Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Slices/bars

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 …

Mince Pie Crumble

Feeding Time Blog

Feeding Time Blog

In the exciting months leading up to Christmas, foodies have to contend with deliveries of festive treats, and the latest and likely my last for this year were some seasonal offerings from Rosebud Preserves; Christmas Fruit Chutney made with prunes, dates, apricots, aromatic allspice and strong dark ale and Almond and Orange Mincemeat made with with Bramley apples, vine fruits, citrus and a measure of brandy. Elspeth Biltoft founded her preserve company in 1989, combining the recipes passed down from her mother and botanical teachings of her father. Based in Masham in North Yorkshire, Rosebud Preserves has grown bigger …

Lemon Blondies

After the excitement of Berlin, pasta hacking and winning a Lurpak hamper for my Bad-ass toastie for #freestylefood month – this post feels rather boring in comparison. I’ve been so busy working on promoting Animal Music that I’ve got no stories to tell about this recipe except that it’s delicious.

lemon blondies, feedingtimeblog

Despite all the chaos, I’ve been baking quite a bit lately. I find the busier my life gets, the more I bake. I’ve come to accept that it’s most likely some kind of delicious release-valve. KT and I have made two batches of lamingtons and I’ve just put my elderflower

White Chocolate Blondie

Remember when I said I was looking to post more exciting, healthy recipes this year? I thought I might start at the bottom end of this aspiration and work my way up. I’ve been busy with some visiting friends and looking to try some fresh, light and tasty sides to go with our main meal tomorrow night. They’ve been gorging in France over the new year and I think they could use some greens so I’m going to try something with pea shoots and broad beans. But in the meantime, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wishes they could …

Rocky Road

I was chatting to another mum in the school yard the other day and we were talking about how hard it is to choose those incidental gifts; the ones you give to your neighbour, your hairdresser, teachers and workmates. It can get expensive and really difficult to think up meaningful gifts on top of all the other major presents of the season, and so I’ve always gone the home-made route. You can make a few different things, with minimal cost, and because you’ve made it yourself, the resulting sweets and treats become worth more than just the sum of their …

Coconut and Ginger Slice


If you ever wanted to cunningly plot the demise of an enemy with a cake-induced-heart-attack, this recipe would be your weapon of choice. It is one of the most supernaturally seductive slices I’ve ever tasted and contains a whopping one and a half blocks of butter, tasting every bit as delectable as you’d hope. I’ve made buttery slices in the past only to be disappointed by the oily residue that seeps out the bottom, but this slice doesn’t come across as being overly fatty or unpleasant even though it really, really is. So dangerous is this slice that I sent …

When life gives you lemons, make Lemon Squares


Sometimes I just know it’s time to make something lemony. In amongst the choc-chip cookies, caramel slices, brownies and various baked beauties, it’s time grab a bag of lemons and get squeezing. In the past there’s been Honey & Lemond Almond Cake, Lemon Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Curd Cupcakes, Lemon Melt-aways and Lemon Burst Slice – and now there’s Lemon Squares from my beloved Martha Stewart cookbook. There are 4 eggs in the topping of this recipe which makes it almost like a lemony custard, which is lovely and creamy without being too rich or too tangy. I …

Caramel coconut slice

Caramel coconut slice

There’s not a lot that needs to be said along side a recipe like this. One of AT’s all-time favourite recipes, I make this at our own peril, as we’re the only ones who really eat it. The kids haven’t twigged yet. It can look a little ugly, it crumbles and if you don’t let it set for long enough after baking, you’ll have a giant mess on your hands. But with the right approach this can be a truly heavenly culinary experience.

IMG_5407Caramel Coconut Slice Recipe

For the base
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup SR flour
1/2 cup …

Peanut-butter choc-chip blondie

I’ll begin this post with personal anecdote that will make even those who don’t know my eldest son KT smile. On the way home from school I was explaining to him what a blondie is, and how I planned on making one as an alternative to my usual chocolate brownie – his favourite. I took my cue from Ina Garten who once made a blondie slice using her choc-chip cookie recipe dough. So I took the chance that, as Ina promised, I could simply make my cookie dough, press it into a tin and out would pop a blondie. Well …

Salty peanut chocolate slab

Asif AKA, The Duke Oh Delhi recently sent me a sample of his latest culinary alchemy. Little pots of Indian snack mixes unlike anything you ever tried. I’m not talking your average Bombay mix,  where the most exciting oxymoron is the odd sultana floating around in the mix. I’m talking about a sweet-and-salty-snacking madman who puts chocolate in his spicy mixes.

My brush with the Duke this week spurred me to share my own sweet and salty combination with you. In the quiet of my Maidenhead kitchen, when nobody is home, I have been secretly working on a chocolate recipe …