Top 10 Posts of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014 from Cath's Cookery Creations!  |
Despite dropping off the radar for most of the second part of the year, this little blog still managed over 138,000 views (up from 92,000 the year before) with most people checking out at least two posts during their visit.  It is only a drop in the ocean compared to what some blogs achieve, and I am certainly not going to complain but rather thank you all very much for coming by!

It has now come to the time of the year when I have a look at what posts from 2014 you enjoyed, so sit back and enjoy the countdown.

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Jaffa Macarons

Jaffa Macarons from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
I had grand illusions of another macaron tower recently with five brightly coloured, different flavour macarons to go with a sprinkle cake I was making.  One would be the old favourite of Cherry Ripe Macarons, and the other four brand new ones I have had on my wish list to make.

Well for three of them I made the buttercream, but that was as far as I got, but one did end up with its shells and I am glad they did because I was very happy with how these Jaffa Macarons turned out.

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Vanilla Malted Milk Cake

Vanilla Malted Milk Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Given there are two Popcorn and Malteser Macaron posts on this blog, you might assume that I am a fan of the malt flavour.  Well that assumption is correct my friend.  In fact, my go-to milkshake flavour is the combination of two of my favourite things, vanilla and malt.

So when the Vanilla Malted Milk Cake by Hungry Rabbit appeared on my Pinterest feed one day, it immediately went on my ever-growing list of things to make.

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Monte Cream Biscuits

Monte Cream Biscuits from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
“The Book Man”, as we like to call him, comes to our office every few weeks to drop off another container loaded with books, and sometimes other random items (such as a bath mat which looks like it is made out of two-minute noodles) that he has for sale.  In most cases there are cook books and despite already having a collection of over 100-and-something, I tend to increase my collection and on this occasion there was a book by Anneka Manning called Mastering the Art of Baking.

Anneka’s book covers everything including cakes, muffins, breads, pastries and desserts with all of the recipes including a few step-by-step pictures in addition to the “basics” section at the beginning of the book.

I was in a biscuit mood on one particular weekend so for the first recipe to be made from this book, I decided on the Monte Cream Biscuits which are a homemade version of a popular store-bought variety.

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I’m Back!

Hi folks! Have you missed me?  I have missed you :)

To point out the obvious, it has been just over four months since my last post so I thought it was about time to try to get back into the swing of things.  I have had to focus my attention elsewhere during my time away from you all which occasionally meant taking it a bit easy.  However in doing so, I actually lost my cooking “mojo” and have found it really hard to get it back (still struggling a bit if I am honest).

With that said, I have managed to whip up a few things in recent months and I am finally writing the posts as I haven’t really wanted to look at a computer much at the end of the day either.

This time tomorrow will be the first recipe post since the Chocolate Crackles in June, and I hope to get back to once a week posting but I do ask that you bear with me because I may still miss a week here and there because of what else is going on in my little world (it is nothing bad so don’t fret).

I thank you for sticking around and I hope you like what I have coming up.  Cath.

Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate Crackles from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
As a kid growing up in Australia, there are few staple treats that appear at pretty much every school fete or birthday party you go to growing up.  Fairy Bread, Coconut Ice, Frogs in a Pond, Honey Joys and the ever popular Chocolate Crackles.

Although a degree of adult supervision is required due to the hot melted Copha, chocolate crackles are usually one of the first things you learn how to make as they are really simple and can be decorated however you like with sprinkles of all shapes and sizes, mini choc chips or grated chocolate for example.  For this batch I decided to mix things up a little and replace the desiccated coconut that is in the original recipe with something a little more exciting… popping candy!!!

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Meatloaf from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
One night, the hubby and I were watching Better Homes and Gardens where Fast Ed was making meatloaf.  The hubby was pretty impressed with it, maybe the fact it was wrapped in bacon had something to do with it, and I talked about making it for him.  Well, a million years later it finally happened.

The nights have started getting quite cool in our neck of the woods, after all that is generally the effect winter has, which makes it perfect for a nice, hot, comforting meal.  Our friend J was coming over for dinner and it was a good opportunity to make the meatloaf so the hubby had someone to share it with.  Now it ended up being a little bit of a mess when it came time to serve it, but the flavour was there and that’s really what matters at the end of the day.

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Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
So you will have gathered by now that I am in love with the rose shape/swirl as I use it for my cupcakes, on cakes and even, to a possibly far-fetched connection, in my vegetable tart.  It will come as no surprise that I actually own a rose shaped cake tin.

I have had this beautiful tin from NordicWare for quite some time now and I definitely do not use it enough.  So it was time to call on another recipe I have had pinned for quite some time now, being a Maple Apple Cake, to showcase the gorgeous shape this tin creates.

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Milk and Cookies Cupcakes

Milk and Cookies Cupcakes from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Quite a while ago, 2nd July 2012 to be exact, a very cute post appeared in my feed reader for some cupcakes.  The post was by Steph from Raspberri Cupcakes, who inspired the Fruit Tingle Macarons, for her Milk and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes.

I tend to decorate my cupcakes quite basic with my favourite rose swirl piping technique, but there are quite a few different cupcakes on my Pinterest board decorated with mini pancakes, various flowers, cream puffs and mini versions of baking equipment that I hope to try.  These cupcakes are quite cute and really easy, plus you cannot beat this classic combination so I present these Milk and Cookies Cupcakes for your viewing pleasure.

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Hash Browns

Hash Browns from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
The hubby and I do love something special on the weekends for breakfast with his preference being waffles, and mine pancakes.  But one thing we do agree on is nothing can beat homemade hash browns.  This wasn’t the first time we have had a go at hash browns ourselves, with our first incarnation being good, but not quite good enough.

Early last year a video popped up in my YouTube subscription from the wonderful Laura Vitale, who you may remember is the source of the soft pretzel recipe, for her homemade hash browns.  We finally got around to making these during my epic weekend of baking apple cake, macarons and cupcakes and needless to say we were not disappointed!

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