Giant Jazzies

Giant Jazzies…. what are they and why are they so giant?

Hopefully you will have noticed that these are the yummy balls of chocolately goodness that adorn the top of my blog.. when I first made them, along with my mum and sister, it was the moment that made me finally decide that I needed to blog. I needed a space to share my love of baking, document all the recipes I constantly wish to remember and mostly, to rediscover my passion for yummy food.

I wouldn’t be here without my mum’s support and inspiration, which reminds me, please check out her blog @ Just A Blooming MinuteWe are currently engaged in a ‘Blog War’  of sorts and as much as it pains me, I would REALLY appreciate if you could pay her a visit, it would make her very happy, and make me love you all even more!

These yummies weren’t meant to be this ginormous. Really. Maybe we didn’t quite follow the recipe correctly, but they grew so huge that only 4 were created out of the whole recipe and to eat one alone was no mean feat. Trust me. You may want to make yours a little smaller…

Oh and I called them Jazzies cause it rhymes with Snazzy, obviously!

A perfectly simple and innocent looking recipe, the mixture is moulded around a marshmallow and dipped in whatever frosting or sparkly, jazzy coating you desire. Made from crushed biscuits, condensed milk and cocoa powder, these huge balls of pure indulgence are quite dangerous… That is why I give you pre-warning.. enjoy at your own peril! (and keep a glass of cold water nearby)

In other words, simply enjoy this delicious treat!

 

Giant Jazzies

12 digestive biscuits

57g coconut

small tin of condensed milk

57g margarine

57g cocoa powder

marshmallows

melted chocolate to coat and decorate

1. Crush biscuits in a large bowl, add coconut and chocolate.

2. Melt margarine and mix in.

3. Add condensed milk and mix well to make a sticky mixture.

4. Wet hands and press mixture around a marshmallow. Depending on what size you wish to make them, either use one large marshmallow for each, or for smaller jazzies, cut marshmallows in half.

5. Chill until well hardened. Then melt chocolate and dip jazzie until completely covered.

6. Coat in assorted sprinkles and sparkles.

* smaller jazzies could be turned into pops, by inserting a lollipop stick before chilling.

Get snazzy, and make some jazzies! hehe, enjoy!

xxx

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Vanilla Birthday Cake

Before I move away to University, I have made a promise to myself to collect up all my Mum’s recipes. We’re talking the heaps of of dog-eared pages and scribbled notes, which clutter our kitchen and worktops, and compile them into one big file of  yummyness.

They are recipes which are priceless family heirlooms, never to be found again if misplaced, and fail-safe methods which never fail to please a crowd of hungry mouths.

I know that if I carry these with me, I can always cook up a treat wherever I am, and be transported right back home, because after all, nothing tastes the same as your mum’s cooking, right?

When making a cake, I only ever need look in one place. The tried and tested ‘Stork’ cook book which lies safely snuggled in our cookery book cupboard. Guaranteed to be the most used recipe in my house, it has never failed to deliver a cake less than perfect. So why change a classic?

Delicious, moist and light as a feather every time, this recipe makes the perfect birthday cake. I guarantee you will never need another cake recipe…

(Makes a one layer cake, to fill an 8in tin)

125g butter or margarine

125g self-raising flour

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

1tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 160 Oc (fan assisted)

1. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer till light and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs and beat  till smooth.

3. Sieve flour and gently fold in.

4. Add vanilla extract and milk, beat with mixer till smooth and creamy.

5. Place in oven for approx. 25-30, until golden brown on top and starting to come away from edge of tin. Test with a skewer, if it comes out clean then your cake is done!

Give it a try, its so simple and easy! A beautiful birthday cake, that’s oh so snazzy of course! You need never buy a shop bought version again!

 

“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling you to eat more cake.”
― Jo Brand