Apple mousse crumble

RECIPE: Once again I had ingredients to use up before going away. I think this is when I’m at my most inventive! I had cream and some leftover crumble topping, so I decided to make a cinnamon sweet pastry base with apple mousse topped with the crumble topping. COMPONENTS: The sweet cinnamon pastry was not…

Lemon Cheesecake

RECIPE: It’s been a long time since I’ve made a cheesecake. With most of a block of cream cheese to use up after making cream cheese frosting, I decided to revisit an old favourite from one of my most-used cookbooks. There’s nothing fancy about the old Women’s Weekly cookbooks, but one thing you can rely…

Crumpets

RECIPE: Crumpets were on my list of things to try. We eat bought crumpets a lot, so I was entertained by the idea of baking my own. I used Jamie Oliver’s online recipe, but with 8cm crumpet rings. I didn’t make the butter! PREPARATION: Going on previous recipes I had prepared using dried yeast, I…

Maple-Star Anise Cookies

RECIPE: There are some unusual biscuits in Dorie’s book, and every one I’ve tried has been very enjoyable. These maple-star anise cookies were no different. I didn’t alter the recipe, however I’ve adapted the method for the frosting below based on this baking experience. I wasn’t expecting to challenge myself, simply aiming to make something…

Gnocchi

RECIPE: I know gnocchi isn’t what you’d expect on a pastry blog, but it involves working with dough, and I’ve always wanted to try making it, so I’m sneaking it in here. The recipe is from a book that is generally regarded as the bible of Italian cooking, which often sits in the top 10…

Raw Strawberry Pistachio Cake

RECIPE: To go along with the pistachio cake with strawberry frosting I made for my work morning tea, I made exactly the same cake but in vegan form – gluten free, dairy free and raw. COMPONENTS: The pistachio base couldn’t be easier to prepare. I made sure the nuts were finely milled so there wasn’t…

Pistachio Cake with Strawberry Frosting

RECIPE: We have been planning an office move for ages at work, and finally after two years, my whole team were finally together under one roof, so we celebrated. I wanted to do something a bit interesting that wasn’t your standard chocolate or citrus based cake or dessert, and I settled on pistachio. There’s a…

Simple White Bread

RECIPE: After my last disappointing experience with making bread, I went to my Facebook foodie group for advice. They suggested I might have allowed the bread to prove for too long or there might have been too much yeast, and one told me to try the River Cottage recipe for Simple White Bread. So I…

Jammers

RECIPE: Another recipe from Dorie’s Cookies, this is the perfect biscuit to impress the more conservative types, as they won’t be scared off by unusual flavours but will enjoy a traditional biscuit served up in a new way. The recipe wasn’t altered. COMPONENTS: The base is prepared and rolled, and then stored in the fridge…

White bread

RECIPE: Bread hates me. Actually, it’s yeast that gets my nose out of joint, but it’s most noticeable when I’m making bread. I’ve tried a few times and while it’s acceptable, it’s always a bit dense. When a friend with minimal bread-baking experience had some sucess with the recipe on the bread flour packet, I…