Edited highlights: Pancakes, date loaf and Swedish foodstuffs

We like to make things in this house... well, not all the time, we can open packets and buy pre-prepared stuff with the best of them (chicken-on-a-stick, fish-in-a-box), but when we do make things from scratch we are very proud! Exhibit A: Date loaf for school election day cake stall... Fresh... Exibit B: My mothers' … Continue reading Edited highlights: Pancakes, date loaf and Swedish foodstuffs

7 Halloween cupcake recipes… an Alexcellent roundup.

Halloween is tonight but you've just got time to bake some last-minute cupcakes. Here are some spooky-but-cute Halloween treats from around the web if you're needing some sweet inspiration. 1. "Broken glass" cupcakes from marthastewart.com The "glass" is sugar and water. 2. Reese's Frankenstein cupcakes from yourcupofcake.com 3. Ghost cupcakes from thecomfortofcooking.com 7. Chilly ghosts … Continue reading 7 Halloween cupcake recipes… an Alexcellent roundup.

Fun with puff pastry: easy apricot turnovers and mini chocolate croissants

On Winter weekends I like to do what I can to improve my baking skills.  This particular Sunday I decided to make apricot turnovers and a few mini chocolate croissants. If you have ready-made puff pastry in the freezer and a tin of fruit in the cupboard, you've got all you need for a yummy, … Continue reading Fun with puff pastry: easy apricot turnovers and mini chocolate croissants

Baking with yoghurt: Mango and vanilla yoghurt cake with white chocolate ganache

I love cake, but in my efforts to be healthier, I've been thinking about ways I could reduce the fat. No butter? Yes, it is possible to make a cake without butter. But let's not get too crazy. This cake does have some butter in it. But less than normal because today I'm substituting some … Continue reading Baking with yoghurt: Mango and vanilla yoghurt cake with white chocolate ganache

Edited highlights: chocolate pudding, snowdrops and other ordinary joys

I realise I seem to have developed a theme here in the past few weeks, namely involving snow, fake or otherwise, and chocolate. Well it IS winter! With all the bad news reports (the bad news that is additional to the constant bad news that already happens) lately, it would be very easy to be overwhelmed by it all … Continue reading Edited highlights: chocolate pudding, snowdrops and other ordinary joys

Easter 2014: in search of hot cross buns and cross ninja-bread men

There are many things I love about Easter: all the new-life symbolism, holidays, seeing family and friends, the first hint of Autumn weather, the Easter show, the Easter Sunday church service, the Easter-egg hunt and hot cross buns! This Easter, Sydney had the special treat of hosting Prince William, Princess Catherine, baby Prince George and his cute little squishy … Continue reading Easter 2014: in search of hot cross buns and cross ninja-bread men