Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

After receiving Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Christmas as a Christmas gift this past year, I was browsing excitedly through it, imagining all the things I’d be making for Christmas 2015. A quick chat with Mel revealed that she owned the same book (no surprises there!). Mel mentioned to me that there was an excellent cookie recipe in…

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…

Fairy Cakes from Mary Berry

These are beautiful little cakes to brighten up a gloomy Monday, such as we’ve just had in Brisbane. Mary claims these are easy enough for children to make and I can easily believe it; I could put them together in my sleep. Aside from their ease, they make a deliciously moist, plainly delicious sponge-style cupcake…

Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding

I know you can’t really have ‘leftover’ hot cross buns; they’re always good toasted and buttered, even a couple days old. But if you can no longer justify eating them for breakfast past Easter Monday, or perhaps if you’re looking for an Easter Sunday dessert that doesn’t involve chocolate, this might be just the thing…

Jaffa Yo-Yos (choc-orange biscuits)

Melting moments were absolutely the defining biscuit of my childhood. For any occasion, a melting moment was always the perfect sweet treat. These are whipped up with ease by my Mum, who is absolutely an expert at recreating this biscuit perfectly every time. While they are undeniably perfection just as they are, I can never resist…

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…