Top 10 recipes of 2013

macaroons
macaroons 

We have huge range of recipes in our collection thanks to a number of very talented contributors, especially Kristy Komadina from The Life She Made, but here are the ten most popular ones of the year. Enjoy and get baking these school holidays with the kids - it’s a great way to spend some quality and delicious time together.

1. Best-ever cheescake recipe

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2. Apricot coconut muesli balls

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A sweet snack for kids need not be unhealthy. These delightful little morsels take around 10 minutes to make and can be enjoyed straight away. You can also freeze them making for a wonderful lunchbox treat, a wholegrain sweet snack packed full of fibre and vitamin C.

3. Chicken and cannellini bean nuggets

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There's something about chicken nuggets that kids just love. Homemade chicken nuggets are also easy to make and you can hide a whole range of goodness inside. The beans in this recipe give the nuggets a really soft texture and are a great way to boost your child's fibre and protein intake.

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4. Salted caramel macarons

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To some, making macarons are the ultimate culinary challenge, but trust me, they're not so much difficult to make as opposed to time consuming. There are a few steps involved and some waiting time, but if you take it slowly and carefully you will be rewarded with a large batch of these sweet and salty beauties. At around $3 a pop at cake shops, these are worth mastering at home.

5. Crispy skin salmon with braised white beans

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This is the perfect way to eat salmon, silky on the inside yet crispy on the out.

6. Weet-Bix chocolate balls

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A great recipe to cook with your kids.

7. Muesli cookies

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Packed full of fibre, this healthy snack will be a favourite amongst your kids.

8. Lemon meringue slice

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When life gives you lemons, turn them into this tangy slice! This recipe is part science, part alchemy. The zesty, lemony custard starts on top but through the magic of baking ends up at the bottom. A quick flip and it’s topped with pillows of Italian Meringue. 

9. Moist chocolate and zucchini loaf

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Hiding vegetables in a chocolate cake may seem deceitful, but actually it’s very clever. The zucchini is pretty flavourless so you don’t taste it. What it does is provide that extra moistness that could have come from adding more fat, instead it comes from a vegetable. Smile whilst your kids tuck in and enjoy!

10. Chocolate macaroon delice

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This chocolate delice is a decadent layered chocolate dessert from a revered French pastry shop, La Maison du Chocolat. Use some really good-quality chocolate that is now readily available and you will have a dessert worthy of celebrating. Happy baking!

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