Saturday, 3 May 2014

Competition time right on time for Mothersday.


One of the things I love most about Mothersday is that "pretend to be asleep hearing the scurrying in the kitchen and acting all surprised". The joy on those faces and the very special act of making mom something is priceless. In the same breath we honour our own moms.

The lovely people at Sasko have not only given me the perfect recipes for you to bake for your mom or the family to bake for you,  but two lovely hampers worth a R1000 each to give away to treat yourself or your mom the choice is yours. In any event if you love baking like we do take some time to make these heart-warming cookies as a gift for your mom: Rooibos Biscuits dipped in white chocolate, Jasmine Tea Biscuits with dark chocolate and Goji berries and Earl Grey Biscuits with orange frosting.



Fragrant Jasmine, delicate Earl Grey and our very own South African favourite Rooibos – these teas are all perfect for using as an ingredient. Simply choose the tea that your Mom enjoys the most, empty a few teabags and mix the tea leaves in with the rest of the ingredients.  
 
Earl Grey Biscuits with orange frosting
Ingredients:
500g Sasko Quick Treat Cookie Mix
1 ½ tbsp Earl Grey tea leaves
140g butter (at room temperature)
1 extra large egg

Icing:
250g icing sugar
70ml orange juice
1 tsp orange zest

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180*C.
Grease and line two large baking trays.
Put the Sasko Cookie mix into a mixing bowl with the tea leaves and stir with a whisk to ensure that the leaves are well incorporated.
Add the butter and rub into the cookie mix with your hands until a bread-crumb-like consistency is formed.
Whisk the egg in a smaller mixing bowl.
Add the egg to the cookie mix and combine with a wooden spoon.
Remove tablespoons of the dough from the mix and roll into little balls (about the size of a R5 coin) and place them, 5cm apart, onto the lined baking trays. You should get about 35-40 cookies from the mixture.
Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
(Allow to cool completely before icing.)
Mix the icing sugar, orange juice and zest together in a bowl and, using the back of a teaspoon, smear a small circle of the icing onto each biscuit. Allow the icing to set completely before storing in an airtight container.


 
Jasmine Tea Biscuits with dark chocolate & Goji berries

Ingredients:
500g Sasko Quick Treats Cookie Mix
1 ½ tbsp Jasmine tea leaves
140g butter (at room temperature)
1 extra large egg
200g dark chocolate
50g goji berries

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180*C.
Grease and line two large baking trays.
Put the Sasko Cookie mix into a mixing bowl with the tea leaves and stir with a whisk to ensure that the leaves are well incorporated.
Add the butter and rub into the cookie mix with your hands until a bread-crumb-like consistency is formed.
Whisk the egg in a smaller mixing bowl.
Add the egg to the cookie mix and combine with a wooden spoon.
Remove tablespoons of the dough from the mix and roll into little balls (about the size of a R5 coin) and place them, 5cm apart, onto the lined baking trays. You should get about 35-40 cookies from the mixture.
Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
(Allow to cool completely before dipping in the chocolate.)
Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a double boiler on low heat on top of the stove.
Dip half of the tops of each cookie into the melted chocolate, sprinkle over the goji berries and place on a sheet of baking paper to dry.
Allow the chocolate to set completely before storing in an airtight container. (This will take a few hours.)

Top Tips:
  • If the tea leaves seem overly large simply pulse them a few times in a food processor until they are smaller in size.
  • If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a heatproof bowl that fits snuggly on top of one of your pots – it needs to fit tightly as you don’t want any water from escaping steam to mix with the chocolate, as it will cause the chocolate to congeal. It’s also important that the water in the pot does not touch the bottom of the bowl as it could burn the chocolate.
  • If you are baking all of the cookies at the same time make sure that you keep a good distance between the baking trays in the oven to ensure that there is even heat distribution


Rooibos Biscuits dipped in white chocolate

Ingredients:
500g Sasko Quick Treats Cookie Mix
1 ½ tbsp Rooibos/Chai Rooibos tea leaves
140g butter (at room temperature)
1 extra large egg
200g white chocolate

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180*C.
Grease and line two large baking trays.
Put the Sasko Cookie mix into a mixing bowl with the tea leaves and stir with a whisk to ensure that the leaves are well incorporated.
Add the butter and rub into the cookie mix with your hands until a bread-crumb-like consistency is formed.
Whisk the egg in a smaller mixing bowl.
Add the egg to the cookie mix and combine with a wooden spoon.
Remove tablespoons of the dough from the mix and roll into little balls (about the size of a R5 coin) and place them, 5cm apart, onto the lined baking trays. You should get about 35-40 cookies from the mixture.
Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
(Allow to cool completely before dipping into the chocolate.)
Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a double boiler on low heat on top of the stove.
Dip half of the tops of each cookie into chocolate and place on a sheet of baking paper to dry.
Allow the chocolate to set completely before storing in an airtight container. (This will take a few hours.)

 So now that you have the baking sorted, lets get to the best part of all. To stand a chance to win one of two Sasko hampers worth R1000 (I wish I could keep one because they are great and who does not love Carroll Boyes and baking goodies?) do the follwing:
1. Leave a comment and tell me what is your favorite thing to bake AND "like" Sasko's Facebook page.
2. For an extra entry tweet about the competition mentioning my Twitter handle @catjuggles

Each hamper consists of:
Carroll Boyes Recipe book stand
Sasko branded baking items
6 x Sasko Quick Treats & 4 x 1kg Cake Flour 
Competition closes at 12 noon on Friday 9 May . 
Winners will be chosen from a numerical sequence by random.com and announced here and on Twitter.
Prizes will be dispatched and delivered by Sasko and open for South African residents only. 

Note:  We have received nothing in return for running this competition. I just love to give something away.

56 comments:

  1. Yum Yum Yum I have to try out a few of these. My favourite things to bake - chesse cake, brownies and choc chip cookies

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  2. Great prize:-) Thanks for the give away. My fave thing to bake would be cupcakes. And choc chip biscuits. And muffins.

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  3. Okay, you know that I am a Kiwi living in South Africa and that I LOVE living here! However, I am a terrible baker and (so far) can only bake two things... Afghans (NZ recipe) and Banana Bread. Mind you the recipes above look fabulous and I am keen to give them a try.

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  4. I love baking full stop! :) one of my favourite things to bake is custard cake... yummy white cake with layers of vanilla custard... .. or scones with melted cheese on.. or chocolate israeli pudding with gooey chocolate filling... haha... can you tell that I spend. a lot of time in the kitchen busy with my "creations"? Xxx

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    1. And your cakes are so beautiful too

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    2. thank you :) probably why i will never be skinny!

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  5. I love baking chocoltae cake and biscuits - well anything chocoloate!

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  6. My favourite thing to bake... Ummm...
    I'd have to say it varies from week to week! One week the cake I'm working on is my favourite, the next week it'll be a cupcake order... Nevertheless, when something comes out of the oven perfectly, I get a fabulous sense of achievement every time!
    Page liked and Tweet done ( https://twitter.com/AngelConradie/status/462876527290757120 )!

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  7. I love baking cakes, my favourite is the peanut butter fudge cake that I have become famous in my family for.

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    1. I would love the recipe Beth! Please share

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  8. What a yummy giveaway - love to bake not the best at it but i try and my all time favourite things to bake are my pecan nut biscuits and cherry/strawberry cheesecake, ive lso come across a very eay but yummy brownie recipe

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  9. This is awesome! Even though we don't do gluten anymore we will definitely be able to share. :)

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    1. Exactly and the non consumables part of the prize is well worth it

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  10. My favourite thing to bake is cupcakes. Only because it turns into a team effort and all my kids can somehow get involved. Quality time and yummy treats for them!

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  11. I bake anything from pavlova to steamed pudding or chocolate lava, depending on the season. You can bet that there's always something baking when you come over to my house :)

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  12. My favourite recipe at the moment is Nutella, peanut butter and choc chip biscuits. Soooooooo nommy. Take a look here: http://youcookedwhat.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/peanut-butter-nutella-choc-chip-fudge/

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    1. Ooo yum. Am going to try these

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  13. I want to try these tea biscuits!!! am sure I could turn them into a vegan friendly recipe, I love baking and going vegan hasn't stopped me from baking either haha. Think I'll get the minion to help me bake my own mothers day biscuits this year :P

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  14. Love to bake desserts! Liked the FB page.

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  15. Baking is one of my favourite hobbies! I enjoy making a wide variety of things and experimenting with new flavour combinations all the time. Sweets are the way to my heart and something that I have been passionate about for a very long time! My favourite recipe is: New York Cheesecake Brownies


    Brace yourself, because this recipe is rough and tough and straight from the streets of New York! Picture it now: a warm, gooey brownie topped with marbled cheesecake. Sounds good? Well, what are you waiting for!

    Ingredients
    Cream Cheese Mixer
    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup white sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    Chocolate Mixer
    1/4 cup pot butter
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    1/2 cup white sugar
    2 eggs
    2/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Directions
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
    • Combine cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Stir 1 cup chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
    • Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off, and set a heatproof mixing bowl over the water. (Double boiler)
    • In the mixing bowl, combine pot butter with the remaining cup of chocolate chips; stir until just melted and blended together. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 2 eggs, then sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into chocolate until evenly blended.
    • Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture. Using a knife, swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.
    • Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is crinkled and edges pull away from sides of the pan. Cool thoroughly. Cut into 12 to 16 squares. Store in the refrigerator or freeze.

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  16. I love baking Chocolate cake, been following them for a while now on Facebook and sharing on Twitter @anitasteenkamp1

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  17. Banana bread! I make awesome banana bread :-)

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  18. candice terblanche5 May 2014 at 13:13

    Red valvet cupcakes and my super moist choc with mint choc chip cupcakes

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  19. david terblanche5 May 2014 at 13:24

    milk choc brownies with dark choc sauce and almonds

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  20. I think it would have to be banana bread - just because there is NOTHING better than hot banana bread and butter :)))

    (I already liked the Sasko page)

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  21. I love baking, my baking skills much better than my cooking... haha! Love using my moms old recipes, my favourite prob has to be lemon meringue pie, and a delicious biscuit recipe for internet cookies (not too sure why they called that) which have just about everything in them - pecan nuts, bar ones, chocolate... they delicious!!
    liked the sasko page
    Adele

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  22. I love baking biscuits and Sasko's red velvet cupcakes! Page liked and I have tweeted as well!

    NEEEED to win this.

    xxx

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  23. I love baking chocolate brownies - warm, gooey and deliciously sinful!

    (already FB fan & tweeted the following:https://twitter.com/Rench7/status/463305403447537664)

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  24. My favourite things to bake is my renowned chocolate cake and crumpets for Saturday morning breakfast!

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  25. Favourite thing to bake would have to be chocolate chip cookies

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  26. One of my favorite things to bake is a lemon cake. Specifically for my mom who is definitely not a sweet tooth. I baked the first ever one for her the day she got out of ICU (after a month) and has since then also completely stopped smoking. Best. mom. ever.

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  27. Without a doubt it's my famous Oreo Cheesecake! It's sweet, rich, decadent and a hit every time I make it.

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  28. I'm already following Sasko as Lee September:)

    Anything to do with love chocolate i love!!!<3 so my fav thing to bake is delicious moist chocolate brownies and chocolate cake:D

    Will tweet @0820766294 for an extra entry.

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  29. I don't bake much, but I reckon my favourite thing to bake is brownies (the Nigella way)!

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  30. I love baking brownies cos they are my eldest son's favourite and Malva pudding for my younger son....and for my husband an amazing apple pie recipe with an incredible crust :) lovely giveaway thankyou.

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    1. Oh today is cloudy and cold- I need malva pudding

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  31. My favorite thing to bake is the Flop proof chocolate cake.
    My mum in law gave me recipe and it one of my favourites

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  32. Hands down its gotta be truffle cake or fresh bread!!! yum!!

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  33. Wow I just LOVE your cookie recipes!
    I am an excellent cook but a sucky baker so when I bake it has to be a flop proof recipe!
    My mum gave me a "Quick Shake Apple Pie" recipe which so far, I haven't managed to mess up hahaha so that would be my favourite :)
    Tweeted as @carlieshell

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  34. I love baking just about anything...from biscuits,bread,cakes...love it...baking is one of my favourite hobbies...If I had to choose one item that's my favourite ,it has to be a rich death by chocolate cake

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  35. My favourite things to bake are Lemon Meringue and Milk Tart

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  36. I love baking muffins! My favorites are chocolate, choc-chip and bran. Mmm! My "special treat" dessert is almost always flapjacks with caramel, bananas and cream/ice-cream.

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  37. Rehana seedat email: rehanaseedat71@gmail.com my favourite thing to bake is chocolate cake following u twitter and tweeted @rehanaseedat

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  38. My favourite thing to bake is my mother's 8 egg oven tray sized chocolate cake! It's quick, easy and completely flop proof! Second favourite (just because!) is scones. I use a REAL easy recipe that takes me half an hour, including baking time! Have liked the page and will tweet now! xxx

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  39. Mmmm, difficult to choose a favourite. I often make cupcakes, and love experimenting with new cakes and desserts, but I would say my favourite is savoury muffins with bacon and cheese and eat them with warm melted butter. I freeze them and pop them in the microwave for breakfast or a snack.

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    1. Oh I adore savoury muffins too but only my Princess in the whole family likes them

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  40. I could never win this because Hubby is too closely affiliated with Sasko:( However you have reminded me it is Mother's Day soon...and what other way to say I am a good Mom then baking yummy things for your family (I also need teacher gifts and these sound great).

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  41. I love Sasko's quick treat cookie mix. It makes me seem like a real baker when I'm hardly anything near it! ;)

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  42. I love baking chocolate muffins - they are always a hit! :) Tweeted

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  43. My favourite thing to bake is apple crumble. The old fashioned one with steamed apples & the topping made with butter & sugar rubbed together & some flour & cinnamon on top. Yum:)

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  44. My absolute favourite treat to bake is decadent Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Ooh my mouth is watering.

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  45. I leave the baking to my wife and I am tasked with making pancakes.

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  46. Gotta love baking... but why have I never tried Earl Grey Cookies... they sound fabulous!!!

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  47. Mmm, I think I'll have to try those cookies!

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