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    Donna Hay Magazine ipad App

    donna hay 10th anniversary edition for ipad

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    Extra! Extra! Out now the Donna Hay ipad app!

    Last week saw the launch of the Donna Hay magazine App and it is absolutely fabulous!!

    Not only it is the 10th Anniversary edition with it's 100+ sweet and savoury recipes, there is also "how to" videos, animations, cook mode (oh, I love the giant print) but wait, I'll show you... 

    Lets say you want to make the 'Little Black Forest Cakes', on the bottom left of the page just touch "recipe" with your finger.

    Ready to bake? Then touch cook mode, this gives you giant easy to read print.

     Need extra help with those chocolate shards? Watch the Donna Hay video demonstration.

    Or get a few extra tips-tricks.

    Use the easy and intuitive navigation system to get around the magazine.

    Use the table of contents or page viewer to find your recipes. Touch the bookmark icon to bookmark your page.

    There is a table of contents too, so you'll never be flicking, and flicking and flicking through pages trying to find "that recipe" again.

    Oh, there is a handy measurement conversion chart too.

    The first edition is free! Go on, what are you waiting for? Download the Donna Hay app from Donna Hay or search Donna Hay in the iTunes store. 

    Happy Baking :)

    You might also be interested in the  Super Food Ideas ipad app


    Super Food Ideas iPad App Review

    Super Food Ideas iPad App

     More and more of your favourite magazines are available as digital versions; including some of my favourites 'Martha Stewart Living' and 'MasterChef Australia', but today we are looking at an Australian family favourite 'Super Food Ideas' for iPad.  


    Super Food Ideas is a family orientated magazine that specialises in weeknight family meals, easy baking and the like.

    With the cover price for a paper copy being $2.95 (AU), the digital version at 99 cents (AU) is a bargain if you already own an ipad. For me personally, the space saving element of not having paper magazines to store has been a boon. 

    Now for a look at what else swapping to digital has to offer...

    Lets say you have decided you want to make the 'Rich Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake', here is something your paper copy can't do; press 'cook mode' and you have enlarged print so you easily view your recipe as you cook.

    You can pull up the nutritional information at any time by pressing 'fact file'. 

    I love being able to bookmark recipes too, rather than my usual method of "slips of paper between the pages".

    Some of recipes include a video tutorial, like the 'Coconut Caramel Swirl Cheesecake'

     Navigation is a intuitive; swipe, scroll and tap with your fingers. Use the index page, page viewer or tap on a recipe within a page to make your way throughout the magazine.

    Scroll up or down on the index page, tap to view. 


    Page viewer allows you scroll sideways, tap to view.

    Want to try before you buy? Super Food Ideas is offering a free special edition 40 recipe copy. To get it... download the Super Food Ideas app from the iTunes store... you will need to open an account if you don't already have on. Once installed, open your app and you will see the free magazine plus current and back issues of the magazine.

    Press the free button on the Super 10 special edition, your copy will start downloading. Once downloaded it's ready to view.

    Not from Australia??? The handy conversion charts will get you baking like an Aussie in no time ;)

    Happy Baking :) 


    Martha Stewart makes Cookies App Review

                  variations of Martha Stewart's chocolate crackle cookies


    UPDATE: February 9th.... please note the glitch in the text display with the Martha Stewart make Cookies App has been fixed. Plus more cookie recipes were added with the last update. We can presume at this stage cookies will be added to the app at regular/holiday intervals :) Don't forget to sync your ipad! 

    As a self declared Martha Stewart fan (or insert "fanatic" perhaps?), I just had to get the 'Martha Stewart Makes Cookies' app for ipad! 


    welcome screen "Martha Stewart Makes Cookies" ipad app

    Pros; well it's "'fun and gorgeous", but I guess you want to hear about the features... 

    It's easy to choose any of the cookies with the apps intuitive navigation methods; either scroll sideways through the images and "touch" to make your selection, or use the selection wheel to dial a flavour/type of cookie and of course you can always go old school and type the cookies name or ingredient into the search box.


    scroll sideways then touch to select 

    dial a choice with the selection wheel

    Helpful pre-set timers are built into the recipes to aid with preparation and baking times.

    setting the timer for 11 minutes for beating meringue

    Ready to share; Loved the recipe you just baked? You can share any recipe through email, Twitter and on Facebook with a touch of a button.

    share a recipe

    emailing a recipe, the full recipe arrives in your inbox complete with small colour image of the cookie.

    Other main features include a dozen short videos showing a cookie being made or technique, shopping list and the ability to bookmark favourites. The new recipes featured and twists on classic recipes are delightful.

    Cons; first up the price at $7.49 (US) or $9.99 (AU) is high for an app. I'd definitely like more packaging ideas (the same two come up over and over again) and more recipes!! If you already own Martha Stewart's Cookies book or are a Martha fan you will find a lot of familiar territory covered; traditional shortbread, sugar cookies, mexican wedding cookies, and yes... biscotti. No metric!!

    There is a small programming glitch (that I'm sure that will fixed in an update) that blurs the third line of each cookies intro page. 

    double blur on third line of all the cookie intro pages

    Personally, I'm loving this app for the share and timer abilities, ease of use, the twists on Martha's classic cookies plus the gorgeous photography. This app would suit Martha fans and those ipad carrying people that are new to cookie baking. Whilst there is room for improvement, for a first app it's fantastic and I'm looking forward to future Martha Stewart apps. 


    'Martha Stewart Makes Cookies' app from the iTunes store

    In the 'Martha Stewart Makes Cookies' app you will find a variation of the classic Martha Stewart 'Chocolate Crackle' cookies, this one containing ground almonds... with only a half cup of wheat flour this recipe would be ideal to convert to gluten free.

    Chocolate-Almond Crackles using Martha Stewart Makes Cookies for iPad

    8 ounces (225 grams) bittersweet (dark eating chocolate), finely chopped

    1 cup blanched almonds, toasted

    ½ cup all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    ½ teaspoon coarse salt

    ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

    1 cup packed light-brown sugar

    2 large eggs

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1 cup granulated sugar

    1 cup confectioners’ sugar 

    1 Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, stirring. Let cool slightly.

    2 Pulse almonds in a food processor until very finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.

    3 In a separate bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in chocolate. Reduce speed to low, and add almond-flour mixture. Cover and chill 1 hour.

    4 Preheat oven to 175 celsius (350°). Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar to coat, then in confectioners’ sugar. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until surfaces crack, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

    Coloured Sugar: I made coloured batches of icing sugar by whirling icing sugar and either powdered food colour or gel paste colour in the food processor. You do get tiny dots of intense colour with both powder or gel. I wanted them to match the flavour variations I had planned....

    I made one batch of these Chocolate-almond Crackle cookies and rolled them in white icing sugar.
    Then I made a batch of the traditional Chocolate Crackle cookies from Martha Stewart's website. I divided that dough in half adding a 1/2 cup of chopped dried blueberries to one half (rolled in blue) and 2 teaspoons of raspberry liqueur to the other half to be rolled in the pink.

    *note if you are using the recipe for Chocolate Crackle cookies from Martha's website there is one step missing that is included in the cookie book. Roll your cookie dough balls in granulated/white sugar before rolling in icing sugar... this step ensures a pristine finish for when you need to package your cookies as gifts.

    Happy Baking :)

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    today's main photo Daniel Paxton-Zahra