I’ve been busy. But not the bad kind of busy where I forget about you all! If you’re following me on instagram (follow me @bakerbowie) you might have noticed a sharp increase in my baking productivity with far more photos of things i’ve made myself than things i’ve bought from fancy places. The truth is, I really love baking. I find it soothing and it feels as though everything is right in my little world when I have something delicious in the oven. Since I realised that baking has this effect on me i’ve been deliberately making more time to experiment in the kitchen and try to get a bit more creative. So I decided to try making a cake that wasn’t a cake – or at least a cake that didn’t look like it was a cake!
So my lovelies, i’m back from Europe and to be honest, i’m feeling a bit blue. I love this country, but the weeks of endless sunshine and clear skies contrast pretty sharply with the icy temperatures and torrential rain that greeted me last week. I know that any Europeans reading this will think i’m pretty soft but I don’t think that Sydney people are built for winter. I thought that I would use the next few Friday Favourites to cure my post-holiday blues and to share with you some of the little things that I discovered while I was away and wish I had bought piles and piles of to bring back with me!
The first treasure I want to share with you is this damn cool Berlin version of Kinder Surprise
This Kinder was available everywhere in Berlin and, if/when it finally makes its way down to use in Australia, I will be the happiest little bunny that ever there was. Have a look at the insides and you will see why.
Of course the Germans would be super efficient and section their chocolate in a separate compartment to their toy. All you had to do was crack the plastic in half, peel the top off and you have your toy and your chocolate all neat and pretty.
And can we talk about this chocolate?
This is basically the best of all worlds. Still working with the white chocolate/milk chocolate equation, these Kinders remind me of the little nutella dippers I used to eat with my school lunches as a child. Except these are much better! It’s built as a layer of soft milk chocolate spread covered by a layer of white chocolate spread then topped with two wafery balls that look like tiny ferrero rochers. Except that they taste more like a Kinder Bueno in spherical form. What on earth could be bad about that combination? I honestly wish I had filled my suitcase with these little guys and brought as many as I could carry back home with me. Instead, I will have to dream about these until I can make it back to the other side of the world. Or… maybe they will make their way down under and make me the happiest girl around? Maybe??
So, lovely readers, what treats do you look forward to when you go travelling?
One of the best things about being married is gaining more family. My family has always been very small and for most of my life, that was the way I liked it. But hubs has always had quite a big family that is super warm and welcoming. A bonus is that his family on his dad’s side come from Italy so i’ve gained more family and some culture! Win!
Aren’t edible gifts always the best? If you answered ‘no’ you’re a liar. Or perhaps I need to be more specific? So, i’ll ask you again
Aren’t edible CUPCAKE gifts the best?
Of course the answer is yes! Cupcakes make a fabulous gift if you’ve only got a couple of hours to rustle up a gift for an impromptu (or forgotten!) birthday or celebration. They’re also super budget friendly which is a big plus for me these days and did I mention that they’re delicious? All you have to do is pipe a pretty swirl and garnish with sprinkles of your choice and your friends and family will love you forever. Because, sprinkles.