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Peanut butter and coconut cookies

A debated topic in the running world is the subject of eating breakfast, especially when waking at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning for a long run.
For me personally I battle to eat so early in the morning yet I know my body needs nourishment to cope with pending hunger pangs and excessive exercise conducive to distance running. I’ve tried many different forms of breakfasts, namely muesli, yoghurt, fruit and protein shakes but these have only left me with extreme cramps and a general sense of feeling uneasy while out on my run.
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Peanut butter has been hailed as one of the favourite food sources for athletes in sustaining satiety. It keeps one full for longer, is full of nutrients and maintains the all important glucose levels. Every runner who has experienced it (including myself) will tell you that “hitting the wall” because of glucose levels crashing is no joke, one’s dignity goes crashing too.
In my endeavor to find the perfect breakfast for those early morning runs, I decided to try a Peanut butter and coconut cookie. Not only is it simple to make, but it’s extremely delicious. You can size them to your own convenience, so putting 2 or 3 into a small packet, carrying in your running shorts for those long runs or when you just can’t eat something so early in the morning is very convenient.
You will need:
3 cups self raising flour
1 cup coconut
½ bottle peanut butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
125g butter
Pinch of salt
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Method:
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well between additions. Add peanut butter to egg mixture and combine well. Add flour, coconut and salt together in separate bowl. Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture till dough has formed. Roll mixture into small balls and place on a greased oven proof pan. Press lightly with a fork and back in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15-20 minutes.
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Chocolate Cream Pie

WARNING!
Unlike some of my previous recipes, this one is NOT BANTING FRIENDLY!
Despite all the warnings on social media (which I HAVE taken note of) regarding the dangers of sugar consumption and the addiction properties paralleled with that of cocaine, as an avid runner, I personally feel the need to indulge every now and then in something sweet. Not only does my body need it, but deserves it. Besides gulping down a few litres of Energade or Powerade after a long run, I do enjoy a large chunk of cake or pudding every so often. This particular dessert pie is extremely sweet resulting in only a small piece needed to satisfy those sugary cravings.
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You will need:
150g marshmallows
200g milk chocolate
1pkt Romany creams
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
75g butter
1 chocolate flake
Glazed cherries
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Method:
Combine marshmallows and milk in a saucepan. Stir until marshmallows have melted. Add chocolate and stir until melted and mixture is smooth. Allow to cool.
Crush Romany Creams and stir in the melted butter. Press into a greased pie dish and chill.
Whip cream and fold into the cooled chocolate mixture. Pour into the prepared crust. Decorate with flake and cherries.
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Sticky fudge and nut slices

One of my favourite recipe books which was given to me by a friend, is called The Ultimate Book of Baking. I’ve baked recipes from this book for my blog before like the Simnel Loaf (Simnel Loaf) and hot cross buns (Hot Cross Buns). Besides baking from my regular list of bakes that my family enjoy, I also like to experiment with new recipes, trying out new methods and techniques. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t but that’s also ok because we’re all here to learn and try new things. One of those recipes that I’ve been wanting to bake for a long time is sticky fudge and nut slices which actually is not all fudge. There is quite a thick layer of shortbread underneath the fudge which gives a nice “biscuity” flavour. I must say I also enjoy easy recipes and this particular one is very easy and not technical at all. A very tasty anytime treat. Just ask my son who devoured 3 before dinner last night.
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You will need:
Base:
185g cake flour
100g sugar
125g butter
Topping:
397g can condensed milk
60g butter
30ml golden syrup
50g pecan nuts or any nuts of your choice, coarsely chopped
Method:
Base:
Sift the flour and add the sugar. Rub in the butter until a dough is formed. Press into a greased 20 x 20cm baking pan. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15-18 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan.
Topping:
Combine the condensed milk, butter and syrup in a heavy-based saucepan. Whisk continuously over heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes golden brown.
Remove from the heat and spread the hot mixture over the baked base. Sprinkle with nuts and press them in lightly. Refrigerate or leave to set before cutting into slices or squares.

The National Cookie Swap Event – Durban 2013

The day finally arrived with Durban hosting her first (of many) National Cookie Swap events.  As a first for Durban, I must say that I was immensely impressed with the turnout.  A very enthusiastic group of about 24 (out of 30) eager Durbanites turned out at the fabulous Piatto Restaurant (http://www.food24.com/Restaurants-and-Bars/Restaurants/Piatto-Florida-20120207) in Florida Road to swap their beautiful, home-made cookies with eachother for a charity in Cape Town called Khayelitsha Cookies  (click here to read more about the National Cookie Swap concept).

As the saying goes, “A picture speaks a thousand words”, I will therefore leave the pictures to do the talking.

Our fabulous venue on the Florida Road strip in Durban

Our fabulous venue on the Florida Road strip in Durban

Taking pics while we wait for the other guests to arrive

Taking pics while we wait for the other guests to arrive

Faeema (http://thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com/ & @fayinthemaze) with Verushka (http://spicegoddess.wordpress.com/ & @verushka143)

Faeema (http://thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com/ & @fayinthemaze) with Verushka (http://spicegoddess.wordpress.com/ & @verushka143)

chit chat

chit chat

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

Michelle and Melanie

Michelle and Melanie

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

Me and Nicola (Nicola is a lifestyle blogger with her own blog called http://runoncoffee.blogspot.com/)

Me and Nicola (Nicola is a lifestyle blogger with her own blog called http://runoncoffee.blogspot.com/)

Faeema explaining the charity that Cookieswap 2013 will be supporting which is Khayelitsha Cookies (http://khayelitshacookies.co.za/k2/home.html)

Faeema explaining the charity that Cookieswap 2013 will be supporting which is Khayelitsha Cookies (http://khayelitshacookies.co.za/k2/home.html)

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013
Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

I loved these - Indian Spice Biscuits

I loved these – Indian Spice Biscuits

Crunchies

Crunchies

Some of the gorgeous cookies

Some of the gorgeous cookies

Nicola L Meyer made these gorgeous Custard Biscuits

Nicola L Meyer made these gorgeous Custard Biscuits

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

Rice Crispy treats

Rice Crispy treats

My "letterpress" cookies

My “letterpress” cookies

getting to know eachother (@NicolaLMeyer, @TheDbnite, @adhirk)

getting to know eachother (@NicolaLMeyer, @TheDbnite, @adhirk)

The Durban Cookieswap3 attendees

The Durban Cookieswap3 attendees

Beautiful Faeema (@fayinthemaze) doing the raffle draw

Beautiful Faeema (@fayinthemaze) doing the raffle draw

Liz from @lizlaughalot as well as @foodevotion

Liz from @lizlaughalot as well as @foodevotion

Just love the wine rack

Just love the wine rack

Nicola and Theresa with the goodies they received on auction - Follow Nicola on twitter @NicolaLMeyer and follow Theresa @theDBNite.  Liz from @lizlaughalot and @foodevotion in the background

Nicola and Theresa with the goodies they received on auction – Follow Nicola on twitter @NicolaLMeyer and follow Theresa @theDBNite. Liz from @lizlaughalot and @foodevotion in the background

Goodie Bag - Thanks to all the sponsors

Goodie Bag – Thanks to all the sponsors

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