Tag: baking

Strawberry, macadamia, and white chocolate muffins.

One of my previous posts featured a recipe for muffins that I was baking almost every day at the cafe. They were selling really well and looked and tasted really good. Then I went and tweaked the recipe…  I swapped the berries and coconut for a magical mix of fresh strawberries, macadamias, and white chocolate. ...

Berry & coconut muffins

These beauties are low in sugar, quick to get into the oven, and ready in no time. I bake a batch at the cafe almost every morning and rarely is even one left by lunchtime. You can vary the berries and you can even leave out the coconut, but they are pretty perfect as is. ...

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Vanilla Bean Macarons

I was recently asked to make some macarons for a kitchen tea. It’s been quite a while since I served up a batch of these popular treats, and I decided it was time to try and get a bit more creative. This is the recipe for the vanilla bean flavour, for the Rose flavoured macarons ...

Rose flavoured macarons

In honour of a special kitchen tea I recently got a bit fancy with my macarons. First up I made a batch of delicious vanilla bean flavoured macarons, see the recipe HERE, and next were these pretty rose ones. Both recipes use my basic macaron recipe, and you will need the following ingredients: rosewater pink ...

Chocolate Fudge Cake

In the midst of the Christmas food binge I decided I felt like something chocolate-y and simple. Store cupboard ingredients were a must because I wanted to avoid the shops, and I found exactly what I was looking for in the classic The Margaret Fulton Cookbook. Margaret Fulton was undeniably Australia’s first celebrity chef, her ...

Donna Hay's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies. A Donna Hay recipe. There’s not much more to say is there? *This recipe is taken from Donna Hay’s Modern Classics Book Two. Ingredients: 125 g butter, softened 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 cups plain flour, sifted 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup dessicated coconut 185 ...

Lemon Meringue Tarts

I’ve been on a mission to use up those random ingredients I sometimes buy then forget about. These hall of fame lemon meringue tarts were served up recently to use up the two jars of lemon curd I had somehow ended up with. Teamed with my simple shortcrust pastry and a basic meringue topping, they ...

Salted Caramel Tarts

You ‘re going to love me for these. They salted caramel tarts look super impressive but use every short cut there is. I had every intention of making my own pastry and salted caramel but then decided to cut out hours of work and go straight to the finished treat. All you need is a ...

Raspberry Tart

This raspberry tart tastes every bit as good as it looks and is surprisingly easy to make. At the very least you could use bought pastry and just make the creme patissiere then top with berries. I would stick with raspbberries though as their tartness cuts through the sweet cream perfectly. Ingredients: For the creme ...

Creme Patissiere

This is the classic custard-like pastry cream which fills those cute little fruit tarts you see. This version features fresh vanilla bean which lifts it to another level. Combine it with my SHORTCRUST PASTRY and fresh fruit and you have a winning dessert. The quantities below will give you just about 1.5 litres of creme ...