If there’s something I love at Christmas time is a good hot chocolate, even though it’s summer here in Australia. It can really set the holiday mood, just like a festive candle can, and it’s the perfect companion to setting up your Christmas tree. So when planning my Blogmas schedule it only seemed logical to include a hot chocolate recipe. So I combined my love of hot chocolate with my love of collabing with other bloggers and now we have a wonderful hot chocolate collab with two of my fave babes, Laura and Sharni. View Post
I love Christmas. How can you not when you get to catch up with family and friends, and enjoy amazing food! Today’s post is a collab with Emily and she’s going to be showing you how to make peppermint and white chocolate cheesecake, yum!
I decided for my recipe I’d make peppermint fudge because I serious love fudge and why not make it a Christmas flavour?
- 3½ cups of white chocolate.
- 1 can of condensed milk.
- ¼ cup of butter.
- 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract.
- 1 to 2 drops of red food colouring (completely optional of course!)
- Candy canes.
- In a glass bowl melt the chocolate, condensed milk and butter. I prefer to do it over the stove but you can do it in the microwave if you wish. Chocolate is super easy to melt, just add a few centimetres of water to a saucepan, place the bowl on top and watch the mixture melt! Make sure you don’t have too much water in the saucepan because if it touches the bottom of the bowl your chocolate will go hard and grainy and that will not make for delicious fudge. Also make sure to be stirring the mixture regularly as chocolate likes to be difficult and hold its shape when melting and you can easily burn it.
- After about 10-15 minutes the mixture should be all melted and remove from the heat. Add in the peppermint extract, and food colouring if you want colourful fudge and mix well. You also need gel food colouring as regular food colouring does not react well with chocolate. Of course I did not know that until after I got home from the shopping centre but luckily my housemate has a good variety of baking necessitates.
- Line a square baking dish with baking paper and pour the mix in.
- Place candy canes in a plastic bag, place a tea towel over them and break them up with a rolling pin.
- Eat a candy cane.
- Sprinkle the candy cane mix over the fudge.
- Place the dish in the fridge for a good 4 to 6 hours.
- Remove from the fridge, cut into pieces and serve!
How simple is that? A lot of fudge recipes ask for condensed milk or marshmallow fluff and I don’t know about you, but marshmallow fluff is not easy for me to find!
If you decide to make it or if you have any other great Christmas recipes let me know, I love finding new things to make.
Don’t forget to check out Emily’s post and have a happy holidays. 🙂
Catching up with bloggers has got to be my favourite thing ever. Do you know what makes it even better though? When there’s amazing food involved in the catch up!
A little while ago the lovely ladies of Bloggers Bloom Together organised a mid week brunch at Cafe 2twentyfour in Belmont. I’m always keen to try out new food places and after checking out the cafe on Instagram and seeing how good everything looked I was definitely interested in going over and trying a few things out.
Cafe 2twentyfour is located at 224 Belmont avenue and being across from the shopping centre there is more than enough parking. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and with floor to ceiling windows all around the cafe you can enjoy the view from no matter where you choose to sit. The cafe itself is quite cute, it’s not a massive cafe but there is plenty of seating without you feeling cramped.
There were so many delicious food options but in the end I decided on the bacon and eggs on toast, with a side of hollandaise sauce and a honeycomb milkshake. As with most places they give you the option of fried, scrambled or poached eggs. I pretty much judge a place based on their poached eggs as it is my favourite way to have them. Let me just say these were the best poached eggs I have had in ages. They were cooked perfectly, not too hard, not too runny. Just perfect. ? The bacon was just crispy, making in the perfect companion for the eggs.
Oh the milkshakes. Not going to lie, the moment I went onto the cafe 2twentyfour Instagram page I was immediately drawn to the milkshakes. Just look at it. ?
There’s always a risk when you buy a milkshake like this that it will be too sweet. This one surprisingly wasn’t and that made it much more pleasant to drink. There was also a variety of coffees and fresh juices on offer and I plan on trying them next time.
I made the silly mistake of not noting how much everything was but from memory the milkshake was $9 and the meal was under $20. I feel like all the meals were under $25 and the coffees were the standard price. Oh, and they do an all day breakfast. ?
If you’re in the Belmont area I really suggest popping in and checking it out for yourself, and let me know your thoughts if you do.