Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

RECIPE: There’s been a run of cheesecakes in my kitchen because the price of cream cheese was reduced. I liked the look of this recipe because it used a cooked meringue as a topping, which I haven’t tried before. I didn’t alter the recipe. PREPARATION: I mixed the base and pressed it into my pan…

Pumpkin Seed Bread

RECIPE: I’ve wanted to try this recipe for a while, and it’s only since my recent find of fresh yeast that I thought I might be able to. There’s nothing to stop you using dry yeast, but I really like to try new recipes as they’re written and then mess around with them later. I…

Peanut butter and fudge brownies

RECIPE: I don’t make recipes with chocolate very often because my husband doesn’t enjoy it, so when I do make something with chocolate it’s a bit of a treat for me. It just means I have to give away most of it to stop myself trying to eat the whole thing before it goes stale!…

Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars

RECIPE: Once again wanting to entertain with a difference, I decided to try a couple of new recipes in my Dorie’s Cookies book. The only change I made to this recipe was to use defrosted frozen blueberries, because I wasn’t about to pay $8 for a 125g punnet of fresh ones (it’s not blueberry season)….

Angel Food Cake

RECIPE: Having made choux pastry and custard several times and not making macarons, I was starting to collect egg whites in my freezer. Angel food cake recipe is perfect if you’re on a mission to use up egg whites because it uses A LOT. There’s no shortage of angel food cake recipes around, I just…

Maple syrup pecan cheesecake

RECIPE: It’s very easy to disregard older cookbooks because the styling of the food is out of date but sometimes you keep going back to them because the recipes are so reliable and constantly produce delicious results. I am on a mission to use up what’s in my fridge and cupboard and needed a dessert…

Les Religieuse Fraise

RECIPE: I always go back to William and Suzue Curley’s Pâtisserie when I’m making a base pastry because their instructions are so clear and failsafe. To treat myself for my birthday I made my favourite pastry, Les Religieuse (two choux buns, one on top of the other) and filled it with a strawberry cheesecake filling. I…

Raspberry Charlotte

RECIPE: For my birthday I decided to treat myself by making fancy desserts that I especially liked, without worrying about what others preferred. This recipe appealed because it had some elements I hadn’t tried before and I’ve had mixed success with entremets so far. I followed the recipe but didn’t add the strawberries so didn’t…

Rhubarb Custard Cake

RECIPE: I made this cake more than ten years ago and couldn’t for the life of me remember where the recipe had come from. I searched my books, looked online and found nothing. Finally, this month while I was searching for cake recipes for my husband’s many 50th birthday celebrations, I found it and I…

Coconut custard buns

RECIPE: My husband loves custard, so what better than to bake a custard bun. At first I was going to try a custard scroll, then found this recipe. I chose to make it because I had yet to succeed with a truly light and fluffy white bread. I followed the recipe and used the syrup…