cotton Candy Day
  • Pearl Harbour Day
  • Civil Aviation Day

8th

  • National Brownie Day

9th

  • Pastry Day
  • Anti-Corruption Day

10th

  • Human Rights Day

11th

  • National Noodle Ring Day
  • International Shareware Day

12th

  • International Childrens Day

13th

  • Ice Cream Day
  • Violin Day
  • St Lucia Day

14th

  • Bouillabaisse Day

15th

  • Lemon Cupcake Day

16th

  • Chocolate Covered Anything Day

17th

  • National Maple Syrup Day

18th

  • Migrants Day

19th

  • Oatmeal Muffin Day

20th

  • Human Solidarity Day

21st

  • Hamburger Day
  • French Fried Shrimp Day
  • Solstice (winter in North, summer in South)
  • World Peace Day
  • Look on the Bright Side Day

22nd

  • Date-Nut Bread Day

23rd

  • Roots Day

24th

  • National Egg Nog Day
  • Christmas Eve

25th

  • Pumpkin Pie Day
  • Christmas Day

26th

  • Kwanzaa
  • Boxing Day
  • Day of Goodwill

27th

  • Fruitcake Day

28th

  • Card Playing Day

29th

  • Chocolate Day

30th

  • Bicarbonate of Soda Day
  • Oh My! Day

31st

  • New Years Eve
  • Make up Your Mind Day

52 things to celebrate in November

November 1, 2010
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1st

  • All Saints Day
  • Day of the Dead (Not the Zombie Kind I Don’t Think)

2nd

  • National Devilled Egg Day
  • Melbourne Cup Day

3rd

  • Sandwich Day
  • Cliché Day

4th

  • King Tut Day
  • Waiting For the Barbarians Day

5th

  • Bonfire Night

6th

  • Book Lovers Day

7th

  • Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

8th

  • Cook Something Bold Day
  • Abet and Aid Punsters Day

9th

  • Chaos Never Dies Day
  • Young Readers Day

10th

  • Science Day for Peace and Development

11th

  • Armistice Day

12th

  • Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day

13th

  • Indian Pudding Day
  • World Kindness Day

14th

  • Diabetes Day
  • Loosen Up & Lighten Up Day

15th

  • Clean Your Refrigerator Day

16th

  • Day for Tolerance
  • Remembrance Day for Victims of Road Accidents

17th

  • World Peace Day
  • Homemade Bread Day

18th

  • Occult Day

19th

  • Have A Bad Day Day
  • World Toilet Day

20th

  • Universal Childrens Day
  • Absurdity Day

21st

  • False Confession Day
  • World Hello Day

22nd

  • Go for a Ride Day

23rd

  • National Cashew Day

24th

  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • Use Even If the Seal Is Broken Day

25th

  • National Parfait Day
  • Eid Al Fitr
  • Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Thanksgiving

26th

  • Shopping Reminder Day
  • You’re Welcome Day

27th

  • Pins & Needles Day
  • International Aura Awareness Day

28th

  • Buy Nothing Day

29th

  • Square Dance Day
  • Cyber Monday

30th

  • St Andrews Day
  • Stay At Home Because You Are Well
  • Computer Security Day

13 reasons why the chronically uncoordinated should not parachute

October 20, 2010
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1. Once you’re facing the open plane door, you realise how stupid you are to think that you’re capable of exiting the plane without a far more coordinated person strapped to your back.

2. Instructors and fellow jumpers will push you out anyway and laugh as you demonstrate the completeness of your grasp on expletives, threats and other colourful phrases.

3. The graceful “belly facing down” arch you plan on making somehow turns out to be an ungainly belly up/parachute down, arms & legs flailing wildly freefall which only ends when,

4. The parachute opens from underneath your body, whips around smacking into your arm like a fourbetwo being wielded by an angry builder,

5. Before opening and pulling you instantly from a 10G freefall to a complete and sudden stop.

6. The resultant concussion combined with distraction from the pretty scenery makes you forget to look where the parachuting company guys are telling you to be,

7. Until you look down and see the barbed wire fence you’re pretty much straddling.

8. Did you know that when parachuting, like when riding a bike, what you look at is what you head towards?  True fact!

9. Narrowly missing the fence, you then land in the only bit of uncleared land in the area and prepare to perform the roll which closes the parachute so it doesn’t fill with air and drag you off.

10. Unfortunately, for the chronically uncoordinated, rolling is a bit too challenging.  So you just flail around a little as the parachute fills with air and drags you across the uncleared paddock.

11. As much as you’d think that logs, stumps, rocks and various shrubs would stop you.  They actually don’t.

12. However, I did learn that people bounce.  At least I do.

13. Fortunately, large blackberry bushes growing over the barbed wire fence on the other side of the paddock have a little more stopping power.

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