Recipe: Apricot and oat slice

I aways want something sweet after dinner, or sometimes in the afternoon with a cup of tea. I found this recipe in The Biggest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall's book, Weightloss Warrior (How to win the battle within). It's full of motivational advice, exercise and recipes - it's a great book. I remember thinking that when…

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,…

Warm choc-cherry coconut muffins

The mornings are getting chillier and the days shorter, reminding me that Winter is almost here. That means muffin season! Either as a sneaky treat with hot butter and cup of tea, or something extra in the school lunchbox, muffins are a wonderful tine in the fork of my baking adventures. I love baking muffins…

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…

School Cake-stall Baking

I saw some really cute panda-face cupcakes on Housegoeshome,  so I decided to have a go for the recent Federal Election day cake-stall at school, because they were just so cute, and importantly, looked easy enough. Still, when I was at the supermarket buying my ingredients, I bought a pack of ready-made cupcakes with brightly coloured icing, just in…