Stove top vanilla bean rice pudding

Stove top vanilla bean rice pudding

Rice pudding is one of those comfort desserts I love, yet I’ve never been able to find a decent recipe until today. This turned out creamy and lush and full of childhood cinnamon and vanilla flavours – if you really wanted to turn it up a notch, you could replace 1 cup of the milk[read more…]

Raspberry maple brioche pudding

Raspberry maple brioche pudding

I really really love brioche pudding, which is pretty obvious since there’s at least 3 other recipes on my site. Anyway, it’s finally cooled down here and feels like autumn so I made this one today for an impromptu afternoon tea treat.  It’s definitely a keeper and possibly my favourite pudding so far.

Valentines Day chocolate mousse pie with chocolate hearts

Valentines Day chocolate mousse pie with chocolate hearts

Inspired by this lovely idea the other day, I thought I’d whip up some home-made chocolate hearts to serve with an old recipe for chocolate mousse pie.  You can stick whatever you like onto the hearts and they’re super easy, yet make chocolate desserts and cakes looks so cute. And although I don’t feel so creative lately with recipes[read more…]

Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae

Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae

This isn’t really a recipe but so good I had to share (and I’ve not had a lot of time for proper recipes/blogging lately). Although, popcorn with ice cream isn’t quite as genius an idea as I originally thought since it’s all over the internet So basically, find some vanilla bean ice cream, pile over as much caramel flavoured popcorn as you[read more…]

Lemon flower cake

Lemon flower cake

I know I said I’d be back in the new year but have a couple of lovely recipes to post from Christmas. Mostly I prefer a simple cake with one really great flavour.  Recently, I baked this sweet, lemony cake with a rich, soft crumb and added pretty edible flowers with fresh strawberries for a summery, festive effect.  I changed a[read more…]

Butterscotch dairy pudding with tiny teddy biscuits

Butterscotch dairy pudding with tiny teddy biscuits

This is a real treat today you guys!  Silky smooth, creamy sweet butterscotch custard, cool cream and crunchy Tiny Teddy bikkies (tell me I’m not the only one who loves these)! It’s super easy to whip up (it’s egg and oven free) and all you have to do is wait a bit for it to set. And spot the[read more…]

Spicy burnt fig & ginger stewed apples

Spicy burnt fig & ginger stewed apples

Don’t know what to do with a bag of slightly mealy apples from winter?  You can always make this gorgeous stewed fruit which goes perfectly with cream, Greek yoghurt or even with porridge or oatmeal for breakfast.  It’s kind of a nanna recipe but I love how warm and cosy it is (I’m one of the only people I[read more…]

Fruit & sunflower seed chilli sea salt chocolate bark

Fruit & sunflower seed chilli sea salt chocolate bark

This is stupidly easy but the end result is so gorgeously wicked. With just a few steps, you end up with a generous slab of chocolate studded with whatever treats you like. I loved the jewel like appearance and chewiness of the dried fruit with some crunch from sunflower seeds (well basically I used what I had[read more…]

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!

St Patrick’s Day Baileys Irish Cream chocolate mousse pie (egg-free)

St Patrick’s Day Baileys Irish Cream chocolate mousse pie (egg-free)

This luscious, fluffy, super easy chocolate mousse pie with a sinful hint of Baileys (and a truckload of thick cream!) is just the thing for today.  I used the original Baileys however if you can get your hands on some Baileys Chocolat Luxe, that would be brilliant! Happy St Paddy’s Day all 🙂

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…]

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 the best because I enjoy baking with berries more than anything and these look quite festive.

Berry cheesecake flavoured Eton mess

Berry cheesecake flavoured Eton mess

Eton mess is a lovely dessert, easy to whip up and perfect for spring and summer weather although it can be made at any time of the year with seasonal fruit.  Traditionally made with cream, I added some Greek yoghurt to this for some zesty sharpness in amongst the sweet flavours which reminded me of cheesecake[read more…]

No bake lime strawberry cheesecake jars

No bake lime strawberry cheesecake jars

I love eating little things; tiny packs of cheese, fun-size choccie bars, small packs of chips, that type of thing.  Naturally I end up eating way more than I should (instead of you know, eating one big packet) but there’s something about smaller portioned food.  So I had some cream cheese in the fridge to use the[read more…]

Black sticky rice pudding with caramelised bananas (vegan)

Black sticky rice pudding with caramelised bananas (vegan)

I’ve wanted to make this black sticky rice pudding for ages but had trouble sourcing the black glutinous rice in an actual store.  I originally tried making a similar dessert with black rice and although it tasted nice, it wasn’t the same, I really feel it needs the glutinous rice for that gloriously sticky texture.[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…]

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…]

Creamy lemon strawberry macadamia crumb bars

Creamy lemon strawberry macadamia crumb bars

I spotted these lemon crème crumb bars from Cooking Classy via Pinterest the other day, and thought how delicious they looked (and sounded! There’s just something about the word crème). This slice is really gorgeous.  A creamy, decadent filling with crunchy, sweet topping and a base which is reminiscent of ANZAC bikkies and also, so so easy to make.  It’s very hard[read more…]

Raspberry apple crumble

Raspberry apple crumble

It’s sort of moving into crumble weather, cooler in the mornings and such and the apples are quite nice lately so I thought I’d throw together a crumble.  Fruit crumble is such an easy dessert and with this one, you’ll end up with sweet yet tart, sticky fruit in a rich, beautifully coloured sauce and a buttery, crunchy[read more…]

Chai spice strawberry crumb cake

Chai spice strawberry crumb cake

So I made a cake a while back.  I am very fond of cake however don’t make them that often because I tend to go overboard and have two pieces in one go.  The spices in this cake are lovely and reminiscent of Chai flavours with fresh strawberries and a crunchy topping. This cake is really nice on its own; fluffy[read more…]

Lemon ricotta pancakes with berry sauce for Pancake Day

Lemon ricotta pancakes with berry sauce for Pancake Day

Whoop it’s that time of year again!  This year I’m offering lemon ricotta pancakes with lush berry sauce for Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, tomorrow. You can serve these just with unsalted butter, lemon and sugar on their own and they’re amazing; soft, fluffy, lemony/sweet and reminiscent of pancakes your mum might have made.  I[read more…]

Nigella’s mint julep peaches (and a mint julep)

Nigella’s mint julep peaches (and a mint julep)

I saw Nigella making these the other day on her Forever Summer series and thought how lovely and fresh they looked, I also loved the idea of the classic julep flavours of mint and bourbon for plump, sweet summer peaches. The fragrance of this syrup while cooling was so beautifully fragrant!  It tasted wonderful, sweet, orange and vanilla[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…]

Italian peanut butter hot chocolate

Italian peanut butter hot chocolate

We in Australia can become a bit gloomy about our hot Christmases.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is lovely and all that but we miss out on all that cosy, frosty stuff.  And if I see one more ad with Santa surfing or wearing board shorts .. So I thought I’d pretend we’re having a snowy Christmas[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…]

Fairy bread nostalgia

Fairy bread nostalgia

I don’t know who decided soft, white bread with lashings of butter and 100s & 1000s sprinkled over tasted good but there you go, it does.  I, like a lot of Aussie kids, grew up with this sweet snack for morning teas and birthday parties.  They’re perfect if you have kids or have small friends visiting as[read more…]

Lemon berry scones

Lemon berry scones

A while back I made scones using cream which worked out really well and yesterday, a breezy, sunny Saturday morning which was marred only slightly by having to vote in our federal election, I thought I’d use some leftover Greek yoghurt to make some scones.  Happily it had the same effect as the cream did;[read more…]