Apricot Almond Cake, with Rosewater and Cardamom

A few weeks ago, Alex and I had a rare Sunday afternoon free and we made the most of it by baking together. We made some spiced nuts, as well as a nut loaf, however the hero of the day was without a doubt this Apricot Almond Cake. I loved the idea of this cake,…

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…

Frangipane Jam Drops

With a special jar of jam in my fridge (youngberry jam from Bright Berry Farm in Victoria), I was looking for a recipe that would really make the jam the star of the show, or at least allow the flavour to come through and not drown it out under cakes and creams. These frangipane jam…

Chocolate (Vegan) Olive Oil Cake

This cake is delicious. I was expecting a dense cake, and was surprised by its light and fluffy texture. I made this on a lovely lazy Sunday afternoon. When I first leisurely flicked through Nigellissima, I was instantly drawn to this recipe. It reminded me of the Vegan Chocolate Cake I love.If I had to…

Almond Biscotti

  Growing up, Almond Biscotti were always one of those fancy biscuits, which were brought and served on special occasions. Topped with either red or green glacé cherries, it was a biscuit I only really came to appreciate when I was older. They are usually piped using a star nozzzle, but I improvised with a…

Apple Layer Cake

Mary Berry is an inspiration I often turn to for a reliable cake recipe and I was in the mood to make a cake using apples. There’s always a couple over at the end of the week and they usually get stewed or just popped into my bag for lunch while out of a weekend….

Lemon Capri Torte

There is something lovely about baking with lemons in the middle of winter. The aroma not only provides warmth to the kitchen, but the taste provides a little hint of summer and warmer days to come. However, this torte is also extremely comforting with it’s pudding like texture. This recipe was published by Sophie Dahl. It’s summer on a cool winters day….

Chocolate Quakes

I like making biscuits for work; I find they are more popular than a cake or muffins. Often I don’t know what to make, and I will select a cookbook from my shelf and browse until something takes my fancy. One Sunday afternoon, I picked up The Essential New York Times Cook Book from my…

Gateau A L’Orange Et Aux Amandes (Orange and Almond Spongecake)

I recently enjoyed four days off work. On Tuesday, after having lunch in the city with Mum, we wandered in one of the department stores. I say wandered, because I practically dragged mum to the Kitchen Appliances. I could never afford a Kitchen Aid; they are expensive and up until recently I was only casually employed. In the…