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    Default No-Fail Baking/Cooking recipes.

    I've been thinking of starting this thread for a while but after a disastrous attempt at baking a simple chocolate sponge cake for DS1 on Sunday, it's time!
    One cake was binned and the other was dry, I slathered it with buttercream anyway and watched my family eat my shame!

    In between the two cakes a lot of my time was spend on Google panic searching for the easiest recipes, so I thought I'd start a thread for those more experienced (or inexperienced) amongst us to share their go-to or no-fail recipes.

    Em, I don't have any contributions though
    But I'll make a suggestion.

    Chocolate Sponge!

    Feel free to add any recipes that are quick (because we're all time poor aren't we) and/or easy (because kids are stressful enough).
    A quick curry or risotto recipe, an easy bread recipe, anything.
    Wide open for any help in the kitchen

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    Oh I do have one recipe that I've been using for the last month or so.
    Muffins!
    I hope I'm allowed to post the link.
    If not I'll type it out later

    http://www.food.com/recipe/best-ever-and-most-versatile-muffins-32734

    The first batch I did the one thing they say NOT to do. I over mixed and they were tough but I've got the knack of them now. DH has asked me to STOP baking them because they're so nice and he eats them all.
    DON'T TRY TO CHANGE ME BABY!
    I read in the reviews to add Vanilla so I've been doing that and the variations I've made so far are

    Apple & Cinnamon
    I added
    1 tablespoon of vanilla
    2 tablespoons of apple sauce to wet ingredients.
    1 tablespoon of cinnamon to dry ingredients
    Some chopped diced apple on top of half the batch because the kids don't like the lumpy bits, then dusted with cinnamon sugar before putting in the oven.
    Really nice!

    Lemon and White Choc Chip.
    I added
    1 tablespoon of vanilla
    Juice and rind of one small lemon
    1 generous handful of white choc chip.
    Kids love these ones.
    I haven't perfected it yet though, I'll have to mess around with those ratios so if anyone spots where I might tweak that recipe, let me know

    Basic Choc and Choc Chip
    Added cocoa and chocolate chips.
    I don't make these too often because I'd rather the kids get used to eating things that aren't covered in chocolate!

    Also, if the recipe gets a bit too tacky, a little splash of milk to loosen it up hasn't done mine any harm.

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    I have a no fail chicken burrito filling recipe I do for us. First thing in the morn I cut up boneless chicken thighs (use whatever amount required for your family). I then add Hoisin sauce & Chinese 5 spice (about a tsp of that but add to taste), mix it all together in a bowl, cover with cling wrap & leave in the fridge to marinate until that night.

    I fry it up using canola spray in my frying pan & a few minutes before the chicken is ready I add a good slurp of sweet chilli sauce & a little honey. You can omit the sweet chilli sauce entirely if you/the kids don't like chilli & just use honey instead (add to taste though I use around a tablespoon).

    It's a delicious filling for burrito's/soft taco's. Any left over chicken I use in sandwhiches with the leftover salad for DP's lunch the next day😊
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    http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1808...chocolate+cake
    This is a super easy and really yum. I make a chocolate ganache icing to go on it which is just a block of dark cooking chocolate and a small tub of cream melted together over a low heat. Mix until combined and glossy.

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    Default No-Fail Baking/Cooking recipes.

    Edited: Sorry dd decided to contribute!

    I do have a fail safe cupcake recipe. It never fails! It's based on this recipe http://thefarmchicks.typepad.com/far...ttercream.html

    I make two changes though. I swap one of the cups of sugar for a cup of brown sugar to make it a bit richer. I also swap the cup of milk for 1 cup of room temp water and 1 tablespoon of melted nutelex. That way they're dairy free and delicious.
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    Disclaimer: this is not healthy, but...

    Add a can of soft drink to a store bought cake mix and BAM! You've got yourself a cake.

    I recently tried this with a can of coke and a white wings chocolate cupcake mix and they turned out so moist and fluffy.

    I'm allergic to eggs, so cakes are not something I bother making often (there are various ways to substitute eggs, but I don't think they make a totally ripping cake), but this is so damn easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Snowman View Post
    http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1808...chocolate+cake
    This is a super easy and really yum. I make a chocolate ganache icing to go on it which is just a block of dark cooking chocolate and a small tub of cream melted together over a low heat. Mix until combined and glossy.
    This is my go to chocolate cake recipe and I always get compliments.

    I use the Hershey's Cocoa powder from Costco and I think it makes it super delicious.

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    Yes! These are great.

    @BlondeinBrisvegas, that sounds DELISH!
    I'll definitely try the kids on that one.
    I really need them to try more new things.
    Dinners are very boring here because they won't try anything with a sauce.

    I'm going to try them on butter chicken tonight.
    Might be a huge leap but I'm making it anyway.

    That's another thing I'm really interested in.
    Who knows their spices?
    I'm making the Pete Evan's Butter Chicken.
    First time too and I'm fine with a recipe but I'd love to just know what spices go with what. Such an easy, healthy way to pack a tasty punch.

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    I make the 2 ingredient cakes a lot! DS loves them.

    1 packet of cake mix, any flavour and a can of soft drink, i make them into mini cupcakes for DS to take to BMX nice and easy and DS loves helping and watching the mixture bubble up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Degrassi View Post
    Disclaimer: this is not healthy, but...

    Add a can of soft drink to a store bought cake mix and BAM! You've got yourself a cake.

    I recently tried this with a can of coke and a white wings chocolate cupcake mix and they turned out so moist and fluffy.

    I'm allergic to eggs, so cakes are not something I bother making often (there are various ways to substitute eggs, but I don't think they make a totally ripping cake), but this is so damn easy.
    I used a vanilla cake mix with Cherry Coke, So yummy! i cooked them for a little longer as i made muffins not a cake, but so easy and DS loves to help mix it

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