Speculoos (cookie butter) chip loaf

Speculoos (cookie butter) chip loaf

I love Speculoos (cookie) butter and often smash it between Speculoos cookies but am always on the lookout for baking recipes using it.  So I found this recipe for cookie butter chips, then whipped up a spicy sweet loaf cake. You’ll need 24 hours for the Speculoos chips to set before you make the cake.

Lemon blackberry cake

Lemon blackberry cake

So I made this lovely lemon blackberry cake the other day.  To avoid using an electric mixer and too much washing up, I used oil instead of butter and just whipped it up by hand.  So easy and I loved using the blackberries I froze from summer.  

Chocolate chip loaf cake

Chocolate chip loaf cake

Sometimes a simple loaf is just the thing.  I loved how hearty yet soft this lightly vanilla scented loaf was with chocolate chips inside and sticky ganache all over.

Citrus poppy seed loaf cake

Citrus poppy seed loaf cake

I don’t bake with poppy seeds enough so thought I’d throw some in a citrus loaf cake I baked a while back.  Poppy seeds give a tiny little satisfying crunch in this zesty loaf in which I replaced some of the flour with almond meal; almond meal adds a soft texture I love in cakes. Initially I planned[read more…]

Lemon cherry ricotta loaf cake

Lemon cherry ricotta loaf cake

Ricotta makes a beautiful cake; soft with a delicate crumb.  So I decided to use some to make a lemon cake with soft, sweet cherries dotted throughout and a thick, fudgy berry icing.  Jam, preferably a decent, mostly fruit filled one, is perfect for whipping up a quick icing (I made this icing a while back) although this time[read more…]

Savoury & spicy pumpkin loaf (vegan)

Savoury & spicy pumpkin loaf (vegan)

I often make sweet baked loaves, in fact, they’re a staple in our freezer for morning teas and things. But the other day I thought about making a savoury loaf, a type of quick bread, something spicy and warm to have on cold mornings with butter or with a bowl of steamy hot soup.  So because[read more…]

Raspberry crumble loaf cake

Raspberry crumble loaf cake

I suppose this would be called a coffee cake in the US; I love that name actually, coffee cake always brings to mind sunny, friendly mornings with friends.  In this case, it’s a morning tea cake, rustic, plump and soft, perfect to freeze if you prefer, to take to work buttered for morning breaks or to have at home when you[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…]

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…]

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…]

Cheese and chilli cornbread

Cheese and chilli cornbread

Cornbread is a lovely, rustic addition to soups or casseroles.  I make mine with fresh corn when I can, which means I usually make it in summer.  So although cornbread might go with more cooler weather dishes traditionally, I find it’s a delicious accompaniment with a chicken salad or summer tomato soup or even as a snack[read more…]

Lemon coconut loaf with lemon drizzle icing

Lemon coconut loaf with lemon drizzle icing

This weekend’s baking was a light and fresh lemon coconut loaf.  While we’re not quite out of the winter woods yet, I spied lots of little green shoots and a burst of pretty pink flowers on my deck plants this morning which means warmer weather ahead, so I felt like a lemony treat. I made this loaf with baking margarine[read more…]

Blueberry lemon yoghurt cake for afternoon tea

Blueberry lemon yoghurt cake for afternoon tea

I spied this loaf recently on a lovely blog called FoodBabbles.  It’s an Ina Garten recipe (I love her!) and I decided to bake it for afternoon tea on the weekend. I’ve made lemony baked goods before but have never tried a lemon syrup poured over – it really is gorgeous.  This is a really moist cake and[read more…]

Dried cherry and macadamia loaf

Dried cherry and macadamia loaf

I first saw this on Bill Granger’s old show, the one set in his beautiful beach side home in Sydney. I have changed a few things though (sorry Bill) – instead of just milk, I used 1/2 Greek yoghurt and 1/2 milk, I used a few more cherries and because I have an aversion to dried[read more…]

Classic banana bread

Classic banana bread

So here’s a lovely, classic banana bread with that moist, soft texture and banana flavour we all love (I know I haven’t exactly invented the wheel what with posting approximately the 30 millionth version of banana bread but everyone thinks their own is the best). Also, why must the surface of my loaf cakes crack?  Every.time.

Sweet potato and pecan loaf

Sweet potato and pecan loaf

I love sweet potatoes, all kinds really but particularly the orange – I mean who doesn’t?  They’re sweet, healthy and a gorgeous colour. Yesterday I had a huge organic sweet potato sitting on my kitchen bench and I also had pecans, maple essence, dates and other baking essentials so thought I’d knock together a sweet potato loaf.  I also decided on some[read more…]

Raspberry, lemon and yoghurt loaf

Raspberry, lemon and yoghurt loaf

Oh, my god.  This loaf is just gorgeous.  Juicy raspberries in a fluffy loaf with a hint of lemon.  So good with butter and a cup of coffee.  Anyway.  I’m digressing. I recommend using a good brand of yoghurt; I used an organic European style honey flavoured yoghurt (think Greek yoghurt with a slight hint of honey) but[read more…]