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 –…

Date, Pecan & Berry Muffins

RECIPE: Continuing the project to not discard sourdough discard, I tried this recipe for muffins. I substituted pecans for walnuts because I don’t like walnuts, and it’s pretty much impossible to find fresh or frozen cranberries in Australia, so I used frozen raspberries and blueberries. They were good substitutes – mix and match as you…

Sea Salt Sourdough Crackers

RECIPE: I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve been preparing a sourdough starter and in one week will be trying to make my first ever sourdough bread. What I didn’t realise was how much starter you discard in the process of fermenting it to the level it needs to be to bake bread. The…

Milk Tart

RECIPE: I wanted to celebrate my husband’s 20 years in Australia, having moved here from South Africa in 1999, so I decided to make him a lamb roast dinner (Australian enough) and a milk tart (South African) for dessert. I didn’t alter the recipe from Immaculate Bites. PREPARATION: The pastry base is prepared by blitzing…