Archive | June, 2015

Cookie Bars

10 Jun

Apparently, the best cookies i’ve made (quote from my boyfriend – I see this as a challenge to now beat myself!) They are indeed some of the best, and not only because they canbe put together in under 10 mins, and baked straight away in a pan (no dough chilling, yey!)



  • 1 large egg
  • 165g packed brown sugar
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 110g grapeseed oil
  • 1 dollop vanilla bean paste
  • 160g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75g chocolate chips


  • Mix together the first 5 ingredients (from egg to vanilla) until combined. ]
  • Sift over flour, bicarb and baking powder
  • Sprinkle your salt and mix until just combined
  • With your hands, incorporate the chocolate chips
  • Press into a well-greased square pan, using your fingers to level the dough and push it into the corners
  • Bake on 175oC for 20 mins

Serve! (Shown here with my Olive Oil Brownies)


*Adapted from Averie Cooks

Olive Oil Brownies

9 Jun

Brownies just got better. Yup, you’re reading that right! These brownies merit a LOT of your attention. Upon tasting them, a pastry chef friend exclaimed to me that my brownies were better than his. Life=made (if you’re reading this Bobby, here’s the recipe!)




  • 185g dark chocolate
  • 185g olive oil
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 85g plain flour (If using gluten free, also use 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 50-100g dark, milk or white chocolate chips


  • Melt chocolate in a bain-marie
  • Mix in olive oil and leave to cool
  • Whisk eggs and sugar together until thick and frothy
  • Pour in cooled chocolate & olive oil
  • Sift flour and cocoa powder over the top and mix until just combined
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Pour mixture into well-greased tin (I use a square tin)
  • Bake for 25 mins on 185oC
  • Leave until totally cooled then cut into squares and stuff your face!

I served mine as dessert to a BBQ as well as to feed my friends the day after!