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Category Archives: Sweet Treats
Like Bees To A Honey Pot. Bienenstich. German Bee Sting Cake.
Bienenstich means bee sting in German. I was first introduced to this glorious honey almond caramel crusted, crème pâtissière filled confection at a Danish birthday party, many, many years ago. Freshly baked, its soft cake-y brioche like layers sublime, so … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Almond, Baking, Bienenstich, Brunch, Cake, Caramel, Custard, German, honey, Made From Scratch, Yeast 10 Comments
Dessert For Breakfast. Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Grilled Pineapple and Mint.
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the perfect panna cotta. A traditional Italian dessert literally translating as “cooked cream” it consists simply of sweetened milk and cream, held together with a little bit of gelatin. The defining hallmark of a … Continue reading
Posted in Breakfast, Fruit, Sweet Treats, What I Love to Cook Tagged Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Gluten free, Healthy, Made From Scratch, Mint, Pannacotta, Pineapple, Yoghurt 2 Comments
When Life Gives You Lemons… Little Lemon Meringue Tarts.
We were the lucky beneficiaries of a big bag of beautifully fresh and fragrant homegrown lemons last weekend. Courtesy of my father’s garden. When life gives you lemons, what better excuse than to bake little lemon meringue tarts? Of course … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Baking, Lemon, Lemon Curd, Lemon Meringue Tart, Made From Scratch, Meringue, Winter 2 Comments
More Old Fashioned Baking. Inspired By The Edmonds Cookbook. Ginger Crunch.
It seems like an age since I made Ginger Crunch. Another old-fashioned childhood slice, reminiscent of cake stalls, school fetes and fund raising drives. Utterly addictive, this very simple slice combines a short, crisp and crunchy (almost shattering) biscuit base … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, Sweet Treats, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Biscuits, Food, Ginger, Made From Scratch, New Zealand, Old-Fashioned, Shortbread, Slices 3 Comments
Inspired By Nigella. Christmas In July. Spiced Gingerbread Blondies.
This week I became custodian of our family’s Christmas pudding bowl and associated accoutrements. In amongst the carefully wrapped packages were shiny silver pennies and a gorgeous array of miniature Nigella-esque reindeer and fir tree decorations. I’ve written before about … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Baking, Blondie, Christmas, Gingerbread, Winter 8 Comments
So Light. So Lovely. So Simple. Lemon Scented Ricotta Fritters
Sometimes even I surprise myself. Another dreary winter’s afternoon. Yet again my rather peckish household was on the hunt for something sweet to eat with a hot drink. Of course, like a plague of locusts they’d already stripped my cupboards … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Doughnuts, Fried, Fritters, Italian, Lemon, Made From Scratch, Ricotta, Winter 9 Comments
Banishing The Winter Blues. Sticky Date Bundt Cake With A Salted Burnt Butter Caramel Glaze.
Much to my family’s delight I’ve been banishing the winter blues with a renewed interest in baking. As always school holidays mean a full house and quickly depleting fridge and pantry courtesy of a contingent of constantly ravenous teenagers on … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Apple, Baking, Cake, Date, Pecan, Salted Caramel, Sticky Date, Winter 4 Comments
A Nanna Moment. Old-Fashioned Apple And Cinnamon Tea Cake.
There’s a definite sense of comforting nostalgia associated with delving deep into my bottom kitchen drawer to retrieve a long forgotten favourite recipe. A trip down memory lane, resurrecting recipes for good old fashioned treats. The sort our nannas might have … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Apple, Baking, Cake, Cinnamon, Comfort Food, Made From Scratch, Old-Fashioned, Teacake 4 Comments
Dressed To Impress. Chocolate Layer Cake With Whipped Cream, Cherry Jam and Ganache.
Everyone has a favourite chocolate cake. At our house it’s a moist, decadently rich and chocolate-y ‘volcano’ cake. A melt and mix recipe with an unusual twist. So named to reflect the alchemy created when bicarbonate of soda added to … Continue reading
Posted in Baked, Chocolate, What I Love to Cook Tagged Afternoon Tea, Baking, Cake, Chocolate, Cream, Dessert, Food, Ganache, Jam 4 Comments