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Chocolate Cream Anzac Biscuits Recipe

Whether they’re soaked in tea, warm straight from the oven, or tough as a tranche of slate, Anzac biscuits are extra special here in New Zealand.

Anzac biscuits are also often the first recipe that a lot of Kiwi kids learn to bake. The simple melt, mix, shape, and bake nature of these cookies makes them perfect for young hands. So to help commemorate Anzac Day this Wednesday, why not make some of these delicious Chocolate Cream Anzac biscuits – what’s not to love about this recipe?

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Ingredients

Biscuits

100g butter

¼ cup Chelsea Golden Syrup

1 ¾ cups quick cooking oats

¼ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup Chelsea Demerara Sugar

¼ cup plain flour, sifted

 

Chocolate Cream


150g dark chocolate, finely chopped

2 tablespoons thickened cream

Method

1. Preheat oven to 190ºC conventional or 170ºC fan forced.

2. Combine butter and Chelsea Golden Syrup in a medium pan, stir over heat until butter has melted. Stir in remaining ingredients.

3. Spoon heaped teaspoonfuls of mixture onto baking paper-lined trays. Press lightly with the back of a spoon to slightly flatten. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays.

4. Combine chocolate and cream in a small heatproof bowl, stir with metal spoon over a pan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to allow mixture to thicken slightly.

5. Sandwich biscuits together with chocolate cream.

Makes 28 sandwich biscuits.

 

Happy Baking!

Credit: Chelsea Sugar

Clifftop drama in Campbells Bay

| 257 Beach Road, Campbells Bay | Agent: Nic Ebert |

By Amy Houlihan.

Discerning purchasers with a love of the sea will relish this spectacular, 2142m2 clifftop property. Set back from the road in a prestigious Campbells Bay neighbourhood, the expansive, two-level residence has been built to showcase unobstructed, cinematic vistas of the Hauraki Gulf.

A cathedral ceiling in the entry foyer sets the scene for the grand scale to follow throughout the 395m2 home, which faces due north and was crafted to maximise every aspect of the incredible site. Curved walls, dramatic lines and angles and prolific use of glass in the design enhance the luxurious ambiance.

The open plan kitchen, dining and lounge of the tiled ground floor connect seamlessly and flow outside via the walls of windows and doors that run the length of the space. Sounds of the sea provide a melodic soundtrack, while ocean breezes circulate. A gate at the edge of the lawn accesses a staircase that leads directly down to the water’s edge.

The in-ground swimming pool complex is completely shrouded in privacy, enveloped by the two wings of the lower level. There are two bedrooms and a large bathroom downstairs, before a sweeping staircase arrives at the top floor viewing lounge and balcony. This is flanked by two bedrooms, both with walk-in wardrobes and ensuites, and an office or nursery. There’s plenty of off-street parking as well as a double, internally accessed garage.

Among the coveted collection of cliff topestates that embrace the Auckland’s illustrious East Coast Bays, this is an often sought, yet rarely available opportunity to live above the sea.

Ideas for the kids this school holidays

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1. The LEGO Treasure Hunt – Held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Drive, Auckland from Wednesday 18th April – Sunday 29th April 10am – 5pm. Some bricks from the blockbuster LEGO exhibition Brickman: Wonders of the World have escaped and hidden around the Museum, and they need your help to find them. More here: https://goo.gl/JUeia1

2. Woodhill Forest Tree Adventures – Nestled among the trees of Woodhill Forest, is an adventure park waiting to be conquered. 5 adventure options, 10 courses, over 110 high wire activities and 18 flying foxes. Up to three hours of fun, laughter, adventure and excitement. Booking is essential over the school holidays. More here: https://treeadventures.co.nz/

3. Kids Only Market – Being held at the Sandringham Community Center on Saturday 21st April 2018 from 10am – 12pm. Entrepreneurial kids selling toys, dolls, pre-loved games, as well as baking and snacks to get some well earned money over the school holidays. Get along and support the up and coming children of tomorrow. More here: https://goo.gl/n9uYgi

4. Pippi Longstocking at The Pump House Theater Takapuna – An absolute much-loved show of boys and girls around the world. The irrepressible Pippi Longstockings and her flaming red ponytails have landed here on our North Shore. Running until the 28th of April, be sure to get your tickets, this is not to be missed. More here: https://goo.gl/dTtY6P

5. Whoa! Studios – The most exciting new family destination in Auckland. An urban playground featuring movie set quality attractions, a huge crochet net, an adventure park, inflatable world and their very own studio presenting a live show experience. With lots of activities on over the school holidays, the Whoa Studios is one to check out. More here: https://goo.gl/aB52qv

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6. Make your own lollipop – Head to The Old Lolly Shop in the Parkway Arcade at 56 – 60 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna between 10am – 12pm. Here you can watch a professional make the lollipops, have a go at creating your own lollipops, then take away your yummy treats to eat. Bookings are essential. More here: https://goo.gl/88p2Lg

7. Movies – An absolute go to during the school holidays is heading to the movies. With HOYTS having so many new and amazing children’s movies on this school holidays such as Peter Rabbit, Sherlock Gnomes, A Wrinkle In Time, and Early Man, there is hours of fun to be had. More here: https://www.hoyts.co.nz/movies

8. Soulsprites –  Kidsprite Holiday Programme is great fun for all kids with lots of life-skills to be learnt. They offer cooking classes, fun fitness, DIY workshops and much more. Held on the 23rd, 24th and 26th of April in Devonport. Be sure to book, as classes book up quickly. More here: https://goo.gl/Xfcwqa

9. Uncover the secret world of bugs at Auckland Zoo. Home to Te papa and Weta Workshop’s interactive Bug Lab exhibition, where you are the little guy and these magical bugs are the giants. You will come into contact with the flight hero ranger dragonfly, the bombardier beetle and many more. Running until the 29th of April. More here: https://goo.gl/kp2QDN

10. Motat – Every school holidays, Motat puts on fun and interactive experience for the kids to enjoy. This school holidays, is Ready, Steady, Go! Learn about aerodynamics, traction, power, and weight when you create, customise, and test your own car shell on our purpose-built radio-control-car race track in the ‘Turbodrome.’ more here: https://goo.gl/QFcZAS

11. Or you can always stay home and get creative – Bake cupcakes, make a fort under the couches, create an obstacle course, have a treasure hunt, plant a vegetable or herb garden or play dress ups and create a play. The possibilities are endless.

Happy Holidays!

The five essential marketing tools for your property

The decision to sell is made, but how do you ensure potential buyers know your house could be their dream home? Here are five top marketing tools to help you get the best possible result for your sale.

Online presence

More than 80 per cent of  Kiwis look online to find properties for sale[*], so it’s essential your property has a presence on the worldwide web. Consider how to get the most exposure, and include plenty of details so potential buyers can put serious thought in. Your real estate agent can run through the sites that will give the best bang for your buck and advise on how best to describe your property.

Great images

Make sure your home looks pretty as a picture to attract the maximum number of buyers to come and view it in person. The first encounter many will have with your property is by viewing photographs online, in real estate magazines or agency windows, or in the property section of the local paper, so it is crucial they make a good first impression. It is worth paying for a professional photographer who can ensure images are taken from the right angle, get the lighting right and show your home at its very best, as those pictures (and video, if you want to go a step further) may just prompt a future buyer to fall in love.

Street signage

A ‘For Sale’ sign outside your home may feel a little old-fashioned in our virtual world, but it’s important to catch the attention of those who may not actively be looking for a new property, or those who always have an eye on your street or neighbourhood for the dream home. People hunting for property use up to four extra resources on top of online research, including sale signage, magazines and brochures, and agency window displays, so the more places you shout ‘For Sale’, the better.

Open homes

The actual look and feel of a property is something that can’t be construed through photos alone, so holding open homes and private viewings is key to marketing your property. Giving prospective buyers the chance to walk through your home, imagine themselves in it, and get a feel for the surrounding neighbourhood will ensure you have some serious buyers in the mix when it comes time to sell.

A great agent

Word of mouth and personal recommendations count for a lot when it comes to making a major purchase such as a new home. A committed and enthusiastic real estate agent will be able to tell people about your property, put the word out to other agents who might have interested buyers, and follow up with potential buyers about their intentions. An approach like this will make sure you have reached as many people as possible, and make you feel secure that, in turn, you get the best price possible.