Granola

Looking for the perfect breakfast or snack? This granola is the answer. Simple and delicious.

Macaron Caramel au Beurre Sale

I know the macron is no longer the height of baking fashion (I always say, once they’ve appeared in “McCafe”, they’re no longer special) but they are always a joy to present and, more importantly, to eat! This macaron recipe I found a few years ago, at the height of macaron fashion, and have made…

Nutella Ice-Cream by Nigella Lawson

Summer is just around the corner. The weather is heating up, the days are getting longer and it’s the perfect time for ice-cream! It’s also the perfect time to use my new ice-cream maker! I have been thinking about buying an ice-cream maker for a few years. For a long time I thought I didn’t…

Parisian-style Nutella Crepes

One of my very favourite foods I ate while strolling the streets of Paris were crepes, usually filled with Nutella and banana, desiccated coconut or all three together. Soft, warm and filled with melting Nutella, they were the perfect antidote to the chilly June days.This photo is of my Nutella and coconut crêpe (foreground) and…

Lemony Ginger Cake

This recipe is simple as it is delicious. Published by the CWA, in the aptly titled Country Women’s Association Classics: over 400 favourite recipes, this recipe is by Shirley Tongs from Tasmania. The recipe is apparently a standby cake on farms due to its simple ingredients. I selected it as it included two of my favourite flavours; lemon…

Apricot fruit loaf cake by Mary Berry

So I’m in a bit of a baking frenzy at the moment, working my way through that ever-growing list of recipes to try (of which many are from Mary Berry). Luckily I can also fundraise for a good cause with the delicious results. Two of my colleagues have paired up with friends to complete the…

Date and Walnut Traybake by Mary Berry

Despite the inclusion of dates and walnuts, this traybake does not taste anything like a sticky date pudding. While to some that could be considered a disappointment, it has a rich nutty flavour all it’s own which pairs beautifully with a smooth coffee on a chilly winter morning. The dates give a lovely sweetness and…

Marmalade Traybake from Mary Berry

A lovely, soft and fluffy traybake, this is more like a sponge cake in a tray than the usual slice. The fruit gives a lovely moisture to the finished product. Despite using the best marmalade available (from my home-made batch no less!), I was unable to taste the marmalade in it at all. Mary Berry warns against…

Banana Date Cake

This is a recipe from the archives, one from a large folder of clippings collected from newspapers and magazines over many years. According to the clipping, it was printed in The Age in 2005. Looking for something different to use up some overripe bananas, I found this recipe easy and delicious, although it did make…

Chocolate-Chestnut Cake

I noted this recipe with excitement when I first bought How to Be a Domestic Goddess; I have fond memories of peeling chestnuts hot from the open fire as a child and savouring the effort and sore fingers with delight at the nutmeat within. The recipe calls for unsweetened chestnut puree; presumably a tinned substance…