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Chocolate pretzel pie

19 Oct

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I find that most people have a love/hate relationship with pretzels. I know which camp I fall into and it is not love. The strange thing is, I love salty, savoury, crunchy snacks but there is just something about pretzels that I dislike. Continue reading

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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

Grand Marnier strawberry clafoutis

8 Sep

 

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Many moons ago, when The Hungry Dad and I were on our honeymoon, we discovered a dessert that our hotel offered as part of their breakfast buffet. Clafoutis, a simple raspberry-and-egg-type-baked-custard dish, was part of the offering each day. And each day a certain newly-minted husband consumed his body weight in it. Continue reading

4 ingredient sweetened condensed milk cake

5 Sep

 

sweetened condensed milk cake

Please tell me I am not the only person addicted to sweetened condensed milk? I love how rich and unctuous it is, and I adore seeing it poured out of a tin – it is so satisfyingly oozy! Continue reading

Strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

29 Aug

strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

I love baking loaf cakes. There is something so homely and humble about this style of cake, which lends itself to countless flavours. Continue reading

Lemon microwave mug cake

25 Aug

lemon microwave mug cake

I know I am late to the party but how much fun are microwave mug cakes? A handful of ingredients, a few minutes prep, a quick blast in the micro and blam! Dessert is ready. Continue reading

Red velvet chocolate mousse cake with ganache

12 Aug

red velvet cake with mousse and ganache

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! I am the most punctual person I know – apart from my mum – so I offer my infinite apologies. The date I am late for is the Nestle Baker’s Choice Bake It Yours competition. Continue reading

5 ingredient instant chocolate mousse – no eggs!

6 Aug

egg-free chocolate mousse recipe

Regular readers will know how precious I am about my eggs and when Sydney’s free range egg availability ground to a halt recently due to new labelling laws I was in panic mode. When you bake as often as I do eggs are essential. Continue reading

Choc chip mini bundt cakes

2 Aug

Choc chip mini bundt cakes from scratch

My mini bundt tin is one of my favourite pieces of kitchen baking paraphernalia. I love the way the pretty little fluted tins instantly make the cakes look fancy. I own several large bundt tins too but the mini ones have a special place in my heart. Continue reading