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Lovable Bakers from Films/TV who will bake their way into your heart!

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I love movies and I love baking… this means I definitely  love movies with bakers! :)

This list is for the nights that you want to curl upon the couch with some tea and a good film. There is my list of loveable bakers from film/tv who will bake their way into your heart.  I assure you that you’ll be inspired to cook something after watching these movies.

Did your favourite fictional baker make the list?

Sabrina Fairchild from “Sabrina” (1954)

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Sabrina Fairchild is sweet, funny and hopelessly in love with the rich bosses’ son. She is the daughter of the chauffeur  and she is sent off to culinary school in Paris to become a cook for the wealthy family her father works for. Sabrina eventually returns from Paris and is transformed into a cultured and sophisticated woman, who is determined to win the heart of the man she loves.

Sabrina stars Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. It’s easily one of my favourite films of all time! Sabrina is a cute , sweet romantic comedy for lovers of old hollywood film.

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But let’s be honest here, there real hero of the movie is this dress… *SWOON*

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Amanda Shelton From “Simply Irresistible” (1999)

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I am a 90s girl through and through! I l adore Sarah Michelle Gellar,  I remember the first time I watched Buffy and thought she was the MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN I HAVE EVER SEEN!

Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a terrible cook who so is struggling to keep her restaurant afloat. She finds a magical crab who gives her  cooking super powers that allows the people who eat her food to feel her emotions. OKAY! Okkkk ….. Now after typing that short description of the film, it made me realize it’s not actually a ‘good’ film.  BUT it’s great for 90s nostalgia factor #SMG4ever

BTW THIS LOOK IS EVERYTHING-

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Juila Child/ Juile Powell from “Juila & Juila” (2009)

So… Juila Child and Juile Powell aren’t fictional characters but they are both amazing cooks. Meryl Streep is a flawless queen. And her portrayal of Juila Child is so damn adorable, I just can’t even!  I love this movie mainly because Juila Childs’ love and passion for food is simply infectious.

Juile & Juila is feel good film about cooking and self discovery.  This movie intertwines the story lines of Juila Child ( Meryl Streep) and Juile Powell (Amy Adams).But the highlight of this movie is the beautiful relationship between Paul and Juila Child! #relationshipgoals.

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Ana Pascal from “Stranger than Fiction” (2006)

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Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Ana Pascal a badass tax evading baker. She is the love interest of the main character Harold Crick  (Will Farrell) a boring tax auditor.  I actually was not a fan of Will Farrell until I watched this film. This movie is not really about food or cooking but it’s a quirky weird film, but you should probably just watch it just for this scene, BECAUSE IT IS THE CUTEST THING TO HAPPEN TO A BAKER! *DIES*

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Jenna Hunterson From  “Waitress” (2007)

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Kerry Russel plays Jenna Hunterson, who is a waitress trapped in an unhappy marriage.  Jenna makes amazing pies with quirky names inspired by her life, such as  ‘Bad Baby Pie” and ” I hate my husband pie”. She finds out she’s pregnant and falls into an saucy affair with her doctor (Nathan Fillion).

Waitress is such an underrated film, if you haven’t seen it, I urge you to!! It’s a sweet, charming film and you’re probably going to want to bake a pie afterwards!

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Ned a.k.a “The Pie Maker” from “Pushing Daisies”

Pushing Daisies is a short lived TV series, about this hottie named Ned who is  the owner of a Pie eating establishment called the “Pie Hole”.. He bakes pies during the day AND HE SOLVES CRIMES AT NIGHT BY WAKING THE DEAD WITH HIS MAGIC TOUCH! 

The Pie maker is my all time favourite fictional baker of ALL TIME!

BECAUSE HE LOOKS LIKE THIS…

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AND HE MAKES PIES…

PUSHING DAISIES - "Circus Circus"- Ned, Chuck and Emerson search for a missing teen (guest star Hayley McFarland as Nikki Heaps) who's run off to the circus . . . a circus where people keep turning up dead. Meanwhile, overcome with guilt, Lily pays Olive a visit at the nunnery, on "Pushing Daisies," WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/ADAM TAYLOR) LEE PACE

HE CARRIES AROUND A “BIG ROLLING PIN”…..

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HE HAS EYES THAT PIERCE INTO YOUR SOUL…. 

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HE OFFERS YOU PIES IF YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY….

HE ALWAYS WANTS YOU TO COME HOME! 

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AND HE SMILES LIKE THIS AND DOES NOT KNOW TO TO PROPERLY CLEAN A WORK SURFACE 

HE CAN MAKE YOU MELT WITH SLIGHT SMIRK… 

HE LOOKS HOT IN A VEST!

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I HAVE NO CHILL WHEN IT COMES TO LEE PACE *FANS SELF* 

There you have it. lovable bakers who will bake their way into your heart! Did your favourite baker make the list?!

 

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Best Stand Mixers – Australia

It can be a minefield looking for the best stand mixer, They’re an bit of an investment so it’s good to do the research before you take the dive. In the end,  best mixer is the one that suits your needs. There’s a mixer out there  for every cooking style. I’ve done the research so you don’t have to! I’ve round up the best stand mixers on the Australian market.

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I did some extensive research on mixers on the Australian market. I used all the information that was available to consumers on the brand’s website combined with consumer review sites and also product review resources.  First,  looked all the major brands on the Australian market which includes Sunbeam, Krambrook, Kenwood, Electrolux, Breville and KitchenAid.  I also looked at all the models that they had to offer which was a total of 26 models all together.

 Then I started to narrow it down the mixers which were readily available at leading retailers and excluded the ones which were hard to find. I also ended up excluding the models with bad reviews or insufficient information {This step basically knocked out any mixer under RRP $399! And I’ve mentioned this in a previous post you’ll get better bang for your buck if you  spend $200 on a quality hand mixer than $300 on a sub-par stand mixer. Trust me guys, I learnt this the hard way!} 

I ended up with 15 mixers to review and compare. Being the nerd that I am, I also created this glorious spreadsheet filled with specifications of each mixer so that I can compare each mixer to find the best one.  I love a good spreadsheet don’t you? Here’s a screenshot  just so you can get an idea. *flies nerd flag high*best mixer review australia

 

BEST Mixer for New Bakers

Kenwood, kMix KMX99, RRP $399

(Average price in stores $345.72)

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The kMix is the cheapest mixer with decent reviews. It’s a great mixer for those starting out and don’t want to spend a lot on a mixer. It has a cute design and comes in a range of colours. It also has matching appliances which great for those who like to colour co-ordinate their appliances. YAY for matching things!

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Best Mixer for a serious all rounder baker

Kenwood, Premier Chef KMC510 ,RRP $649
(average price in stores $520.25)

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This is powerful workhorse of a stand mixer and it will take whatever you throw at it. It will make moderate/large volumes, however it will struggle to make small batches. I have this stand mixer and I love it. My only complaint is that the mixer does wiggle a bit when you’re aggressively kneading bread dough but other than that it’s a great stand mixer. Kenwood have released the Chef Sense which is a more powerful ( and more expensive) updated kitchen machine. The Chef Sense is also a good option if you have a bit more cash to spare. It’s a relatively new model, there is actually not a lot of reviews on the Chef Sense machine.

Best Mixer for a Sweet bakers

Breville, scraper mixer Twin EM820,  RRP $599.95
(average price in store $478.75)

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This is a great mixer for light baking, cakes/cupcakes, cookies and meringues. This kitchen mixer is the only one which has a scraper beater that scrapes the bowl so you don’t have to. However,   I’ve seen pretty bad reviews on using this mixer to knead dough. So, if you’re not looking to make bread dough,  this mixer is perfect for you. It also comes with two different sized bowls for mixing larger or smaller volumes, you can use the bigger bowl to mix cake batter and the smaller one for icing. It works out perfectly!

Best Mixer for KitchenAid lovers-

A KitchenAid

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If you’re looking for a KitchenAid alternative just stop now. Because If you have your heart set on a KitchenAid, splurge a little extra and but it because you can’t go wrong with one. I know many people who have comprised with another model and ended up regretting not buying the KitchenAid.

Don’t get me wrong KitchenAids are very sexy and durable stand mixers. But KitchenAids are only great if you live in USA, where you can pick up one of  these bad boys for $279 ( $385 AUD!!! Proof here ).  Whereas, Australians are paying at least $599.00 for the same model!( And not to mention, US market has a larger range of colours.) It’s a good mixer, if want one buy it, you won’t regret it.

Best Mixer for Large Volumes

Kenwood Titanimum Major RRP $1,709 (Average price in store $1,263.00)

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KitchenAid KSM7581 Bowl Lift Stand Mixer RRP $1,199 (Average price in stores $1,199)

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If you find yourself baking large quantities, you’ll need one of these.  These mixers come with a big bowl capacities, big motors and big price tags.  KitchenAid has 6.9L bowl capacity which is slightly larger than the Kenwood Titanium Major 6.7L. The Kenwood Titanium Major has the most powerful motor on the Australian market with an impressive 1500 watts.

The main difference between these mixers, is the the Kenwood Titanium Major has a head lifting action to change out the beaters, whereas the KitchenAid has a bowl lift action as the motor is too heavy to tilt back, so what you choose is down to your personal preference. Though I personally like the tilt head action, this means most of the batter will fall off the beater as you lift and you won’t need to scrape as much off your beaters.

And there you have it! The round up of the best kitchen mixers on the Australian market! I hope this posts helps you by the mixer that’s right for you! Let me know which mixer you’re going to get!

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Cute Gifts for Bakers

Finding a cute gift for the baker in your life is not as hard as you may think it is. But if you’re having a hard time,  here are some cute ideas that will win over any baker!

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Cake stands are a classy and elegant gift, perfect for any baker to show off his/her creations. They make a lovely present because every baker knows you can never have too may cake stands! They come in all sorts of shapes, colours and designs, so you’ll be able to pick one that suits their style.  Here are my favourite picks below-

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Personalized rolling pin

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How cool are these?! This shop on etsy sells personalised rolling pins, where you can get your own customized text engraved onto the rolling pin. It’s such a sentimental gift, your can get things like “Made by [insert name here}”, “Made with love by [Name here]” laser engraved on the rolling pin.

These engraved rolling pins are perfect for sugar cookies, pastry and fondant. They also have other cute designs with cats, dinosaurs and geometric patterns. My favourite one is the “Love Languages rolling pin” which has “I love you” engraved in 9 different languages! SO DAMN CUTE!  Check out the store here:  Valek Rolling Pin, Approx $32- $65. 

Cake/ Cupcake carrier

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It’s scientifically proven* if you give a baker cake/cupcake carrier, they will carry a cake/cupcake to you!  I am obsessed with these chic cake boxes from Piebox designs! They are shamelessly ‘hipster’, but I don’t care. If anyone bought this for me I would be bringing them cake for life! Avaliable here {*may not be scientific} $50 – $75 

A more practical option is this carrier from Progressive. The clever thing about this carrier is that its collapses to half its original size  for storage. Available here, approx $50.00

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Cute Tiny food necklaces

I love these cute tiny food necklaces, they make the sweet gift for a quirky baker. They’re so cute and good enough to eat. urgh. I just cant’ get over how cute they are! They come all sorts of designs from roissant earrings, choc-chip cookie necklaces, pastry bracelets. There’s something there for everyone! SQUEEEE!  Here are my favourites below-

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  1. PetitPlat, Croissants Earrings / Studs – Food Jewelry – Paris Collection, $26.36, | 2. PetitPlat, Pink Donut Earrings – Sprinkles on Strawberry Frosting, $ 29.66 | 3. miniaturepatisserie, Fake Sweets Bracelet – Sweets Jewelry – 6.25 inches – Small Wrist Bracelet, $58.48| 4. tinyhands, Scented Chocolate Chip Cookie Necklace – Food Jewelry, $33.67

Statement Dessert Shoes

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From left to right, ShoeBakery, Pink Sprinkle Heels,  $250.00 | ShoeBakery, Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Heels, $300.00 |  ShoeBakery, Pink Sprinkle Flat, $80 

This one is a bit of a bold choice  and it’s not exactly baking related, definitely sugar related. BUT LOOK AT THEM!  These shoes are made for the girl who has a bold and quirky fashion sense. These are handmade shoes in the desert of your choice and they also offer a private custom order service. More from the Shoe Bakery here.

I hope you got some good ideas on my post on Cute Gifts for Bakers!
Let me know what cute gift you will give your favourite baker in the comments below.

 

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Chunky White Chocolate Coconut cookies

I know chunky white chocolate cookies is a bit of a mouthful, but hey! It is what it is. If you love white chocolate and coconut and you’re not in the mood for a macaroon this is the recipe for you. These cookies are chunky, soft and chewy! There’s also a creaminess to them. YUM! I’m not a huge fan of coconut but I really did enjoy these cookies.

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I whipped up these cookies for my relatives, who happen to the obsessed with coconut and white chocolate. I thought about making coconut macaroons, but I despise having an odd number of left over egg yolks! I can use up egg whites with no issues [See my post on How to make the the perfect meringue here]. But, I have such a hard time using up egg yolks! [Please let me know int he comments how you use up your left over yolks!]

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These cookies came out a treat, they were soft and chewy with chunks of white chocolate goodness.I used a 5-inch cookie scoop to portion them and I rolled them in coconut for a bonus coconut hit.

I also used coconut extract for another boost of coconut. Coconut extract may be be hard to find, but you can totally skip this step if you don’t’ have it. But you can usually find it in woolies in the baking aisle.

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This recipe was so easy and quick to make. I hope you whip these up the next time you have a white chocolate coconut craving!

This recipe was adapted from the Milk bar life book (You can read my review on the milk bar book here).

 

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  1. Pre- heat the oven to 190 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine Flour, oats, salt, baking soda in a bowl and set aside
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and it's nearly white in colour. Add in eggs and coconut extract and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the rest of the dry ingredients until just combined. Add coconut and white chocolate and combine.
  4. Using a ice cream scoop, scoop them out into balls. Roll them into the desiccated coconut and icing sugar mixture before baking.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Or until they are golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
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Milk Bar life Book Review

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Milk Bar life Book

 

I am a huge fan of the Momofuku Milk cookbook and the second I heard that Christina Tosi was going to write another book I dropped everything and pre-ordered it straight away. {this is not an exaggeration}

I received a few months later and fter reading a few recipes it hit me that this book is really left of field from Tosi’s first  book.This book appeals to literally the polar opposite audience. Though the book wasn’t what I expected, this book is still alot of fun and I still think it’s worth a read. But, if you’re a food snob.. give this one a miss.

It’s no secret that Christina Tosi is my pastry idol, but  the  thing I adore about  Christina Tosi is her unpretentious approach to food, pastry and life in general.  Milk bar life is a book that celebrates everyday food that is apart of everyday life. It’s so refreshing when chefs reveal their guilty pleasures. i.e supermarket/low brow food… [Let’s face it,  we all have them! My guilty pleasure is fried chicken!]

Let’s all be honest, no one has time to cook a roast every night or put together a complicated Michelin star recipe  on the regular. This book celebrates the food we actually every day (even if you won’t admit it). Because after a long work day, a pantry meal will do, we’ve all been there.

This book is so much fun, I’ll admit some recipes in this book are pretty ‘out there’ and also some recipes resemble  stoners dream menu. It’s not the most high brow book, but it’s a great book to draw inspiration from. It’s also really American, so if you’re an American food enthusiast you will love this book!

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Usability : Simple, straight forward, Mixture of sweet and savoury recipes, from meals  to snacks and treats.
Techniques needed:  Beginner-  Easy
Ingredient Availability: Pretty basic, there aren’t many  specialty ingredients however, there will be a lot of ingredients in the book that you’d be hard pressed to find in an Australian super Market {e.g, Velveeta Cheese, cresent dough}
Buy this book for: Momofuku Milk bar fan girls, Fancy stoners who are also foodies,  young and unconventional cooks, junk food lovers.
This book is not for: Food Snobs, traditional cooks, people who don’t like to have fun with food, people who are health conscious.
RRP: $60 AUD

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