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Lime coconut cheesecake squares

2 May

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I have a bit of a fixation with cream cheese of late. I just cannot get enough of baking recipes that use this creamy, unctuous ingredient. I also love pairing cream cheese with savoury ingredients – I am looking at you, smoked salmon – but when there is a block of cream cheese within arm`s reach I WILL turn it into a sweet treat. Continue reading

Chocolate chip coconut pancake recipe

28 Feb

 

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Making pancakes from scratch for pancake day is so easy and I have the best recipe to share with you. This year I thought I would make a change from traditional plain pancakes – although this recipe can also be used to make these – by adding a couple of my favourite ingredients. Continue reading

No bake eggnog balls – an easy last minute Christmas dessert

21 Dec

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Last Christmas, I discovered eggnog. You so thought I was going to write… `I gave you my heart`, didn`t you? Or am I the only Wham! Fan in the house? #surelyNot

I digress… as summer in Sydney is usually 35C we are more likely to drink juice or champagne (or both…) rather than a heavy, custard-type beverage.

But I love baking with eggnog. The slight rummy taste and notes of nutmeg make it such a festive concoction that every year, come December 1, I am stalking my local supermarkets for the first appearance on the shelf. Continue reading

One bowl vegan chocolate cinnamon cake

27 Oct

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Cinnamon is one of my all time favourite flavourings for baking. It provides a classic yet distinctive taste to cakes, bickies, brownies and crumbles. Continue reading

Donna Hay cheat’s lamingtons

15 Sep

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Lamingtons have always called to me with their siren song of sponge cake, chocolate and coconut. Despite being an obsessive baker, I find making lamingtons to be fiddly and messy – and my poor bench is always worse for wear.

Behold – the cheat’s lamington from scratch! My goddess idol Donna Hay created this recipe and I was just about dancing in the streets when I stumbled across this easy, mess-free way to make my fav cake. Continue reading

Vegan chocolate and coconut cupcakes

12 Sep

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I haven’t eaten meat for decades but have always loved my dairy products. I remember when I first become vegetarian, going out to eat in suburban Sydney meant pasta for dinner. And I’m not talking delicious hand-made gnocchi with wild mushrooms, or eggplant lasagne, but usually dry packet pasta with generic tomato sauce. Yawn. Continue reading

Coconut-topped cocoa brownies

29 Jun

 

Coconut-topped brownies

Hands up if you love coconut and chocolate together? It is one of my very favourite sweet combinations – always has been. I love the contrast of the crunch of coconut with the lux mouthfeel of dark chocolate. Continue reading