You’ll be pleased to know Arabella has had lovely class parties where the neapolitan cake and mini quiches were a huge success. Such a success in fact that it has been requested I make a farewell cake for the entire year group. Stagger me.
Helping the girls to make this group decision is the sad range of food that others brought to parties. Bags of chips, packets of rice crackers with bought dips and soggy wraps that by lunchtime were slightly glued together.
Arabella’s last day of school also happens to be her 18th birthday.
‘You could make the ‘Farewell Year 12’ cake mum and then put a special ‘Happy Birthday’ message on it for me. Isn’t that a great idea. Oh, it’s going to be so much fun. I can’t wait. Do you want me to get out the cake books now, mum? Shall we choose something? I think something really bright and colourful and should we write ‘Happy Birthday’ to me on it somewhere? What about those writing gels you’ve got? They’ll do it.’
‘How’s the diet, Arabella? How are you going with squeezing into that Valedictory Dinner dress we bought?’
‘Oh, I’ve got plenty of time, mum. There’s still a week to go. So isn’t that exciting. Everyone wants you to make the cake. You’re the queen of cakes, mum, everyone says so’.
And so she rambled on; on a complete high as life when you’re 18 (almost) is just so exciting and making cakes to feed around 150 princesses plus hangers on (teachers) is just no trouble at all.
And you won’t believe it. You’ll absolutely think I’m making it up, but Arabella has started going to a youth group once a month. (That’s not the unbelievable part). Tonight there’s a dinner at the youth leader’s house and hallelujah, dinner’s provided. (That’s not the unbelievable part either).
‘Great, go, enjoy yourself, it’ll be fantastic, you’ll love it. Let me know what she cooked for dinner.’
But this afternoon she came home and said, ‘Uhm mum, the youth leader’s providing the dinner but I’ve been asked to bring something sweet. Something for dessert. What can you make?’
I kid you not, it’s a true story. So here’s my ‘something sweet’…
White Chocolate and Macadamia Brownies
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: White chocolate and macadamias are expensive but these brownies are worth it.
- 150g unsalted butter
- 150g white chocolate, chopped
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup full cream powdered milk
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup macadamia nuts, whole
- 180g white chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a 20cm (base measurement) square cake pan with the melted butter to grease. Line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing it to overhang the sides.
Preheat oven to 180C. Brush a 20cm square cake pan with the melted butter to grease. Line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing it to overhand the sides.
Place the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until chocolate and butter melts and are well combined. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the eggs to the cooled butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Sift the flour, milk powder, sugar and baking powder into a medium bowl. Stir in the extra chopped chocolate and macadamia nuts. Add the butter mixture and stir until just combined.