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…

Fruit cake

RECIPE: I’ve made a few different fruit cakes. There are celebration cakes that take a whole lot of time to make including weeks of soaking, and then there are the ones that you can knock together in an afternoon. Some others I’ve tried have been too dry, even with pineapple, and others have had nuts…

Banoffee Tart

RECIPE: To redeem myself after a rushed but acceptable effort at a butterscotch tart topped with lemon chiboust cream that was designed to use up some condensed milk but ended up tasting rather unexciting and didn’t look very pretty, I used my leftover pastry and cream to make banoffee tarts. I should have just made…

Mango and white chocolate entremet

RECIPE: This all started with a new mould and a desire to make something special for my mum’s birthday. Mangoes were newly in season, so I decided to work around that as my base flavour. I took recipes from The Pastry Chef’s Little Black Book, a recipe collection for chefs that provides very abbreviated recipes,…

Camp Apple Crumble

Once again I’m on a kayak expedition and looking for foods that will brighten up the daily dehydrated menu. I can’t remember where I found the recipe I adapted this from, but it turned out to be feasible to make on a camping stove and tasted as good as the real thing. We were holed…

Pita bread canap├ęs

RECIPE: My neighbours did a lovely thing and arranged drinks and nibbles in their backyard for several of our other neighbours (five houses in all). We’ve lived here for two years and haven’t really met most of our neighbours, just our immediate ones and mostly because we share a driveway. I really appreciated the effort,…

Lemon Basil Tart

RECIPE: We had friends coming for tea on a school night so I needed a dessert that was special but could be made with a minimum of fuss and stress. I haven’t made a custard-based dessert for a while and being mid-summer berries are at their cheapest and best flavour, so a fruit flan was…

Egg Noodles

RECIPE: I was making my mother a recipe from Bill’s Food and realised I’d forgotten to buy egg noodles. The recipe actually called for fresh noodles for the salad component, so this was my chance to try making egg noodles. They were on my list to try anyway and there’s nothing better than making something…

Lamington Slice

RECIPE: With Australia Day just around the corner it was time to experiment with an Australian-themed recipe and try this variation on the lamington. I had to substitute or make a few of the ingredients as I was unable to get them – they’re described in the recipe below. I made one-third of the recipe…

Baklava Cheesecake

RECIPE: The filo pastry I made for my Spanakopita was a large enough quantity to make two things, so a dessert it was. I thought of making baklava but I usually find it too sweet and in searching online for baklava recipes I happened upon this cheesecake. Perfect. I followed the recipe except fresh cranberries…