Happy Friday and have a strawberry bun

Happy Friday and have a strawberry bun

I revisited one of my old recipes for strawberry vanilla rolls last weekend and made them a bit more special.  It’s worth taking a look if you’re in the mood for some spring baking! Have a sweet weekend all.

Soft & fluffy wholemeal blueberry oat streusel muffins

Soft & fluffy wholemeal blueberry oat streusel muffins

These rustic muffins are relatively healthy and wholesome and I gave them a fluffy texture by using wholemeal cake flour (basically just cornflour added to plain wholemeal – makes for a really soft crumb but with added fibre and such). These are packed with blueberries and a bit spicy with a light crunchy topping; they’re just the thing for morning tea.[read more…]

Roast pumpkin, walnut & feta quiche

Roast pumpkin, walnut & feta quiche

I suddenly felt like roast vegie quiche the other day after seeing a frozen one at the supermarket, and decided to do some roasting.  There’s a bit of faffing about with quiche, making the pastry, cooking vegies, etc but it’s worth it as long as you use a big enough tin.  I can’t say this[read more…]

Peanut butter chocolate chunk muffins

Peanut butter chocolate chunk muffins

These are so easy to whip up.  I love how the chocolate chunks were all melty warm from the oven. I used a friand tin to make them a bit fancier but a normal muffin tin will do.                              

Apple caramel brioche pudding

Apple caramel brioche pudding

So I whipped up an autumn inspired luscious squidgy pudding full of caramel, apples, cream and brioche.  So good with thick cream!                                

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…]

Sticky lemon coconut ginger buns with lemon cream cheese icing

Sticky lemon coconut ginger buns with lemon cream cheese icing

I spotted these spectacular sticky buns on Pinterest the other day and had an overwhelming desire to eat one, then and there.  So I had a go at making some of my own with quite a few changes, as you do, and found the lemon, ginger and coconut flavours something quite special and the bun almost[read more…]

Woodland flourless chocolate cake

Woodland flourless chocolate cake

I spotted a magical cake recently and for fun, really wanted to recreate my own; I then became sucked into a vortex of cuteness on Etsy and before I knew it, I’d purchased a few woodland animal figurines for Christmas decorations.  You’ll probably be seeing them perched randomly on top of cakes and things down[read more…]

Rachel Khoo’s Teriyaki salmon steamed buns

Rachel Khoo’s Teriyaki salmon steamed buns

I’m absolutely obsessed with dumplings and buns and grab them from our food trucks when I can.  So when I received Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook in the mail recently, I immediately zeroed in on this steamed bun recipe in amongst the other delicious looking dishes in this gorgeous cookery book.  You’ll need a bamboo steamer to make[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…]

Blackberry peach crumble (vegan)

Blackberry peach crumble (vegan)

I purchased some coconut oil ages ago and never know what to do with it!  I was going to use my usual unsalted butter for this crumble but then thought I’d try the bottle of coconut oil sitting gloomily at the back of my fridge instead.  Despite the fact that I’m not particularly paranoid about[read more…]

Roast breakfast peaches

Roast breakfast peaches

The fragrance of these roast peaches throughout the house while baking! Vanilla scented, sweet and caramelised – a lovely (and health conscious) breakfast, even if you do have to turn on the oven on a sunny morning. Totally worth it and their warm sweetness went so well with some cool Greek yoghurt.

Cherry coconut muffins

Cherry coconut muffins

Some sweet treats I made recently.  Cherries are lovely in cakes and muffins as they’re so darkly luscious but also, the coconut and vanilla flavours really shone through in these.

Australia Day golden syrup scones with golden syrup butter

Australia Day golden syrup scones with golden syrup butter

Golden syrup is my favourite syrup out of all the syrups.  I mean I love maple syrup, treacle and honey and I know they’re probably way healthier (I don’t even really know how golden syrup is made!) but golden syrup is so thick and luscious with a sweet flavour which is difficult to explain, it actually tastes[read more…]

Cherry tomato, cream cheese & basil tart

Cherry tomato, cream cheese & basil tart

The flavours of summer right here in this gorgeously cheesy, tomato & basil tart.  I whipped up a quick, fragrant and rustic pesto to have with this and it was perfect for a light lunch.

Lime raspberry friands

Lime raspberry friands

I’ve been neglecting my friand tin lately.  It’s really just the egg yolks left over that throws me a bit but it’s always a good excuse to make luscious, home made custard or crème brulee. Anyway, raspberry season is in which I love because I enjoy baking with berries more than anything and these look[read more…]

Cinnamon roll cakes

Cinnamon roll cakes

These are exactly like cinnamon rolls except in soft, fluffy cake form.  They really are decadent.  And oh the cream!  It makes for such a gorgeous cake.  And aren’t saturated fats good for us now or something?  Hah. They’re at their best warm out of the oven with the icing slightly soft and drizzly, however I froze the remainder[read more…]

Berry yoghurt cake

Berry yoghurt cake

This cake doesn’t rise much but the crumb is so soft and rich (I guess this is what happens when you throw in an extra egg and more butter).  It’s one of those every-day, not overly sweet cakes you can make from ingredients you’d have around, like frozen berries and Greek yoghurt.  It’s super easy to[read more…]

Lemon coconut layer cake

Lemon coconut layer cake

I made a cake a while back for a birthday.  I don’t know how people can make those perfect looking layer cakes, I find it bizarrely stressful.  I tried ombré icing but failed at that however, it’s more my icing skills that were sub par, rather than the colours which looked quite pretty.  In the end, I gave up attempting[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 rhubarb galette

Raspberry rhubarb galette

Galettes are a super easy, delicious way to make pie, basically.  A few years back I made a cherry and peach galette which turned out to be one of my favourites desserts. However.  Ahem.  This is what happens when you use too many raspberries.  I had 400g of raspberries left over in the freezer and thought I’d just throw them[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…]

Tomato basil tartlets for two

Tomato basil tartlets for two

These little savoury tarts are so fresh, easy and light, they’re perfect for a summer day, lunch with a girlfriend or a romantic starter with a glass of wine (and I know it’s winter here but I make them all the time and anyway, El Niño).

Chocolate & caramelised banana baked French toast

Chocolate & caramelised banana baked French toast

Nutella and banana on toast is a no-brainer but in baked French toast is even better.  You’ll need about an hour’s advance planning to make this but it’s so worth it.  Rather than the crispy, pan cooked French toast I’m used to (which is fabulous by the way), this lush, gorgeous dish ends up pleasantly crunchy[read more…]

Vegan breakfast bars

Vegan breakfast bars

I’ve heard a lot of negative remarks about the humble little muesli bar lately … too much sugar!  Additives!  You may as well drink a can of coke!  etc etc.  Poor muesli bars, being a child of the 80s I’ve always liked them and if you buy a brand which is quite healthy and lower[read more…]

Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

Tim Tams.  Are they available in lots of other countries other than Australia?  You’re missing out if they’re not!  Tim Tams have gotten me through many a break-up and Swotvac week in my teens and 20s and I’ll always be fond of them.  There are all sorts of fancy flavours these days but my favourite is the[read more…]