Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Sweet

Festive Rum and Raisin Tart

Festive Rum and Raisin Tart

I discovered this recipe back when I was living in London and writing for Foodepedia. It was a promotion for a butter brand and I offered to make it and write it up. Everything from the pastry to the filling, to licking the beaters covered in butter, rum and sugar, this recipe is smashing! With these staggering proportions of rum and butter – how could this tart be anything but decadent and delicious?

I make this most years and have experimented making smaller pies, but due to the delicacy and shortness of the pastry,  this recipe is best as one …

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Mexican Wedding Cakes

I rediscovered a Martha Stewart Christmas Cookie magazine in my recipe book cupboard on the weekend. I flipped through the pages undecided about what to make…and yet unable to make anything. Most of the recipes contained various nut manifestations which I don’t keep in the cupboard. So on my weekend shop I bought ground almonds, walnuts and pecans. Yesterday afternoon I made the first recipe in the magazine that took my fancy, Mexican Wedding Cakes. It was one of those days where I couldn’t seem to stop eating. You know those days?

The name is curious. Apparently the recipe originates …

Coconut and Cashew Crumble

Coconut and Cashew Crumble

I’m stuck in a cycle of baking the same old recipes because everyone loves them, and eats them which isn’t so bad really. But things can get stale – so I’ve been branching out. It’s not always successful as I discovered with the Lumberjack Cake. A moist, dense combination of apples and dates with a delicious caramel coconut topping. However, it sat on the cake stand half uneaten because half the family liked it and half didn’t. But the real reason was that the recipe, I think, was flawed. I could taste the baking powder/soda and this tainted the flavour …

Blackberry and Apple Pie

Blackberry and Apple Pie

So many blackberries, so few recipes. I had to toss up between a pie or a crumble because I’m not interested in baking blackberries any other way. Whether you’re scrumping them from the side of the road or picking them off your neighbour’s rampant bush, blackberries abound and this pie is going to change your life. I have been known to take a nonchalant  stance when it comes to pie crusts. I’ve made a few good ones but mainly they’re not much to write home about. So I did a little bit of research before I made this pie and …

Cutsie Cupcakes: Cookham

Cutsie Cupcakes: Cookham

I stumbled across the shop accidentally – it’s easy to miss –  but the word ‘cupcake’ caught my eye as I drove by one weekend. Sure, you can get cupcakes anywhere, and they’re ok but I was compelled to write about these cupcakes because they tasted so good. As a keen baker myself, I know when something is homemade. Cutsie Cupcakes have that homemade taste, texture and moistness that make them stand out from the run-of-the-mill grocery store treat. Even better, Cutsie Cupcakes look incredible. Teetering with giant swirls of butter cream, the little cakes look so tempting and often …

Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake

I’m a bit late to the party on this one. Kiwi chef Peter Gordon’s boiled orange and almond cake has been floating around the interwebs for some time now. I only found out about it from my visit to Rex Bakery last year where I tasted it and knew immediately it was a winning recipe. Peter pours chocolate ganache over the original recipe which features in his book The Sugar Club but I prefer this cake plain.

Well, I say plain, it’s not plain – it’s amazing and best left unadulterated. I’ve tried boiled orange cakes before and found them …

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

I don’t know if it’s the same in your neighbourhood or backyard but our neighbours have an apple tree on our fence line that’s bare but for the green baubles that occasionally drop and roll across the yard. I have no idea what kind of variety it is but they taste pretty good. I’ve seen trees along the motorway that have red fruit still adorning the barren branches and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why we decorate our Christmas trees the way we do.

There are a number of similar recipes for this kind of apple-cranberry loaf and …

Triple Chocolate Muffins

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You might think a chocolate muffin is a simple recipe to find, an easy thing to make. I thought I’d found it here. But we were wrong. I’ve been looking for a long time for a recipe that’s worth making repeatedly and I’m fairly certain this Donna Hay recipe is the one. The actual recipe is from one of her magazines and was destined as something else, but I have re-appropriated the recipe for my own wicked purpose. I call these triple-choc because they have melted chocolate in the mix, cocoa and chocolate pieces. This recipe is rich, …

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

This here is the only way to eat banana bread. Toasted, buttered and preferably with a coffee, first thing in the morning. I can’t remember where or how I first ate banana bread this way, but it was likely at a cafe back in Sydney a lifetime ago.

I make this dense, sweet loaf when my stash of frozen bananas is getting out of control. You know when you buy bananas and the last one or two gets over-ripe and no one eats it? Don’t throw them away, throw them in the freezer and when you’ve got 3-4 in stock, …

Buttermilk, oat and chocolate chunk muffins

Buttermilk, oat and chocolate chunk muffins

Many years ago, back in the day when we could go out for breakfast in relative peace and quiet, we used to visit a little tiny cafe in Drummoyne (Sydney) called the Bowen Island Bakery. We would order a coffee and these incredible choc-chip and oat muffins. The choc-chips in these muffins were more like asteroid-sized chunks of Valrhona and they were spectacularly moist, oaty and just a little bit salty.

I have been trying to re-create this recipe ever since. And I don’t claim to be exactly spot-on for this recipe, but it’s close enough to warrant sharing. These …