a is for .. apple pie – spiced apple pie jaffles

Homemade apple pie is an old school dessert favourite. Crispy pastry, with a filling that conjures up feelings of warmth and comfort. Seeings as we don’t have an operational oven at the moment, I am forced to seek other methods of ‘baking’ or making desserts. After much hesitation and doubt, I gathered the courage and…

strawberry tart – tarte aux fraises

Strawberries are back people – and they are so cheap – I picked up 500g yesterday for $2.00. They were sweet and delicious with the lush red skin and soft flesh, not sour and tasteless. It’s ideal to use fresh berries for this, at their most ripe too ! One of my favourite flavour combos…

hot cakes

I have always admired fluffy hot cakes, similar to the ones they serve at McDonald’s (eek). But these are even better. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups of full cream milk 3 tablespoons of sugar 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour /4 baking powder 1 large egg your desired amount of vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste 1….

gluten free lemon and raspberry polenta cake

I made this recipe for my wonderful mother-in-law while we were living in their home. Cathy is coeliac, and her daughter Tahnee, my sister-in-law is gluten intolerant, so a lot of cakes and biccies and things are out of the question. I was dubious of how this would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised….

silken tofu chocolate fudge tart

 I’ve been exploring vegan-friendly food lately. Vegan-friendly food makes me think outside the box – it makes me steer away from the usual milk, butter, eggs routine when making sweet goodies. I have made this a number of times now, and it’s been a hit with meat eaters and vegans alike. This fudgey tart is gluten free,…

banana sour cream cupcakes + decadent cream cheese frosting

I have had so many awesome comments regarding these cupcakes in the last few days, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you. The sour cream gives these cupcakes a real lightness and fluffy interior with an wonderful banana subtleness. Be warned : you may feel the urge to gorge on the icing, it’s full on. **…

lol’s basic cupcake recipe

This is the cupcake recipe I use over and over again. If I need flavoured cupcakes I usually add lime zest, or coconut flakes, cocoa and even sometimes frozen berries. (P.S I am also basking in the way that this photo ended up!! I love it. I am so proud – don’t judge me!) *Pre-heat…

coco-mallow crackles

Another fond memory of my childhood is chocolate crackles. They were an essential at any Australian Childrens birthday party in the 80’s and 90’s. You truly have not lived until you have had a chocolate crackle. They are awesome. This is my spin on the humble crackle. Ingredients – 250g of copha ~ now, before…

yoghurt dessert

I’ve made this more times than I can count. Its delicious, and relatively good for you 😛 Ingredients – greek yoghurt – vanilla bean paste – honey – fresh raspberries or strawberries, frozen will work too 1. Mix in a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste into the yoghurt. 2. In a large bowl like glass…

An up to date & walnut loaf

For those of us in need of a quick something for morning/afternoon tea, an easy snack or when a friend voices a hankering for “something with dates in it.” In it’s passed life this recipe is the ‘nut loaf’  from the original Margaret Fulton recipe book. I like dates so I simply substituted dates for…

sticky date pud with hazelnut & butterscotch caramel

This is for those who do not care about their waistlines. This dessert is super indulgence to the eXtreme.. Best served with vanilla bean ice cream or custard. ** Pre-heat oven to 180*C Ingredients: – 200g of roughly chopped dates, stoned and chopped – 1 1/2 teaspoon of bi-carb – 300ml of boiling water –…