June 27, 2012

The Caker Takes The Cakes


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Jordan Rondel is the popular Caker. She bakes beautiful-looking cakes in Auckland, and am sure they taste wonderful too. I haven't been yet to Auckland to taste her cakes, but I have been able to try out her Chocolate Chip Cookies. It is so simple to make and is kids-friendly.

The Caker's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My children love baking them as well as enjoying them warm when the chocolate chunks are still soft and melting in their mouth. Wait until you see the chocolate smear all over their faces and fingers with eyes that twinkle! If chocolate makes your children happy, why shouldn't you treat them with these lovely gems!

The Caker's Chocolate Chip Cookie and a bottle of milk

a little bit closer

I use gluten-free flour and almond meal to substitute the plain flour. I also use our local Whittaker's 72% Dark Ghana chocolate to substitute 70% dark chocolate button. 

Bottles of Milk

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And of course, milk is the best company for chocolate chip cookies, my children say. I like enjoying these cookies with a cup of black coffee as they complement each other well.

June 15, 2012

Sweet NZ: Valrhona Hot Chocolate


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It's so cold today, so I thought I'm just going to send out my hot chocolate drink to fellow Kiwi bloggers nationwide this winter as an entry for Sweet New Zealand, hosted by Shirleen of Sugar and Spice this month.

I love Valrhona Manjari from Sabato, and I often use it for hot chocolate drink. I love its flavour and its intense dark chocolate of 64% cocoa solids. So delicious to get rid of winter blues.

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Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soy Drink
by Arfi Binsted

50g Valrhona Manjari Feves
2 glasses soy milk
2 Tbs Valrhona Cocoa powder
honey or sugar to sweeten (optional)
1 cinnamon quill
marshmallows

Put chocolate feves, soy milk, cocoa and cinnamon quill in a pot over a low heat until hot and chocolate melt, simmer for 3 minutes. Remove cinnamon quill. Sweetened if you like, but I just like it sweetened by melted marshmallows. Enjoy.