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…

Lime Cream Cake

Never one to let anything go to waste, this cake came about from a need to use up a small tub of cream. Although the original cake is a plain vanilla flavour, I had a bag of limes in my fridge and decided the richness of the cream would offset the tart bite of lime…

No Bake Fruit Tart

  As mentioned in my Cheesecake post, I recently attended a BBQ with colleagues and was left with the task of making dessert. Having made a cheesecake, I also made this ridiculously easy fruit tart. Published in Nigella’s Kitchen, this recipe is perfect to make a day ahead, and easily impresses. Be generous with the fruit. I used strawberries,…

Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake

    Christmas always includes two desserts: cheesecake and chocolate ripple. I have been fascinated by this Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake recipe by Mary Berry for it’s combination of two favourite recipes. I decided to use a BBQ with some work colleagues to finally try the recipe. This cake is decadent but delicious. A small piece goes a long way! I’m always…

Wimbledon Cake

Hello, faithful reader! Sunday was the conclusion of the Australian Open, and the end of my summer of tennis. With trips to Perth and Sydney, and 12 hour days, I can finally breath a sigh of relief, and more importantly get back into the kitchen! The last month has been a diet of sandwiches, toast,…

French Lemon Tart

  My favourite Lemon Tart comes from a recipe published in The Age many, many years ago. If I had to give it an estimate I would say around 2005. It is the most wonderful tart; light and smooth with a lovely lemon taste.

Julia Child’s Pear Clafouti

Having recently re-read Julia Child’s autobiography My Life In France, I was reminded of this recipe sitting on my to-bake list. Simple, elegant and effortless, this recipe makes a deliciously light custard-based dessert. I happened to have 300ml of cream in my fridge that needed using up so I used that instead of milk. Similarly,…

Sticky Date Muffins with Warm Toffee Sauce

One cold, rainy weekend (yes, they do happen in Brisbane), I was browsing online for something sweet and comforting to make using only what I had in the pantry. I came across this recipe for sticky toffee muffins and was enticed immediately. Easy to put together, though they do make a few dishes, these were…

Raspberry Buns

On the first Saturday in May, my friend Belinda and I made the small trip up to Clunes in country Victoria. The Clunes Book Town Festival celebrates books, and this year the festival attracted around 30 second hand book stores. As an avid reader and vintage cookbook collector, I was more than a little excited with…

Jam and Cream Roulade

Today’s post is once again inspired by the Great British Bake Off. Why do I love that show? I think it’s not only because it’s about baking, or that I adore Sue Perkins; it’s that it is such a sharp contrast to Masterchef Australia. Where the contestants in the latter are locked up for 6 months, in the…