Tag Archives: Afternoon Tea

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

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Improvising With Mini Bundt Tins. Salted Burnt Butter Caramel Glazed Doughnuts.

I’ve always had a soft spot for doughnuts. Of every variety. Cinnamon sugar dusted, glazed or jam filled. Hot from the oven or fryer. Indeed some of my most poignant childhood memories are of holidays spent my grandparents, the highlight … Continue reading

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Pretty Baking. Sweet Yet Simple. Apple Rose Tartlets.

Pretty little Apple Rose Tartlets have been populating my Instagram feed. Darling bijoux works of art constructed from little more than layers of thinly sliced apple and butter puff. So impossibly gorgeous, my interest could not help but be piqued. … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake. A Little Taste Of France. Madeleines With Browned Butter and Lime.

Rummaging through the pantry cupboard, I chanced upon my pretty scallop edged madeleine trays. Relics of a long forgotten past. It must be ten years since I used them last.  I well remember the thrill of the hunt for those … Continue reading

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Sweet Fix. Little Greek Semolina Custard Phylo Cigars.

I love these little pastries. Their crisp and flaky exterior hide a sweet, rich and creamy surprise. A lovely lemon scented custard made with basic pantry ingredients semolina, sugar, butter and milk, and counter intuitively – no eggs. Whisked up … Continue reading

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Rustic Baking At Its Best. Hazelnut Coffee Cake With A Sour Cherry Jam Swirl And Chocolate Crumble.

As always in our house Autumn brings cooler weather and a spate of baking as I give in to a seemingly never ending demand for cake. As long as there is no request for fancy decoration I’m always happy to … Continue reading

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The Pleasures Of The Feast. Three Layer Salted Caramel Slice With Popcorn Brittle

Oh my. Sometimes I throw caution to the wind and totally abandon any semblance of clean eating.  To shamelessly indulge in the pleasures of the feast. Sometimes I just can’t say no, particularly so when staring down something like this. … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget. Honouring Our Traditions. Little Anzac Ripple Cakes.

Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of  the Gallipoli campaign in World War I.  A bloody eight month campaign which commenced on April 25, 1915 with the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps  on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Through … Continue reading

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A Little Taste Of Italy. Lemon Polenta Cookies With Rosemary and Pine Nuts.

There’s a certain curiosity associated with baking with herbs. For me it started with a visit to Lavandula in Victoria’s beautiful Hepburn Spa region and Stephanie Alexander’s lavender scones. Before too much longer I was inspired to add a little finely minced fresh … Continue reading

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So Rich. So Buttery. So Chic. Pear and Almond Friands

One of the things I love most about school holidays is the welcome change of pace from a frenetic, breakneck speed to an almost leisurely meandering. Time to stop and smell the roses. Throw routine out the window and indulge … Continue reading

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