‘These are next level’: Trainee chef makes PANCAKE pies in the $29 Kmart pie maker stuffed with Caramello Koalas and Twirls
- A trainee chef has made a batch of pancake pies in the $29 Kmart pie maker
- Mary-Grace Nicolazzo studies commercial cookery at Victoria University
- When the brioche she needed for pies was sold out, she tried pancakes instead
- She sandwiched two together with Caramello Koalas and Twirls in the middle
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A trainee chef has discovered how to make indulgent pancake pies stuffed with caramel and chocolate in the $29 Kmart pie maker.
Mary-Grace Nicolazzo, who studies commercial cookery at Victoria University, was looking for brioche buns to make a batch of dessert pies.
When the brioche she needed was sold out, the Melbourne student bought a $3.50 six-pack of Golden Bakery pancakes instead.
Ms Nicolazzo lined her pie maker with one of the thick pancakes and filled it with Cadbury Twirl and chunks of Caramello Koala, then covered the chocolate with another pancake and baked until golden.
She didn’t say how long she cooked the pies for, but guidelines in the machine’s manual advise between 10 and 15 minutes depending on the batter or type of pastry used.
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Melbourne trainee chef Mary-Grace Nicolazzo’s pancake pies (right) stuffed with Cadbury Twirl (left)
The luscious pies (pictured) contain 544 calories each, almost a quarter of an adult’s recommended daily intake
Photos of the pies – which contain 544 calories each, almost a quarter of an adult’s recommended daily intake – have been liked 1,300 times and commented on by almost 600 people since they were shared in a cookery group on Facebook on Friday.
The nutritional cost
Golden Bakery pancake – 130 kcal (x2)
Caramello Koala – 75 kcal
Twirl bar – 209 kcal
Total calories: 544 calories per pie
‘Now THIS is a pie!’ said one woman.
‘Oh my God, these are next level,’ said a second.
A third tagged her friend, saying: ‘We need to get onto this.’
One woman made light of the second wave of frenzied panic buying which has seen shoppers strip toilet paper from supermarket shelves across Victoria and parts of New South Wales over the past five days.
‘Here comes the shortage of Golden pancakes,’ she said.
One self-confessed pancake addict asked why Ms Nicolazzo would be so cruel to share the idea publicly because it is certain to make her gain weight.
Another agreed, saying it was ‘dangerous’ to know how to make them because it made her more likely to break her diet.
Some suggested filling the pancakes with Nutella or jam instead.
Ms Nicolazzo used Golden Bakery pancakes (left) to make her DIY pancake pies (right)
It’s not the first time home cooks have got creative with Australia’s much-loved Caramello Koala.
Last month, a mother wrapped the chocolate bar in puff pastry and fried them in her $69 3.2litre air fryer for nine minutes.
She brushed the pastry with a teaspoon of milk, which gives it a golden brown colour as it cooks.
The recipe proved a huge hit after she shared it on Facebook, with many saying they planned to make their own that night.
A mother’s puff pastry covered Caramello Koalas before being cooked in an air fryer for nine minutes
The chocolate filled pastry served with vanilla ice cream, which proved a huge hit online