Apple and Oat Loaf

RECIPE: I’ve been making a loaf each of white sourdough and spiced fruit sourdough each week (or more) and decided I wanted a change so tried this recipe from Bourke Street Bakery. PREPARATION: Once you’ve made your sourdough dough to the window stage, it’s a pretty simple addition of the apple chunks and the soaked…

Adapting recipes for the breadmaker

RECIPE: Some time ago I posted about a traditional Italian pizza recipe that had given me better results than the breadmaker recipe. My husband wanted pizza for all his meals for his birthday, so I thought I’d see how well the Italian recipe adapted to preparation in the breadmaker, as it’s going to get a…

Filled Easter Egg

RECIPE: There was no recipe apart from the dacquoise, which I’ve made before. I just threw together some ingredients that complimented each other to make myself a delicious chocolatey filled easter egg! PREPARATION: I melted some dark chocolate and used the back of a teaspoon to evenly coat the back of an egg mould. I…

Spiced Fruit Sourdough Loaf

RECIPE: I was getting bored with making plain white sourdough each week, so I decided to try something different. This fruit loaf was also from Bourke Street Bakery and is based on their white sourdough loaf. PREPARATION: I had great difficulty getting the dough to the stage where it had a window. I took it…

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

RECIPE: Someone at work was leaving and loved all things chocolate. I had some cream cheese in the fridge, but as it turned out I needed more! Anyway, this recipe caught my eye. I liked this recipe because it had layers of dark, milk and white chocolate cheesecake, and I liked the marble finish instead…

Lebanese meat pies

RECIPE: My manager was leaving and I gave him the choice of sweet or savoury. Savoury it was. Rather than make meat pies or in fact anything with puff pastry, as I’ve done that a few times now, I found this recipe for Lebanese meat pies that seemed interesting. I didn’t alter the recipe. PREPARATION:…

Another Sourdough bread

RECIPE: I somehow missed that my last post was my 100th since I started this blog! Oh well. I was keen to try a different recipe for sourdough to see if it was much different – if it worked I’d have another recipe in my repertoire, and one that required preparation at alternative times to…

Sourdough bread

RECIPE: It’s been a big build-up but the sourdough has finally been baked. I have several recipes for sourdough, but decided to use the one from my Bourke Street Bakery cookbook and made no alterations. I’ve baked the bread twice now, and most of the photos are from the second bake. The buttered bread in…

Sourdough starter

RECIPE: I realised I should probably provide the recipe for sourdough starter I’m using, since I’ve been publishing all sorts of recipes using the starter discard. I tweaked the recipe with a suggestion from another cookbook by adding a few sticks of chopped rhubarb to the initial batch of starter. This helps to trigger the…

Sourdough pasta

RECIPE: Another tester for ways to use up sourdough starter discard. I generally followed the recipe, but did add a little water during the kneading process. PREPARATION: The dough was really dry and hard to knead. It turns out that semolina is not the same thing as semola. Semola has a much finer grind –…