Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

I make muffins quite often to freeze for morning teas and such, so thought I’d use some blackberries I had in the freezer and a few limes left over from gin and tonics on a recent weekend to bake some summer inspired, vegan little cakes. There really isn’t any difference between these and muffins using eggs and dairy; they[read more…]

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Well it’s just not Christmas without some sort of trifle so this year, I made a lemon flavoured trifle with my favourite berry, raspberries.  You don’t have to make this only at Christmas either, it’s an easy yet pretty summertime dessert which you can make ahead and also, anything with layers of different things looks like you went to[read more…]

Birthday cake: berry, coconut and white chocolate muffins with lime icing

Birthday cake: berry, coconut and white chocolate muffins with lime icing

I love these sweet little rustic cakes dolloped with snowy icing.  I made them for Ant’s birthday this year instead of one big cake. Fluffy inside, studded with berries, some coconut for texture and flavour and a bit of sweet white chocolate, they’re a cupcake/muffin hybrid, but without the faffing about whipping butter and whatnot. [read more…]

Nigella’s lime chocolate cheesecake

Nigella’s lime chocolate cheesecake

In support of Nigella, whom I love (and I won’t hear a bad word about her, or read it for that matter), I thought I’d make one of her classics on the weekend. I really enjoyed the combination of chocolate and lime in this!  Also, this recipe is pretty basic in that there’s no flour or sour cream[read more…]

Brown butter orange vanilla bean madeleines

Brown butter orange vanilla bean madeleines

  Guess who purchased a fancy new madeleine tin?!  I’m a sucker for cake tins and when I spotted this one I decided I had to have it.  I’d never tried madeleines before but their description here of “elegant cakes shaped like scallop shells are the perfect thing with a cup of light, floral French tea” really[read more…]

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

It seemed like a chocolate day so I made some chocolate cupcakes for absolutely no reason at all.  Is there anything better than biting into a soft, squidgy cupcake and getting icing all over your face?  I don’t think so!  The batter in this recipe is very thick but it somehow results in a soft crumbed, tender,[read more…]

Lemon streusel muffins with home made lemon butter

Lemon streusel muffins with home made lemon butter

I felt like something super lemony the other day, you know? So these little cakes are fluffy, soft and citrusy with a buttery streusel topping; they’re perfect with a cup of coffee.  I just love lemon desserts with coffee, it seems a perfect match. Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I made lemon butter to go with[read more…]

Happy cupcake Friday

Happy cupcake Friday

Boo. It was my birthday a while back and here are some delicious cupcakes I was given!  They were almost too pretty to eat (almost) but I managed quite well. So go out and have a cupcake, or whatever you fancy, and have a lovely weekend. Oh and they’re from the Cupcake Parlour for anybody from Brisbane (also,[read more…]

Date and nut roll cake with maple butter

Date and nut roll cake with maple butter

I realise a lot, if not most people, wouldn’t have nut roll tins in their cupboards.  I also realise that this traditional Australian recipe is really old fashioned, in fact my grandmother used to make these when I was a kid.  Despite that, I love this cake precisely because of it’s lack of foodie coolness, and[read more…]

6 easy and delicious ways to introduce more omega 3 into your diet

6 easy and delicious ways to introduce more omega 3 into your diet

The omega 6 -v- omega 3 debate is something I’ve been reading about recently, including lots of conflicting, alarming information.  One thing seems certain; whether we’re talking about heart health or general well-being and preventative health, most of us need more omega 3 fatty acids in our diet and not only that, we also need to[read more…]

Lemon berry bundt cake

Lemon berry bundt cake

I baked this pretty, tender-crumbed, berry studded, lemon scented bundt cake a few weeks months ago and loved it.  Let’s face it, lemon is the new chocolate; chocolate will always be my first love however lemon has become so much a part of my cooking repertoire, it’s hard to imagine life without it. The first time I made[read more…]

Strawberry walnut loaf cake

Strawberry walnut loaf cake

The toasted walnut crunch combined with soft little sweet berries is a delicious, if unusual combination in this loaf cake.  It tastes fantastic toasted under the grill and served with butter (but doesn’t everything really?) and it has a lovely soft texture. I toasted the walnuts after tossing them through a little maple syrup for some added crunch and sweetness,[read more…]

Honey cake with caramelised figs and almonds

Honey cake with caramelised figs and almonds

I love fig season!  It’s so short but they’re such a luxurious treat at a time when most fruit and vegies are available year round.  It’s worth hunting them down and I always use them as an opportunity to whip up some lovely treats.  And while figs are pretty special raw, caramelised down slowly, they become soft[read more…]

Banana, coconut and chocolate chip bread

Banana, coconut and chocolate chip bread

Oh banana bread – from memory, the very first thing I ever baked.  I remember afternoon tea on rainy afternoons, sitting at the kitchen table snacking on toasted banana bread and butter with my school friends.  Back then, it was a pretty basic recipe (and yet delicious as simple things often are). This moist, light crumbed banana loaf tastes lovely[read more…]

Blackberry sour cream teacake

Blackberry sour cream teacake

Blackberries are my new favourite berry; I just love their lush darkness and how purply sweet they become after baking.  Sprinkled over this soft, fluffy cake with a crunchy streusel topping they were lovely. When I first made this cake, I was all about the full fat sour cream (and it is a sour cream[read more…]

Chocolate blueberry fudge cake

Chocolate blueberry fudge cake

This was meant to be brownies but it’s really more of a fudgy chocolate cake .. or maybe it’s a cakey brownie.  No matter, it turned out really well although I was anxious waiting for it to finish baking in the oven, as I had no idea what it was going to be or how it was going[read more…]

Pear spice pecan loaf

Rustic, spicy and pear studded describes this winter inspired loaf perfectly although it’s far from perfect looking.  I’m not the neatest cook ever! Despite this, I love the soft, fragrant crumb and crunchy crust combined with fresh pieces of pear and toasted pecans.  It’s delicious with butter and is best on the day it’s baked however is also lovely toasted[read more…]

Spice and rhubarb loaf cake

Spice and rhubarb loaf cake

Rhubarb is one of those foods which seems to come in and out of favour, although how ridiculous is that anyway, fashionable food?!  I’ve heard TV cheffy types recently refer to avocado and rocket (two of my favourite things to eat) as being outdated and I remember thinking blimey, how rude, I don’t just stop liking things! Anyway,[read more…]

Mixed berry and lemon muffins with berry icing

Mixed berry and lemon muffins with berry icing

In saying goodbye to warmer weather, I made some berry bejeweled muffins made from ingredients I just had at home, which happen to be healthy and cute at the same time (also, we’re not quite ready for warm spicy treats yet, we still have our air con on currently).  The muffin itself isn’t overly sweet however[read more…]

Fig, walnut and spice friands with vanilla bean custard

Fig, walnut and spice friands with vanilla bean custard

Friands are sweet, little, oval teatime cakes traditionally made with almond meal and egg whites.  I don’t make them that often, not because they’re difficult, they’re not at all, but because they use egg whites which means you then have all these lovely egg yolks left over. So last weekend for afternoon tea I put together a[read more…]

New York baked cheesecake with cherry sauce

New York baked cheesecake with cherry sauce

Baked cheesecake is one of two of my favourite desserts in the whole world ever (the other is creme brulee).  I don’t make it often because despite normally avoiding moral judgments about food, it’s difficult to rationalise eating quite so much fat and sugar in one sitting in a normal day-to-day setting.  And I refuse to make low fat desserts[read more…]

Chocolate cake iced with vanilla buttercream

Chocolate cake iced with vanilla buttercream

I made a pretty cake yesterday to celebrate my other half’s birthday.  Happy birthday to my darling Ant.  We’re on holidays at the  moment and it’s wonderful. This cake was dreamy .. I really loved the chocolate flavour combined with a surprising fluffy cloud of vanilla frosting; kind of unexpected, like brown eyes with blonde[read more…]

Buttermilk spice cake for afternoon tea

Buttermilk spice cake for afternoon tea

I was thinking recently, there just isn’t enough spice around when it comes to baking.  It’s not that easy to find ready made spice biscuits or cake in Australia and it’s not a favourite flavour for most people I know.  Personally, I love the warmth of spice baked goods and they seem so comforting and[read more…]

Banana strawberry teacake with walnut crumble topping

Banana strawberry teacake with walnut crumble topping

I had some frozen bananas and strawberries in my freezer and thought I’d make a teacake.  Not muffins, not banana bread or loaf cake which I would usually fall back on, but a teacake. To be honest, when I decided to press the strawberries into the top of the mixture rather than mix them in,[read more…]