Monday, June 11, 2012


Hello out there!! 

We are back into baking with a vengeance in our house!! It has been a long weekend here so not only did 3 whole days off provide for extra sleep in time, but it also provided for extra baking time!! 

Friday evening / Saturday morning resulted in these Bavarian-on-a-biscuits....Sunday evening resulted in a carrot and vanilla cake, some cheese and vegemite twists, cheese and chutney scrolls and some lemon muffins with strawberry cheesecake filling!! Did I mention I missed my lil kitchen while we were away? I just feel at home pottering in there, with the electric mixer going, trays lined up waiting for the oven, ingredients scattered across every bench makes me happy and I feel content there. We do have our disagreements from time to time....the appliances and the ingredients conspire and recipes don't turn out how they are supposed to, but then we have our moments when things just work - like these Bavarian-On-A-Biscuits! 

What could be better then chocolate chip cookies, topped with creamy bavarian and smothered in a fudgey chocolate ganache? Not much really, but I am about to jump into a hot bubble bath with my bavarian, a book I haven't been able to put down, House of Night No. III - totally better then the Twilight books, and a large glass of Captain Morgan's spiced rum, totally became addicted to it and Jameson's while we were away. I'm thinking between the bath, the dessert, the book and the rum, I could be onto a winning combination! 

Anyway, if you want to make these sweet little treats to indulge yourself either in a hot bath, snuggled up on the couch, hiding in the wardrobe, whatever takes your fancy, this is how it's done.....

You will need:

100g cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup thickened cream
2 tbspn cocoa
1 cup icing suger
20 chocolate chip cookies - 12 to be crushed and used in the bavarian and 8 to be kept whole for the assembly
300g chocolate melts
2 tbspn butter

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, cream, cocoa and icing sugar. Beat until smooth. 

Fold in the crushed chocolate chip cookies. Place mixture in the freezer for 4-6 hours or overnight.

When the bavarian mixture is chilled, place the chocolate melts and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second bursts, stirring in between until smooth.

Place the remaining cookies on a baking tray. 


Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop bavarian onto each cookie - be sure to press the bavarian gently onto the cookie to ensure it sticks.

Working quickly, dip each cookie, bavarian side first, into the chocolate. Don't be scared to push it right down into the chocolate to ensure your bavarian is totally covered. I find the best thing to do is have your chocolate in a deep jug and just push the biscuit straight in and pull it straight out. Place the biscuit on your tray and move onto the next one. Place the tray in the freezer for 4-6 hours to set before transferring to an airtight container. Now just remember it is a ganache on the top, so they won't be set set, but they will firm up. And do I even need to mention how the biscuit goes all soft and chewy and delicious!?

How has your weekend been? 

We have had a busy, but productive weekend. Alongside all that cooking, we managed to get in a bike ride to see Mr B's Pop - which involved us being fed a lovely roast lunch and getting to show off all our holiday snaps....and my first night time ride on the way back....which also led to my first 'night time run out of fuel on the side of the highway', but hey, that's what reserve tanks are for!! On Sunday we went to visit Mum and Dad at their new favourite local B&B - aptly named Emily's cottage - then on the way home we treated ourselves to Photoshop Elements 10 - first a new camera and now this....we are becoming quite the lil photographers!!! And that brings us to today...sleep in.....brekkie in bed.....groceries....walk around the paddock to check for lambs - 5 of our sheep are ready to have their lambs any day now which is all new and exciting for me - and we finished the day off with a visit from our friends - Ali is 6 months pregnant and she is just one of those people who looks stunningly beautiful the whole way through her pregnancy and really brings to life the definition of 'glowing' and her partner Matt just gets along so well with Mr B...they are scarily alike...they are the sort of friends you just love to see, doesn't matter if you are having a crisis or a bad day or a celebration, you know that if they are there, there will be smiles and laughter and good times so it was lovely to see them and catch up on all the travel stories and photos. Mr B also did some serious showing off in the kitchen tonight by cooking chicken involtini for dinner - totally worth it's own post later in the week....and that brings us to right bath is run, my rum is cold and my bavarian is waiting so I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoy the week to come! 

Mrs B xxx

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