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…

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…

Apple Bread

  I love Tessa Kiros, her cookbooks are wonderful. I own Falling Cloudberries and Apples for Jam. This recipe comes from Apples for Jam. I’ve made it a few times, and I love it. As someone who doesn’t eat bananas, I love the concept of apple bread instead. It’s perfect for either breakfast or an…

Apricot and Walnut Sandwich Bars

These bars were one of the recipes I immediately tagged upon first receiving this book (Mary Berry’s Baking Bible), due to the inclusion of apricots (my favourite stone fruit) and the apparent simplicity of the recipe. Although Mary Berry describes these as similar to those you find in a health-food store; due to the enormous…

Chocolate-Banana Bread from Nigella Lawson

This chocolate-banana bread recipe is simply a chocolate version of Nigella’s banana bread; one of the first recipes I ever posted, or baked for that matter. As promised, I have indeed made it time and time again. Whenever there are ripening bananas in my house, there is bound to be banana bread. Not that you…

Pear and Walnut Bundt Cake

With three pears going soft in the fruit bowl and a new bundt pan to test run, this recipe jumped out at me. The simplicity of preparation and ingredients meant I could whip this up on a quiet Saturday afternoon with no effort at all. The result is a moist, flavoursome cake that also keeps…

Cocoa Apple Cake

Sometimes you just need to bake. This week wasn’t ideal; I wasn’t well, and I was coming home from work frustrated and tired. I had also been waiting impatiently to try out my new Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Tin. You may also remember Alex very generously gave me the Nordic Ware Fleur de Lis Bundt…

Oatmeal Cookies from Merle Parrish

I decided to make these biscuits after searching for a good recipe to use up some of the many oats I have leftover from making ANZAC biscuits in April. I love the chewy texture oats give to biscuits and slices and this recipe uses only basic ingredients yet is full of flavour. These are a…

Hummingbird Cake

With such a lovely name, this is a cake for the tropics. Packed with pineapple, banana and coconut; topped with a cream cheese icing, it is a great cake to make for any occasion but especially good for afternoon tea on a sunny day. If you have a couple of blackened bananas you are thinking…

Hummingbird Bakery Frosted Brownie

It’s Mel here. As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted much in the past ten days. This inaction is a result of a new job and travel to Sydney and Brisbane. I was fortunate to be able to spend the weekend in Brisbane with Alex and you’ll see the result of the weekend here.¬†Unfortunately¬†however…