Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Sweet

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 …

The Poor Knights of Windsor

A little while back Green & Black’s  organic chocolate invited me out to Windsor for their pop-up stall as part of their Taste Tour. Sadly I couldn’t make it, so instead they sent me some chocolate and a recipe to create my own little food event at home. Green & Black’s taste specialist Brandt Maybury devised a variation on a recipe traditional to the area of Windsor to highlight the colour and flavour of Green and Black’s chocolate.

The original recipe from ‘The Compleat Cook‘ by ‘WM’, 1658 which is really a variation on the ‘poor knights’ recipe …

Caramel Chocolate Slice

Caramel Chocolate Slice

The ingredients for this classic Australian slice are simple, as is their preparation. The skill in this dish though, lies in the technique. Unlike some other recipes where you might have a generous mistake buffer, if you over cook any of the components of this recipe or it will not work or taste as good as it should; you’ll get a hard base, a chewy middle and a lack-lustre topping. This recipe is sort of like Millionaire Shortbread; the biscuity bottom is not shortbread but rather coconut based.

Keep a watchful eye on the cooking process. Don’t let the base …

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Finally. Finally it’s beginning to feel like spring. On May Day we went to see the Ellington Morris Dancers perform their first dance for the season. Based in the Maidenhead area, this gang call themselves the Ellington troupe because Ellington was the name of Maidenhead in the Doomsday Book.  The Ellington dancers perform early 20th century morris dances from Cotswold villages such as Adderbury, Bledington and Bampton, and Lichfield in Staffordshire and of course from Ellington’s own tradition and a few Border Morris dances. You can catch these marvellous morris dancers do their thing each Wednesday evening at village pubs …

Sweet Ricotta Panzerotti

Sweet Ricotta Panzerotti

I don’t make panzerotti very often and if I still lived in Sydney I never would have even tried. You could buy them in a little Italian cake shop in a place called Haberfield – and I was always glad for an excuse to go into this Italian suburb to max out on freshly made Italian cheeses, bread and cakes. But you cannot find anything even similar here in the UK, and when I do make these fried pockets of goodness, I always remember the time my mum bought one into the hospital for me the morning after I’d given …