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Cookies & Biscuits/ Kiwi Recipes

ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC biscuits are a popular biscuit in Australia and here in New Zealand. These cookies are a simple mixture of flour, oats, golden syrup, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter and baking soda. I added some cacao, a few chocolate chips and some instant espresso powder to the mixture to turn them into chocolate ANZAC biscuits. YUM!

Ingredients

  • 150 gram all purpose flour
  • 90 gram rolled oats
  • 85 gram desiccated coconut
  • 100 gram brown sugar
  • 55 gram white sugar
  • 125 gram butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • -- For Chocolate Anzac biscuits add the following as well --
  • 2 tablespoons cacao
  • 2 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  • chocolate chips to taste

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2

Combine flour, oats, sugars, coconut and, if using, cacao and espresso powder.

3

Add butter, syrup and water in a small saucepan and combine till the butter is melted.

4

Stir in baking soda and when it starts to bubble, remove from heat.

5

Add the melted butter mixture to the flour and stir until combined.

6

Add chocolate chips and mix them through the cookie dough.

7

Make about tablespoon size dough balls and transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

8

Flatten the balls till about 1 cm thick cookie.

9

Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.

10

Let cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Bars & Slices/ Kiwi Recipes

Chocolate Coconut Slice

Best of both worlds, chocolate and coconut! This is an easy and fast recipe.

Chocolate Coconut Slice

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Ingredients

  • 250 gram butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup coconut
  • --
  • For the icing you will need: 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1-2 tablespoon hot water (might need more)

Instructions

1

Melt the first four ingredients in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Let cool to room temperature.

2

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160C fan bake).

3

Grease an 18 x 27cm baking pan and line with baking paper for easy lift out.

4

Fold in the dry ingredients the to cocoa mixture and press into the baking pan.

5

Bake for 25 minutes.

6

Let it cool on a wire rack. Don't take the slice out of the pan yet.

7

Mix the icing ingredients together and mix well.

8

Ice the slice when warm, not hot, with chocolate icing and sprinkle additional coconut over the top.

Cookies & Biscuits/ Kiwi Recipes

Afghan biscuits

Nobody seems to know where these Afghan biscuits got their name from but what I can tell you is that they are very yummy. These biscuits are a husband favourite.

Afghan Biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 200 gram butter, soft
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups cornflakes (crushed)
  • For the chocolate icing
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa, sifted
  • 2 tablespoon boiling water
  • about 15 walnut halves

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

2

Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy.

3

Sift flour and cocoa together, add to the creamed mixture and stir until combined.

4

Stir through the cornflakes.

5

Roll about a tablespoon full of the mixture into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Allow room for them to spread. Press each ball lightly with a fork.

6

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

7

Transfer to a wire rack and let them cool.

8

Make the chocolate icing by beating the butter, icing sugar and cocoa together.

9

Add enough boiling water so the icing is just spreadable.

10

Spread over cooled biscuits and decorate each with a walnut half.

Notes

I didn't have walnuts at home at the time I was baking the biscuits in the photo above. I chose to decorate with some cornflakes and chocolate chips.

Desserts/ Kiwi Recipes

Pavlova

This is a very popular kiwi dessert and I have made it many times. It’s a big hit every time and literally gone in seconds. I’ve made it for my Dutch family when we were over in the Netherlands last Christmas and they LOVED it!

Pavlova

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 grams) superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn flour
  • --For the topping--
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt (like strawberry yoghurt if you put strawberries on top, or black forest yogurt etc)
  • Fresh fruit (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries or other fruit of your choice)

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 130 degrees Celsius

2

In a bowl of your stand mixer, add the egg whites and with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until they hold soft peaks.

3

Start adding the sugar, 1 tablespoon at the time and continue to beat on high speed until the meringue holds very stiff and shiny peaks. . The meringue should feel smooth, not gritty.

4

Beat in the vanilla extract

5

Sprinkle the vinegar and cornflour over the top and gently fold it in the meringue with a spatula.

6

Transfer the meringue to a baking sheet with baking paper and spread it into a circle.

7

Bake for 60-75 minutes or until the outside is dry and has a very pale cream colour.

8

Turn off the oven and leave the oven door slightly ajar and let the meringue cool completely in the oven.

9

Just before serving, whip the cream with sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks.

10

Gently fold in the yoghurt and add the mixture on top of the meringue.

11

Decorate with fruit as you like.

Notes

The yoghurt is my own addition to this recipe. You can leave it out but whip 1 cup of whipping cream (240ml) instead of 1/2 cup. Melt some dark chocolate and drizzle that over the fruit to make it even more decadent.