Baking Extravaganza for RSPCA Cupcake Day! August 15th

Thursday afternoon we got together in the student kitchen to do some baking in preparation for the official RSPCA Cupcake Day! It has been a delicious week so far! Many students have been participating by baking all sorts of incredible home made treats to sell. All donations will go directly to supporting animals in need!

 

Thursday afternoon we made Chocolate Chip Cookies (with extra chocolate chips) and Classic Cupcakes with chocolate sauce and butter icing!!!

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We followed this nice and easy recipe:

Cookies

Once we had rolled the cookie mixture into balls and placed on the tray we added even more choc chips to the top before putting them in the oven to bake! šŸ˜€

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Whilst the cookies were in the oven we got started on making the cupcakes!

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We didn’t have a muffin tray to use, so they did come out of the oven a little bit square.. but they still tasted delicious so we didn’t mind. They took around 20 minutes to bake, which gave us plenty of time to prepare the butter icing and chocolate sauce for decorating. We also had sprinkles, coconut and left over chocolate chips to use!

Don’t they look cute? ā¤ You can try them in today’s bake sale at break and lunch time along with many other yummy treats! Help us reach our goal of $300 by donating generously!!

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Cooking with Chocolate! May 23rd

Yesterday afternoon we all managed to give ourselves a belly ache by over indulging on the chocolate treats that we created.

We started off by making chocolate brownies following this simple recipe:

Ingredients

  • 125 gĀ butter
  • 1 1/2 cupsĀ caster sugar
  • 1/2 cupĀ cocoa powder
  • 2Ā eggs
  • 1 tspĀ vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tspĀ salt
  • 1 cupĀ plain flour

Recipe

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in sugar, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Quickly whisk in eggs.
  • Fold through sifted flour.
  • Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 18 x 28cm slab tin.
  • Bake at 170C for 25-30 minutes.
  • The mixture will seem soft but will harden on cooling.
  • Allow to cool in tin before removing.
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Tallita enjoying cleaning up, a little bit too much.

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We also decided to give chocolate chip biscuits a go. All was going well..

Until it was time to take them out of the oven..

Something had gone slightly wrong and we had managed to create one giant cookie pancake.. HAHAHA!

Luckily it still tasted delicious and we all managed to laugh at our epic fail.

With the left over chocolate, we made MORE chocolate biscuits that we shared with everyone in the student kitchen.

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What an absolutely delicious afternoon. I hope you have all recovered from the belly aches and sugar highs!

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RSPCA Cupcake Day 2 – Intermediate

Today was our Intermediate class’ turn to try and raise the most money for the RSPCA!

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Teacher Mel and her class baked tasty chocolate chip cookies!

One batch was slightly more cooked so they were being sold at the discounted rate of 50 cents, with the soft and gooey batch going for $2.

So far they have raised $44Ā but there’s still cookies left! Donations welcome until Friday šŸ™‚

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Easter Cooking! 12 April

Yesterday we made some delicious Easter treats!

We started by making chocolate chip cookies, and then while these cooked in the oven…..

we melted dark and milk chocolate and mixed it with cornflakes to make Easter nests!

There was a lot of food testing happening as they were being made; but as Celine pointed out, this is very important for quality control!

Once the cookies were out of the oven the students decorated them with icing; there were a few interesting designs not related to Easter….

Both treats are simple and fun to make and tasted delicious!

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Christmas Cooking! December 15

Today we baked Gingerbread Cookies for our Christmas cooking activity.

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These cookies smell SO GOOD as they are cooking. It is difficult not to eat them all before decorating them!

The students were all very patient and decorated all the cookies in lovely, artistic designs.

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Then they ate them and discovered they taste just as good as they smell while cooking. YUM!

If your want to make these at home, follow the recipe below…

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GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Ingredients

2Ā¼ cups plain flour

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Ā¾ cup brown sugar

Ā½ teaspoon bicarbonate soda

Ā¾ cup melted margarine

Ā¼ cup golden syrup

Method

Preheat the oven to 180Ā°C and line baking tray with baking paper.

Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix well then knead until combined into a ball of dough.

Lightly flour the table.

Roll the dough out onto the flour to approximately 0.5cm thickness.
Use cookie cutters to make your desired cookie shapes.

Place the cookies on to the baking trays and bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Allow to cool and decorate as desired.

 

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Aussie Cooking! November 4

Today we got into the kitchen to bake some Anzac Biscuits!

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These Australian cookies originated approximately 100 years ago and were created to beĀ sent overseas to soldiers at war. The biscuits contain ingredients that don’t spoil easily and the cookies, once baked and cooled, become hard and crunchy – and delicious!

After following the recipe to prepare the mixture, the biscuits only need about ten minutes to bake. Then, the hardest part of the whole process, you need to wait for the cookies to cool before eating them if you want to experience the delightful crunch that Anzac biscuits are known for!

If you want to try making these at home, here is the recipe:

ANZAC BISCUITS

2 Ā cups rolled oats
1 Ā cup plain flour
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup golden syrup
125g butter
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
3 tablespoons boiling water

  1. Preheat oven to 160Ā°C.
  2. Place the oats, flour, Ā sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Combine the bicarb soda with the water and then add to the butter mixture.
  5. Pour butter mixture into the oat mixture, and mix together until well combined.
  6. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Flatten to 7cm rounds and make sure there is room between each cookie for them to spread while baking.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden in colour.
  8. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Eat them and enjoy this tasty Australian treat!

 

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Aussie Cooking! July 20

Today we baked some Australian cookies, ANZAC Biscuits. These tasty treats are very quick and easy to make, so we baked two batches of cookies!

Aya and Sua decided to get creative with their biscuits by sprinkling the mixture with ground coffee and thenĀ cooking them in the sandwich press…Ā They insist that the biscuits were just asĀ delicious with this method of cooking!

The rest of the cookies were baked in the oven and came out perfectly. Needless to say, there are no cookies left!

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Here is the recipe to try at home:

 

ANZACĀ BISCUITS

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup plain flour

2/3 cup caster sugar

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup golden syrup

125g butter

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

2 tablespoons hot water

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160Ā°C.
  1. Place the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.
  1. Cook the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring, until melted.
  1. Combine the bicarb soda with the water and add to the butter mixture.
  1. Pour into the oat mixture and mix well to combine.
  1. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper and flatten to 7cm rounds, allowing room to spread.
  1. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until deep golden in colour.
  1. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  1. EAT THEM ALL! Ā šŸ™‚

 

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