Monday, May 14, 2012

Cookies Pops - 4-Ingredients Bakes

Inspired by the book series, 4 Ingredients, created by Kim Mccosker, I am suggesting 4 ingredients as the theme for our bake-along with Lena, from Frozen wings and Joyce from Kitchen Flavours all for a simple reason to bake something nice and simple using just 4 ingredients.

Even the most simple and basic ingredients such as baking powder or salt is considered as one ingredients and so I reckon this can be quite an interesting baking challenge. To my surprise, I can actually find quite a lot of baking recipes with four ingredients but are these recipes really good? Honestly, I felt a little insecure baking with just 4 ingredients. Worst of all is I don't seem to be able to get rid of this magic number 4 off my head and so I went a little crazy associating with everything with the number 4! Here's how my 4-ingredients baking story goes...

I'm always a big fan of the Australian Country Women's Association (CWA). As what their books claimed, their recipes are "Traditional, Tempting, Tried and True". Naturally, with no doubt, I'm keen to bake four selected CWA recipes and I had baked all four recipes at once! These four easy bakes, each has four ingredients. No electrical mixer or food processor was required for these bakes and all were surprisingly made and baked within than an hour. Even I am amazed. LOL!

The four CWA recipes that I had baked are (1) Beatie slice, (2) Five dozen biscuits, (3) Prune slice (original name is Quick and Easy Biscuits) and (4) Jam slice (original name is Quick and Easy Slice). Amongst all, I reckon the recipe named "Five dozen biscuits" is the best. Then, I went a little crazy again transforming these "Five dozen biscuits" to cookies pops using this idea of four "ingredients" and four easy steps ...
 
This is what I did!
And, this is how I bake these very delicious cookies... So easy!.

Here are the recipes.  
(with my notes and modification in blue)

Five dozen biscuits from the book, Biscuits and Slices by Country Women's Association

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These biscuits are called five dozen biscuits because the recipe can really bake up of five dozen (60) of these biscuit. I reckon that this recipe can make up to 200 biscuits in the size that I have made! They are extremely delicious because they literally melt in our mouths when we eat them.

500g butter or cooking margarine (I used butter)
12 tbsp sugar
1 x 395g condensed milk
4-5 cup self raising flour 
(I used 4 cup but add bit by bit of flour to form a workable dough and I didn't need 5 cup in total)

Preheat the oven to 190°C (or 160°C fan forced). Grease baking trays.

Mix all ingredients together, adding enough sifted flour to give a nice workable dough. Roll spoonfuls of dough into balls, placed on prepared trays and flatten with back of a fork

Alternatively, you can roll the mixture into a sausage 2.5-3cm in diameter, the cut into slices 5-10 mm thick. Bake for 15-20 min until crisp (I shaped my biscuits using this method).

Note: Using 1/5 of the recipe, I've baked 40 of these biscuits!

How I transform these cookie to cookie pops:

Things required:  

1. Cookies
2. Lollipop sticks
3. Royal icing (Recipe can be found in my previous Gingerbread House post)
4. Sanding sugars

Step 1: 
Bake some cookies - *giggles*

Step 2: 
Make royal icing and tint it with your food colouring. 

Step 3: 
Pipe lollipop swirl on each cookie and sprinkle sanding sugars on the swirl. 
Wait for icing to set.

Step 4: 
Pipe some icing at the back of the cookie and stick a lollipop stick on it. 

Cookie pop is ready to serve when the icing is set.

Here are the rest of the 4-ingredients recipes that I had baked: 
Beatie slice from the book, Biscuits and Slices by Country Women's Association

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This oaty-nutty slice has a nice chewy texture. Out of my four bakes, I would think this one is the least fantastic. My only regret with this bake is that I've replaced the silvered with almond flakes and the almond flakes are not holding themselves very well to the slice compared to the silvered almonds. Other than this, I would say this simple innocent-looking slice is actually quite good.

3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup silvered almond (replaced by almond flakes)
150g butter, melted.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced). Grease a slice tin.

Mix oat, sugar and almond in a bowl. Pour the melted butter and mix well
Place mixture into the prepared slice tin and bake for 15 min.

Note:Using 1/3 of this recipe, I've baked this slice in 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan.

Prune Slice (original name is Quick and Easy Biscuits) from the book, Biscuits and Slices by Country Women's Association

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With no doubts, I think this fruity slice is a great lunch box filer. Its slight toffee-taste and chewy fruit texture makes it really nice to snack in between meals.  

2 cup self raising flour
1 cup soft brown sugar
2 cup dried fruits (dates, raisin, etc) (I used prune)
230g butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced). Line a scone tray with baking paper.

Mix sifted flour with sugar and fruit. Pour melted butter slowly over the dry ingredients, stirring continually. Spread mixture over prepared tray and cook for 20 min. Cut into squares while hot, the allow to cool on the tray. Store in an airtight container once cold.

Note:Using 1/4 of this recipe, I've baked this slice in 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan. 

Jam Slice (original name is Quick and Easy Slice) from the book, Biscuits and Slices by Country Women's Association



I just love this quickest and easiest way to make a jam slice. Nothing more to say!

230g butter
3 tbsp jam (any flavour) 
(I used the low sugar - 50% reduced blackberry jam and plus extra as toppings)
3 cup self raising flour
1 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced) Grease a lamington tin.

Melt butter and jam together in a small saucepan. Sift flour and sugar into a bowl and mix in the butter and jam. Place mixture in prepared tin and bake for 25 min.

Ice with plain icing when cooled (optional - I didn't do that).

Note: Using 1/4 of this recipe, I've baked this slice in 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan. When the slice is baked, I spread 2-3 tbsp of jam evenly on the surface of the baked slice and bake it again for another 5 min.

Here's the picture showing all of my four 4-ingredients bakes.
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30 comments:

  1. You have been busy with 4 ingredients! Your cookie pops are soooo cute! And your slices all look delicious! I'm eyeing the prune slices, I love prunes in baked cakes and biscuits! There are tons of wonderful recipes using 4 ingredients, selecting is the difficult part! :o)

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  2. Zoe you deserve a standing ovation. YOu've outdone everyone. You even made your cookie pops in 4 steps. LOL.
    Great post. Bookmarking it for future. A real treasure post you have here.

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  3. so pretty and i love the pastel colours that you tinted! what alovely idea to turn them into pops! wow, you baked so much for the 4 ingredient, all of them sounds pretty easy to make and they are look great! Fantastic, my friend!btw, i hv a feeling too that you've forgotten to post it this morning..hehe..

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  4. Oh wow! 200 pieces of five dozen biscuits with the above recipe? I'm interested to bake this, so I'm gonna prepared myself with lots of container firstly :)

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  5. Wow! Awesome post, Zoe! Love your cute cookie pops & the amazing recipes with 4 ingredients. And I was thinking of créme brûlée but your recipes are even better! :)

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  6. hi Zoe, u did 4 bakes at once? wow! it's a dilemma in choosing the best amongst all resulting in taking all up LOL
    well, it happened to me very often, too, but unlike u, this lazy me never ended up doing all, most of the time still chose only 1 and swore will do the rest very soon, which never happened in the end hahaha...

    i'm very keen in the 5dozens biscuits u made, looks delicious, my kids love this kind
    thks for sharing :)

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  7. I love all these biscuits. I am going to bake them one day too.

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  8. they are so cute, very amused at your '4' brain :)

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  9. so easy and gorgeous cookies.

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  10. These cookie pops are incredibly cute...kids would definitely love these...what a great idea! :-)

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  11. Wow! You actually bake 4 different types of cakes and cookies for these and I can't even get one out lol! The cookie pops are really attractive and yes, kids would love these.

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  12. These cookie pops looks fabulous ! The cookies itself with only 4 ingredients looks absolutely scrumptious !

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  13. Zoe, super love your candy cookies. they look simply amazing. Thanks for sharing it. Sure kids would love it.
    Hope you're having a great week ahead, dear.
    Btw, wishing you a very Happy Belated Mother's Day.
    Kristy

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  14. Hi Zoe, guess what? I double checked my bookshelf today & confirmed that I've one of the 4-Ingredients cook book by K.McCosker!Bought the book just few months ago when it was on sale & in fact, I combined 2 of her recipes & made my version of the Italian country stew! I actually have 1 of the unposted recipe & I'm able to join this Bake Along this month!

    The cookies pops are very eye catching! I bet your son loves it!

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  15. Oh I agree they are so adorable and look really delicious also. What a great idea!

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  16. I just love this idea. It always amazes me how home made biscuits can taste so good and contain such few ingredients compared to shop bought. I will be making these with my 3 children who adore cookie cutting and decorating! Love your step by step photos too :-)

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  17. i love the colour of the cookie pops.. yummy!

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  18. It's amazing what you can do with just 4 ingredients.

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  19. Wow, it's crazy what you can do with just 4 ingredients, this looks good!

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  20. Oh my goodness. These look great!! I love making simple recipes. Sometimes the less ingredients you have, the better it tastes.

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  21. Oh, your swirly cookie pops are so cute, I love them!

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  22. 4 ingredients and stunning results? Too good my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  23. wow...the cookie pops look so cute....my daughter gonna love this ...nicely narrated!!!!bookmarked !!!

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  24. Zoe these are so cool...love the cookie pops and the decoration :)
    Four ingredients...that is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing these recipes and hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  25. I love cookies on a stick. For whatever reason, they're just more fun!

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  26. All looking soo yummy!! thanks for dropping by ^+^

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  27. wow these are super cute and only made from 4 ingredients! Bookmarking to try! I love the idea of baking with 4 ingredients - will be checking out some of these recipes.

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