Whisk & Pin product review (Cranberry & Orange Organic Pancake Mix)

February 28 2016
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Whisk & Pin organic orange cranberry pancake mix l a splash of vanilla

When I hashtagged Whisk & Pin in on the above photo on Instagram, they asked if I’d like to do a review and I said of course!

I’ve been a regular customer of Blue Mountains gourmet food company Whisk & Pin for quite a few years now – they boast both a store and an online company and are a very reliable and friendly crew.  They sell products such as baking mixes, a variety of dried fruits, cookies, gluten-free goods, tea, jam, gift hampers and chocolate, including rocky road.  Among other items, I can vouch for the rocky road a thousand times (t’s so good it’s evil) and I’ve also purchased a gluten free hamper as a gift for a family member, and they loved it.

So I a whipped up a serious stack recently, which you can see above, using their cranberry & orange organic pancake mix and they were beautifully fluffy with a distinct orange flavour and pieces of cranberries throughout.  I used buttermilk to make mine and piled them with heaps of summer fruit and maple syrup, it made for a super decadent breakfast.

 

I was asked to do this review by Whisk & Pin via one of my images spotted on Instagram. All opinions are mine.

Valentines Day chocolate mousse pie with chocolate hearts

February 13 2016
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Valentines Day chocolate mousse with heart toppers l a splash of vanillaInspired by this lovely idea the other day, I thought I’d whip up some home-made chocolate hearts to serve with an old recipe for chocolate mousse pie.  You can stick whatever you like onto the hearts and they’re super easy, yet make chocolate desserts and cakes looks so cute.

And although I don’t feel so creative lately with recipes and such, I couldn’t let Valentines go by without making something.  Particularly something so rich, decadent and full of cream.

I hope everyone has a great day with someone cuddly to spend it with

Valentines Day chocolate mousse with heart toppers l a splash of vanilla

Valentines Day chocolate mousse with heart toppers l a splash of vanilla

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Raspberry, white chocolate, coconut & streusel muffins

February 8 2016
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Raspberry white choc & coconut muffins l a splash of vanillaThese are some cute muffins I baked the other day.  I’ve felt a bit flat re: blogging recently, the possible loss/downgrade of Flickr is making me sad and I’ve lost my mojo a bit with recipes, so this is just a simple one.

They’re lovely though!  And great to freeze for heating up later.

I’ll be back another time with another recipe post when the weather’s a bit cooler and I feel like baking again face-icon-small-happy

Raspberry white choc & coconut muffins l a splash of vanilla

Raspberry white choc & coconut muffins l a splash of vanilla

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Happy Friday

February 5 2016
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Because of the power board being upgraded at our place along with a heatwave, for the past few days we were on a staycation at Southbank not too far from us!  We stayed in a lovely hotel with a beautiful view, nice food and lots of fun places nearby.

The first building is a new tower being built in Brisbane and the 3rd pic down is my old alma mater and where my other half works now.

Have a lovely weekend all.1 William St bokeh l a splash of vanilla

Continental breakfast l a splash of vanilla

QUT l a splash of vanilla

1 William St l a splash of vanilla

Burger Urge l a splash of vanilla

Brisbane skyline l a splash of vanilla

Night city skyline l a splash of vanilla

Doughnut time l a splash of vanilla

 

Australia Day golden syrup cake

January 24 2016
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Golden syrup cake l a splash of vanillaTrust me, once you try Lyles golden syrup, you’ll never go back to the stuff in the squeezy bottle, it’s amazing; sort of deeper and darker and more treacly in flavour.  If you’re not into golden syrup though (but honestly why?), then you could always make this a honey cake or maple syrup cake, those would be good too.

And yes we’re Aussie, not British, but golden syrup is a bit of an institution here so I think it’s appropriate.

Baking with so much sugary syrup is tricky; this cake goes a very dark golden and sank in the middle just a bit when it came out of the oven (I opened the door and checked the cake a bit too soon and also, in retrospect, using a light coloured tin would be better).  But the flavour and texture is so wonderful (dark, sweet and soft, a bit like gingerbread) and anyway, I just piled over some icing to hide the not-so-perfect top.

Oh and happy Straya Day for Tuesday 26th everyone face-icon-small-happy  Let’s also not forget our Indigenous Australians ♥ it’s not always the happiest of days for everyone.

syrup cake l a splash of vanilla

Golden syrup cake l a splash of vanilla

Golden syrup cake l a splash of vanilla

Golden syrup cake l a splash of vanilla

Golden syrup cake l a splash of vanilla

Golden syrup cake l a splash of vanilla

Golden syrup cake l a splash of vanilla

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Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae

January 17 2016
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Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae l a splash of vanillaThis isn’t really a recipe but so good I had to share (and I’ve not had a lot of time for proper recipes/blogging lately).

Although, popcorn with ice cream isn’t quite as genius an idea as I originally thought since it’s all over the internet

So basically, find some vanilla bean ice cream, pile over as much caramel flavoured popcorn as you can, drizzle over melted chocolate then scatter over some coarse sea salt.  Blissful.

Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae l a splash of vanilla

Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae l a splash of vanilla